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Sri Lankan Muslims At The Cross-Roads – IV – After Aluthgama/Beruwela

By Izeth Hussain

 Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

It is evident that after the anti-Muslim action in Aluthgama and Beruwela on June 15 and the days following, the Sri Lankan Muslim problem has entered a new phase. There is no need for me to recapitulate the well-known details pointing to the Government’s complicity in the anti-Muslim action. Indeed it is more than complicity, and what happened should be properly regarded as a Governmental anti-Muslim racist pogrom. What happened is not novel because it is the kind of thing that has been going on for the last couple of years or so. What is novel are the sustained and meticulously planned attacks on Muslim business establishments. This fits into the racist paradigm to which I have referred in earlier articles. According to this paradigm the Sinhalese, more particularly the Sinhalese Buddhists, should be at the apex of a hierarchical structure, a program that required the kicking down of the Tamils. It is now the turn of the Muslims to be kicked down.

Admittedly, what I have written above could be a simplification of the prevailing situation, because I have not taken into account what might be called the existential fears of the Sinhalese people, fears that go well beyond the supporters of the BBS. That is true, but it is not germane to my present purpose, which is to point the finger directly at the Government as playing the crucial role in a racist anti-Muslim project. My point is that those existential fears are themselves the product of anti-Muslim racist propaganda. It should have been recognized as the duty of the Government to counter that propaganda. Of course it did nothing of the sort because – just like our earlier Governments – it has in effect acknowledged as its only duty in the ethnic field as that of establishing and maintaining the supremacy of the Lion Race.

Muslims Sri Lanka Colombo TelegraphWhat should the Muslims do to safeguard their legitimate interests, to live in peace and dignity with their Sinhalese compatriots, as the majority of the Sinhalese themselves would wish? First of all we must recognize that their present options are far wider than they would have been in 1983. The Government seems to be proceeding in its anti-Muslim project on the assumption that it can degrade the Muslims to second or third class status – the Tamils being already reduced to second class status – by stages, avoiding the provocation of a July ’83 holocaust. The Government today gives permission to the BBS to hold a rally in Aluthgama – a decision deplored by no less than the BBS President himself – and the police look on while the racist mob torches Muslim business premises. Tomorrow and the day after the process can be replicated in Colombo and elsewhere until all major Muslim business is taken over by the Lion Race. But the international community has reacted in a way that would have been unimaginable in 1983, and so has the civil society in Sri Lanka – I need not go into details. These reactions seem to signify that the peoples of the world are making themselves heard, that the wretched of the earth are arising. It could be that the racist neo-Fascists in Sri Lanka and elsewhere are not going to have an easy time.

One development in the civil society, still at an inchoate stage, could hold out much hope for the future. There seems to be a growing realization that society is something like a seamless web in which what happens in one part impacts on the others. It means that what is done to the minorities today could be done to the majority tomorrow. In July ’83 the Sinhalese power elite and its henchmen sank into the reptilian and the bestial. The holocaust against the defenseless Tamils was organized meticulously in a cold-blooded way – hence my term “reptilian” – by and with the knowledge of the top racists of the Jay Gang. Thereafter the racist mobs were given the license to sink into bestiality. The JVP, which was utterly racist at that time, enjoyed it all thoroughly. But towards the end of that same decade the JVP were ruthlessly butchering their fellow Sinhalese and were ruthlessly butchered in return. In several areas of Sri Lanka the youths were subjected to indiscriminate butchery on a horrifying scale. The paradise isle was drenched in blood and the greater part of it was transformed into a cemetery. An atrophy of the moral sensibility was shown by the Sinhalese power elite towards the Tamil minority in July ’83, and thereafter the Sinhalese majority itself paid a terrible price for that. Today the Muslim minority is being systematically denied the rule of law, and the Sinhalese majority is being denied it sporadically. Tomorrow – as the Bar Association of Sri Lanka seems to understand quite well – the Sinhalese majority will also be denied it systematically. It does seem that society is a seamless web.

What specifically should the Sri Lankan Muslims do to safeguard their legitimate interests? I used to be against our Muslims internationalizing their internal ethnic problem but today, unlike in 1983, internationalization is impossible to avoid. The Organization of Islamic Countries comprising 57 member states – the largest international organization outside the UN – has made its statement on the recent anti-Muslim action, and the UN has spoken through the voice of Navy Pillat. The leader of the SLMC, Rauf Hakeem, has urged the Government to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, and the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues to take action on the present situation in Sri Lanka. Every Muslim political Party and every Muslim politician should back Hakeem’s highly commendable move.

Internally, the Muslims should focus on two areas, the ongoing national struggle to make the Government respect the rule of law, and secondly the issues that have been bedeviling Muslim-Sinhalese relations for decades. I believe that it is crucially important to make Muslim action in these two areas part of a national struggle to bring about a better Sri Lanka. The campaign to make the Government respect the rule of law is already under way, and the Muslims should support that campaign in every way possible. As for the issues bedeviling Muslim-Sinhalese relations, individual Muslims such as myself can write articles on them – and that certainly is necessary – but their usefulness will be limited as individual Muslims may not be seen as having much of a representative capacity. What really is required is a group consisting mainly of Muslims and Sinhalese to put together papers on those issues in a readable form, aimed mainly at opinion-makers and decision-makers. That could be followed by translations into the vernaculars to reach a wider audience.

The project that I have in mind will take some time to mature. In the meanwhile I propose writing some articles on some of those issues, focusing initially – if I can get sufficient data on them – on those that seem to be seen as posing an existential threat to the Sinhalese. One is the spread of Wahabism, or what might more appropriately be called “political Islam”. The second is the supposed demographic threat according to which the Muslims are multiplying so fast that before long Sri Lanka will become a predominantly Muslim country. The third is the alleged economically privileged position of the Muslims. All three issues, I believe, are nonsensical, but I believe also that it will be irresponsible and stupid to dismiss them as unworthy of serious consideration because they are nonsensical. The point is that the nonsensical could have behind it irrational fears, but those irrational fears could be very real, and besides irrational fears could carry a high incendiary potential. The Government will not address those irrational fears because they accord nicely with its own anti-Muslim project. It is up to the civil society to address them.

