26 September, 2020

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March Of Folly Or Opportunity

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

March is about ‘Geneva’ and has been for the past several years.  March is also time for opinions from all quarters about how to handle ‘Geneva’.  Naturally policy decisions and choices will be called ‘correct’ by some while others would use the word ‘folly’.  The word in the street regarding ‘Geneva’ (which is, for those who might wonder, about human rights and violations thereof, allegedly, by Sri Lanka, along with candy-words such as reconciliation and accountability) is ‘negotiation’, i.e. finding a way to work the voting arithmetic in Sri Lanka’s favor.  Let’s consider the word.

Negotiation is only necessitated by recognition that one of two (or more) warring parties believes that comprehensive victory is not possible.  That kind of ‘recognition’ can be manufactured, as we saw for at least two decades vis-à-vis the LTTE.  Easy words and arguments rolled off ready tongues: ‘invincible’, ‘cannot be militarily overcome,’ ‘too costly,’ and ‘politically injudicious’.  On the other hand, just because Sri Lanka un-manufactured or dismantled that lie, it doesn’t mean the principle does not hold elsewhere.

We are talking about Geneva, the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), and the power of key players such as the USA, European Union and India.  In this case, there are two factors that need to be addressed.  First, there is the claimed poverty of Sri Lanka to prevail. Secondly, we are not talking about winning a war.  We are talking about defending fact over fiction.  That makes a difference.

There are those who argue that appeasement would work; appeasing India that is. The assumption that underlies this argument is that India (or anyone else for that matter) cannot be contained if not brought around to stand with Sri Lanka.  Now it goes without saying that one-on-one or head-to-head, Sri Lanka cannot best either India or the USA and as such it is a tall order to take on a ‘coalition’ made of these two countries, be it in Geneva or the beaches of Colombo or the air over the city.  On the other hand, negotiating such issues is not a simple matter of comparing and contrasting military might.

Sri Lanka proved that there are moments when the composition of the UNHRC voting group makes it possible to turn things around; that and of course effective diplomacy.  By and large, however, the odds are stacked against countries such as Sri Lanka whenever big name nations decide that it is in their interests to censure.  It is not about right or wrong, not about truth and falsehood.  It is about power. Geneva, plain and simple, is not ‘home turf’. It’s a game where the rules are skewed against Sri Lanka.  It is a fight that’s scripted to yield victory to the powerful. Sri Lanka cannot change the venue.  Sri Lanka can, however, play with the players in ways that can bring balance (not ‘fair play’ for that’s a nonsense-term that’s good for diplo-speak but for little else) into the equation.

In this instance, those ‘balancing out’ forces are principally Russia and China. Gaddafi played appeasement and lost, let us not forget; Assad has prevailed, so far.  It is not whether or not these were ‘bad’ guys, for no bad guy can hold a candle to the mother of all bad guys, Washington.  It is about playing the cards right. The options, whether we like it or not, therefore, are about defence and trade pacts with China and Russia (and perhaps ASEAN) for the simple reason that the mala fides of India and the USA (and it’s European client states) are established beyond a shadow of doubt.

There are other ‘soft’ ways of dealing with these ‘forces beyond our strength’.  If ‘Geneve’ is a theater with the purpose of turning Sri Lanka into audience that takes away a sense of guilt for crimes uncommitted, then the guilt card can be tossed back.  In India’s case, there’s a four-letter ‘word’ that can shut up Manmohan Singh: IPKF.  There, we would be talking not of ‘allegation’ but proven crimes against humanity.

