14 December, 2017

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Israel & Sri Lankan Islamophobia

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

The attacks against this writer practically every week, which have gone on relentlessly over a very long period, have evidently been meant to stop this writer’s articles from being published. But the articles continue to be published in the Island, the Colombo Telegraph (CT), and the Sri Lanka Guardian and there are no signs that the attacks will have their desired impact on any of the Editors. Consequently this writer can safely ignore the attacks. Unfortunately there has been another dimension to the attacks that cannot be ignored: Islamophobia shown in varying degrees of contempt and hatred towards Islam and the Muslims as a whole. The writer’s analysis led to the conclusion that Tamil Islamophobic racism was much worse than that of the Sinhalese. It afflicts only a minority of the Tamils but it can be terribly lethal if the LTTE rides again. Fortunately, however, after 2009 moderate and pragmatic Tamils have had the political ascendancy and can be trusted – the writer is convinced – to defuse Tamil Islamophobic racism and keep it in check.

Alas, there is yet another dimension to the attacks that requires analysis: Israeli promotion of Islamophobia in Sri Lanka. There is good reason to believe that the present Israeli Government would want to promote Islamophobia on a world scale. Its settlement policy in the West Bank is blatantly expansionist and is making a two-state solution virtually impossible. Israel will therefore have to work out a strategy to prevent the colored Arabs from gaining a demographic ascendancy over the white Israelis, a strategy that entails the apartheid system that is being installed, and is already worse than that of South Africa according to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who should know. The apartheid Israeli state cannot endure unless it is backed or at least tolerated by the West. Ideally Israel would want the West also to institute the apartheid system in which the colored immigrant hordes are subjugated and kept safely in their place. It would result in a world order as envisioned by Hitler and also by one of the founding fathers of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, who projected Israel as a white fortress withstanding the threatening colored Asiatic hordes. It is a neo-Nazi vision in which the colored peoples, particularly the Muslims, are to be regarded as lesser breeds. That is the deep meaning of the Islamophobic movement that is sweeping the world today. It has its devotees, passionate devotees, in Sri Lanka also.

There could be a reason why this writer in particular could be targeted by the Israelis. Shortly a after he left the Foreign Ministry around 1990, notoriously a victim of the UNP’s ferocious Islamophobic racism, he was invited by one of the two leading Muslim institutions of the time to give a talk on the Palestine problem. It was very well attended by leading Muslim politicians of the time. The talk lasted for over an hour, it was videotaped, and a version was serialized in the Sri Lanka Guardian. After the talk several Muslims asked Dr. Kaleel whether he could do something with the material provided towards effecting the closure of the Israeli Interests Section at the American Embassy – which question was known to be under consideration at that time. His reply was that he would definitely do something about it. He had given an edited copy to President Premadasa who had watched it in full and decided to close down the ISS. (At this point the Tamil Islamophobes will raise one of their sky-splitting earth-sundering yells “LIAR”). It is relevant also to mention that one of the questions raised at the conclusion of the talk was whether the Israelis had been behind the last-minute abortion of his appointment as Ambassador to Paris.   

The above certainly establishes that Israel could have a motive for spreading Islamophobia on a global scale but what evidence is there to show that the writer has been targeted? The evidence has to be of a hypothetical and circumstantial order but it seems pretty convincing. After the concerted attacks by the LTTE stopped, further attacks by two, three or more Tamils have continued practically every week. For the most part those Tamils were venting their Islamophobic hatred, but the attacks by two Tamils have been of a different order and require explanation. Backlash has been attacking articles by this writer over a very long period, declaring every one of them as no better than excrement – his favorite metaphor has been “verbal diarrhea”. He suddenly revealed that something unusual was afoot: he corrected this writer’s erroneous memory over an article he had written twenty five years ago. How was it that someone who regarded the articles as excrement should have so vivid a memory of them over a quarter century? Some sort of institutional backing for Backlash was clearly suggested. 

The other fact suggesting institutional backing is what might be called the tactic of the bucket attack. The logic behind the attack is not of the slightest consequence since what matters is the attack itself, which consists of scooping up the contents of the bucket and letting them fly at the target. The following are some examples. Backlash was asked why he has been reading this writer for years and decades when the articles are no better than excrement. He has also been asked how come editors continue to publish the writer’s excrement. He has given nothing but facetious replies. The reason is that fact and argument don’t matter since what matters is only the successful flinging of the bucket contents at the chosen target. That is also clear from the latest example of his bucket attack. He spent some weeks abroad and now finds that the editors still continue to publish this writer, leaving him and others no alternative but “to grin and bear”. He cannot expect to be taken seriously. But he can tell his foreign backers that he is earning his keep by again flinging bucket contents at the writer. 

The other brilliant bucketeer is Kettikaran, who has been attacking this writer with hatred and rage over a very long period. Some time ago he inadvertently blurted out that he wished that he didn’t have to read me at all. What could that mean except that he was reading me under compulsion? Who was compelling him and why? Was it some institution? Recently in exchanges with this writer and a Sinhalese in the Colombo Telegraph he suddenly became placatory in language that seemed typical of Christian fundamentalists, who in general are notoriously pro-Israeli and Islamophobic. It was such Norwegian groups that are alleged to have funded the BBS. 

In addition, just like Backlash, he specializes in the bucket attack in which fact and reason don’t matter at all. He continues to allege that this writer advocated famine as a method of subduing the Tamil rebels when in fact he advocated the precise opposite – as will be shown beyond dispute by getting to Google and clicking on “Izeth Hussain’s reply to K.Arvind – 2006”. He now alleges that the incriminating article by this writer was reproduced in the CT, which is a bare-faced lie. He has been asked to provide the details, which have not been forthcoming, but he can be confidently expected to go on repeating the lie ad nauseam. Some time ago a Tamil reader wrote approvingly of Goebbels’ theory of the big lie, according to which a lie that goes on being repeated comes to be believed. That might have been true in Nazi Germany where there was no freedom of expression. Do these Tamil idiots think that the big lie can prevail against this writer in Sri Lanka where he can easily refute the lie? 

This article leads to the question whether the Israeli propaganda organization Hasbara, which has plenty of funds at its disposal, is using Backlash and Kettikaran as its agents for the promotion of Islamophobia in Sri Lanka. There are interesting common factors between them. Both have been attacking this writer over a long period, both have given indications that they have some sort institutional backing, and both use the identical tactic of the bucket attack in which fact and reason have no place at all. How do the bucket attacks serve the interests of those two nondescript Tamils? In no apparent way at all because this writer continues to be published and continues to be read. But we can expect the bucket attacks to continue. Why? They don’t serve the interests of those two Tamils but they could serve the interests of Islamophobes who believe that the best that can be done against this writer is to keep throwing dirt at him in the hope that some of it will stick. That will serve their fundamental purpose which is to project one message: All Muslims are dirt.

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: Israel & Sri Lankan Islamophobia

    1. ” The attacks against this writer practically every week, which have gone on relentlessly over a very long period, have evidently been meant to stop this writer’s articles from being published. But the articles continue to be published in the Island, the Colombo Telegraph (CT), and the Sri Lanka Guardian and there are no signs that the attacks will have their desired impact on any of the Editors. Consequently this writer can safely ignore the attacks.”

    Did the moon fall down because the dogs barked? No.

    Did the sun go around the earth because Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler were banned from teaching the Heliocentric model of the solar system and burning Giardano Bruno on the stake in 1600 CE? No.

    So, Izeth Hussein, you keep on writing, exposing the truth, like Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Darvin etc. did over the years.

    2. “Unfortunately there has been another dimension to the attacks that cannot be ignored: Islamophobia shown in varying degrees of contempt and hatred towards Islam and the Muslims as a whole. The writer’s analysis led to the conclusion that Tamil Islamophobic racism was much worse than that of the Sinhalese. It afflicts only a minority of the Tamils but it can be terribly lethal if the LTTE rides again. “

    Islamophobia shown in varying degrees of contempt and hatred towards Islam and the Muslims as a whole, by SOME Tamils, not ALL, especially the so-called “upper” caste Tamils has several dimensions, with its roots going back to Hinduism, and its theology of castism and racism.

    The rump LTTE is looking for scapegoats for their utter defeat in 2009, because of their sheer stupidity, and they need to look at themselves in the mirror to find the true answers. The castism and racism of the so-called “upper” caste Tamils, towards the so-called “low” caste Tamils, Eastern Tamils (ask Karuna), “low” caste up country Estate Tamils, and the Muslims, whom they claim originated from low caste Tamils, notwithstanding the evidence to the contrary.

    The so-called “upper’ caste Tamils, conveniently forget that they are Para-Tamils, Para-Demalas, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, as per Sinhala, who are Para-Sinhala as well.

    Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people

    Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

    http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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      Just ignore him, as it is a waste of time. He is suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia. Also he appears to be having an inferiority complex.

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        Reading the ageing Hussain again and his irresponsible naming of one and the other reminds one of the local expression “mekanang puduma pissuwak” (This is a new/strange sickness)

        The man is hallucinating driven by his own self-importance the Israelis are after him 24x7x365. Earlier he claimed the LTTE locally and in the diaspora are after him. What a pathetic mental condition? At the same time, he claims LTTE’s Fr. Emmanuel is his friend???

        It looks to me like several regular Tamil commentators are only concerned in taking him to task for his prejudice against the Tamils. Nothing more.

        Muslims and Tamils are getting along well here despite the irresponsible anti-Tamil tirades of men like Hussain. All his other observations here have to be dismissed with the contempt they deserve. I don’t think the Israelis or any other are interested in the weekly ravings of an old, troubled man whose problem appears to be he has too much time in his hands. One has but pity for him.

        Kettikaran

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          Kettikaran – I have established in more than one article that I have been exceptionally sympathetic to the Tamils, providing plenty of details.If I was anti-Tamil, how could Dr. Devanesan Nesiah have written an article in which he declared that he was in agreement with ninety five per cent or more of what I wrote? How could Fr. S.J Emmanuel have sent me a commendatory email on my articles? Answer those two questions. Come on, answer them, don’t evade them. ///// Quite true, Muslims and Tamils are getting on well together. That is despite your imaging Muslim children as “piglets”. It is precisely because they get on well together that the Tamils as much as the Muslims agree that you deserve public hanging for that – IH

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            hussain,

            I will not say you are anti-Tamil, rather you use the predicament of the Tamils to divert attention from Muslims to Tamils in the context of majority Sinhala. This is what you do routinely every time when the Muslims are at the centre of focus. You use the caste issues eloquently to divert attention!

            You can deny all you like but it is a fact that you calculatedly and unscrupulously do this without exception when every time the Muslims were/are at the receiving end!

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        The correct term would be – Acute Prozac Deficiency (depression)
        Why is he not being sent on transfer to the 10th floor?
        perhaps his allah loves him more than his mum did.

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      Elite Amare,

      More the Izeth’s real mask is peeled, more pain you feel in your stomach.

      Five thousand years of history of Tamils in Tamil Nadu. Same five thousand years of history of Panchieswarms have in in Eelam.- the Island of Ceylon.

      Drop out your Native Vedda theory. Vedda never claimed an ID for them. They live no race, and live with anybody. That is only an excuse for you to claim the Island for you, by proposing Vijeya is the only Policethony, all others are Kallathonies. Do the same thing with IQ theory to your mind become broaden enough to agree all human being have the right to fight for their freedom. Commonsense leaflet is another whitewash you use in that you accept the American freedom war, but cannot accept Tamils’ freedom war. At least come clean or be honest in one thing, showing your Sinhala Chauvinism. Don’t hide in the FM’s Aappa Diplomacy of taking sweet and stabbing on the back.

      Watch here one fact, Izeth stands on your and Prophet Rodrigo’s dripple “F”s, not even on Isharath. That tells who you are and explain why Don Stephen passed MMDA in 1951 and paved way for Muslim-Sinhala government.

      You and your Golaya feel proud of the demise LTTE for your heroism of having the country ran successfully down the hill from the day of freedom- neo colonialism. Laughing at LTTE is the only stamina for you to stand up on your destruction even after you selling lands, women, brain to foreign investors.

      Sinhala Chauvinism has no shame. If you can find somebody to buy your shame, you wouldn’t mind to do more of it sell it too; Would you?

      Not just LTTE’s but I would not mind being any pig’s rump but rather than like you being Izeth’s

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        Mallaiyuran

        Truth hurts and facts hurt. The earth does spin and orbit the sun.

        It took the Catholic Church 350 years to finally “apologize” for the injustice done to Galileo. Did they apologize to the thousands perhaps millions persecuted, tortured and killed by the Catholic Inquisition over the centuries? There was no UNHRC then.

        The castism and racism problem goes back more than 2,500 years, mainly aided and abetted by the Hindu Priests to maintain their hegemony. Both Buddhism and Jainism tried to correct that, but only partially succeeded.

        It is best for the Tamils of Sri Lanka to shed the Hinduism, that is discriminating within the Tamil Society and become Tamil Buddhists, not the kind of Sinhala “Buddhism” practiced in the South, but true exemplary Tamil Buddhists, like Buddhaghosa, and break the back of the Hinduism based Castism and Racism, so that the Tamil society can be moved towards a more egalitarian society.

        The so-called “high” caste Hindu castists have done su much damage to the Tamils of Sri Lanka, they they should give up Hinduism and become Tamil Buddhists, just like the Dalits of India are doing and have been doing.

        Just read up on B. R. Ambedkar.

        Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), popularly known as Baba Saheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour.He was Independent India’s first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.

        In 1956 he converted to Buddhism, initiating mass conversions of Dalits.
        In 1990, the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, was posthumously conferred upon Ambedkar. Ambedkar’s legacy includes numerous memorials and depictions in popular culture.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar

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          Amare ,I like to answer one or two of your stipulations

          Now you have opened up your mind and showed your invention of Tamils Casteism is not for anything but to build Greek Buddha statues in the North and east and spread Buddhism.

          “Truth hurts and facts hurt.”
          I clearly understand, when the Vattukkottai convention was convened, those leaders thought it was not a magical solution to hedge against Sinhala Chauvinist government’s determination of forcefully spreading Buddhism and Sinhala. The convention was the result of an utter failure of every other effort to convince the Sinhala Chauvinism to recognize Tamils. Tamils were willing cut the limp and save the patient. I do not have a formula to calculate how much of loss worth for freedom. But not acting was tearing Tamils apart with wedging inside and dividing, denying employment and education, rape, murder…. In an armed path, you get what you got. So if Sinhala Chauvinist like you laughs at Tamil “Truth hurts and facts hurt.” I am not hurt. Tamils are, even if hurt or not, not in a mood to surrender to your arrogant victory songs or to the firework and Kiribath celebration. Tamils are seeking new ways to get them freed from the Sinhala Chauvinism.

          “Tamil Buddhists, like Buddhaghosa, and break the back of the Hinduism”

          Buddha did not create Buddhism. He never, ever told anybody to come to Buddhism because Hinduism has caste system. Buddhism was not created to solve the problem of Caste. Buddha sought enlightenment, successfully achieved it, shared it other Hindus and remained his entire life a celebrated Hindu. Today you and racist have interpreted it as a religion and using it as tool force Tamil to convert from their religion and prescribing Buddhism as medicine for caste problem.