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    Izeth Hussain –

    “What is novel are the sustained and meticulously planned attacks on Muslim business establishments. This fits into the racist paradigm to which I have referred in earlier articles. According to this paradigm the Sinhalese, more particularly the Sinhalese Buddhists, should be at the apex of a hierarchical structure, a program that required the kicking down of the Tamils. It is now the turn of the Muslims to be kicked down.”

    Yes, This is what it is.

    Para-Sinhalese hegemony in the Land of Native Veddah.,

    The Para Sinhala came from South India, to the Land of Native Veddah.

    Expose the Para-Sinhalese, expose the lies and imaginations of Monk Mahanama of Mahawansa.

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      Mahinda by refusing to ban Bodu Bala Sena, and Gota by financing and acting as the patron of BBS, Sri Lanka has become a state sponsoring Sinhala Buddhist terrorism, similar to Wiratu’s Buddhist terrorism in Myanmar.

      Sri Lankan situation today is similar to Afghanistan harboring Bin Laden after 911, the difference being terrorism in this case is directed against local Muslims, Christians and Tamils.

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        Come on Hussein! Rauf Hakim is a shameless and corrupt clown who should STOP supporting the Mahinda Jarapassa regime. He should certainly resign post as Minister of INJUSTICE in Sri Lanka. The legal CJ,m SHiranee Bandaranayake was illegally removed while he was Minister and Hakim has prevented a single case being tried against the BBS.

        The Muslim leaders are a bunch of self-centered, myopic, corrupt and unprincipled liars – Hakim, Bathudeen, Fawzi and the likes! WHen Tamils and Christians were attacked they just watched and supported Rajapaksa. YOu Hussein, should first understand that for Sri Lanka to straighten out the minorities need to unite and form a joint opposition against racism. Muslims need to work with TNA rather the the racist Jarapassa regime. First put your own house in order and treat your women with decency and respect and don’t force them to cover up in Purdha – because Muslim men cannot control their lust!! The Muslims live in a unside down world – sorry to say and I am NOT Islamaphobic!

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          Dodo, get real. Don’t you remember the lambasting Rishad Bathiudeen got from that Buru Mahinda at the Cabinet yesterday. Hakeem is the only one available for Muslim interests. He needs all the support he can get.

          Or Dodo are you a shill for the Jarapaksas.

          Mahinda, poor fellow, because he is a buruwa, he cannot imagine that Gota may be playing a game to assassinate him and hand over the country to the US Citizens United Front Inc. – to get rid of war crimes allegations for good and live a trouble free protected privileged life for ever.

          Dodo pull your fkg brain out of the your stinking ass and start thinking for once.

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    As a matter of fact the Sri Lankans are at the cross roads, they have a choice either to get rid of the devil or perish by it. Racism is a cancer that destroys within.

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      Sri Lanka is is a rogue in the league of nations today ruled by Raja-parayas, Mahanayaka-parayas, and Bhikku-errorists.

      The island is truly a tear drop for Tamils, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

      Sinhala Buddhist extremists who rampage the island has become perverts and sadists.

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        Is Sri Lanka destined to die with a begging bowl?

        Why can’t they set aside their ideologies and focus on developing their natural resources?

        Can they afford to compensate properties destroyed?

        The radical Bhikkus with the blessings of their Rulers are determined to create rifts between the minority communities, either to displace them or force them out of the country. Greed and jealousy has crept in to the Buddha’s teachings. This will destroy them eventually.

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    Dear Izeth Hussain,

    Re “It is evident that after the anti-Muslim action in Aluthgama and Beruwela on June 15 and the days following,…”

    I sympathize with the victims but are you relating the whole truth?

    I believe you are hiding the truth and is trying to make political capital just like the BBS has done, when you intentionally leave out the cause of this unfortunate and shameful incident that has snowballed into a riot.

    Is it true that the underlying cause was a Road Rage attack by two Muslim youths riding a Three wheeler, attempting to overtake a van carrying a local Buddhist priest of Dharga Town, respected by both local Muslims and Buddhists?

    Is it true that after overtaking the van the three wheeler blocked the van and assaulted the driver and the priest.

    Is it true that the Priest in question was hospitalised after the attack which occurred on the 12th June, three days earlier?

    Is it true that the driver of the van made a police complaint.

    Is it true that police inaction on the complaint led to a protest by both Muslim and Sinhala communities in Dharga Town?

    If any of this is true, then the picture you paint is despicable and makes you a person playing Dirty, Opportunistic, Politics no better and perhaps worse than those opportunists that you decry.

    Kind Regards,
    OTC

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      The point is that what was an altercation between a few individuals led to a communal clash which has all indications of being planned well in advance.
      There are serious questions as to the veracity of the so called attack on the monk but this too is not the point.
      The point is that the groundwork had already been laid for making such an altercation into the basis of an attack on a community.
      What happened was not that this altercation was the cause but this was what was grabbed and held on to and manipulated to do something that has been planned for a long time.

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        Dear Cornucopia,

        Re “The point is that what was an altercation between a few individuals led to a communal clash…”

        The point is that the majority of commentators try to hide the fact that a Buddhist Priest was hospitalized after being subject to an unprovoked attack by some hot headed thugs. The clash was a religious clash not a communal clash.

        If the fight was just between youths the clash would not have escalated to the proportions it did eventually. Are you trying to say that Tamils don’t fight amongst themselves, the Sinhalese don’t fight amongst themselves and the Muslims don’t fight amongst themselves and there are no fights between hot heads of different communities? The world does not have such an utopia anywhere.

        The problem was an UNPROVOKED attack on a Local religious leader respected by Muslims and Sinhalese alike and the inaction of the police to complaints made.

        Re “…. which has all indications of being planned well in advance”

        This was a RANDOM event.

        The event was a Random Road Rage on 12 th June. A three wheeler incessantly blaring its horn from behind a van traveling in the same direction in an attempt to overtake the van. Which it eventually did and blocked the Van and assaulted the driver and the passenger, who was a Buddhist Priest returning to his temple in Dharga Town.

