22 July, 2017

Premadasa, Israel, Bandu de Silva & The Falsification Of History

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Just how seriously we should take Ambassador Bandu de Silva’s reminiscences is best evidenced by how much or little he knew about what was going on in the foreign policy realm during President Premadasa’s tenure, and how he wittingly or unwittingly falsifies facts. This is what he says about the Foreign Affairs Study Group (FASG) and the Chairmanship of Dr. Gamini Corea.

“…As for the formation of FASG (Foreign Affairs Study Group) under President Premadasa with Gamini Corea as Chairman and Mervyn de Silva as Deputy Chairman, whose report was handed over after President Premadasa’s (untimely) death. Gamini Corea was a senior adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1985 but I do not recall him in a role as Chairman of FASG. Not while I was in the Foreign Office till 1990 before appointment as Ambassador to Iran. I recall, however, a few people headed by Major General Anton Mutucoomaru, former Army Commander and Ambassador, after his retirement in 1969 forming a study group in foreign relations along with and a few others including Mervyn de Silva. That was during the regime of Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike in 1970s. I say this with confidence as I happened to be at every meeting where President Premadasa discussed anything to do with foreign policy. Where does the commissioning of a report on reforms at the foreign office headed by Bradman Weerakoon and the appointment of FASG coincide?”

(https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/dayan-jayatillekas-diatribe-on-premadasas-israel-policy/)

Now, what is the truth of the matter about which Ambassador de Silva is quite so categorical? What are the facts? What follows is what senior Ambassador Nihal Rodrigo wrote in the Daily News in September 2007. Ambassador Rodrigo, as I said earlier, was a member of the FASG. (I believe I have somewhere in my father’s library, photographs of the FASG in session, with Dr. Gamini Corea in the chair and Ambassador Rodrigo around the table, but no matter.

“It is not much known that it was indeed on a proposal by Mervyn, at the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA), that the Foreign Affairs Study Group (FASG) was set up by President R. Premadasa under the Chairmanship of Dr Gamini Corea, to make proposals for greater efficacy in our foreign relations…The FASG had members from the corporate sector, the Central Bank, the Legal Profession (the late Lakshman Kadirgamar), the Media (Mervyn, of course) and the Foreign Service. The recommendations of the FASG did promote useful changes in the Foreign Service, including more interaction with the corporate, defence and financial sectors and the media.” (http://archives.dailynews.lk/2007/09/05/fea01.asp)

So whom do we believe? Nihal Rodrigo or Bandu de Silva? And what does this say about the veracity of the rest of Bandu de Silva’s reminiscences?

Now we come to the hub of the issue, namely President Premadasa’s appointment of the Mossad commission. There are two aspects to this. One is that Bandu de Silva thinks that Premadasa was just not smart enough to have read and understood Victor Ostrovsky, and he had no one around him (not even Bandu de Silva?) smart enough to have pointed it out. He pronounces that:

“…I am not inclined to attribute such high profile thinking to President Premadasa such as a deep understanding of Ostrovsky’s book for him to be motivated to pursue his Israeli policy. Nor was there anyone around him who could have translated the book’s significance to him. (My apologies to Secretary K.H.J. Wijeyedasa). There was none in the Foreign Office I knew of. There was, of course, Bradman Weerakoon, Presidential adviser but I doubt if he had any role as he was appointed the Chairman of Air Lanka with its multifarious problems.” (ibid)

One notes the slippery use of the word “translated”, but let’s move on. Now those around President Premadasa included Bradman Weerakoon, Susil Sirivardhana and Neville Jayaweera, all of whom were stellar products of the old civil service and certainly acknowledged by society as much smarter than Bandu de Silva. Susil Sirivardhana was educated at Oxford and Harvard.

