24 June, 2024

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Shades Of An Undead Past

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“A state of permanent war…where violence pervades all spheres of life, where the rich flourish and the poor live in misery; a state that will be deserted by the best of its children?” ~ Yuri Avnery (Countercurrents)

In Sri Lanka of 2024, kanji is a four-letter word.

During the long Eelam War, all sides committed horrendous atrocities. Lankan forces, the LTTE and anti-Tiger Tamil groups, all were guilty to varying degree of every conceivable crime, murder downwards.

The war was never jus ad bellum or jus in bello. The path to it and the path through it were lined with avoidable errors and unnecessary crimes. During the second and third Eelam Wars, the LTTE committed more crimes than did the Lankan forces, including, and especially, against its own people (think of child soldiers for starters). This would change with the advent of Rajapaksa rule. As Prof. Rajan Hoole pointed out, “From 2006 the government began to do what would have been unthinkable after 1987. Intense shelling and deliberate displacement of Tamil populations became integral to its military strategy… (Himal – February 2009).

The LTTE never cared how many Tamils it killed to ‘liberate’ them from the Lankan state. The Rajapaksa regime too didn’t care how many Tamils it killed to ‘liberate’ them from Tiger Eelam. The Rajapaksas justified every excess and every atrocity in the name of Sri Lanka, just as the LTTE did in the name of Eelam. Anything goes was the perception on both sides. Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes.

The attitudinal transformation the Rajapaksas wrought (with considerable help from the JVP and the JHU, as Lal Kantha proudly stated in his May 18th speech to retired military personnel belonging to the para-NPP organisation, Aditana) is still with us today, as the ham-fisted attempts to outlaw kanji-making demonstrate.   

The Eelam War was a civil war. The war-dead, be they combatants or civilians, were all Lankan citizens. The Rajapaksas regarded and treated the other side as not only enemies but also enemy-aliens. For civilian Tamils, caught between the Rajapaksa hammer and Pirapaharan anvil, there was no way out.

Language was a key facade behind which the Rajapaksas tried to hide the brutal reality. So the obscene travesty of Humanitarian Offensive with Zero-civilian-casualties was born. If no civilians died at the hands of Lankan forces, then all those dead Tamils (including babies) had to be Tigers. And if all dead Tamils were Tigers, any Tamil man, woman or child mourning them has to be a Tiger-at-heart.

“We humans don’t own love or grief – these emotions are widespread in other animals,” writes professor of anthropology Barbara J King in How animals grieve. Under Rajapaksa rule, Tamils were denied this natural-born right to love or to grieve their war-dead. This Rajapaksa worldview continues to inform official thinking – at least in Minister Tiran Alles’ police department as the shocking visuals of two women being dragged on the ground by uniformed policemen for the crime of making kanji demonstrate. (The same police failed to take such prompt and decisive action against Deputy Minister Prasanna Ranaweera who was videoed – and admitted to – assaulting a porter and generally behaving like a thug in a public space – probably in full sight of many a tourist).

Neil Buhne, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator, stated, after returning from Vauniya during the last weeks of the war, “I saw infants with dysentery, malnourished children and women, untended wounds, and people dressed in the ragged clothing they’ve been wearing for months”(AP – 25.4.2009). It is the survivors of that horror – our Gaza – who are trying to carve out a safe space in which they can remember and grieve. (After 1994, the official JVP was allowed to commemorate their dead cadres. Why are ordinary Tamil families not allowed to commemorate their loved ones?)

The police initially used the ICCPR – the legal weapon of choice against minorities and dissenting Sinhalese – to arrest four kanji-makers, doubtless in the hope of jailing them for a long time. Fortunately, as the news broke and some Tamil politicians issued a stark warning to the government, a pinch of sanity seemed to have returned. (This is after all an election year.) The police were made to charge the kanji-makers under the normal law, thereby enabling the magistrate to give them bail.

But the damage was done. By criminalising kanji-making, another generation of Tamils is being told that even such a simple act of mourning can turn you into a criminal. Your dead have less value, your grief less legitimacy because of your ethnicity.

If that doesn’t make a Tamil feel non-Lankan, what would?

The lost peace

Even as the war was ending, the mass internment of civilian Tamils in open prison camps called Welfare Villages, began.

More than 300,000 people, almost the entire population of the Killinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, were held in a string of camps across the North. About 43% of the camp inmates were children, the UN estimated. The justification for this mass internment was the need to weed out a few thousand Tiger operatives posing as civilians.

Just as the government had depicted a war of indiscriminate bombing and shelling as a humanitarian operation, the camps were celebrated as mini-utopias where the inmates had everything provided for them by a benevolent government, free of charge. They were free rations, cooperatives, banks, post offices, communication centres, schools and vocational training centres, capacity building, empowerment and career counselling for adults and ‘Happiness Centres’ for children, facilities for arts, music, drama, yoga and sports, churches, kovils, mosques… A top official boasted, on record, that the government rejected an offer of several hundred used blankets by a Five Star Hotel, because the ‘First Class Citizens’ in the camps do not need second hand things!

If the Tamils weren’t happy in these paradises, they were ungrateful devils. But then they always were, according to the Sinhala-supremacist worldview which the Rajapaksas embodied, insatiable Oliver Twists always asking for more. Wasn’t that how the war started?

What if, after the second JVP insurgency was defeated, successive governments treated every poor Sinhala youth from subaltern castes like a closet-JVPer with anti-systemic yearnings? What if entire villages in areas which had been under de facto JVP control were turned into open air prisons, just to catch a few thousand JVP cadres? What if even old men were considered guilty for being ‘mentally supportive’ of the JVP? What sort of hell would the South have become then?

Post-war, the Rajapaksas could have undertaken a genuine attempt at nation-building by reaching out to Tamils. There could have been either some political concessions and/or a Marshall Plan type development-drive prioritising the housing, health, education, employment and poverty alleviation. There could have also been an attempt at empathy, trying to build bridges at a human level.

And instead of pumping more and more money into defence, funds could have been used to alleviate the economic misery of the Sinhala masses.

None of this was done.

Instead, the Rajapaksas created the Muslim enemy to replace the Tamil enemy, paving the way to another avoidable tragedy.

Gaza shows us what the strong do to the weak in the absence of restraints, national or international. More than 30,000 dead and counting. Had the West and oil-rich Arab nations been a little more complicit, the Israeli plan to expel all Gazans into Egypt might have worked.

Fortunately, the Rajapaksas had to reckon with some real international pressure. That prevented them from going the full distance they wanted to travel, during and after war. For instance, they intended Welfare Villages to become a permanent feature, using the ‘liberated’ land to set up massive military cantonments not to mention innumerable temples. Only international pressure made them abandon that plan.

Tamil politicians protested the criminalising of kanji-making; Sinhala politicians didn’t. Not Ranil Wickremesinghe, not Sajith Premadasa, not Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Obviously, justice and injustice depend not on the act but on the identity of the victim and the perpetrator.

Soon after the war ended, V Anandasangaree warned, “The civilians risked their lives while fleeing from the LTTE held areas…. If the government suspects such people as Tamil Tigers, then the entire population of the two districts – Killinochchi and Mullaitivu – should be suspects. Then the government will never solve the problem” (Tamilweek – 3.6.2009). Posterity has proven him right. No government has solved the problem. And, going by the reluctance of the SJB and NPP/JVP even to broach the subject, the next government won’t either.

Wildreness

In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel, Night Watch, the monk Lu Tze (Sweeper) admits that in the multiverse, there’s no universe in which Commander Samuel Vimes would kill his wife, Lady Sybil Ramkin.

If there’s a multiverse, is there a universe in which most Lankans, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or ideological/political affiliations, would be outraged when a president pardons a mass killer who had sliced the throat of a five-year-old boy after his hands were tied and he was made to kneel?

Probably not.

In March 2020, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pardoned former army sergeant Sunil Rathnayake. He had been convicted of murdering eight people including three children aged 5, 13, and 15. As the Supreme Court judgment affirming the conviction stated, the victims were tied and made to kneel. The killer slashed their necks from behind, one after the other… Incidentally, when the pardoned killer emerged from the prison, he was welcomed by defence secretary Kamal Gunaratne.

Pardoning such a man, after his conviction had been affirmed by the highest court in the land, was unjust, indecent, and inhumane. It revealed the real nature of the pardoner.

The utter indifference of the larger society to this most unpardonable pardon also revealed much about that society. There was no outrage in the South or even interest, let alone condemnation of the president. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s wild popularity was not even singed. The opposition too remained silent on the whole.

After all, if every dead Tamil was a Tiger, the Mirisuvil dead had to be Tigers too, including that five-year-old child.

Chickens always come home to roost. General Sarath Fonseka, the army commander who led the ‘Humanitarian Offensive’, was then the South’s greatest hero after Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Once he fell out with the Rajapaksas, his patriotic garb was torn off him, he was branded a traitor, and eventually jailed on trumped up charges. And the Sinhala masses who cooked kiribath even as their Tamil brethren were starving and dying, turned their collective backs to their one-time hero.

Justice is indivisible.

The Mirusuvil killer was convicted by courts and pardoned by Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The accused of the Rathupaswala triple-murder were acquitted by the courts. Going by media reports, the prosecution seems to have messed up the case leaving the court with no option but acquittal. (It’ll be interesting to see what Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa, and Anura Kumara Dissanayake have to say about that one, if anything.)

Once guns-for-water attack was over, and the dead and injured counted, a kind of introspection happened. A resident of Weliweriya said, “If they treated us like this for engaging in a demonstration one can imagine the situation in the North. We thought they did something big by finishing the war in our country. Now it looks as if they just killed innocent people”. Unfortunately, that insight was too facile to resist the lure of liberating heroes. During the 2018, 2019, and 2020 elections, the people of Rathupaswala voted solidly for the Rajapaksas. That romance lasted until queues and scarcities forced them to look for other heroes.