We can remind India that on Deepavali day, October 21, 1987, soldiers of the Indian Peace Keeping Force went on a killing spree that left over 70 dead, including three leading medical specialists, Dr.A.Sivapathasuntharam, Dr.K.Parimelalahar and Dr.K.Ganesharatnam, as well as nurses, attendants, patients and other civilians.  They were shot in cold blood; Dr Sivapathasuntharam was helping an injured worker and was shot even as he pleaded that he was a doctor.  The same day the building that housed the OPD was shelled by the IPKF, killing 7 people. The victims were all Tamils.  That’s Indian regard and concern for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect for Sri Lankan Tamils, spoken with such fervor by Indian Foreign Secretary Shrimati Sujatha Singh, who seems to be Geographically-challenged and quite myopic considering she doesn’t know what her countrymen in Tamil Nadu think about such sentiments when it comes to Sri Lankan Tamil fisherfolk and their livelihoods.

Sri Lanka, thanks to meticulous documentation by the LTTE during the ‘IPKF times’ of such atrocities (note that neither the LTTE nor its apologists abroad came up with anything close to such horrible crimes with respect to the Sri Lankan security forces, giving further credence to the claim of manufacturing such crimes post-2009), is in possession of a massive dossier of Indian brutality in Sri Lanka.  That’s ‘usable’ material in ‘negotiations’. Anything in any document that India puts her signature on will, potentially, be ‘usable’ against India herself.  Today’s friend can be tomorrow’s enemy. Diplomacy is not a one-day match, history is long and India knows that while it can talk down to Sri Lanka, it cannot do the same to certain other nations.

There’s also the fact that in the long run, India might not last.  It is a country that is made for break-up.  India would do well not to provide would-be enemies with extra ammunition.  India must take the longer view.

Then there is the issue, the second one, of fact over fiction.  It is important to know the truth.  It is important, also, to market the truth.  There’s this figure of 40,000 being bandied about by persons, organization and countries with abysmal track records when it comes to political chicanery.  The circumstantial evidence rebels against any systematic push to kill civilians.  The large number (inflated to 75-150,00 by Tamil National Alliance MP M.A. Sumanthiran) of bodies, moreover, would have had to be disposed of.  The question ‘how?’ has not been answered. Instead, there is ‘evidence’ in the form of testimonies of people who are politically compromised or are plain and simple untrustworthy.  The ICRC which was ‘on the spot’ until very close to the end, tellingly, has not come out in support of these claims.

The conundrum has been commented on, editorially, in The Nation:

“A ‘curious’ individual has offered a ‘solution’ to explain the vexed numbers problem.  A simple question has been asked: ‘Eta katu ko?’ (where are the bones—read, ‘remains’).  The contention is that if indeed 40,000 were massacred by the troops in Mullivaikkal, the remains, if piled up, would make a tower that puts Pisa to shame.  No bodies have been found there.  Were the remains vaporized, the writer asks. 

“Let’s remember that there’s satellite footage available of the LTTE shooting at Tamil civilians fleeing into Government controlled areas.  That place was watched from above.  It is also clear that there are many who want to hang this Government over war crimes.  As of now their ‘best’ has been cleverly edited videos that is good as ‘collage’ but thin if they want to paint ‘systematic’, never mind the fact that the sources of the sources of the sources cited are hardly reliable given their loyalties.  If these people really, really, really, want to get the job done, they’ve had ample time (more than 4 years) to mine the relevant aerial footage.   It is, after all, a thin strip of land that we are talking about. 

“The fact remains that getting rid of 150,000 corpses is not easy.  Not in the 21st Century.  Forget 150,000 or even the 40,000 that is being waved these days; ‘disappearing’ even 100 would be messy.  We are told, after all, that soldiers themselves were clicking away on their mobile devices to capture ‘trophy photos’.”

Logic, however, does not have ‘enough legs’ to see Sri Lanka past the winning post, in Geneva or elsewhere on matters of what is unadulterated harassment by bullies who don’t have the moral authority to ask questions or demand answers.  Truth doesn’t purchase in Geneva.  This has to be recognized.

It will boil down to how Sri Lanka builds relations with China and Russian, both countries which, unlike India and the USA, have not back-stabbed.  Sri Lanka has walked long enough along the appeasement road to understand that it is going to a place called ‘Nowhere’, not forgetting that this appeasement business includes a caveat where Sri Lanka is required to confess to crimes uncommitted, with important implications for national dignity and sovereignty.  So when some argue ‘appeasement’ they are either Indian agents, downright cowards or clearly incompetent in analyzing realities.