But that’s not really the point. The point is how smart Premadasa actually was. Here is the testimony of Neville Jayaweera a First Class Honours graduate in Philosophy and one of the best known products of the Ceylon Civil Service in the post-Independence years:

“…The soaring vision he had for his country, and I do not mean merely for the Sinhala people but for Sri Lanka as a nation, was unmatched by any political leader of the last century, either conceptually, or in terms of the intelligence and managerial energy with which he backed it up, even though that vision was tainted by his many failings…”

(http://archives.sundayobserver.lk/2009/01/11/fea15.asp, my underscore- DJ)

Here Neville Jayaweera’s favorable comparison is with any and every Sri Lankan political leader of the last century! The indicators used include “intelligence” and “conceptual” prowess. Jayaweera was not going to benefit in anyway by flattering a dead Premadasa, and writing as he was doing in 2009 in a state newspaper, during the glory days of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

So, when judging someone’s intelligence, whose evaluation would you go by—Neville Jayaweera or Bandu de Silva (whose real claim to fame is the less than flattering portrait in one of Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s stories)?

To proceed. Bandu de Silva ventures a suggestion or implication that Mervyn de Silva might have been the one who briefed President Premadasa about Ostrovsky’s book. I do not know whether or not he did, but neither Mervyn nor Bradman ever said so–and Bradman Weerakoon wrote that Premadasa would get Mervyn on the phone to discuss foreign affairs with him (as did President Jayewardene, but those chats were in person and could be, since Mervyn was a neighbor of long standing). Let us assume that Mervyn and Premadasa spoke on the subject of Ostrovsky’s book and Israel. Is Bandu de Silva attempting to say that Mervyn could not understand the book’s meaning or that he deliberately distorted it and Premadasa stupidly swallowed the distortion, going on to confront Israel? Or is he perhaps saying that Mervyn did not understand Israel’s behavior? And if not, what is the relevance as to who Premadasa’s source was, if there was indeed such a source. It would have been quite amusing for the reader if Bandu de Silva had ventured these views in print about Premadasa’s Israel policy when either Mervyn or Izzeth Hussein were alive…!

What is most crucial, and what Bandu de Silva totally avoids are the points I made about the veracity of Ostrovsky’s book. If the book was credible, and I have argued why it was, then the shocking revelation on Sri Lanka and the damage done to this country should also have been taken seriously. Premadasa did so. No self-respecting leader could have taken these revelations lying down. Premadasa did not.

What I have also pointed out is that Premadasa’s reaction to the Ostrovsky book, and to Israel were not isolated phenomena but all of a piece with his larger foreign policy, which I have gone on to detail. Bandu de Silva, who claims to have been at every meeting on foreign policy Premadasa ever had, either is ignorant of all of Premadasa’s moves and stances in the realm of international affairs, or chooses not to comment on them.

Anyway, all these issues on Premadasa’s foreign policy are quite easily resolved. The most crucial witness in all of this, Bradman Weerakoon, the Presidential Advisor on International Relations during the Premadasa presidency, is still very much alive and remains utterly lucid.

Several of us used to meet every Saturday morning in Bradman Weerakoon’s office next to President Premadasa’s, on the President’s suggestion, to pick our brains on policy matters. Bradman Weerakoon would summarize the discussion in writing for the President and minutes were presented to us at the next meeting. We were invited in writing for every meeting. The personalities who caucused weekly were Susil Sirivardhana, Gen. Denis Perera, ex-IGP Cyril Herath, Charitha Ratwatte, Jayanath Rajapakse and myself, among a few others whose names I cannot recall at the moment. Several of the personalities I’ve named are still alive and can contradict me. I most certainly do not recall Bandu de Silva being anywhere around or ever mentioned!

All one has to do is read what Bradman Weerakoon has published or simply to ask him, on the public record, to know who is telling the truth and who is lying, on Premadasa’s foreign policy thinking and measures.   

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    And by the way, Chandi Chanmugam was another member of the group that used to be summoned to the brainstorming session in Bradman’s room on Saturdays.

