23 May, 2019

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On Easter Sunday Terrorist Attacks

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

The Sunday attacks did not take place due to the negligence of one or two officials. We can now see that the government is preparing to sacrifice some official and wash their hands of the matter. This incident occurred because of the conduct of this government from the time they came into power in January 2015. If anyone is to resign over these incidents, it should be the government. Despite the persecution that the intelligence services had been subject to, they did obtain prior intelligence relating to this attack and conveyed the information to certain quarters. But nothing happened thereafter.  That warning had been sent to my security officers as well, but they did not keep me informed about the threat.

Text of the statement made by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament on 23 April 2019 regarding the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks (Translation):

Hon Speaker, 

We are gathered here today, to discuss the future of our country following the bomb attacks that took place on Easter Sunday. More than 300 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured in those attacks. I wish to take this opportunity to once again convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who have lost their lives and to wish those injured a speedy recovery.

After we ended the 30 year war on 19 May 2009, we all thought we had seen the last of such attacks. We were to mark the 10th anniversary of the ending of terrorism next month. Even during that 30 year war, no single attack carried out by the terrorists targeting civilians ever resulted in as much carnage as the Easter Sunday attacks. The LTTE also carried out co-ordinated simultaneous attacks on multiple targets but even they were not able to wreak the same amount of destruction. The Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka is said to be the biggest single terrorist attack targeting civilians ever to take place in South Asia. So many people did not lose their lives even in the Mumbai attacks of 2008.

This House has to look into the circumstances that enabled terrorism to once again raise its head in this country with such virulence. In November 2005, when I became President for the first time, there was a nominal ceasefire in operation. But the LTTE was carrying out attacks on a daily basis and killing two or three armed forces personnel in each attack. During that period a bomb attack on a bus resulted in a large number of civilian deaths.  When I went to St Anthony’s Church last Sunday following the attacks, I was reminded of the Kebithogollewa incident. The people of that area expressed a great deal resentment at our government over the Kebithogollewa incident.

The people have no use for a government that cannot assure them of the safety of their lives. In July 2006, we recommenced the war because the LTTE closed the Mavilaru anicut and blocked the water supply to a large number of villages in that area. It is the duty of the government to at the very minimum, to uphold the right of the people to live and to create an environment where they will be able to go about their day to day lives. That is why we never looked back after recommencing the war following the Mavilaru incident.

In January 2015, I handed over a completely secure and peaceful country to the new President. We had strengthened the intelligence services so that there would be absolutely no threat to the national security of the country. Our intelligence services worked closely with other intelligence services of neighbouring countries and other international intelligence services to ensure the security of the country. Whenever we got wind of a threat to national security, we acted on it. The Easter Sunday attacks would never have taken place under our government.

The present government is squarely responsible for the terrorist attacks that took place last Sunday. The police had issued early warnings of an impending attack.  However what action did the government take with regard to those warnings? They never informed the Church leaders about those warnings and neither did they provide extra security to the possible targets. All that the leaders of the present government did was to ensure that they themselves were nowhere near a possible target. On important occasion such as Easter, representatives of the government usually attend Mass, but this time there were no such representatives in the Churches.

When I went to the scenes of the attacks on Sunday, one government minister said that the opposition is trying to make political capital of the situation. I must remind them that I also visited Kebithigollewa in the same way in 2006. I am not speaking here as someone spewing forth empty words but as the individual who gave leadership to the government that defeated the terrorists that no one thought could ever be defeated.   From the moment this government came into power in January 2015, they have been persecuting the members of the armed forces and the intelligence services that ended that war.  How many of our armed forces personnel have they jailed over the past four years? How many times have they hauled former army commanders and commanders of the navy and airforce to the CID to be questioned?

Our war time defence secretary was relentlessly persecuted because he was my brother. They were not able to imprison him due to the intervention of the courts.

I have told this government on many occasions that this is not the armed forces of the Rajapaksas but the armed forces and intelligence services of the Republic of Sri Lanka. Regardless of which political party is in power, it is they who will have to ensure the security of the nation. This government never understood the point. Due to the political leadership that we gave them, our armed froces were able to win the war that was deemed unwinnable. 

The armed forces personnel who carried out their duties on behalf of the nation were harassed and hunted down by this government. The government should at least now realise that you cannot run this country according to the dictates coming from foreign countries. We have to solve our own problems. The government was preparing to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act on the instructions of their foreign masters. If that Act had been repealed, what kind of a position would we be in today? Because the government was engaged in relenetlessly persecuting its own armed forces, we became an easy target for terrorists. No other country in the world has persecuted and weakened their own armed forces and intelligence services in this manner. Terrorists observe these things and plan accordingly.