In the movie ‘Mississippi Burning’, the Gene Hackman character talks of how his racist father killed the mule belonging to an up-and-coming black farmer and justified his crime by arguing ‘If I am not better than them (blacks) what good am I?’ The poor whites of the Jim-Crow South felt less discontented about their poverty because they were politically superior to even the most accomplished black. That facile and unreal feeling of superiority was the only gift the Sinhalese got from the Rajapaksas.

15 years of peace brought us little communal harmony, no development, bankruptcy, and a country most Sinhalese would abandon if they could. (As the worshipping of war-heroes reach a crescendo in the coming days, it would be instructive to remember that many ‘war-heroes’ have chosen to become mercenaries in Russia’s war on Ukraine, often in the hope of a plot of land in St Petersburg and Russian citizenship). If we continue to travel the path of Sinhala-supremacism, if we continue to sink more and more money on ‘defence’, if we continue to look for the next liberating hero, and the next and the next, we won’t know peace or prosperity even in 150 years. As scholar and literary critic EFC Lodowyc warned more than half a century ago, “When we continually cry for a cause, for a hero whom we could follow, when we need the sustenance of legendary forefathers, we are most probably showing symptoms, not only of angry unhappiness, but also of retarded adolescence” (The Story of Ceylon).

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    Thanks a lot for the excellent factful article. I am sure the Sinhala Buddhists Supremacists will not want to read it and comprehend it. Time to treat the Tamil Speaking People as EQUAL partner so that we can have prosperity in the country. Can GoSL tell as to what extend is there POVERTY / MALNUTRITION is there at present in the ISLE?

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      Naman

      “I am sure the Sinhala Buddhists Supremacists will not want to read it and comprehend it.”

      However the Sinhala Buddhists Supremacists will not want to read other news as well such as the one below:

      “Chief prelates urge Presidential pardon for Ven. Gnanasara Thera on Vesak Poya day”
      https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Chief-prelates-urge-Presidential-pardon-for-Ven-Gnanasara-Thera-on-Vesak-Poya-day/108-282958

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        I’ve got that simple, straightforward point in. The other thing that struck me, again, five days ago, was that you’ve been a bit unfair by the NPP. I feel that they have made noises as sympathetic towards the Tamil community as is possible in the run up to the elections this year.
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        I hope that Tamil readers will work this out. The all important Sinhalese electorate from where they have always drawn most of their support is not likely to understand why the 13th Amendment (forced, justifiably, perhaps) on JRJ, is not really to our liking. Sinhalese like me, who are not racist, regard it as an unnecessary duplication of administration costing us huge sums of money.
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        that they were anti-(Indian)-Tamils in 1971, I wouldn’t dispute. By 1983, they were not really racist, although Wijeweera was still leading them. Now there’s no racism in the NPP/JVP.
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        For the Tamils, on the other hand, it represents something gained. I hope that you understand the point I’ve made. Please listen to lots of videos (all in Sinhala, unfortunately), in which AKD makes that point again and again. I think you understand Sinhala. Please, listen!
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        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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          “they have made noises as sympathetic towards the Tamil community as is possible in the run up to the elections”
          Very true– noises that will not make sense or materialize ever.

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          “that they were anti-(Indian)-Tamils in 1971, I wouldn’t dispute. By 1983, they were not really racist, although Wijeweera was still leading them. Now there’s no racism in the NPP/JVP.

          Sinhalese racism rose during the Rajapaksa regime. we dont need any further arguments. They hired ” head shaved bastards” to do the job in public… Athana Methana Natana Rathana is one of the prominent fake monks …… and that GAHANSARA aka Dadoriya…. did it toits no-go levels.

          It rose to the levels so that innocient minority doctors being jailed just because they thought inferitly of child delvering mothers were obstructed not allowing their Falopian tubes be functional normally. Locally graduated MBBS holders (calling them doctors) took the lead along with JVPrs behind them.
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          Who was behind all various radical but PRO-RAJAPKASHE gimmicks? These are the thoughts for fodder being brainwashed by the pathologically solipsistic men hired by the JVP led NPP today.
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          It’s up to you, logical thinkers, if you screw up this time, it’s one way to hell. . There will be no turning back. Think about it. Good luck to Sri Lankans. !

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          SM,
          “I feel that they have made noises as sympathetic towards the Tamil community as is possible in the run up to the elections this year.”
          What you are saying is that they are as hypocritical as any other party, in playing to the gallery. What is the difference between JVP noises and, say, Pohottuwa noises on the subject? Has the JVP ever condemned land-grabbing in the NE.?
          You are beginning to sound like David the Good and his blind faith.

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            SM,
            You object to other parties being hypocritical, but don’t object to hypocrisy from the JVP.
            Is that “sincere” as you might put it?

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      Dear Tisaranee Gunasekara,
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      That you are a most insightful writer with wonderful knowledge and fantastic style is all too well known. However, I don’t know you, and you may, of may not have noted any of my previous comments.
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      However, may I point out a little, venial, slip, which I wanted to point out five days ago, but it never got done.
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      Far too many people confuse the two Hoole brothers who are prominent in the political affairs of this country.
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      The elder, Michael Rajan Hoole,
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajan_Hoole
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      may be regarded a century from now as one of the greatest Lankans of our times. However, he was never a professor, retired as senior lecturer.
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      Jeevan Hoole, almost four years younger was a professor, now retired.
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratnajeevan_Hoole
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      Never mind whether he’s emeritus or not, please refer to him as Prof. but do not accord Rajan that honour; he’s great even without that!
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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    An excellent and hard-hitting article but it will not have much effect as less than ONE PERCENT of the Lankan population will be reading it.

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      Thank you but even 1% can make a big difference by influencing those who do not read..

      But oops! Kanji is a 5-letter word; not four. In Tamil it is merely three letters. The average is 4 letters! No matter, the article is excellent

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        Dear Jeevan ( “Jaffna Man” is not really a pseudonym, is it?), I trust you have no quarrel with the two comments that I have made above, although they have not got arranged in the order that I wanted them in!
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        “The best laid plans, …. etc!”
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        Talking of mice, I’ve seen many videos on how Rishi Sunak is going to the polls. He’s been compared to a drowned rat!
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc9NnN3hmWI
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        I’ve listened to many videos, no that’s not the one I want. I was listening to it. Perhaps this is; it talks about how Rishi was drenched outside Downing Street.
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        Regards,
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        Panini

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          There are lots of comments on how Rishi actually announced the elections, most of them focussing on how wet he got while making the announcement.
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          I sincerely hope that Raj-UK sees many of these videos. He takes the British system so seriously. Plenty to choose from:
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5JNo6WSyso
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          Just over an hour. I usually listen to Professor Tim Wilson (a really decent guy, albeit gay) to find out how things are going in old Blighty, a place I’ve never been even close to, I made rather a long comment here; whether if can now be found by others than me is a problem that I can’t help you with.
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k3TEcXXr2A&t=42s
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          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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    The author is trying to put the blame on Rajapaksas, LTTE, paramilitary groups alone but nothing about What caused Tamil youths took arms in their hand. Just remind the author that 1958, 1962, 1977, 1981, 1983 massacres of innocent Tamils and destruction of business of Tamils by both UNP and SLFP political thugs.

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      “Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes.
      Excellent article! In her climax oratory, this loose cannon lady, very cunningly put the blame of Don Stepen to the Evil Emperor on Tamils, as it was needed because Tamils deserved it. Do the Tamils need any more equal justice from Appe Aanduwa or UNHRC, after cannon Lady’s court has fired its ruling? i.e. wasting Sinhala peasants’ tax paid court time. She is insisting that the Tamils are equal liars in the Langkang war. This is how all Sinhala Buddhists Intellectuals counted on their cunningness of them as Robert Knox pointed out, instead of human intelligence in solving the issues. Now, do you see the reason why even the ugly Un or UNHRC don’t want to care for the devastated Tamils but are crying only for Gaza refugees. The death toll was 35,000 out of 4 million, In Tamil Eelam 165,000 out of 1.5 million. Is this the point, in the North, the American Ambassador demonstrated that America wants to care both not about the justice or solution for Tamils. Does the American ambassador sense that the Sinhala Buddhist governments have let down Sinhalese as much as the Tamils?

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      Ambassador sounded like she wants to care for the Evil Emperor, Rowdy Royals, Karuna, Deva, but has no specific message for the Tamils devastated by 75 years rule of the Sinhala Buddhists leaders and their Tamil partners and the war. Ambassador refrained from commenting on the cruel treatment delivered to Tamils observers on May 18. How did America balance between Gaza and Israel, where Israel is run by a democratic government, but Gaza by a terrorist group? America took back the Arms it supplied to Israel. America is the largest donor to Gaza. When the borders were blocked by Israel, its friendly partner, America built a pier in the sea, to the ships with aids to land and distribute the aids direct to Palestinians, not through any Israeli borders. What was the story when the Tamils who were cornered by a barbaric rapist Army in a small strip of Mullivaikkal America were holding the elbow of the Colombo politicians. Didn’t America know that there was a massive harbor called Trincomalee, in order to treat Tamils and Sinhalese and Israelis and Gazans equal? What kind of Kosher talks are these all as per the Cannon Lady?