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            Mallaiyuran

            The question is how to liberate the Tamils from their own cast system? What are the possible solutions?

            All the Greek Gods had statues, and if Buddha was a God, Divine, notwithstanding what Buddha said, they had to have statues
            “….and become Tamil Buddhists, not the kind of Sinhala “Buddhism” practiced in the South, but true exemplary Tamil Buddhists, like Buddhaghosa, …”

            Mahawamsa, is an Insult to the Buddha. Had the Tamils had a purer form of Buddhism, they could have put the Sinhala”Buddhists” to shame, and no need for the Vaddukodai Resolution or the Sinhala Only Act.

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

            The American, Russian, French, Cuban, and Turkish revolutions did address the general grievances of the people, but based on a political philosophy, but not on religion. The fallout did lead to the reduction of powers or irrelevancy of the religions leaders.

            All Hindus “upper” caste and “lower’ caste have to abide by that…Of course Sati, the burning ow widows, is not done any or eliminated.

            Why cannot the same be done for Hindu castism? This is too ingrained.

            “He (Buddha) never, ever told anybody to come to Buddhism because Hinduism has caste system. Buddhism was not created to solve the problem of Caste. “

            http://www.academia.edu/7117904/Buddha_s_attitude_towards_the_caste_system_and_the_supremacy_of_the_Brahmins

            The Buddha not only preached the Dhamma, but also pointed out the social injustice among fellow human beings. It is worthwhile to notice on which bases the Brahmins held the creation of the caste system. The following verse explains that it was the birth which divided the
            society. ”Brahmins were born from his mouth, kings (ksatriyas ) were born from his solders, farmers (vaisyas ) were born from his thighs, and low caste (sudras ) was born from his feet.”

            (Rgveda , 10 mandala, 90 sukta)

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          In fact Buddha rebelled against Aryans who were ruling the Indus Valley Dravidian Hindus, like the way Pirapaharan did against Chauvinist Sinhala government.

          The fallacies of the modern Buddhism is others –parents, teachers, money rollers, game betters, expectat-ors like you, ….- forcing somebody, who are not gifted to be enlightened, to get one by depriving their livelihood Do you see the serious problem of 95% of the Buddhist monks (all over the world) are only deprived ones instead of attained ones? The remaining 5% don’t care of their loss, but enjoy their suddenly elevated upper social status and/or the education they get.

          B. R. Ambedkar is one I respect for his abilities and his humanities, but not to recognize him for your Buddhism wholesale. I don’t care if he switches over to Buddhism. You might have seen in some of my previous comments that I have mentioned that the Tamils’ most respected three – Thiruvalluvar, Thirunavukkarasar and Inlanko – went to Buddhism or Jainism and returned back to Hinduism and criticized those religions in their wrings. Thirunavukarasar created Bhakti Margam to wipe out Buddhism from India. He created the Satyagraha path against the Jain and Buddhist rulers. If you happen to see again Ambedkar, please ask him to read about these Tamils in Wikipedia. Tell him to follow Radhakrishnan’s example- That is – study- adore Buddhist Philosophy- but stay as a Hindu, the way Buddha did. (Radhakrishnan is equally prominent to Ambedkar. He was recognized including by you, because he is a Tamil -Hindu.)

          You just got confused in your naming competition of Hinduism, Buddhism, Tamil Buddhism… But none of those who opposed Izeth here have accepted casteism as a real Hindu phenomenon. You and Izeth keep denying or pretending as like denying that reality and spreading hate against Tamils.

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            Mallaiyuran, don’t be bold and try to do what the experts are doing. OK. Hope this will clean up the mess you made.

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              You hasty, half baked messed up what I highlighted in my following comment. Now all in that comment looks like normal font.

              Let me bring back bold for “He was recognized including by you, because he is a Tamil-Hindu. “

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            He was recognized including by you, because he is a Tamil-Hindu.

            Please read it “He was not recognized including by you, because he is a Tamil-Hindu.”

            Further to that,
            I personally witnessed Sinhalese using Dr.Radhakrishnan’s studies and writings in their debates & discussion. When I was in Colombo, I did not see they do that with Ambedkar. Here only I see the anti-Tamil extremist, Izeth rump, Amare using Ambedkar, not Radhakrishnan.

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          As a Hindu, I have my own idol, the 3,000,001th one and I am free to pray it instead of Ambedkar or you or Izeth. I do not have to rebel against anything in Hinduism. But you and Izeth, the captives of your masters’ doctrines, cannot. You two have to two options, either moronically surrender or beastly rebel against your mythical bosses (they are mythical because many of the teaching presented today as from them is only myth, not really from them.) You might be rebelling against Sinhala Buddhism but surrendered to Izeth; Izeth surrendered to Lanakasislam but ruling you. I see its being too hard for you uplift yourself and understand that part as you are only cut and paste robot – a preprogrammed one. Especially you, in your nasty tendency against Tamils, you are putting Ambedkar and the third grade, filthy campaigner Izeth in same parity and preaching back to us that Izeth is dying hard to save Tamils. You are foolish enough to that you can’t see that Izeth desperately hoping around to fetch people like you and Rodrigo to use at his campaign. How can you write Buddhaghosa and filth spreading Izeth in same paragraph? Do you get any damn thing out of the Buddhism you learned, which tells to seek Nirvana of knowledge?

          As I do not accept casteism or believe casteism is a Hindu custom, but imposed on Hindus by captured Aryans like the Sinhala government which choking Tamils now to impose Casteism on them, I have nothing take or to learn from you and Izeth. In fact I would return you the word and tell you to learn Buddhism and stop your hates against Tamils and their fight for freedom from Sinhala Chauvinism.

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          It is best for the Tamils of Sri Lanka to shed the Hinduism
          Sinhala Chauvinists (like you and other Sinhala Governments’ agents, who believe that you with the enlightened mind to spread the Buddhism) are never ready to hear what Tamil wants to tell you, but you all believe that you are on the earth to fix the Tamils’ problem and sent them to heaven, and not ready to let them live on the earth. Don’t be an agent of Kandy Ayatollahs to convert anybody forms any religion, to; let it be Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim Buddhism. Stop the preaching of your mythical Buddhism versions, but learn that in the real world Tamils have their individual sovereignty against their rulers and have the right to self-determination as a Nationality with state, as per the established UN conventions. If you do that you will see how much of Pirapaharan was right in fighting of his war, like Buddha did against his time’s Kandyan high cast rulers, the Aryans.

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      Islamicphobia has become a problem today not only to SL, israel or any other parts of the world but hugely to Europe too where I have been living for the last few decades.

      So I know how one would feel, if anyone spread their wrong views and make every effort to live up their inferiority complex in mind in the name of religions – in some parts of Europe. Like for example, various turkish communities living in Germany since post war episodes have been hated even by other migrant communnities for radical behaviours of the the turks. Most of them, in the first generations, moved Germany as guest workers and then followed by asylum seekers have not the least knowledge to even learn the langauge. So is the case with tamils and other asians moved to Germany or other non-English speaking countries.

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        Samuel Jayaweera is probably unaware of the progress made by Tamils to integrate with the local society and hence his careless remark
        “So is the case with Tamils” Unlike other recent immigrants, in
        Germany, France, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and other countries Tamils have studied and learnt the local language and have earned a reputation as lawful, peaceful and useful citizens.
        As is well known, learning is a talent highly valued in the ancient Tamil culture including being grateful to the host country.
        They are even in governance in these countries from local and Municipal bodies – in addition to Parliament in the UK and Canada.

        Backlash

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          Backlash@

          not to put you down Mr. but to add you with the facts.Bottom line is how many of the migrated tamil families have been that integrated as you added above ? What matters is the density per number of tamil migrants. I believe over 50k tamils living in Switzerland, but not significant numbers of them have been integrated. So are the numbers in Germany, France and few other euroepan countries.

          How many of the tamils have improved their life styles after being part of european folks .. after they moved to EUrope ? not many. Most could afford thank to the social funds granted to them as asylum seekers, but the truth as it is – second generations are not doing well .. even if few have had the chance to raise their head by getting a better education.
          As far as my info are concerned, majority of tamils moved to Switzerland are isolated in that country because first generations failed to learn the local langauge. Some Swiss colleagues have raised this issue with me again and again, asking me why Tamils in general remain as living in their home countries not integrating enough. Meaning most of them have failed to learn the langague. Linguistic researchers/analysts confirm, the failure lies on the school education of those first generaions. Then again, lanken govts and authorities should have been attacked by not giving proper education to the minorities in the country. Further to this they the europeans compare this with all the other migrant communities. Not to forget, Germans have a big problem with turkish community making up to few millions whose first generations had the same problem with those tamils in Switzerland.

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      One can openly state one of the fundamental truths, is that there is a fundamental problem in the Muslim world, specially when it comes to a certain religious superiority. All other religions and it’s people are inferior as the whabi strain of Islam taken root around the world preaches. And as for racism, If you are a African, Asian Muslim the Arab world even Israel would seem a better option. A Fact.

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        Why did you get into Wahabi train. The arguments here is entirely on a different subject.

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    in Izeth’s last posting headed “Some Conclusions On Tamil Casteist Racism”

    I challenged Izeth

    “Izeth have you really concluded? I wont be surprised if you pen another one Clarification on the Conclusion”

    Izeth thanks for confirming I was right

    …continues under a different heading “Israel & Sri Lankan Islamophobia”

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      rajash

      “in Izeth’s last posting headed “Some Conclusions On Tamil Casteist Racism” “

      Izeth Hussein was not thew ONLY one to expose this Tamil Castist Racism.

      H L D Mahindapala wrote several articles exposing the “Upper” Caste Tamil Casteist Racism.

      Prof Hoole two articles recently exposing the “Upper” Caste Tamil Casteist Racism, and how it has affected the “low” caste Tamils and the up country estate Tamils.

      The Core problem lies with the “upper: caste Tamils, who wants to maintain their hegemony, by claiming “divine” rights from Hinduism.

      This has been a great block on Tamil society in preventing and achieving an egalitarian society .

      Until then the Tamil society will suffer.

      One possible solution is for ALL Tamils to embrace Buddhism, not thew Sinhala-“Buddhist” version, the True Buddhism, like the Dalits of India, and form a new society, and stop being hung up on “low” caste Tamils

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        Amarasiri,

        Is that including why they could not breed enough to make their numbers near equal to Buddhists, despite Tamils boast themselves that they have been in SL before Sinhalese?

        That was the only reason why Tamils worshiped white masters had to handover SL to Buddhists, despite Sinhalese not being qualified or educated (English) at that time?

        So, it is their linga issue, why blame others?

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        Sinhala Chauvinist, Izeth rump, Amare cite Anti-Tamil, anti-hindus coolies’ writing for Tamil Casteism. None of those essays ha any materials in them. But we did not deny Cast problem. In fact we had pointed out that ITAK’s private bill, that is even if it is a private property, entrance to a temple cannot be denied citing caste, is the one defeated Suntharalingam in the court, none Izeth’s or Mahindapala’s or Racist Amare’s dripple “F”s.

        From Razi Vittozzi down to Kusal Perera, Brian Seneviratne, Wickramabahu…. there are many Sinhala prominent Sinhala writers wrote to the Sinhala Chauvinist, utter Racist, Aamre to fix his problem; he is still teaming up with Prophet Rodrigo to hind behind Izeth and Mahindapala to be their rump.

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        The Muslim hiding under the name Amarasiri, right or wrong, defends his fellow Muslim Izeth Hussain. No serious problem there. That’s his prerogative. But please don’t have pretensions of being a neutral academic. You are as anti-Tamil as Hussain. Arguably, less so. You failed to censure Hussain when he resorted to indecent profanities.

        As to your laughable advise “One possible solution is for ALL Tamils to embrace Buddhism” are you not aware that what goes as Buddhism is part of the Hindu whole – otherwise known as Sanata Dharma. Prince Siddartha Gauthama was part of this ancient tradition, religion – if you like. I respectfully suggest you do not enter the ancient and deep area of philosophical Hinduism. It is far beyond your depth and prejudice.

        Kettikaran

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          kettikaran,

          Just clarify me below differences please:

          Why Hinduism has thousands of gods, and Buddhism doesn’t?
          Animal sacrifice in Hinduism, not in Buddhism?
          Casteism in Hinduism, not in Buddhism?
          Vedas in Hinduism, not in Buddhism?

          These are a few differences but at the fundamental level. How can Buddhism be part of Hinduism while I understand that prince Siddhartha was a Hindu before discovering/founding Buddhism?

          With fundamental differences, are we going to call it a different religion/way of life?

          Or, with similarities (that was due to prince Siddhartha had been a Hindu), are we going to call it ‘part of’?

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            Isharath,

            Your Comment/Question “Casteism in Hinduism, not in Buddhism” is adequate indication you have far to go in engaging into these debates. Ask some well read man in the
            ethnic issue in your community and he/she will educate you about
            the strong presence of caste in Buddhism.

            Kettikaran

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              Kettikaran,

              I have very well clarified every point I have argued to say Buddhism is not part of Hinduism as you said.

              Since you name goes ‘kettikaran’ something like ‘talented guy’ or ‘excellent guy’ in English I guess, I thought you should have a good reason before you uttered that in your original reply to Amarasir.

              Now I am shocked and worried to see a Tamil kettikaran trying to pass the ball to some unknown people to solve something he childishly claimed :(

              I am quite generous, I will continue to address you ‘kettikaran’, but please when you comment on such serious things in the future, please double-check with some well read men among you before putting everybody in confusion, thambi kettikara :)

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                Comprehension is clearly not part of Isharath’s mental outfit. Your
                Comment/Question Casteism is present in Hinduism and not in Buddhism
                exposes your ignorance, if you will pardon me. Are you not aware the two Prelates in Kandy and the Amarapura Sect are divided
                entirely by the caste factor? We are talking here of Buddhism as we experience and see the “religion” here.

                Kettikaran

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                  Kettikaraaa,

                  Buddha himself was a critic of the caste system, said:

                  “Birth does not make one a priest or an outcaste. Behaviour makes one either a priest or an outcaste”

                  You’re the ignorant one to mix what is said in Buddhism and what is practiced culturally in Sri Lanka and Tibet like countries due to the influence of varnas and jati from India.

                  Learn the facts kid.

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            kettikaran,

            I got nothing to do with what’s going on between izeth hussain and others here. I happened to read above comment and am curious to get my questions clarified.

            Anyone?

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              Buddha means ¬Wisdom in english you need to get a life than implicate it as god Buddha.
              The max statutes of buddha in different forms exist only at China because that was a challenge to the philosophers of China `Dao` who was alive at the same time Hinduism is not a religion but rituals as practiced differently in different states of India. Buddhism was introduced as a philosophy of living for the ones who were left out from these rituals – Brahmins are 2 in kind priest and scholar(pandit)with time there are poor pandit’s who go from house to house making chappati as a profession- they are clean and fast but today we can buy this sealed stuff in the supermarkets of the west and microwave it to eat.(I employed one while there in the north of india)
              Chinese are an objective lot and are pagans.
              communist because they work like ants for the state and have no individual freedom.