The Sunday attacks did not take place due to the negligence of one or two officials. We can now see that the government is preparing to sacrifice some official and wash their hands of the matter. This incident occurred because of the conduct of this government from the time they came into power in January 2015. If anyone is to resign over these incidents, it should be the government. Despite the persecution that the intelligence services had been subject to, they did obtain prior intelligence relating to this attack and conveyed the information to certain quarters. But nothing happened thereafter.  That warning had been sent to my security officers as well, but they did not keep me informed about the threat.

If I had known that there was an imminent threat of this nature, I would have immediately informed His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and also curtailed my own movements. Instructing officials on the manner in which they should conduct themselves in relation to matters involving national security, is the task of the government. That is what people elect governments for. The signal sent by this government to officials at all levels is that national security is not important.That is the reason for all this mayhem.  These incidents did not occur without warning. The recent destruction of Buddha statues in Mawanella, the attempt on the life of a close supporter of a Muslim Minister from that area, the discovery of over 100 kilos of explosives from Puttlam, are all connected. So this attack did not just come from the blues. Having received information that an attack can take place, all that the government did was to ensure that they themselves were safe.  

This terrorist attck is very different to similar attacks that took place during the 30 year war. The terrorists of that time did not target foreigners because they had people living in those countries and funding the terrorist campaign in Sri Lanka. But this new terrorism targets locals as well as foreigners. That strikes a death blow not only to the tourist industry but to foreign investment as well. This terrorism has to be conclusively defeated.  I request the government to halt the persecution of the armed forces at least now. The Council of Religions headed by the Ven. Ittepane Dammalankara Mahanayake Thera and His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has also called upon the government to desist from weakening the intelligence services further.    

The arrests of armed forces and intelligence services personnel that took place after this government came into power was very often not based on solid evidence. In order to please the yahapalana government the CID obtains statements from certain people using various stratagems and then uses these statements to arrest members of the armed forces and intelligence services. Some of these so called witnesses have made special statements to Magistrates explaining how the CID obtained statements from them implicating various people. Stop this filthy practice at least now. 

As the opposition, we will extend our fullest cooperation to the law enforcements authorities and the armed forces to ensure national security. I request the people not to take the law into their own hands and to extend their fullest cooperation to the law enforcement authorities and the armed forces to solve this problem. We must remember that terrorists have no religion. The public needs more information about some matters and I would like to address the following questions to the government.

When did the SIS and the Security Concil first get to know of the organisation that is said to be behind these attacks?

According to the information available to the government, since when has this organization taken to terrorism?

What action was taken in respect of these reports?

Who investigated the Wanathaviluawa incident where over 100 kilos of explosives were found?

Who were the suspects arrested in this regard? Was this brought to the notice of the Security Council? If so when and by whom? What action was taken in this regard? 

How many persons were arrested in this regard? Who were they? How many of them sere produced in courts?  How many were released? 

Were any of these suspects released at the request of any person? If so who was the person who made such a request?

Was there an intelligence report of a threat to national security in the month of April? Was this brought to the notice of the Security Council? If so, when and by whom? Who attended the security council on that day? 

Has the involvement of a foreign party in these attacks been established? If so what is the foreign party involved?

Thank you.

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    This is perhaps the 2nd attack on an Easter Sunday. The first was in 1942, (if I remember right,) where the Japanese bombed Colombo.

    MAHINDA appears to be more concerned about arrest of the armed forces intelligence service “not based on solid evidence”. How many Tamil Civilians were arrested by Mahinda during his regime who are still languishing in jail without any charges. Of course the the “yahapalanaya”government too is is aiding and abetting this arrest by their inaction.
    Why din’t Mahinda take action against the murder of journalists. Is it because they were from the armed forces.
    “The talk of the town” is that that Srisena and Mahinda too are responsible for the inaction of the armed forces prior to the incident to bring discredit to the government. Not that the government has acquired any credibility, otherwise
    Every thing is politics today and all the politicians and their kith and kin are above the law. Human life just nothing?.

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      K. Anaga,
      MR is more concerned about any one in Army calling them war heroes for one single reasons, then only uneducated masses from south and other areas will join his extremists forces.
      MR would only love his family, even if he would make every effort to make public statements showing that patriot. Just imagine, how much funds being abused by him and his security yet today, why cant he save them for the poor of th ecountry ? Has he ever done such good work ? never He is very selfish guy.. powergreedy as no other. .His calibre leaders are Gadafi and Sadam Hussaine.
      Hoodwinking is TOP of his agenda whenever he holds public speeches.

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        Yo Mahinda, soon the people are going to discover the real origin of your lot. The Sinhala Buddhist cloak worn by you will torn to reveal the Telungu origin, Tirupati worshipping secret Nayakkar bloodline. The beneficiary of this attack is you and your mass murder Brother Gota. This attack has been planned to sideline the Ahimsa’s case and the pressure of meeting the UN fake recommendations and to wade off all the court cases. When you accuse the Ranil govt., have you forgotten that it is your kolla Sira is the Defense Minister who failed it. Why you are not bringing up the respinsibility of Sira? Which means it is your plan not to take action on the warning for which you can score political points to gain through this carnage, right? Look at the body language of you, wimal and Gota… seems looking very happy about the outcome, ya? Because, you are portraying a Hero image from the day of this incident publicly saying that its the weakness of this govt. But no mention of Sira…. strange isnt it? You also went to see how the effect of your plans right? Looks like the bomb manufacturing has your buddy Karuna’s signature in it. Truth will prevail somehow, very soon.