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      America started the UNHRC resolution process in the middle of 2010s. Then It was same America’s Secretary John Kerry cancelled it and have had the UNHRC Ambassador Prince Zeid leave the post because the prince wanted to continue on the resolution process. What a tragedy comedy!
      To get back to the main topic, this loose cannon lady is firing all over everywhere, other than the direction of the Evil Emperor, her respectful Sinhala Chauvinist. What the heck has the Evil Emperor done in the last two years, other than taking an IMF loan and spending it too as usual? India wanted to start billion-dollar projects. Evil canceled all of them as soon as their pathetic Ambassador left the country. Simple thing is, he bragged he has developed the Tourism, but the media writing it was mainly about India’s break up with Maldives, Eastern European war and the rupee becoming cheaper than the toilet paper. If Tisaranee rejects it, can she explain the honest reason for the Lankan government canceling the Nagapatnam perry service and refusing to issue them a license for their ship to legally operate? Can somebody here compare the safety of the Chinese developed roads with the Indian roads. Why could Evil not let the Indian tourists, who only we care about here, take care of the perry they want to use to come to Langkang?

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      After his meeting in New Delhi in November, Evil called back the Rowdy Royals appointed minister level Ambassador, from India. He had canceled the Uma Oya project during Yahapalanaya after the evaluation of Norwegian and Swedish engineers, because it was creating mountainous environmental problems in the Up Country and was wasting unlimited exchange money. Now he is called the Iranian (Ill fated?) Prime Minister and debut it. Nobody knows what the fate of the Iranian Revolutionist government would be, if Netanyahu and Donald trump join hands after the American election. So Tisaranee has nothing to brag about in her election campaign for Evil, she is attacking Old Rowdy, Anura and Pirapaharan. In this election, after JVP put forward the UNP-SLFP induced bankruptcy and the economics situation as campaign topics, there was a softening on the UNP-SLFP Union side for depending on racist propaganda for the coming election victory. But Tisaranee is struggling to reintroduce by claiming. “Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes.” The cannon lady is trying this wedge only after most of the Sinhalese have started to realize that the UNP-SLFP union is one party, they save each other, but jointly leave the Modayas out in the middle of the street.

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      Tamils always remember Evil’s visit to New York and demanding that time UNSG to scrap “Darusman Report”. It was said UNSG replied to Evil not to think that report was going to vanish into the thin air of the UN office.

      In the year 2000, when almost all parties had agreed on a settlement and the new “constitution 2000” was drafted, it was Evil who set the fire for it in the parliament. In 1948, Tamils were not happy with the Soulbury constitution, but asked for equal status for Minority races with Sinhala Buddhist. The Tamils didn’t get it. Tamil ministers were tricked to sign the ratification of the constitution. Then, right after Tamil ministers signed the ratification, Don Stephen brought the 1948 Indian Pakistani citizenship act to disenfranchise upcountry Tamils only to make Tamils not try another 50:50 ever in history. 1956, 1958, 1977 and 1983 pogroms were organized and conducted by UNPyers. What is part of Tamils in that for Cannon Lady’s invention of “Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes.”? There is no other party that destroyed the Tamils to the extent like the UNP, not even Bathiudeen and Siri Ma O! In SLFP, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias and Siri Mao and in Slap Party Rowdy Royals are leaders who organize destruction to Tamils.

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      But in the UNP, Don Stephen, R G Senanayake, Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake, Valaiththodam Sr. Cyril Mathew, Evil emperor ……so on and on; UNP a complete band hell made team. Thank God, because Ceylon was not able to bear these curses’ heaviness, He brought an end for all those, other than the Evilest one.
      During the civil war, 32 Nations, who never heard the word “Tamils” (where the TN Tamils are alone 70M) supplied cluster bombs, chemical thermobaric bombs, free Radars, free ships, volunteer armies, GPS service……… to the Sinhala Rapist Army. The UN, which was for a very well-known cause- war without witness – withdrew its employees from the Tamil area to Colombo. (Now our ladyship is saying “Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes. What a game. Come on, be a real judge!”). UN investigated its crime in an internal investigation but found out Tamil tried to say their crimes were kosher but only their crimes were crimes so UN did take no action on employees for their barbaric action of withdrawing the UN to make sure the war will go non witnessed.

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      Government bought the massive media organizations of the world, BBC, CNN, NBC…… The result was that the BBC had to run a cleanup operation of BBC Sinhala Channel. A Sinhala Buddhist womanizer simultaneously was a misogynist and was unseated from editorship. Finally, Augean BBC Sinhala Channel was cleaned. Can Tisaranee say that the same thing happened to the Tamil Channel and English Channel too, if she wants to justify her claim of “Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes.” Using this proverb indicates that the author is not just an anti-Tamil propagandist, but anti-Semitic too.”

      What a bold and cunning propagation from a Sinhala Buddhist Intellectual to say “Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes.” to load the blame of 75 years of racist mismanagement of the country where this unreasonable community, Sinhala Buddhists have 75% majority, on Tamils without any base or proof.

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      She has been very naughty to name the peace loving LTTE. Is it not so A?

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        SJ,
        You mean your heartiest madam Srimavo?

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          Translation please.
          BTW
          How are you this morning, still not got over the comment on the striped animals?

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            “Translation please.
            BTW
            How are you this morning, still not got over the comment on the striped animals

            What Language you’d like to speak?
            1. Wow Wow,
            2. Moo Moo,
            3 .Knong Knong
            4. hee-haw, hee-haw

            If you reveal the one in which you do your observance and illumination, we can give you a perfect translation in the manner so that never in the future you would have trouble understanding English, when Deva medicine blind your ears.

            Ridicules, utter corrupted disturbance

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              The problem is with the language that you try to speak.
              The ones that you listed may make more sense than the ones that you try your hand at.
              Give it a shot (not in the arm though).

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    ”The utter indifference of the larger society to this most unpardonable pardon also revealed much about that society”

    My compliments to Ms TG for having the guts to reveal the uncomfortable truth about our predominantly Buddhist society. Successive leaders have always pledged to protect the ‘war heroes’ from international call for justice because in the eyes of the majority Sinhala Buddhist vote base, the saviours of the Sinhala race & Buddhism are true patriots & above the law when it comes to such matters & our leaders have always played to the gallery. MR even pledged to go to the electric chair on their behalf. Of course, capital punishment is no longer practiced in Europe & MR’s words are literal but it goes well with the masses & when it comes to saving the nation from ethnic minorities, even mega corruption & incompetence are excusable.

    It is not only the Sinhala supremacists who are hypocrites but all SL politicians & those who have to sing for their supper. I understand Rauf Hakeem has urged the govt. to condemn Israel bombing of Gaza but did he, & several muslim journalists who have also been vocal about the plight of the Palestinians, ever thought of the poor tamils in the areas of indiscriminate bombing by SL military in the last stages of the war or of the civilians who simply disappeared after surrendering?

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    Excellent work by Tissarani Gunasekera. But what’s wrong with commemorating those who lost their lives (about 140,000). It is a humanitarian democratic right. I do not support the LTTE. I also do not support the method of warfare conducted by them. But why can’t Mahinda Rajapakse explain that the 13th Amendment would benefit the entire country. No one will forgive the killing of innocent Tamils. Every living being is created by God. Did Lord Buddha or any Hindu God has said that man has the right to take those lives. Who gave the authority to destroy human beings created by God? Any person engaged in military confrontaion should also demonstrate apirituality in him.

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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM

      “But what’s wrong with commemorating those who lost their lives (about 140,000).”

      Nothing wrong in remembering the death of kith and kin however where did you get the numbers 140000? Could you cite evidence. JVP continues to remember not only its fallen comrades but also JVP’s leader Rohana.

      By the way Prabaharan’s nephew Karthik Manoharan who for the first time remembered his uncle’s death after 15 years. Now it appears his entire family is being branded as traitors, ………………

      What seems to be the problem?

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        Native Vedda,
        According to a report submitted to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, a calculation based on government’s own population data was done and found that based on information from the Kacheris of Mullativu and Killinochi about the population in Vanni in early October 2008 and number of people who came to government controlled areas after that, 146,679 people seem to be unaccounted for. According to the Kacheri, the population in Vanni was 429,059 in early part of October 2008. According to UN OCHA update as of 10th July 2009, the total number of people who came out of the Vanni to government controlled areas after this is estimated to be 282,380. It is not the question of numbers to reduce, but the question of perpetrators of this heinous crime whether they were spiritually-minded when engaged in this uncivilized act. Why then Mahindu Rajapaksa carry the Buddhist pinnacle with the blood-stained hand? Why can’t he perform the Giri-Yatra at Thiruvannamalai instead of going to Thirupatti in a private plane. He and others involved in this heinous crime will have to wait for their turn when God gives the punishment.

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    As always, thank you for this excellent, hard hitting, article.

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    The author is just blaming Rajapakse as usual. Rajapakse put an end to 26 years of Tamil Tiger terrorism. That’s the bottom line. The methodology is irrelevant. If the author has a different method, she should tell us. What happened to the IPKF, Premadasa, CBK, Neelan, devolution, etc. You cannot negotiate with fascists. Who should be blamed? The Tamil diaspora. Where did the LTTE get its money from? The author doesn’t answer these important questions, she rambles about some camps.

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      Heil Lester,
      “You cannot negotiate with fascists”
      I suppose, being one yourself, you know better. 🤣🤣

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        Old Loser,

        How can I be a fascist if I left the country 35+ years ago? It is your tax money that financed the war, not mine.

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          Lester the refugee,
          “How can I be a fascist if I left the country 35+ years ago? “
          A slight amendment:
          “How can I be a fascist if I ran away from the country 35+ years ago? “

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            Old Loser,

            As a three-wheeler driver, you must really hate Rajapakse. Seeing the young brats driving Lamborghini’s while you beg sudda’s for extra quid. An old, uneducated, piece of rubbish well past the expiry date. Did you at least take a day off from “Aragalaya” to enjoy the pool at the Presidential House?

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              Lester

              “Seeing the young brats driving Lamborghini’s while you beg sudda’s for extra quid.”

