1 December, 2021

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Sri Lanka In Geneva: Frozen In Fixed Positions

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

With almost exactly a week to go before a crucial vote in Geneva, Sri Lanka seems very much on the back foot. While William Hague, the Foreign Secretary of the UK makes a direct appeal to the readers of ‘The Hindu’, presenting four points in support of his country’s call for an ‘international mechanism’, his counterpart Prof GL Peiris busies himself addressing a series of meetings, not in the member states of the UNHRC but in the Southern province of Sri Lanka. Prof Peiris should rebut each one of the four points and go on to ask his counterpart, in print, in the world’s quality press, whether the failure to conclude inquiries for 28 years into Bloody Sunday indicated a lack of political will on the part of the British state which required an international inquiry so as to further reconciliation in Northern Ireland and prevent the sporadic violence by the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA.

While in Geneva the West trots out seeming precedents for an inquiry led by the Office of the High Commissioner, Sri Lanka fails to point out that these inquiries were to do with emergencies i.e. with exceptional situations. They were to do with ongoing lethal violence of considerable magnitude and not the past conflicts, however bloody of a stable civilian democracy.

During this session Sri Lanka seems to have failed to hold a single ‘side event’, none that made the media anyway, while the West has held three, in support of the draft resolution against us. Instead the Sri Lankan Government side has contented itself with Mahinda Samarasinghe’s bluff and bluster, spiced up with the clumsy and strident statement presented by the SL Mission to justify the recent arrests (some of which have fortunately been reversed) with lurid  claims of Tiger revivalism. It is a source of personal and professional pride that in 2007-2009, with many ghastly incidents happening during the civil war including the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Sri Lanka never damaged its credibility in Geneva by spouting such rhetoric, which represents the complete submission of Sri Lanka’s diplomacy to the warped, discordant discourse of hyper-securitisation.

Sri Lanka’s friends at the HRC have been engaging in some sniping, doubtless in line with the requests of Sri Lanka itself. What should have been happening instead is that Sri Lanka should have mobilised its friends to engage in a broad gauge critique on the basis of principles, of the resolution’s intrusive aspect, and follow it up with a diplomatic counter-offensive. It seems as if Sri Lanka is incapable of engaging in manoeuvre in Geneva, and in the global arena in general.  Sri Lanka seems incapable of initiative and mobility. It is frozen in fixed positions; maintaining a position of static and dogmatic defence along a diplomatic ‘Maginot Line’, which will collapse in a week. This is in sharp contrast to the point made to me by the US Charge d’Affaires in Geneva in 2009 and current ambassador to Kenya, Mark Storella, after the Special session of May 2009, when he observed that, as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative, I had been “on top of it from the start”.

Given that the UNHRC is constituted on the basis of proportional representation of the world’s demographic distribution by region, a defeat in Geneva by a significant margin would reveal Sri Lanka’s isolation in the international community, which would in turn make Sri Lanka more vulnerable, exposing as it does its weakness to its enemies, the pan-Tamil Eelamist global movement (‘the Tamil International’ or the ‘Tamil Zionists’).

In a classic example of the phenomena known in psychology as displacement and projection, the Sri Lankan state and the underlying ‘Sinhala psyche’ ( to use a phrase of my father, Mervyn de Silva) attribute this isolation to a Human Rights Council that has changed. Closer the truth is the recent remark by former Deputy Head of Mission of the US Embassy in Colombo, and later a senior official and South Asia hand of the US State Department, Donald Camp:

“…The United States and many other friends of Sri Lanka supported the government in its fight. In 2009, the military succeeded in crushing the Tigers. But the government, after winning the war, has not been able to manage the peace or rebuild Sri Lanka’s democratic traditions…President Mahinda Rajapakse and his government had the opportunity to be magnanimous in victory, and to offer the minority Tamil community clear signals that the government would respond to their legitimate grievances, and would offer a modicum of regional autonomy for the traditional Tamil heartland of the north and east. It has failed to do that…The world community supported Sri Lanka during its battle with the LTTE, and respected the country’s traditional commitment to democratic governance and to religious and ethnic tolerance…It is Sri Lanka that has changed, not the United Nations or the nations calling for action at the Human Rights Council.” (McClatchy-Tribune News Service http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/03/17/3552059/un-council-steps-in-where-sri.html#storylink=cpy)

The author is right when he says that the difference between 2009 and five years later, is that “it is Sri Lanka that has changed, not the United Nations or the nations calling for action at the Human Rights Council.”

