16 June, 2021

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Sri Lanka’s Disgrace, Trump’s Worst Hurrah, And Biden’s Finest Hour

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

For today’s column I was planning on writing on the ‘use and abuse of science in politics,’ both generally about the tortuous relationship the two have been having throughout the world in this pandemic year, and more specifically about what seems to be becoming the political abuse of science in Sri Lanka. As far as I can think of examples, Sri Lanka seems to be the only country where the government has succeeded in dividing the medical scientific community almost right down the middle. And I cannot think of any other way to describe this development except calling it utterly disgraceful.

Differences among doctors and scientists are not uncommon and they could be positively useful in many instances. The current differences among world scientists are about the British vaccination protocol – seeking to maximize the number of single dosage recipients by extending the time for the second dosage from three weeks to three months, and to mix and match vaccines for the two dosages. This debate is at the cutting edge of Covid-19 vaccine science.

Closer to stone age is the debate in Sri Lanka about cremating or burying the victims of Covid-19. Somehow, the government seems to have strongarmed, or socially pressured, a medically learned opinion that the burial of Covid-19 victims might result in armies of an essentially respiratory virus escaping the buried cadavers and rushing through the earth’s esophagus to infect its ground water! What else could one call this, except disgraceful.

Trump’s last and worst hurrah

No one, however, will have any hesitation about calling out as DISGRACEFUL, what Donald Trump did in Washington last Wednesday. It was also dangerous. Over the last two months and more, American democracy has been living through the worst of times and the best of times. True to form, after Trump’s worst hurrah on Wednesday, Joe Biden registered his finest hour on Thursday as President elect.

On Wednesday, January 6, the United States Congress was getting into a joint session of the House and the Senate to perform its quadrennial constitutional ritual of affirming the Electoral Court votes and declaring Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the winners of the 2020 November presidential election. About the same time Trump was addressing a motley mob of his supporters in front of the White House, and egging them on to march on Capitol, while leaving it to them to take whatever course of mischief they could. And they did, storming the Capitol, overpowering security, invading the Senate and House Chambers, forcing the legislators to run for cover, and interrupting proceedings. Five people including a policeman were killed in the melee, and a number of people were injured.

The most shocking aspect of the mob invasion was the total absence of security or police. White thugs were seen freely scaling over parapets on to balconies. It struck everyone who watched the unfolding scenes that it would have been a different story if the protesters were from the Black Lives movement. They would have been gunned down instantly. To his credit, President elect Joe Biden condemned the racist inaction by Police and made it public that his granddaughter, a university student, had emailed him in real time to express her disgust. 

This was Trump’s last and desperate attempt to prevent the official declaration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as winners of the November presidential election. Just earlier that morning he had tried to coerce his Vice President Mike Pence to use his simply ceremonial role of announcing Electoral College vote tallies before the joint session, to reject the results of one or more states and throw the whole election into hitherto uncharted chaos. If there could be enough chaos, Trump seems to have figured, he would be able to snatch a second term. Pence refused, and announced his refusal publicly – apparently becoming the first Vice President in American history to publicly contradict his President.

Separately, Trump’s supporters in Congress were trying to challenge and upset the results of six states where Biden’s margin of victory is low. These moves were doomed to fail as a majority of the Congress, in both the House and the Senate, including both Republicans and Democrats, was going to reject these vexations and affirm the clear Electoral College (and the massive popular vote) majority that Biden and Harris had legitimately and legally won. This the Congress eventually did – by massive majorities, over 300 in the House of 438 members and over 90 out of 100 in the Senate. This was done with the Congress reconvening after the mob interruption, and sitting through the night and finishing its constitutional business in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The 100+ members in the House who ended up voting against the endorsement of the election results are die hard Tea Party supporters on the extreme right of the Republican Party, and the half a dozen Republican Senators who objected to the election results were positioning themselves as candidates for the next (2024) presidential election. Their political calculations have now been trampled and trashed by the Trump mob that ransacked the Capitol. And Trump has disgraced himself far more than any of his many detractors could have.