              Of course Rajapaksa’s brats were/are driving Lamborghini while people go badagini (බඩගිනි). Your leaders made the country bankrupt by mismanagement, robbery, theft, ….. Even Bangladesh lent some money to stabilise the economy, Hindians lent $4 billions, Tamilnadu fed your people including the 6.9 smart patriots, ……………..

              “Did you at least take a day off from “Aragalaya” to enjoy the pool at the Presidential House?”

              Where was the man who was supposed to protect the country who couldn’t even stop the invasion of the pool by unarmed youth?

              Don’t you think the Sinhala/Buddhist bravado of Sangha and the armed forces protecting the country and country possessing sovereignty, ………… the 18th century outdated western political idea is bit too much isn’t it?

              Poor Gota and his clan.

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                Native,

                ” Your leaders made the country bankrupt”

                LTTE made the country bankrupt.

                “Hindians lent $4 billions”

                Money to be paid back with interest.

                “Tamilnadu fed your people”

                You are forgetting that 10% of the population are Tamils. So if you claim Sinhalese are starving and begging, the same applies on a larger scale to the Tamils.

                Sri Lanka never asked Toilet Nadu for anything. If you disagree, show the proof. The only reason Toilet donated rice is to feed starving Tamils in the North.

                I know you can’t address these points. Just like when I asked you, what did Veddas accomplish, you have no answer. Definition of coward.

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                  Hello Lester,
                  “what did Veddas accomplish” – 30,000 + years of living in Sri Lanka. Sounds pretty good to me.
                  Best regards

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                  Dear Readers,

                  Unfortunately, this crazy man, Lester, doesn’t seem to know that Tamil Nadu beggars have made some collections to feed his fellow Lesters, just a few months ago. We should be ashamed of our mother Sri Lanka for giving birth to a sinhala Neanderthal of Lester s nature.

                  At least Lester should be grateful for that.
                  These dogs are not only capable of barking., but smearing around round the clock.
                  :
                  Today, Mahendra Rajapakse is like to a defeated dog trying to hide his tail behind his hind legs. Not many respect him…. bravoooooooooooooooo.

                  Not one of his sons is praised by anyone. Today I heard the monk beating Namal Baby and asking what he did for so many years.
                  :
                  Some HEAD SHAVED MEN have come down to earth today. These are good signs for a better future.

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                  Lester the incompetent liar,
                  “Money to be paid back with interest.”
                  If only one country is willing to give you money when you’rebankrupt, even with interest, is that a bad thing?
                  It is easy enough for Fascist refugees living comfortably in the West to sneer at people caught in an economic meltdown.

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                  Lester,
                  One may be an accomplished I___t, or LOW or NO IQ, but thought would have general Knowledge at least by reading Newspapers and or social media, if you have access!!??
                  YOU HAVE JUST PROVEN BEYOND ALL DOUBT, THAT YOU DNN’T HAVE ANY OF THEM!!!??? You convolute the TRUTH, which leaves “NO DIFFERENTIATION” between, TRUTH & LIE and DECEITFULNESS!!?? Used to wonder, didn’t understand, why some ‘Street Urchins’, shout at others and address them as, “POL BOORUWAS”!!!!???? Now, seem to have garnered an “INKLING OF THE PURPOSE AND MEANING” of such address, why they so resort!!!???

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                  Lester,
                  “You are forgetting that 10% of POPULATION are TAMILS!!?? So if you claim Sinhalese are starving and begging, the SAME APPLIES ON A LARGER SCALE TO THE TAMILS.”
                  What sordid Rationale is this Punnakku Eating Thana Kola Munching Cow Heard is declaring, is beyond anyone’s comprehension and understanding!!!???
                  Why should it apply in “Larger scale to the Tamils!!??? Why?? When they were born, they had the same size of Stomach and when they embraced TAMIL as their Language, the Stomach started EXPANDING!!!??? Who would ever contemplate making such insane statements!!!??? On the contrary, would argue, the LAZY B —–S, who didn’t want to get dirty or up early morning, to PLUCK tea leaves for export, were more inclined to eat too much, hence always in a “STUPOR” – That’s the REASON have additional, 1 million Mouths to feed!!?? NOW as a result, we HAVE ADDITIONAL MILLION mouths to FEED!!Produce evidence ‘WILD’ claims you are making, “Tamils are consuming LARGER ‘CHUNK’ of Food”?? Non-existent, and disappear into “Thin Air” like past instances requiring PROOF for such wild assertions from you, you never responded!!!??? What is basis for Claim!!?? Or are you in Profession – measuring Excreta Quantum!!!???

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              Lester the Nazi,
              It is better to live as a happy three wheeler driver than be a bitter old zombie in a cold crap mill….🤣🤣

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                OC,
                .
                please dont insult Nazi.

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                  VALID AND GOOD POINT!!?? EVEN ON VERGE OF DEFEAT, DIDN’T VALID AND GOOD POINT!!?? EVEN ON VERGE OF DEFEAT, DIDN’T RUN AWAY, COMMITTED SUICIDE IN HIS BUNKER!!?? DEFFERENT!!RUN AWAY, COMMITTED SUICIDE IN HIS BUNKER!!??

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          Lester

          “How can I be a fascist if I left the country 35+ years ago?

          By nature you have fascistic tendencies.

          Why did you leave the country?
          Did you leave the country after seeing Hindian IPKF occupying North East?
          Did you leave the after witnessing LTTE’s devastating attacks on Sri Lankan state?

          Basically you ran away out of fear, …… you could no longer hide behind your women folks.

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            POST IPKF

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        OC,
        .
        I believe, he is quite mentally ill. We had Eagle Eye, HDL Mahindapala, Dr Nalinda Silva aka Natha dewiya and now LIVE Lester.
        :
        He should be ashamed of himself for not allowing his mind to see that even today. The kind of human beasts are responsible for Sri Lanka’s downfall.
        Now the next episode is in making.
        JVP led groups will do it as nothing will be able to reverse it. SRILANKENs simply love disasters.

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          When ‘tasted’, ‘SHELL-SHOCKED’!!?? NO REPRIEVE!!?? GOOD FOR THE B_____S and let them so divined “CHERISH and ENJOY for POSTERITY, IF there is any such thing retained to remain, after that SPELL!!??? GOOD LUCK AND SWEET DREAMS!!???

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      Lester,
      “Rajapakse put an end to 26 years of Tamil Tiger terrorism”
      Then the Bugger decided to let the Discrimination, Killings and Rapes to Continue, which they had started at Independence from Colonial Britain for Past 75 Years – which defines the BIGOTRY of that SCUMBAG!!!???
      So, NARROW-MINDED, selfish Mindset!!!??? Read elsewhere, that the 4 Nikaya’s have appealed through their respective Mahanayaka’s, by letter addressed to The President, to Pardon the Joker Gnanasara, who is serving a Jail term – for the 2nd time!!!??? Whatever, happened to his Boastful, “One country, One Law”!!?? He proposes something, which he has NO IDEA of, “what it means” and then wants PARDON!!!??? The Mahanayaka’s ARE BIGGEST Jokers!!!??? They don’t have the ability to “Discipline their Flock”??? Nor would they permit any other, or even the judicial arm to carry that function effectively!!! Displays the ERUDITION, INTELLECT AND INTELLIGENCE OF THIS SO-CALLED LEARNED clergy!!???

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    “Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes.
    Excellent article! In her climax oratory, this loose cannon lady, very cunningly put the blame of Don Stepen to the Evil Emperor on Tamils, as it was needed because Tamils deserved it. Do the Tamils need any more equal justice from Appe Aanduwa or UNHRC, after cannon Lady’s court has fired its ruling? i.e. wasting Sinhala peasants’ tax paid court time. She is insisting that the Tamils are equal liars in the Langkang war. This is how all Sinhala Buddhists Intellectuals counted on their cunningness of them as Robert Knox pointed out, instead of human intelligence in solving the issues. Now, do you see the reason why even the ugly Un or UNHRC don’t want to care for the devastated Tamils but are crying only for Gaza refugees. The death toll was 35,000 out of 4 million, In Tamil Eelam 165,000 out of 1.5 million. Is this the point, in the North, the American Ambassador demonstrated that America wants to care both not about the justice or solution for Tamils. Does the American ambassador sense that the Sinhala Buddhist governments have let down Sinhalese as much as the Tamils?

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    Unfortunately the past is past ……. the way forward ……. to bring in new blood …….. the best candidate for the next Minister of Justice…… to start to build from ground up ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWFK6ilMe-4

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    Yes, crimes were done on both sides.

    Tamils deliberately accumulated their low-castes into danger zones to be used a human-shields. They wanted to create an Island-wide Eelam according to their terms.

    Bumptious Sinhalese government of the time, with not too much brains for strategic planning, closed their eyes and ears and bombed them away to smithereens.

    In same style of zero strategic planning and rabid impatience, same government did the vast infrastructure drive soon afterwards. They were reckless and not too bright. Money from China bade them throw caution to the wind. Sufferings of the Masses today tells it all.

    What did JVP have to do with this? For a bite to eat, they sent their poor masses as foot soldiers – that’s all. For a bite to eat, they also did a bit of laborer work for the regime. They were never involved in any of the government’s war and infracture planning, as they had no power.

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    “the Rajapaksas created the Muslim enemy to replace the Tamil enemy”
    The Muslim enemy was created long ago, among pioneers being the Anagarika.
    We forget serious incidents of anti-Muslim violence like for example that in Mawanella a quarter century ago.
    They became the enemy because of envy of the wealth of a small section of Muslims and resentment of competition in higher education and the professions since late 20th Century.