What is this change? the Sri Lankan state is undergoing an unethical conversion into a quasi-theocratic ethnocracy; our government into a clan based oligarchy and our Ministry of External Affairs, its Missions overseas, and even its think tank, into front organizations of the Security  apparatus (when they do not function as places of religious worship). Our diplomats have become fellow travellers and our Foreign Minister a puppet of the powerful Securocracy.

This dominance of the limited worldview of the security managers over Sri Lanka’s conversation with the world is most dangerous because it actually undermines Sri Lanka’s security and defence. With its ultra-nationalism, the security bureaucracy has imposed policies and parameters that undermine Sri Lanka’s national interests including its national security interests. It has done the Tamil Eelamists’ job for it: the isolation of Sri Lanka, making it an easier target. While claiming to be Sinhala, and indeed Sinhala–Buddhist nationalists, the blinkered super-bureaucrats have reduced the numbers of friends the Sinhalese have in the world.

If this weren’t nightmarish enough, the anti-SLMC rhetoric of the Government, and the violent threats against Rauff Hakeem by the BBS Boss are isolating the Sinhala Buddhists from the minorities even within the island. It seems to be forgotten that the numerically unimpressive ethno-lingual and religious minorities in Sri Lanka have vast demographic hinterlands of ethnic kin and co-religionists outside this small island, constituting alliances which will not permit them to be isolated.

Thus, in a painful paradox, in the very name of the Sinhalese and Sinhala Buddhism, the discourse and mindset of the security managers have isolated the Sinhala Buddhists within Sri Lanka and within the global arena. Instead of building bridges of friendship in all directions, along all points of the compass (‘tous azimuths’ as General de Gaulle put it), the Sinhala Buddhist majority has been distanced by its own power elite from the world order, and the world order is distancing itself from the Sinhala Buddhist power elite and its supportive majority. This makes the Sinhala Buddhists more, not less vulnerable to their enemies, on the western front (the Diaspora lobbies) and more especially the age-old front in the adjacent South of our neighbouring giant.

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    MPHOT…!!!

    What else can one now expect to know in Dayan’s articles ???

    It is always ME ME ME without confirming that it is their acceptance of 13th amendment that made it in UNHRC in 2009.

    Why he is not talking abt Non-implementation of land/police powers to Northern province ???

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      there are very many issues that DJ deliberately kept away from commenting.

      He could well warn his beloved MR the danger of BBS BOSS, no he failed because of his ignorance and selfishness ? I noticed only one incident he joined that CLMBO peace vigil advocating that peace is threatened by some religious segments backed by gov. Else, we did not hear anything about him writing since then.
      And about the issues – governance of impunity instead of reestablishiment of rule of law and order through reintroduction of 17Amd to the current constitution. No, he did not utter a single word about that though even innocent killing occurences were repeated in the post war sessions from the day 1 on. Today the rapid increase on unexplainable crimes have not been addressed by DJ in the recent days.

      He only focused on UNHRC issues not even directly, but often making round about covering the abusive ruling bunch.

      Today, he is rejected by them. This has been becoming glass clear to all and sundry these days than few weeks ago.

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      xxx
      there are very many issues that DJ deliberately kept away from commenting.

      He could well warn his beloved MR the danger of BBS BOSS, no he failed because of his ignorance and selfishness ? I noticed only one incident he joined that CLMBO peace vigil advocating that peace is threatened by some religious segments backed by gov. Else, we did not hear anything about him writing since then.
      And about the issues – governance of impunity instead of reestablishiment of rule of law and order through reintroduction of 17Amd to the current constitution. No, he did not utter a single word about that though even innocent killing occurences were repeated in the post war sessions from the day 1 on. Today the rapid increase on unexplainable crimes have not been addressed by DJ in the recent days.

      He only focused on UNHRC issues not even directly, but often making round about covering the abusive ruling bunch.

      Today, he is rejected by them. This has been becoming glass clear to all and sundry these days than few weeks ago.

