14 November, 2018

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Pick Another Day

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

The usual polarised debate is on again, on the issue of the Victory Day commemoration. This time there are three sides, not the usual pair of suspects.

One side denounces the commemorations as divisive, upholds the right of the Tamil people to commemorate their dead and calls for a national day of remembrance or mourning.

Another commemorates the Tamil side, uses the occasion to denounce as ‘genocidal’ the Sri Lankan state, government, leadership, armed forces and the climax of the war itself.

The third side commemorates the victory of May 18th and arrests or justify the arrests of those who celebrate it as a day of mourning.

A positive historic event must be celebrated irrespective of developments further downstream from that event. To reiterate, however negative subsequent developments may be, a historically positive even must be commemorated. This is why the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day must be celebrated irrespective of slavery, segregation and the Vietnam War. It is why July 14th Bastille Day must be celebrated irrespective of the Great Terror or the Battle of Algiers. It is why the October Revolution must be celebrated, irrespective of the Gulags. It is why our Independence Day Feb 4th must be celebrated notwithstanding July ’83. It is also why it is right and necessary to commemorate our war victory of May 2009, despite the erroneous path we have taken in the postwar years.

As a country we were resurrected, even reborn on May 2009. That month blessed us with two broad consensuses. One was national, local, domestic: the relief and celebration over the victory of May 18th. The other was international, external and took place ten days later in Geneva. The Sri Lankan government has frittered away the international consensus while the Sri Lankan Opposition and the Tamil nationalists never bought into and stood aside from the domestic consensus. That is our crisis.

No Sri Lankan citizen or concerned observer of Sri Lankan affairs should fail to observe the photographs of the demonstration in London on May 18th.  Described as the largest since May 2009, the pictures showed thousands of Tamil demonstrators denouncing the events of May 18th 2009, which in and of itself, may be said to be fair enough. What cannot fail to escape attention is that the demonstration was replete with Tiger flags; not one or two or a few dozen, but hundreds. The event was addressed by members from all major British political parties.  (It was also addressed by video by a member of the TNA and another of the joint opposition alliance Vipaksha Virodaya). If they had any problem with the ubiquity of Tiger flags, they didn’t say so.

The demonstration wasn’t a figment of the imagination of the Sri Lankan state. Nor did High Commissioner Chris Nonis pay the bill for it.

While it is true that the political behaviour of the Sri Lankan state and government has kept open and even widened the space for pro-Tiger activists the world over, Colombo can only be held responsible in the most indirect sense for what happened on the streets of London on May 18th this year. This is because there were similar and actually far larger demonstrations on the same streets in the last months and weeks of the war in 2009. Therefore, the demonstrations and the Tiger flags are not the result of what took place after the war or even what happened on May 18-19th.  I know. I was there when Geneva traffic was snarled up by tens of thousands of Tiger flag bearing demonstrators and a 21 year old man from London immolated himself in front of the Palais de Nations.

Neither in 2009 nor in 2013 have any of the significant Tamil nationalist political formations or frontline political personalities condemned the demonstrations for bearing the Tiger flag (with the 33 stylised bullets). This is why, in the eyes of the Sinhala majority and the armed forces, they are not devoid of the taint of collusion with separatist terrorism and may prove incapable of not behaving as proxies, if push comes to shove.

This is also why the entirely justifiable criticisms that Tamil parties and public personalities make of the post-war policies of the Government, do not carry the full moral weight that they otherwise might.

It is difficult to occupy the moral high ground when you are blind to the atrocities of the worst of the perpetrators and to their continued presence in the ranks of offshore politics (in Tamil Nadu and the Diaspora).

There was another noteworthy event on May 18th.  Mr Rudrakumaran of the TGTE issued a Charter for an independent Tamil Eelam. No Tamil party has rejected or criticised it, so far.

As for the Southern liberal/pacifist critics of the State, their often justifiable criticisms are morally vitiated and lack resonance, when these criticisms are devoid of any stronger or even corresponding criticism—and in some cases any criticism at all—of the LTTE flags, and the pro-Tamil Eelam   slogans issued on May 18th. It sometimes seems as if they have more of a problem with Mahinda Rajapaksa than they had with Velupillai Prabhakaran and have with those who carry his effigy.

What do those flags show? The most charitable interpretation is that these mobilisations are uncritical of the LTTE. The more realistic explanation is that they are essentially pro-separatist; even pro-Tiger. What does the presence of British politicians prove? The fact that they fail to insist on an absence of Tiger banners if they are to address a gathering shows that they are either uncritical of or tacitly supportive of the cause of Tamil separatism.

These are not merely enemies of the Rajapaksas. If they were they would limit themselves to issues of governance, human rights, a critique of nepotism and oligarchy and post-war policies in the North. No, these are enemies of the war and our common victory; they are enemies of our armed forces; they are enemies of the very idea of an independent, united and sovereign Sri Lankan state; of Sri Lanka as a single country.

The vast majority of the people of this country will never regard the Rajapaksas as greater enemies than those who brandish Tiger flags in London and Chennai. The people are right not to do so. It is both shame and folly that there are those who seem to regard the Rajapaksas as the greater enemies.