Sri Lanka has not played all her cards, that much is true. Diplomacy has not been robust enough, this is also true.  It is time that the right choices are made and the right signals sent to both enemy and friend.  For starters, Sri Lanka can make a policy decision on coal power plants.  Nothing for India and all future plants to be located in the Western part of the island, for security reasons.  That might amount to ‘signal’ enough.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    See how much one has to struggle when dishonesty to its own citizens is the norm of Governance.

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      The particular writer has always been struggling to produce his kind of fine articles because as many – he is well aware of the facts- I mean the fact about the war. Knowing all these to sit on the wrong side is not an easy task :(

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        That’s why he has resorted to clowning around like a fool!

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          “Accountability and reconciliation impossible together – Sri Lankan official “

          Of course they are impossible together. Why? Because, when the truth of genocide of Tamils though an accountability investigation, how can you reconcile with the gencidaires?

          The Sri Lankan official unwittingly states the obvious truth!

          Conduct a referendum to get the views of the Tamils.

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            Genocide? Tamils? Where? But we can remember very well how the murderer Prabha chased away Muslims and Sinhalese from the Northern province of Sri Lanka. Not only once but many more times.

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      If you have problems with what her writes, argue on the points he make, instead of attacking the writer. I used to think you were an intelligent fellow

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        sach

        “If you have problems with what her writes, argue on the points he make, instead of attacking the writer.”

        We are happy to argue if there is any point. Show us one we will give you thousand and one.

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          Did you mean the Arabian Nights? Mmmm, but in the end the question trails.

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        Sach

        Where is the point to argue. It is nothing but pora talk by Malinda. This is what happens when you get cornered by the international community. Wait a few more days until the Indian election is over. The new Indian govt. will not be as naive as the present one. It will be very hostile towards Sri Lanka.

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          If Prabha is still alive and continues to plant bombs every corner of Sri Lanka, where do you think Prasad, your so called ‘international community’ will stand?

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            OpenEye

            The IC would still working on destroying LTTE through Norway.

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              Wont destroy but console them as they had been doing in the past!

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                OpenEye

                “Wont destroy but console them as they had been doing in the past!”

                Yes then would have pulled the carpet under VP in Mullivaaikkal in the fullness of time.

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                  Isnt that what they tried to do under the guise of Vijey Nambiar at the last minute, Native Vedda?

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      Linda says
      “Sri Lanka, thanks to meticulous documentation by the LTTE during the ‘IPKF times’ of such atrocities; is in possession of a massive dossier of Indian brutality in Sri Lanka….”
      Are you sure these are not fake and edited videos. As fake as the The meticulous documentation “Killing Fields” is a fake. However Sri Lanka as aired by C4 is fake,

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    ““A ‘curious’ individual has offered a ‘solution’ to explain the vexed numbers problem. A simple question has been asked: ‘Eta katu ko?’ (where are the bones—read, ‘remains’). The contention is that if indeed 40,000 were massacred by the troops in Mullivaikkal, the remains, if piled up, would make a tower that puts Pisa to shame. No bodies have been found there. Were the remains vaporized, the writer asks. ………………. “

    Rajapaksas could have easily disposed the bodies by burning with the incinerators provided by Chinese. Then dumping the ashes in the nearby sea.

    How many bodies were found in Mannar recently?
    More burial grounds are there. Ask Rajapksas how many are there?

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      Anpu

      The war ended on 19 May 2009. When did armed forces let people in to Vanni area. Even their parliamentary representatives were prevented from entering in to those areas where most of the shelling took place.

      The armed forces and grave diggers had had more than 18 months to wipe clean the crime scene. Members of Parliament from UNP and JVP were denied permission to enter the crime scene.

