29 November, 2021

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Our Moment Of Destiny

By David Blacker –

David Blacker

I think every generation faces its own particular challenges; but the greatest and most defining ones are those of morality and courage. That moment, if missed, condemns that generation — and often many that follow — to a world far more unpleasant and evil than we would wish it to be. For many in the free world of the late 1930s, that moment came with the invasion of Poland and the bombing of Pearl Harbour. It was a moment when my grandfather’s generation had to decide if they would simply stand on the sidelines or go out and fight someone else’s cause. Fortunately for them, the choice was easy; their respective governments took the right fork, and millions of young men — my grandfather included — went out into the deserts, the jungles, and across the seas to ensure that tyranny and racism would not shape our world. For 1960s America, the moment of destiny was in fact a place — Vietnam — and a moral choice. America made its decision, albeit a little late for millions of Vietnamese.

But when that hour of destiny arrived thirty years ago in Sri Lanka, our parents’ generation failed us. For decades, they had watched as extremist rhetoric leveled at the Tamil community gave way to physical violence. They stood by as our constitution was changed to remove any protection the minorities had a right to under law. They were silent when the nation’s leadership was silent on the racism and hatred that was all around them. They did nothing when their elected politicians in fact helped instigate the violence that climaxed in the orgy of assault, murder, rape, and destruction now known as Black July. For thirty years we have wondered how our parents could have been so docile, so shortsighted, so wrong in their choices. We have watched our country torn apart by suicide bombers and child soldiers, by tanks and artillery. We have watched a hundred thousand die, because our parents didn’t say “stop!”

Thirty years later, the clock is back at five minutes to midnight; racists are calling for violence, for this country to be only for Sinhalese Buddhists. They are calling for a tiny minority to change their lifestyles or leave; they are calling for their right to worship to be curbed. And they are threatening violence if their demands are not met. Our government is at best silent; at worst in collusion. Our police force is standing by while Muslims are attacked. There are no arrests. There is no condemnation. There is no justice.

The last time this happened, I was eleven years old; an uncomprehending child. I grew up to wonder why my father who could ride a motorcycle through a wall of fire to get me home that July, hadn’t been able to stop what was done to the Tamils and to my country. Was he scared? Didn’t he care? I ask the same questions from myself today. Why am I doing nothing as my country heads towards the flames again. I ask it of my friends — especially the Buddhists — my colleagues, my girlfriend. None of you are racists, I think. None of you believe that Muslims must be persecuted and harassed. Why are you not speaking out? Why are you not protesting? What will it take? Or is there nothing that will drive us out of our homes and on to the streets to brave the thugs and the tear gas, the water cannon and the bullets? Have we no fucking shame?

I feel ashamed right now; ashamed of my government; ashamed of my friends; ashamed of my country. More than anything, I am ashamed of myself. I have never felt this way about my country, and I never thought I would, but I feel it now. And I hate feeling this way. In the worst of the war, I told myself that it wasn’t my fault; that I hadn’t chosen this war to fight. But this is now. This is me. This is us. This is our country and our moment of destiny is here. Why are we doing nothing?

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    If i may coin a phrase from Dr Dayan- effing brilliant David
    but…
    I wonder if one was looking at the “bigger picture” from MR point of view, its exactly what he wants in his current predicament.
    Sri Lankans have short memories..

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      And longtime disorders.

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    Well said David,and hats off to you for writing under your own name unlike many of us

    I too was blaming my parents generation and I was under the impression that mine and the present one (those in late teen to late 20’s) were not communal minded but alas I was wrong so many of my friends (guys in middle and top level management roles) are behaving strangely now with open racist posts and others subtle ones on social media as if they have been hynotised.

    This BBS donkeys need to be stopped asap or else the will end up like Hitlers storm troopers

    On a slightly off topic request,Hope you will write a book about the seige of EPS in 1991 and the Jaffna Fort seige in 1990

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      WaahaBeela are the root cause of the problems BBS is just the symptom.

      SL- a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.

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    I wonder where is native vedda, hope he is still alive or deep hunting expedition…he loves david blocker head…

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      J.Muthu

      You can’t live with him and you can’t live without him.

      See above Native Vedda’s comment on David Blacker’s Tryst With Destiny.

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        J.Muthu

        A few weeks ago there was a cross wire on CT when I said David was suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder Syndrome (MPDS) That was very uncivil of me.

        However having read his piece, I am beginning to really worry about his health. Is this the real David or his ghost writer?

        Let us wait and see.

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    TODAY IS A GREAT DAY – FOR ME AND ALL THAT WHO SHARE THE SAME SENTIMENTS.

    Reasons:

    a) David Blacker has shown his sentiments – eye opener to all those who blindly stay passive

    b) Dambare AMILA thero has spoken out – the need of the hour

    lankatruth.com/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4744:mahinda-chinthanaya-has-given-way-to-fraud-corruption-and-vile-acts-ven-dhambara-amila-thera&catid=36:top-stories&Itemid=124

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      Yes I too saw Dambara Amila Theros speech on youtube hats off to the Venerable Thero !

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        I too found that speech is far the best I have ever heard about the appalling levels that the folks hve been facing in the country today.

        I wish to hear such views from the prevailing opposition in the country. And ask why the opposition is so deaf to all reactions even if Gamini´s ilk feel they cant do anything against.

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    There is a problem with the current generation of Sri Lankans . There are no POLITICAL STALWARTS LIKE THE LATE DR. Colvin R De SILVA, DR. N. M. PRERA, PHILIP GUNAWARDENE, BERNARD SOYSA, EDMUND SAMARAKODY, CHOMDLEY GUNAWARDENE, G.G.PONAMBALAM, S. J.V.CHELVANAYAGAM, PETER KENAMAN ETC; TO FORM THE LOYAL OPPOSITION . These were men of great talent who could create public opinion to oppose VICIOUS MAJORITY RULE . A good example is that the late SWRD . Bandaranyke implemented his Singhala only policy the opposition by the above political stalwarts was such that SWRD never listened to the opposition and Buddharakitha Thero put an end to SWRD.it is said history could repeat itself . In the absence of an educated loyal opposition the Majority will always rule without any consideration whatsoever to the rights of the minority ethnicity and religion . There is another problem . When PANDIT NEHRU THE LATE PM OF INDIA VISITED SRI LANKA IN HIS ADDRESS HE SAID ” Some say that India will capture Ceylon ; India should be a mad house to do this . Have no fear “. The present GSL FEARS TAMIL NADU . As long as they have this fear the North of Lanka will not have its own Provincial Council . The present GSL fears the 72 million population of Tamil Nadu . GSL should get away from such bogus fears and give equal rights to the Tamil of the North , East And NW of Lanka . The majority should govern the Minorities with respect , and give them their due share to enjoy a united Sri Lanka . UNITED WE ARE STRONG ( MOTHER LANKA ) DIVIDED WE ARE WEAK ( MOTHER LANKA ) .

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    I am not so naive (stupid?) as to accept this man’s recent bona fides. His record of deceit, obfuscation and support to a totally rotten regime is a MATTER OF RECORD.
    Trying to weasel out of his responsibility for having helped the regime that he then avidly supported when it seems its days may be numbered, is nothing but hypocrisy of the highest order.

    The intelligence of anyone taken in by this man’s “conversion,” hardly merits comment!

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      Please quote me having ever supported the regime. Since you claim it is on the record, it should be easy. Don’t blame me for your incomprehensions.

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    For all the eloquent words, the only way the change the destiny of this country in the short- and medium-term is to change the government. All the grandstanding online will not make an iota of difference to the Rajapakses. And the only way to change the government is to vote for the UNP. No other party can muster the numbers across the board to win an election. And on the key issues of the day they are clearly the better alternative.

    1) For all their crony capitalism history when you look at their history and Ranil’s inner circle, I don’t think there’s any doubt they will be significantly better at managing the economy.

    2) External relations – clearly better.