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      How come the great silent Sinhala Buddhist majority have not started a campaign to save Sinahala Buddhism from Saffron-clad Thugs and Gota the Goon’s Balu Sena?

      Activists on Facebook and elsewhere should start a campaign BUY MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN AND TAMIL – to support minority Busineses and OPPOSE the Balu Sena campain.
      We, Sinhala Modayas need to break the idea that there is an SINGLE MONOLITHIC group of Buddhists who listen to Balu Sena..

      Are the Mahanayaka of the various Nikayas asleep?
      Sinhala Buddhism today is a dirty word in the global Buddhist discourse, and a BLOT ON THE FACE OF THE BUDDHA and what the Buddha taught!

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        MOdaya you have selected a deceptive pen name. From the type of abuse you have levelled at Sinhala Buddhists, you could be a cunning Christian Tamil Racist, not any better than the BBS or the multitude of Tamil Separatist leaders. I see BBS as an NGO trying to counter anti Buddhist forces like the many Tamil separatist movements. One day if Sri Lanka is targeted for destruction by enemy forces, then all patriots may have to reluctantly support the BBS for survival.
        Anyway, believe it or not, Sri Lanka is protected by Sumana Saman deviyo and wrong doings against Sri Lanka wont succeed in the long term.

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      We are awaiting a really good atatck by DJ onthe government, probably on the 23rd when he is certain that they are not going to call him!

      That will be a bonza!

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        ‘We are awaiting a really good atatck by DJ onthe government’

        That would never happen. Remember how Dr. Dayan tried to please that Gonraja right after that infamous interview on Al Jazeera.
        Gonraja somehow in English managed to call Dr Dayan an NGO kakka, yet Dayan has been white washing the Yasalalaka Tissa and failed to obtain a ticket to Geneva.

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        Ha ha couldn’t have said it any better. I do hope that he is not called.

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    ”not the past conflicts, however bloody of a stable civilian democracy” ?

    postconflicts??
    Stable civilian democracy???

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    Well said Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka.

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      Now he has no options than doing so….

      But pathetically, it took long long time to call spade a spade.

      All those even not having abc knowledge grasped it long long ago, but DJ has deliberately supported MR thinking his personal gains.

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        Lets give the credit to Dr Dayan J this time.
        Its an article with facts whether he has no other option or not.
        The other fact is that Dr DJ cannot antagonize some people for obviouse reasons. It will take only a few minutes to label him as a Traitor and destroy him completely or a day or two to make him disappear for good.
        Every time I read Tisaranee G’s articles I fear for life while enjoying her brave articles.

        Good one Dr Dayan.
        Please dont polish Regime apples anymore. You dont deserve it.

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      Sharmini
      Does your comment apply to all of what Dr Jayatilleka says in his article? As I have suggested in my comment elsewhere in this thread, Dr J seems to pull in two rather contradictory directions in the first and second halves of this article. I think that you may not agree wholeheartedly with what he says in the first part.

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        Sharmini has got it wrong, as I see it.
        I agree with her about the mahawamsa being not most updated and that is the root cause for today´s appalled levels of buddhist society.
        But here we cant agree with her supporting DJ´s views.

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        MR Dayan J;
        I It this you are going to say;

        “I AM THE BEST ,”

        “Mind you guys, give me a chance!
        follow me, I have some treads and hooks with me,
        otherwise,
        there are many chances that, looks like you are loosing?”.
        Dayan.
        Any how, Every body knows that Genève Crew, is a sore grapes Bunch,A heard of AMbaruwoos, Enjoying the Alps climate.
        Do not worry.
        How ever You will have a opportunity to blame them.

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      Dear Sharmini Serasinghe ,

      please be cautious , you have gained immense respect from across the ethnicity , don’t try to endorse or associate with opportunistic power greedy individuals , what DJ says may be right , but he is one of the root causes for this mayhem what we witness today.

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      Its Payback time.

      Remember the Lankan PM insulting Hillary on home turf because she objected to the rape of dead women.- Sound of Silence is playing headed by one time journalist Samantha Power – husband and wife profs of Law Harvard and Yale.No political scientist can outwit them.

      They are facing a line-up of brilliant women that no Sihala man can win even western men would shudder at the mere thought of it.

