11 August, 2020

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Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s Saviour Or War Criminal?

Down in the deep south of Sri Lanka, where life usually moves at a leisurely pace, there is one small town that is less tranquil. Hambantota – population 20,000 – is expanding fast. There is a vast new deep-water port, built with $360m of borrowed Chinese cash; a new 35,000-seater cricket stadium; a huge convention centre; and a $200m international airport. A broad-gauge railway is under construction. Powerful people have ambitions for Hambantota. None is more powerful or more ambitious than President Mahinda Rajapaksa, born nearby in 1945.

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    Relatively balanced portrait of “The King Wannabe” by Burke.

    Cheers!

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      Jason Burke has written as balanced an article on MR as any one can.

      We Sri Lankans are a feral lot; jealous, vindictive, quarrelsome and vengeful. As long as the colonial masters quenched our native excesses we managed a sort of paradise, but once they departed all hell broke loose.

      MR focussed the political will to do what should have been done a very long time ago; break up what started as civil disobedience. That was the duty of the government of the day and they failed. The ending of the war and the heralding of peace was MR’s crowning glory.

      Ever since then, it has been been downhill for us. MR has failed to restore law and order, MR has failed to rid us of bribery and corruption, MR has failed to rein in the vituperative forces of ethno-racist tensions, and MR has failed to curb the excesses of those in his government. Our battered compatriots in the north need his reassuring guidance and he has failed to give it.

      History is littered with leaders who have won wars but failed to bring peace to their peoples. Many argue for the different qualities needed to reach this widely differing goals.

      Is MR’s legacy to be the ‘Man who won the war but lost the peace’?

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        Lovely analysis Spring Koha!

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        I agree with Ben on your analysis.

        Would one day, his winning the war lead to us losing the country as we know it ?

        Pls opine.

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          My dear Vishvajith,

          I wish I could give a definitive answer to your question. History can be infuriating because so often we see the fortunes of a country change for better (or worse)in a heartbeat. My head tells me that there must be enough people of goodwill who will rise and defeat the dark and sinister forces that presently stalk this land. My fervent wish is that the day will dawn when we to whom this island paradise has been bequeathed can treat each other with respect and dignity and that the phrase ‘every prospect pleases, only man is vile’ can be forgotten and buried forever.

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            Thank you indeed.

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          Vish since you asked:

          War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
          George Orwell

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        Spring Koha

        “We Sri Lankans are a feral lot; jealous, vindictive, quarrelsome and vengeful.”

        You have completely left out one important attribute, their stupidity.

        “break up what started as civil disobedience.”

        Oh the stupid Sinhala/Buddhist state did exactly that at every possible avenue, Gallface, Jaffna,…. from 1956 to date. It didn’t work.

        So you are not a peace loving democrat after all.

        ” The ending of the war and the heralding of peace was MR’s crowning glory.”

        No VP won the war for MR, in other words it was VP’s crowning moment.

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          Native Vedda, salutations!

          I hasten to correct you; I am peace loving and there is nothing I cherish more than the dream that one day we will all awaken from the nightmare that is engulfing our lives. I am fortunate to move unhindered round our island paradise but I am mindful of the madness that goes on and affects my peace. I am one who believes that I cannot enjoy my peace when the next person is hurting.

          Now, as for democracy: I believe that strict conditions are needed for it to operate as meant to. Those do not exist in SL and are unlikely to (probably never). That is why an urgent, preferably secular, pragmatic, constitution drawn up by people of erudition and integrity, is needed as a matter of urgency.

          Finally, re ‘No VP won the war for MR, in other words it was VP’s crowning moment.’…Well, what can one say? You must be right because nothing else VP did brought any lasting benefit to the tamils or humanity. The erudite of the tamil community abdicated leadership (one would, I suppose, when faced with bullet and bomb) and now we see the consequences all around us (and all over the planet.)

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            Spring Koha – Great sentiments – and I’m with you on most of your thoughts.