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      ” The Muslim enemy was created long ago, among pioneers being the Anagarika. “
      Then how did, out of 22 Muslim MPs, 15 were ministers, in both governments, where even Sinhala Buddhist MPs did not have that honor? That ratio was stuck there from 1948 to 2019. Could you explain what was the meaning when Hakeem said, “Tamils are showing their beggar wound and beg”? Why did Old Rowdy say that some Muslims Ministers in Mullaitivu has more lands than us? Why could the EU not make MMDA removed? It was all because of 20th century Anakarigam?
      Until 4/21 in 2019, CT was mainly filled with Muslim commentators and writers.

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      How come there was Abya problem in Tamil school, but never was in any Buddhist school, even after it is ruled that Muslims are free to wear their dresses anywhere in Langkang.?

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        Malai,
        “How come there was Abya problem in Tamil school, but never was in any Buddhist school”???
        BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY BUDDHIST MONKS IN SCHOOL!!?? Problem solved because of Distractions in PLACE!!???

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    ‘Our crimes were kosher. Only their crimes were crimes’
    .
    True, but this applies to the Tamils too.

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    We will have to wait and see how Sinhala Buddhist karma works.

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      Cicero, ‘We will have to wait and see how Sinhala Buddhist karma works’
      .
      Isn’t there a Tamil Hindu Karma too? How’s that working out for you?

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        Like God, Karma also plays tricks with the human mind.

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    Superb piece of hard hitting facts in the article, as usual Tissaranee. Yes, Victors vs. vanquished mentality of Rajapakses ensured that no reconciliation efforts were made nor any solutions to the basic issue was proposed. Instead these crooks went on a rampage to loot the country and successfully bankrupted it later on. The majority was happy to witness the rampant corruption and murder that was happening post war years, justifying all these heinous crimes and are now groaning with the economic pain as poverty levels have risen well over 100%. Hope they have learnt the lessons. Well written and kudos once again, Tissaranee.

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      Rajapakse was only elected as a last resort. Previous presidents tried diplomacy with no success. During Premadasa’s time, LTTE leaders were flown to Colombo in helicopters for talks. Indian intervention also failed. The real issue for Tamils is that the LTTE hijacked their political representation by suppressing any dissent, especially on the intellectual side. They can re-gain that representation if they denounce the LTTE and separatism. You don’t see Muslims complaining.

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        Lester

        “The real issue for Tamils is that the LTTE hijacked their political representation by suppressing any dissent, especially on the intellectual side. “

        I agree with you.

        However only the racists view historical facts differently:

        ” In 1956, the Satygraha by the leaders of the Federal Party, in protest of the Sinhala Only Act, was attacked by Sinhalese mobs and subsequently set off race riots around the country.” – https://groundviews.org/2020/02/21/out-of-site-out-of-mind-a-shift-in-the-protest-landscape-of-colombo/

        And numerous other regular riots …. too

        “They can re-gain that representation if they denounce the LTTE and separatism.”

        From 1948 to 1983 Tamils were represented by at least two parties. How much respect did those parties enjoyed among Sinhala Buddhist racists. And the agreements Tamils signed with Sinhala Leadership were never honoured by Sinhala/Buddhists either. By the way there was no LTTE, no demand for separate state, ………………………………..

        Are you being serious?

        “You don’t see Muslims complaining.”

        Muslims in 2019 complained with big bang.

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          Native,

          “By the way there was no LTTE, no demand for separate state”

          There was a demand for a separate state in India by the DMK as early as the 1940’s.

          “In the late 1940s, Periyar and the DK did express the idea of a separate Dravida Nadu, which was envisioned as a sovereign nation for Dravidian-speaking peoples. This demand was prominent around the time of India’s independence in 1947.”

          The Tamils in India also opposed Hindi as the national language. Periyar did not trust Brahmins, calling them snakes.

          Periyar and DK had a huge influence on Prabhakaran.

          Prabhakaran was influenced more by Periyar and DK than Sinhala-Buddhism.

          The million-dollar question is why the Vellalalar supported him. So we are back to square one, the question which no HR champion wants to take on: who financed the LTTE for more than two decades and what was their motivation?

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            *DK, not DMK. DK eventually became DMK.

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        Lester,
        “You don’t see Muslims complaining”
        Are you real??? Or is it you are trying to Fake one of our past Presidents!? NO secret, DBW, DEAF and BLIND Wijetunga!!??
        “Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil, See no Evil”!!?? Output NIL?? EFFECT none!??

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    “The Rajya Sabha was elected only as a last resort. Previous presidents did not succeed in diplomacy.”

    Dr Dambare Amila thero explained that when Mr. Mahendra Rajapaksa assumed the presidency in 2005, he was no different from any previous president.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxzrmg506yA

    But as the LTTE disintegrated in various ways, the collectivity (people, various civil organisation along with Triforces) helped him to move towards the military solution.

    I have made it clear to everyone dozens of times that the end of terrorism in Sri Lanka has succeeded in collegiality even considering the internal conflicts in the LTTE political wing and military units.
    .
    As usual, you have made every effort to distort the facts. Even though you claim to be a college educated engineer, this is very unique to your slave genetics.

    Tbc

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      cont.
      .
      FM Sarath Fonseka as the army commander who gave commands in the war ends, stated very clearly that at the time of his death, the CBK government had purchased all the modern weapons.
      . CBK did all this at the height of a war.
      Mara instead plundered the kingdom since his election, amassing his own wealth.
      All this he did by continuously slandering CBK and his family.
      The fact is that her two children were studying well then and I knew them through my friends. They don’t want to steal money for their life.
      Mahendra Rajapakse, unlike other leaders, used public funds wastefully without proper management. People were deceived by his gimmicks through Sinhala Buddhism.

      tbc

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        cont.

        Hiring monks of various abusive natures to be his “Goebbels,” MaRa rned everything upside down. It was like a chain reactor. Even today, some people are dumbfounded by the blatant lies they are being injected with.
        Rajapaksa greatly misused state funds for street signs that looked like monuments at every corner. All this was backed by the biased media WHORE House and the business community. Looking back, people are so stupid.
        .
        . People were made eternal fools. State television and his private channels propagated astrology and myths so that stupid people would remain stupid forever. The Rajapaksas are heretics and they thought that was the way forward.

        As a result, the people easily became his voters and gave him a huge mandate. The bastards played with people’s mentality for their political gains. .

        Even today people don’t see much difference between true and false about civilian targets and how many civilians died. By July 2022, the whole of Sri Lanka fell into a precipice, nothing but that genocide. It is the curse. ::::: Nothing else..

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        Leela,

        Good to see you are a fan of Sarath Fonseka. Do you agree with him that Sri Lanka is a “Sinhala-Buddhist” country?

        “the CBK government had purchased all the modern weapons.”

        A weapon is useless if you don’t use it properly. CBK gave the LTTE many expensive weapons through defeats at Mullaitivu, Elephant Pass, Kilinochi, etc.

        Following is the full text of the statement:

        “With the military victory in the battle of Elephant Pass a huge array of war materials to the value of several billions of rupees fell into the hands of the Liberation Tigers.

        “The 54 Division of the Sri Lankan army that guarded the giant military complex, left all varieties of heavy weapons, including artillery pieces, intact when they fled the base in total disorder and haste.

        “The capture of these weapons along with high tech communication systems has replenished the armory of the LTTE several fold and enhanced its firepower.

        https://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4970

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          Lester the CONFUSION WORST CONFOUNDED,
          Thanks for the link!! My question is, “How come that is the fault of CBK”? And not the Army and Defence Ministry and Forces!!! CBK as the CIC and EP provided funding and enabled Purchase of ARMS & AMMUNITION!!!??? Hope you didn’t expect CBK to get into the Battlefield!!??? BTW, it looks too apparent, that your contribution looks similar to a Legal Brief filed for a Case in the SC???
          And also very amateurish in content style and presentation, likened to one prepared by “A SYNTHETIC LAWYER”!!??? if so thank him profusely on his attempt at trying to do something which he has delayed to do and achieve, for past 10 years, may be, thinking of possible ascension or ‘Elevation in Position’, “COME NOVEMBER 2024”!!?? Thank him for his efforts and complement on his efforts up to now and next 6 months!!?? It just passes ‘Muster’, which is very encouraging too!!?? Seems there was availability of AC room with enough ambience to enable, encourage his thinking!!!???

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    Leela,

    “I have made it clear to everyone dozens of times that the end of terrorism in Sri Lanka has succeeded in collegiality.”

    A physics lecturer told me once, to find the right solution, you have to ask the right question. That is the problem with politics, the politicians don’t acknowledge the problem. Recently Israel found out you cannot live in two parallel universes, side-by-side, with democracy on one side and Hamas terrorists in the other. Terrorism should be thought of as a cancer. Eliminate it early on, or it will mutate into a tumor. Now let us answer this question, how did MaRa defeat terrorism?

    1. Strong Political Leadership and Resolve: Rajapaksa demonstrated strong political will and commitment to defeating the LTTE, refusing to engage in further peace talks, which had previously failed multiple times. His government prioritized military victory over negotiated settlement, which provided clear direction and focus for the armed forces.

    2. Unified Command and Military Strategy: The Sri Lankan government, under Rajapaksa, ensured a unified command structure in the military, enhancing coordination among the army, navy, and air force.

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      Lester,
      Israel was your (SL) companion in shining Armour during EIV, and Mullivaikkal!!! They are doing the copybook operation in “Palestine and Occupied Territory”, (West Bank) you can discern the similarity (or is it identical) to each other, when you watch, Al Jazeera, BBC, Paris 24 or CNN!! The only difference is that SL booted out the Media, ICRC, and Observers at start itself, whereas Israel allowed AL Jazeera until this month!!??

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    (cont)

    3. Increased Military Capability and Resources: The Sri Lankan government significantly increased military spending and bolstered its armed forces with new weapons, technology, and training.

