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Surely, The Queen’s Government Can Do Better Than This?

By Rajpal Abeynayake –

Rajpal Abeynayake

Navi Pillai, the UN Human Rights Commissioner may be an example – to take a best case scenario – of someone who is an idealist of sorts, now in the business of being an international civil servant.
After all, Sri Lanka voted for Navi Pillai’s next term as the UN Human Rights Commissioner. But now we find that the Sri Lankan ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam, has faulted Pillai for being partisan, and exceeding her mandate in pursuing a UN Human Rights Council resolution pertaining to our country.
There is no doubt that Pillai is a loose cannon UN civil servant, persecuting Sri Lanka virtually – when what was required was a dispassionate role within the framework of general UN procedure.
So, there are zealots all over. But it’s a blot on Her Majesty’s armed forces and their general image that in Britain, they cannot province security for a visiting invited head of state against overzealous and misguided supporters of the Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorist organization. And if such security was available, as reported elsewhere, why did the Commonwealth Business Forum not avail itself of its use?

Tendency, now routine

As the current chairman of CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) President Mahinda Rajapaksa was to address a Commonwealth Business Forum in London when he was in the city last week as a head of state invited for the queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.
But a decision was made for the president by the organizers; he could not address the forum as a security breach was possible due to the massed presence of diaspora protestors outside the venue.
This tendency has now become routine each time the president visits the United Kingdom. Last time around, he could not address a meeting of the Oxford Students Union as the British police in the city of Oxford could not guarantee security.
The very routine nature of the happenings in Britain last week – the protests that prevented the president’s speech – thankfully prevented them from becoming a major story.
That was a silver lining in a situation that should not go without appropriate censure. Of what worth are Her Majesty’s armed forces and Her Majesty’s police, if they cannot be mustered to provide the necessary security cover for the person who is after all the chair of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting?
Arguably, the fact that British security could not ensure that the president would be able to deliver his speech at the forum is an insult to the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II herself. If a clear guarantee of security was there, no doubt the organizers would have gone ahead with the event.
It is also rather shocking that the defence authorities in the UK and the Commonwealth organizational elite does this type of thing so casually, without as much as a by your leave. ‘You are advised to cancel your speaking engagement in your capacity as the president of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,’ say the organizers. And that’s it.
From a country whose representative here in this country, Ian Rankin, who stated that there is no necessity for troops to remain in the northern and eastern parts of the island  because there is no terrorist threat anymore, this is to put it in the mildest of terms – rather odd.
In Rankin’s own country, the defence establishment cannot provide security for a head of state who is also the current chairman of the CHOGM, due to the security threat posed by the rump of the terrorist LTTE.

Virulent LTTE menace

But yet, Rankin in his wisdom believes that in the country in which that virulent LTTE menace originated, there is no terrorist threat that remains! If only Rankin could put his money where his mouth is, and get his government to provide the adequate protection for the Sri Lankan president whenever he visits the UK, he could probably claim that there is no terrorist threat from the LTTE with some degree of conviction.
The question is whether a reasonable effort was made in Rankin’s country to ensure that there was no threat to the security of an invited Head of State at a forum he was scheduled to address in an event organized by an international body.
Obviously, in a country which possesses one of the most sophisticated armies of the world – which intrudes into other countries in search of weapons of mass destruction for instance – the idea that there was not enough adequate security to shield President Rajapaksa from a terrorist security threat is not tenable.
Perhaps it is true that there was some amicable decision arrived at, after consultation with the Sri Lankan side that it’s best that President Rajapaksa does not address the forum.
The point is, the Sri Lankans were left with no choice. No security guarantee, no game – or so said the organizers. But was it a proper way to treat an invited head of state, who after all is the current chairman of the commonwealth body that the queen heads with distinction? If the Commonwealth Business Forum itself decided to cancel the event, shouldn’t the queen herself or her government which was responsible for inviting the president, prevailed upon the organization to go ahead with the event under the circumstances? Or is it for nothing that the queen is the head of the commonwealth?

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    Raaj Pool…you sold your soul for 30 pieces of silver and a couple of more rupees to Mr.Roger Pox. Sad.

    The saddest part is that you are also a Thomian.

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    The writer seems to be lamenting the insult heaped on MR after being invited, his speech being cancelled. Is there anything more to be insulted than a Tsunami Fund embezzler and a War Criminal being protected by the other War Criminals, when they are invited at the behest of the Zionist forces who are the decision makers for world affairs, who are at the bottom of all intrigue?