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          You can yo or ya all you want my dear thambi, you are in denial as to who is behind these attacks. Im sure you will soon come with a theory that GR/MR et al are somehow connected with ISIS…
          Come elections you can bet your sweet Canadian ass its not your choice horse thats going to win….
          Oh my see the thumbs up jeez never seen deniers anger hatred unlike any other forum than this…
          I cant help but smirk that MR is on purpose is publishing on here

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            Yo, Ho, gung ho… I can feel your pain. Since you guys suck for Rajapakses, the criminal enterprise that go to any low level to achieve their goals. What their goals are… capturing power, robbing the national wealth and seizing private owned valuable properties and businesses and conducting oppression against the minorities. To do these he Rajapakses need Sinhala Buddhist Racism where impunity rules the roost. Police have been given strict notice not to act against any Racist Monk who is going about executing pogroms or intimidation against the Tamils and the Muslims. This is the foundation of Sri Lankan current politics. Monks are the 007 Jamis Bandaas who can go about destroying anything they like, burn properties, kill anyone and in the end go home and take a bloody good skin head rest. Next day the same monk goes into the Elite owned/controlled media to blame the victims as Terrorists and scripted questions are posed and pre arranged answers are given, finally concluding that its their fault for making the racist to go for them… kind of politics and rule having shitty country. If you think your racist lot can build this country on your 70+ years failed Sinhala Racist Zionist agenda… think again. This is the WATERLOO of Sinhala Racism…its over. The Danish Billionaire who lost his 4 dear kids and his wife will be filing the case in ICJ against the pro Racist slut Sira’s devious politics played along with Rajapakses on these innocent lives which would have prevented. No Derana, No Lankadeepa, No Divaina media can save your lot.

    • 30
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      Mahinda,
      It is you who responsible for this attack. It is you who created violence against Muslims after the end of civil war 2009. You may have forgotten that you massacred over 40,000 inncent Tamils in 2009.

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        If Mahinda did all that as you say, the man receives applauding because he had foreseen the bastadry of the devil worshipers.
        \
        Change your bogus name from Ajith to ‘loser’, you coward.

        • 14
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          Dear Michael Winter,
          What is your real name? Butcher!

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            Ajith – I think this A.H.s real name is Michael W.P.

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          Ah a racist and Rajapaksa supporter rolled in one.

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        To the attention @ Ajith, Not Mahinda. It was someone else who chased away the Muslims from the Northern Province. Happened around 1990. I have forgotten his name. He died of natural causes in Nandikadal in May 2009. I saw a photograph of him lying on a pool of mud with his eyes wide open. Had a pottu on his forehead. But pronounced dead. Definitely dead. Again, another mistake on your part, 400,000,000 innocents were killed not a paltry 40,000 as you say. Nazi Pullai, Gardon Wee were wrong with the numbers they came up with. They underestimated the real numbers. Idiots aren’t they? Atleast 400,000,000 or perhaps 850,000,000 people died. Mostly due to Cyanide overdoses. Suicide. Case closed.

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          Ha ha ha ha ha……Lal, that’s a Paka comment.

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          Mr lal,
          Tamils were chased away in 1958, 1977 and 1983 from Colombo and other parts of Southern Srilanka after masscring, butchering, and burning when there was no civil war. Not a single Muslim was killed when they were chased out. You always forget that part because you may be one of them who did that. You only saw photograph published by Mahinda & Gota who massacred 40000 innocent Tamils in the Nandikadal as well. There is enough real evidence to prove that.

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            Mr Ajith,

            More Tamils live in Colombo now than ever before. What happened to Tamils in 1958 and 1983 ought to be condemned as the most inhumane acts, barbarism at its worst. Picking up numbers from the air and hold Rajapakses responsible for the loss of lives will not exonerate the rabid killers of the Tamil side. Had the Tamil Terrorists won at the expense of 800,000 Sinhalese lives would you moan as you do now? Not you, not “Tissa Gunesekeram”, not SJV, not Dr Brian and will they not celebrate a Victory Day, perhaps every month of the year? Tamil Terrorists suffered a Humiliating Defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan forces, a war started by Tamil Terrorists. Be pragmatic. Get used to it.Takes two sides to Tanjo. Reconciliation will follow afterwards.