      When people died over a period of time those who were living those areas obviously cremated them according to their religious customs.

      Every shell which killed or maimed can be traced to its point of exit. India, USA, UK, Russia and other countries would have had their Satellite where the action was taking place.

      What the hell is this man talking about? What is he trying to prove or disprove. This man has nothing useful to contribute to the discussion. Can someone tell this very stupid person science and technology have developed to such an extent that the right tool can locate his where about at a point in time and reconstruct his movement during a particular period of the day including when and where he used the toilet.

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        Thank you native Vedda.

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        The psychopath Hothambaya Jarpassa is having a big Fish tank with Sharks in it so who wants to worry about disposal of Bodies in to Shark infested Seas around Our Sri lanka.
        NOTE;
        This Is not Hothambaya Jarpassa’s Sri Lanka.
        He is a an American Citizen By Oathing at the USA Judge’s chamber to renounce other citizenships and allegiances only to USA.

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        Malinda is like Rajpal absent the belligerent diction of Rajpal.

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    No appeasement. Sri Lanka should face and defeat this chicanery with the same moral conviction and patriotic resolve with which it defeated the most dreaded, “invincible” fascist evil, the LTTE. Truth and Justice is on Sri Lanka’s side.

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    Have you found the bone of [Edited out] ?

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    “The authorities have not revealed how many people are being held under this law, but independent estimates suggest a figure in the thousands.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/10387036/Scandal-of-Sri-Lankas-disappeared.html

    What is the accurate figure Malinda?

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      Who knows that dead FORTY THOUSAND, if they did not die in the Indian Ocean while migrating to greener pastures, may be the Jail.

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    Sliminda says: “We are talking about defending fact over fiction. That makes a difference”
    Absolutely. Let the facts talk, but will your paymasters agree to outing them, or will they be forced to? Sadly for him, these ‘facts’ will be mostly derived from evidence produced by none other than members of the armed forces of SL.

    He also says (or quotes): “The contention is that if indeed 40,000 were massacred by the troops in Mullivaikkal, the remains, if piled up, would make a tower that puts Pisa to shame. No bodies have been found there. Were the remains vaporized, the writer asks.” …… come come, machan didn’t realise that you are that dumb. I ask you just three questions: (1) Do you remember that NO ONE from outside (envoys, journalists, red cross, UN etc) was permitted to be there during the ‘alleged’ massacre?, (2) did you not see for yourself from video evidence that bodies were unceremoniously dumped onto loading trucks and driven away, and (3) have you not heard of incinerators, you disgraceful, slimy thoththa baba apologist for a journalist?

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      “Let’s remember that there’s satellite footage available of the LTTE shooting at Tamil civilians fleeing into Government controlled areas”

      The same satellite also took footage of mass graves. There is ample evidence in the hands of the UN.

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    And all these alliances and posturing for what? To protect the most corrupt Sri Lankan regime since impendence?

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    You say

    “We are talking about defending fact over fiction”

    But what are the facts about the war ?

    Zero casualties ?

    What are the fictions about the war ?

    over 40 000 civlian killings ?

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      or we are talking abut defending FICTION over FACTS ?????

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      Zero civilian causalities is a lie by an over confident stupid government just like the lie of tamil genocide been propagated by mercenaries of west hired by criminal blood hounds of tamil diaspora.

      Truth is Terrorists hid behind civilians, civilians retreated with terrorists instructed by terror appeasers and civilians died as a result.

      Those who advised to appease the terrorists including west should share the responsibility of civilian deaths.

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    Killings of batches of tamils withut any provocation,merely because they were tamils,by the armed forces and police,commenced soon after independence,in 1951.
    All have been recorded by the North East Secretariat Of Human Rights – NESOHR – of over 160 instances.
    The July 1983 island wide pogrom caused tamil militantcy with the formation of armed groups which combined to form the LTTE.
    Rest is history – IPKF was part of it.
    All these should be part of the Geneva inquiry.