    4. Effective Use of Intelligence: The Sri Lankan military made effective use of intelligence to target LTTE leadership and infrastructure.

    5. Economic Blockade and Isolation of LTTE: The government imposed strict economic blockades and military sieges on LTTE-controlled areas, cutting off supplies and weakening the insurgents over time.

    6. Humanitarian Concerns and Civilian Management: The government implemented strategies to separate civilians from LTTE fighters, setting up safe zones and managing civilian movements to minimize collateral damage and maintain international support or neutrality.

    7. Decline in International Support for LTTE

    8. Exploitation of Internal Divisions within LTTE

    9. Shift in International Focus: Due to events such as 11th Sept. 2001

    10. Use of Psychological Operations and Propaganda: The government used psychological operations and propaganda to demoralize LTTE fighters and encourage defections.

    These are the basic reasons. As you can see, CBK did not employ any of these strategies.

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      As usual, from No.1 to No.10, a load of profound-sounding crap from the crap factory.
      In the end, the result was bankruptcy, which of course didn’t affect fascists who ran way earlier.

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        Worthless opinions of three-wheeler drivers and minesweepers are irrelevant.

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          *human mine sweeper

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            Lester,
            Don’t you think the opinion of a “minesweeper ” is worth more than the opinion of one who ran away from mines?

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      Hello Lester,
      I have read the Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka. I suggest that you read it, all 214 pages. https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/un-documents/document/poc-rep-on-account-in-sri-lanka.php?print=true
      Like I said before the Crimes of the LTTE do not justify Sri Lanka’s Crimes. Each sides Crimes should be dealt with.
      As for your point 6 from the Report –
      “The Government shelled on a large scale in three consecutive No Fire Zones, where it had encouraged the civilian population to concentrate, even after indicating that it would cease the use of heavy weapons. It shelled the United Nations hub, food distribution lines and near the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ships that were coming to pick up the wounded and their relatives from the beaches. It shelled in spite of its knowledge of the impact, provided by its own intelligence systems and through notification by the United Nations, the ICRC and others. Most civilian casualties in the final phases of the war were caused by Government shelling”.
      Best regards

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        Hello LankaScot,

        First of all, who wrote that report and is it unbiased? Page 6 reports the government was “shelling ships that were coming to pick up the wounded and their relatives from the beaches.” Actually the government was helping civilians evacuate while the LTTE was shooting them in the legs:

        https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-sri-lanka-civil-war-042209-2009apr22-story.html

        And that is the fundamental problem. The LTTE, which does not abide by Geneva Conventions, was firing shells and mortars from the NFZ’s in an attempt to get the government to retaliate and cause mass casualties, leading to a ceasefire.

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          Svenson or someone else wrote something along the lines of, if the real goal of GOSL was genocide, there would be no Tamils left on the island. There are no barriers to genocide now. In reality, the fake Tamil propaganda websites have mostly gone away since the end of the war. I saw these websites evolve, beginning in the early 1990’s. In the beginning, they were just HTML bulletin boards. Then came social media, including FB groups, and videos. Chandrika lost a lot of land & soldiers. These videos of the LTTE capturing military facilities were shown to the Diaspora, who were persuaded to fund terrorism. Of course the Diaspora, having obtained foreign passports by lying about their refugee status, were regularly visiting SL, so all claims of genocide are rubbish. It is equivalent to saying Jews were holidaying in Berlin in 1943.
          If Rajapakse is found guilty of corruption, send him to jail. That is not the goal of the Diaspora and NGO’s. They want to divide the country, which the majority community (other than people like Leela) will not allow. They are still paying money to lobbies.

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            “They want to divide the country, which the majority community (other than people like Leela) will not allow.

            We only asked for 50:50 to ensure you would not pass laws like Indian Pakistani, citizenship act, Sinhala Only, Standardization.
            “Divide the county” is the only UN solution for governments like Appe Aanduwa.
            You go there. JR had said Tamils striving the Tamils quest thirsting action for Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals and Modaya, even if they go bankrupt. You go there and explain to them “if the real goal of GOSL was genocide, there would be no Tamils left on the island.” Then they can understand what in your deep mind and can fulfill their obligation of returning the Tamils’ 3000 years old land to Tamils.

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              “We only asked for 50:50 to ensure you would not pass laws like Indian Pakistani, citizenship act, Sinhala Only, Standardization.”

              I am a rationalist, so I ask this question: what would you do with your new country? Would you become a leader in technology like Israel, or a leader in bra bomb and suicide vest? Well, this question has already been answered. I support capable people (IQ > 110), not terrorists. I cannot support the fake freedom struggle because it was initiated by thugs and fools like Periyar & VP. Jayalalitha gave the same answer.

              “Q. What about the Sri Lankan Tamils in the State?

              A. We have already enunciated our policy with regard to Sri Lankan Tamils – refugees and the militants. The LTTE is just another terrorist group and we will deal with the menace as we would with any terrorist organisation.”

              If there is a mouse (terrorist), set a trap. When the mouse is caught (CID), throw it in the rubbish bin. Simple.

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                Lester,
                There is no point in replying to your question because you’re going to come back with another one of the same qualities. When I read your question, I remembered the very old joke that Kalki Krishnamurthy wrote in his book about his visit to Ceylon. The racist Sinhala Buddhist intellectuals had given him a very hard time at the airport, especially when they came to know that he’s the most famous Tamil writer at that time (still too). The question they asked was basically to tell him why he would come to a place where he was not going to be welcomed. He had already declared that he was a tourist. So, the question they asked was what his purpose was for your coming to Ceylon. He replied that he wanted to roll up Ceylon, take it back to Tamil Nadu, and spread it in his room and sleep on it like a mat. That is what one calls a rational answer to the Sinhala Viyathmahas. You are asking this question only to tell international listeners that you could not give the separate country because the Tamils don’t know how to use it.

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                  Mallaiyuran,

                  “You are asking this question only to tell international listeners….”

                  That is correct. When it comes to practical matters, I don’t care for religion or ethnicity. As I stated here before, I would have been the first to vote for Kadirgamar as president over Rajapakse (110% over Ranil).
                  You call Sinhala-Buddhists as “modayas” because their English level was poor in 1948. You are right that at one time, Jaffna Tamils (Vellalalar) were ahead in education (because they could speak English fluently). Not anymore. Now almost everyone can speak English. Now there is a very well-educated Sinhalese diaspora with access to capital. So we don’t need Tamils or Muslims to run the country successfully. Those days are long gone. We just have to convince these venture capital buggers to bring their money to the island. They don’t do that because the climate for investment is not favorable. To do business in China, you have to bribe the right CCP officials. At least in China, the return on labor is very good. There is no similar incentive in S Lanka. It remains to be seen whether a future government can create these incentives.

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                I don’t know if you remember that I wrote a joke, about a month ago, that a British Muthalali asked an Indian peasant how old he was (the Muthalali), only to prove that the Indians are stupid. The peasant used a calculation based on an assumption that if known half-mad was 25 years, this full lunatic would have 50 years, and that calculation was correct.
                I can ask the counter question: what did you do with your country from 1948, the time that you got freedom from Britain? It was that Tamils putting the food on your family table. You decide to disenfranchise upcountry Tamils and that is how you ended up standing on the lines to buy your food and fuel rations. Is that why you are calling yourself a rational man, so you have earned your ration by destroying yourself? You dropped cluster bombs, thermobaric bombs and chemical bombs on Tamils’ residences. When the superpowers, China, Russia, America and India bring the ultra-modern atomic bombs, claiming for their potions, I don’t know which place you are going to show them to drop them. You can stand up tall, proud in that crowd and show your head, like King Vamanan did in Kishna’s story! But I don’t think that frozen hard boulder rock can be destroyed even by atomic bombs.

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                  “I can ask the counter question: what did you do with your country from 1948, the time that you got freedom from Britain?”

                  First off, Northern Ireland and Scotland could not get freedom from Britain. Getting freedom from Britain is an accomplishment in and of itself. Britain is the source of most major conflicts in the developing world today, but I will not get into that here.
                  To answer the second part of your question, yes, we have accomplished something: defeating terrorism. What the Americans could not do in Vietnam or Afghanistan, Rajapakse did with eloquence and vivacity, even showing humanitarian gestures at the end by creating camps for the IDP’s. Sri Lankan casualties of the civil war are not important. 280,771-315,190 Iraqi civilians were killed after the US illegally invaded that country.

                  “You decide to disenfranchise upcountry Tamils and that is how you ended up standing on the lines to buy your food and fuel rations.”

                  These people were brought as slave labor to fill the coffers of the Europeans. Thanks to the generosity of Sinhalese, they were given citizenship, though your high-caste hero GG vehemently opposed.

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                    Lester the fake historian,
                    “Getting freedom from Britain is an accomplishment in and of itself. “
                    About as much of an accomplishment as “winning ” a war using 300,000 against an enemy of 30,000.🤣🤣
                    It wasn’t the kalu-suddhas like you who got us independence. It was Gandhi and the millions of Indians he led. Independence simply fell into the kalu-suddhas lap.

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                      What did Gandhi accomplish, other than the creation of Pakistan. The British left because no one can fight against 1 billion half-naked beggars. Why are you unhappy with your skin color, did you get rejected by the followers of Anarkali? They have an IQ only slightly higher than yours.