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              Stop lying you racist piece of turd. 800000 Sinhalese lives? Where did you get this from? Your stinking ar-e? Only around 3000 Sinhalese and Muslim civilians died the most. There are more Tamils now living in Colombo , because your Sinhalese racist army has been busy stealing Tamil lands and ethnically cleansing Tamils from the north and east and denying them a living. Colombo was part of the Tamil homeland . The word Colombo and many of its suburb names are of Tamil origin. The so called coastal Sinhalese hailing between south of Mannar and north of Colombo were all Tamils a generation or two ago. Even after all this has happened Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist low lives like you still cannot get of your racist anti Tamil mindset. It is because of Sinhalese Buddhism and Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism that the country is now in ruins but yet you idiots will not learm

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                Tamil homeland is on the other side of Palk Straits, called Tamil Nadu. There was never a Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka. Jaffna on the other hand was mainly a Sinhala Buddhist within Rajarata. The coastal Sinhalese are quite happy being Sinhalese. Tamils are recent arrivals from the squalid Tamil Nadu. Tamils were brought in large numbers by Dutch, British and Portuguese to do the dirty jobs as they make excellent coolies.There were very few Tamils in Sri Lanka until Europeans brought them. The Europeans left but did not take the Tamils with them. They didn’t want Tamils in their countries. Tamils in Sri Lanka don’t want to return to their squalid homeland of Tamil Nadu. So, now, Sri Lanka has a problem.

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              lal loo

              “More Tamils live in Colombo now than ever before. “

              More Sinhala Buddhists descendants of Kallathonies live in this island than ever before. What are you going to do about it?

              “What happened to Tamils in 1958 and 1983 ought to be condemned as the most inhumane acts, barbarism at its worst. “

              You must be joking.

              “Picking up numbers from the air and hold Rajapakses responsible for the loss of lives will not exonerate the rabid killers of the Tamil side. “

              It was the state’s (irrespective of who killed them) responsibility to do the body count. The state failed simply because the state has been built on the concept of Sinhala/Buddhists being the natural rulers of this island through its gullible masses.

              During and just after the end of war people were forced to surrendered to the war criminals and the innocent people did exactly that.

              Being a complete asho*e it didn’t occur to you the state and the government completely refused to publish the names and details of those surrendered to the armed forces. It also refused to publish the list of people it has released.

              “Takes two sides to Tanjo.”

              I never learn to Tanjo.

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              lal loo

              Could we have the break down of population census to support your often repeated claim that “More Tamils live in Colombo now than ever before” and ask yourself why?

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              lal,
              More Tamils live outside Srilanka than ever before. It took more than 50 years to you to condemn the Sinhala Buddhist Barberism. There was no Tamil terrorist in Srilanka. Only we have got Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist terrorists. LTTE lost not in the hands of Srilankan forces. They lost in the hands of Indian, Chinese, US military and few other countries including Srilanka. That is the truth.LTTE never targetted Sinhalese masses as Sinhalese military did. It is the LTTE fought Indian occupied army, not Srilankan Forces.

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                Ajith!
                You are right. LTTE lost not in the hands of Srilankan Forces. They lost in the hands of Indian, Chinese, US and Britain too.
                The ‘FORCE’ came from the countries mentioned and directed through the Srilankan army. In short LTTE fought against the World. Now there appears to be more than ISIS in to days game.

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          lal loo

          “It was someone else who chased away the Muslims from the Northern Province. “

          It was Mahinda Rajapaksa’s close buddy who won two elections and a war for him. Mahinda’s clan paid him 165 Million rupees for the services he rendered to Mahinda. I also have forgotten his name.

          ” Idiots aren’t they?”

          Well we were led to believe every general in the service of Sri Lankan armed forces single handedly won the war.

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        Dear Ajith,
        You got the numbers wrong again! Between 400,000,000 – 800,000,000, according to Gardon Vas and Nazi Pullai of UN&O. All single handedly by MgR.

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          Lal,
          Your statistics remind me that Srilanka govt figures about Population in Vanni during 2006-2019.
          1.70,000
          2. 400,000
          First one was Gotapaya count, Second one GA reports.
          After end of war, the figure was 300,000.

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      This has already been seen as global assault by Islamic fundamentalists , Lankans should not F- it up by fighting between various religious groups. Time for the Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Catholic leaders to be seen to gather and issue a Joint statement requesting everyone to tone it down.
      On the impact on Tourism , Sam Clark of the Experience Travel Group said ,: “I think if people link this incident to the war years, it will bring back all sorts of bad associations for the country. However, if it’s seen as a one-off in the context of the world suffering from global terrorism, I don’t think it will harm Sri Lankan tourism long term.”

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      Politics make strange bed fellows. After all the assaults on the Muslims, burning their property during the Rajapaksa regime, There are quite a number of Muslims who like the Rajapaksas to come back to power. Similarly in the underworld business, the Sinhalese Drug Lords like Makandure Madush have Muslim Partners like Kanjipani Imran who are even stranger bedfellows. Where do the average stand with such nexuses in existence, where this type of carnage is possible?

  • 25
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    Shameful that you would use a tragic event such as this the further your Political Agenda.