The man who started his presidency yelling to stop the “American carnage” is now leaving office after failing to incite a mob carnage to extend his presidency. The phrase ‘American carnage’ was written into Trump’s inaugural speech by Stephen Miller, a 30+ right-wingnut policy wonk and speechwriter. Miller has been the architect of some of Trump’s worst initiatives, especially on immigration. Trump never owned or possessed any pre-meditated political vocabulary or idea when he embarked on his presidential flight. Nor did he come to acquiring anything worthwhile during his tenure as President.

Given his sociopathic craving for power and fame, Trump turned to the worst and the ugliest in America and among Americans to sustain his politics. His worst hurrah was in trying to goad the Americans, or at least a critically sufficient number of them to overturn the results of the presidential election that he lost by quite a margin. By stubbornly overreaching in the end, he has destroyed the chance of leaving even a partisan legacy of mobilizing over 70 million voters to vote for the Republican Party.

Without the power of the presidency and the social media platform that he exploited, with Facebook and Twitter already beginning to isolate him, and deserted by fleeing staff and supporters, Trump will find it difficult to remain in the eye of the political storm as he has been doing for the last four years. As his former Defense Secretary James Mattis has summed up, Trump “will be deservedly left without a country.” Scotland has already spurned him by officially saying that he is not welcome to visit his golf club there. In America, Trump will be pre-occupied with legal worries.

With only two weeks left in office, there is no point in impeaching Trump or executively removing him under the 25th Amendment. But the calls for one or both, have certainly rattled him and may have prevented him from doing anything outrageous, not only domestically, but also internationally. Within a day of openly inciting his mob supporters to overthrow the election, Trump has been chastened to deliver highly scripted statements that a new administration will take over on January 20 and that he will spend his remaining days in office facilitating a peaceful transfer of power.

He has not been able, however, to find any decency in him to acknowledge that Joe Biden will be the next President. The only remaining surprise about him is whether he would (self) pardon himself out of future legal jeopardies. Whether a self-pardon will be legally enforceable or not is an open legal question, and in any event, it will protect Trump only from federal litigation and not state litigations. There are cases awaiting him in New York, his hometown and home state. But he might never return there. He is now a registered resident of Florida. 

America’s Game of Inches

Americans call their national game – (American) Football, a game of inches. The opposing teams lock one another, pushing and shoving to gain ground and advance ball possession inch by inch. Aerial passes were a later introduction apparently following a casual suggestion by President Theodore Roosevelt after his son was badly injured in a college football game. American politics seems to be no different. It is a game of inches – with checks and balances and separation of powers in a federal system. There is no room for aerial passes or sweeping landslide victories.

Joe Biden’s impressive popular vote win would have meant nothing if Trump had managed to hold on to the handful of states that he narrowly lost. Trump would have squeaked through to a second term thanks to the Electoral College system. And the Biden presidency would have been thoroughly ineffectual if the Democrats do not have control in both the House and the Senate. The Democrats have a majority in the House, but they had to win both Senate seats in Georgia in the runoff elections held on January 5. The Democrats stunningly won both, for the first time in 28 years. But it was again a game of inches – just about a one percent margin of victory in both races.

Until recently, the working of the American political system depended on bipartisan agreements in the House and in the Senate. It was not unusual for a sitting President to be opposed by members of his own party in Congress, and for the President to reach out to the opposing party members to secure legislative majorities on a case-by-case basis. The Republicans upended the system when they decided to function as a ‘parliamentary’ opposition to President Obama, opposing everything he did or initiated. The same stalemate would have continued for President elect Biden if Republicans had won at least one of the two Senate races in Georgia, which would have kept the Senate under Republican control.    

Apart from the Electoral College system, it is the Senate that provides the biggest check against popular majorities and mandates. James Carville, the coiner of the famous Clinton slogan – “It’s the economy, stupid,” never misses an opportunity to remind his young progressive critics that 18% of the American population (living in 26 rural States) elect 52 of America’s 100 Senators. Therein lies the dilemma of winning big on progressive agendas in New York and in California and running into roadblocks in Washington set up by small state Senators.

The Georgia wins are a great boost to the new Biden-Harris Administration. Both Biden and Harris are former Senators, and Biden had been a Senate fixture from the Nixon era until he became Obama’s Vice President. He has loads of Congress and Senate experience to draw from as he tries to restore normalcy to American politics and its role in the world after four years of Trump chaos.