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    Dayan,

    You are correct in your assessment. Sun Tzu said ” If equally matched, we can offer battle; if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy; if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him. Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force.”

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      Applies to Chingalam-Thamilam conflict in SL too.

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    There is no doubt that the resolution in itroduced in the Council in 2009 at the behest of Sri Lanka and Dayan Jayatilleke was the foundation of everything that followed in the Council. Seeking persoanal glory at the expense of the nation has always been a weakness of Sri Lankans and Dayan Jayatilleke is no exception

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    Be careful DJ, may be, the oligarchs could do the very same as to Lasantha Wickramatunga, if you go on sprouting your say in this way.

    And, tomorrow, same rhetoric by BBS boss (this is the religious force of Rajapakshe regime) would fall on you.
    Yesterday ´s it was on country´s minister of justice (though he is powerless justice minister in MR´s regime).

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    Imagine Sanath Jayasuriya stuck in a commentary box, instead of the field, and in addition to going “see the puss coming out of the wicket” he goes on and on about how only he played real cricket and the current team was a bunch of loons.

    Well, that’s what you have here folks!

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    “This is in sharp contrast to the point made to me by the US Charge d’Affaires in Geneva in 2009 and current ambassador to Kenya, Mark Storella, after the Special session of May 2009, when he observed that, as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative, I had been “on top of it from the start”

    when will this end ???? still busy on self praising , 2009 temporary illusive victory is the root cause of every damn thing which we witness today , had the US been sincere in dealing with SL , Regime wouldn’t have survived thus far , its pity that US had decided to play a double game on this issue.

    speaking of GL , i remember this same DJ praising GL and his excellent command of English as to justify his acceptance of that plum job at Paris.

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    Dayan,

    this is what we repeatedly said to you on this platform- that the country is governed by a meeharaka (Buffaloe). Their decisions based on human right violation issues, whatever other issues related to taking long term loans for example are all based on no trasparency and accoutnability. If one would pose the quesiton, they are not even ready to listen the person. This has led him to ruins to this day.

    He has absolutely no means of proper strategies although some make every efforts to explain it repeatedly. Winning the war against Ltte terror is one thing, but working on the peace and recociliation is totally different, though the former is obviously the prerequisite to plan the latter. Anyway, people in this country should finally get it – that the man is marching on a totally wrong direction today and neither he he owned the wisdom to make people´s hope- which is peace a reality.

    It seems many that supported him then boomeranged today getting it correctly. Today is no late than tomorrow.

    In restrospect, it is sad, that people like you are isolated by this kind of stupid administration, because we all know knowledge is the powerful weapon.

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    Ms Pillai won’t rest until the UN Human Resources writes her Pension cheque,

    Even then she will be doing Pro Bono work for the Reverend ,Nediyawan and Rydrakumaran to establish Eelaam.

    Uncle Dayan goofed his chances of another Diplomatic Passport by his pandering to Parrippu Drop Foreign Policy peddlers.( borrowing from uncle Mahinda).

    Winning the south and the West, and winning it with a huge majority is more important for the ” welfare and the wellbeing” of the great majority of the inhabitant population.

    It is specially so in light of the evil acts and tactics of the UNP Christian Faction leader , who is stirring the poor to do his dirty work of “Udgoshana (.mass protests) using poor villagers in Christian areas.

    And get them cop the bullets so that the intelligentsia can grab power.like what the West did in Ukraine.

    Doesn’t matter what anyone says in Geneva, Cameron , Harper, and the Lady Ambassador will never give up until the Regime change is inacted.

    Our FM certainly has got his priorities right,

    Dr Dayan should perhaps go to Nawaloka and get a prescription for Prozac.

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    This half baked bureaucrat is more concerned about an individual Rajapkse rather than people of this island. He is not bothered the rule of law, human rights, equality and welfare of the people. He is happy about the massacre of Tamil civilians by Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalism.He is not bothered of 1958, 1977,1983 massacre of Tamil civilians sponsored by Buddhist Sinhala military and Sinhala Buddhist Thugs but he wants to know about the bloody Sunday in Britain.

    What he wants a win for racist Sinhala Buddhists against Tamils!

    What he wants a win for LIES against TRUTH!