    Another example of the kind of human being you are.

    Hopefully the people of Sri Lanka will see it and ensure you never return to power and are prosecuted for your crimes against the Sri Lankan people.

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      UKCitizen

      We are lucky he didn’t cause a tragic event this time to further his political agenda. If necessary he and clan will have no qualm creating one.
      His brother the former national hangman is looking forward to one so that the gullible be could be convinced their national duty to elect him as the president for life.

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      You don’t go to Shangrilla ,I guess.
      Obviously you don’t go to Kochcihkade Church either,
      Please stay safe in UK….

  • 23
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    You a murderer and SOB , go and ask your brother for answers to the questions you raised. We well know as a family you all are criminals. One does the killing and other asks for explanation. Yet another comes with flowers to pay homage to the murdered victim. Your sons will go around threatening potential witnesses. Do not waste your energy.

  • 10
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    Masterpiece of Marketing material!

    Now one things is clear; all these guys did know this, including Cardinal Ranjith, but kept it as a secret to Tamil Christians. This is a master plan of the Trio, to save the criminals from investigation. One planned and executed; one hid its head under foreign sand; one is carrying out the marketing to save all the criminals. So many things are pointing the finger on the Trio for the planning. They wanted this on Hindu New Year. Because it would deter Sinhalese too, they post postponed it. Sinhala Buddhist Modaya are going to be kept prisoners of this fear mongering techniques for ever so this Trio can earn and deposit in foreign banks.

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      It appears that more TAMILS died in the bomb blasts , than from the other communities.

  • 22
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    Dear Mr. Defeated King (Bitter),
    There are many threats to national security, not least our future itself. Islamist terror is a prominent one for sure. I give you that. Another is YOU, your utterly corrupt immediate and extended family, your cronies and henchmen. Not to mention your legendary cunning, greed, power-hunger, and double-speak. Please note you were conclusively defeated by the people twice and kicked out of the Capital. Please show at least a minimal degree of integrity. DISAPPEAR FROM OUR PUBLIC SPACE AND DEBATE. LEAVE TORTURED SOUL OF SRI LANKA ALONE. SHE CAN THEN HEAL HERSELF.
    Cheers!
    PS: Quit 3rd class efforts to consolidate your pathetic vote bank by using a horrific national tragedy. Quit crying over spilled milk.

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      Ado gono your government pathetically failed and this man who defeated terrorism and saved SL is telling your gon government what should be said. Instead of barking at this great man learn gono.

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        You need not learn from War criminal

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          I was not talking about Sambandan

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        Hey Sach,
        We are ready to shoot that female abuse video. We have chosen YOU as the star actress. Director expects you to wear a dot bikini. The view count on Youtube will skyrocket.
        Cheers!

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          Bikini? What bikini men? Don’t you UNP gon butterflies like men? Come and try that with me. Didn’t I tell you how to do. First inform a hospital and come. Ranil slaves are equally stupid like Ranil. Like that gona Ranil acts when asked a question in parliament

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      BH,
      agree with you more.
      This bugger is fishing on muddy waters.
      Now he does not want to put the blame on Sirisena because he expect SIRISENA to protect him from numerous court cases.
      .
      All you have articulated above is very correct regarding MR’s real nature.
      :
      He has always been shedding crocodile tears. If the bugger et al was well aware of the facts, why not they came forward to pass the warning to Rev Ranjith ?
      .
      I simply wonder why his wife did not visit the KOCCHHI KADE being a cathelic adherent on that day while the bugger complains that all ministers kept away from beign such rituals unlike previous occasions ?
      .
      If THOSE BOMBINGs took the lives of JOINT OPPOSITION, we would all have been happier today, since we are well aware of the facts, taht they are the ones to be blamed for lanken problems. SIirsena IS MADE a puppet or a mad man, by Rajapakshes.
      Even a dog – should NOT be subjected to that kind of mental stress… as a leader.
      Sirisena ignores even NATIONAL security issues, because of the pressure being applied on him.

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        Mahinda is being rekindled to power due the inaction of Ranil and Maithree. They promised the SUN and the MOON and the EARTH once they come into power by taking action against all those who were responsible for Civilian murders and torture. But instead they promoted the lame duck back into action.

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    Hey Mahinda,

    You are a despicable opportunist, trying to gain political mileage from this horrible massacre of innocent civilians.

    Please don’t open your foul mouth, stinking worse than the morning breathing of a Chinese

    Together with Sirisena and ponna Ranil, you are also partly responsible for all this. Do I need to go into details?

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    This time you may have to explain 50 or so foreigners death to their respective countries. They are not naive like your usual audience, who are mostly retarded Lankans. Also expect a huge law suit coming soon claiming massive amounts of compensation. After paying millions in $ you,ll as a country will be left bankrupt. Victims have succeeded in 9/11 cases in getting compensation from, state, federal, airlines and others.