Those who fail to recognise Sri Lanka’s enemies and take a stand in defending the country from them, will fail to convince the people and will therefore discredit their own valid arguments on other issues.  A viable opposition to the Rajapaksas can only issue from within a defence of Sri Lanka and the war against the Tigers; from the ranks of those patriots who continue to oppose the Tigers and the Tamil separatist project.

What then of the Tamils’ right to mourn? The matter is easily resolved. The Sinhala hardliners are wrong when they refuse to allow the Tamil people to mourn those who died in the war, including those who died while fighting for the other side and opposing cause. Sophocles’ Antigone has established the case in universalist moral philosophy, though few if any, of the Sinhala hawks would have heard of, let alone read, the classic tragedy. Perhaps Prof Rajiva Wijesinha should be invited to give the Govt parliamentary group and MoD bureaucracy a lecture on it.

There is however, a crucial point that needs making. The Day of Mourning or Remembrance cannot and must not be May 18-19th.  Victory day is just that: it commemorates a historically significant triumph over a cruel foe. It commemorates the heroism of the armed forces and our citizens who did not capitulate to terrorism and separatism. It celebrates the spirit of resistance of our nation. It salutes the memory of the sacrifices of the soldiers, sailors and airmen, and the families and communities from whose womb they emerged. It was a glorious day of liberation and reunification of a divided state, an island country. It needs celebrating down the ages. It must be a stand-alone event. In that sense May 18-19th are sacrosanct.

There is an element of forgetfulness or subterfuge in the attempt to commemorate May 18th as the day of National Mourning. There were no significantly high Tamil civilian casualties on that day. May 18-19 were the days in which the army closed in on and finished off Prabhakaran and his praetorian guard, in the Nandikadal lagoon. What’s there to mourn? What’s there not to celebrate?  By then, the Tamil civilians had for the most part been liberated by the soldiers who sacrificed life and limb to break through the impressive bunker-bund complex of the LTTE. Those Tamil civilians, who had died, as collateral casualties or by design, had done so in earlier weeks and days. Those horrific episodes of a few Tiger captives who may have been executed after the conflict –because 11,000 surrendered of which 10,000 have been released—were not, by definition, ones which involved civilians. Therefore there is no logic by which May 18th should be declared a national day of mourning or remembrance, or anything other than Victory day. I correct myself: there is such logic; one which mourns the end of a Tamil secessionist war by the defeat of the Tigers and the victory of the Sri Lankan armed forces. That logic will never be acceptable to the vast majority of the Sri Lankan citizenry.

The same goes for November 26/27th, so-called Mahaveera Day. It is not a day for commemorating the Tamil dead or those of all communities who have died. It is the day on which the LTTE commemorated its fighters, including terrorist suicide bombers. Such commemoration on that day must not be permitted on Sri Lankan soil.

A Day of Tamil Mourning or Sri Lankan Remembrance is a necessary catharsis. Perhaps it should be July 23rd or 29th. It should just not be on Victory Day, May 18th.

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    ” The people are right not to do so. ” – Who are you to decide what are the rights of the people? Have you got any offer to decide what is right and wrong from god? After all you are human being like me and everyone.

    If Civilian who are killed in May 2nd week, can not mourn as per you, why cant be you branded as terrorist?

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      Mani

      This Dayan Jayatilake has exhibited his opportunistic behaviour during last 20 odd years by jumping from one branch to the other whenever he feels that fruits are running out. He is one of the goons that contributed to another terra goon Vardaraja Perumal’s NE provincial council and was also a minister of who whole heartedly declared an Eelam (by the way I always call Peelum) a couple of decades ago. Whatelse could you expect from a traitor like him.

      I challenge Dayan to disprove the above. Over to you Dyan.

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        Dr. Dayan wouldnt give a damn to your challenge Rajakaruna.
        what you want him to do, support Yasalalaka Tissa an dhis BeBadu Sena? Go and fly a kite.

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          Kevin

          Just a piece of advice to you “Do not put your brown nose to every hole you see”. What experince you have with Dayan?

          We have seen enough of Dayan over the years from university to now. People in Sri Lanka know what this man is up to. As John indicated below. Another diplomatic job in the western world to please his western life style.

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        “..by jumping from one branch to the other..” true, totally confused guy or pretends & try to fool many people & all what he wants is another govt.s’ job only, I don’t think govt. is so foolish.

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      While it is the right of the Tamils to decide what to do on which date, the way the things are moving it will not be long for the Tamils to stop mourning on 18th of May and instead have victory celebration on another day.

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    These views make absolute sense!

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    Victory Day on 18th May marks the capitulation of VP and LTTE. Which Sri Lankans was not relieved on that day in May 2009?

    A national celebration is absolutely required. Let there be no doubt.

    Not a propaganda event for politicians in power.

    A national event to rise above our petty differences. A day to rally around our national flag. For all of us.

    A day to celebrate the valour & sacrifice of our soldiers. Recall the price we paid for freedom.

    A day to reflect over the terrible human suffering on all sides. That was a prelude to the victory over separatist LTTE terrorists, at last.

    A day to remind ourselves of our collective responsibiltiy to never let causes that lead to the 30 year long, bloody war, to take root on our soil again.

