24 June, 2018

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Jerusalem, Sinhala Far Right Foreign Policy & The Gota Factor

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

There were strange reactions to Sri Lanka’s political responses to and UN vote on the issue of Jerusalem. There are those spokespersons of the Sinhala Far Right who criticized the Sri Lankan stand and the cross-party political consensus as instances of double standards. The argument was that those who could not combine to defend Sri Lanka from the charges leveled at it in Geneva, and did not rally round Lord Naseby’s revelations, had banded together on the remote issue of Jerusalem.

These strange reactions to Sri Lanka’s vote on the Jerusalem issue reminds us of the kinds of human beings there are. There are those who recognize the criteria of right and wrong, and those whose notion of right and wrong is based on who is seen to commit it.

There are those of us who criticize the government and the Sri Lankan foreign ministry because we think they are adopting the wrong stand on this or that issue or on foreign policy issues in general. If and when the government takes a right stand we are therefore not reluctant to commend it.

Sri Lanka has taken the correct position on two issues this last year. We voted with almost the whole world at the UN when the Cubans moved their annual resolution against the US economic embargo, or blockade as Cuba calls it. 190 countries voted against the US embargo. Only 3 voted against the resolution and among them was the US itself. The other issue on which Sri Lanka took a right stand was of course Jerusalem.

These two issues were exceptions to the rule of the Sri Lankan government’s gravely erroneous foreign policy, most especially in Geneva. We must condemn the rule and commend the exception. 

What of the argument that the Sri Lankan government and its foreign ministry failed to stand up for the country and indeed collaborate with the West in the matter of the Geneva resolution, and went on to ignore Lord Naseby’s striving on our behalf, failing to table his findings in Geneva? This is true and we must denounce it. But when a wrongdoer does something right, we must welcome it while condemning his or her wrongdoing. The fact that on the Cuban resolution against the embargo as well as on Jerusalem, Sri Lanka voted on the other wide of that which the US voted speaks well of the resilient if residual nonaligned heritage of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and diplomacy. What must be lamented is that the nonaligned position is only fitfully adhered to by Sri Lanka under this government.

Even more insidious is the criticism that the broad civil society and political party platform in Sri Lanka that solidarized with Palestine should somehow be condemned because the same forces did not come together with the same zeal in defense of Sri Lanka. This is a truly incredible argument. President Mahinda Rajapaksa was for decades, a member and leader of the Committee in Solidarity with Palestine, which brought together diverse political personalities and forces in support of Palestine. These elements often failed to unite on issues pertaining to Sri Lankan affairs and even on external threats to Sri Lanka.

For instance there were those who were for and against the Indo-Sri Lanka accord and the IPKF, who nevertheless united on behalf of Palestine, just as those who stood on different points of the spectrum concerning Sri Lanka’s war with the LTTE, not to mention with the JVP, were active members of the Solidarity Committee with Mahinda. In fact those who were actually fighting on different sides of the two civil wars, North-east and South, were in sympathy with the cause of the Palestinian people. This was never regarded as anomalous or objectionable, and it would have regarded as eccentric to have done so.

In our lifetime, there have been at least three issues which united absolutely diverse forces in each country and throughout the world, whatever their stands on political issues within their countries among their countries and pertaining to their countries. These three issues have been the Vietnam War, South African apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela and the ending of the Occupation of Palestine. Never has anyone anywhere been crass enough to ask why certain forces stood on the right side on these moral issues but on the wrong side of others. British Conservatives and those of the Labour Left had dramatically opposed views on the campaign against the IRA, the UK war in the Malvinas/Falklands etc., but for the most part with a few aberrations) they stood together against apartheid in South Africa and for the release of Mandela. The same was true of the US Congress. Nobody thought it odd or problematic.

Let us grasp the nettle. The Sinhala Far Right is morally blinkered. It does not understand that there are issue which transcend the national, and that one’s country is not always the exclusive or highest value. Our common humanity stands higher than any nation, and common human values stand higher in the human conscience than purely national ones. The real meaning of solidarity is when one solidarizes with another, not necessarily with one’s own.   