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    You as one who abused Incumenbent President not allowing him the job for which he was elected, you should be the key man to be blamed. We have not forgotten that 52- day conspiracy by which Sirisena -Rajaakshe junta made clear to the world that lanken politics would not work within civlized frames.
    :
    Sirisena got elected but you and your abusive men never allowed him to govern the country as they thought was right. Always,pulled the leg of SIIRSENA until you became a PM for a period of 7 weeks. All that was unconsitutional, but that was the episode you greediness to regain power created all the unexpected in this country. parliament was attacked and your loyalists vandalized it as no times in the past. The speaker was brutally attacked. World was watching you and sirisena how you guys weakened the lanken govt.
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    It was not PM to be blamed, but SIRISENA to be controlled through his nose rope, you have been doing all illegal work Mr FORMER President. All the curse should go to you and your men to have created political instabliity inthis country. You served two terms, but after that you got defeated, – that you should accept and leave the elected to govern the country.
    :
    Today the president is made a remote controlled caricature by your vicious fraction. Not those 290 innocient people, but you guys in that joint opposition should have been dead the way they the innocient faced it .. if godly forces work in this planet.
    :
    Besides, President SIRISENA as minister of Defence and law and order should have to have appointed an actiing minister at the time he left for abroad. He had failed to so.. THat you guys dont want to critiicise, since you expected this to happen and put the blame on PM and cabinet.

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    Medamulana Meeharaka Mahendra Percy Rajafucksha – You have been bestowed with several titles in these columns, namely, WP, BP, AH and the list goes on and on. Please don’t try to gain political mileage on the situation and make idiotic comments. Tell the author of this article who penned on your behalf to KMA!

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      Mike,
      this man make every effort to hoodwink the very same folks again.His focus is to score more – fishing on muddy waters as usual.
      :
      BP Rajafuksha should be accoutable for this security problems. As read above, they former goons did not let SIRISENA to do the job – he always pulled the leg… sirisena got caught. Sirisena as if a DOWN SYNDROME patient would do, just enjoyed the moment. What happened in the end was.. even most cruicial intelligence warnings were kept away from PM and state defence minister. For what purpose i dont know.
      Consequence was – ministers failed to keep the churches informed about the ground realities ABOUT possible terror attacks.
      BP is the master mind of all these consequences. I hate this man more day by day. Rajaakshes should be hung by their balls for their illfated nature.

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    A vulture “mini kakka” is what you are MR, for tying to gain political mileage at a time like this. Don’t you know it’s your buddy Sirisena in charge of Tri forces and police? The PM and Minister of Defence are supposedly not kept in the loop re matters of internal security. If anyone should resign it’s not the government but the President.

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    From the opportunist, a timely article, showing outrage, and outright hypocrisy.

    In 2014 the Rajapaksa government was warned about these criminals, and they did nothing to curb it. Under the Rajapaksa government, Buddhist monks spread anti Muslim propaganda, false rumors, and thugs and Buddhist terrorists like the BBS, caused fear, instigated violence, burnt Mosques, attacked businesses, and KILLED innocent Muslims. The Rajapaksa’s did, and said, NOTHING. In fact one of them opened the new offices of the BBS terrorists. Under this “wonderful” regime, people were taken in white vans, journalists killed, harassed, and threatened, and NO ONE WAS HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

    It is a damn shame that a disgraced president takes advantage of a horrible crime like
    this to brag of their capabilities, and how much better they are in battling this.
    The timing is obvious.
    That is the “opportunist” part.

    How many innocent civilians will die this time? We still have no accountability for the thousands of civilians still missing in the North.

    These power hungry leaders MUST stop playing their power games at the expense of the Sri Lankan people.

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    In the DailyMail UK report this was printed (see highlighted) Question is was politically correct liberalism of the new regime that stymied at least investigating the claims? simply basing it on the report. Were there cells already across the nation? Lots of people talk about Kattankudy.

    In 2016, authorities were warned there would be a ‘blood bath’ by the head of radical Buddhist group BSS, Galagodaatte Gnanasara, if Razik was not arrested

    Very clear now that the Government failed despite warnings. The partisan bickering between the nincompoop from Polonnaruwa, the uneducated President, and the haughty Colombo Feudal elite PM in their coalition government. has left the country totally mismanaged in terms of national security. I am pretty sure the Rajapakse regime would not have wasted time when Intel was provided by the Army and the Police as well about these maniac Islamic fascist terrorists.

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      Isis, whilst looking at all other places in the world to propagate their violence, found that only in Sri Lanka could they implement Jihad – the lax security and encouraging politics made it the ideal place.
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      Even the Muslims in the West of the Island are afraid of these Wahhabis. But current GoSL (RW mostly), went out of his way to please the minorities, to the extent of creating an enclave state for them in the East.

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    Current GoSL (Ranil and co) didn’t care about a few Christians being bomb-blasted – they didn’t want to rattle their ME investors.