    PS: Whining about Sri Lanka’s Victory Day celebrations? Have you seen Victory Day in Moscow? Bastille Day in Paris? Or V-E Day in London?

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      Ben

      Sure Dayan must have seen those parades because he spent a decade or so in that part of the world being a diplomat representing governments at that time.

      Who the hec is he to tell SL public what is right or wrong? I have seen this peculiar Kadu arta in Pera uni for few years with a starnge behaviour and he was one of the guys who apparently ate ice cream after warming it saying it was too cold to consume.

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        Manesh, Dayan is only expressing his opinion and he has a right to do so just as much as your right to disagree, but most importantly, tell us why you disagree.

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          Wicky

          I do not entertain chaps with no policies. Dyan is one of those. Track records are well evident for last 20 odd years. In plain Sinhalese language [Edited out]

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        There was ice cream at Peradeniya University??? :))

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          Dayan

          Apparently in Brisbane while completing your PhD in Griffith Uni. Does this ring the bell?

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            Dayan

            Cannot rule out that experience. Heh?

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      Bravo!

      Could not have been said better. I once heard of the story of a male monkey that mated with a female porcupine . When asked to describe the experience, the monkey said, “There is no pleasure without pain”. There is duality in everything. National events such as these should celebrate the victory, while constantly reminding us of the pain, the price paid, the consequences and causative factors. It is also very important to remember that what we are celebrating is the result of a fratricidal war. It was a war within the family. It was a war between brothers. The family has to unite now and live together. This is objective of this remembrance. If it is not, the whole meaning of this expensive annual exercise will be negated.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

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      Ben Hurling

      “A national celebration is absolutely required. Let there be no doubt.”

      Could we have two national events one to celebrate the victory over Tamil LTTE terrorists and one to celebrate the victory over Sinhala/Buddhist JVP terrorists.

      In addition we could have year long remembrance events for the victims.

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        More holidays in our calendar to put our backs in work at ease.

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    I agree with the author that the Tiger Flag and demanding a separate state should not be done at all. Sri Lanka should be one country within which all people live in harmony enjoying equal rights. However, I do not agree that the Tamils and Muslims should not remember their dead on the day rest of Sri Lanka celebrate the Victory Day. Why not? We all remember the dead on the day they died, so there should be not change to this practice and every one should have the equal right we all are seeking. If Sri Lankans are to enjoy equal right they all should be able to do what they like on a day they choose, but not violate any one others fundamental rights.

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      The carven should not be stopped because of the barking canines or roaring tigers They are only an annoyance and a distraction, as long as we are in a secure caravan moving with a purpose towards clear and righteous objectives. They should not be the excuse or reason for the caravan to break up and retreat.

      Dr.RN

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        Since you are not a roaring tiger I guess you fall under barking canines?

        While I hold no candle for the tiger diaspora you constantly bark too, you are as annoying
        as they are !

        Your so called “concern” for us is no more than to hog the limelight and I can only say the same thing I can say to these diaspora Tamils, please leave us alone and go to whence you came from !
        You were away when the war was going on living the high life, now why are you back? To rub salt into our wounds???

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      This is THE 50:50 that one must remember today as missing/not granted.

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    Dayan, positive historic event must be celebrated absolutely respective of developments further downstream from that event.

    Otherwise it would be a victory day for a few not for Sri Lanka

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    Oh Dayan,
    It isn’t even a week since you applauded the statement “Sri Lanka’s victorious leadership be inspired by the sagacious generosity of spirit of the post-WWII Marshall Plan rather than that of the spitefulness of post-WW I Treaty of Versailles, was ignored (if it had ever been read), to our collective cost.” Isn’t what you are advocating now nothing but equally spiteful war-victory celebrations in Sri Lanka – if you do not have the capacity to figure that out, ask any Tamil whether it is spiteful or not!
    Here is one question – defeat of the JVP that amounted to mass killings of the JVP cadres was also a significant “positive event,” given that it was a defeat of a terrorist group that in fact targeted to kill civilians in quite a large scale. Would you advocate that the country sets aside a war-victory date to commemorate the defeat of the JVP – under Sirimao and under Premadasa?
    On the other hand, you have frequently suggested that if reconciliation is to be achieved, then, for pragmatic reasons, the Tamils, particularly the Diaspora should refrain from the call for war-crime investigations. Would you agree that victory celebrations would in fact be hurtful to the Tamils and will only aggravate the Diaspora for further retaliatory moves thus making reconciliation more difficult – and therefore the Government, if pragmatism is the criteria, should in fact avoid the war-victory celebrations – what is good for the goose should be good for the gander – right?

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      However flawed the JVP modus operandi was, to bring about a just society the movement was not based on racism and fascism like the LTTE. The brutal murder of the leader was silently mourned by many except those whose hegemony was threatened by him. People do not rejoice the death of the LTTE leader, but they rejoice the recovery of freedom associated with his demise.

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        To say the least, I would put JVPers are a worse lot than LTTEers. I have listened to their five lessons seen and experienced their treatment of their foes. Mad dogs.

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        Please note Dayan’s criteria was that celebrations were justified if it was a “historically positive event” — and defeat of JVP that aimed at toppling the Government by violence and mass murder of civilians was indeed a “historically positive event” – right?