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      So, when we summarise all the points in discussion about the many secret and open dealings with ONE OF THE WORST ENTITIES the humanity has ever seen, ISRAEL, this evil entity has put their people (Crypto/Hidden Jews) to dominate the socio-political order in all of the countries they have planned to dominate in the future for the benefit of installing ZIONIST system all over the world to destroy the humanity. ——————————————————————————————————– Through FREEMASONRY the evil Jewish Zionists managed to create Jews and Zionists with other races by mixing with them and have created the ELITES and the RULING CLASS who are controlling everything from Politics to Trade and finance with the backing of Jew run banking systems.—————————————————————————————————— Sri Lanka too has been trapped in this system through the THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY the Jews established all over the world in the 19th century with the Evil Occultists/Satanists HNERY STEELE OLCOTT and HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY promoting the RACIST AGENDA of the FAKE PURIFICATION OF THE ARYAN RACE (The Myth of Aryan garbage) which has caused MASS MURDER and MAYHEM on the humanity with MINDLESS WARS and conflicts designed to destroy MILLIONS OF INNOCENT HUMAN LIVES.—————————————————————————————————— The SINHALA BUDDHIST ZIONISM under the VEIL OF BUDDHIST REVIVALISM / THE SINHALA ONLY criminality is one such chapter in this EVIL DESIGN…………………………………………
      ———————————————————————— The info in this link provides shocking truths about what went behind the scenes in the past that shaped the future tragedies the humanity is facing at present………THE UNTOLD STORY OF GANDHI AND THEOSOPHY ( http://www.conspiracyschool.com/blog/untold-story-gandhi-and-theosophy )

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka
      “All one has to do is read what Bradman Weerakoon has published or simply to ask him, on the public record, to know who is telling the truth and who is lying, on Premadasa’s foreign policy thinking and measures. “”

      [Edited out]
      Why did he pull out his web page where he gives a full account of the assassination of premadasa and points the finger at RAW??
      Undoubtedly, RAW kept its promise (in one year tooth for tooth) to late Dr. Neville Kanakaratne so why did B.W. remove the thread?? just for a post?? [Edited out]

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      To that time, going back to our black past, the manner Premadasa killing squads destroyed the youth oft he country, leaving their dead bodies being burnt down on the tyre pyres…. How would anyone with a heart ever agree only to continue all good uneducated Premadasa had done? This ballige putha seem to know nothing but to bring the kind of diatribe makes us very unhappy. I have lost how many of my batch mates that time ?. Only person to spout the kind of diatribe is idiosyncratic shameless man of the lanken spot light- most known DAYAN Jayathilaka AKA Silva.
      This man would always sit with the wrong parties just because he has a grudge against PM and his politics. – is seen the manner how he supported JO in their Nugegoda stage saga. No matter any of his educated circles would have been against, but to go for his thoughts is moronic.. I really don’t know why the kind of buggers make this kind of spreads.

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    That is all in the past. One salient fact every Foreign Policy fan and every Sri Lankan in the diaspora and within Sri Lanka should note is this: INDIA and Israel are very close now. Modi signaled this by going there.

    India in whose footsteps we followed during the now almost redundant Non-Aligned movement during the Cold war is a key player in the world.

    India is the world’s biggest arms/weapons importer in the past 5 years. Israel is super dominant in the fields of high-tech weaponry, high-tech agriculture, drip irrigation, defense systems etc. India which has the world’s second largest Muslim population(11% of the World’s muslims) with 176.2 million and estimated to become the nation with the world’s largest muslim population by 2050 has been very bold, pragmatic and has fully fledged relations with Israel.

    It is of mutual benefit. India gets all the help set up better technology, better weapons and also better agricultural research. Israel gets money and access to the world’s largest middle class with the biggest purchasing power parity in the world.

    What is Lanka doing? Nidhidha? Wake up! world has progressed beyond petty partisan politicking over Palestine. Indian Muslims are Indians not Arabs.

    Do what is best for SL. It can benefit immensely by opening full diplomatic relations with one of the strongest nations(albeit not that fair but still a functioning democracy where even Presidents can go to jail for rape and Prime Ministers are investigated). Arab nations of Egypt and Jordan have thriving relations with Israel. Others are quietly engaging them for their benefit.

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      Ratwatte, It is a well known fact that the Bandaranayake-Ratwatte clan has historically been worshiping Israel and the Jews, like the political establishments of the US, Canada, Australia and NZ where the new plague of political bipartisanship of Jews or Jewish acolytes is in full swing. There are many reasons, but the early marital mixing with Portuguese and Dutch Jews is a significant factor. There is no valid reason why Sri Lanka should follow India’s Modi’s crawling to Israel purely for the purpose of realising the Brahmin agenda of building the nuclear bomb. Israel is an illegal coloniser, and if their theory of historic ownership is valid, the US, Canada, Australia and NZ should be handed back to the original indigenous inhabitants of these countries. But they seem to have one rule for the ‘Goyiyam’ and one for themselves. Free your mind and think about the injustices they are subjecting the world to, through their clannish domination of global finances and media. Now don’t call me a ‘racist’ for pointing out these facts.