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      Do you care about anything but your perverted point scoring?

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        The bare truth is not point scoring. This is not a game.

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    security officer s are there to protect ministers so how is it that they not warn those whom they have to protect of impending danger
    to say they did not tell me is rubbish

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    We are fore ever thankful to you sir for making us safe. I don’t know whats going on here but what I was thinking is will USA put there troops in Sri Lanka at the end of these terrorist disaster? Since there is a agreement with Sri Lanka And USA that, at any time in future there is unrest in the region USA can put there camp here.

    An agreement signed during your rule.

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    MR would understand who ever did would not care if few hundred died. Because they are used to it. My concern is why the govt kept Sri-lankan intelligence in the Dark until these stupid Wahabis build bombs and get training for Suicide attacks. H’ow RAW and CIA informs first and not the Sri-lankan intelligence. What did the IGP say to the parliamentary committee. Because, I heard Rajitha senarathne accusing IGP as the culprit. but authorities say they warned even ten min before the Attack. It looks politics prevented arrests as the culprits are muslim backers of muslim politicians. suicide bombers are not poor people andthey all had wealth such as three storey houses, luxury cars, and another with a Factory. So, even Drug money may have played something. I here the culprits are friendly politicians of the both sides.
    The precision planning with the super computer precision, of the event can not be the work of paid soldiers of ISIS. There should be a hidden hand behind. They have ridiculed MR and GR enough and MR does not want to understand it. This time they gave a chance to RANIL to come up as a LEader.. That is why they waited until MS is away. They gave the signal to both sides. So, they are clean handed (Chatumharajika gods).

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    I think the arrests of and incarcerations of Intelligence people were to debilitate and demoralize Srilankan intelligence. Ranil did all those to make happy some groups of NGOs. NGOS are ppuppets of the hidden hands. Instead of accusing one specific country, Sri lanka should consider the EFFECTS AND NEEDS OF THE GLOBAL HYPER STATE RUNNING IN THE WORLD. Sri lanka has enough experts to understand all these. I heard, when OBAMA was the President he even thought of preparing legislation to make multinationals as a separate countries which operates not in one country but all over the world. So, if any country is unfair, they have the power to punish that country.
    MR is a seasoned politicians. He will understand when keep on watching.

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    MR’s first three sentences reproduced here:
    “We are gathered here today, to discuss the future of our country following the bomb attacks that took place on Easter Sunday. More than 300 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured in those attacks. I wish to take this opportunity to once again convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who have lost their lives and to wish those injured a speedy recovery”.
    .
    If only……….If only……….If only, MR said that on 19 May 2009.
    Instead the victims, speaking Tamil being their crime, were corralled in barbed-wire camps. Hundreds were taken away every day, most never to be seen again.
    Those gory photographs.
    .
    MR goes on: “The Easter Sunday attacks would never have taken place under our government”.
    Who buggered SriLankan Airlines?
    .
    We will never know who planned the Easter Sunday attack.

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    Mahinda old pal

    As leader of the opposition, don’t you have the guts to demand Sirisena’s resignation, instead of blaming the ‘Govt.’? After all, Sirsena, as President, is the chief of the security forces & he failed to act on intelligence reports. The buck stops with him.

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    Brutal slaughter of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha in a high security zone…Prageeth Eknaligoda was abducted and killed…11 Youth were abducted demanding ransom later killed and dumped in mid sea…Taraki Sivaram was killed…Raviraj was killed…Keith Nohyar was abducted and Tortured…many Journalist were Tortured ..white van abductions / killings / extortion …murder of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle …burning of Udayan Newspaper Press in Jaffna…killing of 27 unarmed prison inmates in Welikada Prison..All these happened during 2005-2015 …Now if you claim your intelligence service was very good then how come you were not able to arrest the people responsible for these heinous acts ..? You were the Executive President and your brother was the Secretary to the Defence Ministry. Why the daughter of Lasantha filied action in US courts against your brother in 2019 for murder…why so many investigation against Security Force personnel today ? …therefore Please do not talk bullshit…you never had an intelligence service but a goon squad who exterminated people speak against Rajapakshas. You do not need worry…this Govt will recorrect the shortcomings of the Intelligence Service ..they have already indentified the enemy…. You were awarded with honorary titles ..HP / WP/ KWP / BP ..with this talk now they will perhaps upgrade you with doctorate title RKHP / RKWP…

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    Fraudulent, lieing and cheating world of the Srilankan Parliamentarians as well as the work of the global Hyper State are very wiered. I think on behalf of the global Hyper State, One Sri lankan politician says that Terrorist blew up catholics because of the Slaughter in NEw Zealand. that is stupid. I can not and do not believe it. That is a lie.