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        Chandra,

        Could you you please translate the word “Jathika” in JVP to English for the benfit of the readers who may not know?

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          Chandra — Sorry, let me recall that second comment. I misspoke, substituting in haste Jathika in JHU to Janatha JVP!

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      C’mon, the Marshall Plan didn’t stop the Allies from commemorating the victory over Nazism. V-E day. They do it every year.

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        Having a tough time answering questions directly eh? Just tangential attack and weaseling out is of course your trade mark.

        Two simple questions.

        Going by your criteria of positivehistorical event, should we allocate a victory day to celebrate defeat of JVP?

        If the Government is earnestly seeking reconciliation, wouldn’t pragmatism dictate avoiding actions that will just aggravate the Tamils, just as you have advocated that Tamils and Diaspora should avoid aggravating the regime and the Sinhalese for pragmatic reasons?

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        Do You forget that Germany was another Country that the Allies were celebrating Victory Over. GOSL is celebrating a Victory over the Country’s Own People. What sort of a Victory is that? Did Sirimavo continue to celebrate Victory over the JVP? What is the difference between Tamil Terrorists and Sinhala Thrasthavadins?

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          Sanjay,

          Thank you for your efforts at educating the Political Scientist cum Intellectual cum Dipolmat on basic facts such as these!

          Dayan’s silence speaks volumes that no response of his could have matched.

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          At the time of the fighting there was no difference, but after the fighting was over the JVP put aside their goal of toppling the state by violence and entered mainstream politics. They didn’t continue to oppose the state — only the government.

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            So, the victory over JVP was more definitive, and as such an even greater significant historical event (relative to the prolonging struggle with LTTE rumps or what ever)thus deserving of greater celebrations – right?

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              Both victories were equally definitive in their own way, but the war against the Tigers was much longer, tougher, and against far greater odds. The continued Tamil separatist opposition to the state (as opposed to opposition to the government) doesn’t lessen the scale of the victory. The JVP’s decision to resume mainstream politics and the incumbent government’s desire to integrate them back into the mainstream would make a victory celebration both counterproductive and churlish. Unfortunately, the JVP itself has no similar qualms in commemorating its “martyrs” who fell in the attempt to topple the SL state.

              In the end, it is the JVP’s distancing itself from revolution and opting for evolution that is the difference between them and the Tamil separatists in optional exile.

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    Dayan
    One nation celebrates, another nation mourns on the same day!

    -the unity of the opposites!

    One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist!

    Know your dialectics!

    Dayan , you are a realist, not selectively realist!

    Why not recognize both nations! Two nations in one country!

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      Nope. They don’t recognize 70 million Tamils of Tamil Nadu as a ‘nation’ in India, and you think Sri Lanka should do it, with regard to a much smaller fraction of its population? I don’t think so.

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        China is in Srilanka to break up India, so that it will be the sole Asian superpower, and very soon Tamil Nadu will be a nation.

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          I fear this to happen.

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          RAJA

          It is India’s problem and not yours.

          Get on with your life.

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          Tamil Nad will seperate from Indoa sooner than later but the main instigator will not be China but the US of Aggression.

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    Dr DJ has a point but then the appointing of a suitable day should be the prerogative of the Govt. This would go along way in soothing the wounds of the tamils who lost their loved ones in final days. Contrast with the actions of King Dutugemunu as stated in the Island as quoted from the Mahavansa.

    “King Dutthagamani proclaimed with beat of drum: ‘None but myself shall slay Elara. When he himself, armed, had mounted the armed elephant Kandula, he pursued Elara and came to the south gate (of Anuradhapura). Near the south gate of the city the two kings fought; Elara hurled his dart, Gamani evaded it; he made his own elephant pierce (Elara’s) elephant with his tusks and he hurled his dart at Elara; and this (latter) fell there, with his elephant. When he had thus been victorious in battle and had united Lanka under one rule he marched, with chariots, troops and beasts for riders, into the capital. In the city he caused the drum to be beaten, and when he had summoned the people from a yojana around he celebrated the funeral rites for king Elara. On the spot where his body had fallen he burned it with the catafalque, and there did he build a monument and ordain worship. And even to this day the princes of Lanka, when they draw near to this place, are wont to silence their music because of this worship.” (Stanzas 67-74, Ch. XXV)

    Dutugemunu’s convocation was not for the purpose of celebrating his triumph but honouring his adversary whom he had slain in single combat. It is significant that he restricted the assembly to those living within a circumference of one yojana (4/5 miles?). This limitation presumably highlights the King’s humility and rejection of triumphalism. Although Dutugemunu realized that the extermination of Elara’s forces was unavoidable for unification of the country, the humanitarian King was touched by the loss of human life he caused to achieve that end. So says the Mahavamsa

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      Do you compare LTTE Pira to King Eelalan?

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        Pira is dead so is Ealalan, what is left is a lesson to learn from their story. The story is about King Dutugemunu and his humility and rejection of triumphalism. The lesson is for those living today. Pira is one dead man but the feelings of the thousands who are living must be respected.

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    Mourning is an expression of grief.
    Mourning the dead is universal.
    What the dead person did was immaterial.
    If mourners carried flags similar to some other flag,what of it?
    Only in totalitarian societies,natural human behaviour is controlled.
    UK is not such a society yet.