        If the subsequent events was pre planned the attack would have been pre planned too.

        The BBS are religious extremists who are Buddhists only by name, just like other religious zealots such as Christian Proselytisation fanatics or Islamic Burka fanatics. All of them are a threat to Peace in Lanka and should be dealt in the same way.

        Re “There are serious questions as to the veracity of the so called attack on the monk”

        Are you insinuating that the Buddhist priest and his driver was not attacked on the 12th and that the priest was not hospitalised and a police complaint was not made?

        If so why are you afraid to air them?

        Re “…but this too is not the point”

        The point appears to be that interested parties want to use this incident to denigrate the Buddhists of Lanka by suppressing the cause which led to the incident.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          This is the same ‘Off the Cuff’ a great Sinhala Buddhist who tried to accuse me of being ungrateful to the country and the Nation, when I questioned the rationale of how only the LTTE was looked down for gruesome murder but not when some of our own Forces had committed the same on the Tamil men, women and children in their custody. Now this OTC is trying to rationalise the Aluthgama incident that some Muslim youths had assaulted a Buddhist priest to be hospitalised. If it was alleged that some Muslim Youth had assaulted a Sinhala youth, I would have accepted, but to have assaulted a Buddhist Priest under today’s context, knowing that it can have severe repercussions, it is difficult to believe the story. Where is this OTC’s concern reference Watarake thero’s assault and being dumped by a road side? These are the Humbugs believing they are Intellectuals, does not want others to expose the truth of the Sinhala Buddhists as themselves, but want to conceal the truth of atrocities committed, merely to project them as paragons of virtue.

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            Dear Gamini,

            Re “If it was alleged that some Muslim Youth had assaulted a Sinhala youth, I would have accepted, but to have assaulted a Buddhist Priest under today’s context, knowing that it can have severe repercussions, it is difficult to believe the story.”

            It is foolish to come and Pontificate in ignorance.

            You should have asked yourself why the incidents prior to the 15th was OMITTED by Izeth. But your burning desire to use the riot to slander the Buddhists was too tempting to exercise caution. It seems to me that you are one of those New Evangelical Christian Proselytisation fanatics.

            Poson Full Moon day is as important to Lankan Buddhists as is Wesak Full Moon day. 12th June was Poson. The assault took place on Poson. Here is an interview with the priest who got assaulted.

            In that video, the Ven Samitha the Chief priest of Vijeyaramaya, who was subjected to the attack on Poson Full Moon day (12 June) by 3 Muslim youths, relates what took place on that fateful day. He also states that about two weeks earlier, a decapitated Cattle Head and 4 legs (probably hooves) had been left in front of the Temple.

            As you yourself has observed it has led to severe repercussions.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrBgKWapYFA&feature=youtu.be

            Now let’s look at your other accusations.

            Dishonesty pervades your being.

            I am reproducing the post you ran away from that proves what a Lair you are. It was I who challenged you when you addressed a Fairy Tale comment to Paul on June 10, 2014 at 11:48 pm.

            The Text in Italics were authored by you.

            Extract

            My initial comment addressed to you on June 10, 2014 at 11:48 pm, requested you to provide any authoritative references that you have to support the claim you made on June 10, 2014 at 9:34 pm to Paul. Namely the following;

            “because at the behest of the assurances given to VP after he helped MR become President, VP got the LTTE to bury all their armoury, then abandoned their stronghold Kilinochchi and assembled on the Beach front to surrender and was massacred”

            You have posted 5 comments subsequently but there is no authoritative reference in sight.

            You cannot provide an authoritative reference because you do not posses any. You have been bluffing all along.

            On the other hand I have provided authoritative references to support everything that I have written.

            The difference between you and me is that while you spin Lies out of thin air I present verifiable facts.

            Re Can you enlighten the readership, reference the fortification (Bunkers) the LTTE had at Kilinochchi built to perfection to those if any at the Beach front as claimed by this Darusman Report”

            Even now you are trying to bluff your way out. The Darusman report is adverse to Sri Lanka. In fact they have even gone to the extent of prostituting the ICRC IHL to exonerate the LTTE of the war crime of employing a Human Shield.

            The LTTE was on the run. They could not stay in one place, in killi or anywhere else. They were outnumbered 10 to 1. Their ONLY salvation was escape either with foreign help or by themselves.

            The Beach was on the East of the NFZ. VP’s last stand was on the West. The fortifications were on the West. Did Darusman claim their were fortifications on the Beach?

            Re “For your information the reason is we are not Intellectually Dishonest like your ilk, who act as Pseudo Patriots…”

            You can say anything about me and I can say anything about you. But the question is whose statement is validated by what is written.

            You made a statement about my countries armed forces. I challenged you to provide authoritative evidence. Five posts later you are still struggling. Why? Because you were lying. The best part is you claim that you are intellectually honest after lying without any shame.

            Re “… and willing to compromise and cover up any Crime, just because they are committed by our own kind”

            When you cannot prove your case you start going around the Mulberry Bush. What is the Crime that I have defended? All I asked is for evidence for a slanderous statement you made.

            Don’t you think you should re-evaluate your strategy and base your writings on FACT instead of easily exposed Fibs?

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/gotabaya-rajapaksa-war-criminal-coward-or-a-president-in-waiting/comment-page-1/#comment-1342931

            I suggest that you refrain from trying to hoodwink the readership by making false claims about a debate that you abandoned as you could not prove the Fairy Tale statements that you made in that debate.

            As you have seen here I can refer back to my old posts with a simple google search.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              Ostrich Treatment Cheerioma (OTC)

              Off the Nut why don’t you blow yourself up with a chemistry set in your tagaran shed??

              The is no place for fascist and they would be hunted with time.

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              Off The Cuff,
              To cut your long story short, the whole world saw how the BBS was allowed to incite the mobs for violence with full protection of the Forces. Thereafter how the Tsunamipathy has ordered to take action against any, irrespective of position, who are responsible. To date no action taken is an indication that they hope with the passage of time people will forget everything.