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      Lies like this will land tamil nationalists no where, just like the lies of tamil terrorists did nothing other than destroying the lives of all Sri Lankans.

      LTTEs sole intention was to form the bogus tamil homeland in SL using violence and they were operational even in 70s long before Black July.

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        Liberal One

        “Lies like this will land tamil nationalists no where,”

        Truth like yours landed you nowhere, in fact put you in more trouble than you asked for.

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    I understand that the latest Channel 4 movie on unbelievable, but true, cruel and ghastly Sri Lankan genocide scenes of Tamils (taken by Sri Lankan soldiers) during the war is coming soon.

    Let it tear the masks of the embedded writers and analysts propping up the genocidal regime and its henchmen.

    These are the barbarians and the state the writers want Tamils to reconcile with!

    Better to perish than living under the jack boots of these barbarians.

    This movie must be shown in Geneva in March 2014.

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      The terrorists in their own words say that it is better to perish than live under Sri Lanka and take up arms. When they perish the responsibility is thrown at others.

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        Liberal One

        “The terrorists in their own words say that it is better to perish than live under Sri Lanka and take up arms.”

        The innocent civilian did not take oath to perish along with JVP or LTTE terrorists.

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          That is why we continuously told you not to appease the terrorists or parrot their propaganda. Been either an irresponsible sadist or an naive idiot you are repeating the same mistake.

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            Liberal One

            “Been either an irresponsible sadist or an naive idiot you are repeating the same mistake.”

            Are you talking to yourself in front of a mirror?

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              Why am I the one still arrogantly like a buffalo continues to give excuses to terrorists and their sponsors?

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        The context of that claim is that dying while fighting the Sinhala supremacists is preferable to living under their Sinhala jackboot.

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          The preference of the terrorists should not the responsibility of the state. get it?

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            Liberal One

            The preference of the state and its ruler should not create conditions for terrorist to emerge and terrorise the public triggering counter state terrorism.

            Therefore the responsibility of the state and its rulers is to foresee the problems and deal with it humanely. At best they should not create more problem.

            Then of course one should not expect foresight from stupid people and their leaders.

            I don’t think you will ever get it.

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              That is the lie, the naive idiot in you keep repeating like a parrot but without any facts to back it up. Not having a separate state is not something Sri Lankans can help out with. You are just aiding the terrorists by parroting their propaganda.

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    See how they behave today ?

    how can these Defence Secretary be exemplary to others ?

    gota-and-gammanpila-break-rules]Gota and Gammanpila break rules
    Published on Saturday, 15 February 2014 15:34
    [IMG]/images/image_gallery/news/2014/2_feb/Gota_Udaya_410px_15-02-14.jpg[/IMG]Despite the senior administrative officials of the state being banned from participating in political events in public , the Secretary of Urban Development and Defence Ministry , Gotabaya Rajapaksa has violated the particular law by participating in the inaugural ceremony  of  United People’s Freedom Allaince Colombo district leader Udaya Gammanpila’s re-election campaign.

    The event has taken place at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on February 13th where he launched his election manifesto by official commencing his election campaign.

    The Chairman of Sri Lanka Foundation Institute Dr. Ranjith Bandara and Attorneys-at-laws Manohara de Silva and Jagath Gunawaradane also participated in the event.

    When the Election Commissioner Mahinda Dehspariya was questioned if Secretary of a Ministry who is a senior administrative official of the state can participate in an election campaign, who said that is not allowed.

    Commenting on the matter Udaya Gammanpila stated that Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa participated not only in this campaign but for the previous election campaign as well and since the post of Defence Secretary is not an administrative position but a political one he does not face any limitation in participating in political activities.

    The attempt made to contact Gotabaya Rajapaksa to inquire about the matter failed.

    The election commissioner had received another complaint against Gotabaya Rajapaksa during a previous election for participating in election campaigns.

    However, the election commissioner could not take an action regarding the complaint.

    Udaya Gammanpila had stated that he would lead his election campaign without violating election laws.