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      But they are not “similar” flags; it is the Tiger flag. Would the Allies have been sympathetic to German commemorations of their dead which included the Nazi flag?

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        Blacker, Allies would have had no say in what the Germans Commemorated in their own Country. However Tamils in their own Country, have a right to commemorate their dead, whether they died at the hands of Government Troops or Prabhakaran’s Tigers. That is what the Buddha would have advised, and Dutugemunu later advocated.

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          The Allies most certainly had a say in what was commemorated in Germany. They had a lot of say in a lot of things — from the wording of the Federal constitution, to the limit on the size of the German armed forces, to the choosing of German political candidates, to just name a few. This continued for many years after the war. Large portions of Germany weren’t even allowed to have democratic elections, but were instead under direct military rule of the Occupation Forces. And that was just in West Germany; never mind how the Soviets dealt with it.

          It is all very well to talk about what the Buddha would have wanted, but I doubt the Buddha would have been waving a Tiger flag. Nor was Dutugemunu being threatened with war crimes trials. Of course, people have a right to commemorate their dead, but it isn’t as simple. In the background of the separatists overseas calling for war crimes trials, boycotts, and international intervention, and attempts to use any such commemorations as organised political events, it is quite natural for the GoSL to use a heavy hand.

          As I (and many others) have said often, just stop the aggression against SL and you will see the GoSL quieten down too. Someone has to blink first, and the GoSL isn’t going to. Why should they? They have nothing to gain by it; the SL Tamils have everything to gain. It is a pity that the self-appointed Tamil leaders overseas don’t seem to care about the SL Tamils beyond their use as political currency.

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        They would not..
        But there are nazi demonstrations of this kind – on and off seen even in today^s Germany.

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          Germany today is over 60 years after WW2, not Jaffna four years after the war. Germany expunged itself of the Nazi ideology, condemned every form of fascism, and indoctrinated its people against it. So today, it feels comfortable in itself that it can tolerate fringe radicalism. We have seen none of that in the Tamil political society.

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    Dayan, is it okay to commemorate the death anniversary of that Sinhala terrorist Rohana Wijeweera?

    Or do you recommend that your “partner-in-crime” Prof Rajiva Wijesinha be invited to give us a lecture on it?

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      I was happy when he died but that anniversary is commemorated by a political party that has come into the democratic mainstream and is a recognized political entity.

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    It is always the voice is the voice of the minority few who scream loud.

    Those days, while LTTE was carrying out their killing spree, all these voices talked about political solution, how grand the LTTE was and the VaNNI eelam.

    Now the same voice talk about how bad it is to talk about the war victory, how it hurts the reconciliation efforts and then they define the reconciliation as just the govt appeasing the tamil political needs.

    Tamils are talking about war crimes and they are ready to forgive those war crimes if their political demands are given.

    What a world.

    LTTE never destroyed a Church. they destroyed only buddhist temples and mosques and never killed a Christian Priest. Churches were used to store weapons and as gathering places for LTTE. Even to date prominent people who work for Tamil political solution, whether they are foreigners, Sinhala or Tamil people, are people from the Church.

    Any thing interesting in that ?

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      Very perceptive observation.

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      How Jimsoftly uses a chrisitian language English and uses chrsitian name Jim?

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    It is very clear from Dr. Dayan Jeyatilake that Sri Lanka is only for for Sinhala Buddhists. Sinhalese will never agree that Tamils are equally owners of this island (You can call it Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Serendib or Lanka). There was a war between Tamils of Sri Lanka and Sinhalese of Sri Lanka going for decades. According to Dayan terrorism is acceptable to Sri Lanka but terrorism with separation or sharing of power is not acceptable to Sri lanka because this country is only for Sinhalese.The idea of separation was not from LTTE but from TULF which came after several attempts were failed between Sinhalese and Tamils. We all know whenever there is some form of devolution agreed all these ended in genocide (it is wrong to say it as ethnic riots because killing and destruction happened against Tamils and its culture by Sinhala as a whole (State, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Military and People). Until now there is no justice for Tamils in any form. When you have a motive of genocide you also find excuses to deny the rights of people and the rule of law. What Dr. Dayan says is simple: Sinhalese have the right to celebrate the killing of Tamils because they may ask for separation in future. It is exactly the same as BBS fights for. There is no difference between Dayan and BBS.

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      Do you know how that the first riot between Tamils and Sinhalese were in 1930s? Do you know how it started?

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        No. I am talking about what happened in Sri Lanka since Sinhalese took over the whole Sri Lanka. You expect that citizens under the rule of any government elected by people to exercise equally irrespective of race, religion and disability. Did that happen?

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      Ajith:

      You Tamils don’t feel even India as your country. Otherwise, how you became anti-Hindi, Anti-Hindu and anti-Brahmin.

      It is the same thingin Sri Lanka, if you feel as equal owners, you politicians never say that Tamils are more intelligent people and would not ask 50/50 of the island. Instead, you would live with us side by side.

      Instead, you tried to live the 50/50 dream and wanted 2/3rd of the sea and part of the country for yourself.

      Now, you people live in western countries, speak the majority languages of those countries and you like very much to portray that you are part of them.