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          Kettikaran in his reply of April 22 is evading the charge I made against him. He is an agent of Hasbara. If someone detests everything produced by a writer he will stop reading him. But Kettie keeps on reading me week after week and month after month. Why? Isn’t it that he is engaged in a smear campaign and character assassination according to the behests of his Zionist masters? Come on Kettie boy – Answer that charge. – IH

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          kettikaran

          Just address the issues raised, instead of resorting to ad honimrem attacks, that shows that you and your fellow agents of foreign interests do not have valid counter points, in the face of factual data and history.

          Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler provided data and observations , in support of their heliocentric planetary model. Izeth Hussein has provided some compelling observation and data in support of his hypothesis. Just read his article again.

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    Everyone is out to get him! Starting to sound like Donald Trump!

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    IH@

    Please see it being unbiased to any parties. The islamicphobia in the island is much less than you experience in Israel. This you should really feel if you lived in the country.
    Over the years, new kind of islamic culture have been introduced to the island nation with their women are forced to wear body coverings which hide almost everything except their eyes. Such outfits have made a feelin in society frightening almost everyone today. Assume your children go somewhere alone where some of above mentioned women make their appearences; these females wearing cloaks similar to the shape of moving black piramids,

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      Germans in general are sensitive on the islamic women clothing while in Uk, some areas they allow islamic females to wear a burqa (also known as chadri or paranja in Central Asia) is an enveloping outer garment worn by women in some traditions to cover themselves in public.
      While waiting in the lounge of BIA a year ago, I happened to watch some lanken muslims too were wearing the kind of clothing. This was not known to me 3 decades ago in the country. How come ?

      Those who abuse the kind of clothing, can even bring more harm to the innocient people … in a country of our nature – where people dont hold on to laws and disipline. Besides, prevailing laws are with lots of pot holes as even high criminals freely roam in the town today.

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        PayyagalaSiddilebee,

        “where people dont hold on to laws and disipline. Besides, prevailing laws are with lots of pot holes as even high criminals freely roam in the town today”

        You must ideally be fighting for the above-said root cause. With what you mentioned above, “burqa” is not necessary to harm a country’s security. Just a regular dress can do it.

        “This was not known to me 3 decades ago in the country. How come ?”
        Yes, I also hate that (I don’t personally wear one). But cultural changes do happen time to time, unfortunately, we happen to live at the same time

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    Why are you calling others idiots. If you really want to know who is the idiot,please stand in front of a mirror. You are accusing others of Islamophobia, but you seem to be suffering from every other phobia – Judeophobia, Christianophibia, Buddhaphobia and Vellalaphobia. It is time that you seek psychiatric treatment for your madness. Threat to world peace by Islam is real, which needs to be countered. Jews are no threat to Sinhalese unlike Muslims, who are being instigated by Middle eastern countries to overcome Sinhalese, first economically by taking over businesses and buying properties and later in numbers by uncontrolled birth rate. Sinhalese are not interested in what is happening in other parts of the world, and will take every measure to keep Islamic racists in their place to save their land.

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      Al-faqurlah,

      “first economically by taking over businesses and buying properties and later in numbers by uncontrolled birth rate. Sinhalese are not interested in what is happening in other parts of the world”

      You got a different one-word for above than islamophobia?

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        Do you also Burqa wearing muslim ? Why you always go that deep to see the world as it is ?

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      Al-faqurlah

      “taking over businesses and buying properties and later in numbers by uncontrolled birth rate”. If a correct statistics is taken you would be proved wrong. In the Colombo stock exchange which represents the largest businesses in the country only two or three Muslim companies are represented. Even if what you say is correct nothing illegal is happening. Muslims do not spend their money on alcohol. This can be proved statistically. They don’t waste their time and money in Night clubs. Basically they are a peaceful lot but they are provoked by others here and world wide mainly due to jealous.

      Therefore, it is you who should go and have a check up with a psychiatrist at Angoda and not the Muslims.

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    Dear Mr Izeth Hussain,

    I commend your courage. It is revolutionary to tell the truth in a country myths, lies and propaganda rule.

    If they attack you, that means you are making an impact on this rotten society.

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      If they attack you, that means you are making an impact on this rotten society.

      Where is your theory is coming from?

      Are you one from the Joint Comedy Club?

      Attacking others, as you are seeing in the dream that you are being attacked?

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    Muslims do not need extra help in projecting themselves as dirt?

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      shami

      “Muslims do not need extra help in projecting themselves as dirt?”
      are You an idiot?

      Why so much anger with Muslims? Jealousy? Many non Muslims who work in Arab countries embrace Islam looking at the life stile there. Do you know Muslims have to wash with water even after passing urine? They cannot pray god without being clean. What ever you all shout Islam is going to rule world in the next Century. All jealousy and shouts cannot stop it.

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        Muslims have to wash with water after passing urine. Muslims cannot pray without being clean. That is because Muslims are normally physically unclean unlike people of other religions.

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          Al-faqurlah

          Idiot, have your head tested by a psychiatrist at Angoda.

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      shami,

      It is like a shrimp calling others dirt, forgetting it stores and poops through its head.

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        Is that also part of Quran that pooping through the head is dirty, but the back is clean?

        So you think you’re are designed by Allah properly, but not the Shrimp? What happened to Allah when he was designing the shrimp for human consumption?

        Well I guess, like pork, Muslim don’t eat shrimp? Is that right?

        I remember a joke Jay Leno said for President Bush’s talk on God’s Intelligent Design theory need to be taught in schools. “How intelligent is that to mix up genitals with urinary parts” He could not find any other places?.

        Man, Isharath, anything come out of your head is more germ polluted,filthy than the one out of a poor shrimp’s head! Take good brainwash with soap and water please!

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          Mallaiyuran,

          I love shrimps but I eat it cleaned. I hate shrimps when they think they are clean and point others dirt.

          Simple as that. Why too much of bla..bla?

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      When non Muslims who cannot find two cents to improve their lives, take advantage of Muslim money in the Middle East, they run over there, work for the Muslims, earn money for their families, build houses, buys lands, give their sister in marriage, and live better lives than when they left, then Muslims and their money is not “dirt”.
      Racists usually make stupid statements.

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        Zara

        “take advantage of Muslim money in the Middle East,”

        Because OPEC the petroleum cartel has been in operation since 1960.

        “Racists usually make stupid statements.”

        Stupid is as stupid does.

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    Izeth Hussain:

    YOu are very dihinest old man. Read the following. Hopw Muslims are not allowing resurrection of an old temple.

    You say Islamophobia.

    A tense atmosphere prevailed in Manikkamadu area, in Ampara yesterday when a group of Muslims protested against constructing a building for the historic Manikkamadu temple that has one of the Cheithiyas surrounding the Deegavapi Cheithiya. The protestors claimed that the land in question belonged to the Muslims in the area and not to the temple.

    However the Maha Sangha including Chief Incumbent of the Manikkamadu temple Ven. Ambagahapitiye Seelarathana and Director of Pirivena Education North and East and Chief Incumbent of the Pulukunawa Rajamaha Vihara and the Aranthalawa Buddhist Centre Ven Kirindiwela Somarathana Theras said the a temple had existed there before the military conflicts and that they obtained permission from President Maithripala Sirisena and the relevant authorities including the Department of Archaeology, the Land Commissioner and the Government Agent.

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    “Backlash has been attacking articles by this writer over a very long period, declaring every one of them as no better than excrement – his favorite metaphor has been “verbal diarrhea”. He suddenly revealed that something unusual was afoot: he corrected this writer’s erroneous memory over an article he had written twenty five years ago. How was it that someone who regarded the articles as excrement should have so vivid a memory of them over a quarter century? Some sort of institutional backing for Backlash was clearly suggested. “

    Interpreting. Very interesting. Smoking gun!

    So Blacklash and others are shills,cronies of the Islamophobic hired guns, and rump LTTE is also a part of this.

    So, the neo-colonialism is taking a different modified track, with a New World order, the Apartheid of the White West Vs. the Colored Asians, the Israelis will try to rode that wave, and rump LTTE will go along with the racists? It was the Socialism of the Soviet Union that blocked many of these moves. Where will Russia and China be in this new “Word Order”?

    Sixty odd years ago, the so-called “upper” class Tamils voted with the racist Sinhala, to disenfranchise the up country Estate Tamils, the the socialist Sinhala West opposed it.

    C. Suntharalingam: Tamil Story Telling On The Citizenship Bill

    By Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole
    Cooked up Commitments to Hill-country Tamils

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/c-suntharalingam-tamil-story-telling-on-the-citizenship-bill/

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      At present the writer and a Sinhalese who has been writing in his defense in the Colombo Telegraph have come to be convinced that one of the Tamil racists is the servitor of a fundamentalist Christian group. It is relevant to recall at this point that the BBS is believed to have had the financial backing of Norwegian fundamentalist groups. There could be a sinister force at work behind some of the Islamophobic attacks against this writer. Our authorities should look into the political dimension of Christian fundamentalist activity in Sri Lanka, particularly in the Tamil areas. This writer was revolted some time ago by a video showing a mass meeting of a Christian fundamentalist group in the Eastern Province in support of the expansionist policy of apartheid Israel.

      Ultra Racist Amare, can you confirm me if or not Izeth is pointing his finger on Hoole by “Tamil racists is the servitor of a fundamentalist Christian group”

      If that is Hoole can you ask Hoole to reply to that?

      I know Amare you 100% agree with Izeth, but if it is not Hoole can Hoole express his opinion of Rapist Army investigating the Tamil Christian priests on Izeth’s request of “Our authorities should look into the political dimension of Christian fundamentalist activity in Sri Lanka, particularly in the Tamil areas.

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        He is not a Sinhalese but a Muslim posting under a Sinhalese name. Notice how he always comes to defence of the Muslims. TO him Sinhalese and Tamil are all outsiders(Para this and that) except the Muslims, who are the real paras.

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          Rohan

          “Notice how he always comes to defence of the Muslims. TO him Sinhalese and Tamil are all outsiders(Para this and that) except the Muslims, who are the real paras.”

          Amarasiri does not always come to the defense of Muslims, Sinhala or Tamils, and any defense is based in the Item of debate.

          However, Amarasiri does come to the defense of Native Veddah Aethho, ALWAYS,because their Land, they claimed by walking, was stolen by the Paras, Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamils, Para-Muslims, Para-Portuguese, Para-Dutch, Para-Malays, Para-English etc.

          Jest see how Amarasiri has attacked the the Wahhabis and the Ulama in several posts, because they stand in the way of an Egalitarian society.

          Amarasiri does not attack “normal” Christians, “normal” Muslims, “normal” Jews, normal “Buddhists”., “Normal” Hindus etc, who practice their “normal” religion without harming others.

          However, Amarisiri does recommend that the Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus become Tamil Buddhists, to get rid of the repulsive Hindu rooted Castism and racism, as it has NOT helped Tamil society. That is how Buddhism got started.

          The 330 million Hindu Gods are not helping the so-called “low” castes, only the so-called “high ” castes.

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            However, Amarisiri does recommend that the Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus become Tamil Buddhists, to get rid of the repulsive Hindu rooted Castism and racism, as it has NOT helped Tamil society. That is how Buddhism got started.

            Amare, can you expand where do you find the need for help to Tamils for you to say “Tamils needs help – repulsive Hindu rooted Castism and racism, as it has NOT helped Tamil society”?

            Upcountry Tamils were not respected by North-East; true but, remember this, they are the one provided you with free rice; but you racist guys deported them. You are the one deported up country Tamils, but the fault of North-East was not showing their unified opposition (SJV did his part) to you.

            It is not Buddhaghosa, who taught Lanakweyans Buddhism, even Bodhidharma, another Tamil taught to Chinese the Buddhism.

            There is Tamil song’s lyrics go like this. “Naan Vaazhndhu Paarthu Saaindha Thennai
            Unnai Nee Maattri Vidu” ( I am a three stood on this land for a period of time and have now fallen. I know the life on this earth. Please you change yourself). I wrote earlier about the time of Tamil practiced Buddhism. You know the even the Kantharodai artifacts are of Tamil Buddhism. Ellaria who had the intelligent bell in court might have been a Tamil Buddhist king. But simply it did not just help us, but it destroyed us the same way Sinhala Buddhism is destroying us now. So we had got rid of it. The Tamils were not just doing better, but flourishing and keeping Ceylon leading in Democracy and economy. You too were well behaving when you were under Christian colonial masters. Please enforce Christianity on all Sinhala Buddhist to turn them into citizens, instead of them being the sanctuary’s protected lives.

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: Israel & Sri Lankan Islamophobia

    “This article leads to the question whether the Israeli propaganda organization Hasbara, which has plenty of funds at its disposal, is using Backlash and Kettikaran as its agents for the promotion of Islamophobia in Sri Lanka. There are interesting common factors between them. Both have been attacking this writer over a long period, both have given indications that they have some sort institutional backing, and both use the identical tactic of the bucket attack in which fact and reason have no place at all. How do the bucket attacks serve the interests of those two nondescript Tamils? In no apparent way at all because this writer continues to be published and continues to be read. But we can expect the bucket attacks to continue. Why? They don’t serve the interests of those two Tamils but they could serve the interests of Islamophobes who believe that the best that can be done against this writer is to keep throwing dirt at him in the hope that some of it will stick. That will serve their fundamental purpose which is to project one message: All Muslims are dirt.”

    Thanks for the write up and further exposing Blaklash and Kettikaran. If one spent the time, would have come to the same conclusion many others have come to, with respect to their paymasters Israelis, and Christian Fundamentalists. Did they fund BBS besides the Norwegians per Eric Solheim?

    They are agents of somebody.
    You claim Israelis and Christian Fundamentalists.

    What is sad is that they are doing this at the expense of the good Tamils, and have become traitors to the Tamils

    Then what do Israelis and Christian fundamentalists Care? About their own self-interest only, and not that of Sri Lanka and its people.

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    Phobia is a mental condition, hence the word Islamaphobia implies a mental condition that a person suffers from and typically others would not. However, the fear of extremist Islam, of which the followers in some countries, may randomly attack you at a public place is not at all Islamaphobia.
    It’s a real fear and a concern. Just not very different to what one might entertain with respect to plague, wild beast, snake, shark etc.
    Those who are in fear of wild beast or snake, often identify the source of these fears as a nearby forest and may decide to clear it. Although trees, bushes and vines are not directly responsible for the actions of wild beast, they are part and parcel of the environment which hosts the hazard. So as a means of risk reduction even the most ancient man picked up the axe to clear the forest for the protection of their family and fellow beings. It’s just very natural!