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    Dayan, your gymnastics is getting more difficult to follow and therefore less entertaining as you mix truth with lies and wisdom with opportunities that you have made good use of. Sadly there is no pole for you to jump on to.

    You are wrong in claiming that Sri Lanka has changed. It has not. Did you not see the Sinhalese mass masses celebrate mass murder and beastiality that you have recently recognized. Perhaps your we’re too busy defending such beastiality in Geneva.

    Ok Sinhalese has no friends and beastiality has no supporters except others who may want to indulge in it as Mahinda Samerasinghe quite rightly pointed to in his appeal to NAM Nations.

    The only real option is to be a global Paraya Sate and that is the official target. Good progress is being made and the Great Iguana is doing a great job.

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    Megalomania and egocentricity have been for some time characteristic of Dr Jayatilleka’s writings in CT, but this latest column seems to bring out something new and rather more alarming: schizophrenia. The first half of this column seems to argue that with astute manouvering, initiative and mobility, and with diplomats who are capable of being ‘ on top of it from the start’, Sri Lanka could be defended as a ‘stable civilian democracy’. The second half of the column goes on, apparently seamlessly in Dr Jayatilleka’s mind, to portray a violent, lawless and nepotistic ‘securocracy’ which, presumably, he would not be happy to defend.

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      But that is only because he will not be hired to defend. If he is he will be happy to do so for the benefit of the “vast majority”

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    I remember in the aftermath of Lalith Athulathmudali assassination, President Premadasa said: “When you point a finger at me do not forget three fingers pointing at you” the same thing I have to say about Dayan. He was stripped naked at Lalith Athulathmudali’s funeral at the Colombo cemetery by some angry mourners who manhandled and let him run half naked.when Dayan went on a spy mission for the Premadasa government. Dayan was a Director, Conflict Studies, Institute of Policy Studies (1990-94), functioning as Advisor/Consultant to President Premadasa (1989-93), now a leading spin doctor for Rajapaksa regime.

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      May me that is the reason DJ´s views are being treated with no crediblity to this day. His archimidis chapters in the days of brutal end of Premadasa regime was a threat to us all then. Many left the country without knowing where they would end up. Recalling my past as one who left Peradeniya in late 80ties, at the time, brutal atrocities of premadasa & JVP was at its heights, I thought nothing like premadasa would be born to this country again. We even petitioned to Premadasa being stuck to AI to shine a light making him clear the need of being human, but today, MR brutallities are similar to those of mutified ones of premadasa. This is the reason this nation is branded to be STUPID by nature to this day.

      One of my good orators these days are Anura Disanayake, who come with all the statistics when it goes about the political prevalence of current day regime. He clearly points out why the ministries and ministers are powerless today. Over 100 ministerial powerful units are taken over by president himself, except the fact that finance, defence and other ministries are directly under him.

      People should not be STUPID to ask themselves, if a man could handle over 100 units plus 3 ministries, why to have appointed men to other few mnistries ? Latter is clearly seen as a his magnitude of wastages.

      Today, minister of justice is made to open his mouth. His silence even people did not know whom to adress in the recent few months, is broken to this day. Now people are curious to know what will be next step.

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    This Roman Cat-O-Lic is trying to fox us all by comparing IRA/UK with the intensity of LTTE/Lanka.

    The Spanish Roman Emperor/ Spanish Netherlands sent the forces to Ireland to defeat the Christian British Crown held then by Henry V111 (wife Catherina of Spain) It was finally Virgin Queen Elizabeth 1 (Anglo-Saxon daughter of Henry V111) who not only destroyed the Spanish armada but the Portuguese completely because of their treachery- she was talking to the Catholics all along when it was never heard of before being more of a listener- just)

    The same goes even today if Ireland is handed over to the Catholics they would destroy UK. Spain needs UK more than ever and King Juan Carlos will never take back Gibraltar.

    “along all points of the compass (‘tous azimuths’ as General de Gaulle put it),

    Run up to Iraq war
    “along all points of the compass – Gentleman old labour foreign minister Robin Cook resigned in disgust.

    “todos los puntos de la brújula”- José María Aznar Presidente de EU and Spanish PM was promised Gibraltar and Marshall ship of Texas by B &B so the Aye!