      Don’t you.

      Because, your own inferiority complex did not allow you to live side by side with indians or sinhalas.

      Instead, you live side by side with your new masters and portray as much as you can that you are part of them.

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        JimSofty,

        First you better put the facts correct, you are far away from truth. One of the problem with your politicians and deplomats is that they don’t allow you to find the truth. I am talking of Sri Lankan Tamils not Indian Tamils. Both Sinhalese and Tamils would have originally migrated from India, they are living in the island of Sri Lanka for hundreds of years? Do you deny that?

        Not only Tamils but all ethnic groups in India opposed the Hindi only India and finally Central Government of India decentralized powers to various regions. Tamils are Hindus. They are not Buddhists or muslims or Christians.

        You don’t understand waht is in 50:50. It is about decision making power where Sinhalese have a 50% power and all minoties have a 50% power because no one has the power exercise on others as you do it now with 2/3 majority.
        If you look at the population distribution of island of Sri Lanka you find the North- East of Sri Lanka is populated by 95% of the Tamil speaking people (1881 Census).
        Why did most Tamils went western countries and India. Because you people killed innocent people, your security forces did not arrest those killers or criminals, you burnt their properties. What can they do? Do you know hundreds of Sinhalese went to western countries as refugees during 1989 JVP terrorism. You din’t bomb Sinhala people in Galle and Matara. They are still in the Parliament. Why the Sinhalese went to western countries. Even Gotapaya, Basil are foregin citizens. What language they speak?

        We are happy to live with Sinhalese and other citizens side by side. But you are the one time and time again murder us and force us to leave. Do you know your leaders agreed to share the power with Tamils from 1956 (Banda-Chelva pact) to 13th amendment Plus. Can you please ask your government to go along with what they agreed with for last 60 years. Allow the people to select their government and see how the Sinhalese living in the North-East by Tamils. Then look back and tell me that the treatment of Tamils by your government is justifiable or not. can you do that?

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        Where do you thing Sinhalease came from? Fell from the sky.

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      Ajith

      Find a quality mirror.

      Have good look at yourself first.

      Cheers!

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        I don’t need to look at a mirror because I am a dirty inferior Tamil compared to a Superior Sinhala race who were given great power to ……….

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        Ben hurly curly, u should first find good mirror. Sinhala Buddhist terrorist never going to learn..Ben hurling, why cant u come out from u r English mask and using your pure Sinhala Buddhist name. hope u not Sinhala Buddhist coward preaching bloody noncence…

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        Ajith, Muthu,

        I am not a dirty Tamil but I am more qualified as a traitor..

        I believe SL government should call this as day of mourning too.

        1) SL didn’t win any war. SL people with any brain should realize this at least after 4 years.
        2)This failure again prove the universal truth of humanity, that is you can NOT win by killing, you can win only by love, tolerances and respect.
        2) Because Prabakaran was killed on that day, we and the whole world now hear intelligent voices like MP Sampanthan and get better understanding of real issues/grievances of minority Tamils in SL. –> SL gov lost the war !!
        3) How many 18 year Sinhalese village boys were put to death by SL gov in the last 2 years of war. Those village boys were fooled by mythical patriotism, offered big salaries, gave 3 months training and sent to the war front line to get killed. How many ?? Those young Sinhalese boys without proper military discipline may have killed some Tamil rebels, but I have seen these young men killing unarmed Tamils, or even taking about making sex to warm dead Tamil females…
        At the end of the war, all those facts (half truth?) were exposed to the world, and ChandrikaB’s son and people like me feel ashamed to call ourselves Sri Lankan..
        Anura (a Tamil in the previous life )

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          Dear Anura,

          Reading your post disturbed me. Boys of 18 years without training sent to face rebel? What a heartless people. I dont like LTTE for one single fact that they recruited child soldier.If elected government did so, that had to be punished, It is upto people of thsi country. and shame that still few srilankan defending heartlessly this regime.

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          It is sad you people to think that everything started by Pirabhakran. The crime in Sri lanka not started by Pirabhakaran and the intelligent voices like Sampanthan raised their voices even Pirabhakaran was born. It is good to know that Pirabhakaran achieved something at last: realising that Tamils have real issues/grivenaces are heard by some Sinhalese.

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    The following youtube video I found very interesting.

    One of the great speeches from Tamara.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRoSRZrNqQ

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    Dayan is justifying continuing Sinhala triumphalistic celebrations against the Tamils.
    A typical Sinhala chauvinist’s view.

    Will the Sinhalese leaders ever learn from history? They can’t be stupid but they know that reminding the sinhala people of their victory over the Tamils is a clear vote winner. When you have people like Dayan voicing their support for this arrogant triumphalism the sinhala politicians will continue to create communal disharmony.

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    Basically Dayan is saying, each day in the year Tamils got killed by the Sri Lankan forces. So not only in May, July and November, Tamil people to commemorate their dead ones every day in the year.

    Dayan, can you please explain, what did the country achived positivly last 4 years to celebrate Victory after the war end with LTTE ?

    Are all the citzen of this country living happily to celebrate Victory?

    Does formar commander Sarath Fonseka who lead the Military untill the war end, celebrate the victory?