    3) Ethnic issues – if you look at statements like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zk1lS7230o by Ranil & http://www.sundaytimes.lk/130217/news/bbso-challenges-mangala-equating-it-to-a-terrorist-outfit-33653.html by Mangala I think the UNP is an explicit as it can be that it takes the issue seriously.

    The question is are those condeming this government willing to put their money where their mouths are and vote for the UNP?

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      Beg to disagree. I think iot will be Sasrath Fonseka’s party that is the likely party to be the next, if legitimate elections are held. He learnt his lessons well by past mistakes by sidelining minorities, and has now realized that they are part and parcel of the Sri Lankan identity. He will do away with racial politics and open the door to deserving based on qualifications and not on race. At least that is what I believe.

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    Ever the crab in the well. Many opinions here try to shoot the messenger with so much glee. So much violence hides behind these words. No wonder then our country keeps revolving in a violent merry-go-round.

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    we will do it David full stop

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    David Blacker’s piece has touched me deeply!

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      Dear Mrs. Sri-Skanda-Rajah:

      As an ardent observer of the political scene, I am sure you have no trouble seeing through hypocrisy. I will let you discern the following accordingly:

      I think the colonisation thing is highly exaggerated, and sexual harassment of women is common throughout Sri Lanka – David Blacker

      What is there to excuse? There has been no genocide of the Tamils. – David Blacker

      You Tamils are as racist as the Sinhalese, and what you have done to the other minorities with your indiscriminate bombing of the south, and your ethnic cleansing of the northern Muslims will never be forgotten. As an ethnic community, you will never again have equality in this country. – David Blacker

      Source: http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/7296

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        Lester what have you got against David Blacker? and why do you always pick on the Muslims,I’m curious to know

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          Hi Peace Lover,

          I have nothing against Muslims. What I am againt is Islam, specifically Sunni Islam. Muslims and Islam are different, although not mutually exclusive. If you read my posts here, you will see that I have been supportive of Shia Muslim nations like Iran and Syria (specifically Assad). Also, I have pointed out the numerous flows in the Quran and the lack of character development in Prophet Muhammed. This is not an exercise in racism, but one in logic, as 99.9% of what I said can be found on Wikipedia (for example, the execution of 600 Jews by the sword in a single day).

          If I was a real racist, I would group all Muslims under the same umbrella and make character attacks. If you are familiar with the propaganda of Goebbels, then all Jews are the “children of the devil”, and represent “darkness”, while the fairer Germans are the children of the “light.” I do not care for such rubbish; I am more concerned with historical trends (India division, Singapre/Malaysia divison, Arab Spring etc), gender inequality, and changing demographics.

          Anyway, people like David Blacker are not educated enough to make complex distinctions. That is why he joined the Army, to put an entire group of people down, at the point of a gun, with no exceptions. That is racism in its most pristine form :)

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            *the numerous flaws

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            How on earth can a bigoted racist masquerading as an authority pass judgement on a religion and its sacred texts? Wikipedia references does not make him a Scholar. Even to be a commentator on the Quran requires a vast spectrum of knowledge. I give below a summarized account of the Science involved.
            The knowledge of ’Uloom Al-Qur’ân, or ‘The Sciences of the Qur’ân‘, deals with the knowledge of those sciences that have a direct bearing on the recitation, history, understanding and implementation of the Qur’ân. It is, therefore, a vast field of Islamic scholarship, and one that if of primary importance.

            Thus, for example, with regards to recitation, ’Uloom Al-Qur’ân deals with the science of pronunciation (tajweed), the different methodologies of reciting the Qur’ân (the qira’aat), the blessings of reciting the Qur’ân, and the etiquette of its recitation.

            With regards to the history of the Qur’ân, ’Uloom Al-Qur’ân deals with the stages of revelation of the Qur’ân, the compilation of the Qur’ân, the art and history of writing the Qur’anic script (rasm al-masaahif), and the preservation of the Qur’ân.

            With regards to its understanding and implementation, ’Uloom Al-Qur’ân covers the causes of revelation (asbaab an-nuzool), the knowledge of makee and madanee revelations, the knowledge of the various forms (ahruf) it was revealed in, the understanding of its abrogated rulings and verses (naasikh wa al-mansookh), the knowledge of the various classifications of its verses (muhkam and mutashaabih, ’aam and khaas, mutlaq and muqqayad, etc.), the knowledge of its interpretation (tafseer), the grammatical analysis of the Qur’ân (’iraab al-Qur’ân) and the knowledge of those words whose usage has become uncommon over time (ghareeb al-Qur’ân).

            It has been said that the knowledge of ’Uloom Al-Qur’ân is in reality the knowledge that one is required to know in order to properly interpret the Qur’ân. Therefore, to call this branch of Islamic knowledge ‘The Procedure and Methodology of Interpretation’ (’Ilm Usool at-Tafseer) instead of ’Uloom Al-Qur’ân would not be far from the truth. [1] However, ’Uloom Al-Qur’ân also includes topics that have very little or no bearing of tafseer, such as compilation of the Qur’ân, and the development of the script of the Qur’ân. Therefore, the knowledge of the ’Uloom Al-Qur’ân is more general that ’Ilm Usool at-Tafseer.

            So not every Muslim has the ability of interpreting the meanings of the Quran. One wonders how much could anyone get from Wikipedia which has no criteria to test ones qualifications to interpret the Quran. BTW all those fears, insinuations, character assignations are a common factor from days of yore and have been successfully contested and explained. If not how on earth could Islam last so many generations with ever increasing conversions?

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              Are you saying Muhamed was a scholar? He was not; therefore anyone can understand his claims. The Quran is based on the alleged revelations that Muhamed recieved from God (Allah). On the other hand, it is really based on Muhammed’s interactions with Jews and Christians, during the time he was a caravan driver, especially the stories they told him. Most of these stories are familiar to any Jew or Christian.

              There is nothing scientific about the Quran, just like there is nothing scientific about the Bible. Religion in general is for weak minds. If you are sitting in a burning house, no God will come and put the fire out; it is up to you to do it yourself.

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              After so much discussion Lester emphasizes now that the Prophet was not a scholar! This is what happens when Wikipedia scholars try to interpret a subject which requires genuine scholarship at a very high level to do so. A close simile will be a person trying to practice Surgery after reading a few DIY books. It was universally accepted by some of the Prophets critics of the standing of Sir Wiliam Muir, the Orientalist, that the Prophet was illiterate. The Quran is an outstanding book which astounded even the best Arab Poets, some of whom accepted Islam on account of it. It is for this very reason that it is accepted as a Miracle. If the Prophet had authored it then he would not have any time to do anything else besides ‘concocting’ a book. For the Muslims it is the word of Allah revealed to him. Lester you are entitled to your own damn opinion and that is not going to change the opinion of the Muslims. The fact that many biblical stories are mentioned does not mean that they were plagiarized. Lester’s mental limitation cannot comprehend the fact that the Arabs and the Jews emanated from the patriarch Abraham and the biblical prophets are also the Prophets of the Muslims. The Quran is not a verbatim reproduction. That which is mentioned about the prophets in the bible is mentioned in the Quran sans the moral inadequacies inherent in the Bible. Thus it is referred to as the FURQHAN or the ‘CRITERION’. Hence the confusion in poor Lester’s paltry mind.
              Lester states “There is nothing scientific about the Quran, just like there is nothing scientific about the Bible.” Let’s listen to Dr. Maurice Bucaille member of the French Society of Egyptology, and an author. Bucaille practiced medicine from 1945–82 and was a specialist in gastroenterology.
              In 1976 Bucaille published his book, The Bible, The Qur’an and Science which argued that the Qur’an contains no statements contradicting established scientific facts. Bucaille argued that the Qur’an is in agreement with scientific facts, while the Bible is not. He states that in Islam, science and religion have always been “twin sisters” . According to Bucaille, there are monumental errors of science in the Bible and not a single error in the Qur’an. Bucaille’s belief is that the Qur’an’s descriptions of natural phenomena make it compatible with modern science. Bucaille concludes that the Qur’an is the words of God.
              Keith Leon Moore (born 5 October 1925 in Brantford, Ontario) is a professor emeritus in the division of anatomy, in the Faculty of Surgery, at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Moore is associate dean for Basic Medical Sciences in the university’s Faculty of Medicine, and was Chair of Anatomy from 1976 to 1984. He is a founding member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), and was President of the AACA between 1989 and 1991. Lets see what Dr. Keith Moore said at the seventh Medical Conference in Dammam. “It has been a great pleasure to me to help clarify statements in the Qur’an about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammed from God, because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammed must have been a messenger of God.” See his comments on http://www.islam-guide.com/truth
              I invite discerning CT readers to read Lester’s comments and my reply to evaluate his credibility. Lester is not interested in Scholarship, he is wont to use the facilities of the Internet as a monkey would when he lays hands on a table knife.