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                      Lester,
                      So you don’t know what a “kalu-suddha ” is, obviously. You’re no Buddhist, as I proved before. Now it turns out that you’re not even Sinhalese. 🤣🤣

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                Don’t you think Tamils can buy more planes and help to carry your’ s and Old Rowdy’s belongings to Uganda, like Kana Nathan did when Sinhala Buddhist Kaddies had turned on the Royal family, who launched them on protesters? Or when Royal Rowdies are put in Hague’ prison for the international crimes they were committing, don’t you think we can do a lot of help for you in the same way Sir Pon Ramanathan went to London and got your father of the nation, Don Stephen.
                You are truly bold one man (or are you a bald man, like Mangala Rama of Batticaloa?) to ask a question like that.
                There is song in Tamils goes like this: “The slithering snake on the sand when it was sitting on IMF neck, (Siva’s neck) challenged the Garuda, the vehicle Kishna fly on, “Machang how do you do?”. If the IMF did not waste Ceylon borrowed money, you too might have flown in the wind like a dried leave, by now.

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              That’s too complicated – Modayas’ to Understand!!??

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            Lester the fake pundit,
            “the real goal of GOSL was genocide, there would be no Tamils left on the island. There are no barriers to genocide now.”
            That depends on competence. If hundreds of thousands of government forces with heavy arms took so many years to defeat 30,000 mostly schoolboys, they aren’t very competent.
            But you can’t blame them, because the ones who claim to be competent ran away from the war. They are now in the West offering advice.

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              Old Loser,

              The Americans didn’t win in Vietnam and Afghanistan. What a fool you are, it’s a waste of time replying to you.

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        LS,
        To cut it short and sweet, THAT (05/2009) MULLIVAIKKAL EPIC was A “Picture Perfect”, COPY BOOK ENACTMENT of WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW (2023/24) in GAZA, WEST BANK, and PALESTINE!!?? One wonders whether it was Master Plan of ‘Zionists making’ utilised by SRI LANKA, as they were helping SL military!!?? Connivance cannot be discounted, given the UTTER similarities, which may be even called identical!!!??? May be both parties must be marched to Gallows, equally responsible and callous in accountability, removing independent NGO witnesses, whilst masquerading as Saints waging HUMANITARIAN war – T56 on One and UNHRC “Guideline Book” and Geneva conventions on the Other HAND!!!??? WAHAT A FOIBLE CONCOCTED TO DEFLECT IC OPINION!!!???
        Not SIMILARITY but more so OF ‘IDENTICAL LANDSCAPE’, IN West Asia and Sri Lanka Pre 10/2023 and 05/2009 SPEAKS AND SHEDS LIGHT IMMENSELY!!!???

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    “ Captain Morgan / May 19, 2024
    16 16
    An excellent and hard-hitting article but it will not have much effect as less than ONE PERCENT of the Lankan population will be reading it.”
    It’s very disheartening to see that 50% of the readers is disagreeing with Captain Morgan.
    It’s not a good indication that SL is going to mend itself. It’s determined to self destruct.

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    “ Terrorism should be thought of as a cancer”
    STATE Terrorism is the mother of any other form of violent uprisings
    JVP did not like the capitalist form of Governance. The “Parasites” in the country taking up of the majority of country’s wealth, while the hard working poor people suffering since independence.
    LTTE resulted from the excessive use of violence against the Tamil Speaking Minorities since independence.
    Scheming Americans let the 9/11 happen so that they can attack Iraq and Afghanistan. The CIA isn’t a stupid organisation to miss the Arabs attack of World Trade Centre.

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      “STATE Terrorism is the mother of any other form of violent uprisings”

      Does “state terrorism” justify the use of suicide bombings? How does a government deal with suicide bombings, in any rational manner? After 11th Sept.2001, people have to remove shoes, belts, etc. at the airport. In Israel, the government invested in checkpoints and walls (https://www.aljazeera.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/4805b373bf0949d0a31e6b7a375a0128_8.jpeg). The Sri Lankan response was simply to eradicate terrorism once and for all. Sri Lanka doesn’t even have refugee camps. There are only some military structures which are necessary as long as the Tamil Diaspora is petitioning foreign governments to impose sanctions.

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        Hello Lester,
        You said “Sri Lanka doesn’t even have refugee camps.”
        That’s because you (not you personally) killed them all.
        Best regards

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          Hello LankaScot,

          The following statement is rather intriguing: “Prabhakaran was influenced more by Periyar and DK/DMK than Sinhala-Buddhism.” Sri Lanka had a Hitler, just like Cambodia had a Pol Pot and Italy had a Mussolini. The damage these people cause cannot be quantified. The focus now should be on eradicating the underlying ideology, not HR investigations by overpaid, pompous magistrates.

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            Hello Lester,
            “The focus now should be on eradicating the underlying ideology”. Ideologies don’t spring into existence like virtual particles in a Vacuum. Hitler, Mussolini, Pinochet and others were the Autocratic (Fascist) leaders of political organisations that had seized control of the state and put it to work for their own ends (in line with their ultra nationalist ideologies).
            You can either go with the Uyghur model, “The Chinese government has reportedly arbitrarily detained more than a million Muslims in reeducation camps since 2017”, or you can solve the problems by delving into what caused the underlying issues and addressing them. The blinkered attitude of the Israelis (who may have influenced the Sri Lankan methods in the Civil War) will result in more problems in Gaza and the West Bank or may lead to a full scale Middle East War

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              Continued,
              The future is not predestined, but what we do now will affect our Children’s and Grandchildren’s lives. The Young Students protesting against the killings in Gaza will be regarded as being correct, just like we were, against Vietnam, Civil Rights, Apartheid and the Iraq War.
              Best regards

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              Hello LankaScot,

              “Ideologies don’t spring into existence like virtual particles in a Vacuum.”

              If you are familiar with J Mearsheimer (who in 2014 predicted Russia would invade Ukraine), then you understand the power of the Israeli lobby. Diaspora Tamils have also utilized lobbying efforts, with varying degrees of success.

              Their lobbying efforts have contributed to multiple UNHRC resolutions calling for investigations into alleged war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

              Sanctions and Travel Bans:

              The United States has imposed targeted sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, on several Sri Lankan military officials accused of human rights violations. The Global Magnitsky Act has been a tool used in this regard.

              Legislative Actions and Political Pressure:

              Tamil diaspora groups have successfully lobbied for legislative actions in various countries. For instance, in the United States, members of Congress have introduced resolutions and held hearings focused on Sri Lanka’s human rights record.

              The ultimate goal of the Diaspora is a separate state. If you want a parallel, try the “Zionism Project.” Western nations still have the power to divide smaller nations, not only in Asia, but in Eastern Europe. Remember Yugoslavia?

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                (cont)

                Of course the Diaspora will fail at the end, largely because S. Lanka has no proven petroleum reserves and hence offers little in the way of economic incentive. But the fact that they are still investing large sums of money to lobby, 15 years after the war, shows you that the (Tamil) separatist ideology is very strong.

                Estimates and Reporting:

                “While specific data is sparse, estimates from various reports suggest that Tamil diaspora groups in countries like the US, UK, Canada, and Australia collectively spend millions of dollars annually on advocacy and lobbying. This includes both direct lobbying expenses and indirect costs such as public relations campaigns and legal fees for pursuing international justice.”

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              LS,
              “The blinkered attitude of the Israelis (“WHO MAY HAVE INFLUENCED THE SRI LANKAN METHODS IN THE CIVIL WAR”) will result in more problems in Gaza and the West Bank or may lead to a full scale Middle East War?
              Undoubtedly, it is!!LS,
              “The blinkered attitude of the Israelis (“WHO MAY HAVE INFLUENCED THE SRI LANKAN METHODS IN THE CIVIL WAR”) will result in more problems in Gaza and the West Bank or may lead to a full scale Middle East War?
              Undoubtedly, it is!!!?? You have mentioned – “MAY HAVE” – do Not agree that word usage!! At that time, Israelis were helping with the war effort, and they were in every element were involved in the process – the War effort – and therefore, No surprises there!!! Now thanks to AL Jazeera, we have Footage in Gaza and Occupied Territories of West Bank, it is a Picture perfect ‘REPLICA’ or “MIRRORING” of whatever, ‘POSTINGS’ came out of NE SL in the form of “Video Clips” or ‘Photos”, there were No Independent Media sources to support! In Contrast Gaza and Occupied Territories are different kettle of Fish, have media and Red Crescent!! It’s IDENTICAL!!?? Looks as if TUTOR/COACH IN 2009 NE WAR THEATRE has become the “FRONTLINE ACTOR AND PERPETRATOR”!? in 2023/24!!!???

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                Fix the keyboard if you want a reply. I am not here to read to assembly language.

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            Lester,
            “Not HR investigations by OVERPAID POMPOUS MAGISTRATES.”
            Fully agree with you on that??
            Instead allow only Legal Officers under the thumb of The Messiah, the Great Liberator and Looter, who could influence the Magistrates and Investigators, from MONEY stacked in their accounts in foreign countries, such as Dubai, Santa Monica Principality, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya!!!
            That’s acceptable, for 2 reasons as they are pliable, like, “Ona Theenduwak Dhennang” type EELS, swarming around in Hultsdorp and it’s environs!!!??? Because that’s committed by none other than, “JATHIKA WASTHUWA”!!??? My Foot, Oouch!!??

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          LS,
          Sinhalese racists are more powerful than Zionists in the Middle East.

          The JVP is making every effort to paint the picture in a murky way today, but they were behind the bare-bones rascals (Rajapakshes) who looted the last penny of this nation.
          .
          This was done with the direct help of head shaved bastards, who imprisoned that innocent Muslim brother, Dr. Safi, for 3 empty years.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b6l_fCavwc&t=303s

          I listened to Dr Safi a few times, he must be a gem of a person.