              Your crowing that you have supported your statements with authoritative reference is in similar fashion as to what happened at Aluthgama where the whole world was witness. It is in the same vein how those Tamils seen in Army custody was later shown shot and brutally killed and you want me to provide reference. You are catching an end of the Darusman Report and trying to distort when it suits, but unwilling to accept the rest. The average reader in this web can siphon truth from fiction although you try to distort and cover up, like how Kamalesh Sharma hid those reports on the Impeachment of the former CJ. Whom are you trying to Bluff?

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                gamini

                OTC is a fiction writer not a good one at that. Please forgive him.

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                  Dear Tamil imposter of a Veddha,

                  Re “OTC is a fiction writer not a good one at that”

                  On May 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm, “Native Veddha” addressing a comment to Manoharan, wrote “You have great sense of History. I envy you…..The stupid Tamils suffered last time when IPKF arrived because the Sri Lankan armed forces who were supposed to defend this island were found hiding behind their women folks and VP’s fat bottom”

                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/dear-modi-sri-lankas-aggressive-agenda-to-your-notice/comment-page-1/

                  The Indian Parippu drop came before the Indo Lanka Peace Accord.
                  The IPKF was BORN because of the Peace Accord.
                  The SL Forces were confined to Barracks by the Peace Accord.

                  With the arrival of the IPKF the SL Forces were confined to barracks.

                  No Truthful person will contest these facts which are freely available on the Internet.

                  But this idiotic Tamil, masquerading as a Veddha, is writing his usual Fiction.

                  Birds of a feather flock together.

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                    Off the Nut OTC has lost the butt

                    Off The Nut and Butt!

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                Dear Gamini,

                Re “To cut your long story short,…..”

                My story is a short one. It was about why Izeth decided to OMIT the whole Truth in his essay.

                Yours is a long one. Spanning different discussions which you ran away from when you could not maintain what you wrote. Anyone can see what you stated here in your first post were two faced Lies.

                Re “…. the whole world saw how the BBS was allowed to incite the mobs for violence with full protection of the Forces”

                Read my posts again.

                I did not defend the BBS but questioned Izeth Hussain as to why he omitted salient facts. You are having Language issues.

                Re “Your crowing that you have supported your statements with authoritative reference is in similar fashion as to what happened at Aluthgama where the whole world was witness”

                You are having Language issues. I don’t have to crow about what I can prove backed up by authoritative evidence. The FACT that you have tried your utmost to disprove what I wrote and failed proves what I have written is the truth.

                I have not defended what happened at Aluthgama.

                I am asking why the WHOLE TRUTH is not related.
                So tell me why the TRUTH about the beginnings of the incident are suppressed?

                1. The decapitated Head and 4 hooves of an Ox left in front of the Temple about 2 weeks before the incident.

                2. The attack on the Buddhist Monk on the 12th June (Poson Full Moon day)

                3. The attacks that took place on 12 th June itself.

                Re “You are catching an end of the Darusman Report and trying to distort when it suits, but unwilling to accept the rest”

                The Darusman report has no relevance to Aluthgama though it was relevant in the debate you ran away from. However I am responding because you brought it up.

                Please don’t judge others by your own foolishness.
                The Darusman Report contains both, Truth and Fiction. The Truth is used as a cover to sneak in the Fiction.

                Only an idiot would be foolhardy to believe that everything in print has a Binary value, Completely True or Completely False.
                I can separate the Fiction from the Truth, though you cant.

                Darusman also provides SOLID EVIDENCE that the ICRC IHL Rule 97 had been subverted by them, in order to EXONERATE the LTTE and consequently the LTTE Financiers from the War Crime of using a Human Shield. Hence, the possibility that the report writers have been bought over by the LTTE or it’s sympathizers assumes real significance.

                I reproduced the Darusman report VERBATIM so how can I distort them?

                Coming back to the question at hand, which is the question I asked of Izeth, Why is the whole truth not discussed?

                You said the attack on the Monk was unbelievable. I gave you video evidence from the Monk himself. Now what do you say?

                Today’s Sunday Times caries a fine editorial regarding these events. Please read it.

                I believe that your Lies and subterfuge is designed to throw oil on a burning fire, because you are one of those New Evangelical Christian Proselytisation fanatics, who are as big a threat to a peaceful Lanka as is the BBS.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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                  OTC,

                  This is an excerpt from the article ‘The IGP Must Resign’ by Malinda Seneviratne in this Web.

                  Most importantly, why did the Inspector General of Police N.K. Ilangakoon state that a Buddhist monk had been assaulted when he had no evidence to support the claim? The Judicial Medical Officer’s report which would have either proven or refuted the said monk’s claim (as of Friday) has not been issued. Highly placed sources at the Attorney General’s Office could not confirm that the monk had indeed been assaulted.

                  OTC, Why Bullshit with your concoctions? with your Damn Lies. You are accusing me of as a New Evangelical Christian Proselytism fanatic. If only you know that I hail from the few Aristocracy remaining in this country, who do not label myself as a Buddhist unlike you, but I live a life of a True Buddhist, because Buddha said no one is born a Buddhist. As for your ire against Native Vaddha, calling him a Tamil, why do you feel superior to him, claiming to be a Sinhala Buddhist? There is no medicine for your naivete, only thing is do not display here in public, subjecting yourself to insult and ridicule. Have that little respect for yourself, if not for others as you display here.

                  The Biggest threat this Country faces, is from Pseudo Patriots like YOU.

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                    Dear Gamini,

                    Once again the question I asked Izeth is, why he did not begin his assay at the beginning. He begins with the 15th when it had an earlier beginning.

                    You and the others have been going round in circles without answering the above. Why? Do you have something to hide? If so what other than the Fact that a Buddhist Monk got assaulted during a Road Rage incident and those involved were three Muslim youths?

                    I assumed you were a Sinhalese and you have confirmed it.
                    Your perfidious attempts at rejecting the beginnings of this unfortunate incident points to just one thing. That your main desire was to denigrate Buddhists at any cost.

                    If you were a Buddhist you would have been ready to weigh the facts but you never wanted to do that. That points to two things, either you are an Islamic convert or a New Evangelist Christian bent on Proselytism.