            The one exception is that although I did enjoy curried Jungle Fowl in the ‘old days’, I am loath to do so any longer, particularly since quite a few of them have taken residence on my property (fast losing their habitat) and one is especially ‘tame’ and hangs around my ‘free-range’ hens!!

            I guess we are fortunate to live out in the boonies and far from that madding crowd!

            Cheers!

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        MR cannot truly claim that he was the architect of, although he claims all the credit for it now for winning of the war. It was General SF who mapped out the strategy and brought an end to this mad cycle of violence. See this in case you missed it.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U6CcjOSlTo

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          Marwan,

          Thanks a lot for posting the clip. Have not seen this before.

          Ven. Dambara Amila thero sets the record relatively straight.

          Cheers!

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            This will only end when the level of basic education in the Country improves. When society is encouraged to think for themselves rather than follow the herd.

            It will take another generation and it can happen without any political or Governance involvement. It has to come from FUTA and other teachers bodies and organizations.

            Rational, clear thinkers in religious bodies will also help.

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        in a case of WAR… its not who won or who lost… its a case or who is left… sadly we are left to pick up the pieces after bracing and buckling up and ride the tide for 30 years.. ONLY to fall back to square one.

        they came, they saw, they conquered… BUT what did WE gain…NOTHING….

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    Million dollar question is, can he keep his brother Gotabaya under his control? If not, his days are numbered.

    :-)

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      those who live by the sword… die by the sword…. goes an old saying….family rivalry is a B****

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    No doubt he is the most wanted war Criminal, that Internaional court should work on sooner than later. This became further clear how he employed troops to handle democratic protests carried out by the villagers of Rathupaswala lately, and not forgetting the manner he s been handling crime investigations of today in the country…

    can anybody please add any comments in terms of fair convictions since 2005. Be them minor or major multi criminal crime investigations, verdicts were finalized in favour of criminals, since they are either close confidants or henchman of murderous outfit-UFTA.

    All these infrastructure projects could work as red herrings to the stupid masses, tamils folks would never forget the manner MR administration annihilated the thousands of civilists in the war end phases. Today with the open of second express way, some people would forget all the cruel past in 2009, but human losses and the related perpetrations are no means replaced by physical infrastructure projects.

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    My word. “the army bombed, shelled, straffed the area indiscriminately killing Tiger leaders BUT ALSO THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS (TAMILS)” ….

    “images shot on soldiers’ phones of large numbers of captured (Tamil) soldiers and some civilians” – summarily executed.

    Pretty rough indictment from the respected and influential Guardian. Filthy lucre by leading London PR outfits or Kamlesh S cannot buy them. This can be ammunition to be used against the ruling clique in future international HR/War Crimes inquiries.

    Horikadey

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    I would say war criminal.

    The Sinhala people and most of the tamil people expected Rajapaksa to end the war and deliver peace, communal harmony, justice and prosperity. But alas, all he delivered was trouble, communal disharmony, injustice and economic misery.

    If the people – Sinhala, tamil, muslim and others – want to get rid of this despot they should join all those who consider Rajapaksa a war criminal in depositing him at the Hague in front of the International Criminal Court. Or else they are stuck with him and his family rule for many years to come.

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      Definitive, he is born to be the blood sucker of the nation. In sinhalese what we call ” Le mapila”. He would never create an environment where law, respect and dignity of the human life. Concrete constructions will not bring much to nation building. Today, in a country rulers or their henchmen make teachers kneel before them, public servants being assaulted by MERVIN style draconian punishments, not holding any proper investigations of murderous cases. What has improved in the aftermath of the war ? People struggle for their 3 meals ( people = over 80% of citizenry). Women would get scared to go out alone. So are the kids. Army deserters are linked with ruling politicians in marauding the nation further. Common man is pressed by both crime friendly environment and govt brutal policies.

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    Question?.

    Why the Eyes are make so small?.
    We think because,
    He does not like to see The truth come out.
    A fear of Ghosts surrounding Him.

    Who thought this Marxist Satakaya will do POWN srilanka for many generations to come???,
    POWNING to Indians And Chinese.