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    Jokey Malinda Seneviratne’s article shows that ‘they’ are desperate, and have started attacking here, there and everybody everywhere, instead of showing evidence that they didn’t commit genocide.

    Why all these barrage, if you are innocent: Calmly presenting the evidence will clear you.

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    This is all because Tamils, who are migrants from a neighbouring country, are in Sri Lanka.

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      Some came with invaders like Elara, chola chola and countless others but now looking for homelands here. These morons should get a life and try to live like all others.

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    We have to cut down this 40,000 figure.

    Because they say as high as 40,000 dead. That may well include those prisoners killed by LTTE and LTTE cadres killed during the war.

    They did not have any population – statistics from that area during the Peelam era.

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      Ah Jimbo, you’re back I see, spouting your shite all over. Welcome back machan, we hope it won’t be too long before you and your shameless ilk will be silenced by the logical end of this desperate regime.

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      “We have to cut down this 40,000 figure. ” You could have simply pressed the delete key or backspace key after typing 40,000.

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      What about the civilian brigades of the tigers? Those who didn’t utter a word when tigers were forming civilian brigades have all of a sudden become human rights crocodiles when they died. What hypocrisy, eelam project was always built upon lies, deception, ungrateful backstabbing and sucking up to the west. Sad to say but appeasement will never work with the eelamists.

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    Nothing for India and all future plants to be located in the Western part of the island, for security reasons. That might amount to ‘signal’ enough.

    ha ha ha more Norachollai coming ? LOL

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    Malinda is STUPID and BLIND! From this article its very clear that he is following the lead of the Government. He is indirectly threatening India saying what the Government of SL said, i.e. IPKF also should be investigated. Does this Malinda guy think that we are as stupid as he is? We are seeing day by day how the white vans are operating among us Sinhalese, how Sinhalese were shot by the army in Weliweriya, how Kudu Politicians are protected by the Government. If all these things, even at a time when there are no terrorists in Sri Lanka in the South can happen to the Sinhalese one could imagine what would have happened in the no fire zone where no media was present. Malinda is singing for his next plate of rice!

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      The resolution in UN has nothing to do with Waliweriya, or kudu mudalalis. At-least stick to the topic while been an ungrateful scumbag. Why is it that you get upset when the hypocrisy of India and west is exposed?

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        Liberal One

        “At-least stick to the topic while been an ungrateful scumbag.”

        I take it that you are a grateful scumbag.

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          You are right for once.

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        How liberal are you to call your self Liberal one. You have missed the point in my write up. I spoke about Weliweriya and Kudu mudalalis to show a comparison of what is happening to the Sinhalese vis-à-vis the political situation in Sri Lanka and again wondered what would have happened to the Tamils who were viewed as enemies by the Govt of Sri Lanka. If you cannot accept that Sinhalese are treated badly by your government then you are a bigger TRAITOR than the ruling Rajapakse brothers to the Sinhala race.

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          Idiot, a true liberal would always respect the decision of the voters whether he/she agrees with them. If the government is treating citizens badly it will be voted out by the citizen in 2016. Do you think running after the hypocritical west in hoping the regime would fall and giving into the demands of armed militants has anything to do with Liberalism?

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            Stupid Idiot, do you know how elections are won by the regime? If you are so stupid not to realize how many election violations are committed openly by the regime, then you will one day find out yourself when the white van comes for you or your wife or your son or your daughter or your father or your mother or your brother or your sister. There should be a limit to the stupidity you all display.

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    India and IPKF in the dock at Geneva and another Norochcholai coal plant located in Hambantota. Follow China and Russia to backstab ones own people and the minorities. Brilliant ideas from the Editor of the Nation. Sure to warm the cockles of MR and GR’s hearts.

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    The atrocities and human rights violations of the Indian Peace Keeping Forces against Srilankan Tamil inhabitants have been documented and delivered to the HR organizations.