Joe Biden may not be the man of destiny, but he is a man of great decency, and Americans could not have found a better person to replace Trump and reverse his disastrous course. Biden’s address to the nation on Thursday, the day after Trump’s failed carnage, was his finest hour as President elect. He eloquently went through the long charge sheet against Trump, but he was not interested in impeachment – only in moving on and turning a new page.

He also chose the occasion to announce his new Attorney General – Merrick Garland, a highly respected Federal Appeals Court Judge, whom President Obama nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016, only to have him spurned by the Republican Senate on the grounds that it was an election year. Now it is just reward for Justice, for if there is any area that requires immediate restoration after Trump, it is the Department of Justice. Both Biden and Garland recounted that the American Department of Justice (DOJ) was created in 1870 to specifically enforce civil liberties and eliminate the menace of Ku Klux Klan. The two men promised that the DOJ will be rebooted to its original purpose in the new plural America.      

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    What this matured knowleldged author thouht of the incident which took place in US , is retribution says our self claimed know it all Mr. SJ

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      Wow, Rajan have you forgotten UKRAIN_GATE? like Watergate?
      How Joe Biden’s son was paid big bucks and sat on the Board of Ukraine’s an oil company, after the CIA staged a coupe in that post-Soviet republic to get it away from Putin.?!!
      Rajan are you paid for by the Dems’ Deepstate whose Covid-19 plot has backfired badly making China the world’s ONLY SUPERPOWER at this time?!
      The plain truth is that Sri Lanka is being played by the US Deep State and NATO via Ukraine which is a US proxy state after CIA staged a coupe on Russia’s border – true Cold War style in post-Cold War Europe to threaten Putin!
, after which the Sri Lankan and the US citizens Rajapaksa family’s love-affair with Udayanga’s in the lead, with Ukraine was brokered by the CIA and the US govt.
      1. Ukraine sent Agro-Chemical waster to Sri Lanka December 2019,
      2. Burrissma Belissima Avant Guard scam saw a Ukrainian ships captain in prison for months, while Senadhipatty had a link up with US citizen Rajapaksa brothers in LA.
      3. Now Ukraine is sending Covid-19 bio-terrorism tourists and
      4. buying fish harvested by Japanese and French trawlers in Sri Lankas oceans (EEZ).
      What a world! .Rajan: Please read the book: ‘The United States of War” by David Vine.


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        Rajan, do you know the American Democratic and Republicans Presidents are butchers of Human beings of this world. Namely, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War, Libyan War innocent civilians killed by American forces.

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          N. Perera,

          You are right American based Srilankan is a butcher of Srilanka.

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          N. Pererass

          “Rajan, do you know the American Democratic and Republicans Presidents are butchers of Human beings of this world. “

          Hang on, what is new?
          Let us discuss the significance of Hindian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s recent visit to this island.

          My Elders tell me history is being repeating itself.
          Watch out if Hindian’s old Dakota planes are flying over this island dropping old bug infected chapati flour bags, Peanut oil, …. some saffron garments, …
          Do you think Shavendra can single handedly expel IPKF Mark II given that Prabaharan and his baby brigade is no more ?

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            NV
            What about chapati flour bags for the Tamils outside North East. Whose responsibility to feed them?

            Soma

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              S
              Those who owe the food on their plate to the labour of those who produce the wealth to procure their food.

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      Chip
      Have you located the chip on the upper abdomen?

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        Oops!
        It should have been Chiv.

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    Biden left it to Congress to decide on impeachment. The issue is that both chambers are in recess until inauguration of the new President. They can be called back, and Democrats may still impeach in the House, but by the time the Senate takes action, the new President would have been sworn-in. So the Democratic controlled senate will then have to decide if they want to focus on it.

    I think they should impeach in order to ban Trump from public life again, and to teach future demagogues that incitement to sedition and murder ( 5 people died, one of them a police officer and 4 rioters) by the President, will not be tolerated.

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      Agnos
      Thanks for the clarification.
      But Trump has started a new ball game, and we can only guess which way it will go.
      Much depends on how strong the Biden presidency will prove to be.