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    Actually in my opinion our Saddrmadveepa Chakrawarthi is a Savior. Savior of Cattles although some says he is mascaraed more than 40,000 civilians in the north in the last phrase of the war . (Minissu wageda Harak)

    Also he is a Savior of Criminals, Child rapists, Killers, under world thugs, Drug dealers etc.

    He is Savior of China Commercial Banks as he is getting Billions of Loans from China at high rate of Interests.

    He also a Savior of James Packer as Packer got 10 + 3 years of tax holiday for his Casino profits.

    Our Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi built Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksha International Airport, Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksha (Inter)national Port, Mahinda Rajapaksha Cricket Stadium with Chinese Cash. Now he is going built Public toilets with Chinese cash in every city in the country and they will be named after him as “Mahinda Rajapaksha Prasidda Wasikiliya – Horana”, “Mahinda Rajapaksha Prasidda Wasikilya -Monaragala” etc. etc. but no ships, no flights is not his problem. they are result of International Conspiracy’s.

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      “He is Savior of China Commercial Banks as he is getting Billions of Loans from China at high rate of Interests”…. The responsible Chinese Communist Govt must step and restrain their banks to help Sri Lanka but not at usurious interest rates.

      We must value and respect our relations with China. They are our good friends. But cautious optimism is the name of the game. Between India and China we must observe that old conventional wisdom of choosing between the known and unknown devils. There is an old but crude saying in Texas warning against “choosing to place your butt in the mouth of the rattle-snake”

      Hooker

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      good one !

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        this was meant for Lapatiya’s comment ! not Hooker’s

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    He wants make his home town as capital of SL. Port, Air Port, cricket ground and stadium what else you need: we will move all government departments there soon. Southern express wag is done to make it realised: soon the country will be in the entire family hands: already it has been looted: Gota wants some big companies. basil owns some big companies, children own big companies , all relatives own big companies and friends own big contracts? What else they need now. Poor people have to live like slaves . If you want to become rich please go to SL and become close friend of this family you can be rich with months/ you do not need to have qualifications. He managed to buy every one with money. Even some LTTE members : do you know toady big Amy people, big people,in police, big people government department are rich in SL : looting public money

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    Jason Burke has written as balanced an article on MR as any one can.

    We Sri Lankans are a feral lot; jealous, vindictive, quarrelsome and vengeful. As long as the colonial masters quenched our native excesses we managed a sort of paradise, but once they departed all hell broke loose.

    MR focussed the political will to do what should have been done a very long time ago; break up what started as civil disobedience. That was the duty of the government of the day and they failed. The ending of the war and the heralding of peace was MR’s crowning glory.

    Ever since then, it has been been downhill for us. MR has failed to restore law and order, MR has failed to rid us of bribery and corruption, MR has failed to rein in the vituperative forces of ethno-racist tensions, and MR has failed to curb the excesses of those in his government. Our battered compatriots in the north need his reassuring guidance and he has failed to give it.

    History is littered with leaders who have won wars but failed to bring peace to their peoples. Many argue for the different qualities needed to reach this widely differing goals.

    Is MR’s legacy to be the ‘Man who won the war but lost the peace’?

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    war saviour, now turned Criminal ! i.e., Won the war but has Lost the peace ! +,- !

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    Giving Leadership to eliminate a terrorist group is not an offence….

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      Chuti

      “Giving Leadership to eliminate a terrorist group is not an offence…”

      I agree it is not an Offence. However killing innocent people is war crime and crime against humanity.

      War crime investigation should cover the period from 5th April 1971 to date.

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        My Argument is simple, In 1971 JVP fought with the government knowingly that they are not in a position to fight.. I assume the situation during the period forced them to do so..

        They knew that they are going to loose the battle, but they fought for the rights as true son’s of the nation… Interestingly there was no claim or complain for human rights…

        In the even of LTTE, they killed so much of Sinhalese, Tamils & Muslims for 30 years and there was no such complain against HR violations, Why only after winning the war…???

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          This reminds me – Premadasa Senior and his interview given to BBC early 90ties. He said ” they killed my men and why not I kill them”.