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      “”India in whose footsteps we followed during the now almost redundant Non-Aligned movement during the Cold war is a key player in the world.””
      bicycle kadde ! Bombay looking Calcutta- SriMao did not follow India but a Nasser and Mao and Tito she knew sari ganige weakness of family- katta kussi amma weeping widow . The day Nasser (Pan_Arab Libturd) signed the American drafted agreement he got 2 heart attacks and collapsed when he understood the power of the west.
      The American/English can’t live with the Jewish people but can’t live without them.- Ashkinazi intelligence.
      There were many palestinians from several arab nations who were sent to India was studies but India had a defence pact with Russia and a closed door policy so even a simple calculator for studies had to be taken by a foreign student until Dr Manmohan Singh opened the doors. Yet from 1949 the studies were geared to American/German standards not British and the novels available at railway stations were American Ayn Rands against the backdrop of immense Russian literature promoted by the government of Gandhi- She had a horrible family life married to a Iranian forced by Mahatma Gandhi the naked fakir. Indians mainly intelligent Brahmins have been at america long before Ceylon got independence over a century and in the automobile industry. Even today the maximum number of H1B visas in the world are issued at Chennai US Embassy- such is the power and many are top cats at the pentagon. The embassy buys them from IIT. AIIMS every year – but most don’t go because of cultural shock.

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      Muslims in India from the north to the south acknowledge that they are Indian and not Arab or from anywhere else, however the Sri Lankan Muslims whose ancestors are from South India do not acknowledge this and have been brain washed by their selfish opportunistic largely southern elite and politicians to hate their actual South Asian ( Tamil) origin and heritage and consider themselves Arab or Moor and worship everything Arab. Even Arab dung. They are the only South Asian Muslims still pathetically clinging to the incorrect classification given to all South Asian Muslims by the Portuguese colonials Moors, as prior to their travels the only Muslims the Portuguese encountered were the Moors of North Africa, who ruled the Iberian peninsular for centuries. therefore they called every Muslim they met a Moor. Moors are from Morocco and not from South Asia or the Arabian Gulf. This is where the problem lies Indian Muslims correctly identify themselves as Indian but Sri Lankan Muslims descended from South Indian Muslims think that they are Arabs and are only concerned about Arabs and not with their fellow countrymen. This is why despite being Tamil by ethnicity they openly joined Sinhalese mobs and racists to kill rape loot destroy Tamil homes and business in the south and ethnically cleanse Tamils in the east.

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        Here the subject is falsification of history but this Australoid Real Siva Sankarna Sharma bringing falsification of Moors ethnicity. I do not understand why this Tamil crow (or may be not) worried so much about Moors ethnicity. I was telling this to my friend and he said ignore such fools, it is not worth wasting your time responding to such fool’s comment. He told me a story about a shanty dwelling beggar. When you talk to him (beggar) he always come out with connections it seems. He point to people of very rich families and says, “Look so and so is my relation, all my relations are from rich families”. My friend says that he get a great satisfaction by such talks since he is a beggar. My friend is correct, this crow must be getting a great satisfaction by calling Moors as Tamils because Moors are from dynamic trading community so he thinks he is not from slavish race.

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      “…a functioning democracy where even Presidents can go to jail for rape and Prime Ministers are investigated.”
      But one in which nobody is punished for injuring, raping or killing a Palestinian or for destroying schools, hospitals and homes.
      *
      India is joining the fascist club. So the anti-left prescription is join the bandwagon.

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    Dayan, you already had this reply to Bandu de Silva ready before Bandu replied to your https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-premadasa-foreign-policy-pivot/
    Clever clever clever Dayan.
    Dayan tries to impress us by boasting that he was in the inner circle of power for quite a while. He says: “……..Several of the personalities I’ve named are still alive and can contradict me…….”.
    Caution: Dayan has replies drafted.