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    Butt more outrageous is Trump decrying the mob in this video, having first incited the riots and violence, initially.
    Never trust a politician.
    He says “immediately deployed the National Guard.” CNN’s Dana Bash says that claim is not true. Trump has a propensity to lie, barefacedly.
    http://cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/01/08/trump-twitter-video-capitol-riot-response-national-guard-bash-sot-ebof-vpx.cnn
    CNN’s Dana Bash debunks the lie.

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      Trump has been fact checked by many sources, and found to have lied over 25,000 times to the country. It is still hard to believe what exactly his supporters are thinking, when they continue to believe a known liar, over Election Officials, Governors, Judges, and Electoral officials, FROM BOTH PARTIES, who have counted, recounted, and confirmed that Joe Biden won fairly and without any fraud. Over 60 Judges and Courts rejected Trump’s cases claiming fraud. The Vice President confirmed Joe Biden’s win.

      Now who in their right mind, and intelligence, will continue to believe the claims of a selfish liar, who incited a bunch of terrorists, to storm the Capitol building, destroying it, looting it, terrorizing Congress members, and killing a police officer? Who thinks this is right?

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        Joe Biden new President of America and Vice President Kamala Harris can’t do the miracles. This is the same coin, only is the other side of the coin. Is Barak Obama did anything to Blacks people and for his native country Kenya and adopted country Indonesia. Even Kamala Haris can make the Tamil Nation also? World’s human butchers, USA. What they did for Japan, putting Atomic Bombs and killed innocent unarmed civilians and even innocent Vietnamese civilians also

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      MyView,

      ‘Propensity to lie ?’ No, lying is the very basis of his existence.

      Readers may want to take a look at this commentary from Andrew Sullivan, who has been conservative in his views. It accurately reflects what many of us have been saying for 5+ years.

      https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/this-is-the-face-of-the-gop-now

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        Agnos,
        If you lie without getting caught, you end up like Anagarika Dharmapala.. If you get caught you end up like Trump or Nixon.

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          OC: Brilliant.

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        Dear Agnos.
        ….”No, lying is the basis of his existence”…. I agree his whole life is a tissue of lies, business or personal. Business – he skirted the limits of legality and Personal he was a lecher who lied shamefacedly of his exploits. My guarded word “propensity” essentially means …”natural tendency to behave in a particular way’… and so means the same.

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    People with visions should go to the doctor but the it happens Differences among doctors and scientists when the doctors give correct answers then the parlimantarian overppower ther order. this is the transparent scenario. what has happened is Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile. all are not smiling they have told the lie Trapped in His Lies, Keep on lieing, Closer to stone age is the debate in Sri Lanka about cremating or burying the victims of Covid-19.

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    There are many reasons why Trump should be impeached, and the US must make sure he can never run for office again, considering his crimes, corruption, and undermining democracy. He is mentally unhinged and dangerous. He has committed crimes:
    “The Trump administration broke the law by withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine last summer “for a policy reason,” a top government watchdog said Thursday in a scathing report.
    The Government Accountability Office’s report came a day after the House of Representatives sent articles of its impeachment of President Donald Trump to the Senate for conduct related to holding back that aid.Trump refused to release the funds to Ukraine at the same time he was pressuring that country’s new president to announce investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and of Biden’s son Hunter, who had served on the board of a Ukraine gas company. Joe Biden is the current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.The funds were only released after the block on the aid became publicly known, sparking the congressional probe which led to the Republican president’s impeachment by the Democratic-controlled House.The GAO report said that the Office of Management and Budget cited “a policy reason” for withholding $214 million in funds appropriated by Congress to the Defense Department for security assistance to Ukraine.”

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    Rajan Philips,

    Had Donald Trump won the second term, Mick Pence would have continued to be the vice President for the second term.

    As Vice President,He presides over the Senate on ceremonial occasions.

    While presiding,He could have fraudulently helped Donald Trump to win. He didn’t.

    He is a gentleman and an honorable man.