Just as the Spanish Civil War brought together diverse political and ideological forces the world over against fascism, whatever their other important differences, national political stances and priorities, so also did the causes of Vietnam, South Africa and Palestine in our time. Such causes are transcendent of national causes and priorities. Such transcendent humanistic causes have a higher value than our purely or primarily national concerns. We are humans before we are citizens of a country or members of an ethnic group.

This is not a question of abstract internationalism over concrete if circumscribed nationalism. In our lifetime and perhaps in known history, there has hardly been a more valiant case of a small country defending itself against the world’s mightiest power while positioned on its doorstep, than that of Cuba under the leadership of Fidel Castro. That was not because of his nationalism, but because of his combination of patriotism and internationalism. Fidel often quoted the words of Jose Marti, known as the patron saint of Cuban independence, the man of letters who died leading a cavalry charge against the Spanish colonialists on the shores of Cuba. Marti and Fidel often said that “homeland is humanity”. It is because Fidel rose above nationalism that he was able to defend his nation successfully against the mightiest power in history. Fidel’s dedication to the cause of humanity, his militant, radical humanism, drove him to fight against injustice anywhere, sometimes risking the national interests of Cuba itself (as in the case of the highly risky Angola operation). It is this which gave Cuba truly global support.

The point is that if you don’t stand for something beyond your own nation’s interests, then no other nation, no peoples of other nations, will identify with you and support you. If you are not there for others, others will not be there for you. If you do not actively solidarize with others even at the risk of your narrow national interest, others will not do the same for you in the face of the pressures of the powerful upon them.

As Fidel Castro and Cuba proved, the most valuable strategic real estate is the moral high ground. You cannot ascend, occupy and remain in occupation of the moral high ground unless you stand for a broader and higher principle than that of your own nation’s causes and interests. This is the difference between Israel and Cuba. Israel, even with the fullest support of the USA, keeps losing votes in the United Nations—which reflect its standing in the world– and Cuba keeps winning such votes massively—which reflects its own standing in the world.

Vietnam is another classic case in point. Vietnam prevailed over the awesome military machine of the US not only because it fought better, but also because world opinion, including the opinion of the educated youth of the United States itself, and later of returning Vietnam veterans including much decorated ones.

Unless Sri Lanka learns to communicate its case in an internationalist and indeed universalist discourse, which the Sinhala ultranationalists do not, cannot and will not, the interests of the Sri Lankan and indeed the Sinhala nation cannot be successfully represented and defended in the global arena against the West, the INGOs and the Tamil Diaspora which is global positioned and electorally so influential. It is all a matter of persuasion. The Sinhala ultranationalist discourse which is a culturally circumscribed one of parochialism and neo-tribalism, can never persuade others, and therefore can never defend the national interests of Sri Lanka.

This is why Sri Lanka resisted and prevailed successfully in the Geneva arena (2009) when it was able to persuade a majority of member states through its fusion of patriotism, internationalism and universalism in its discourse and diplomacy (2007-2009). For instance our strong, principled stand at the UNHRC (with the green-light form President Rajapaksa) on Israel’s aggression in the Gaza war in late 2008-early 2009, secured for Sri Lanka a few months later, not only the large vote of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) but also that of the broad cross-regional coalition which voted against Israel on Gaza.

However Sri Lanka kept losing in Geneva when it switched to an imitation of Israel and a truculent narrow nationalism (2012-2014), which serial defeats paved the way for the abject and needless capitulation by the successor government in 2015. Unless and until Sri Lanka internalizes those lessons and returns to that perspective which is capable of persuasion through appeal to reason and identification with broad principles, it will remain in the Geneva trap and be unable to prevail in the UN in general.

Meanwhile in national or more correctly, ‘intermestic’ politics (Kissinger’s term for domestic politics that interface with the international), the Sinhala Far Right is doing exactly the same damage that Champika Ranawaka’s JHU and later, the deadly BBS virus, did to the Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency and the image of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Far Right fringe is out of control and has gone the way of the Rajarata Rifles, so to speak. Gotabaya will have to do what was done to the Rajarata Rifles, the dissolution of which was the way the elite Gajaba regiment which he served with distinction, emerged.