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    PresiDunce — You sure picked the correct name. DUNCE: DUNCE ONCE — DUNCE TWICE. Esto Perpetua.
    Ah, advice from a man who hides under a Dunce Cap. Come out of the closet — you ‘homian, reveal yourself before attempting to ‘sell’ your country.Coward/I mean Dunce

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    [Edited out]……

    Stop writing Bullshit.Please don’t waste your time and others as well.All this embarrassment could have been avoided .If Mr.Rajapakse had genuinely started a reconciliation process after the war.Always the same Baila blaming others.Sri Lanka is been looted for the last 60 odd years by the politicians.(Could yo please write something about that or is that topic too difficult for you..Just imagine after the independence Sinhaleese,Tamils,Muslims had sorted out this ethnic problem in a decent way, where all the parties could live together peacefully.Sri Lanka could have been so prosperous .60 years ago China,India,South-Korea,Thailand,Malaysia and many more countries were worse than Srilanka) .The problem is for the last 60 odd years Sri Lanka could not produce one great leader who could bring the people together.All the Politicians used this ethnic war to loot the country.30 years ago this ethnic problem was a ”internal problem” a civil war.Now it has become such a embarrassment for the whole country.And still you are blaming others……..Sri lankan style.for the last 60 years so much of human life and resources been wasted in Sri lanka.And Srilanka calls it a Buddhist country too.May be it is a curse of Buddha for misusing his name.Buddha was a peaceful man.

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    The entire morning session was called off, not only the MR speech. If the powerful nations decided to go against your political leanings, they would teach you so many lessons. If you believe Navi Pillai is carrying the hidden mandate of those nations forward, no wonder the British military stay out of the picture.

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    oYI, MARADANA KADAYA -without kade yanavafying for the Tamil diaspora —
    get off your high horse and hit the floor where you belong. Appi noddana baila! Kohedda yanne malle polda, MARADANA KADAYA? 60 years of political leaders? My article is about non availability of protection for a invited head of state, you d_pe. But yes, yes, you want to KADE yanavafy for the LTTE rump so do so. You can take your own BS and wipe it like the egg that’s already on your face — do you HEAR?

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    Rajpal – are u smoking something man? take some criticism like a senior journalist without sounding pathetic. whatever insults that are coming your way is because you have chosen to go Kade for the regime..if not defend yourself with your words..You sound like a 14 year old kid..actually I am sorry to see this pathetic state in you cause you used to be a talented journalist..even if you want to take a political side it doesn’t mean you have to be this lame..and for the record anyone who criticizes you or your King doesn’t automatically become a tiger..that’s sad even for you.

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      Ranjan, you are right. Rajpal Abeynayake has displayed his utter immaturity by being childish in his response to criticism in trying to defend MR. What dignity and self respect, MR has for RA to defend?

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    Right on, Ranjan. I too was shocked to note RA’s banal and immature responses. Amazing what depths one can stoop to in order to project allegiances – even at the cost of one’s reputation! These responses will only serve to attract more comments with the intention to provoke more banality

    And speaking of Thomians – Rajiva and GL and…oh well….

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    ha ha ha ha! Get it on the shin, and they cry MOMEEEEE, this boy is hitting me — MOMEE this boy is a bully. You little dweeby creeps, somebody someday is gonna tell you which stone you crept from under — and that’s going to be me, you heard?
    You want politeness, go to Miss Manners and be tickled under her lace garters; or better still, to Hillary Clinton your patron saint. So — you howl for the LTTE terrorist rump, and somehow that makes you MATURE? Howling for a terrorist rump group makes you so puerile, you look worse that a baby drooling pabulum, can’t you hear yourself, crying MOOOHAWHAWHWA!? Momee, he hit our pet Tiger project. Momee, he is with the government!
    Take that from a true Sri Lankan you poop-heads — AND TAKE ANOTHER! Now go home and eat your veggies babies, the adults are talking here.

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      Rajpal:
      You are very lucky indeed that there wasn’t some kind of test to determine the ability of people hired on newspapers – even bucket shop rags – to establish both their sanity and capacity to write comprehensible English. Ah, but then, all it takes for your kind is a tongue flexible enough to lick boots and parts of the human anatomy farther north, as you so amply prove every time you provide us with yet another example of your oral flatulence!