    It is Vice President Mike Pence’s finest hour, not that of President elects Joe Biden

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      SriKrish,

      That is nonsense. Pence was the chief Trump enabler and today for 4 years, but in this instance he had no choice to follow the law, and if he didn’t, he himself would face legal and political consequences. Trump repaid his loyalty by unleashing his thugs on him. That might make Pence look better than Trump, but it was Pence’s failure to recognize that Trump was evil, when it was obvious as far ack as 5 years ago, that encouraged others in their party to support a deranged Trump and still look sane. What has happened is the inevitable consequence of appeasing evil, and a fitting comeuppance to Pence.

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        Sorry, it should read toady, not today,

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      He could not “fraudulently” help Trump to win. His role is not to make any decisions or change the winner, only to announce the winner, based on data presented by all States, and certified by their officials.
      This has been the law and it has always been followed by others.

      No honorable man would have strongly supported Trump’s crimes, cover up those crimes, support him, and echo the endless lies.
      In return for his loyalty Trump turned against him for doing his job, and set those terrorists against him. These thugs were looking for Pence to “hang him” when they attacked that building.

      A man with self respect and integrity would have resigned in protest a long time ago.

      Pence cannot be praised for following the law and doing what he is supposed to do.

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    Sri Lanka’s Disgrace…?

    when was Sri Lanka ever Grace?
    ===========
    except when Sanga and Mahela are at crease
    or Arvinda de Silva and scores of other talented batsmen
    or Mailnga with his toe crushing Yorkers
    or Chaminda Vass with his smooth run up
    and lately Karunaratne at the Wanderers Grounds
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    that is why Namal baby brought up LPL
    to white wash
    now England Cricket Team is in Hambantota
    they are unwittingly propping up the disgraceful government

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    Ashan and Agnos, fully agree. You guys seems to have a good perception on this issue. Lankans will not get it(understand) , which they never had.

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    Already more than 25 domestic terrorism investigations have been initiated. These are not like our Easter commission where one ends so that next can begin.

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    I had the fortune to have access to
    “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (2016)” by investigative journalist Jane Mayer.
    A highly commended work on how the political system is manipulated cynically by a few.
    She, unintentionally at times, offers valuable insight into the way ‘democracy’ works in the US, despite an undeclared liking for democratic presidents like Obama and Clinton.
    *
    It seems that the forces unleashed by these billionaires enabled the rise of Trump, but not as planned by them.
    What awaits the US is far more uncertain than forecast by the anti-Trump optimists
    The GOP (Republican Party) is in total disarray and desperate and the ultra rich dominate it from outside. The Democrats are no match to the racist right driving the Republican militants.

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      SJ,

      The two Koch brothers–one of them died a few years ago– were well-known as Republican donors. Recently the surviving brother has done his mea culpa on supporting partisan causes, which in his own words led to Trump on side, and Bernie and youngsters believing in socialism on the other.

      But I am not overly worried about Trump and his minions–most of them are cowardly grifters who will be cry babies when shown a firm hand by the new administration. Many of the ringleaders of the riots last Wednesday have been arrested and some will face 10 years of jail time or more and some of them are already changing their tune and making abject apologies, which will be ignored. Even if the impeachment fails in the senate, there will be legal action against Trump, at a minimum at the state level even if pardon is somehow granted at the federal level. His luck will run out soon enough.

      But one thing worries me. It is the level of support for white supremacy among law enforcement and military. They are a potential fifth column in support of white supremacy, and it may lead to a situation like how Indira Gandhi was killed by a Sikh guard. These Trump supporting white supremacy-minded law enforcement officers are a serious threat to minorities as well.

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        Agnos
        Thanks.
        Dark Money appears to be centred on the Koch brothers, but gives insights into how the democratic system has been manipulated. Even with the Kochs gone the process will survive.
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        Today the GOP is in a mess, but there are the Republican supporters and right-wing ideology. The GOP can be hijacked.
        The Democrats are better organized politically, but are vulnerable to pressure from various quarters that may incapacitate the Presidency. Already there are signs of growing alienation with grassroots support. That is where Trump’s mob will score.
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        I share your concern, but Indira Gandhi’s analogy is not quite fitting. It was a tit-for-tat for Operation Blue Star, especially since IG was fairy godmother to Bindranwale to spite her rivals. White supremacism has a long history and was not addressed fully now for 6 decades after the Civil Rights Movement. If at all it is getting worse now partly because the economy has been in bad shape.
        The police is racist (here and there); the army too. There are charges of the police turning a blind eye to some of the Capitol raiders.
        All this will count if Biden will not deliver and Trump makes a come-back bid.
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        Punishing Trump could be turned round to the advantage of the forces that back him.