Gotabaya can best serve the nation as a combination of JRJ and Premadasa, of Putin and Mahathir. A man who brings stability and incarnates Chinese model modernity; the meritocratic future, not the parochial past. He must represent the ultra-modernist meritocratic mainstream led by the best and the brightest in their fields; a patriotic elite which is part of or can communicate easily and fit in the regional, Asian and global elite. GR must not be surrounded by the loud lunatic fringe which is not accepted even as part of the Lankan elite and is rejected as tribalist. Currently the optics are all wrong.   

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    CT readers

    “Gotabaya can best serve the nation as a combination of JRJ and Premadasa, of Putin and Mahathir. “

    When you’re up against the struggle that shutters all your dreams
    When your hopes have been cruelly crushed a Satan’s manifested schemes
    And when you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fears

    And the faith you’ve been standin’ in just seem to disappear

    Praise the Lord
    He can work through those who praise Him
    Praise the Lord
    For our God inhabits praise
    Praise the Lord
    For the chains that seem to bind you
    Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
    When you praise Him

    Now, Satan is a liar and he wants to make us think
    That we are paupers, when he knows himself we are children of the King
    So lift up the mighty shield of faith for the battle must be won
    We know that ————– is risen so the work’s already done

    Repeat

    Lyrics for Praise The Lord by Chris & Christian

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL including
    KASMAALAM SUMANASEKERE

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      Do we take from Dayan’s last para in this analysis he has either lost or in the process of losing the goodwill of Gothabaya – whom some believe is the King-in-Waiting. What a difficult and thankless job it must be to keep singing the praises of men-Families in power who are themselves fastly losing popular support in the country. When the going is good with The Family in the saddle it is something. But when they are out of power – and splintered as they are – it is surely an arduous task.

      The once popular Fidel gradually lost the love of the Cuban people at the turn of the century who began to see the Brazilians, Argentinians, Chileans, Costa Ricans, Venezuelans enjoying a better quality of life while they were fed on a daily diet of anti-American and Marxist propaganda. Cuba remains like an 18th century colony. Raul Castro senses the mood of the Cuban people – kept in chains by a few strong-heads in the junta – and is shifting gears now. He cannot resist the temptation of American money coming to bolster the Cuban economy – ruined for over half a century. He is far less obstinate than Fidel. Granted, the sanctions had a role to play.

      Sidelined by the Israelis in Arab-Middle East politics and with Raul Castro soon making up with the Americans Leftists like
      Dayan will be forced to invent new issues to stay afloat.

      Kettikaran

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        Dayan as usual bending over backwards to worship the Ganagster Regime! Dayan has lost all respect!!!

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        Don’t blame GR for what he did. He is carrying out orders given to him by his Zionist masters whom he befriended while pumping petrol into their cars. Can the smart ass DJ let us know whether GR will shift Srilanka embassy to Jerusalem if he comes to power and put down any opposition the same way he did to Tamils.

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          Dr. GS.

          I must say it is hard to disagree with you. Well said

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    Man you are comparing this maniac murderer Gota to that great Mahathir, that great man who is the father of modern Malaysia, my foot, he never ever killed even a single soul for the sake of power.

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      Siri:: Mahathir Would have been great because Malaysian Tamils were Submissive. We expect GOTA to be different from his other Rajapakses. There won’t be be any tamils in another , say, forty years.

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      Read history. Mahathir also killed.

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      Mahathir was successful because he was prudent. He knew that if he touches Chinese that will be the end of Malays also. So he came to an agreement with Chinese that Malays will not interfere with Chinese control of economic power and Chinese should not interfere with Malay control of Political power. This worked and rest is history. Tamils have accepted that Malays are the first immigrants of the land and have the right to rule, while though they had ruled parts of Malaysia in the past are not from the region. This is in contrast to Srilanka where it has now been proved that Tamils are the first immigrants to Srilanka and Sinhala ethnicity was formed several years later.Tamils who are mere 10% have no say in running of the country, but have held high positions in government more than they got in Srilanka.

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    Mahinda Rajapakse lost his presidency because of Gotapaya Rajapakse and his actions. BBS virus was introduced by Gotapaya probably with the advise received from Dayan Jeyatilake. Most of the abductions and murders including Lasantha was carried out Gotapaya in order to create bad image of Mahinda. I would say Mahinda lost his power due to the coup carried out by Gotapaya and Dayan Jeyatilaka.