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              @ Jamal:

              How can the Bible not be in line with scientific facts, but the Quran is in line with scientific facts, when in fact the Quran was copied from the Bible? And why would “God” reveal to Muhammed, something which was already written down and well-known in another book? The fact of the matter is that neither the Bible nor the Quran have any scientific value. At least the Biblical scholars (those who study the Bible in its original languages) accept that the Bible is mostly mythology.

              Indeed, Muhammed was not a scholar; how can a scholar be illiterate? Furthermore, if a person is illiterate, that means they are simple-minded. So now the question is, how can God reveal what you claim to be equivalent to modern science, to an illiterate man? :) Are you aware that no illiterate man is capable of understanding modern science? Even being literate is not enough to understand modern science, because modern science is based on mathematics. This is why the Quran, Bible, and every other “holy book” have zero scientific value – all of them lack a mathematical foundation.

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              @Lester!
              Goodness gracious me! I do not believe you could post the reply you did. I give you the observations of two eminent scientists ( i could have added many more but i tried to keep it brief) in answer to your queries and you reiterate the same questions ad nauseum. Either you are displaying your abysmal incapacity to absorb or your wicked resolve to be blind as you are entering terra incognita.. Either of which makes it futile for me to continue. It is a sheer waste of time. As I said before your modus operandi seems to be to adopt a KOHEDDE YANNE MALLE POL policy.

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              @Jamal,

              Thanks for the good laugh, man. You need to put your holy books down and study some basic logic. Right now you’re committing the logical fallacy called “appeal to authority.”

              A fallacy in which a rhetor seeks to persuade an audience not by giving evidence but by appealing to the respect people have for the famous.

              http://grammar.about.com/od/ab/g/appealauthterm.htm

              In any event, you did not answer my questions. Why “God” reveal well-known mythology from other cultures to a semi-educated man? :)

              And then of course, there is the question of whether God even exists. Do you believe God exists because a “Holy Book” tells you to? I have a book that says aliens visited the Earth several thousand years ago. What happens if I start calling this book holy? No doubt, I could even pay Steven Hawking a few million dollars to promote the book. :)

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              First of all I do not dispute with anyone on the existence of GOD since unto you is what you believe in as much as unto me is what I believe in! To me only idiots and fools debate on this subject!!!
              You say …A fallacy in which a rhetor seeks to persuade an audience not by giving evidence but by appealing to the respect people have for the famous. I am not surprised at this since as I said before you do not show a capacity to absorb the relevance. You stated that the Quran had Zero scientific value. Before you rush into dismiss the two authorities I mentioned at least try and learn what they said and try and disprove their statements. Dr Keith Moore an eminent Embryologist, a world leader in his field, learnt a thing or two from the Quran. He confirmed that other things that were stated only corroborated what he knew. The Miracle was that 1400 years ago Science was not so advanced for people to have recognized its importance. The Miracle was that an illiterate Prophet pronounced these things in the Quran which no man knew at that time. The Miracle was that the Quran exceeded any Arabic literature that was extant at that time and uttered by a person who did not know to read or write! I know this is hard for you to digest but how come some of the greatest people on Earth, being non Muslim revered and praised him as one of the finest humans to grace this world? I do not think in your wildest dreams Lester, you could match Mr. Michael H Hart In terms of erudition, logic or clear thinking. Just a few lines to elucidate on Mr. Hart and his book the 100.
              “The 100” is perhaps one of the greatest books on the analysis of history ever written. The author of the book Dr. Michael H. Hart is a man of amazing erudition in diverse fields and domains of study and research. He holds an A.B. from Cornell University, an L.L.B. from New York Law School, an MS is Physics from Adelphi University and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Princeton University. He has worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and Hales Observatories in Pasadena, California. He is currently a senior staff scientist with the Systems and Applies Sciences Corporation in Riverdale, Maryland and a member of American Astronomical Society and its Division of Planetary Science. Hart is coeditor of Extraterrestrials: Where Are They? and has written many technical articles for may major publications. He lives in Annandale, Virginia.
              The first person on Hart’s list is the Prophet of Islam Muhammad. Hart asserted that Muhammad was “supremely successful” in both the religious and secular realms. He also believed that Muhammad’s role in the development of Islam was far more influential than Jesus’ collaboration in the development of Christianity. In Mr. Hart’s opinion Muhammed the most influential ahead of Isaac Newton, Jesus, Lord Buddha and Einstein.
              Hart covers the following aspects of the Prophet’s active life as a social reformer, diplomat, merchant ( not caravan driver as wicked mischief makers tend to call him) philosopher, orator, legislator, military leader, humanitarian, philanthropist
              So why do you pretend to be a dummy not capable of simple comprehension? And why blame Muslims for following the Religion of Peace?

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              @Jamal:

              The problem is that you have never studied advanced science and mathematics at a high level. Those who have done so will not make the claim that an illiterate man has superior knowledge to Einstein or Newton. Of course there are a few exceptions here and there.

              Let me give you two examples showing where the Quran is clearly wrong:

              Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was. 3:59

              A man cannot be created from dust. It is scientifically impossible. In any case, this myth of Adam’s creation was taken from the Jews. It is there in several other cultures that precede both Abraham and Muhammed.

              Secondly, the Quran describes the shape of earth using the following Arabic words: Madda, Madadnaha, Firasha, Mahdan, Farashnaha, Bisata, Mihada, Dahaha, Tahaha and Sutehat. Every one of them means FLAT. Here is a verse from Quran:

              Have We not made the earth a bed

              http://www.alislam.org/quran/search2/showChapter.php?ch=78

              Again, in 2:23, the Quran claims the earth is a bed, meaning flat:

              Who made the earth a bed for you

              http://www.alislam.org/quran/search2/showChapter.php?ch=2&verse=21

              Of course we know the Earth is not flat. It is spherical. If the Earth is flat, then it is not possible for space to be curved or time to be four dimensional, which contradicts Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.

              Now I have proved that Quran is not consistent with modern science.