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      Unhealthy fear:

      “There are fears that arise from the mind of self-grasping ignorance, which is the root of all other delusions, and thus the source of all fears. To overcome this root of all fear, Buddha taught the truth of emptiness or no-self”

      – Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

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      Izeth is suffering from Tamilphobia

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        Rajash

        “Izeth is suffering from Tamilphobia”?

        The Real problem is that the foreigners, the Israelis, the Christian Fundamentalists, ans Norwegians have manipulated the Tamil traitors in the Tamil society to their own advantage and self -interest, at the expense od the overall well-being of the Tamils and Muslimsin particular and Sri Lanka, in general, and its people. It is this traitor activity that Izeth Hussein is exposing. Hats off to him.

        This is NOT the first time foreigners have tried this by using local agents, based on perceived and real grievances, towards theit self-interest. We all know how Indira Gandhi, wanted to destabilized Sri Lanka, when JR was tilting too much to the West, and exploited the LTTE and Tamil struggle for recognition of Tamil citizen’s rights, that ultimately resulted in a 30-year war, at great agony for Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhala as well.

        Backlash, Kettikaran and other traitor-stoogers, whores, Izeth Hussein is exposing, are the new paid agents of Israel, the Christian fundamentalists and the Norwegians, towards manipulating Sri Lanka towards their self-interest, and NOT towards the welfare of the Tamils, Muslims, Sinhala and other citizens.

        The data and support for the above statement is quite clear.

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          You Sinhala Buddhist ate free rice on Upcountry Tamils’ toil started JVP. The Sinhala Chauvinist are the one brought Mrs. Gandhi in to free Military service to control JVP. You got the Katchatheevu cheating her. You the Sinhala Chauvinist allowed Pakistan Military planes land in Katunayake and told her all lies. You Sinhala Chauvinist went to President Reagan against Mrs.Gandhi. After all that you don’t very conveniently blame India for the problems. You promised to Dragon Harbor and land. Now you are one selling Maduru Oya reserves to Dragon, but has declared more lands as Wilpattu reserve, which Muslims claims as their land. You are problem for all countries. You are problem locally. You constantly create internally and internationally, problems.

          You Sinhala Chauvinist brought in 32 Nations to solve a problem you created. You spent 200 billion on that.

          You overwhelmingly voted to Old King in 2005 and made him the EP. Then easily blamed LTTE for that. You overwhelming voted in 2015 to Old King. But not ready give that credit Vellala controlled TNA. In 2015 when Sampanthar was making contracts with Amerasiri, the New King and Izeth, the Hakeem we warned him repeatedly not to go for that election and how the you two will turn around and show the Appa Diplomacy.

          Put this in you racist hear; in 1940s & 1950s when you brought, MMDA Sinhala Only, Sinhala Siri against minorities, ITAK Vellala party got the private bill -Temple Entry- Passed.

          You have your ticks. You see they are not multiplying fast enough. So,now you are sleeping with the dog to match make your ticks.

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            Mallaiyuran

            Your response is too diffuse. Ad homimems do not get you anywhere, with an Egalitarian Rationalist Philosopher.

            The fact remains that there are racists among the Sinhala and the Tamils. Others probably went along with the racism because of perks.

            It was only the Sinhala Left and Sinhala Brown Hollanders, Peter Kennerman as per SWRD, who were against the disenfranchising of the Up Country Estate Tamils.

            C. Suntharalingam: Tamil Story Telling On The Citizenship Bill
            Cooked up Commitments to Hill-country Tamils By Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/c-suntharalingam-tamil-story-telling-on-the-citizenship-bill/

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          Amarasiri – your reply of April 22 at 3.32 pm. You are absolutely right that Backlash and Kettikaran are traitors to the Tamils and to the nation. The anti-national aspect of their Islamophobic campaign should be emphasized. Traitors can be very dangerous to the nation, as history shows. Who knows what might be the ramifications of Islamophobia? – IH

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    Mr.Hussein,
    Don’t you think it is a bit far-fetched to think that some Tamils are Israeli agents? After all, they were the ones at the sharp end of Kfirs and Dvoras.
    That said, I agree with you that many Christians have this rosy view of Israel as a quasi-christian state, instead of the white colonial construct that it actually is. In my view, Israel should have been set up in Germany. I have pointed out to many well-meaning Christians that Islam recognises Jesus as a prophet while he has no status at all in Judaism.
    However, Israel is much more tolerant than some neighbouring Arab states, though it could be that the reason for the intolerance is Israel itself. It is well documented that Jewish minorities in these countries were lukewarm towards Arab freedom struggles.

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      Old Codger – Christian fundamentalists are known to be deeply devoted to Israel, something that they believe is enjoined by their versions of Christianity. That applies to the Tamil fundamentalists also. Some time ago I saw a video of a meeting held in the Eastern Province by one of their groups in support of Israel’s expansionist policy – Israel is not alone etc. It was a revolting exhibition of mass hysteria. I have checked with my Muslim contacts none of whom could recollect any such meeting among Sinhalese Christian fundamentalists. / In the CT Kettikaran addressed Edwin Rodrigo in terms that reeked of Christian fundamentalism. As for Backlash he may be impelled by intense Islamophobic hatred. – IH

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        izeth hussain and old codger

        “That said, I agree with you that many Christians have this rosy view of Israel as a quasi-christian state, instead of the white colonial construct that it actually is.”

        “Christian fundamentalists are known to be deeply devoted to Israel, something that they believe is enjoined by their versions of Christianity.”

        The fundamentals, the Christian fundamentalists who literally interpret the “Holy” Bible and the Muslim fundamentalists who literally interpret the “Holy” Quran, are at a loss with many of the verses in the scriptures in light of modern scientific findings.

        They reject everything that appears to support evolution, geology, physical science in even in the slightest respect.

        They have plenty of company, of course, in other institutions, organizations and publishers around the world. If all the attacks against evolution, theirs is the boldest and most consistent, rejecting out of hand anything and everything that seems to support evolutionary biology. Among the anti-evolution crowd, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), and their allies are known as “YECs”- young-earth creationists- a name that indicated how thoroughly they have departed
        from the scientific mainstream. They believe that the earth is young- no older than 10,000 years-and they are prepared to defend that belief.

        The larger goal is to invalidate the mountains of historical evidence that evolution took place.

        The devotion of the Christian fundamentalists to the Bible and Israel, the devotion of the so-called “upper’ caste Hindus to Hinduism and retention of the caste system, and the actions of the Wahhabi-Salafis to their own interpretation of the Quran, has the same roots, and they all reject evidence to the contrary.

        What they all do have in common is that they do have 46 chromosomes, and Chromosome #2 was formed by the fusion of two primate chromosomes.

        Ken Miller on Human Evolution
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi8FfMBYCkk

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    Before we dismiss off-hand the claims of Brother Izeth regarding the possible interference of the Hasbara in the local social media, read how a certain web-article refers to this group

    Hasbara Troll attributes
    1.Supreme point of view
    2.The Hasbara troll knows best
    3.Condescending & Patronising
    4.Socialist (Smart and ‘caring’)
    5.Do not have to be Jewish but Pro-Israel
    6.Internet experts
    7.Narcissistic
    8.Provocative
    9.Dis-ruptive
    10.Like to ask the questions, not answer questions
    11.Control freaks
    12.Inflamed by anyone being critical of Israel
    13.‘Moral’ Guardians
    14.Classic insults: Anti-semite, Neo- Nazi, White Supremacist, Holocaust denier
    15.Adept with social networks well trained on IT

    Troll techniques
    1.Turn up randomly asking question about Israel, trying to engage/educate.
    2.Guilt by association, they point to some source your are linked to as being anti-semitic or neo-nazi.
    3.Opportunity to redeem – the offer chance to recant from your naive ways.
    4.Smears and insults – if the top 3 fail then it’s just character assassination.
    5.Name bombing – using seo in blackhat ways to denounce and smear people. ie website with 37 mentions of someones name will prob get a Page one on Google.
    6.Hasbara trolls generally follow the rules of social networks, because they want to continue to influence people and subvert open and free debate.

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      Ekelbroom – thanks very much. No 4 of the Troll techniques applies to me – “Smears and insults”. It’s “character assassination” galore in my case. Keep posting more information about Hasbara. You will be doing a public service of no small importance.The reason is that the neo-Nazi Zionists of today are a sinister lot who could harm Sri Lanka not just the Muslims. I see that Amarasiri is pointing to that possibility – IH

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      Does anybody know why LTTE were the best fighters? They were trained by Israel.

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        Yes, and according to some Israeli officials, Israel trained both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan armed forces at the same time. They have this ugly habit of playing devious games, and the other side never knows. Where there are problems in the world, there is always Mossad and Israel playing their games.

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    Izeth,
    Why is that Muslims always cry “poor me, poor me” every time someone point out to their wrong doings, but always find fault with others as all the Muslims around the world think they Allah’s angles? Come on man get out of that mentality, remove your mask and start to think as a free man. Allah has given you a brain to think independently like all the other religions have. So use it wisely. One day somebody told me that Muslims can’t think beyond the Koran because when a Muslim is born their skull is cut an remove the brain and put the Koran into the skull. Muslims in Sri Lanka not all they are doing everything to ruin Sinhala nation and Buddhism which is a bigger threat to Islam than any other religion. My friends who are Malay and Java Islamists are very open and reasonable and they are speechless of Muslims behaviour in Sri Lanka. Muslims have destroyed Buddhism in Malaysia, Indonesia, India Afghanistan, Iraq and many more countries. Muslims have burned over 5000 Buddhist monks alive by locking them inside the world’s first University Nalanda in India on orders from Muslim version of the Prabhakaran. PLEASE GO TO Gampola Babile road and see how these bloody disgraceful Muslims have build a Allah’s Mosque ILLEGALLY over the public road making the Sinhalese Buddhists including the monks to walk under the feet of these bloody rascals. What has happened at Akurana, how they have build houses over the river, and that is illegal for everyone else but not for Muslims. So when someone point out these you Muslims cry foul. Look around the world what is happening? Are still wearing Alla’s mask not to see that. That is why Israelis and Sinhalese have a Islamophobia. No other religious person cannot even take a picture of their religion or pray in Muslim countries. Why don’t you talk about that or ask the Muslims to go their, so you don’t have face this Islamophobia. You are supposed to be an independent reporter. Show us you are by removing false beliefs.

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    IH removed his mask today and shown us he is a real ISIS terrorist.he try to hide muslim’s people cruelties on behalf of Allah with the islamophobia blanket. All the muslims live here should be chased out to saudi arabia. racist lot.can not have peace with them. what is happening in Ampara now classical example.muslims live among sinhalese must be beaten up and chased out to saudi immediately.

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      ranjith(sprrw),

      I am a Sri Lankan Muslim, and I can go to Saudi on an agreement that I will drop you in Bangladesh on my way. How convenient is it for you? (Remember, it is a Muslim country now)

      All are paras anyway.

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          ranjith(sprrw) scatterbrain

          Brilliant

          Thanks.

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        Fathima,

        You insulted ranjith(sprrw) calling him Bangali, while he self-claims he is ‘Austra-Asian’.

        He..he

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        Fathima, take all your Muslims back to Arab, thanks.

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          John,

          Then all non-Muslims in Arab countries will be sent back to SL. Agreed?

          Are you matured enough to imagine SL without Arab money?

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            John,

            Don’t take my above comment from the racial point, think of from economic points, please.

            With love, Fathima

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    It is time the moderate Muslims in Sri Lanka, stood up to the Saudi influences that have seeped into our country, and affected Sri Lankan Muslims who foolishly think that the Wahabi form of Islam is the right one, maybe even because Saudi Arabia is the nation that hosts the Haj and where the biggest Mosque in Islam is. The Saudi laws and practices are compared to most other Muslim nations still primitive, and it’s rules and laws do not belong in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Muslims live in a multi religious nation, and have for years lived a secular lifestyle which is befitting for multi religious communities, and it is alarming for non Muslims to see more and more Muslims wearing clothing that culturally belong to another nation. There is no mention of such clothing in the Quran, and it is not the cultural clothing of Sri Lankan Muslims. This Saudis have been devious in trying to influence the thinking of Muslims here, and pouring in money for Mosques, and programs to spread the Wahabi message. Sri Lankan Muslims are not Wahhabis. There are enclaves in Sri Lanka where Saudi influence is obvious, and it is up to the moderates to reject this, if they want to live harmoniously in this small nation.
    Muslims should not trust Saudi Arabia – they have become cosy with Israel, and are dropping bombs in Yemen killing civilians. Think about that.

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      Peace,
      ” and it is alarming for non Muslims to see more and more Muslims wearing clothing that culturally belong to another nation.”
      Shirts, trousers, skirts, sarees, all belong to other nations. Why no objection?

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        yusuf

        “Shirts, trousers, skirts, sarees, all belong to other nations. Why no objection?”

        Do shirts, trousers, skirts, sarees, ….. symbolize any particular religious code of conduct?

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          Mr Vedda
          Peace is talking about culture not religion.Some Christian nuns wear a hijab-like robe. Why only Muslim get objections?
          When tourist women go on the beach in bikini, its OK. But if sinhala woman wears short skirt it is very bad. Get my idea?

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            Because it is symbolic of one particular nation, Saudi Arabia, that is at the moment trying to exert a lot of influence over Sri Lankan Muslims. The black robes are not even suitable for our climate here. It is worn in the Middle East to help with sand storm, which we do not have over here, it is extremely heavy and women sweat underneath as they walk around in the hot sun, and it is not so pleasant. Muslim should wear what they have been wearing in Sri Lanka for centuries, our own national and cultural attire, of saris, and beautiful versions of the salwars, which is pleasantly colorful, and they can cover their heads in light fabric, which is suitable for our climate. Why the heck should we ape the Saudis and wear their attire, and follow their primitive ways? Saudi is trying to use their money to influence Sri Lankan Muslims to adapt their ways, and it will only cause more problems for the minority Muslims.

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              Peace’
              If Sinhala women can have coloured hair and wear foreign clothes, why Muslim women can’t wear foreign clothes? Simple my dear.

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                yusuf

                “If Sinhala women can have coloured hair and wear foreign clothes, why Muslim women can’t wear foreign clothes?”

                Well women should be free to wear whatever they chose to be their fashion statement. It is none of our business.

                The issue is not what they wear. The most important question is why do they increasingly wear what they wear.

                It is obvious to everyone who is keenly observing the Muslim population through out the world the women’s dress code has changed over the past 40 years.

                It is has nothing to do with Islam but all to do with Arabisation of Muslim population through back door, backed by Wahabi Pero-Dollars.

                “Simple my dear.”

                Of course it is simple if you want to look for truth or Arab’s hidden agenda. Arabs can and should spend their time, money and energy focusing on fellow Arabs whose land, life, dignity, habitat, safety, security …………… are being destroyed evry second rather than how global Muslim women dress themselves.

                Hope you won’t support future Wahhabi fatwas demanding the women wore Chastity Belts.