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    Putin and Mahathir are good mentors. but, JRJ and RP have highly tainted records. Either JRJ or RP could not show the class as DS or Dudley showed it. It is JRJ showed that he was naked when he said just after the election night, after the win, people would get maize, sorghum etc., eight measures. That is how he began it. We see the taste of it even to date. RP was very insecure and he was used to bring, I herd, container loads for his private use. Even after he left, his family had taken and auctioned some removed from Temple trees. JRJ had coconut lands from Janawasama.

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    The Ultra-racist DJ is all confused. He thinks the so called Lord Naseby is a real God, and conveniently forgets that Naseby makes those comments to please and get some cheap perks from the Sri Lankan government. For every cheap Naseby there are thousands of international honor personalities that want an international investigation for all those killings of Tamils.

    DJ thinks the war-criminal Gota could be a great leader. DJ, wait and watch your hero the war-criminal hauled up at the Hague for killing the thousands of Tamil civilians including women and children, and ordering to destroy hospitals etc,.

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      RajanS: Yuu think you Tamils are above all. Ask Kasippu Joseph. Do not underestimate Sinhala Buddhists. What you say when you homiside bombers were blowing up every where We, Sinhala buddhists had to think about what would be your political solution. Grow up.

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    Jordan Prince has explained what UN is. It looks like UN is filled with British, Sri lankan, and Indians. IT looks UN is that corrupt. Yet, you talk about how best Sri lankan responded their. the best explanation is Sri lankan can not give up their colonial mentality and keep on bending and spreading. See how exemplary is (that is what I read) Mynmar is when UN wanted to mess up the so -called rohingya issue. I think Mahinda Rajapakse over estimated the meeting with George bush and the queen etc., both the present govt and previous govt had everyway – bankrupt leaders. See how this govt’s Ravi KArunanayake changed the foreign Exchange control act so he is not a money launderer now and now he is ACQUITTED AUTOMATICALLY from his pending COURT CASE. MY3 and Ranil supported it. Palastinian aissue is like university students get free education from the govt and strike for some political unrest overseas and they sabotage their own education. that kind of stupid act when you go too much into it.

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    DJ: what is the group you are writing for ? anglicans. Even Trump wanted the help of the Evangelical church and he criticized Pope.

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      Jim softy the dimwit

      “what is the group you are writing for ?”

      He typed to impress his wife. Not any more the wife too has started writing to impress herself.
      Perhaps he types to impresses himself, sort of self actualization.

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        Native V

        You know better than that. He knows the Israelis can’t stand him.
        He will not forget the hiding they gave him when the Israelis got his then Boss MR to sack him. So now, when he writes about matters where the Israelis are involved, he uses the wife’s name. Simple as that. He just can’t stand Israel, the Jews or Mossad despite going about with the name of a celebrated Israeli War hero.
        Sadly, the Israelis are not finished with him yet. Grrrr… Pow Aney!!!

        Backlash

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          Backlash

          Good to hear from you.
          Do you really think this racist is an honest Palestinian supporter?
          Once upon time it used to be fashionable among the youth to talk about Palestinian Struggle, Struggle against Apartheid, Sandinista (Nicaraguan ), Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front of El Salvador, Marxism, Michel Foucault, Antonio Gramsci, ……………….. False Consciousness, workers of the world unite, ………… imminent Crisis of Capitalism, tunnel rats of USA during Vietnam war, …………….. with out really understanding the subject matter.

          The Israelis also know Dayan as just a dishonest windbag void of wisdom and having no followers. If they need to they will use Dayan as well.

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    Dayan
    About 2/3rd down you say ~ “Unless SL learns to communicate its case…………….., the interests of SL and indeed the Sinhala nation cannot be………defended against the West, the INGOs and the Tamil Diaspora…………”.
    The words “..SL and indeed the Sinhala nation ..” betrays you Dayan. So you identify SL as a Sinhala nation? Why not go the full hog and say BBS Buddhist-Sinhala nation?
    It is getting clearer as to why you joined a Tamil liberation movement (well known lapdog of India). You expected hero status in India but that was not to be.
    About a quarter of the way down you say ~ “……….the SL government……ignored Lord Naseby’s strivings on our behalf………”.
    Come off this nonsense Dayan. At the 2013 CHOGM, the then PM Cameron had no time for Naseby and his thinking was closer to Ed Miliband.
    Lord Naseby must convince his peers first. Get your supporters among Sinhala diaspora to help Naseby. Psst………Do not mention Gota!……….