                    You are clutching at straws by quoting Malinda here.

                    1. The Monk says that his complaint was recorded at the Aluthgama Police station regarding the assault by 3 Muslim youths on the 12 June.

                    2. The Monk says that about 2 weeks prior to the Road Rage incident a decapitated Ox head and 4 legs (probably the hooves) was left in front of the Temple premises and that they made a police complaint and the police came and removed the decapitated parts.

                    Both these events are on Police record and are verifiable.
                    Hence you cannot shake Ven Samitha’s testimony at all.

                    Watch and listen to the video which I linked before and linking again now, with care.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrBgKWapYFA&feature=youtu.be

                    Therefore Gamini, to use your own terminology, Why Bullshit with your concoctions?

                    Re “If only you know that I hail from the few Aristocracy remaining in this country, who do not label myself as a Buddhist unlike you,..”

                    I write under a pseudonym for my safety but I reveal all other relevant details about me such as my ethnicity, my country and religion so that no one is left guessing. As a Buddhist I reject all class, faith, ethnic, cast etc divisions. I certainly do not care about aristocracy. You call yourself Gamini and I can call myself Piaydasa but that will not convey anything as both Gamini and Piyadasa could be pseudonyms. But instead of using a dishonest pseudonym such as Piyadasa or Thangaraja or White or Ismail, I chose to convey that I write under a pseudonym.

                    I expect a honest and clean debate. But I am no pushover to submit to Lies, intimidation, ad hominems and gutter language.

                    Re “As for your ire against Native Vaddha, calling him a Tamil, why do you feel superior to him, claiming to be a Sinhala Buddhist?”

                    Apparently Gamini you cannot recognize a Liar even when the facts are laid out before you.

                    Please read the following statement with care.

                    “The stupid Tamils suffered last time when IPKF arrived because the Sri Lankan armed forces who were supposed to defend this island were found hiding behind their women folks and VP’s fat bottom”

                    Leave aside the denigrating Language and prove to the CT Readers that the above, is a statement of FACT and is not a Despicable Lie designed to Denigrate Sri Lanka and her Armed Forces.

                    Please keep in mind that,

                    1. The Indian Parippu drop on Jaffna (operation Poomalai) intimidated the Govt of Sri Lanka to end an operation that would have either killed or captured Prabahkaran.

                    2. Subsequent to the Parippu drop the SL govt was forced to sign the Indo Lanka Peace accord.

                    3. The IPKF was established under the Indo Lanka Peace Accord.

                    4. The SL Forces was confined to Barracks under the terms of the same Peace Accord (please read the Indo Lanka Peace accord).

                    Hence it was IMPOSSIBLE for the SL Forces to confront the IPKF.

                    That statement I reproduced was made by the Veddha Imposter.
                    The wording of that statement is that of a Tamil Separatist.

                    Hence though you may be naive enough to believe that an English Educated Veddha (would have been hailed by the Media and used in govt propaganda) is writing here on CT, I am not.

                    My purpose here on CT is to oppose the Lies that are freely bandied about, by asking probing questions, like what I asked Izeth and placing factual evidence before the CT readership to counter Liars such as the Veddha imposter and you.

                    Kind Regards,
                    OTC

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                      Off the Nut (OTC)Ostritch Treatment

                      Stop crying and viper your nose- you are no former GA Jaffna but a scumbag.

                      You can never get an article on CT but unload Mahanama Sihala Buddhist Fascist Terrorist garbage.

                      Off the Nut you had your butt blown off Why So??

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      The point that Mr Izeth is trying to make is not Micro as in HOW or WHO did to initiate these attacks, but rather his main concerns are more Macro, based on on three fear factors amongst the majority clan (Sinhala/Buddhists) which he claims are nonsensical, irrational and unworthy of any serious consideration. They are ‘spread of Wahabism’ also referred to as ‘political Islam’, second is ‘demographic threat according to which the Muslims are multiplying so fast that before long Sri Lanka will become a predominantly Muslim country’, whilst the third being ‘the alleged economically privileged position of the Muslims in this country’. Unless these issues are openly discussed, pros and cons thrashed out in public forums such as these, and the outcome filtered down to grass-root levels into the public sphere, these lopsided views propagated by bigots will only gather momentum to further drive the wedge between the two communities to create more harm and destruction than ever imagined.

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        Dear Marwan,

        Mr Izeth has purposely drawn a time line midway in to the incident. Why did he do that instead of discussing it from the beginning? What was he trying to hide?

        You assault me and I hit you back. But when reporting it, your initial assault on me is suppressed. That type of reporting alters the complexion, from it’s true nature, where you, the perpetrator is at fault, to a completely false one, presenting the victim as the perpetrator.

        Mr Izeth therefore is not interested in getting at the Truth but is interested in making opportunistic propaganda vilifying the Sinhalese generally and the Buddhists in particular.

        There is no argument about the BBS being a radical extremist organisation led by a thug wearing a saffron robe. The language Mr Izeth uses makes me believe he is no better than that BBS thug and is in fact an identical Muslim equivalent of the BBS thug.

        What you and Izeth seems to overlook is the FACT that Muslim Businesses (and Tamil Businesses) cannot survive without Sinhala support. 75% of their customers are Sinhalese. If the Sinhalese are racists as alleged and would listen to extremists such as the BBS who call for a boycott of Muslim businesses, then NO Muslim Business would survive such a boycott.

        You look at things with a Jaundiced eye because that suits your view.

        If you want to debate about what you believe Mr Izeth said then you are welcome to do so.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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      Dear CT Readers,

      I found the following Utube video on the web.
      It is a detailed description of the events that led up to Religious Rioting which Mr Izath Hussain tried to suppress.

      In that video, the Ven Samitha the Chief priest of Vijeyaramaya, who was subjected to the attack on Poson Full Moon day (12 June) by 3 Muslim youths, relates what took place on that fateful day.