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    DJ, your father was an incredibly learned journalist and a man of principle. I remember enjoying reading the journal “Lanka Guardian” ; if I am not mistaken your Dad was the Editor there. I think I will not respond to the absurd false accusations of people with no facts playing asshat court jester here, but during the socialist SLFP days SL was very close to Palestinian and Arab causes and Mrs B was very close to the Nasser type ideologies. But that was a failed past no?

    What are your thoughts about the fact that it was JRJ( of Black July infamy) who misfired and miscalculated by thinking he can win over the US by making overtures and even foolishly thinking we should be part of ASEAN? India became very insecure because of that right?

    I do not think if India invades/intervenes militarily again, that US will care and now that SL has antagonized its old ally China, SL might not have any friends. Even Putin and Trump have a suspect cozy relationship and more than likely Putin has video evidence against Trump about golden showers.

    Did you take note of and what do you think of
    A. China announcing its first overseas base in Djibouti in francophone horn of Africa today?
    B. Joint US-India-Japan maritime military exercises and new dynamics of that alliance against China?
    C. Modi visiting Israel and fostering strong ties.
    D. Saudi Wahabis falsely accusing Qatar and trying to intimidate them?
    E. Total Russian interference in US elections?
    F. US destabilizing Libya?
    G. SL being of military importance to US now?

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      “”But that was a failed past no?”
      Wriggle wriggle like a big fat raddala Pimbura.
      SWRD brought Distinctions of Race & Religion in his sarema from Oxford and his weeping widow SriMao topped it with Goni Bilal culture of post mans son terrorist Nasser. to Steal a Dynasty into power in today’s politics of fame wealth and power .
      JR presented an elephant merely copied the portuguese and spanish fascist and singapore police state to remove the economic embargo, then he became incompetent to fade away.
      Both dynasties in power by extension of the Octopus tentacles cash in the west in real estate and offshore. MR was quick to copy because of events and create his own dynasty. whoi next??
      The land belongs to the birds the indian parrot -Pachai Kili – ගිරවා- Pōpaṭa

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    And a last word. I may not agree with some of your opinions but I wish in every case people overseas like myself be honest when writing and not make personal low down attacks.

    DJ, your father was an incredibly learned journalist and a man of principle. I remember enjoying reading the journal “Lanka Guardian” ; if I am not mistaken your Dad was the Editor there. A lot of his predictions came true. But that was the cold war era no?

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      “like myself be honest”
      Honesty is the best policy but the man who follows it is not an honest man- from a colombo missionary school that your aunt took over and stopped us from even funding it with our dollars because her Nasser did not like it and threw us into jail if we possessed it. We studied with our own resources outside like you but did not get the free ride with a Chit for everything to meet even indira. Modaya even when Sanjay died in the helicopter I was so close at defence colony (with my fellows from campus who were IAF families from the top- that is what a secretary of foreign students is capable of) even when Rajiv was assassinated I went to SL embassy met the ambassador 2 days later with chanakya puri SP Rajiv’s schoolmate and bodyguard the ambassador was shitting in his pants and smoking his silk cuts like a chimney- the table was littered with at least 3 full ashtrays (the man former UN rep only answerable to preme expired a few years ago)- without a chit from humbugs and goni billa culture- monopoly in everything you touch- palyan yakoooo!

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        Love your highly articulate thoughts. Thank you, May the wisdom of the Buddha guide you. I am blessed to learn so much from you. There is absolutely no animosity or visceral hatred or some sort of complex in your valuable opinions. I am sure Dayan also appreciates it. Cheers old chap. Time for some cheap Vodka. Thanks again for the love. Floreat.

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          Pudhu of wisdom!! Still plucking cherries in the island of tears.
          Go read 7th path of Gautama a path the cherry pickers of the land conveniently skipped Its the 4th gem of Gautama.- Mindfulness!!
          Now hang on to kassipu bicycle kadde boiya!
          DJ is salaried and she is talking about salaried for life so they look above shoulder for fear of their own shadow.
          Say Om Mani Peme Hung and …..

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        When Buddha was walking through a village once, an angry man started blackguarding him. He called Buddha a liar. “what you teach is a lie; you are a liar. why are you walking through our village?”. Basically he was hurling perjoratives and lot of ad hominem attacks on Buddha. Buddha spoke to him and asks him “if you buy a gift to give me and I do not accept that gift; who owns it?”. The angry man says “of course it belongs to me”. And Buddha says “exactly”.