    “‘tous azimuths’- The French know the Arabs the Best but they refused to show any sense and we later had Libya by them- Baca Loco – “‘tous azimuths’

    Putin wanted his WTO which he finally got recently and thereafter he objected to Syria.

    Never trust a politician for advice theirs is as always me me so its “Gateway”

    DJ please keep on singing reason my only lover why do you shy when I use thee.

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    Dayan!
    Why did you take so long to understand what many said aloud earlier?

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    Dear Dayan,

    “This makes the Sinhala Buddhists more, not less vulnerable to their enemies, on the western front (the Diaspora lobbies) and more especially the age-old front in the adjacent South of our neighboring giant.”

    What do you mean? Why use the word enemies? Does anyone who is critical of this government become an enemy of this country? Why the reference to Sinhala Buddhists? Will there be selective targeting of the Sinhala Buddhists only? Are you confirming what we have is a government only for the Sinhala Buddhists and this country belongs to only that community? Why the Tamil Nadu bogey? Is it likely Tamil Nadu will or can invade? Are you implying the the north is Sri Lanka’s Crimea? This proves that you know little of Tamils in the north! Why are you giving such importance to the bark of the Diaspora lobbies and equating them with the western front? If Sri Lanka has its house in order, would there be interest of the current nature in our affairs? Why this fear mongering and resort to such unworthy words/ tactics? Are you on a mission to bridge the communal divide or widen it? Oh! why, why, why??

    This paragraph sounds like words from a gutter snipe candidate for the on-coming PC elections than from Dr.Dayan Jayatileke!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      You are wasting your time by commenting on this thrash written by a man who was involved in EPRLF’s brutal PC, and never expressed his regrets for death of innocent people in the last 30 years, continues to deny war crimes, a bigot and a closet racist, a headless chicken, a gutless man void of intellectual honesty, a self confessed war monger, has statist agenda, ……… a shameless lefty ….

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        Native,

        Well said!

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      I am more shocked that you expect standards from this man. This man writes for one thing, that Geneva recall either next week or to get that foreign ministry !

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    Dr DJ has been writing articles after articles in terms of how to out manoeuvre the West and the Tamil Nationalists. He challenges Britain about the Bloody Sunday that it took 28 years before an inquiry was set up etc. He talks about ethics of the 3rd UN resolution and it is intrusive.

    But he conspicuously omits to mention as to why it is bad for Sri Lanka if a full scale International lead investigation is carried out! What possibly be bad for Sri Lanka? Is it because, there is a possibility that the Sinhala have to concede more then the 13th Amendment that you harp on about? Isn’t it in reality, such an investigation, will facilitate restoring lost democracy and good governance? All those good soldiers and Generals who fought the war with dignity will have nothing to worry about; it is those who committed war crimes and those who ordered crimes against humanity will have to face the inquiry with trepidation. What so wrong in that?

    Ok Britain took 28 years to order an investigation on Bloody Sunday even though it was not a war situation that does not come under the Geneva Convention. You complain that it was too long before Britain ordered an inquiry; then, isn’t it contradictory to argue that Sri Lanka should also take it’s time to set up an internal mechanism? Aren’t you being intellectually dishonest? What possibly be good for Sri Lanka if you help to prolong this disastrous MR regime?

    Can you also explain as to how an international body such as the UN can operate without being intrusive?

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      It is just now he has become minion of the regime.

      That is the code of conduct of the brutal regime. Use and throw principle is above everything but the nation will have to face it.

      This bugger MR is not worth suitable to run a cattle farm. Now with all hang men going home, that vacancy is the best MR can occupy, leaving the country´s presidency for an educated, capable person of this over 90% literate nation in the indian ocean.

      Rajapakshe´s unexplainable silence mostly consolidated powers of BBS or the like anti social elements with radical faces. Only person who made a voice in terms of journalitsts detained two days ago was Buruwansa, proving further only for that purpose GOVT has kept him in that coalition paying 1 80 000 Rupees a month only to maintain his private electic bills (this revealed by JVPers on debate yesterday).

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    Dayan,

    You must look at the root cause of the problems of the Sinhala leadership and its actions instead of looking at it supreficially.

    “Instead of building bridges of friendship in all directions, along all points of the compass (‘tous azimuths’ as General de Gaulle put it), the Sinhala Buddhist majority has been distanced by its own power elite from the world order, and the world order is distancing itself from the Sinhala Buddhist power elite and its supportive majority.”