    The details of victims, name, age date of birth , profession and the number of children and even the residential address are on record with similar details of the witnesses and their places of birth and address of residence.

    In contrast, there are no details of the victims of the alleged , atrocities against Terrorists and their associates.

    No bodies have been found or identified.

    The names and locations of the witnesses are locked away in a vault on the banks of Hudson River and the keys handed over to Ms Pillai for safe keeping for a minimum 30 years.

    Word Smiths in Washington are not silly. Are they ?…

    With the third Cameron Obama Resolution against Srilanka to be passed in March what actions would the West take to cripple the Nation?.

    Freezing assets is not possible, when there are no assets to freeze.

    Cameron can’t start a spring, as Vellalas and Intelligentsia wouldn’t join street marches let alone join militias..

    Would it be a total trade Embargo,like the one against Iraq, which killed half a million infants by denying them access to medicines and food?.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “The atrocities and human rights violations of the Indian Peace Keeping Forces against Srilankan Tamil inhabitants have been documented and delivered to the HR organizations.”

      What are you going to do about it?

      Should not the inhabitants of this island has the right to demand a complete independent credible investigation into all war crimes committed in my ancestral land from 5th April 1971.

      For the time being I am prepared to differ my demand for an investigation into Genocide which has been perpetrated by both descendants of Para (Foreign) Kallathonies in the past 2500 years.

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        lol your NGO should seriously consider about replacing you. Waste of dollars.

        Inhabitants of this island have a right to ask but they are not and they are rejecting moves to establish bogus investigations with the intention of shamming the army to encourage more terrorists to take up arms. It is time you undemocratic despots respect that right of the citizen.

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          Liberal One

          Very often you seem to be LOLLING, may one ask the reason for your unnatural urge.

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            In this instance it was your self deceived notion of citizens demanding war crimes investigations.

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              Liberal One

              “In this instance it was your self deceived notion of citizens demanding war crimes investigations.”

              I don’t care whether the citizens demand war crime investigation or not, it is I who want a complete investigation for the period starting from 5th April 1971 to date.

              The citizens are very stupid indeed and you are one of them.

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                Aloha, and Native the all knowing, omnipotent, potent candidate of CT who can kickass all crackies, baddies, cronies and assies with a fistful of vengeance, for a morsel of a dream, a dream of a puritanical homeland with a Vadic principle lies, and belies ahead belligerence and sarcasm.

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    For starters, let’s have a credible international investigation as to how many perished in the final onslaught.
    That will settle the matter once and for all without quibbling over 150’000 or 70000 or 40000.

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    The 40,000 canard is not that hard to debunk. Make an online database and invite anyone to enter names and addresses of those who allegedly killed.

    As soon as a name with address with the locality is entered the details sent to local official to validate.

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      Vibhushana

      “The 40,000 canard is not that hard to debunk. Make an online database and invite anyone to enter names and addresses of those who allegedly killed.”

      You can debunk anything if you have the right connection, including murder.

      The exercise is about Truth followed by reconciliation.

      The idea of constructing a database was around for many years. A responsible state would have constructed one if it wanted to document every death that occurred in this island from 5th April 1971 due to war crimes.

      In the future your grandchildren would demand you for an explanation when you would be feeble, mostly gone gaga, and die with a heavy heart of guilt.

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    *Malinda SeneviRotten is the Chief Bullshitter of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at http://www.malindasbullshit.blogspot.com

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    Malinda,
    Have you read the sundaytimes?
    “Among other matters, Pillay says that “new evidence — including witness testimony, video and photographic material — continues to emerge on what took place in the final stages of the armed conflict. Human remains also continue to be discovered, for instance in Matale in November 2012 and Mannar in December 2013.” She adds: “As the emblematic cases highlighted above show, national mechanisms have consistently failed to establish the truth and achieve justice. The High Commissioner believes this can no longer be explained as a function of time or technical capacity, but that it is fundamentally a question of political will.” http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140216/columns/pillays-bombshell-report-corners-rajapaksa-regime-85793.html

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    It is not about right or wrong, not about truth and falsehood. It is about power.
     