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              “The problem is that you have never studied advanced science and mathematics at a high level. Those who have done so will not make the claim that an illiterate man has superior knowledge to Einstein or Newton. Of course there are a few exceptions here and there”
              Now let us examine this statement.
              Having obtained a degree in Engineering I believe I have had sufficient exposure to advance mathematics from some of the finest teachers in Mathematics that Sri Lanka ever produced. So your stupid assumption has been voided.
              Since there are a few exceptions to the claim that an illiterate man could have superior knowledge to Einstein or Newton ( YOU STATED SO ) why do you not accept that Prophet Mohamed was qualified to be such a person. Surely blind aversion cannot enter the realm of academe. Hence you are not the intellect in search of truth you pretend to be. Your arguments are those of the charlatans, a vagabond atheist, and in mathematical terms a blagueur of the nth degree
              I will not deal with the question of man being created from dust which is a common belief of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions for the simple reason that it takes one to the debate on the existence of GOD. As I mentioned earlier in this thread only foolish idiots involve themselves in debating this and I am not one of them. In mathematical terms it is like trying to establish an exact value for pi (22/7). So I decline the invitation to join your league.
              The Quran does not say the world is flat. Not a single verse of the Quran says that the earth is flat. This allegation is commonly made against the Quran, in many websites. The question refers to a verse from the Qur’an in Surah Nuh: “And Allah has made the earth for you as a carpet (spread out).” The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 71, Verse 19. But the sentence in the above verse is not complete. It continues in the next verse, explaining the previous verse. It says: “That ye may go about therein, in spacious roads.” The Holy Quran, Chapter 71, Verse 20. If Lester knows simple mathematics he will realize that an arc of a circle of infinite radius tends to a straight line. Hence the import of the verse is now clear! None are so blind who refuse to see. “And We have spread out the (spacious) earth: how excellently We do spread out!” The Holy Quran, Chapter 51, Verse 48
              The Arabic word dahaha in the Noble Quran Verse 79:30 has multiple meanings and uses. For instance the following meanings are derived from its root word.
              To extend
              To roll out.
              To even out.
              To cause something to be egg shaped.

              One of the meanings as seen above refers to an ostrich egg. Another was when referring to making something extended, spread out, stretched and/or expanded. This is an example of how Almighty Allah uses scientific notions in the Noble Quran when He talked about how He created certain things. He gave words that had multiple meanings and interpretations to them, to make the Noble Quran truly to be for all times and all places, and show that it has deeper meanings. These meanings unravel more and more as scientific discoveries increase

              We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things? S41:V53
              From the above contributions of Lester, one observes the following things.
              His research is based on the contributions of the Islamaphobes on the web.
              His aversion to Muslims and Islam completely absorbs his brain with all the gutter stuff that the web provides against Islam, the Prophet Muhammed (S) and Muslims.
              His ultimate aim is to obliterate the Muslims from the face of the Earth.
              He acts as proxy to the Zionist Jews having a similar agenda either as one himself, or as mercenary.
              He believes that perpetuating lies ad infinitum he can convince civilized people to follow him.

              And they (disbelievers) plotted, and Allah planned too. And Allah is the Best of the planners. S3:v54

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              @Jamal:

              Clearly you have not studied advanced mathematics, because there is no such thing as “multiple meanings” in advanced mathematics. The whole point is to be as precise as possible, with a proof based on symbolic language, not a proof based on carpets, dust, and the opinion of two scholars.

              Now you say the Earth is egg-shaped, not flat. Even this is wrong. An egg has an equator which is smaller than that of a sphere with the same polar radius. This is opposite to the situation with the earth, where the equator is *very slightly* larger than that of a corresponding sphere. Indeed, the actual shape of the earth is that of an oblate spheroid.

              If Lester knows simple mathematics he will realize that an arc of a circle of infinite radius tends to a straight line. Hence the import of the verse is now clear! None are so blind who refuse to see. “And We have spread out the (spacious) earth: how excellently We do spread out!”

              Even this is wrong. A circle is two-dimensional. :) This is more proof that the Quran and Muhammed believed in a flat earth.

              I will not deal with the question of man being created from dust which is a common belief of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions for the simple reason that it takes one to the debate on the existence of GOD.

              So you are admitting that the Quran rests on a fundamental unproved axiom – the existence of God.

              If you are relating the carpet to the crusts of the earth, you’re wrong. How does allah account for huge mountains sticking out of the carpet? How does he account for continental drift. A fundamental theory of the earths crust is that they change, where in the koran is this mentioned?

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              @Lester
              “Clearly you have not studied advanced mathematics, because there is no such thing as “multiple meanings” in advanced mathematics. The whole point is to be as precise as possible, with a proof based on symbolic language, not a proof based on carpets, dust, and the opinion of two scholars.”

              Come,come Lester you do not have to act as a fool and pretend you misunderstood. What I wrote was plain English not Greek. Surely it was evident that the multiple meanings referred to the Arabic language not Advanced Maths. Multiple meanings referred to the word DAHAHA. What do you expect from the Quran for precision? A set of equations? Really idiocy also has limits!

              “Now you say the Earth is egg-shaped, not flat. Even this is wrong. An egg has an equator which is smaller than that of a sphere with the same polar radius. This is opposite to the situation with the earth, where the equator is *very slightly* larger than that of a corresponding sphere. Indeed, the actual shape of the earth is that of an oblate spheroid.”

              The answer is simple dummy! Flip it a 90 degrees!
              If you find the analogy of an arc troubling you, why don’t you stretch your imagination to a spherical cap ( thats 3 dimensional I hope you can picture it! ) with an infinite radius ? Can you picture it now? Aww you still don’t get it. Why don’t you speak to a Maths tuition teacher!!

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              @ Jamal:

              Where does the Quran say the Earth is a sphere? There is a great difference between a circle and a sphere. You can talk about arcs and space and eggs all day, but a circle will never be a sphere :)

              Since you studied engineering at the University, you will know that the ratio of the circumference to diameter of a circle is pi. Try finding that ratio for a sphere. Hahaha.

              What do you expect from the Quran for precision? A set of equations?

              You are the one claiming Quran can compete with Newton and Einstein. In order to test Newton, all I have to do is rewrite F = ma as F = m (dv/dt), and attach initial conditions. So from the theoretical viewpoint, Newton is 100% precise and predictable. From the experimental viewpoint, the only limitation to precision is Heisenberg Uncertainty. Now please explain how I can turn anything in Quran into a simple first-order differential equation, for testing purposes?

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              @Lester
              Are you trying to display your ignorance or trying to impress your friends in the BBS?Read my reply intelligently ( if you don’t possess same ask your math tutor, perhaps that might help) and you will find the answers. So there is absolutely no purpose in continuing a discourse with a fraud who avoids answering questions and attempts to mislead the readership with false and empty rhetoric

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              @ Jamal,

              I have read your reply. There is nothing of substance there. Once again, you have failed to establish any mathematical basis for Quran. Therefore, Quran is nothing more than mythology mixed in with speculation. Only a brainwashed jihadi will call it science. Cheers!

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              @Lester, by saying whatever you wish without addressing the issues properly only exposes yourself that you are a peerless ignoramus and also a matchless charlatan. The technical issues you raise ,although all inappropriate, gives one the impression that you wish to impress on the non technical readers of your expertise. LOL it reminds me of the village schoolmaster in Goldsmiths poem …..While words of learned length and thund’ring sound. Amazed the gazing rustics rang’d around, And still they gaz’d, and … . At least the school master knew what he was talking abou!!

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              @ Jamal:

              I am still waiting for you to show me a single mathematical equation in “Quran.”

              Science is not the hobby of illiterate men.

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              @Lester,
              I will not call you stupid nor an idiot. No need for me to say so as you are conferring these epithets on yourself.
              Who goes to the Barber to cut his coat? And to the tailor for a haircut? Why Lester of course!
              When we need to check on equations we go to the relevant book on mathematics. Who looks for equations in a religious book? Why Lester of course!!
              The Qur’an is not a book of Science but a a book of SIGNS. It teaches morals and shows a path to salvation to the Muslims and to those who understand. As Jesus said this will not benefit those who are blind to truth! That will be like casting pearls before swine! I agree reading science is not for an illiterate men.

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              @ Jamal:

              You are contradicting yourself now. Earlier you quoted something that said Islam and Science are “twin sisters.”

              In 1976 Bucaille published his book, The Bible, The Qur’an and Science which argued that the Qur’an contains no statements contradicting established scientific facts. Bucaille argued that the Qur’an is in agreement with scientific facts, while the Bible is not. He states that in Islam, science and religion have always been “twin sisters” .

              Do you know what twin means? It means one and the same. It does not mean complementary, it means exactly alike.