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      “Get your supporters among Sinhala diaspora to help Naseby” – My foot. All these card board weerayas in UK show their courage only behind closed doors. They are living in mortal fear of LTTE supporters in UK as they no what the end result will be. True to the climate of the country those fellows are mere seethala chandiyas and are of no use.

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    Sri lanka’s most burning that a new prospect should study is the Palastinian problem.
    How about, the previous govt could never make Mihin air profitable. Sri lanka airline was the private fleet of Mahinda rajapakse and the Cabinet. It was no different for the this govt. Ranil could give jobs to friend and to those who voted the party. they also have spent money to screw it up. But, Malaysian team says they want to opera te a budget airline form three locations in Sri lanka, Within 5 years it will have 24 planes and bring 9 million people.
    It is the same with Fertilizer problem. Mahinda Rajapakse govt most probably made money out of it. this govt is doing the same thing and MY3 has allocated in a hurry Rs 2.5 billion to farmers as fertilizer subsidy and further to that ordered 40,000 metric tons in a hurry. so, what would be the quality (we have kidney failutres in those areas) when it is coming in a hurry. what would be the price overcharge. BESIDES, EVEN MY3, A FARMER, WHY HE DOE SNOT THINK ABOUT PUT ALL THOSE RESOURCES AND A BUILT A UREA MANUFACTURING FACILITY NEAR ANY HARBOUR. SO, EASY TO GET RAW MATERIALS. They are not doing that it is because the commis every time they get ?.

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      Malaysian team proposal to operate budget airline from three locations fell flat at the very onset because one of the three locations was Jaffna, which they felt would have been the most profitable site, especially to link South India and Malaysia.

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    DJ is saying that Mahinda Rajapakse, 60 years with political experience, so many advisers around him could be screwed by a buddhist monk and Champika Ranawaka. How about Mahinda Rajapakse went to see pope. Some one wrote, Every time when a sri lanka politician met, he lost the election. YOu can not abandon statistics. Mahinda Rjapakse Allowed rishad Bathiuddin to change override the Gazette and do what ever he wanted to do in wilpattu. Even now it is continuing Because Qatar bribed MY3. MahindaRajapakse wanted to bomb temples, I suppose ( at least he threatened it) and he wanted to appoint Mahanayakes himself. He was trying to do that.

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    Very interesting political opinion.

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      Mano Ratwatte

      “Very interesting political opinion.”

      Why?

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    One of Rajapakse’s relatives who stole money from the State is roaming freely in the US while there is an arrest warrant out for him. How is that possible under Yahapalanaya?

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      Dayan’s love for Mooselimbs is huge.

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    There is a misunderstanding among commentators. Recently Malinda brought here a story of stickers appeared in the Colombo City walls about Old Brother Prince and the Old king was saying it was a purposeful defamation of his brother by a trader. Thero tactically commented only on the spelling appeared in the posters. Now he is rising up the Old Brother Prince on the Papaya tree. His only aim here is to tease the Old King. He knows praising of Old Brother Prince will pull all the nerves of the Old King. This is how Thero settle his account with his enemies. If Old King was the willow tree in the marshland, Champika & BBS are the moss spread on the tree. But, here what is Thero saying : ”Meanwhile in national politics ……the Sinhala Far Right is doing exactly the same damage that Champika Ranawaka’s JHU and later, the deadly BBS virus, did to the Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency and the image of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. “ It is not accidental that Thero missed Udaya, Wimal or Gunadasa ……. That is because BBS, now, openly opposing Old Brother Prince and Champika has surrendered to Yahapalanaya, but the others still is dedicated to Old Royals. That is why! If BBS and Champika are still with Old Royals, they would have been honest promoters of Cuban Communism in Lankawe too. Thero has cited evidences that Israel has been isolated by World, but the world is carrying Castro Communist Cuba on its shoulders. But the truth is all Middle East power houses like Saudi, Egypt, Arab Emirate (I am knowingly leaving out West and India who have better relationship) are in full cordial relation with Israel but even Putin has abandoned Cuba, so now Cuba is trying to trade with America. Thero is doing this Black – White transitions only to be sarcastic to Old King.