    Friendship begins at home:

    Mahavamsa teachings preclude the building of friendship on equal terms with Tamils, Muslims and ‘others’ inside Sri Lanka.

    Would you like to be friends with very nasty people, i.e., Tamils according to Kumarodaya readers based on Mahavamsa?

    If they can’t build friendship with people they live with within the island for millenniums, how can one expect the Sinhala Buddhist majority to make genuine friendship outside Sri Lanka? Won’t it be a fallacy?

    How can one who is not friendly with a co-inhabitant be genuinely friendly with outsiders: Sinhala ruling elite wooed the friendship of foreign countries only to subjugate the Tamils according to their Mahavamsa mind-set. Once it is achieved the friendship of foreign countries can be jettisoned according to their thinking.

    Fortunately for world order, foreign countries are not foolish or immoral to believe the guile of the Sinhala ruling elite.

    That’s what is happening now: Truth is outing itself. Leaders should have stopped the Mahavamsa thinking in the tracks; instead they used and still use it to gain power and stay in power! Independence has become a curse for 66 years on Tamils, Muslims and ‘others’.

    Sharmini Serasighe is an enlightened one who has openly aired this about Mahavamsa and its detrimental effects on Sri Lankan society.

    Now the society is morally and intellectually corrupt, and beyond redemption.

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    I think the reading here is not completely correct. I suspect there are a number of reasons for wanting an investigation. The obsession with the ‘final phase’ of the war is perhaps because Sri Lanka broke a promise to USA during the end.

    As I recall Robert O’blake had brokered with the LTTE for their leadership to surrender. Robert obviously promised them safety and so did GoSL. Unfortunately. the surrender did not happen as planned. The entire leadership had perished.

    Obviously Robert felt let down. Although from Sri Lankan point of view its precisely because the entire LTTE leadership lost their lives we can sleep peacefully at night. Now, USA should move on without moaning like a woman scorn.

    Robert O’blake is still around although the case is now taken over the ‘Genocide chick’ Samantha Powers. I hope you see why an investigation cannot be done.

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      Robert O’blake is still around although the case is now taken over the ‘Genocide chick’ Samantha Powers.

      He was born and bred in a DPL glass cubicle so he could never be street wise.!

      Sexey too Samantha is Professor Law Yale and Harvard beyond your now sunken Oxbridge Club. A street wise journalist. Her marido holds the same positions at Uni.

      You as usual are afraid of your own shadow because of your free education!

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    Govt seems to be frozen in suspicion and fear as depicted in ‘The diary of a madman’ by Xu Lu.

    “Tonight the moon is very bright.

    I have not seen it for over thirty years, so today when I saw it I felt in unusually high spirits. I begin to realize that during the past thirty-odd years I have been in the dark; but now I must be extremely careful. Otherwise why should that dog at the Chao house have looked at me twice?

    I have reason for my fear.
    Tonight there is no moon at all, I know that this bodes ill. This morning when I went out cautiously, Mr. Chao had a strange look in his eyes, as if he were afraid of me, as if he wanted to murder me. There were seven or eight others, who discussed me in a whisper. And they were afraid of my seeing them. All the people I passed were like that. The fiercest among them grinned at me; whereupon I shivered from head to foot, knowing that their preparations were complete.

    I was not afraid, however, but continued on my way. A group of children in front were also discussing me, and the look in their eyes was just like that in Mr. Chao’s while their faces too were ghastly pale. I wondered what grudge these children could have against me to make them behave like this. I could not help calling out: “Tell me!” But then they ran away.

    I wonder what grudge Mr. Chao can have against me, what grudge the people on the road can have against me. I can think of nothing except that twenty years ago I trod on Mr. Ku Chiu’s1 account sheets for many years past, and Mr. Ku was very displeased. Although Mr. Chao does not know him, he must have heard talk of this and decided to avenge him, so he is conspiring against me with the people on the road, But then what of the children? At that time they were not yet born, so why should they eye me so strangely today, as if they were afraid of me, as if they wanted to murder me? This really frightens me, it is so bewildering and upsetting.

    I know. They must have learned this from their parents!