              A book of riddles based on speculation from an illiterate man cannot be “twins” with science. The whole point of science is to carry out experiments to try and falsify a hypothesis. Of course, one must have a testable hypothesis in order to do an experiment in the first place. One cannot experiment to test questions of morality or ethics because in science there is no morality or ethics. Morality and ethics belong to the domain of PHILOSOPHY. Science grew out of philosophy, but that does not mean philosophy is science.

              When we need to check on equations we go to the relevant book on mathematics. Who looks for equations in a religious book? Why Lester of course!!

              Without mathematics, science is limited. When you start using words like “big, small, round” etc. you are sacrificing accuracy for precision. Unfortunately, this is how all the religious books are written, which is why they have zero scientific value.

              The Qur’an is not a book of Science but a a book of SIGNS. It teaches morals and shows a path to salvation to the Muslims and to those who understand.

              Quran is simply a few stories from the Torah and Bible, told by an illiterate man. Probably his followers wanted to remember him, so they wrote this book called “Quran” and later some fools came and claimed the book is “holy.” A book written by humans can never be “holy.” Every book written by humans has certain limitations, and to a certain extent, such limitations can be thought of as errors. For example, Newton’s Laws are correct for macroscopic objects traveling at less than the speed of light. However, at relativistic speeds, Newton’s Laws must be modified; hence the beginning of quantum mechanics. So just like that, even if you think Quran is the best book written by humans, there is a better book waiting to be written.

              According to Bucaille, there are monumental errors of science in the Bible and not a single error in the Qur’an.

              You just said Quran has nothing to do with science, so how can the Quran be scientifically accurate?

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              *When you start using words like “big, small, round” etc. you are sacrificing accuracy for convenience.

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            Lester/Heshan has grouped all Muslim and made character attacks. Simply go to Groundviews and search “Heshan” and “Muslim” and “Islam” :D

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          Lester/Heshan has a problem with anyone who has beaten him in online debates. If you go to Groundviews and search for “Heshan” you will see his regular humiliation in debates which eventually led to his ignominious departure after being bested by Dr DJ. You will also see his regular racism against Muslims (something you have also seen right here), his hatred for Jews, as well as Buddhists. In fact, the only people Heshan/Lester likes are Christians, preferably American.

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            This guy Blacker has a major case of multiple personality disorder. It’s so bad that he confuses other people with his fake ids. I am an atheist despite being a lifetime supporter of Israel. I find all the Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – to be nonsense.

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              “Before the cock crows you will deny me three times” ;)

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            This Lester fellow thinks that he is the Master of All Subjects! But knows nothing!

            He pretend that he knows Mathematics, Further Mathematics, all religions, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Engineering Drawing, Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Aero Dynamics, …. He pretend that he does not believe in God, but he wants to be the God and every one to agree on his baseless principles! His writings speaks about his quality, family background, level of education, how he was brought up , who are his associates and more.

            Just going through the Google Search/ Wikipedia this fellow wants to be the genius Shame, our little fellows are more educated then this nut in Internet surfing!

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              He pretend that he does not believe in God, but he wants to be the God

              I think Jeremy Bentham called it utilitarianism and Darwin called it survival of the fittest. Whatever, it is a good philosophy.

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              Most people call it megalomania.

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      Beware all that glitters is not …He is a Garandia with butcher mentality looking for a job in the abattoir owned by the muzzies.Heard him on prison riots CT- don’t believe in courts, justice etc. this is sick man.

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        Very sick. The proof is overwhelming, but I am constrained by this website, as far as posting goes. Do a Google search, with the name, plus indi.ca and transcurrents. His views on the death of 12 year old Balachandran are particularly abhorrent.

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          Lester, Well, Nescients acceptus noster georgicus.

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          Not as abhorrent of your praising of Hitler and your calling for the driving out of Muslims from SL. I myself stand by everything I have written.

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      Usha,

      I AGREE, it was indeed touching and , extra-ordinarily touching?

      It is indeed funny that many who have commented here, have failed to acknowledge the wisdom in David Blacker’s words, and seek to undermine the person. Would this not have been a platform the acknowledge the profound as a collective exercise and leave aside the profane? It should be acknowledged that David Blacker, was an insider in the war and knows more, to feel more and explain to us more.

      Instead of the words wasted, a mere two words- I AGREE- or words to similar effect made a big difference to project a concept the underlines all our diverse paths.

      You are indeed a cultures lady!

      Dr .Rajasingham Narendran

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        A foot soldier at elephantpass and that does not make him an insider. White van is insider. His prison comments are the true him you are a vet Dr. he seems to suffer from war syndrome unable to communicate with pop.Promote Balu Sena you will be respected :)

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        Usha,

        I am retyping my earlier response, as several mistakes had crept into the text.

        I AGREE. It was indeed touching and made extraordinary sense.

        It is indeed funny that many who are commenting, have failed to acknowledge the wisdom in David Blacker’s words and instead sought to undermine the person. Should this have not been a platform to acknowledge to the profound as a collective exercise and set aside the profane for a moment? It should be understood the DB was an insider in the war and knows more than we do and as a result feels more. This gives him a unique perspective to explain matters as he saw. None of us have been soldiers to understand the mind set of soldiers in a battle field, who have no other credo than ‘be killed or kill first’.

        Instead of the many words wasted attacking him, a mere two words- I AGREE- or other words to that effect, would have made a huge impact and underscored the commonality inherent in our diverse approaches.

        You are indeed a cultured lady.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          You are promoting a war criminal exile! Garadia beware of double speak.

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    Feel the same here. It is amazing how these fascist psychos go on without any hindrance holding mass rallies in urban cities and inciting hatred. Gov was quick to crack down condom videos and sites in internet but go mum on RACISM and HATRED that is spreading in social network sites. WTF is wrong with this gov.

    To david,
    Superb piece. If anyone is into a peace march or any civil society movement I am in it.

    To all the haters,
    Dayan J was not protecting this regime, he protected and talked for his country. Just because u ppl cant understand the difference between the two, don’t go on insulting the gent. He is doing his job for his country. And I ask u what did u do?

    Veddhas, Lester/heshan, Dev
    David Blacker did his job as a soldier. And there is nothing wrong in it. He stood up against the terrorists. And he is voicing his anger against the regime, racist people in this country. Many of u commenting here were/are supporters of terrorists. Many of u are clueless and bigoted like the racists in the ground and in the regime. You can do nothing for the country but keep igniting probs. Just shut the fu*k up.

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      sach

      “Many of u commenting here were/are supporters of terrorists.”

      Am I one of them?

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        You are a Fashion Bug terrorizing CT readers with No Limit.

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          ….Blubbering , He only goes after honey,bunney,money ;)

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      sach:
      No comment is necessary on what you have to say. It speaks eloquently enough about who you are and who your admire and still follow, claims to humanism and decency notwithstanding.

      As to “shut the f..k up” you’d be well advised to simply practice what you preach and save us your imbecilities.

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      Sach: “Just shut the fu*k up.”

      Rajaporkistan’s Sinhala Buddhist Lanka dictatorship which is proving to be anti-Islam (like the popular world) will live a very long life.

      Down with war criminal Garadias planning exile to the west.So you shut your pussy baby.

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        @both aneyapochchi and binju and many others like that,

        If no comment is necessary why the hell do u comment? How does it matter whether whom I admire and follow. I don’t follow anyone I use my own intelligence to decide. There were ppl who followed terrorists who overnight became human rights activists and I m not one of them. I am anti racism and I am for a SL inclusive of all ethnicities. So my enemies are both Sinhala racists who claim SL as a Sinhala Buddhist country and those terrorists who did horrendous acts of crimes against Sinhala/tamil/muslim populations in the country and wanted to divide the country. Got it?
        What is ur standatd of humanity? Supporting a terrorist organization which did war crimes and then crying for HR and war crimes once the terrorists are wiped off? If that is the humanity u expect no I m not one of them. I always see what is wrong no matter who did it.
        Unlike many who comment here I am very much able to distinguish between the country and the regime. Those who hate the regime like Mr.bean hate the country cos of the regime. For me these are idiots who work for Mahinda.
        The funniest part in this comments is how veddhas, bujjis commend DB for ultimately realizing the TRUTH, as if they have been the messengers of truth. As I understand DB has always been anti racist and not a regime supporter. He served his country. It is a shame that an article of this sort attract such comments.
        So I stand with what I originally said to those.
        SHUT THE F*CK UP…..with the middle finger

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          Small mind check your finger and check his blog then go shove it where it fits.
          Happily Agnostic

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            seeing the amount of hatred u ve for him, it seems he has shoved his one in ur hole very tightly..