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                  Native Vedda,

                  “It is has nothing to do with Islam but all to do with Arabisation of Muslim population through back door, backed by Wahabi Pero-Dollars”

                  Why do you think that Muslim women increasingly wearing ‘abaya’ are linked to Arabisation? After all, that ‘black abaya’ Muslim women wear mostly these days is not the traditional dress of Arabs.

                  So ideally, call it Islamization of Muslims. So what is wrong in Muslim women who decided to change from Indian Salwar to ‘abaya’ that better conforms to Islamic requirements on their own will?

                  Islam is an accepted religion in SL, it was the sole decision of women who wear it (that is why you still see not all Muslims women wear it), and their hubbies have no issues. Don’t these Muslim women have the right to choose what is best for them?

                  When Muslim women increasingly wore Salwar, nobody talked about Indianization or Hinduization. Now they started to wear ‘abaya’ you guys started to shiver calling it ‘Arabization’ without knowing much about it. I guess it is just Islamophobia that blinds you all, but nothing.

                  Let the cultural change happen among Sri Lankans Muslims too. Forcing Muslim women not to wear what they like is also depriving of their rights, not just MMDA.

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                    Isharath

                    “Forcing Muslim women not to wear what they like is also depriving of their rights, not just MMDA”

                    Forcing them, mostly through emotional black mail is far worse than depriving their rights.

                    You got the wrong end of the stick. Arabisation is the worse enemy. Please refer to my comment to yousuf at April 25, 2017 at 4:07 am.

                    I know what I am talking about.

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                      Native Vedda,

                      “Forcing them, mostly through emotional black mail is far worse than depriving their rights.”

                      Why only Muslims adhering to their religious beliefs and practices become an ’emotional blackmail’ in your view?

                      And you also said, “I know what I am talking about”

                      Why do you see Islamization of (already) Muslims as Arabization? (Is that just because that you see many Arab women wear black ‘abaya’ similar to what is worn here?

                      Remember, not all Arabs are Muslims :)

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                  Mr.vedda,
                  I am a liberal Muslim .My wife/daughter doesn’t wear burqa. I am only asking why a Muslim woman can’t cover up if she wants? Even I am against Wahabis. But nobody should use wahabis as an excuse to condemn all Muslims.
                  Sinhala buddhist women are topless in Sigiriya. Why are they wearing western dress now? Whose rules?

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                    yusuf

                    “Sinhala buddhist women are topless in Sigiriya.”

                    My Elders told me that 70 years ago they had seen topless Tamil and Sinhala women in certain areas of this island. They are sure that these women were seen in villages and towns not in any topless bars or night clubs. So topless women murals are nothing new and you shouldn’t be surprised.

                    Hindu Temples proudly exhibit Kamasutra postures, that is sex education South Asian style. Do you have any objection to these naked statues?

                    “But nobody should use wahabis as an excuse to condemn all Muslims.”

                    Many liberal Muslims whom I have closely known for many years believe in many cases the father/brother through his mother, sister or wife are conditioning their daughters’ mind in subtle or not so subtle ways.

                    A pious Muslim friend of mine who is still a pious Muslim man left this island with his five kids and wife. He felt his and his family’s personal space had increasingly been violated and freedom infringed by Khalifa nutters. Therefore he reluctantly left this island.

                    “I am a liberal Muslim .”

                    Can you survive social exclusion and fight stigma for being a liberal? Let me know how you survived as a liberal in the next five years.

                    And I am not sure what you meant by liberal. What would be your reaction if your daughter told you that she was in lesbian relationship with an South American women? Both would like to have children by artificial insemination. Donors religious affiliation is not known.

                    Assume she is in love with an Englishman who is an atheist. Both are living together, legal or religious wedding never crossed their mind, want to live near your local mosque. Your daughter is six months pregnant. How would you and your family react? How would you handle your local official/unofficial religious leaders?

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    The fact is that Israel has outperformed every single Arab country by a huge margin. Just look at the Israeli arms industry, which is world famous. By comparison, let us ask what the Arab countries have done with their oil wealth. Most of them are more interested in issuing fatwahs and sponsoring jihad than building industries and generating wealth for their citizens. Syria was one of the few moderate Arab countries where women and religious minorities enjoyed full rights. The Sunni nations (Saudi, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan) ganged up on it, funding the terrorists there with millions in arms and weapons to overthrow Assad. The fact is that Sunnis hate Shias more than Israel. They are more interested in destroying Iran and overthrowing Assad than liberating Palestine.

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      Lester,
      “The fact is that Israel has outperformed every single Arab country by a huge margin. Just look at the Israeli arms industry, which is world famous”
      It is also a fact that Israel gets huge defence and other subsidies from the US. Even Somalia would do it if the US cared that much for Somalia.
      Why in the first place are we third world citizens supporting a transplanted white regime in Israel against fellow 3rd world citizens? Reverse racism?

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        Old Codger:

        Israel gets only $3 billion USD in subsidies from the USA. The GDP for Saudi Arabia was $646 billion USD in 2016, while the GDP for Israel was $299.4 billion USD in 2015. The Saudi GDP is so high only because of their petroleum resources. Saudi did not have to do anything to earn that money; they hire foreigners to dig the oil, refine the oil, and transport the oil. Israel built its arms and tech industry out of nothing. The knowledge is entirely indigenous, there is no dependence on foreigners. The productivity, reflected in the high GDP, shows that the knowledge base is strong. There is consistent demand for Israeli arms and other tech exports. If you give the Somalian government $3 billion dollars a year, the Somalian GDP will not increase significantly. The knowledge base is missing. Building a high-tech drone is not like making shoes.

        Now what is interesting, as the world moves away from oil & into renewable energy sources, the GDP of various Middle-Eastern countries will drop, due to low oil prices (less demand). For example, the GDP of Qatar was 206.2 billion in 2014, and 164.6 billion in 2015. The difference has to do with oil prices. The knowledge base is what keeps the economy strong; it is why Russia did not collapse after the Soviet Union fell.

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          Dear Lester,
          “The knowledge is entirely indigenous, there is no dependence on foreigners.”

          If you look up your history book, you will find that Israel did not exist before 1948. So where did the Israelis come from? Yes, they are practically all FOREIGNERS. All of them were EUROPEAN post-war refugees from Poland, Germany, Russia, etc. They were given Arab land to settle in, and plenty of money in the form of reparations from Germany.The knowledge base came with the settlers.
          Your figure of $3 billion is somewhat far from the truth .In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.
          Just last year, the US signed a deal for $38 billion.
          Israel is the cause of all the dissatisfaction in the Middle East. If there was no Israel, there wouldn’t be an ISIS. Israel is a plain and simple colonial settler state, like the old South Africa. It was set up in 1948 at the tail end of colonialism, but there is no way such an injustice could be done now.

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            Old Codger:

            You forgot to mention that Israel was initially created by the UN. The borders of Israel changed after Egypt, Jordan, and Syria declared war on Israel and Israel defeated them.

            The $38 billion from the US does not come at once, it is $3 billion every year for 10 years. The larger point is that the $3 billion is a very small percentage of total GDP, not even 1%.

            In any event, the oil wealth of the Arab nations exceeds any subsidy given to Israel. According to Wikipedia, The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, has 7,000 luxury super cars which include 604 Rolls-Royces, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 452 Ferraris, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, and 1 SSC.

            It is not the fault of Israel that Gulf Arab nations do not use their vast wealth to improve the living conditions of the citizens. When the UN put sanctions on Iraq, Saddam Hussein was still living in a golden palace.

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              Leaster,

              “You forgot to mention that Israel was initially created by the UN. The borders of Israel changed after Egypt, Jordan, and Syria declared war on Israel and Israel defeated them.”
              Yes, but don’t forget that at the time the UN consisted mostly of the WW2 victors. One of them (Britain) held Palestine. Jewish terrorism forced them to handover and leave.
              Most of the Jewish settlers were educated Europeans. The Saudis and other Arabs were mostly tribals. In a way, Arab achievements from a base of zero are much more impressive than what the Israelis did.
              As to to Brunei, it is not an Arab state, and of course you conveniently forgot to mention that it has a higher per capita GDP than Israel.

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                Old Codger:

                “One of them (Britain) held Palestine. Jewish terrorism forced them to handover and leave.”

                That is incorrect. Israel was created by the UN in 1948. This is how the British divided Palestine: http://www.thehypertexts.com/images/israel-palestine_map.jpg. The Palestinians lost so much land because three countries declared war on Israel. If Israel had lost the Six Day War, the Jews would have been chased to the sea. Complete destruction of Israel is still part of the Hamas charter.

                “The Saudis and other Arabs were mostly tribals. In a way, Arab achievements from a base of zero are much more impressive than what the Israelis did.”

                Arabs did not invent the number zero. Zero was invented by Hindu mathematicians. Arabs did not invent anything, in fact they stole the printing press from the Chinese. During the so-called “Dark Ages”, the Arabs translated some Greek works into their own language.

                You are correct that the Arabs are mostly tribal. They are still mostly tribal. If the Westerners had not dug the oil for them, most would still be nomads roaming in the desert.

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                  Lester,
                  You insist on avoiding the question, is Israel a settler state or not?
                  “That is incorrect. Israel was created by the UN in 1948. This is how the British divided Palestine:”
                  Thankfully, you have not used the fall-back argument of most Israel supporters- Biblical donation by God himself. That particular argument does not wash nowadays, as it would lead to even the US being given back to the Cherokees, Navajos, etc.
                  The creation of Israel dates back to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which promised a Jewish homeland in Palestine, which had fallen into British hands at the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. At the time there were 700000 Arabs and 50000 Jews.
                  Now, why did the European Jews need a homeland? Because they had been oppressed and murdered over hundreds of years by CHRISTIANS.
                  European Jews trickled into Palestine from the 20’s onward, to growing protest by the local Arabs.
                  Hitler’s murder of another 6 million in his “final solution” caused a flood of Jews into Palestine, violence, civil war, the Brits washed their hands and ran away after Jewish terrorists bombed a hotel full of British officers.
                  So the Palestinians had to pay with their lives and their land for CHRISTIAN violence against Jews. Do you actually think this was morally correct, UN resolution or not? Yes or No, please.
                  Israel IS the root cause of all Middle east problems. There wouldn’t be any political Islam if Israel didn’t exist.
                  If the above leads you think I am a Muslim, I am not. I just object to injustice,. Whether it is done to poor Arabs in Palestine, poor Tamils in Sri lanka or even alleged JVP members in the south does not matter.

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                    Old Codger,

                    Islam has been at war with the West for at least 1500 years. The Persians tried to conquer Greece in the 5th century. The Battle of Yarmouk dates back to 636 when the Muslims went to war against the Byzantine Empire in what is today Israel and Syria. After winning the Battle of Yarmouk, the Muslims were able to spread Islam to Egypt and North Africa via the sword. What about Constantinople? That is a Greek city conquered by the Ottomans. Iran itself was not Muslim originally, it was violently invaded by the Arabs (Abu Bakr). Let us not forget, the Muslims occupied Spain for 800 years, almost conquered Europe in 1683 (Battle of Vienna), and pillaged India for more than 1000 years.

                    Israel was created by the United Nations, its borders expanded after it won the Six Day War, the same way the Arabs expanded the borders of their Islamic empire after subjugating people of 3 continents.

                    Your claim that Arabs/Muslims were peaceful until Israel was created is a joke. Do you know that Mecca was originally dominated by polytheists (Hindus) and Jews/Christians? Muhammed destroyed the idols after conquering the place by the sword. One of them, Kabaa, still remains.

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                      Lester,
                      “The Persians tried to conquer Greece in the 5th century.”
                      Oh dear, dear, Lester. You have again concealed information. The letters BC before “5th century”. There WERE no Muslims in the 5th century, even AD.

                      “Israel was created by the United Nations, its borders expanded after it won the Six Day War, the same way the Arabs expanded the borders of their Islamic empire after subjugating people of 3 continents. “
                      You keep repeating this UN resolution gobbledygook. What I am asking is: Was it fair for the UN to hand over the territory of a nation not represented in the UN to an European third party? You have no answer, it is clear.

                      “The Battle of Yarmouk dates back to 636 when the Muslims went to war against the Byzantine Empire in what is today Israel and Syria.”
                      Well, if the Muslims attacking the Byzantine Empire was wrong, what was the Byzantine empire doing so far from home in Syria?
                      If it was wrong for the Arabs to expand their empire, how come it was right for Britain to occupy Palestine?

                      ” Do you know that Mecca was originally dominated by polytheists (Hindus) and Jews/Christians? Muhammed destroyed the idols “
                      Of course I know that much, dear Lester. But I will not pass judgement because I also know that Protestants destroyed Catholic idols in Europe, and Christians killed six million Jews not so long ago. The Portuguese were also good at destroying idols (both Hindu and Buddhist if you didn’t know) in India and Sri Lanka.

                      “Islam has been at war with the West for at least 1500 years. “
                      Well, it could be the other way around too. You need 2 parties for a war.
                      So your support for Israel stems from Islamophobia,not logic,it is clear.
                      It is possible to educate those who will listen, but not those who refuse to see.

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                      old codger

                      “If it was wrong for the Arabs to expand their empire, how come it was right for Britain to occupy Palestine?”

                      The Zionist lobby in the USA was so powerful one can do anything and everything under USA’s protection.

                      There were suggestion in the UK to provide the Zionists a small area where Uganda is situated now. Imagine what would have happened to countries in Africa if Israel was created in Uganda.

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                    Old Codger:

                    The issue is one of perception. Palestine has been occupied by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Ottomans, and the Jordanians. There was never a “country” or “kingdom” of Palestine. Jews have always lived there. Within the wider historical context, Israeli occupation of Palestine is nothing new. To assume such an occupation is racist ignores the historical context altogether.

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                      Lester,
                      “Within the wider historical context, Israeli occupation of Palestine is nothing new. To assume such an occupation is racist ignores the historical context altogether.”
                      So you finally do see a need to defend yourself?
                      Well, if you found somebody occupying your backyard in the middle of the night on the basis that his ancestors lived there, would you not object? It would be passing strange if you didn’t. That sort of behaviour was OK 300 years go, but not now.
                      If the white European occupation of South Africa was racist, so is the white European occupation of Palestine.

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                    Dear Old Codger

                    “Israel IS the root cause of all Middle east problems” you write.
                    Are you suggesting peace and harmony prevailed in the Arab Middle East before 1948? I beg to disagree although you are one of the more sensible commentators in the pages of CT? As far as world history goes, before and after Prophet Mohamed, the region has been dominated by blood, rule by the sword, revenge and hatred throughout the centuries. Intolerance and a stone-age mentality prevents these people from making the transition to the modern civilised world. Occasionally, there have been exceptions in societies such as in Persia through the influence of Sufism, and in more recent centuries, from Turkey and the Maghreb in particular where the elite have exposed their children to Western secular education.

                    R. Varathan

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                      R. Varathan

                      You have forgot to take into account those interventions, invasions, wars, empires … brought to middle east by Romans, Macedonians, Crusaders, Persians, Mongols, Turks, French, Brits, …

                      New states created by big powers in relatively recent times:

                      Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus and numerous new gulf countries such as Saudi, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, ……

                      These have their own unsettle disputes plus newly created ones to maintain outside interests in the Middle East.