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    Thero has put the knot between the bald head and the knee. He started with Jerusalem and ended with Old Brother Prince’s Marvels. He can’t be one in the 8th grade parliamentarian or a Biriyani begging voter of the 8th graders to not to know what the common opinion of the Modaya Folks about that butcher. Further Thero can’t be blind or deaf for not to come to know how the China and Russia are milking Lankawe (through buying Navel Ports and selling war ships). The Chart CT printed from American Embassy is suggesting that all trading (say as tea) Lankawe did with Russia is pretty equal to the discounted number given out by Harsha as the tax refund check they got from US for 2016($179 Million). Then Harsha said that Lankawe didn’t befit from American GSP+, so it is not a biggie to lose GSP+ of America. This was what Old Royal said about EU’s GSP+. But when EU granted it back, Yahapalanaya claimed that they had restored the International relationship that is why they are getting back EU’s GSP+. Thero is arguing that the Yahapalanaya relationship with IC is poor and Old Royals’ was good as they followed Castro principles. The controversies of these talks (Harsha, Thero, Rishard…) cannot be highlighted even in a full book, and then it is out of question to point it out in a comment without trolling.

    Jerusalem issue was not handled by principle, by Yahapalanaya. Thero’s argument is if a bad person does a good, still one deserve praise, irrelevant of the motive of that specific good action. Thus Thero’s anti-American stand makes him to categorize voting on Jerusalem is a principled action. The situation of Chitanta government was much worse than Yahapalanaya government in UNHRC. This tells anything Thero preaching to Lankawe on international relationship is conspicuously chicanery

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    ” This is why Sri Lanka resisted and prevailed successfully in the Geneva arena (2009) when it was able to persuade a majority of member states through its fusion of patriotism, internationalism and universalism in its discourse and diplomacy (2007-2009).” (Please also read above this, a few more paragraphs, with clean mind, where Thero is trying to give importance to his logic and brain wash readers.) Old Royals’ May, 2009 UNHRC victory was not on any principle based. This is not different in any way from SLFP paying for LTTE to win election. Many nations were bribed by Old Royals, (even US was bought through the PR firms, which Obama administration investigated but not whole heartily) where Indian Malayalees played leading roles with Sonia’s accent. Thero says the Old Royals, who depended on Dvora and Kefir stayed principle based on Israel but Yahapalanaya who stopped buying went in favor of Israel, for which ascertainment he so far has not produced any hard evidences but only extensive framing. Though on the Jerusalem issue Yahapalanaya voted against America, but not in support of Palestine, still Thero wants to praise Yahapalanaya. Thero, who hold Yahapalanaya as pro-Israel, does not have any explanation why Yahapalanaya voted against America for Jerusalem resolution.

    But we can look at it why: America may reinstate GSP+ for Lankawe with condition, allow after a while when Congress resume normal operations, or may bring back automatic renewal. All three will have its effect on our logic, with probable complete invalidation, but we ignore that for the reminder. American Support for war was gained by Kathirgamar in Chandrika’s time. Latter, Old Royals fell on odd with America. After the war, Ambassador Blake took Old Royals to UNHRC. Yahapalanaya played numerus games and fooled Sec. Kerry. Under Secretary Nisha Biswas failed on her efforts lately by American Shivshankar Menon’s counter action in behalf of Yahapalanaya.