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            walangbijja vie for bloated canons. on your mark get set go…..[Edited out]

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    I have seen many Sinhalese and Tamil politicians/parliamentarians speak on behalf of these innocent Muslims and the prevailing problem.

    Let me ask, where are all the Muslim Ministers and MPs gone? Why are they not protesting? Why are they keeping quite? They should have resigned or left the government by now but why are they still silently clinging on?

    Are the Muslims going to vote for these people again?

    When the moderate Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, and Burghers are worried about this problem why the Muslim MPs are not?

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      You want them to condemn the imposters in public or try to subdue the situation in the backstage. What is your convenience?

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      When the Tamils were attacked in ’83 the Muslims collaborated with the Sinhala Thugs. Actually, most of those who attacked the Tamils were not Sinhalese but Muslims. I just cannot understand why the Tamil Parliamentarians such as Sumanthiran trying to defend the Muslims when even their own ministers are keeping mum.

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        Your cockamamie name suggests what’s not in your truth.

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        “were not Sinhalese but Muslims. “
        Sorry for the record.
        Muslims looted while the southern sinhala mobs set fire raped etc. Even the few police investigations subsquently proved this.

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        I know for fact that there were Slave islands Tamils too.

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      Minister of Justice is napping as he has always been.

      All others do what they can I think. I have no idea. I wish all muslim ministers to leave UPFTA – BEING the first to cause the destruction of current regime.

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    This article has been one of the best that I have read. Thank you for the opportunity to read such a great piece which may be directed at Sri Lanka, but has a message for the world. I come from Connecticut in the United States and your words mean much to me. I wish and hope for peace and stability in Sri Lanka. The people I met from there, who came here to study, are far to intelligent to squander any opportunity to do good things. I hope that is the case. I am confident that the rule of law and democracy will be restored there. And, I am equally hopeful that its people will live in harmony by simply just respecting each other and knowing we all have families and people we love and we share a lot of very basic values in common that bring us all together. My faith may be different from yours, but we are united in that we are praying for the same thing, peace in Sri Lanka!

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    Congratulations David Blacker for a change of heart towards the Tamil speaking Muslims and condemning the Sinhala racist-chauvinist-extremist of the Rajapakse regime which merely attacked two Muslim shops causing severe or minimum damage. Unlike in July 1983 the businesses did not have security cameras to catch the racist in action via video. Anyway, both of them will collect huge insurance claims from the state owned insurance companies as well as the help that has been promised by the local Muslim community.

    Anyway, compared to the July 1983 this is a trivial incident and why everyone are getting so excited and David Blacker himself who has denied and supported the racist-chauvinist-extremist killing, torturing and raping Tamils and had no sympathy for the Tamil victims who suffered 10,000 times more than these two Tamil speaking Muslim businesses now stands up quite correctly on their behalf.

    Similar to July 1983 riots, this small incident was also planned by the GOSL and I repeat it is a minuscule of an incident. I too sympathize with the Muslims whose mother tongue is Tamil, and they have finally tasted the “taste of paradise” which the Tamils have suffered for more than 30 years and still fucking suffering.

    Dayan Jayatileke and you pretend that you’ll do not know how the State terrorist are involved in daily rapes and sexual molestation/intimidation of the 80,000 war widows, their young children and female siblings. The general terror imposed on the Tamils, as well as humiliation are ignored by all and worse denied, as propaganda by the LTTE rump. That is really insulting and makes the Tamils blood boil.

    David, and Dayan, I too am a victim of Sinhala Buddhist chauvinistic terror of the GOSL, personalized to the extent that my life was in danger and I was left no alternative to leave the country and not return for 17 years until Ranil W became Prime Minister on December 5, 2001. My losses were 100 or 1000 times more than these two businesses combined with container trucks, Fork lifts, machinery, lorries and vans been systematically burnt despite the registration of them were under the name of Majullah agencies and Crossworld Transport. That clearly demonstrated the sophistication in the planning of the July 1983 riots by the GOSL since the vehicles were at different locations. Land and buildings of the container yard was acquired in the heart of Colombo which is now the Sugathadasa Stadium parking lot, without any alternate land and compensation paid by the UDA for 30 years.

    My fathers shops in Wellawatte were burnt for the 3rd time in 25 years, from 1958 (May 27th), 1977 and 1983 and in disgust he sold the burnt out property for a song. His and my business in Ceylinco House was not affected due to security. But I lost everything as I left the country and Minister of Shipping Lalith Athulathmudali took revenge on my assets and businesses.

    This is a good start by the likes of Blacker and even Jayatileke to learn and not just fucking support, and it is time they also condemn the attacks on the Tamils for 30 years and pay compensation to all victims from 1983 until 2013. I will deal with my compensation claims if and when I return. But many Tamil families have suffered too much for too long and the anger and bitterness does not fade away just because the Sinhalese say “Forget the past and let us move on”.

    No my friends, life does not work that way. Justice delayed is Justice denied as all of you all know but want to ignore.

    We Tamils might forgive the past but not forget it, and most certainly demand full accountability, truth and justice… The word “Reconciliation” is not in the Tamil vocabulary (I mean real Tamils who are not quislings), until those 3 conditions are fulfilled.

    BTW David, desecrating the enemy soldier’s dead bodies in a vulgar and obscene manner 20 years ago, or in the Vanni battles or in Mavil Aru are not ordinary crimes of the 20 year olds like you when you spent a year or two in the army, but war crimes. You will be surprised that I am in possession of the Mavil Aru dead and desecrated bodies sent by the MOD themselves to me via email, albeit by mistake/accident as well as their delayed apology in writing. So you fellows and Dayan cannot argue and pull the wool over the eyes of the West, UN, UK, and US that these are fakes and false evidence. There has been a pathetic and woeful consistency pattern of crimes in the armed forces and police for decades.

    Similarly, the photos of Channel 4, we have other corroborating evidence and hardware which would be only provided to the independent international body when they investigate the war crimes and crimes against humanity sooner or later. Yes, the wheels of justice will turn slowly but it surely will turn. You all better not have any doubt about that fact.

    So over to you David and Dayan and show your fellow Sri Lankans how truthful, honest and sincere you guys are towards all minorities and not just the Tamil speaking Muslim minorities for business or political reasons or through sheer fear of the consequences of such actions both internationally and nationally. Pakistan, Middle East, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangla Desh are Muslim countries and so is India who have more than 100 million Muslims. There are millions of Muslims in Africa and even America. Even if the Rajapakses are naive and stupid not to realize the repercussions, you gentleman are smart and intelligent enough to know better.

    Show us your true colors not only in words but in action. As
    “Bare Words Butters No Parsnips”.

    Donald Gnanakone
    Tamils For Justice.

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      Blocker Don’t mind the weak and vulnerable being slaughtered- development over dead bodies.
      In Sri Lanka prison riot “is hardly murder. I’m pretty thankful that they were killed. It’s just a pity that only 27 were killed. The Army should have been called in early and used snipers to get the prisoners off the roof. Then they should have called in gunships and flattened the prison. After everyone was dead, the buildings could have been leveled and the valuable land developed”.-Blocker on prison riot Nov15. Would he Chaaangee? Money the root cause of all good as Rand would say.