        Thanks again. I think you own your ad hominems based on deep seated anger or something. Hope to see you actually write articles here rather than say comments on comments made to the Author of this article. Fact remains, If India intervenes, US will not help. JR made a fatal mistake. Cheers old chap. Time to ice my cheap vodka. Have the courage or the ethical standards to write under your own name. The article is what you should respond to ; not people’s comments to the author. The world has changed. Israel may have been a western creation but it is here to stay. Egypt and Jordan have full ties even though they are strained a bit now. Hate will not take the Arabs anywhere.

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          Croak and dagger agent you are going to the dogs keep going hyena Puddhu!
          best wishes
          The Laughing Buddha

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          Pudhu that is a twisted story of Akkosa Sutta, You never learn that only Truth is Right and raddla and the salaried staff keep moving the truth offshore- bloody tentacles

          The laughing buddha 🤣🤣🤣

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    Yes,Mano. What is the purpose of Dayan dragging a story by Sarachchandra to this dialogue except to make a low down attack. What was Sarachchandra’s own record in Paris?

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      You should ask a colombo guy that- like kothalawala pol gaha yata vastuva-
      but these graduated like the brainless starfish and octopus to have tentacles to grab food and secure life offshore and investments to boot promoting nepotism for a return to power.

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    Whoa! what do we have here? DJ playing pandu with Bandu – and Bradman is the non-striker. Who cares about these inconsequential trysts of a quarter-of-a-century or more ago. The fact is Israel today is looking around for likely muggins who will play ball and sign up to its quest for ‘allies’ in a fast changing world. Beggars can’t be choosers, but Sri Lanka does hypocrisy well. Never mind Israel, how about the time when Sri Lankan emissaries became ‘honorary whites’ as we dealt with the the Broederboys of the apartheid regime in our search for ‘know-how’ to deal with the ‘Boys in the North’.

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    One wonders as to the relevance of Israel and the Premadasa factors being introduced now. Commenters are (quite rightly) letting off plenty of steam. This is a distraction from the important issues plaguing us.

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    Having read all parts of this debate between Dayan Jayatilleke and Bandu de Silva, as a student of America/Israel axis and wider geopolitics, I rule Jayatilleke’s version to be the more plausible and true. This is due to the strength of facts he has presented. Bandu de Silva, like most people on the foreign ministry gravy train those days, would have been interested in foreign travel and postings more than national service. Obviously, he has been oblivious to the things happening around him. Now he can repent while twiddling his thumbs perhaps!

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    Mano is still on cheap Vodka……..All the brainstorming in Dr Weerakoon’s digs, next to Keselwatta Prema’s Office to bring Preme up to speed hasn’t done much good, even for some of the Ratwattes , bar the “Ammandi from Horagolla”……….. Plus Cousin Dr Rnil’s mates , Mahendran and Aloysious who are not only the new Media Moguls, but also Beer Barons too , selling Mendis Special to our Dalits…………And guess what, Kumara from the Central Bank, who helped Mahendran and Aloysious with the Yahapalana suckers EPF has done even better , considering his Dalit dad was selling ” Bullto” from his Bicycle, according to one of the Judges in Sira’s Bond Commission…..Kumara’s array of ” A Class Investments ” is mind boggling …..All acquired after Mahendran had a chat to Kumar, just before the CB Bond Auction….. Kumara ‘s well Diversified Portfolio even includes a second Missus with a kid………….Anyway my Elders Tell me Keselwatta Prema and Lalith Mudalali were arch enemies , because they were from the two factions of the same UNP………..What happened to both is another story……..But the most interesting development which I want to highlight is Hidutva Modi sitting on Benji ‘s lap in Jerusalam…..And talking about Strategic partnerships and Security alliances…….Israelis aren’t dumb to take on the Chinese…….But Pakis are a different matter……… This is the same Modi who was called Butcher from Gujarat by the Hindustan Media……..With Dr Ranil handing over ETCA to Modi, our Doctors, Porters, Engineers, Engine Drivers and even the Street Girls in front of the Union Bank in Wella Gardens will be replaced by Hindians…………..BTW did UNP have a LGBTQ Faction then?…………