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    So, right after the American presidential election, after spreading anti- Clinton feeling across Lankawe, New Royals fell on the feet of Trump administration to get the UNHRC resolution 30/1 withdrawn. Because of Trump Administration envoys are mainly Tradesmen rather than politicians, they did not go easily bought by the tea Ranil and New King sent to Washington. They were used to see the budgets where the debit and credits are balanced before they take any decision. As the Project Name “Lankawe” was new for them, they put that project on hold for an unstipulated time. In December 2016, New King had announced in Galle that the Trump administration will remove the resolution 30/1. It did not happen in March 2017. That is where the principles to act against America set in the Yahapalanaya ideology. From March 2017 to November 2017, Ranil worked with China to teach America a lesson. By selling land & Harbor to China, Ranil had successfully put everything in perspective. Then American Shivshankar Menon approached Ranil to explain the American initiation on moving the Tel Aviv embassy. Colombo Tamil Media reported Menon received tuff talked from Ranil and returned back. There is a saying, when it is river, Cart to be ferried on water by the Kattai (wooden ferry), but when the land is reached, mighty Kattai has to be transported by the cart. American Shivshankar Menon got his lesson & wiping the boots marks from his back of the pants. In the UN General Meeting, Lankawe showed to America that Elephant can be equal to a cat, when the circumstances warrant that. The retaliation against America staged by the revenge politics of Lankawe practice is being now interpreted as a principle based objection against Israel. To compare Lankawe victory against America, he is hiding USSR withdrawing its missiles from Cuba but he showing and imaginary war victory of Castro against America.

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    dj starts off with a bang and ends with a whimper
    he ruins it with his obbssession with fidel who despite defeating the corrupt batista started a spate of killings forcing many ordinary cubans to fllee to the usa
    his other obseession with the rajapaksas imagining them to be what they are not and never will be clearly demonstrates that his family should show him ta psychiatrist to ascertain the reason for his peculiar behavior when it comes to the paksas
    anyway why talk of gota before he gives up his us citizenship
    its still blowing in the wind

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    Palestinians and Sri Lankan Tamils have been persecuted for nearly the same length of time. Sri Lankan government takes a different approach to the resolutions adopted at UNHRC regarding the inhuman treatment of them by respective countries.

    This man does not seem to realise or admit that he himself is in consensus with Sinhala far right on many issues of marginalising the ethnic communities in Sri Lanka. Of course, starving children, babies and women in a narrow strip and prevent Red Cross relief supplies to them and then bomb and shell on the false claim of 70,000 when in fact 460,000 were there is barbaric and must be condemned in the strongest terms. Torturing and shooting at point blank those surrenders and victims of white van abductees is also wrong. Gotabaya organised them and before finishing off Tamils encouraged ‘Sinhala Far Right’ to go on the next ethnic minorities is also wrong and condemned. There are some British cabinet ministers and a fewer lords who could be bought with ‘envelops’ or business class air tickets. They are prepared to go to any length to claim that black is in fact white. Lord Naseby is not listened to even by his Conservative Party and the UK government made it absolutely clear. When he says anything about Sri Lanka you can be pretty certain that is a deliberate lie to please his sponsors of luxury trips and hotel rooms with fairer human companies.

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    Hope at least in 2018 CT will realise it is wasting space of DJ.
    Regular members of CT will realise that they are wasting time reading crap.
    They are better-off ignoring than posting comments.
    We will get a break from the brown nosing couple.

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    Gotabaya has to follow the ultra liberal and higly business oriented mahinda rajapaksas modern slfp economic policy How they have administratedd and built up the country during 2005- 2015. the innocent Unp people like jr or premadsa who never handled a economy of more than 15 billion usd. Do not have any basic economic administration skill in huge liberal economies. Modern slfp is poweful administrators.unp people like jrj or premadsa very innocent and powerless. Gotabaya will be also an future president from modern slfp who are the masters of neo liberal economic management not like innocent unp who never handled a develop country or do not know the basic facts of economic management. Gotabaya has to follow some democratic policies of unp. They are good in democracy .for economic management modern slfp of rajapaksas. Democracy it is totaly unp

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    Dayan ~ “…….Our strong principled stand at the UNHRC (with green light from President Rajapaksa) with Israel’s aggression in the Gaza war late 2008 – early 2009, secured for SL a few months later, a large vote of the Organisation of Islamic countries and also…………”.
    The 2014Aluthgama pogrom against Lankan Muslims buggered this ‘support’. Who organised this pogrom Dayan?
    Is the continuing violence against Muslims gathering ‘support’?

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    Dayan: Did Gota borrow few books from you to decorate his empty book shelf for a photo shoot to fool the Sinhala masses

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