      He also states that about two weeks earlier, a decapitated Cattle Head and 4 legs (probably hooves) had been left in front of the Temple.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrBgKWapYFA&feature=youtu.be

      In view of this evidence my posts dated June 21, 2014 at 1:31 am and June 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm, are erroneous and I extend my apologies to the CT readership.

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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        Ostritch Treatment- Off The Nut

        You are of the `Lying Race` don’t expect anyone to believe Goo`tas fabrications.

        The west witnessed the doctors of the no fire zone within ltte power within goota power and as a free man in the west.

        There are buddhist monks who have taken refuge in the west and they dont believe your garbage.

        █████████████████ OTC
        █ █ █☻█ █ █ █ █ █ IS
        █ █ █/▌█ █ █ █ █ █ FINALLY
        █ █ █ /\█ █ █ █ █ █ IN
        █████████████████ JAIL

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          Ha ha haa, I enjoyed the cartoon. Thank you.
          Septic Tank is getting madder by the minute.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Ho ho ho! He he he

            OTC the Bunny Boiler you forgot your bunnies Phew!

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              I see that I have weaned you out of your gutter language.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Its your mothers classic language that you cherish so much-
                buruva off the nut because they shot your brains off your butt.

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                  Septic,

                  Re “Its your mothers classic language that you cherish so much”

                  Oh no it is your mother tongue I was referring to Jadi! Ha ha haaa

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                    Offshot has pooed into Off the Nut (OTC)Ostritch Treatment

                    `Lying Race` of Sihala Buddhist Terrorist.

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                      Jadi,

                      You are stuck in a repeating grove. Probably due to the viscosity of that septic stuff. Why not come out with that choice mother tongue of yours? ha ha haa.

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                      Off the Nut (OTC)Ostritch Treatment

                      You have lost your butt in a third world debacle sihala buddhist terrorist pigsty.

                      Keep grooving and churning the sludge- hurry up ela ela.

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                    Off The Nut

                    Sinhala Buddhist Terrorist you are classic kunu karola to say that you were a former GA of Jaffna.

                    Stop belching and farting on CT

                    No thanks, Off the nut.

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                      Septic,

                      Where is that choice mother tongue of yours?
                      Afraid to use it?

                      How far did you study English?
                      A 2nd grader has a better command of English than you.

                      This idiot Jadi cannot read, comprehend or write English!

                      It’s simply pathetic

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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    You say ‘the spread of Wahabism, or what might more appropriately be called political Islam…..is nonsensical’

    As long ago as 2007 prominent Muslim leaders thought otherwise. They were T.K. Azoor, Shibly Aziz, A.M.M. Faaiz, and M.H. Mohamed. They ‘observed a growing Wahhabi presence, based mostly in the town of Kattankudy in Eastern Province’.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-a-growing-wahhabi-presence-in-eastern-province-muslim-leaders/

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    “…the ongoing national struggle to make the Government respect the rule of law,…”

    When read this I simply could not restrain a hoot of derision at the current Sri Lankan condition. Usually it is the state and its forces of law and order that are trying to keep the citizens in good order, whereas here in our miracle of Asia it is the other way around. Mr Hussain, you have hit the head on the nail…..??? or should it be….whatever!

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      Oh yes he fails to mention that sihala buddhist are just being exposed as terrorist because the west keeps on playing that the muslims are international terrorist while the christian,catholic and jews are at the apex of terror.

      How much more will the passa regime spend in buying fascist of leading governments to paint a rosy picture of the debacle of asia?? Ian Paisley
      must be cheering after Aluthgama and drinking an extra bottle of champagne.Idiotic Hindu must be blaming the LTTE thanks to stash of goodies.
      Passa and moreover `Goo`ta `Boo`ts will make the island like little Egypt with an ancient culture and ruled by the military junta. Great for the Hora Oru folk because its the culture. Democracy is Greek and western for western folk only as in practice.

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    Dear Mr Hussein,

    You preach appeasement. It comes out of years of belief in the Sinhalese middle class with whom we grew up with. We believed in the nice times we had growing up with them. But, experience shows that it is the middle class that has benefitted from the racism that the Sinhalese have unleashed. It is the wages of sheer envy that Tamils then and the Muslims now experience. The elite Sinhalaya never worked for success. He got rid of the Tamil and took his jobs. Now, he wants to get rid of Muslim businessmen so that he can grab their business. That is the simple reality.

    Sit down and write your papers. It will keep you brain working. No harm at all. It is good in old age.

    But, do not delude us minorities that this problem can be fixed by the elites getting together when the Sinhala elite is the problem. The poor Sinhalese of the villages suffer too much at the hands of everyone and are misled. They do have an excuse because they only know what they are told by their politicians.

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      What a silly argument. ‘The poor Sinhalese of the villages suffer too much at the hands of everyone and are misled. They do have an excuse because they only know what they are told by their politicians’. So why blame the minority communities for their (poor Sinhalese) predicament? The minorities are not the reason or cause for that. You are even attacking the ‘old age’ of the writer himself by writing ‘It will keep you brain working. No harm at all. It is good in old age,’ as if you will never get old and will always remain young. He is brave enough to write clearly and concisely what he thinks through his vast experience as n former Ambassador and a writer, and you have the ‘punk’ to ridicule his thoughts which he has penned. Do you have even a fraction of that talent, except to criticize.

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      Ponkoh Sivakumaran

      You are quite right. I am sure everyone is aware of what Izzeth is writing about including the Sinhala Buddhists who return the Jarapassas to power again and again. So Izzeth should retire and spend his last days in peace and tranquility.

      What is required is to persuade a foreign power to invade the country, and own it free of cost. Try Modi.

      I am not saying it will be beneficial for the minorities, especially the Muslims. But that old rationale “why should you enjoy when I am forced to suffer?” will be a great consolation.

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    The Stupid top man failed to honor the constitutional arrangement in both ways,
    1. failed to protect Sri Lanka’s minority by allowing BBS to openly break the law and ordering the police not to take any action.

    2. failed to protect Buddhism by allowing the rowdy crowd of BBS and its thuggery Gnanasara to harm the teaching of Buddha.

    I think the top man crossed the red line and his days are counted for him to face Sadam Hussain style ending or in waste case scenario Libya style ending. Choice is his. Whichever way the ending is going to be pathetic.