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      Actually you make some good points about Modi Sahib. The fellow was persona non-grata in the US after the riots in Gujarat killed thousands of innocent Muslims when he was Chief Minister. Jokes apart mate, my point is rapidly changing dynamics and strategic interests make small dependent nations having to think fast and adapt to survive. If Hinduvta Modi has his way Hindu supremacy will rule the once secular India(who has now banned beef in many states and apparently in Maharastra beef slaughter is punishable by death; what a laugh no? considering India has over 600million people in abject poverty). India has been worried about China ever since China kicked their behinds in the 1962 war; that is why they will not like SL getting close to China. And now China has opened its first overseas base in Djibouti, you know USA will soon foment trouble in that region too. US and Indian interests have coalesced. I am with you on ECTA, All it will do is make extra money for India in the long term. I wrote asking about illegal immigrants from S India once too. Anyway always enjoy your commentaries.. But SL is a small nation; if India decided to invade, no one will aid it. Remember the Parippu drop comrade? Did anyone condemn India for the blatant violation of international law? No! Shall we just become a first Buddhist state of Indian dominion? JK

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        “”The fellow was persona non-grata in the US after the riots in Gujarat killed thousands of innocent Muslims when he was Chief Minister. “”
        Bloody naive once again – It was clearly a CIA-Western Media setup to control India making a mountain out of nothing for any Indian when many more die of starvation related. this was confirmed when CIA-Western Media next went after Dalit Queen Mayawati just because she like new shoes- (shoes do affect the spine, heels are bad bad.- nothing like changing them often)
        Trump invited Modi to join him in South China Sea exercises but he never responded.-
        Both India and America want Make in America /India and China are afraid their market share of making for the west is losing ground.- race in for robots.
        Indian Brahmins are masters of Chess their game and they rule today- Hindutva is American Media slagging match to get a piece of Cake for free.
        Lanka keeps praising the dead for all the wrong reasons while neglecting the living in trouble.
        The Americans need extra visa to visit north east yet they convert and take some back to Jerusalem to fight the war.
        The Chinese would call Mano a Henry Poooeee in sun glasses and put on accent.

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    “” I am with you on ECTA, All it will do is make extra money for India in the long term.””- PESSIMIST!!
    It would only add to our storage capacity to take on the immense contracts that India has as LKY had to say when inviting foreign talence.
    Vietnam gained immensely on this front – subcontracts that is how communities grow- You are Maha Horu Ammadi Monopoly so it’s anathema for you to see John Lewis of UK the middle class buyers owned wholly by the workers in a capitalist democracy.
    “”Remember the Parippu drop comrade? Did anyone condemn India for the blatant violation of international law? No! Shall we just become a first Buddhist state of Indian dominion? JK””

    mottaya its all in the timing as even Cameron had to say. Kessinger threatened Indira (America would not hesitate nuking India ) and sent its 7th fleet on 8th day So she instantly withdrew from East pakistan. During you were admiring Nagaland girls beauty.- while we observed the show from IAF airbase mess – 1972 .

    lankawe has no card as present with the deadly right wing triangle The donald, Theresa may and Modi…while Xi is having a gripe and Putin is yet trying his football and trying to overcome sanctions.
    Game on and modi is winning next election too.

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    Here is what Willy Blake told the Friends of Srilanka in Washington…….”.SL already has a FT with India.”…….. So .Why have an ETCA ?……….Hasn’t India got 300 Million to do assembly jobs, if India has to absorb extra capacity?…………… Besides grabbing our Locals Jobs , It is SL lands which the rich Indians are after……… In good Postcodes in Colombo and other major Cities………Bambalapitiya Flats on 10 Acres gone to Hindians…… Sathosa Block too…….And god knows how many other juicy places which Kiriella Corporation, Galleon , and Boy George Samare must have collected deposits on, promising the transfer of deeds?………..Bombay, Calcutta, Madras are so polluted ,that people who have even a bit of money want to get out…….. Next to Chinese, Indians are the biggest invaders of Australia and America,,,,,,,,,,Those countries have good controls and the lands are so vast that no one particular Ethnic group can dominate ………Compare that to our motherland where the Land is so scare ……But even prime real estate is sold for next to nothing to Foreigners…..Look at Galle Fort………….And Indians get a discount even on those bargain basement prices…….. Dr Ranil and his LGBTQ are happy to break up the influence of the Professional Bodies who are dominated by Sinhala Buddhists ………Eg GMOA……..But .I don’t think our Dalits who still wear Green T Shirts understand. what is going on ……….