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    “Has the involvement of a foreign party in these attacks been established”? You claim to be a great leader. Then why ask the question? Since you are bloody Sinhalese mutt, let me answer your question. No, there is no evidence to establish it was foreign. Speculation is that it was a reprisal attack for the Christchurch mosque massacre of Muslims. Did you bother to write into any news paper sympathizing those attacks. I ma told that soon, it will be Raamasan for them. Take GOTLER and your antlers with you to break fast. I hear they dish out a good ‘kanji’. You both deserve it.

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    Dear Ex president how come you raise your hand up for 1972 constitution It made Islamism recognize religion of the country but it says the others or none believers those who are not adhere to Allah or almighty of that religion are vile animals ( ref. Koran 8:55 verse). All the other religion recognized by 1972 constitution respect believers as well as none believers alike. Have you read literature of all the religions recognized by 1972 constitution before raising your hand for it or you raised your hand because you believed Kolvin R Silva & then education Minister Badduadin Mohomud That was where all the trouble started I suppose.Since then Muslims youths started believing they are the only human being in this Island and others are vile animals. Even country’s Constitution ( basic law of the country) recognized it. As such they can behave the way they want just like hiking in the bush. They were made to believe that even they can kill vile animals at their will. Your basic error made with your first parliament colleagues resulted in killing 320 innocent worshipers &.our guests who were here to enjoy their holidays. As a lawyer please read 1972 constitution as well subsequent constitution of JRJ’s in 1977 over and over again with basic religions literature specially of Abrahamic religions that you supported to recognized in our basic law the country. Then you feel blunder you all have done in early seventies as youngest politician in that parliament Sir. Please make arrangements correct it as soon as possible as an eldest & most senior politician in our country. That may hurt Muslims at first but they will learn how to practice their religion without disturbing others.

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    This is the statement of the Obvious.
    Thank you Mr President who eliminated 30 years of Tamil Terrorism together with the Tamil Suicide Bombs..

    And created a peaceful, harmonious environment , where 22 Million bar the UNP and its supporters lived happily with what ever they had, going about without Military and Police checks,and
    Without having to carry Suit Cases on the Shoulders when going to the Airport.-

    Now we are back there again.
    The Sad part is this Yahapalanaya which created this Dark Age again was brought in by the ready and happy corporation of the Muslims with the UNP , Appa Sira and the Christians,
    Sad to say even the Catholic Church was there with them in2015.

    Dr Ranil went to Anuradhapura to assure Bishop Perera , the protection for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
    But didn’t do the same to Cardinal Mendis, although the UNP Intelligence from the IGP was sent to Dr Ranil as well, besides Harin , Mano Ganeshan and few other VVIPs..

    Dr Ranil, Mangala Saraweera , Dr Rajitha, the Heavy Hitters of the Yahapalana Government ,and the Architects of the demise of the Srlnakan National Intelligence Network and the Armed Forces ,must be disappointed that there was not even a Driver from the Sinhala Buddhist Racists / Terrorists among the suspects who have been arrested..

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    Mahinda – you mean you and your brother Gota can take on the ISIS and destroy them?..

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    The bare truth is not point scoring. This is not a game.

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    “this is not the armed forces of the Rajapaksas but the armed forces and intelligence services of the Republic of Sri Lanka….” My! My! Yes. Most of our voters are suckers – almost apoplexic. but there are a number of thinking people too.

    You cannot sell this beauty to the families of Lasantha W, Ruggerite Thajudeen, Lawyer and young Tamil MP Raviraj, Sandya Ekneligoda (?) Siripathi Sooriyaratchi (now virtually forgotten) and several hundred of others.

    But that is the degenerate political culture in this country – more since the Rajapakse era of recent times. Certainly, the country is well fated to suffer this again.

    ADJP

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    “If I had known that there was an imminent threat of this nature, I would have immediately informed His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and also curtailed my own movements”

    To the southern SiInhalese brainless cowards. Here’s you Raja Dushtaya. “නොදකින් බල ලොබී පර හැත්ත” – Damn this power hungry pariah.

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    Now this man should be removed.
    Army commander must take over the government and incarcerate Sirisena for life.
    He is completely responsible for this tragedy.
    Now he blames for security forces and police.
    As a Law and Order Minister and Defense Minister he did nothing.
    He left the country for Thirupathy with his Jayanthi.
    Now security forces and people must take an action against Sirisena.

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    This carnage and human tragedy is God sent for Mahinha, his family and his cronies. The Islamic fanatics really helped Mahintha rather than the Islamic cause. Mahintha is talking of honesty, justice and fair play and what a shame and how thick he is. He only prays and I am sure soon will be in Thirupathy to ask his blessings to win the elections and possibly another attack. The LTTE was obviously defeated by Indians, Karuna Traitor, US, UK, China, Israel, etc., etc and if not for those countries and the Tamil traitor no victory at all. But no doubt poor Sinhala youth too were killed while the others were hiding in the bunkers or gone abroad.

    No one can salvage SL unless our modakama, racism, religious extremism, and bogus racial superiority disappears. Just see how MR is in the peak of orgasm.

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