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    “The Government will not address those irrational fears because they accord nicely with its own anti-Muslim project. “

    Muslim you no race you are a religious fanatic and had Baharat stripped and yet fight for the land of another hindu called kashmir. You are a crusader like the western Christians. old and new testament farts have bought their luggage to asia.

    You have been involved in playing the backsides of other minorities mainly the tamils who can trust you- you are block vote blind and democracy is not for you so go back under the stone you come from.

    Religion the curse of the world- get rid of it and sense will prevail.

    Kallathoni go away leave the island.

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    To those who point the fingers at that alleged incident, where people accuse Muslims of attacking a Buddhist monk, no one knows the entire story right now, and that should be investigated without interference.
    That said, it was not a religious attack, but a road rage incident. Therefore it is not up to blood thirsty terrorists, to start attacking ALL Muslims, their homes, their shops, and most of all their Mosques.
    That is the uncivilized way of doing things, and time and time again the saffron robed thugs from the BBS have shown they are not only uncivilized, but totally ignorant. What started this massacre, was not the so called road rage incident, but a vicious leader from the BBS insulting minorities, inciting the brainless people, who were brought in by trucks and buses, and instructed to start showing just what good Buddhists they are, and attack helpless Muslims. The government is pathetic when it is now trying to blame this on the Muslims, and trying to cast a bad light on the victims, but they do not realize, perhaps because of their ignorance, that the majority in this country, know of these rajapaksa tricks, and have already called for an investigation.
    How much crime and how many investigations. The rajapaksa’s have brought SHAME to this country, and also disgraced their religion.

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      Dear Manel,

      If you were responding to what I wrote, you should have have had the decency to do so as a reply to mine and not hidden away elsewhere omitting to address it to anyone. That was cowardly and not becoming of a person seeking the truth.

      Re “To those who point the fingers at that alleged incident, where people accuse Muslims of attacking a Buddhist monk, no one knows the entire story right now,….”

      If you don’t know the entire story why are you pointing fingers as you are doing now? Is the intent Rabble Rousing and suppressing the Truth? What is your motive?

      Re “That said, it was not a religious attack, but a road rage incident”

      Apparently you know it was a Road Rage attack. What made you to SUPPRESS the ethnicity of the person’s involved? Does not fit in with your agenda?

      Of course the BBS are extremists no different to any other Religious extremists whether they be Christian Proselytisation fanatics or Burka fanatics. All of them should be dealt in the same way as all of them are a threat to a peaceful Lanka.

      The question is what triggered the the fanaticism of the BBS?

      Let’s see what Izeth Hussain has to say, if he says anything further at all!

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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        You flatter yourself. I was not addressing you. I don’t usually address comments that makes no sense to me. I see some people agree with me, my comment was for like minded people. Run along now.

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          Dear Manel,

          If you say you did not respond to my comment I will accept that.

          However, the contents of your comment did address the issues that ONLY I have raised even up to now.

          Hence you must have been hallucinating when you wrote “To those who point the fingers at that alleged incident, where people accuse Muslims of attacking a Buddhist monk,..”

          Being a coward is one thing but trying to coverup that cowardice by assuming a pseudo intellectual superiority is another.

          What caused your goat to come out when I questioned Izeth Hussain as to why he suppressed the event that snowballed in to a Riot? Are you one of those New Evangelist Christian Proselytisation fanatics that is no second to the BBS thugs?

          Re “I see some people agree with me, my comment was for like minded people”

          What a daft statement to make. Many more agreed with Prabahkaran. That did not justify his murderous atrocities.

          Your comment was on a Public Forum hence it was open to criticism. If you thought otherwise you are a bigger fool than I thought.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Menel, we understand your point-of-view. Not worthy of a reply. He must be off his head, not off the cuff.

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              Off the meds perhaps. I agree there is no point in responding to such comments. :))

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                Dear Manel,

                I did not expect you to respond as you acted like a coward from the beginning when you could not meet my arguments.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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                  Offshot cryptic septic- septic was during the days of the Romans and here in the west it is all recycled while lanka is still in the age of the pig licking/biting off the bullocks in the loo- off the nut smelly boy.

                  tatte motte the `lying race` offshot off the nut turd.

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            OTC, the lady told you to fk off. Now get lost. Don’t force me to ream out the wrinkles in your posterior.

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              Dear Navin,

              I never thought you were such an expert Homo!
              Or are you a Hetro who is more in to the Posterior than the Anterior?

              How did you know Manel’s sex?

              Instead of your pseudo bravado, why don’t you contest what I have written? No one has done so yet and Manel was too much of a coward. Are you a coward too, who takes refuge in Ad hominems?

              Good Luck and Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Go back into the Open Loo you come from Tatte Motte Turd.

                There is no place for vegetables here Go Join mechanic who grows Leeks.

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                  Hi Jadi,

                  As I told you before mine goes to the Septic Tank which is your abode. But please contain that stuff without spreading it all over CT as you used to.

                  Glad to see those choice expletives of yours getting sparse. Ha ha haa.

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                    Off the Nut Offshot (OTC) your ideas are slave bullocks- Biscuit Boofer

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                      Hi Jadi,

                      You are blabbering. ha ha haaa

                      Where is your mother tongue?

                      Kind Rgards,
                      OTC

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      It is so comforting we still have decent people like Manel, able to think above prejudice and racial hatred. The tragedy is such useful
      people are kept out of the system of governance and the utterly misfit and criminals have subverted the ruling machinery. The Rajapakse Govt is best described in the old Tamil saying of the bunch of beautiful flowers in the hands of the buffoons.

      R. Varathan

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    It is said,a little learning is a dangerous thing.

    I have noted the free use of the term Wahabism in some of the comments to this article. I would like to contribute a miniscule bit of my knowledge on the subject.

    The West has coined the term Wahabism along with Islamist and Islamo-fascist. This is what they do very well. Label people first, use it often and then the rest of the world blindly follows applying it to everything and anything.