          So you too, have been saying the same in terms of Ltter s murderous acts. They were branded and recognized by developed world as most ruthless rebels/terrorists. But the states must not practise the terror towards their own folks as had been the case with MR^s so called military victory. Do you know how grief it could be to loose own ones. Those families that lost their lovely ones would NEVER be able to forgive Rajapakses in this entire life, if the world police would not punish the perpetrators accordingly.

          If not to act in such issues like srilanken war end civilian casualties, for what purpose we have been the member states of UNO ?

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            Very same grief is among the protesters that lost their lovely sons, brothers, or relatives in the protest asking for clean water in R paswala lately. Those who wanne to feel the grief of losing lovely ones should learn it by contacting those poor mothers. One mother was weeping that her son was the only person she had. Rajapakshe is a curse for those people too.

            And all others that wait him to create an environment in which law, respect and dignity of life would prevail, would hate him forever.

            He is savior to his family, relatives and bribe friendly Mervin like personalities. And any others that have made millions by land grabs and all drug and gold dealing businesses.

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          Chuti Baba

          You are too young to know about what had happened in the past 42 years.

          Grow up a bit then we can discuss this serious matter.

          I can wait.

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      Bribing a terrorist group is a Bigger offence.
      Feeding and rearing terrorists and killers also a offence.
      and Cheating and looting of PUBLIC FUNDS ALSO a Crime.

      They are not CHUTI crimes.
      They are no excusable Crimes.

      Believing and helping those so called Criminal Leaders also a CRIME.

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        true say… aiding and abetting also gets the same sentence as the one who committed the crime…

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    Rajafucksa is a war criminal against Tamils.

    He is a war winner for Muslims and Sinhalese.

    That makes him great!

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      Ado Jihadi [Edited out]

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    Jason Burke wrote “If there is some truth in many of the charges, the reality, like the man, is more complex than appearances suggest.”

    Reality is more complex.

    Some sections of the citizenry, especially the Tamils who lost the dream of Eelam, can only see the worst. When seeing Hon MR from the eyes of the Sinhala Buddhist, he is the saviour. There are also a great number of people who begrudgingly concede Hon MR is the necessary evil to bring Sri Lanka back from the brink.

    As so many of Hon MR’s predecessors also found, governing Sri Lanka is not easy – it is very complex – an unenviable task often unappreciated.

    In the absence of a viable alternative at the present moment I believe that Hon MR should be given the chance to govern without hindrance. He has a mandate to boot. True there have been some unsavoury incidences and the power and wealth seemingly is concentrating on the Hon MR’s family. But where on earth would you find a government that has no corruption of the sort.

    On the other hand, Sri Lanka is functioning quite well. Banks are working more or less quite efficiently. Business in some areas is booming. Tourists are streaming in. Public transport is working. Trains are running on time. Schools are open and functioning without interruption. The roads are open and we can travel without let or hindrance. Hospitals are open and treat all those who seek treatment. Food is abundant (please don’t be tiresome and say how expensive things are. This type of gripe is common amongst common people, all through the eons).

    It is not a failed state nor a banana republic.

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      BBS Rep

      The simple question is “Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka’s Saviour Or War Criminal”?

      The simple answer is yes he is a war criminal. So were Sri “Mao”, Premadasa, JR, …………….

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        Hello Native Veddah,

        In your mind the answer is simple. In a war situation it is not always so cut and dry. Did Mahinda Rajapaksa give the actual command, either verbally or in writing, to target the ‘no fly zone’ and hospitals as alleged. Did he give direct or indirect instructions to soldiers to carry out summary excutions.

        The reality is far more complex.