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        Agnos,
        “It is the level of support for white supremacy among law enforcement and military. They are a potential fifth column “
        Yes, very true. And it is pertinent here too, probably all over the world. This is because the police/ military are magnets for the less educated. So they tend to be more simplistic and depend on the herd for their views. In Sri Lanka the words “white supremacy” should be replaced by “Sinhala supremacy”.

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          I agree OC. I lived through it all in SL until the early 1990’s.
          These days, I think we should leave the fight against Sinhalese extremism to some of the fair-minded Sinhalese themselves. It is hard for Tamils and Muslims to win this fight, but they can support the right people in the south.

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      If that is the reality in the US, what more talks about srilanka dominated by ultra racists.
      :
      Some moderators in US TV today compares Trump with that of far poor african state leaders.
      :
      Europeans are silent because their tongue is tied. They only report of the fate of democracy under Clown Trump.
      .

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        LM
        What have you got against leaders of poor African states? It is rather racist for a person who strongly denounces communal thinking.
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        There are many leaders of stature and greater state skills than their white counterparts.
        Can you name a single African clown as head of state after Idi Amin?
        I can name a European clown who can more than match Trump.
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        No West European political leader will comment adversely on another unless there is a direct conflict. That too politely. They do not shoot their mouth at will like the Americans.

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          SJ,
          Thank you for your post. I appreciate.
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          Perhaps you might have stayed in Africa. Let me know what you know about african countries ? I can then share you what I know about them- I have worked with various nationalities from african continent. One good Prof. from Cameroon was one of my good friends ( Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea )- I believe to know what I have heard from them rather than I read on articles.- some of them are unthinkable to us. Some leaders build churches costing few hundreds of millions, while few dozens of millions in those countries strugge for their 3 meals and for water.
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          I was also known to Ethiopia/Erithrea conflict because we stayed in the same hostel then.
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          Most of them, I got to know from carl duisberg gesellschaft. – even srilanken were invited to some programs under this Gessellshaft.
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          All these exp I collected myslef are from my student life (Asians, Africans, Latin americans and almost covering all continents). I work with North america, Europe and south east asian countries today.
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          And I full agree with you that some leaders in africa are exceptional.

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            LM
            I am no great traveller. I mostly stay put where I am posted and travel only if I have to.
            I have spent perhaps a few hours on African soil when I was on transit at Cairo from London to Bombay in 1970 on my way to Colombo.
            My interest in Africa has been initially political. Authors like Basil Davidson opened my eyes to cultural life in Africa.
            The continent was plundered in the 20th Century. Before that, a sizeable section was enslaved and shipped across the Atlantic as slaves, somewhat like Indian indentured labour across the globe, but under far worse conditions.
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            We worship those who willfully destroyed civilizations in four continents and sneer at the victims as savages and barbarians.

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              SJ,
              .
              Thank you.

              Mine is flora and fauna in Africa.. I love to travel to Kenya next year. Hope everyhitng will work out well. Zimbabwe is another destination, I would like to travel in the near future.

              But you sound to have read a lot about politics in africa.
              .
              Yes, I also happened to read few books written by BD. Incl.
              https://www.routledge.com/Modern-Africa-A-Social-and-Political-History/Davidson/p/book/9780582212886

              I have also met some from Malwi and Lesotto. Those countries stay permanent under poverty. We in Europe dont hear much about Malawi or the like countries. May be the french report more, but Germans almost dont.

              “We worship those who willfully destroyed civilizations in four continents and sneer at the victims as savages and barbarians.”

              Do we have any other options yet today ?

              Our politicians are even worst than those colonial masters, when looking back.