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                      Mr Varathan,
                      No I am not suggesting that the Middle East was a peaceful place before 1948. But our perceptions are formed by the media which has its own interests. We are fed this story about primitive Arabs not being able to govern themselves.
                      Jews lived peacefully not only in Palestine, but even in Saudi Arabia before 1948. It was in Europe that they were exterminated, by Christian, not Muslim regimes.
                      It is not a coincidence that the destruction of the Ottoman empire followed the discovery of oil. The Arabs were promised freedom, but were saddled with newfangled kings and princes anointed from London.
                      Add to that the creation of Israel and we have the present powder keg. The fact is that the very people who accuse the Arabs and Persians of being ungovernable are the ones who created problems all the way, from imposing the Shah to invading Suez to destroying Iraq . The most perfidious was the act of creating the Muslim holy warriors in Afghanistan in the 80’s, an ongoing story.
                      ” the region has been dominated by blood, rule by the sword, revenge and hatred throughout the centuries. “
                      Well, isn’t that a pretty good description of Europe in the first half of the 20th century? Mr. Varathan, you must realize that history is written by the victors. Just like the Mahavamsa.

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                      R Varathan:

                      “As far as world history goes, before and after Prophet Mohamed, the region has been dominated by blood, rule by the sword, revenge and hatred throughout the centuries.”

                      My friend, it is worse than you think. These people are truly hell bent on the Sharia. Beheading in public (with thousands gathered), burning of prisoners in cages (like the Jordanian pilot), drowning prisoners in cages, slavery of Yazidi women, crucifixion, pushing gay men off rooftops, stoning of women with thousands gathered. And the way they treat women, women are nothing at all to them, just objects. Before they do these things, they find a “mufti” (cleric) in Egypt or Saudi Arabia who will say it’s “okay.”

                      Not only should the civilized world unite to stop this barbarism, they should punish the propagators of the Wahhabi mentality, especially Saudi Arabia.

                      Some here like “Old Codger” will try to blame Israel, yet there is no such barbarism in Israel. The real issue is that some extremist Sunnis are trying to implement the Sharia based on a literal interpretation of the Quran.

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                  Lester, “Arabs did not invent anything” is not right. All nations and races have made contributions to human progress, some less, some more.

                  For example, Algebra was invented by an Arab called Al Jaber. The name Algebra is derived from the inventor’s name.

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                    Edwin Rodrigo,

                    Algebra was invented by the Hindus, Chinese, and Greeks. For example, the “Chinese Remainder Theorem” dates back to the 3rd century.

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                      Thanks Lester. I am happy that you are not trying to put it on me. Otherwise my nephew will kill me. He is so bad in Algebra. In fact he is so bad in all subjects. Must be the genes.

                      Anyway, regarding zero, I cannot understand why the Indians had to go and invent something that is not there at all. It is stupid in my opinion.

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                      Edwin Rodrgo,

                      “”It is stupid in my opinion. “
                      Therefore we count the billions and trillions not up to nine fingers like arabs.
                      Don’t believe the nutcase lester he is pal of hoole and admirer of DJ. Not Engineering.The Chinese do better than Indians at Engineering in the USA but not maths where Indians do the best.
                      The Indians have won Spelling Bee the past 10 years and Geography Bee for the past 6 years.
                      Where are the big mouth English and Sinhala buddhist?
                      Timeline of algebra
                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_algebra

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                      Marks of Real Intelligence

                      Dim Sum, Doing well at spelling B etc. is no indication of real intelligence. The Indian system is rote learning. Copying, Cramming, memorizing endlessly. They start at a very young age and go on and on.

                      There are no Einsteins, Feynamans, Paul Diracs, Oliver Heavisides, Marconis or Maxwells among the Indians. What a sad lot.

                      You may admire it. And the Tigers disguised as Sinhalese in this forum too may admire it. But the Indians here are disgusted and are migrating to greener pastures for that very reason. To give a better education to their children.

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                      Lester

                      “Algebra was invented by the Hindus, Chinese, and Greeks.”

                      The Hindus invented the Elephant or Bull that was holding the stationary earth in place, and the elephant was standing on top of a giant Turtle, and it was turtles all the way.

                      The Greeks invented the Sun, the red hot rock, and that was dragged through the sky by the God Apollo. They also made Mars to go backwards in Epi Cycles.

                      What else do you know and do not know? Just curious!

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                    “There are no Einsteins, Feynamans, Paul Diracs, Oliver Heavisides, Marconis or Maxwells among the Indians. What a sad lot.”2

                    Sinhala buddhist is as usual jealous but finally the half and half chinese respect the size and money of the indians as we see in the west.
                    you would find an Einstein when the lankan southern monkeys socialise- Sir David Attenborough – primates on BBC video.

                    Indians don’t send their women to the harems of ME where you are stationed like Sinhala buddhist women. – They are proud of who they are and you worship an indian God- the low caste untouchable.

                    The English are impressed by the indian kids who are the 2nd generation of top professionals- BBC
                    the sinhalese refugees kids are nowhere to be seen though london alone has a population of 350k- shape shape shape.
                    The day the sinhala people learn to reason they would get a kalante and collapse.
                    Mark of intelligence is having the Spirit of Reasonableness. which does not come to you or lester because the 2 of you got your head between your legs.

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        Israel recently got the biggest aid package from the US which amounts to $34 billion, plus the latest weapons and ammunition, to kill civilians. They also get American’s support and protection at the UN, that enables them to keep a brutal occupation and stealing of land, to go on. Without the support of the US, Israel will be floundering today. They beg for aid every time there is a chance it could get cut.
        They send thousands of lobbyists to appeal for aid, and have lobbies like AIPAC to control American leaders.

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      Izeth Hussain

      They attack every writer here. You may have noticed.

      The attacks leveled against you pale into insignificance when compared to the howlings that erupt following any article by Dayan Jayatillake

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        Maalumiris

        But Dayan does not go down to the level of boasting Israel, LTTE and others are after him. He is of some substance although we do not agree with all what he writes. He does not go down to the gutter level of resorting in writing to “F. Off” “Sh..t” etc., when he is exposed. This is perhaps because he comes from a certain class and upbringing. It was the Israeli Govt that complained to MR’s Govt to take him off – but here Hussain makes the false claim Israel stopped him from being appointed to Paris.

        What strange creatures we have to share the planet with.

        Backlash

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          Backie – To the reader – I used four letter words only in support of Edwin Rodrigo. He was outraged by the injustice of the attacks against me, he lost his cool, and let fly in four letter words against the likes of Backie. I felt that his outrage over injustice was something very noble and I felt he had to be supported. In support of my use of four letter words I cited three great English writers – Chaucer, Swift, and Lawrence. I am addressing these remarks to the reader, not to Backie who won’t be able to understand any of it. ///// Backie – I am not surprised. You have not answered the questions raised in my article. When people dislike a writer’s articles they won’t read them. You regard my articles as excrement but you continue to read them obsessively over weeks, months, and years. Why? Is it not that you are engaged in a smear campaign, in character assassination at the behest of your Hasbara masters? Answer my questions. Don’t evade them. – IH

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            What a laughable and fragile excuse in an effort to undo an enormous faux pas. IH will be remembered as one who resorts to the lowest profanities used by the dregs in society.

            Backlash

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              Backie – your lengthy smear campaign against me involved a total disregard for facts. That has made you unable to recognize facts. The facts are these. I never used four letter words before I wrote in support of Edwin R nor afterwords.- IH

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                Foolish man,

                “I never used four letter words before” This is the admission in apology that 10-yr olds make to their Principals – before caning.
                Whether you used them before or after you are now permanently tainted with using gutter language unbecoming of an ex-diplomat,
                pretending scholar or failed Analyst.

                In your own interest, mend your ways, quarrelsome attitude and your language.

                Backlash

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                  Backie – I explicitly made the point that I felt obliged to side with ER over his use of four letter words because his indignation over the attacks against me was very noble. The attacks were grotesque in their injustice. I don’t expect Backie to understand that. He has been too dehumanised by his Islamophobic hatred – IH

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                    I am impressed by your energies Mr IH. You as an early octagenaerian to exchange the views this MUCH actively is unique to you. I wish all other octagenarians would follow you.
                    May be you stayed young by your heard. All the best

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        Maalumiris – the attacks against DJ have never been racist. The attacks against me were Islamophobic and racist. Secondly they were overwhelmingly attacks by Tamils. I believed that it was my duty to analyze Tamil Islamophobic racism. – IH

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          Born liar in action again. The venomous parts of your articles are
          criticised with equal scorn by Sinhalese, Muslims as well as Tamils.
          Don’t you pretend otherwise.

          Kettikaran

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            Kettie – you write “born liar” – that’s typical of you and Islamophobic Tamils, not of other Tamils and Sinhalese. Where are the Muslims who are supposed to be attacking me. You are hallucinating. You are not all there Kettie – IH

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          izeth hussain

          “I believed that it was my duty to analyze Tamil Islamophobic racism.”

          There are Tamils from many different parts of the world.

          There are British Tamils, French Tamils, Deutsche Tamils, Norwegian Tamils, Danish Tamils, Swedish Tamils, Dutch Tamils, American Tamils, Canadian Tamil, Malaysian Tamil, Singaporean Tamils, Burmese Tamils, Up Country Tamils, Sri Lankan Tamils, Indian Tamils, Fijian Tamils, South African Tamils, Mauritian Tamils, Australian Tamils, … etc.

          There are Muslims living in many countries. Muslims come in all shapes and sizes, for example there are Indonesian Muslims, Pakistani Muslims, Bangladeshi Muslims, Nigerian Muslims, Egyptian Muslims, Turkish Muslims, Iranian Muslims, Sudanese Muslims, Algerian Muslims, Iraqi Muslims, Afghanistani Muslims, Moroccan Muslims, Malaysian Muslims, another 34 countries Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Shi’ite Muslims, Wahhabis, Suffis, … Bahaiism, Jihadhi Terrorism ….. etc

          Could you let us know where do the Islamophobic Tamils come from? Have they exhibited racism towards all Muslims or a particular Muslims tribes.

          Could you let us know where do the Tamilphobic Muslims come from?Have they exhibited racism towards all Tamils or a particular Tamil tribes.

          Have the Sri Lankan Muslims experienced racism from other Muslim tribes? How about Pakistani Muslims, Indian Muslims, Bangali Muslims experiencing racism by other Muslims tribes?

          Do the Sinhala Muslim tribe discriminate the Tamil Muslim tribe?

          Have damn good time by commenting on the above.

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        maalumiris

        “The attacks leveled against you pale into insignificance when compared to the howlings that erupt following any article by Dayan Jayatillake”

        The attacks on Dayan the war monger is proportional to amount of stupidity X hypocrisy he demonstrates which is multiplied by intensity of his public racism times his desperation to defend/praise/glorify/…. the clan/war criminals.

        He deserves what is given to him.

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      @Lester

      Clearly no idea where the money to outperform comes from, right ?

      Dig around a bit – I am sure you will find out where the bulk of Israels defence monies and technologies come from

      If I could waltz onto my neighbours land and kick / starve him out while building houses for my people, I am sure that I would be “outperforming” as well !!

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      If Arab nations were able to have strong lobbies in the US, control the US Congress, get billions and billions of dollars in aid, and the latest American made weapons, had been protected for their war crimes at the UN by the US, and their occupation and land theft allowed to go on for 50 years, we may never know how much the Arab nations would have progressed. Every time an Arab nation progresses, Western nations keep dropping bombs and decimating that nation, so how can any Arab nation progress?

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    Lester,

    “building industries and generating wealth for their citizens”

    Some points agreed. but above highlighted is not the case with GCC countries. They are well prepared for the future without oil/gas and industrialized.

    We only see what UAE does because they show it. Others don’t but do it differently than UAE/Dubai

    It is SL that doesn’t seem to move an inch for a couple of decades

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      Fathima,

      First of all, SL came out of a 30 year old civil war. Secondly, SL has generational issues. If there was good leadership, it could move forward quickly. The same is not true of the Arab nations and Turkey. There is always some issue with “political Islam.” Women will never be free in these countries. The press will never be free; look what Erdogan did to his opponents, he staged a coup (fake attack) and then killed them all off. I am confident Sri Lanka will be very different in about 30 or 40 years. It will not be like Pakistan or Bangladesh; it will be closer to India or Singapore. Simply because, the population is highly literate, women are free, and there are no religious movements that have gained political traction.

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        Lester,

        Yes, hope is everything. If you consider SL’s history, the civil war of just 30 years is only a recent incident. Like MR, we should not always bring in the war to show a reason for anything and everything. Or, were we better industrialized or a nation with higher GDP then suddenly war brought us down?

        The fact is that we were never progressing at an acceptable pace, while war too slowed us down.

        While we think our women are free in SL, how free are they? Freedom of women in SL is very limited while we think that we have a perfect setup. For example, can we confidently expect women to walk out after 10 PM and safely return? That is not the case in Arab countries. Except for Saudi, every other country, it is the choice of women what to wear – That is why you see half naked women roaming in public even in the middle of the night in Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar etc – All these are Muslim nations. So local women of these countries chose to stick to local culture and religious practices.

        press freedom and unfreedom are not always connected with Islamic countries. We are lucky that we elected MY3, if not, we too would be in the same gang :)

        I too want to see SL developed and different. But remember, before reaching India or Singapore, we will definitely meet our other friend on our journey, who are Pakistan and Bangladesh, still much ahead of us :)

        Pakistan’s GDP is $271 billion USD and 43rd in the world.
        Bangladesh’s GDP is $195 billion USD and 47th in the world

        Sri Lanka’s GDP is $82.3 billion USD and 67th in the world.

        So definitely, in 30, 40 years we will be meeting those friends only probably. Then when meeting India or Singapore? – (god willing), That too if we collectively don’t prepare for another war ;)

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          Fathima,

          Sri Lankans overseas (Tamils & Sinhalese) are very successful, in terms of earnings and full assimilation. Even the ethnic tension that you see in Sri Lanka is missing. That is why I said the divisiveness in Sri Lanka is more of a generational issue than anything else. Pakistan and Bangladesh will never progress until they reject political Islam. That is not a generational issue, that is something much deeper, much more complex. A major reform is needed in Sunni Islam, as we saw in the West with Christianity during the “Reformation.” You see, the issue here is that the Abrahamic religions, in their pure form, are not compatible with modern values and capitalism. That is why the West struggled for so long with religion, until the decisive break with the Catholic Church.

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            Lester,

            If it is a generational issue or genetic issue I am not sure.

            One thing for sure that ethnic tension in a foreign land is controlled, rather than saying ‘missing’. Ex: Many who write the racist comment on CT are from your exemplary ‘successful’ list.

            How long would it take for them to take this online racism, offline provided the resident countries tolerate?

            Lucky Pakistan and Bangladesh are having a single issue, political Islam.

            SL’s so-said generational issue is partly racism, partly political Buddhism, political Islam, and politician themselves.