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          So is Musharraf who left London to be jailed- the muzzie beast was born in delhi

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          Yes, but who is taking the credit now, for bringing the war to its finality on a winning note? Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces in this country? As such, you need to understand that the outcome or fall-out (good or bad) that exudes from the war theater, falls squarely on the shoulders of the President. For some people, he is good, whilst for some he is bad. When civilian lives are affected through collateral damage, it has to be accounted for and compensated. Nothing of the sort happened, and therefore now that crime has been elevated to human rights violation, or in other words, slaughter of the innocents en-mass. There is no way he can escape from having blood on his hands, due to his own brother’s brutish behaviour. The leader of the nation cannot plead ignorance, and must be held accountable and made to pay dearly for this war crime, so that it becomes a lesson for others not to follow in those same footsteps. All Jaffna Tamils are citizens of this one country Sri Lanka. The LTTE was fighting to have its own separate state carved out, and got crushed. The government, after winning the war, should have been magnanimous and held out its hand of friendship to those badly affected, and started on a war of winning hearts and minds, even if it meant bending backwards to accommodate their destitute, deprived and helpless. They should have made them feel secure, wanted and welcome in playing a role in the country’s march forward, instead of leaving them out in the cold.

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          BBS Rep

          It is simple.

          Innocent people died in scores.

          MR was and is the Commander in Chief of Armed forces.

          Don’t confuse yourself with unnecessary ifs and buts.

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          YOU don’t have to be DIRECTLY involved in things. IF something ” HAPPENS ON YOUR WATCH”… YOU are responsible… its pure and simple… IF you are the commander in chief.. YES you are responsible,, do u think the DICTATORS personally assassinate people? oh c’mon now…

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      Bodu Bala Sales Rep,

      “On the other hand, Sri Lanka is functioning quite well”
      Yes, after the Halal Issue everything will be functioning well.

      “Banks are working more or less quite efficiently”
      Yes, thanks to educated, efficient, qualified, Finance Minister.

      “Business in some areas is booming”
      Yes, Business are blooming after Losing GSP + and closing so many factories. Air Lines, CPC , CEB and other Business also blooming incurring Losses after losses. New Airports, Ports are making unimaginable Profits, thanks to Chakrawarthi.

      “Tourists are streaming in”
      Yes, after the Incident of Kurham Shaike and Victoria’s, tourists are Pouring into the country. All the tourists wanted get gang raped and get killed by Chakrawarthi’s goons.

      “Public transport is working”
      Yes they are very efficient when there is a Govt. Rally.

      “Trains are running on time”
      Yes, after 24 hours,

      “Schools are open and functioning without interruption”
      Yes, but there are some minor problems. still the Education Dept. could not correctly prepare 5th Grade question paper even. Higher Education (Casino) Minister is going to introduce “Casino” as new subject to the School Syllabus.

      “The roads are open and we can travel without let or hindrance”
      Yes, White Vans directly come to the House like in Mandana Ismails House.

      “Hospitals are open and treat all those who seek treatment”
      Yes, but without Medicine. Medicine has to purchases from outside.

      “Food is abundant (please don’t be tiresome and say how expensive things are”
      Foods are available free in Araliyagaha Walawwa Dust bins in election time.

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        Wow, what an indictment!

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    Burke appears unaware of the ongoing State Terrorism in the north and east,which is now seeping down into the south.
    And,the saffron terror brigades targetting muslim and fundamental christian places of worship.
    Burke should visit incognito,now he may be allowed as part of the international press corps for the CHOGM.

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    He is simply a brainer, make Sinhala Buddhist fools for ever. As tamil he will be in haque sooner or later…

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    Answer to this Article is that Mahinda Rajapakka is a fat bastard who fills his belly on the money he begs from the world. Little does he do for the people who voted for him. But he will sell his ass for the Chinese since his ancestors cross breed with the chinese. If the world didn’t help his Shitliese Army The LTTE would have raped him and his Gaylese SL Army.

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    Two of his biggest mistakes will be not implementing the LLRC recommendations and not formulating a political solution to the ethnic problem.Seems like he does not have the capacity like a Lee kuan Yew.

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    he is facing many serious other problems too that will give him plenty of headaches in his old age as JRJ also had a torrid time in his.

    1.The exodus of skilled people out of the country.

    2.The poor incomes of the average person.

    3.The inequality of the distribution of wealth in the country.