    Wow, I find it truly incredible that the GOSL and its supporters have figured this out just now. What’s next? Are they going to figure out that “Power is desirable” or that “Wealth is desirable”!!!
     
    Welcome to reality. We’ve been waiting for you. What should keep you up at night is the knowledge that Mr. Cameron’s triumphant visit to the island came shortly after there was an agreement on the part of the US/UK to allow Russia to take a leadership role in resolving the Syria crisis. How do we know that there was no Quid Pro Quo between the US/UK and Russia/China regarding Syria and Sri Lanka?

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    This fellow is a joker. I am tired of him. I never read him but the comments on his foolishness. I am sure he will join the right camp when this government in no more. It may even be Sarath Fonseka. He is shameless.

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    Dear Malinda,

    Advise this government to build a relationship of goodwill and trust, leading to reconciliation with the minorities and amongst all citizens. Advice it to address the grievances of the people and promptly provide redress and answers. It is yet not too late to take this simple direct, and moral course. Playing games both at home and abroad will not abort what is imminent. The government is trapped in the web it has merrily spun over the past five years. The strategies that you and Dayan Jayatilleke advocate are political games that will not score goals in a game that is already over for all intents and purposes. It is this government alone that has to be blamed, for its shortsighted, malicious and selfish follies. Do not find scale goats and do not help spin more strands in the web it is entrapped.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN,
      “…past five years”
      You know the history very well. It all started soon after the independence. Prime Ministers and presidents from UNP and SLFP made things worse and worse. It is not going to get better without international intervention. We had so many pacts, 13 amendment, LLRC. Even before this BUDHISM. What happened?….

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      K, this government is wrong, all the governments are wrong. Now tell me as a tamil who lived in overseas and as a person from a diaspora who funded terrorism, supported terrorism and whitewashed terrorism prolonging human suffering, do you take responsibility to the mayhem and disaster?

      Would you be accountable?

      I have asked that question from Burning issue as well, which he has no answer but keep on saying this happened to tamils and that happened to tamils.

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        sach

        “K, this government is wrong, all the governments are wrong.”

        who is this K you are referring to?

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          pardon, but lol. Seriously your NGO is wasting their dollars here.

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        a very good question- as JFK said “ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country”. Most (not all) tamils have forgotten what the country has given them being a poor nation – free education / health etc. which in most cases have enabled them to migrate abroad and get jobs. pls remember it is poor tax payers that paid for your education – do something positive for the country and people(even if it is for your own community) who are living in it. trying to over throw democratically elected government using western hypocrisy is rather sad. Accountability starts at home.

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    Gunapal, I disagree. This fellow is not a joker. He is an entertainer. But for sometime he was engaged in Mahinda Puja but that did not work out. Because president Percy ain’t stupid. Any one who reads his comments will know – that he is more of a liability.

    So he has taken on him self the responsibility to protect the “Nation” from the nasty beastly foreigners. The “Nation” for Malinda means the Sinhalese – who are now under global scrutiny for sub-human behavior. But then they need Champ. And our friend is out there. He has put on his boxing gloves.And he thinks that Russia and China will want to ‘balance out’.

    ha ha

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    Don’t diss Malinda he is a tethered goat, occasionally he would go to pastures new.

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      Looks like the diaspora and their local buddies are reduced to name calling.

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    Enquiry on IPKF? Wov, thats sweet to hear, Modaya! Way to go! If you have balls suggest your Raja-baccha to pass a resoultion in your parliament! Then come and bark here!

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      Maniseparan, bitten twice, you may stop croaking.

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        Bitten what? My shoes?

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    “There is no worse sound in the world than somebody who cannot play the violin who insists on doing so anyway.”
    ― Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy

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    “The fact remains that getting rid of 150,000 corpses is not easy. Not in the 21st Century.”

    Thanks for admitting it was not easy.

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