            So we got a lot to do in our own backyard than trying to reform someone else, I guess

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              Fathima:

              You have made a lot of incorrect statements.

              Pakistan and Bangladesh are not ahead of Sri Lanka. Here are some facts for Pakistan: “The literacy rate ranges from 96% in Islamabad to 28% in the Kohlu District. Between 2000 and 2004, Pakistanis in the age group 55–64 had a literacy rate of almost 38%, those ages 45–54 had a literacy rate of nearly 46%, those 25–34 had a literacy rate of 57%, and those ages 15–24 had a literacy rate of 72%.”

              What about Sri Lanka? “The Sri Lanka’s population has a literacy rate of 92%, higher than that expected for a third world country; it has the highest literacy rate in South Asia and overall, one of the highest literacy rates in Asia. Education plays a pivotal role in the life and culture of the country and dates back to 543 BC”

              Sri Lankan population is more educated than the Pakistani population and also the Bengali population. The Sri Lankan educational system is one of the best in the world. From personal experience, an undergraduate degree in the Sri Lankan system is almost equivalent to a post-graduate (MsC degree) in Britain or the USA.

              Female tourists have limited freedom in Dubai. But they have more freedom in Sri Lanka. According to the Sharia Law, “Emirati women must receive permission from male guardian to marry and remarry. The requirement is derived from Sharia, and has been federal law since 2005. In all emirates, it is illegal for Muslim women to marry non-Muslims. In the UAE, a marriage union between a Muslim woman and non-Muslim man is punishable by law, since it is considered a form of “fornication”.

              Sri Lanka does not have such laws.

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                Lester,

                “You have made a lot of incorrect statements”

                It is not fair to bring in another topic and say my info was incorrect :)

                Countries with a high literacy rate usually have a high GDP, the yardstick to measure a country’s success. Then what is wrong with SL having higher literacy and much lower in GDP compared to Bangladesh and Pakistan?

                Is that a quantity over the quality issue we have in SL literacy then? For your info, Uzbekistan has a literacy rate of 99% compared to your favorite India 72%, Singapore 96% and my favorite China 96% – That should tell you something?

                “Female tourists have limited freedom in Dubai. But they have more freedom in Sri Lanka”

                You’re talking about what is in the text, and I am talking about ground realities. Ask foreigners or your foreign friends themselves where they would feel safer

                Unless there is terrorism-linked, I haven’t heard of tourists getting killed, raped and stolen in Arab countries. In SL, you know the fact

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                  Fathima:

                  You cannot compare the GDP of Sri Lanka to Pakistan & Bangladesh. As I said, SL just came out of a 30 year civil war. One of the consequences was a so-called “brain drain”, in which many educated people chose to emigrate. Sri Lankan GDP will eventually overtake the Pakistani & Bangladeshi GDP, since Sri Lanka has many more educated people.

                  ” Ask foreigners or your foreign friends themselves where they would feel safer”

                  So you think women have more rights in Dubai, when they cannot usually own property, need four male witnesses to prove a rape case, and can’t marry a non-Muslim? All part of the Sharia Law. Just ask Australian Alicia Gali, gang-raped in Dubai and then jailed for 8 months (since she engaged in “infidelity”). Women have very few rights under the Sharia, difficult to argue with the facts.

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                    Hi Lester,

                    I am refering to GDP fingers of 1980:

                    SL: 4 billion USD
                    Bangladesh: 18 billion USD
                    Pakistan: 23 billion USD

                    And that was before the war. As said, we are addicted to showing war as a reason for everything. While I agree that we had an undeniable negative impact on our GDP on a grand scale, we also have to accept the indirect positive impacts on GDP due to war; foreign remittances

                    We clearly didn’t and still don’t have a sustainable strategy on development, hence we have a GDP that is highly depending on construction & services, even after nearly a decade of ending the war.

                    Where is our manufacturing sector? What is our capacity for innovation and technology with very narrow talent pool of knowledge workers despite our higher literacy rates?

                    Would you accept that it is only 15 percent of all state university graduates are in science and engineering, rest of them pursue degrees to fight the government and get a state sector job?

                    Our higher literacy rate is just a ‘quantity-over-quality’ kind of a thing.

                    With regards to women buying property in Dubai is incorrect. In UAE, more than local women, Indian, Russian and UK women have invested much more in billions – So the local law was not an obstacle there.

                    “Australian Alicia Gali” was jailed for drinking and having sex out of her marriage, though she was raped by her expatriate colleagues.

                    I know that looks funny, but every law has its own holes but has been applied, and perpetrators too were sentenced – In this case the hole was that ‘sex outside of marriage’ was given priority over her victimization.

                    In our country, these are the type of holes people use to get away from their crimes or get a bail.

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                      The Gender Gap

                      Fatima, Dear, it is not proper for ladies to join in intense male discussions like this. Words are uttered that are not suitable for good ladies like you. Over here in the Middle East, men and women have separate living rooms and the gender gap is honoured even among relatives.

                      So why don’t you run to the kitchen and get us some coffee? That would be more lady like.

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                      Fathima:

                      Alicia Gali was jailed after being raped because she signed a confession (in Arabic, which she could not understand), that said she had sex outside of marriage. She was then jailed and released after 8 months, as were her rapists. Of course, the true story is that her drink was spiked and then she was gang-raped by her colleagues, there was no consent to the deed. She could not get justice because the Sharia Law requires at least 4 male witnesses to prove the rape occurred. This is not the first time it happened in Dubai, it is quite common. If Gali the Westerner could not get justice, then you can imagine the fate of the thousands of foreign housemaids.

                      You should ask yourself why a comparatively affluent nation like Dubai still has barbaric Sharia Law that reduces the woman to a specimen with no rights. Many women have been raped in Sri Lanka, but none have been jailed just for being unable to prove they were raped. What kind of law is that, what is the mindset behind it? Clearly, a very primitive mindset, when it comes to such issues as women’s rights and blaming everything on Israel. Sri Lankans don’t have such a mindset, as I have said earlier, the issues in Sri Lanka are mostly generational and can be resolved by via economics.

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    Mr.Hussein writes beautifully , and it’s a pity he only focuses on one subject .
    However, he should be man enough to take criticism . Remember the old saying – “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen ?”

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      Oracle,

      The man writes on one subject (anti-Tamil) because that is where he provokes mostly angry replies – often exceeding 100. Of course, many commentators send several comments per article. It is this that keeps his non-stop rage, excitement and blood-circulation going. His pieces on other subjects drew far fewer comments – that is small beer for him.

      His foul-mouthed sidekick Pissu Edda started with uncontrollable zeal, using mostly profane language, but has now decided to go ‘straight’. Both characters are ideally suited to be characters in Orwell’s Animal Farm.

      Kettikaran

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    Mr Hussein is a battle hardened warrior and juggernaut.MalUrine,Jarash,FronthairlessLash etc are just little Lilliputians in the presence of this gifted and great man.What a beautiful command of English and fact he puts on display.Wow!

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    Islam preaches the killing of those who do not believe in Islam, called “infidels”

    No other religion does so.

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      Justice,
      No other religion does so. ?

      Just look up the Mahavamsa:
      “`How shall there be any comfort for me, O venerable sirs, since by me was caused the slaughter of a great host numbering millions?’

      `From this deed arises no hindrance in thy way to heaven. Only one and a half human beings have been slain here by thee, O lord of men. The one had come unto the (three) refuges, the other had taken on himself the five precepts.[30] Unbelievers and men of evil life were the rest, not more to be esteemed than beasts. But as for thee, thou wilt bring glory to the doctrine of the Buddha in manifold ways; therefore cast away care from thy heart, O ruler of men!’

      From “the victory of Duththa Gamini”

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    Un-parliamentary words are used by commenters. This is typical foul-mouthing in Lankan conversations – for example a player dropping catch is termed a moron and so on.

    Izeth is at the receiving end because of his generalisations-of-convenience. His wrings are to satisfy a gullible section. He is for pulling out of the present Lankan imbroglio provided there is no devolution of power. He drags the terrorist-rump threat and Indian factor. He now goes for this Tamil-caste system but never about caste in other groups. Recently he has added Christian Tamils aided by Israel to his list! He says that Tamils are Islamophobics. He must write about the BBS threat.

    Izeth has chips on his shoulders. Hinted in some meeting (Izeth says Kaleel was present) someone raised the question as to whether “…. the Israelis had been behind the last-minute abortion of his (Izeth) appointment as Ambassador to Paris. ….”. Izeth does not tell us what the answer was. Maybe the feeling was “No no no, not this shallow thinker”. He goes on to say “……. Shortly a after he left the Foreign Ministry around 1990, notoriously a victim of the UNP’s ferocious Islamophobic racism…….”. In a yester-year post he said that the Tamils ganged up with Sinhalese and sabotaged his appointment. In this post it is UNPers – implying that non-UNPers are not Islamophobia!!

    Izeth must touch his heart and answer as to whether the Myanmar genocide of Rohingya Muslims needed Israel inspiration at all. The world is worried about the apartheid slave labour in Qatar. Does he know that the Qatar venue of Soccer World Cup may change through activist pressure? Will the fundamentalism comeback in Turkey desirable?h

    Izeth again: “… Israeli promotion of Islamophobia in Sri Lanka. There is good reason to believe that the present Israeli Government would want to promote Islamophobia on a world scale… “

    Do not say that Lankan Hindu/Christian Tamils are Israel agents – I can almost hear him say “I never said ALL Tamils”

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      Glad that you noticed.
      That happens when people lose the argument through their own lack of logic.

      I do not endorse IH, but each daft response only helps him.

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        S.J,
        Would you let us know what you think of Israel from a S*******t viewpoint?

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    Dear participants,
    It is so sad Sri Lankan top executives are neither worried about the future of the Country nor the history left behind for their future generation to deal with. This racism started by the top executives as a short cut to get the gallery to vote them back to power again and again. Crimes galore in all from the very top to bottom. In this scenario as we all can see, there is no hope for even the new top executives to bring the Country to order. It has come to light now the new executives have no courage to bring the criminals and hoarders to book. So authors akin to Izeth Hussain have all the chance once again to fan the cursed hatred racism, anti Tamil, anti Hindu, anti Sinhala, anti Buddhist, anti Muslim, anti Christian and survive as a hero among narrow admirers. Whatever criminals do, they can do it openly, hoarders do it openly, hate crimes happen openly, why can’t a hate speech or a hate media show up openly? they are safe and are not taken to task in Sri Lanka. Keep it up! There is time for your future generation to make up or suffer for your crimes.

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    My word! What is wrong with this Izeth Hussain. Where did I say I went abroad? Do you want to suggest I went to Israel. Frankly, that is one great country I’d love to visit – to see her wonderful historical and religious treasures. Israel’s contribution to the good of mankind, then and now, is unmatched in the annals of man’s history. I did not still go there, although I have been to Jordan, because of the security situation.

    By all accounts, looks like you are in real trouble with the Muslim community. They find fault with you for endangering them by your non-stop controversial writing. Is that why you conspire to put the blame on others trying to save you from the wrath of your community.
    That the Israelis backed the BBS is the worst kept secret in the country. This may be because misguided Muslims unnecessarily annoyed the Israelis by their then weekly demos opposite the US Embassy in Colombo. This went on for years – until the Israelis obviously retaliated. The Tamasha demos after Friday Jumma prayers at Kollupitiya stopped immediately. Another debacle like the ill-considered Halal misadventure.

    Mahindapala taught you a lesson and checked your nonsense. You are now purging worried about Tamil commentators in CT. Take this advise. Stop attacking Tamils through your notorious anti-Tamil hatred. Tamils may then hardly pay any attention to you.

    Answering to your many false charges point by point is a waste of time. They have been proven against you by several commentators here. BTW, This is the first time I hear of Hasbara!!!

    As to quoting your old articles, surely I don’t have to be 600 years to quote Shakespeare. What you write is in your Website is there for all to see. You are in that predicament of the villager who, for no reason, grabbed a stray snake that was moving in the road – placing it in his sarong. To his horror, he found he was in unnecessary trouble.

    Stop imagining the whole world is against you. This is a sure sign of going out of your mind.

    Backlash

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      Backlash

      “My word! What is wrong with this Izeth Hussain.”

      What is not wrong with him?

      He is having a damn good time, by impressing himself.

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      I am enjoying this. I am driving Backie bonkers.He writes “Israel’s contribution to the good of mankind, then and now,is unmatched in the annals of man’s history”. Only a looney ignoramus could have written that. There is no specifically Jewish civilisational achievement worth speaking about, nothing compared to the Arab and Islamic civilisational achievement.But I have made him declare his dog-like devotion to Israel. That goes with his Islamophobic hatred. ///// He writes of my being in real trouble with the Muslim community and of their “wrath”. The poor fellow is hallucinating. ///// He writes “That the Israelis backed the BBS is the worst kept secret in the country”. Thereafter he actually justifies that backing. Unbelievable! ///// He writes about Mahindapala having taught me a lesson. What on earth is the poor mad fellow talking about? When M started attacking me there was a huge chorus of Sinhalese voices imploring me not to respond because the attacks would make no impact at all. So it turned out. ///// I am not attacking Tamils, man.I am attacking you and Kettie for your smear campaign which has been sustained over a very long period. If I am anti-Tamil how is it that Dr Devabesan Nesiah wrote an article in which he declared that he agreed with 95% or more of what I wrote? How is it that Fr. S.J Emmanuel sent me a commendatory email over my articles? ///// Better curb your hysterical hatred and mad dog rage. You are in danger of becoming certifiable – IH

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        “There is no specifically Jewish civilisational achievement worth speaking about, nothing compared to the Arab and Islamic civilisational achievement.”

        The only significant Islamic civilizational achievements come from the Persian side. But you will not give credit, since the Shia are infidels. What have the Jews achieved? To get some idea: “Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 881 individuals, of whom 197 – 22.4% – were Jewish or people of Jewish descent, although Jews and people of Jewish descent comprise less than 0.2% of the world’s population.” The Ashkenazim and Far East Asians are among the most intelligent people in the world, this has been proven many times over. Let me also tell you, the Middle East is heading into chaos with low oil prices. Those idiot Royals in Saudi, UAE, Qatar, and Bahrain who squandered their oil wealth on luxury lifestyles will be beheaded unless the USA intervenes.

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          Lester – you are capable of serious dialogue at a high level.But you write that the only significant Islamic civilizational achievements come from the Persian side. Are you really unaware of the Arab achievements? Then you write “But you will not give credit, since the Shia are infidels”. What makes you think that I regard the Shia as infidels and that I will not give them credit? IH

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            Izzeth,
            Lester is a true-blue specimen of a “kalu suddha “. My apologies to him in advance if he actually is a suddha.
            According to them, only white people know anything. Israelis are white, so they have to be better than these darkie Arabs.He probably believes that Jesus Christ was blond and blue-eyed.
            Those who refuse to see are worse than the blind!