    4. The low amount of tax income received by the state which is unsustainable to maintain the economy.

    5.The huge budget deficits clearly showing living beyond means.

    6.The large public debt.

    These are only some that i have noticed.There maybe much more and he will have a most unpleasant time as the years progress.

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      I also have to mention the poor quality of the efficiency of the labour and the poor macroenvironment.If all these weaknesses are not mitigated by mahinda he is going to have an unenviable and harrowing future.

      A small country like srilanka cannot have a disunited population,an exodus of skills and experience and inefficient labour and various serious weaknesses in its balance sheet and expect to have a grand time too.It just doesn’t work that way in this increasingly competitive world and mahinda can sleep on it and hope it will pass away,but the problems and their consequences will get only bigger and bigger with the passage of time and guess who will be at the receiving end of it?The king of course.If like Elara he has a bell outside it will be ringing 24/7.Elara could afford to have the bell because at that time the population would have been a few hundred thousand but now with 22 million we have well exceeded our carrying capacity based on the arable land available which would be about 12 million people.

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    Even Dharmalingam admits that the Vellala CM’s inauguration is momentous.

    It is the first time that the Tamils rule their own legitimately, according to the constitution of the Nation.

    And the total ruling lot being Vellalas make it even more significant.

    Would either of these been possible if the non Vellala Prabakaran was still around ?.

    Going forward, the future generations surely couldn’t forget Rajpaksa as the President who made the Vellalas rule.

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      “And the total ruling lot being Vellalas make it even more significant.”

      The slime snail with an inferiority complex low caste Sinhala Buddhist .

      Don’t you worry we will soon have you out of your shell.

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    disgusting bloody grubby underworld corrupt crook.

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    Latest reports indicate that tamil homes in the north are being demolished by the army.
    NPC members who dared to visit and photograph are threatened.
    Burke should come and see.

    http://tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=36776

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      “are being demolished”

      hope its not the inferiority complex like gamme gode amude sumane.

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    Mahinda Rajapakse, the great Divider. He divided the UNP, SLFP, JVP, SLCMC and everything around that he thought was a threat to his ambitious long and interrupted innings. He almost succeeded in dividing the TNA and evidently has still not given up the effort.
    Has he caused division between Delhi and Chennai? The trait has turned into a habit and he has now divided the old Commonwealth unity as well.
    What talents The Great Scorer provides his subjects with?

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguttuvan

      “The trait has turned into a habit and he has now divided the old Commonwealth unity as well. What talents The Great Scorer provides his subjects with?”

      Out of the four process, Sama, Dhana, Peda and Dunda he practices just two, Peda and Dunda which creates anger and resentment among his divided opponents and remaining friends/opportunists.

      Therefore due to the absence of Sama and Dhana in real terms, he is not going to last forever.

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    See Maras Family,how much money they make out of “HUGE Development Projects” See the amount of properties they bought after becoming in to power. The whole family members are thieves.GOTA and Basil have bought hoses,hotels, estates and many businesses out the commission money.Mahinda makes big money out of the shares of these commissions.All his ministers are also not second to him.See the body sizes of these people after becoming Ministers and deputies.All Government establishments are being headed by MARAs family members and friends.His wife and the three sons are also making money separately through corrupted ways. But still the Sinhala majority will vote him because he won the war against Tamils. He will remain in power until his death.

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    Article is Garbage. SO, do most of the comments are.

    Beginning from JRJ, RP, CBK – any one would have been dieing to become the SAVIOUR..

    MR had to do what he had to and he was successful.

    LTTE got what they asked for and ended up GOn-kalapuwa.

    LTTE was terrorizing the Sri Lanka for 30 years any one who was abused or terrorized that much by that way would eventually become terminate the enemy and would never leave the enemy for another attack back.

    LTTE financiers are upset because they did not get they wanted. Now they accuse for war crimes. They have neglected the terrorism for 30 years.

    That is why they want to forget 30 years of violence and instead want to talk about last days of violence. Because, the losing phase was too much for them.

    The good part is one battle alone got over 600 of the best of the best of them.