      “What luck for rulers that men do not think.”- Adolf Hitler

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      Donald, as usual, you have understood almost nothing of what I have written, and have instead responded in your typical boorish rhetoric. I can’t be bothered replying at length to you because 90% of your comment has nothing to do with the article.

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        @Blackler. Feelings and sentiments are mutual.
        Facing the TRUTH is not your forte nor your sincerity.
        So you have been silenced by what I have said which are facts. I doubted your motives and you have proved it beyond any doubt.

        Good luck with the Muslims and attacking (not even burning) of the 2 muslim shops had changed your sentiments and thought process? ha ha ha!!!! That is funny…

        You haven’t changed your spots. Old habits are difficult to change.

        Fucking Brilliant Ha, wrote Dayan Jayatileke!!!!
        What a joke!!!!

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          Your insensitivity towards the Muslims and their persecution reflects the attitudes and racism of the Tigers who also persecuted the Jaffna Muslims. Looks like you haven’t changed your stripes ;)

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            I remember in a previous occasion this man referred to the muslims as vultures

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    High Commissioner John Renken says he often travels to the North and East and welcomes the massive infrastructure development there.

    He represents the country which gave diplomatc status to the deputy of the LTTE and still gives their Parliament for the LTTE rump to organize their destabilization campaigns.

    Together with Canada and the US they gave us the 2nd Yellow Card, and an ultimatum with the threat to wreck the CHOGM unless we bend over.

    Is it a surprise then the inhabitants are upset and the politicians exploit the mood to their advantage?.

    The major Muslim party is working hand in hand with the Govt to bring up this beautiful country to a descent level. economically and socialy, where the inhabitants can make a living and live where ever they want without communal political parties cordoning off territory.

    Although a few recalcitrant monks tried to get involved in a personal feud between some people of different ethnicities, the Govt applying the full force of the security apparatus is an indication that no Black Julys will ever happen again.

    This may however disappoint a few political parties , whose only chance to enlist their IC mates to grab power is through a mega racial confrontation.

    It is them and their cronies who have been working 24/7 since Nanthikadal to sabotage the country and its economic developmento who should feel ashamed.

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      Tsunamisekera:
      Thought we’d never hear from you! Are you preparing to do a David Blacker/Dayan Jayatilleka/ Rajiva Wijesinha, too?

      Your Freudian slip, “working hand in hand with the Govt to bring up this beautiful country to a descent (sic) level” says it all!

      However, may I make a suggestion? Rather than indulge in your (terrible) attempts at political analysis etc., why don’t you sit down with a simple dictionary and start putting together some Sinhala Buddhist fairytales? Your “leaders” in the government should be able to provide you with a never-ending string of lies as appropriate material.

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    What is written by Blacker is just a broad opinion, so broad that a vast majority of people will agree to.
    Its akin to me calling for the eradication of hunger or calling for “world peace”

    Even the president is calling for amity between the races/religions in SL, so what makes this different to those?

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      For a fee of course! It’s the Garandias test of madness ….
      Looking for a different answer .
      All wars are economic even small ones.

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    What is different here is that this piece of writing comes from the gut and heart and kidney

    some of you guys still cannot relate to the difference between the usual drivel and authentic writing

    the awakening of one man has social and political consequences – the awakening of 10 – even more

    way to go my brothers and sisters

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    Well said Mr. Blacker. Now what do we do? Any suggestions of ways forward to combat this extremist trend? How do we move from words to action?

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      Pondering…… pluck your feathers.

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    David Blacker, may I remind you that there were voices against Sinhala racist attacks against the Tamil people: the Movement for Inter-racial Justice and Equality (MIRJE), for example, did campaign for the civil and political rights of the Tamil people since 1979 when Emergency Rule was declared in the North and East and the army was sent to suppress the Tamil people’s struggle for self-determination. Perhaps, they were voices in the wilderness!

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      You dont ask that from a foot soldier, do you?

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    David,
    It is good that you talk of the consent by silence. But why not talk about the real issue? The nature of the State. If you want to really address this, it should start with the reorientation of the very structure and the system that sanctions intolerance. A permanent fix comes from the real diagnosis.

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    Great, David Blacker has finally seen the light!

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      Kshama,

      Do you agree with David Blacker has said? If so, please acknowledge.. Is it the same light you have seen before? if so, say I AGREE or words with a similar connotation.

      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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        “say I AGREE or words with a similar connotation.”

        Wakey wakey you sound like the Pope! “Father forgive them for they do not know what they do”
        His pop never spoken to him man to man for a good reason. His prison riots comments Nov 2012 CT says it all- I would slaughter them all irrespective of race. what a garandia!

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          Wulianggubinjiu,

          Who is asking you to forgive anyone? David Blacker is expressing very laudable sentiments under his own name. Whatever he has said before, however controversial they may have been to the likes of you, were Lao penned under his name. His has what he has honestly and courageously . However, what have those of you expressing your opinions, some worthy and most unworthy, living a great distance from Sri Lanka and under assumed namez done to help improve the situation?

          Do you agree or not with what David Blacker has said?

          Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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            Dr RN.”Do you agree or not with what David Blacker has said?”

            He is more of a knee jerk. We see these things almost on a daily basis world over.

            “If we weren’t all crazy, we would go insane.”

            What’s in a name..? I fear no one yes not even white van and I hope that gets into you? I have never lived like ghetto boys saying my community so I manage living with any culture anywhere in the world and wherever I live is my homeland.

            Politician is one who speaks the truth and sandwiches it with lies- George Bernard Shaw

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      So, you perceive of what’s in the virtues of ‘Eternal Bliss’?

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    Great article David!! But what next??? Can we organise a peace march???? We need to take to tHe streets and really show the we don’t condone any from of racism.

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    As a muslim;its now our turn to face the consequences the tamils went through;overlooking their plight and moving on brought us to this hatred;Allah says feel the suffering of the otherno matter what religion or caste;race etc؛i the black july is still embedded in my mind;the anger and hatred ;but as a srilankan muslim;the more they torture;spit;jeer;show hostility;make rude remarks;makes me more humble to Allah;we only take our deeds;good or bad and dressed in white cloth;no matter what Allah loves us

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    I didn’t do nothing. I literally drove through walls of fire and mobs of people who stopped me and asked “demalu innawada ?” to take home all the Tamils and Muslims who worked in my office on that fateful day in July.

    I had to use my personal vehicle as the company refused to release a vehicle to transport these people.

    I lost respect for a Burgher Boss and his Tamil deputy that day. All they did was cower inside the luxury accommodation provided for them by the company and ask me is all was well when I returned to the company.

    The Gratitude of the Tamil people are expressed by them even to this day but I remember a Muslim girl who got married a few years later not inviting me to her wedding, as I had left that company by then !

    Does that say anything…..just joking but disputing the fact that Blackler says we did nothing. We did more than what is going to be done this time, wait and see !

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      Don Quixote’s valiant tales are but a charming daydream of fizzles.

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      Sadly the muslims looted while the southern mobsters raped , and set the places ablase- that was colombo 7/83 like the wild west with apaches on the raid.

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        Wuliangguobinjiu

        Didn’t the Cowboys raid Apache teepees and rape their women folks?

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          Walibigachow’s (Lester’s speculum) gone head over heels, Native goes charismatic. Keep it up.

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          The Spaniards did one step better they spread scabbies through these women.

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        Wulianggubinjiu ,

        Is it your argument that the Muslims are now getting what they deserve?

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          DR RN.I am not a politician to say no. You reap what you sow- times they are changing. When muslim MP’s belch and fart what are your tamil MP’s blowing the trumpet for? Gandhi the naked fakir is only history never to be repeated in a changing world.