    How many opposition party members celebrate the victory?

    Did those 300,000 Tamils who rescued by the military and are living happily said by the government, celebrate the victory? If the military really rescued them and they are living happily, would have join the celebration. Why didn’t they joined?

    There are things Sri Lanka achived after the war.

    Religious and language racism increased than war time

    Uncultural activities incresed than war time.

    Child sexual abuses increased than war time. Specially monks.

    Suicide rates increased than war time.

    Cost of living increased than war time.

    Rule of law became ruling politicians property.

    Government is celebrating for these achivement.

    This is the only country is celebrating victory over its own citizen’s dead (Government version of death toll 8000). But actual death toll is more than hundread thousands. Intentially killed Tamils in the war. Here take goverment version. These 8000 also have loveones.

    Shame on you Dayan.

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      You re right.

      Defeating terror millitarily have always been their excuse to manipulate the guillible masses of the country.

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      No bombs. No weekly killings. Kids can go to school without being blown up in their school buses. You want me to go on…

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        Yes there is No bombs. Kids can go to school without being blown up in their school buses.

        I don’t agree with you on No weekly killings.

        Above two do not mean there is no killings. C’mon, I was expecting a prof. response.

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          Yes you are right.

          I heard a youtube audio last week -broadcasted by Nethfm lately, that is an open evidence how death threats, abductions, human slaughter have become the day today agendas of some PC MP (Viraj Mendis – elected candidate by UPFTA) in Hikkaduwa area even this month. By the time, I write this, he may have killed or injured many in that area – taking the power of the ruling criminals in the country. If anyone would go against, please check it out on you tube _ beware of politician under Balumgala

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            I wonder why DJ or any others would NOT even take all increasing crimes in the country serious – no matter police together with some ruling ministers continue their high crimes, specially Dayan^s writing are always about the facts focusing on abstracts contents of the published references,
            why not the very same guys address the real issues -issues that go close to the hearts of the victims, like for example abductions, threats and killings that few radio senders reveal repeatedly.

            If DJ and the like minded others would fearlessly work on those crimes of the country, people will pay their gratitudes to them, thinking that atleast few with backbones stood up for them.

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        Go on answer him peace first, We know how Sinhala budhist fight the war. Bomped churches, schools , refugee camps. Come on u dayan muppet.

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    Pick Another Way !

    This “victory” won over many dead from all sides could have been handled a different way from inception,much like Australia did ANZAC day,Timore,South Africa did-no politicking,no power consolidating and real democracy all round,no shrill ranting and raving and we’d be having a much better economy today with no bad press world wide.

    In true Lankan style are we going to let this bleed or fix what should have been reconciled four years ago.

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      Some day when society is ready for it, that may happen. But not four years after the war, with Tiger flags still in Tamil Nadu and London. So long as the Tamil community is not willing to demarcate itself critically and openly from the Tigers, Prabhakaran, their war and their assassinations, there will continue to be military parades and even militaristic patriotic celebrations in Sri Lanka.

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        Dear Mr. Dayan,

        You ignore the fact that Pirabharan and LTTE are Sri lankan born brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters of Sri Lankan Tamils who took the arms to defend the murderous Sri Lankan military who raped, killed, bombed, tortured and assasinated innocent Tamils. As long as you accept these facts Tigers and their flags will be remembered by Tamils in Sri Lanka (their mother land),Tamil Nadu and London.

        It is the International Community branded LTTE as “Terrorists”. Now the International Community without doubt proved that Sri Lankan military and state internationally killed innocent tamils and they are criminals.

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          Dude Ajith
          What are you telling us here? Blood sucking terra leader podian Preba and co were angles? Get a life man!!!!!!!!!.

          Nobody denied that there were innocent people that may have perished due to your terra leaders futile action.

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            Dear Manesh,

            I am not saying that LTTE is good or bad as SriLanka Terrorism. No body denies the violent actions of LTTE. The violent actions against Tamils by Sinhala military and State nothing different to LTTE. My point is that your are not prepared to accept that blood sucking terror of your state and military and therefore you have no right to blame LTTE unless you accept that you accept the terror of both sides in which State terror precedes LTTE terror.

            You can’t discriminate between the blood of Tamils and blood of Sinhalese. Justice and Equality are prime factors that can bring peace. Denial of the truth is much worse than terrorism.

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              The war was a progression, Ajith, not an incident. The Tigers started off as a legitimate force fighting for Tamil rights; but over 30 years they changed into a monster. The SL state progressed in the opposite direction; from a persecuting force to a liberating one. You have to recognize that. So the terror visited on the Tamils until the ’80s doesn’t justify the Tigers actions which were by 2009 far worse. Do I need to remind you of the child conscription, slave labour, and human shields used by the Tigers? No one is going to sympathize with people who wave the flag of terror anymore than they will with those waving the swastika.

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              Dude Ajith

              Sure- You are not saying that LTTE is good or bad as SriLanka Terrorism. But you are writing like that.

              We have seen fellows like you for more than 30 odd years trying to tarnish the grease on Hela nation. The truth has been revealed to the world what people like Die-Ass-Poo-ras trying to do. Cannot continue like that any more as world is getting more wiser. Go and find new tricks.