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    so any article that doesnt satisfy ur palate is garbage? One mans food is another’s poison… to MOST of the readers, this article makes sense… to u it ma benon sense…

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    War crimes for Tamils are war chimes for other humans.

    Anyone did war crimes to Tamils? Well done. Who is that hero?

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    Well all ye good people,

    On this issue you had your say and I had mine.

    Let us now for a moment glance at the bigger picture.

    War is war my friends. Nothing is nice about war. The only ones who pay a heavy price in war are the innocents. The politicians almost always get away with murder, genocide or whatever. There are of course exceptions but this is the rule eternal.

    The greatest purveyor of war in our age, the United States, has never paid any price for any war crimes. All the politicians who presided over such despicable wars as Vietnam and Iraq either died in relative comfort or are living in absolute luxury. They still get the red carpet welcome wherever they go. I agree talking about the greater war criminals will not alleviate the pain of those who suffered in the war in Sri Lanka. However that is the truth about the nature and aftermath of war. The lesser beings die and those who created war will live on more or less quite well.

    And the only option for the lesser beings is to move on – because even vengeance(masked as seeking justice)that we seek, in the end is self defeating.

    Unless of course we can put right what is inherently wrong with our genes. Perhaps one day humans may be able to splice the gene of violence and corruption from the human DNA. That will be the time when we can enforce real justice. Till then we have no choice but to bungle along as nothing but the glorified animal that we humans are.

    And in the meantime if we wish to seek some respite to our troubled minds, even a teeny weenie bit, from the human madness that constantly engulfs us, try practising simple Buddhism.

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    MR had a Mandela moment but. This is how he led his rotten team

    Strong language coming from a roman catholic priest ! I wonder what he has to say about his contemporary Sarath Amunugama !!!

    POEM BY A BRAVE CITIZEN OF SRI LANKA
    (Wonder whether sender’s name is true)

    Footprints In The Sands

    Politics in Lanka is a dirty game
    Sans sense of honesty, honour or shame.
    On election-campaigns that squander millions,
    When in power, make illicit billions.

    Full of corruption, nepotism, crime,
    They leave no footprints in the sands of
    time,
    Self-seeking, self-serving, power-drunk
    quacks,
    Cover up their crab-like, crooked tracks.

    Parliament’s pack of jokers, jerks,
    Abuse their power for self and perks,
    Goons and buffoons, men of straw,
    Brazenly bend and break the law.

    They promise us the sun and the moon.
    Pledges broken or forgotten soon,
    Barefaced, through their teeth they lie,
    On hollow words can we rely?

    They flagrantly flout every rule in the book,
    To come into power by hook or by crook,
    From one party to another they jump,
    Kiss President’s feet and lick his rump.

    In sumptuous luxury they wine and dine,
    Make ample hay while sun doth shine.
    Of life’s best things they have their fill,
    The taxpayers have to foot the bill.

    They trot the globe and have a ball,
    In five-star hotel, shopping mall,
    Lavishly splurge like duke or count,
    On bankrupt Lanka’s state account.

    Their life is sweet, a bed of roses,
    Gobbling Lanka’s scarce resources,
    Our so-called rulers, leading lights,
    Are a bunch of social parasites.

    Their hands are soiled, palms well greased,
    Our people, rich and poor are fleeced,
    Most of them to the core are rotten,
    They flaunt and flash their wealth
    ill-gotten.

    How could these robbers ever dare
    Their numerous assets to declare?
    An auditor’s test they will not pass,
    Many would end up behind bars.

    Crime and corruption they cannot battle,
    In their own cupboards many skeletons rattle.
    A sincere statesman I fail to see
    Among Sri Lanka’s powers-that-be.

    Idolized heroes of yesterday,
    Made traitors, villains of today..
    Free-media muzzled, my country’s bane.
    Journalists, editors attacked and slain.

    Many politicians are vermin, pests,
    Who earn fast-bucks and feather their nests,
    They leave no footprints in the sands of
    time,
    But craftily cover up their tracks of crime.

    Rev Fr Derrick Mendis SJ
    Colombo 4.

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