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/lu-xun/1918/04/x01.htm

    The statement made at Geneva that there is a fellow by the name of Gobi, resurrecting the LTTE is highly riduculous. It seems that a make believe person like Gobi pops up and dictates what happens in this country. Gobi dictates the foreign policy of this country. Gobi is important enough to be mentioned at the UNHRC at Geneva. I feel like having ‘Gobi’ for dinner.

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      Like Siddhartha
      in Narcissus and Goldmund

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    Paw ane :(; I have to drink a lot today when thinking about the DJ has become a loser to this day.

    DJ has been facing the same today as had been the case wit him in late 80ties – where he ran on the streets naked as did by Archimidis (Yureka Yureka)

    We are fans neither these two evils (DJ and MR)

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    The false accusations against Sri Lanka are now coming from all corners in all manners. In this situation there are Sri Lankan opportunistic politicians like Sampanthan, Hakeem Mangala, Ranil, Ganeshan etc, feeding the enemy with exaggerated or false allegations. They are trying hard to take mean advantage by joining hands with the enemies of the nation. They do not seem to care for the nation, as long as they get good benefits for what they do.
    However, it is clear G.L Peiris is too old fashioned to think the foreign leaders are gentlemen and ladies who would listen to reason. Looking at the events in the middle east and elsewhere GL Peris should realise he is dealing with power hungry people with no principles. Only a man like Mervin Silva could match these bogus human rights defenders.
    The Govt should appoint someone who could pre-empt false allegations, and go on the attack against these very same attackers, without being on the defensive all the time, which is what GL is specialising in.

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      “The false accusations against Sri Lanka are now coming from all corners in all manners.”

      If the accusations are indeed false, you have nothing to worry, have you? Dr DJ is certainly worried but I am not sure if it is to do with possible indignity towards the MR gang or Sri Lanka itself!

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    What he says is that he was a good ‘whitewasher’ in 2009 but the present lot are useless.
    He is firmly on the side of the Rajapakse Regime.

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    Like Malinda Seneviratne, has this RAT also started climbing the wall to sit on top of it and decide which side to jump on to depending on the UN resolution!

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    Dayan:

    I agree with the main thrust of your argument when you question GOSLs lack of sincerity in solving Sri Lankas problems but at a loss to understand when you say that Peiris should Counter Attack.

    You choice of Bloody Sunday makes my mind boggle. Sri Lanka is on the Back Burner as opposed to Back Foot. MR is preoccupied with winning the election and oblivious to the impending disaster and doesn’t realise that a Tornado is about to hit the Island with disastrous consequences. MR is prisoner of his own conscience and the level of hatred he harbours towards the Tamils will never allow him to settle the Tamil Issue.

    I take issue with you when you say Prof Peiris should rebut each one of the four points and go on to ask his counterpart whether the failure to conclude inquiries for 28 years into Bloody Sunday indicated a lack of political will on the part of the British state which required an international inquiry so as to further reconciliation in Northern Ireland and prevent the sporadic violence by the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA.

    Are you serious when you suggest or give the impressions that both Crimes are of same magnitude.

    Let us get this into perspective. Frozen In Fixed Positions is a understatement and it is more like a Genetical Disorder which can only be cured by Gene Mutation.

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    Mr. Dayan: In your own best interest, please take a little of your time to read the comments. You will undoubtedly learn that when a person’s reputation has eroded to the lowest levels by his or her own actions in the past, you will never be able to regain your acceptance as a person who can contribute to the well being of the people. You can be an expert on any matter or a very high academician, yet if your reputation and acceptability have been tarnished, you are no more. This is what happened to our Dear Prof. Peiris. This has happened to quite a large number of our Professionals and they are of no use to the country.

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    Hey Dayan,

    Your opening statement is “With almost exactly a week to go before a crucial vote in Geneva, Sri Lanka seems very much on the back foot.”

    Just a day or so ago Izath proclaimed in his opening statement “It should be obvious that the Government has scored a tremendous victory in Geneva.”

    How very, very funny?!

    With intellectuals like this do we truly need an external enemy to bring down the country? You two guys are the perfect “Ministers” for the Goon Regime – Jaya Wewa!

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    No one can quite match Mr Jayatillake’s virtuoso performances when it come to washing ones clean linen in public.

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