    The term Wahabi was initially applied to some Saudis who followed the teachings of Abdul Wahab, who lived in the Arabia peninsula in the early 1700’s. He professed a conservative approach to Islamic fundamentals whereby anything that could not be directly linked to Quranic verses or recorded statements made by the Prophet of Islam – Muhammad, was to be ignored and destroyed. The principle he preached was very simple. Today the Saudi state follows his teachings.

    Unfortunately his teachings over the last 300 years have evolved into a protracted campaign within Saudi Arabia and without to remove any and all evidence and practices that are considered to be non-original.
    Many structures that the local population in Mecca and Medina maintained out of devotion and piety have been totally removed because to the Wahabis they represented deviations from the prescribed faith. People, things and structures are part of symbolism and idol worship, which is not allowed in Islam. That is why a Mosque has very little decor if any. This is not stopped the Saudis from building grandiose
    structures and naming them after Kings – Like they gave up their own money!

    Obviously those who studied in Saudi universities have now returned their countries and are trying to re-educate their people about the ‘right’ way. Christianity has gone through these stages, Islam is, and perhaps Buddhism and Hinduism will too. It is all part of the learning process.

    It is when teaching becomes compulsory and change is deemed inevitable, there is going to be push-back. Not every woman wants to wear Hijab and not every Muslim prays 5 times a day. However, that is their personal choice. Not for a Wahabi or Bhikkhu to be offering their two cents about!

    Rohan Gunaratne who have never ceased to see terrorists under every tree has floated the theory that has gained some distribution that Taliban are now in Eastern Sri Lanka. A Talib (Student) is someone studying Islamic theology. To that extent the term is valid because I am sure there are 1000’s of Talibs all over Sri Lanka. Are they training to go fight in Kashmir? Bull Shit!

    Prof Gunaratne will sell his books and earn lecture fees by the pocketful whilst we keep chasing Taliban. Us fools should know better than to quote people like him.

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      Mr. Izeth Hussain,
      Writing to Lankaweb on May 7th, Bisthan Batcha wrote that Sri Lankan Muslims are a unique ethnic group and their lives and life-styles are inextricably linked to that of the other 90% of Sri Lankans. He warns; “We cannot expect to live in harmony with other Communities if we choose to build ‘walls’ around our Community. So he begged to keep it like in “Turkey and Malaysia / Indonesia rather than that of the rigid, spiritual life-style of Saudi Arabia.” Batcha had explored why things are not ‘hunky-dory’ with particularly the majority Buddhists. He explored in to the Halal issue, the Black Abhaya issue, the External Loudspeaker issue, the Mosque-building issue and the Population issue with an open mind.

      But you’re completely mum about the Wahhabi ideological expansion into the traditional values of Muslims in Sri Lanka and how Muslims have alienated themselves from the mainstream Sinhala Buddhists. All you talk about is “the Government’s complicity in the anti-Muslim action” and internationalizing it as a way to save Muslims in Sri Lanka.

      Mr Hussian, I say, you don’t need Sinhalese to discuss about your project for BSS had already put everything on the table in the open stage. I am sure, they’ll give it to you in writing if you want. What is imperative is to get moderate Muslims like Bisthan Batcha and Wahhabis on the same table not to discuss your ideological issues and kill yourselves like in July 25th 2009 in Beruwala but deliberate isues that were raised by BBS and the like.

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    Events have overtaken Izeths’s previous projections. The Rajapaksas have accelerated the process of taking the country to the brink of destruction with no hope of return. Bensen

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    Tamils have 89,000 Mahaeer war widows 33 years after they were at cross roads.

    Tamils still cry genocide.

    Tamils cry horrendous abuses and structural genocide against them.

    If Muslims want to follow the same road of Tamils, please do so but don’t be foolish to expect a different outcome.

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    A incisive essay identifying both the macro- and macro- factors.

    However, the on-going anti-Muslim pogram should be viewed against the background of the repeated attacks on Ven. Vijitha Thera. Is the Sinhala community turning on itself? Is the Sinhala polity being divided on the lines of extremists/ cads vs moderates/decent? Has the MR government laid the foundations for what was unthinkable a few years back? Will the decent Sinhala majority react enough to vote out this government and put an end to the Mihin Lanka being fashioned?

    A divided Sri Lanka is what this governments wants, to perpetuate familiocracy and unethical rule through further militarization.

    United we stand and divided we fall to the vultures and wolves circling above and around us.

    Incidentally it was interesting to see the President closely examining the gallows in the new Kandy prison. Was he testing its strength? What was in his mind? I hope it was Gnanasara and those backing him?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    In Sri Lanka, Sinhala People are a minority.

    It is US who finance Muslims extremist groups.

    Reason ?….. good question

    See this

    Sinhalese houses and temples destroyed in Darga town, Aluthgama and welipenna..

    more pictures at

    [https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.715735448484347.1073741841.123534534371111&type=1]

    also listen to

    [http://vocaroo.com/i/s05AVnzNqiiQ]

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    This seamless web (of violence) that you speak of is nothing but the result of Inappropriate Taxation of persons who are making gold out of hay as always, and even more so now, with the China-formula. Once Gosl realizes this, they will stop using such minorities to make money for their glory, and go the more socialistic way. Person like Wimal Weerawansa is the way forwards. As for getting UN and Navi Pillay involved,……don’t get into that again.

    Making gold out of nothing of true humane substance, plus the Wahabi culture, is a sure recipe for outbreak of violence in any society alien to Whabism. So!, We can teach the majority Lion race to accept the costumes at least, or better, remove the costumes in the first place.

    (costumes and exponential birth rates go hand in hand, for when one man sits around with many closeted, costumed wives and children, money making comes only too easily then over the cultures which give prominence to equal rights . This is grossly unfair to the rest of the world who seeks to morally and ethically share : liberté, égalité, fraternité, and suffrage for all).

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      You are truly the `lying race` of sihala buddhist fascist terrorist that has gone off the nut like turd.

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    The story of the hospitalized Buddhist monk is of the same genre as the Gotapimp Gnanasara story of the two prostitutes in the Muslim garment shop being videoed in the fitting room. Nuff said.

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