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              Old Codger (who I am guessing is a Muslim) prefers to blame all the problems of the Arab nations on Israel. Old Codger should explain why the Sultan of Brunei prefers to own 7000 luxury cars rather than support his fellow Sunnis in Palestine. Old Codger should also explain what would happen if the Royal families of the Gulf nations used their combined trillions in oil wealth to help the Palestinians rather than import blonde-haired blue-eyed women for their expensive harems, travel around the world with suitcases full of cash, and support jihad in Yemen and Syria.

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                Dear Lester,
                As I have pointed our elsewhere, I am not a Muslim. Is it so inconceivable to you that a non-Muslim can be anti-Israeli?
                Are you aware that even the Vatican was not on very warm terms with the Isaelis for a very long time? It still isn’t. Since you seem to pull a lot of stuff off the net, please feel free to look it up.
                As for Gulf states, you might be surprised that their citizens have a better life than Israelis. No income tax, electricity ,fuel and water practically free. Free education, healthcare, social security system…. Why do you think so many of your adored westerners rush to work there?
                You still haven’t answered my question about the foundation of Israel. Of course you have no answer, but don’t let that keep you from trolling!

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              Old Codger – Lester is a true-blue kalu sudda who is serving as a propagandist for Israel. He showed that in his unwarranted comment on me, over which I raised two questions to which he has not replied. I am not surprised.
              Apart from the fundamentalist Christians, there are two groups in Sri Lanka who have substantial segments of pro-Israelis – the Tamils and the Christians.Why? Both did well under the white colonial masters.The white colonial masters survive in the white Israelis who whack the coloured Arabs. – IH

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                izeth hussain

                “there are two groups in Sri Lanka who have substantial segments of pro-Israelis – the Tamils and the Christians.Why? Both did well under the white colonial masters.”

                Could we have evidence a comparative study or some sort that the Tamils and the Christians did well under the white colonial masters.

                Why didn’t the others equally do well when their contemporaries managed it well under the white colonial masters? Were they stupider than Tamils and Christians? Did they bribe their colonial master which helped them do well in whatever they did?

                If you want to have good time please feel free to do so but not at the expense of other’s intelligence. Fun can be more intelligent and productive activity.

                Many may opt out from having intelligent discussion all because they fear as Mark Twain reported to have said:

                “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

                ― Mark Twain

                By now one hopes that you would have realized (only if you are an intelligent and honourable man as you like to think) that how you have been speeding up to hit the bottom.

                Please keep your dignity intact if you were a diplomat as you claim.

                Leave the street fighting to the immature lot.

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                Izeth Hussain,

                Rather than fomenting Zionist conspiracies, you should explain why the Sunnis are determined to fight the Shia. It is the Shia (Hezbollah/Iran/Syria) who are the biggest enemies of Israel. But your Sunni friends (Saudi/Qatar/Jordan/Turkey) have funded ISIS and other violent militant groups to overthrow Assad and establish a new Caliphate. They have even brought in the Americans to arm and train these groups. ISIS was not a threat until they were on the verge of conquering Iraq. The Americans had to do “something” since they had an alliance with the Shia government in Baghdad.

                The reality is that the “Sunni Alliance” together with the Americans was determined to get rid of Assad and then use those same groups to go after Iran. Israel supported this plan since Iran is Hezbollahs biggest benefactor. The plan was going well until Russia stepped in.

                The war is between the Sunnis and Shias, not Israel and the Arabs.

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                  Lester – Yesterday I posed two questions that exposed your prejudice. You haven’t answered them. If you want serious dialogue, you must answer them.
                  Again you show very great prejudice.You refer to my “Sunni friends”. I detest Saudi Arabia and Qatar and I strongly disapprove of Erdogan. As for the ISIS I have written articles in favour of extirpating Wahabism and all its clones from off the face of the earth.If you want serious dialogue you must explain you reference to my “Sunni friends” – IH

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                    Izeth Hussain,

                    I was unaware of your earlier articles about Wahhabism & ISIS. You are the first Sunni writer I have come across who does not portray the Shia in a negative light. Al Jazeera, for example, which is funded by the royal family of Qatar, is constantly portraying Assad in a negative light.

                    Anyway, since we are somewhat on the same page, let me state that Wahhabism is the primary cause of the turmoil in the Middle East. Not only are the Saudis destabilizing the Middle East, they have also destroyed Yemen.House of Saud does not want Iran to exert its influence in Syria or Iraq or Yemen, so along with some other Gulf nations, supported the FSA, Al-Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and ISIS (initially). Weapons were bought from the USA and given to these groups. Training camps were set up in Jordan. Before the ISIS bombed Europe, Turkey did not care if fighters crossed their border into Syria.

                    Israel does not have the money or resources to create turmoil in the fashion that House of Saud does. It is the House of Saud, through its support of Wahhabi terror all over the world, that has created the “Islamaphobia” that you mention in your article. The Americans should have let Saddam Hussein take over Saudi Arabia; he was a dictator, but he was not a Wahhabist.

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                      Lester – I don’t have the time just now for serious dialogue – which I would like to encourage.So I will make a few brief points. 1/ Saudi’s greatest friend is the US, There is a widespread belief that the US is favorable to Islamic fundamentalism provided that it does not become anti-Western. 2/ The scientific achievements of the Jews are admirable.They are by assimilated Western Jews. Nothing specifically Jewish about those achievements. 3/ In the creative arts their achievements have been comparatively unimpressive. Schoenberg in music. Mahler was half Jew. Chagall in painting. In literature Proust was half Jew, like Kafka. There was one intensely Jewish great writer in the last century, Singer, whom I adore. 4/ The achievements of the Jews have been as parts of Western civilisation. There has been no great specifically Jewish civilisation comparable to Islamic civilisation. 5/ It is absurd to decry the Islamic world with statistics about Nobel Prize winners. Other Afro Asians are also far behind the Ashkenazim Jews and the West.The great achievements of the Afro Asians will come in this century, led by China. – IH

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        “Ultra Racist Amare, can you confirm me if or not Izeth is pointing his finger on Hoole by “Tamil racists is the servitor of a fundamentalist Christian group”

        If that is Hoole can you ask Hoole to reply to that?

        I know Amare you 100% agree with Izeth, but if it is not Hoole can Hoole express his opinion of Rapist Army investigating the Tamil Christian priests on Izeth’s request of “

        I wrote this to your extreme supporter Amare. He doesn’t appear to be interested in that.

        Can you bring down here Father Emmanuel and have the above attested that you did not point your finger at him? Further, can Father Emmanuel vouch off your filthy Panchikawatta, Armour Street, Marudani junction language you used against me and other commentators?

        Can Father Emmanuel “Repeat this sentence in his comment as his “ Mr Izzeth Hussein‘s articles are of such high quality that it triggers intense debate. His last article hit a double century of comments. This one is going in the direction of a triple century. The veteran diplomat and intellectual is in truly Bradmanesque form indeed. Bravo Hussein! BackhairlessLash ,MalUrine etc can never match this juggernaut and they will remain insignificant ants in all but form.”

        Further can Father, if he believes that your Title is appropriate to appear in a public forum, write an essay as “In Addition to Izeth Hussain Accusations on Tamil Casteist Racism, My Accusations on Tamil Casteist Racism”

        The truth is your temptation to use foul languages is unsatisfiable. Your eager is visible everywhere in your comments. That is why “This one is going in the direction of a triple century.” Don’t think others are babies and cannot understand the games go on a public forums!

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    Mr Izzeth Hussein ‘s articles are of such high quality that it triggers intense debate.His last article hit a double century of comments.This one is going in the direction of a triple century.The veteran diplomat and intellectual is in truly Bradmanesque form indeed.Bravo Hussein! BackhairlessLash ,MalUrine etc can never match this juggernaut and they will remain insignificant ants in all but form.

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      Ha! Ha! Hussein in sheer exasperation now writes under the name PK Balasingham to boost his sagging lot and also to deceive Tamils are with him. What a pickle the “good-time” old man has got into. To use his own words, he’s gone bonkers – again.

      Relax, old chap. We know you’ve had enough (that’s me, the Israelis, LTTE, RAW and whose else?).

      Kettikaran

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    Hi Kettikaran,First , thank you for considering me as the great man himself.There is no greater compliment you could have paid me.Second,the veteran diplomat is I believe in no need for any side support from the likes of me.I was however privileged to have served as his Head of Branch in the External Affairs Ministry UN Division in the 70s when Mr H was Director.

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      P K Balasingham

      “Second,the veteran diplomat is I believe in no need for any side support from the likes of me.”

      I see you are already distancing yourself from him. I wonder why?

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      Thank you Bala. I am sure that most Tamils are with me, not with the Islamophobic racists like Kettie and Backie who are servitors of Israel. – IH

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        izeth hussain

        “I am sure that most Tamils are with me, not with the Islamophobic racists like Kettie and Backie who are servitors of Israel.”

        How low could a former diplomat stoop? This is the man who claim to have served his country. I can only see childish tantrums and name calling.

        Now we know how we managed to end up in total diplomatic failure.

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    This man is delusional. Here are some facts to point out that Israels have better things to do with their time.
    There are 15 million Jewish people in the world and and they have won 197 noble prizes, including several in Science, Math and literature. There are 1.5 billion Muslims and they have won only 3 noble prizes for science, Math etc. Muslims are doing good job creating fear and have contributed nothing to humanity other than blowing themselves up, taking women and raping them ( Yazidis) invading countries and destroying them
    (Afganishtan, Pakistan) burning people alive, FGM and forcing women wear bags( obsess about women’s bodies), to name a few.

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      Adding to what Sophia B writes, it is well known in recent times Israeli scientists have made many breakthroughs in producing safe drinkable water from the sea through advanced State-of-the-Art technology. They have already made the barren deserts bloom producing badly needed vegetables and fruits. These benefit mankind throughout, including the Arabic speaking peoples. Despite several blood-thirsty Arab nations around them conspiring 24×7 to destroy Israel and her entire population, Israelis go ahead with their noble work. Why, therefore, do some countries hate them and are dedicated to finish them?
      Many of them teach their little school children from age 5 to be revengeful of Israel and hate the Jews to the point of destroying them.
      This is the main cause of extreme tension in the Middle East in the past
      many decades.

      But, there is hope. Netanyahu gave indications in his recent White House visit both the Saudis (Sunni) and Iran (Shia) are in secret talks with them to benefit from Israel’s tremendous scientific progress.
      And the good news is Israel’s has agreed to reciprocate.
      It is time our local Jihadists realise Sri Lanka, like the wise Indians, knows to chose what is good for them. Yes. The Palestinians have a valid case for their land. But the answer to that is not to start
      MAD (mutually assured destruction) by Islamic fanatics. There is room for Sri Lanka to be friendly with the Arabs and Israel simultaneously.
      Despite his many faults, Mahinda Rajapakse took the wise middle-path
      in the long disputed issue.

      Predictably, our cardboard Islamic patriots will be quick to call those who seek peace and reconciliation as traitors and collaborators. This is not unusual in this weird world of contradictions. We have seen the movie many times before.

      Kettikaran

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        kettikaran

        You may have to review your comment which does not reflect past history nor current ground reality.

        Though you may have valid difference of opinion with Izeth Hussain it should not warrant you to lose your own perspective on Israelis and Arabs.

        In other word don’t lose your head just because of one lonely old man.

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          Native Veddah

          You are one of the few commentators here coming out with fresh and illuminating views. Where have I erred? I am not the Pope. I am fallible. I can be flexible where necessary.

          Kettikaran

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            Kettikaran,
            Native Veddah is right. Your aversion to Izzeth should not lead you to sing unwarranted praises of Israel. The Palestinians have been suffering in camps in their own country much longer than the Tamils.
            You ought to be on their side.

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            kettikaran

            “Where have I erred? I am not the Pope. I am fallible. I can be flexible where necessary.”

            Yes, you are fallible. The Israelis, the Christian fundamentalists and Norwegians know that. There are many like you who are fallible.

            Remember, that the Israelis, the Christian fundamentalists and Norwegians are after their own self-interest, and throw a few crumbs at you, to be temporarily happy. Before you know it, you will be recognized as a traitor.

            Watch out!

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      Are you sure Sophia? I think they have won more noble prizes than that. In fact, any prizes won by an Israeli is noble.

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        Edwin,
        You are being picky again. Sri lankans are only 98% literate.
        And poor Sophia is not an engineer.

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        Edwin Rodrgo,

        Gender Gap

        I don’t see ‘reply’ in your comment, so I clicked on this in reply:

        In Rome, do as Romans do.

        Why don’t you come down to SL where we don’t honor gender gap, share couple of beer cans and enjoy, if you’re suffering with separate living rooms for men and women?

        In the worse case I won’t have to look for 4 witnesses, and I always carry contraceptive pills in my handbag. Just don’t suffer there boy. As long you can make me some Arabic gawa, I’m happy ;)

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          Fatima, you say, “if you’re suffering with separate living rooms for men and women.”

          I don’t. No one in Bahrain does. But Terms and Coditions apply. Here as long as you do not become a nuisance to others, you can do pretty much anything. Have you heard of ‘Alakamandawa’? That is what Bahrain is.

          It is not for nothing that Bahrain is known as the Paris of ME. And it is not for nothing that many expats working in Saudi live here and commute to work daily.

          Fatima, very tempting invitation. But I do not take alcohol or other addictive stuff. So in ‘wine, women and song’ wine is out for me. But I can compensate for that with the other 2.

          Also, it is dangerous for a lady to have two certain words in the same post. But you are having them in the same sentence. Pretty explosive stuff. One of the is ‘sex’. Please try to find the other. You have done 2 or 3 time in it.

          P.S.: Please note that I do not eat chocolate with the wrapper on.

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      Sophia Basalona

      “There are 15 million Jewish people in the world and and they have won 197 noble prizes, including several in Science, Math and literature.”

      What does it mean?

      Indian population is about 1,327 million including its diaspora and only 8 Indians have ever won Nobel Prizes.

      Chinese population is 1,421 million including its diaspora and only 16 Chinese have ever won Nobel prizes.

      What are you trying to say or prove? Are the Indians and Chinese stupider than Jews?

      Sinhalese population is almost 15 million and they won none. Does it worry you?

      Tamils have won 3 Nobel prizes for science where as there population is around 85 million including diaspora.

      Would you consider the Tamils less stupider than the average Sinhalese, Indian and Chinese?

      “Muslims are doing good job creating fear and have contributed nothing to humanity other than blowing themselves up, taking women and raping them ( Yazidis) invading countries and destroying them (Afganishtan, Pakistan) burning people alive,”

      Are they?

      Only them?

      Since when?

      Have you looked into both European Tribal war?

      Have you looked into the history of European colonisation?

      Can you tell us all what you know about how the European colonial masters treated the native people of Australia, New Zealand, North South Americas, Africa, Asia, ……?

      Was it white man’s burden which prompted them to come to these countries to civilise our ancestors?

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    P K Balasingham

    “Second,the veteran diplomat is I believe in no need for any side support from the likes of me.”

    I see you are already distancing yourself from him. I wonder why?

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