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            Wulianggubinjiu ,

            How do you rate Rev( Dr) Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, and their techniques? Men, such as Gandhi, are born to suit the needs and the times. However, their mission is accomplished. Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohamed , Gandhi, Dr.King, Mandela and others, were one of a kind, but their heritage endures. They made a difference in their tiimes. They did not throw their people to the wolves. The baton is passed on, although the runners change. Time will produce our redeemer! We will be ready to receive him when the time comes.

            Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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              Dr RN:”How do you rate Rev( Dr) Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, and their techniques?”

              They all had the media on their side so it’s good to quote them to your kids. But to practice you should go to the hermitage which many do when they get old. Can’t you see the pews are empty? Religion and patriotism are emotions that only breed war.

              Look at Obumer using France as a pivot he got Libya even when Gaddafi was a friend of US/UK. Isn’t this man a follower of religion and MLKing?
              Politics the root cause of all evil.

              Happily Agonistic

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            Wuliangguobinjiu

            How about Mandela?

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    Muslims are not going through what Tamils went through. Throwing stones and eggs at shop windows is not equivalent to a race riot. As much as people detest the Rajapakses, they have a stake in maintaining a certain kind of image, and would not allow another race riot. An actual race riot would not just mean political doom, but economic doom as well.

    Muslims are being harrassed, yes, but that probably has more to do with economic jealousy than anything else. When unemployed youth see thriving shops, there is a certain resentment that builds up. I would guess that a large % of the 500 involved in the Fashion Bug riot were unemployed youth.

    So if there is animosity against Tamils – on the part of the Sinhalese – it is economic, not racial. With the Tamils, the animosity was both racial and economic. Racial hostility is much more dangerous; it is at this level that we see things like colonization, concentration camps, and genocide. Will economic hostility against the Muslims lead into racial tension? I think not. Muslims are not the historical enemy of Sinhalese, as far as perceptions go. Muslims generally accept their place as outsiders. And then, as I have said, the Rajapakses are cunning and will not allow things to disintegrate into a full-blown Kristellnacht.

    Blacker’s article is full of hot air. The BBS will fade away like the “Grease Yakas.” Call me when the bodies actually pile up. :)

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      actually Lester the race riots against Tamils also started off like this in 1956 and 1958 when the police and the state looked away at minor things like now turned into a full blown thing,I was not born at that time but read from the book by Tarzie Vittachi

      btw,why are you fascinated with Nazi terms Lester?

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        I have read Vittachi’s book as well. In any case, my points still stand. There will never again be a race riot in SL, on the scale of 1983. Anyone wishing to understand racism must study the Nazis as they turned it into an art via the use of propaganda.

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        Just go to Groundviews and search for “Heshan”, “Hitler”, and “Jews” and you will understand Lester/Heshan’s fascination with the Nazis.

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          Blacker must have been using the id “Heshan” to post pro-Nazi viewpoints on Groundviews. [Edited out]

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            Lol, yeah, I’m not surprised you’re ashamed of what you said haha. At least have the balls to stand by what you said. Unlike you, I don’t bother with multiple personalities :D

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      Lester,i asked you earlier whether you were a tamil,masquerading as a sinhalese,and you did not give me an answer.You are the only sinhalese i know who is calling for the disbanding of the army.Also very few sinhalese say to give a federal solution and also demand accountability for war crimes as you do.If you are a tamil why are you defending bhuddhist monks thuggery against muslims?

      If you are a sinhalese i do commend you for showing sympathy for the tamils,but if you are a tamil you are a slimy lizard.Please give a straight answer to us without otherwise polluting this blog.

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        Plenty of Sinhalese are in favor of disbanding the army. Ranil was heading in that direction before CBK dissolved the Parliament. No,I am not a Tamil, but your opinion of Tamils is unfortunate. You must be one of those racists who never left Sri Lanka. You have been brainwashed into thinking all the Tamils in Sri Lanka are either LTTE or LTTE supporters, and all the Tamils outside Sri Lanka are janitors.

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          Lester,which world are you living in to think that sinhalese use and dispose their war heroes.Ranil’s period the armed forces were cowards and the sinhalese told them that either fight or get disbanded new form a new armed forces.Now they are heroes who fought and destroyed the LTTE and the average sinhalese has not got the condom mentality of the Rajapakshes to use and dispose people.So the sinhalese are happy to have the armed forces doing various other jobs for them without disbanding.

          Shame on you Lester to use the army to do your dirty work and then get rid of them.Anyway there is always the potential of further threats from 80 million tamils and the sinhalese can ill afford to have a weak armed force,now that the LTTE had started the ball rolling with armed might.Unless their is a permanent political solution the tamils could always try again.To prevent this I agree with you that the sinhalese should consider a federal solution such as the quasi federal model in India,but where I disagree with you is that the sinhalese are willing to do this.If a referendum is held majority of sinhalese will say no,because that is the stubborn mentality of our people,both tamils and sinhalese,who will not meet halfway to solve a problem and will as usual pass it on to the next generation.

          Since you claim you are not a tamil,are you a sinhalese?If so are you a Bhuddhist?Your venom against the muslims reminds me of the crusades and if so shame on you to bring into our small country the massive christian muslim war that is taking place in the rest of the world which a continuation of the crusades,where the christians tried to conquer the muslim lands at one time and now with Iraq has started it all over again.

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            shankar

            “Now they are heroes who fought and destroyed the LTTE”

            Did they really fight LTTE by themselves?

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              No, India finished the job on the ground, lankan corpses were just spectators.

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        “but if you are a tamil you are a slimy lizard”

        Chameleon you are a former government servant known for back handers sht the fk up. pity 83 wasn’t your waterloo.

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          Blend,if Lester was a tamil and he is supporting the bhuddhist extremists violence against the muslims,then is he not a slimy lizard?Please understand statement in the context it was written.

          I’am not saying tamils are slimy lizards,only those tamils if any who will try to fan the bhuddhist muslim tension.Now lester has said that he is not a tamil,I’am happy for him as well as for the tamils.However I don’t know how a educated sinhalese like Lester can support thuggish bhuddhist monks and keep on hurling insults at muslims as he has done on this blog.He may not be a Bhuddhist and being a christian or catholic trying to carry forward the crusades here.The christian muslim wars are not our business in srilanka and should be kept out of our country.They can fight it out in the rest of the world and you can be sure the crusades are going to continue to a finish.In fact I think there could be even a foreign element involved in the present bhuddhist muslim tension in srilanka,and people like Lester are the moles used for it.

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    *So if there is animosity against Muslims

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      You join the owl worship, the spectacles of nature.

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    Event Invitation: Discussion On Religion, Reconciliation And Future
    April 5, 2013 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph,Featured News,News | Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

    Sri Lanka Young Journalists Movement cordially invites to a panel discussion on “Religion, Reconciliation and Future” at the Sri Lanka Press Institute Auditorium 96, Kirula Rd, Colombo – 05 on Monday, 8th April, 2013 from 4.00 – 6.00 pm
    Speakers

    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Former Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to United Nations
    Mr. Malinda Seneviratne, Editor in Chief – The Nation Newspaper
    Mr. Krishantha Cooray, Representative from the media industry
    Mr. Javed Yousuf, Former Ambassador
    Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran – MP, Tamil National Alliance
    Mr. Vijitha Herath – MP, People’s Liberation Front
    Rev. Duleep De Chickera (Former Bishop of Colombo)
    Mr. Pubudu Jagoda – Frontline Socialists Party
    Your participation would be highly appreciated.
    For more information please contact
    Manjula Basanayake, Secretary- Young Journalists Movement on 0772981260

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      Dayan Jayatilleka

      Do you need so many people to wipe off your guilt ridden conscience and wash your blood soaked hands?

      Can’t you do it yourself?

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      I hope MP Sumanthiran and Bishop Chickera doesn’t participate with these racist -chauvinist extremist crowd who are cheer leaders of the Rajapakse regime.

      Their meetings and discussions should be with the Rajapakses and not this motley bunch.

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    Jesus !. It took 5 minutes to read the main artical but better part of half a day to read the comments and that too not infull

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