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    It is interesting that no one has noticed or remarked upon the fact that a prominent presence at the V-day celebration was US Ambassador, H.E. Michele Sison. She was right to attend. It shows that the US, while being critical of GoSL on several counts, stands by the Sri Lankan state and its armed forces in the matter of the victory over terrorism. It also shows that such a balanced, nuanced position is possible and appropriate.

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      You are wrong, even US handshaked many in the beginning before kicking in back. I hope i dont need to tell to you.

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      Any tamil liberated from the clutches of terrorist Prabhakaran attend the V-Day celebrations Mr Jayatilleke? Not even one Mr Jayatilleke?

      The tamils are so ungrateful to Rajapaksa, their liberator, aren’t they Mr Jayatilleke?

      May be they weren’t invited, eh?

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    @DrDayan,You did agree recently that post 09’could have been better managed?You have warned of it’s dangers too.

    Society would have fallen in line if 09’fall out was better managed,radicals on all sides may have run out of steam,our economy could have taken off if we managed an inclusive approach without made for TV parades but thats asking too much.

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    Tell us your birthday so that we can pick that

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    It is the victors who celebrate and also write the history. There are many examples that attest to this fact. Examples are found not only from the second ‘World War’ but also in recent times like the victory celebrations in the UK after the Falklands War and the Iraq war to name just a few.

    Sri Lanka is not unique in this aspect; however the total eradication of a ruthless terrorist organisation like the LTTE when all experts predicted that it could not be achieved is a victory celebration without parallel. The victory over the LTTE is a seminal event in Sri Lanka as for the very first time since Independence Sri Lanka faced the dismemberment of the nation state at the hands of a sophisticated terrorist organisation led by a megalomaniac.

    Another important aspect that is overlooked is that despite weapons and logistical supply from friendly countries (that excluded the USA, EU and Britain) it is the troops on the ground that wins wars. It was the rural youth of Sri Lanka who laid down their lives to preserve the unitary state of Sri Lanka and paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace that is currently prevalent in the country.

    It is right and proper to celebrate this victory with all its pomp and pageantry to this unique achievement by the rural patriots that will be celebrated for time immemorial.

    As for the vanquished they can ‘mourn their losses’ in the UK with their ‘tiger flags’ at gatherings and listen to the British politician’s speeches who offer them sympathy in return for their electoral votes in their marginal constituencies.

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      Judging by your name you too below to a marginal constituency somewhere and would have been eliminated under the guise of terrorism and just wars like the Falklands or Operation Iraq!

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    I can see that you are now with the ” vast majority”

    Well done.

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    The Monkey Marxist strikes again! If he has an organge ass it will be easier to spot his appearance? But then with a face like his we should not worry about spotting him coming up with an entirely different story to brown nose the regime!

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    Demented Dayan goes again!! This time he should try
    even harder. One close to him whispers that he has
    already sounded out the powers that be. What do you
    say DJ? Is that true. Did you ask for Latin America
    or Western Europe.Santa Maria!!!

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    Dayan is reading too much into Ambassador Sisson’s presence at the Victory parade. This is all part of preparing for the “morning after” scenario. There will still be a US embassy in Colombo the morning after the independence referendum is held in the NE. There may even continue to be a “Victory day” celebrated on May 18th! I’m sure the US ambassador will continue to attend it!!

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      That is typical to him. His interpretations are unique to his genetics. I wish he could address on going problems in the country, while people^s elected ones stay blind and deaf. Most of the time, what I get to read in his articles are just comparisons and the boast of war victory against tamil militants. It is high time him to just see things with much more atteNtion whether the rulers^capacity have succeeded a drop of what we could achieve in the post war sessions.

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    Moalgaha,

    Dayan is not demented. He has just run out of marbles. His services are no longer in demand – due to lack of alternatives. Hence he is playing his last marble – nationalism of the majority. When he was a cabinet member of the the North East Provisional Council let by Varadaraja Perumal – the opinions of the “Vast Majority” were of no concern to him.

    The tragedy of Sri Lankan Politics is that extremely versatile, backboneless- quasi intellectuals like Dayan are left with only one master available to serve. So now he is on to the “Vast Majority”.

    Finally he has joined the club.

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    I would say, India, Pakistan, China, Norway, Japan, US need to celebrate this victory. Because they are the one fight with the LTTE. India spend billions on satellite and navigation against LTTE. Pakistan pilots sacrificed their life against LTTE. China provided chemical weapon for free after tested it with the prisoners. Norway need to celebrate for being in the media for their cunning policies. Jappan, need to celebrate for able to steal the Tamils natural resources from Mahinda & Co for free. US spend millions to track and destroy LTTE Naval according to wikileaks.
    In this list where the hell the country Srilanka dare to celebrate. Oh god. I forgot the part. Mother Lanka rent the Koolis to the rest by the name “Soldiers”.

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      However you need to understand why many countries supported action against LTTE?

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    No one is prevented from remembering their dead.Commemorating the terrorists is forbidden. Those who are complaing about triamphalism should first stop their constant insults and hounding of the forces. If the diaspora,the tiger rump and their symapathizers think they can continue to throw insults and make demands that will never see the light of day,victory parades will continue as otherwise the forces will feel they are abandoned.

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