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            This guy “Leela” is obviously bitter because his hero CBK could not fight a war if the enemy was blind. Under the “leadership” of CBK and her equally useless uncle Ratwatte, the Sri Lankan Army suffered multiple military defeats resulting in the deaths of thousands of soldiers and the loss of expensive military equipment. After losing each battle, CBK tried to impose a media blackout. Journalists like Iqbal Athas and Taraki were harassed and threatened or even murdered for reporting the truth.

            https://www.ifj.org/media-centre/news/detail/article/ifj-condemns-brutal-slaying-of-leading-tamil-journalist-in-sri-lanka

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              Lester ,
              When you lie, do it properly, as I keep telling you.
              Iqbal Athas was harassed by your hero Gota. Taraki was not Aiyathurai Nadesan.
              How pathetic can you get?
              Whatever you might say about CBK, she lost an eye to a bomb, unlike some who ran away in fear of landmines.

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                Old Loser,

                People can verify you are a liar with a simple Google search.

                “New York, August 3, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by intimidating remarks made by President Chandrika Kumaratunga against senior defense correspondent Iqbal Athas last week. Speaking to a closed meeting of 1,000 top military and police officials in Colombo on July 26, the president accused Athas of publishing sensitive information harmful to Sri Lanka’s national security, sources told local news reporters.”

                https://cpj.org/2005/08/cpj-alarmed-by-sri-lankan-presidents-comments-agai/

                Who said Taraki is Nadesan? Only you make that conclusion because your low IQ has resulted in a low level of reading comprehension. If you took an IQ test, the result would very likely put you in the range of “retarded.”

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                  For those who are interested, Gothabaya was in the USA from 1998 to 2005. Old Loser claims Gotha was harassing Iqbal from overseas. This is how Ranil supporters lie and distort.

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                  Lying Lester,
                  How many times do I have to tell you to make your lies believable?
                  “In two articles in August 2007, Athas reported on the purchase of second-hand MiG-27 jet fighters from Ukraine, suggesting that the deal had been corrupt. The first, on 12 August, was titled “MiGs loaded with millions in mega frauds; The Sunday Times investigation reveals shocking double-deals and wheeler-dealings; While Lanka remains hush-hush, Ukraine Govt. orders full probe”.[10] Athas traced the purchase to “Belimissa Holdings”, a company ostensibly based in the UK but not listed in the UK Company Register.[11″
                  You are uncharacteristically silent about Taraki.
                  You lied, got caught, and lost.

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                    Old Loser,

                    You said Gothabaya threatened Athas. That is a false claim. Put up or shut up.

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                      Sore loser Lester,
                      “an intruder, who claimed to be an air force officer, walked into the offices of Wijeya Newspapers, which publishes the Sunday Times, and warned the staff not to translate Athas’s articles for the company’s Sinhala-language Lankadeepa. According to the IPS news agency on August 28, the intruder also threatened Athas, saying if he did not give up his job and leave Sri Lanka within three months, he would meet the same fate as befell Tamil journalists.”
                      If that isn’t a threat, what is it.?
                      Stop lying.

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                    Dear OC,

                    Lester is sick.. please dont waste your time for him.
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMJOlblC7Q4

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                      Leela,

                      Still waiting for your explanation. How did CBK “win” the war by losing 1000 soldiers at Elephant Pass? Isn’t that what they call a “proof by contradiction?”

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              Dear Lanka Scot,
              .
              1
              I know you as an educated person and you are making genuine effort to dichotomize and understand the politics going on in Sri Lanka.

              Without knowing the facts of our society and its past, it is very difficult for any outsider to go into fine details. We also had strong caste and religion system in 70s and 80s more than today.

              I believe you really do because you grew up in Scotland and later move out to live in our motherland, which is also your second motherland if i may say so.
              . From what you comment here I believe you have varied experiencs with many nationalities around the globe, having living with numerous cultures, including black Africa.
              I do also have some experience with different cultures out of many of the continents on this planet. I work with 70 or more nationalities in the pharmaceutical industry today. Therefore, we are naturally curious to know how certain nations and communities behave uniquely.
              .
              That is why I thought I would explain a little more about the social structure of Sri Lanka and how its politics have evolved only in the last few decades (70ties to present).

              tbc

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                Leela,

                “I do also have some experience with different cultures out of many of the continents on this planet. “

                Are you referring to your days at Angoda? We can find all the types there: schizo, narcissistic, alpha, beta, extrovert, introvert, serial killer, serial swindler, Jesus, Batman, Harry Potter…. you must have felt right at home, given your comments on CT about “hanging by genitals” and “shaved head bastards.” Did you learn English from Alfred Hitchcock?

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            leelagemalli, Dr.Shafi was imprisoned because MARA wanted the Kurunegala political seat. This is our political heritage

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              Dear Rational Thinkers,
              .
              jam yesreday, jam tomorrow, but never jam today. That is practising politics in our hell created by Rajapakshe high criminals.

              Politics can only work if people and their representatives are honest at most and being away from hypocrisies. We see some lights at the end of the tunnel, but getting decieved for another term (by JVP facists this time) is in making.

              TODAY IS ANOTHER VESAK DAY; WHERE SINHALA-BUDDHIST HYPOCRITES THINKING THEY ARE BUDDHISTS BUT DECEIVING THE WORLD. THE TRUTH IS THEY ARE FAR FROM TRUE BUDDHISM AS TAUGHT BY OUR LORD BUDDHA

              The nation was not completely deceived overnight. It’s a long process that has supported everything from media whores, artists to political criminals like the Rajapaksas.
              :
              For the first time in history, Mahendra Rajapaksa’s body will surely be wet from the spit thrown at him. THAT IS TO ME CRYSTAL CLEAR… I REALLY DONT KNOW ABOUT OTHERS….

              They deliberately abused the GULLIBLE mentality of the majority of Sri Lankans who are ruled by “stupid Sinhala_Buddhism”:

              I am a true Buddhist who respects Dhamma above all else. I believe in truth over false public misconceptions.

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              DTG,
              Yes, it should be the reason without doubt. His teenage daughter got through olvels with flying colours. How much of torments went through the victimized family as all those supporters were against one single man, who used his medical knowledge to save numbers of women in the region ?
              :
              That is why I thoroughly believe, Mahendra Rajaapkshe should be hanged for his rest of life.
              Not a single bastard sons of MaRa is arrested for a day even if they literally committed heinous crimes, but Dr Safi, a man with colurful thinking about a multi-culture of the country.
              The words his speechs transpire go that far, like x rays spread through matter. The level of injustices made to Dr Safi’s family would not be puninshable even if ” all Rajapakshes are beheaded from one behind the other” because the targeted crimes to that levels are beyond bearing. We talk high about our sinhala-heritage and sinahal-buddhism but to allow support the kind of animialistic men in SATAKA cloaks be held above further ? Aiyyoooooooooooooo… this is a real hell filled with uncivilized beasts but in human disguise

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        Lester,
        “Does “state terrorism” justify the use of suicide bombings? “
        Still hung up on suicide bombings? Even when they killed far fewer civilians in 30 years than traffic accidents did?
        “The Sri Lankan response was simply to eradicate terrorism once and for all.”
        If that happened, why do passengers still have to remove belts, shoes, etc at the airport?

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        Hello, my fascist racist Jester Kunju from London, how is life. Iam a bit bored and need some old imbecile to groom. Your friend Svenson would love this. Can you sing this love song to me in Thamizh like this? Please Jester. What do you think of what the ICC is doing to Netanyahu and Hamas? Any thoughts of this happening to the Rajapussies and the Sri Lankan state that deliberately killed over 148000 Thamizh civilians and committed war crimes and structural genocide being hauled before the ICC too. Think Jester. Please sing like this Jester and I will hum.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-g9unrHXyw
        Here is the original that became a hit throughout India and the film, and the songs were all dubbed in Hindi, for the North Indians to understand. You and me singing dancing and prancing around the alps , whilst grandma Witch will jump on her broom stick and travel to see and try to caste her evil spell, and reindeer herder will feel the wrath of Viking Sukkar Pappa’s rod. But don’t worry Jester we will be in heaven.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZvhOxBWb0E&list=RDrZvhOxBWb0E&start_radio=1

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          PK,
          Jester only listens to Nazi chants.

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          Pandi Toilet,

          Haven’t you realized, you will never get your fake state? You obviously have some mental issue. But congrats, you have a friend here, the coward Old Loser. He is afraid to admit his ethnicity and stands in line at Buddhist temples to get food. Perhaps you can recruit him as a suicide bomber?

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            But my Kunju, I want you also to be my friend and then we both can go around London seeing the sights with you serenading me like this. Even in the toilet but better in the shower. I hope you look cute and handsome like Johnny Abraham, Kester Kunju. He is Malayali on his father’s side, whilst I am on my mother’s side.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxjrU6Z-11Y&list=RDGxjrU6Z-11Y&start_radio=1&rv=GxjrU6Z-11Y&t=88

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            Lester the crapmeister,
            “But congrats, you have a friend here, “
            Even that wimp you had for a friend in avoiding you nowadays.🤣🤣🤣🤣

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              OC,
              Professional say it as his thinking is in a solipsistic way (= relating to the belief that only his own experience and existence can be known or are important)

              Our Bandarawella goiya also belongs to the same category. That is why he goes after “ID hunting” in order to be in good books of AKD deyyo et al.

              Lester is stupid enough not to respect some simple facts that are obvious to 10 year olds.

              The health authorities are appointing you the NHS, please keep this person in quarantine until he is quite healthy.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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        “There are only SOME MILITARY STRUCTURES which are NECESSARY as long as the Tamil Diaspora is PETITIONING FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS.”
        What is the connection between, maintaining “some military structures” and “as long as the Tamil Diaspora is petitioning foreign governments to impose sanctions”!!?? Must be stupidity amplified, or Playing just silly B______s!!??

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    This article is from Al Jazeera and see the video from from journalist within the article about Black July 83

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/5/19/grim-reminder-sri-lankas-tamils-mark-15-years-since-end-of-civil-war

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