              I think the reason why those south eastern countries to raise their head is connected more with their average mind set.See how south koreans made it?.
              :
              And they south eastern asians are hard workers than south asians (Srilanka, Nepal, Bangaladesh, Pakistan). Vietnam has become one of the favourable partner countries to European inverstors today while Srilanka would take another few decades to achieve the levels.

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                LM
                “We worship those who willfully destroyed civilizations in four continents and sneer at the victims as savages and barbarians.”

                Do we have any other options yet today ?
                *
                We have:
                Stop worshipping and join hands with other oppressed nations and people.

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    Many are displaying their slant towards either the Republicans or the Democrats. Both parties serve US! In US there is a strong political divide. It surfaces during the elections. At other times, it works subterranean.
    .
    Trump was never a politician. But, the Republican politics suited his business goals. He dived in. He tested the waters at the most opportune time, against Hillary Clinton. Hurrah, he triumphed.
    .
    He has had his hour of glory; he will be a nobody in politics, hereafter.
    .
    Due to the weaknesses of Trump Biden has emerged the winner. Do not expect much from him. He has fortified himself with able staff. The Democrats are going to create a better impression, relatively, in the next four years.
    .
    That would create room for another Democrat. Who will that be. It could be a woman, but not Kamala Harris.

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      Nathan,

      Your ‘neutral’ view seems contrived, failing to understand the uniquely evil nature of Trump.

      And what is your basis for saying, “It could be a woman, but not Kamala Harris.”

      The party in power nominates the VP as the Presidential candidate unless the VP has serious negatives. A lot can change in a span of 4 years, but Harris is almost certainly going to be the D’s nominee in 2024, with Pete Buttigieg, or someone like him, likely to be the VP candidate.

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    SJ, have you detected yours on your swollen head.

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      Poor Chip!
      Learn English idiom; or ask someone to interpret what a chip on the upper abdomen would refer to.
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      In any event, search and thou shalt find.
      Removal needs a non-surgical approach.

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    SJ, do not feel so pity. I have told you several times, please teach those enlightening idioms of yours, to your wife and grandchildren.

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      Oh jeez, you have done it again with “SJ, do not feel so pity.”
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      I can send a grandchild to help you with grammar. But it will cost you. Kids these days are not charitable like us old folks.
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      For the thing on your upper abdomen, seek help from a specialist.

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        I spoke to a grandchild since the offer.
        Cheeky brat, not yet in the teens but as good as any English teacher for your purposes, demanded to see a sample of your writings.
        As the matter is in the public domain I took the liberty to show some masterpieces.
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        After long thought came the response: “Bits of spelling, grammar, syntax and comprehension trouble! It could either be lack of concentration or learning difficulties.”
        Funny, it never occurred to me.
        The rest of the comments comprised polite words akin to the harsh ones that you and another member of the medical fraternity (now less frequent on these pages) fling at people in disagreement.
        If you are reluctant, I can ask the twin. Good in language, kind and lighthearted, but not as good a teacher.
        Cheers.
        Take care.

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        SJ, there are plenty idioms quoting chip on the shoulder
        Your shoulder is not same as your upper abdomen. Ask your grandchild who can help in identifying and show the difference.

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          Thank you for that lesson.
          Most appreciated.

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    Keep trying. Mr. .know it all. After all your grand child cannot be that far from your own traits. It is you who tried teaching medicine . Seems like you are back to ” poor me I am the victim” .

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      I fear that it is the chip at work, which may relate to the learning difficulties that the pre-teenage kid hinted at.
      See, your punctuation problems are still there, although you seem fully cured of the half dozen question marks habit.
      Take courage (I do not mean the beverage), and have a serious go at learning.
      I wish you well.

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    SJ, You did it again ??? Making diagnosis. Impaired concentration and learning difficulties. Not bad for a guy with such disabilities to compete med school, specialize, practiced for years and now enjoying semi retirement by spending more time with family. By the way I still treat kids with ADHD and ASD ( Autism spectrum disorders).

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      Such problems could have aggravated in later life.
      Glad that you coped somehow.
      I know at least two very successful medical practitioners who are congenitally dyslexic.
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      Enjoy your retirement and attend to your emotional issues in peace.
      Good Luck.

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    Lankan Style, “Idiot trying to tell an Idiom.”. Happy Pongal”.

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