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      “”.Hasn’t India got 300 Million to do assembly jobs, if India has to absorb extra capacity?…””
      Why don’t you ask China which has 450 million unemployed why it subcontract many components to Vietnam. happy neighbours are a security. Greece learnt it too late when Rome invaded.
      “”Besides grabbing our Locals Jobs , It is SL lands which the rich Indians are after……… and Boy George Samare must have collected deposits on, promising the transfer of deeds?””
      you have to live life by negotiation not by the begging bowl You cannot learn without practice. people first lease for 1 year then lease for 5 years and so on so forth. than 99 at first sight- love is blind! Nothing comes for free. An entrepreneur must takes risk to succeed..Chinese take very heavy risk compared to cautious Indians and the whites take even greater risk but they are nomads are united against the static/settled. Nedi Kumba!!
      “”And Indians get a discount even on those bargain basement prices”” the Chinese businessmen love the indians for their bargaining power- Why so ask them. the chinese admire the Jews for their banking powers Ask them ?
      Ask yourself why you folk are like gass gembo and not confident?
      To Be or not To Be is at the heart of every japanese I meet- why so when it’s an english saying? be assertive and think of coming out of the mess than polarising.
      learn cockroach from google ceo.

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    K A Sumanasekera, when goods or services are undervalued and sold there is sure fraud.
    When MR1 undervalued the dollar and moved dollars the dalits working in the ME got hit the most, then the workers in the export import trade got hit with low wages and the importing gonibillas had a good time. MR and familial became a freeloader of $$$ so he held the finance portfolio. Now indirectly CBK is holding.- musical chairs.- distinctive intelligence and a fierce, thought-provoking wit, only can win. you need to export for better quality of life and nothing like services which SL’s are doing with the Indians at present because they are educated- like in all sub contracts you initially get less but one day Lanka can blossom out on its own. Even at UK companies do sub contracts 6 times over and yet the lower end that does the job finally gets a decent wage. Though MAS & Omar are big for you they do not get the top price – the distributor who hold a flag ship of merchandising companies gets the big cat commission- Jewish but they will not come to you- Indians especially Gujarat’s have been trading with the west long before you were born and its tradition for them to stay together- if it isn’t broke don’t make it. Alternatively innovate but you can’t because SL is still backward.

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    What a speculative load of rubbish has D/J released to sustain his theory that Premadasa’s action in terminating relations with Israel including closing the Israeli connection at the U.S. Embassy and the appointment of the Mossad Commission, was motivated by the finding double dealing by Israel as revealed by Victor Ostrovsky’s book?
    Four charges were investigated by Wadugodapitiya (Mossad) Commission according to Rajan Hoole’s summary which were ridiculed before the Commission. (C/T October 18 2014). The Mahaveli Project (claim1), was thought of during the tenure of Minister C.P. de Silva in 1958 and had been on the drawing board from the 1960s, while Amy Yaar did not visit Sri Lanka until 1984.
    As for claim 2, after listening to a host of senior officials the Commissioner concluded decisively: “To my mind what Ostrovsky has done, literally, is to transplant this type of fraud which he says is common in Israel to this country, and graft this deceitful ‘Israeli mentality’, as he describes it, onto the consciousness of Mahaveli officials in Sri Lanka.”
    Ravi Jayewardene objected dubiously to the third claim above, that the Israelis would not have trained the LTTE because Prabhakaran was against Israel. (Ravi who brokered arms deals with Israel could be defending himself in the presence of allegations of Israeli duplicity ).
    The fourth, was not seen as original because it is there in a Graham Greene’s The Ugly American.
    How does D/J claim that Ostroversky’s book influenced Premadasa’s action? Didn’t he terminate relations with Israel before the Commission was set up?
    Hoole opines that the Commission was set up to embarrass J.R.Jayewardene and his associates. That accounts also for dragging of the Mahaweli issue to be investigated by it. In short, wasn’t Premadasa trying to implicate Gamini Disanayake in the Mossad affair?

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