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    And like I’m going to dignify these clowns’ baseness and the transparent partiality to the Tiger project with ‘arguments’ sentences, actual paragraphs. What you think I have nothing better to do? Get a life, you morons, I have one already without stooping to dignify hysterical rant artistes for the LTTE trying to masquerade as the civic minded. We’ve downed bigger humbugs than you pathetic low lives before,so go eat your veggies when the adults are talking, allright?

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      Jeez! is this character an editor of a national newspaper? I cannot believe it seeing the language that he uses.

      This is a deep inner frustration of the man revealed. It is shocking. CT – thanks for the exposure. I never thought that male hysteria could go to this level

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    Mr.[Edited out]..why you getting your knickers in a twist aney? The more you try to white wash a despot piss pot like Roger Pox the more comments like this will you get. ;)

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    Rajpal, Go take your medicine – I am sure you have missed a dose.

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    Dear dear!!!!!
    Now you can see the drivel double and go decimal and then overdrive.
    Each guy depositing his own little cowpat — ah wait, the same set of guys writing under variable pseudonyms ad nauseam! Not one having even one millionth of the testicular fortitude to leave the safe carapace of anonymity that guarantees ‘immunity’ to any personal attack, any drivel, any variety of animal refuse!
    What a set of brave-heart pusillanimous pansies — you can’t make up this stuff in fiction, really!
    Dear dear — the first guy started with off with a personal attack! When he is swatted, they go onto Papal mode, or pseudo- political scientist mode! When that does not work out each guy.. opps the same set of guys writing under different armour suits of anonymous pseudonymous protection.. leave a little cowpat behind — each one’s little marker of incredible cravenness! You guys sure seem to know your shit that way.(!!!!!) There is a whole zoo days’s worth of animal refuse defecated by each one of you into this pile every two hours that I hear it stinks right upto you know whose lair reserved in craven haven..! HOOOOOOOOOT!

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      Rajpal:
      You say, “Not one having even one millionth of the testicular fortitude to leave the safe carapace of anonymity that guarantees ‘immunity’ to any personal attack, any drivel, any variety of animal refuse!” Have you taken a look in the mirror recently, preferably without your clothes?

      Your attempts at “literacy” is truly beyond belief though they are probably singularly admired by the cretins that pay you!

      Don’t waste our time, why don’t you just go an place a bet on some lame nag, your paymasters will probably be able to declare it a winner and pay you handsomely into the bargain. After all, isn’t that what happens right now?

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    “Hysterical rant-artistes”???? The only hysterical rants I see here are from you – or do you have another term for your illogical outbursts? And for your information, I have no sympathy for the LTTE or their supporters – my response was to your comments and not to the content of your post.

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    Oh another tack now! I was never one of them, please, I was only doing my little number, please Rajpal, ok?! Ever seen a house of cards crash down faster than this, eh, ?

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    For your own sake Rajpal, stop making such a spectacle of yourself.

    You think that you have power to ‘deal’ wth people just because you bumsuck the President and his hangers on? What a joke.

    You have no credibility in the public eye, you are not a well regarded journalist any more and your vomiting/hate filled attacks have no impact on anybody.

    I heard that a lawyer gave you a well deserved trashing recently when you gatecrashed a dinner without buying a ticket.

    Keep this up and you will get another trashing again for sure.

    Good luck!

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    Ah now they are talking. We will thrash you. You deserve a thrashing! TRANSLATION: We will kill you. Didn’t I say at the start where these guys were coming from? And these are only what the moderator did not take down, you can imagine what he took down would have looked like!!!!!! (Torture him; child-soldier him; Prahakaranise him!)
    But don’t worry, they are in last gasp thrash-you kill-you mode because somebody got the mickey outta them pathetic bloviating sods, and they are going to crawl back to vermin moksha sooner rather than later!! Stew in your own juices there, guys, happy licking of wounds.:-)

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      Ha…haa…Mr.AberKnickers…you forgot “Permanently Rehabilitate Him”…”Zero Casualty Him”…”Take him for a ride in an Unidentified Four wheeled Object (WUFO)”…”Humanitarianly Rescue Him”…”Send him to a Welfare Holiday Camp in Menik Farm”…”Helping Hum-Bug-Thotta Him”…now did I leave anything out?

      ps. I bet you say this prayer to your lord and master every single day…

      The Percy ‘Jilmart’ Prayer

      Our PresiDunce who art in Hotel de Temple Palace,

      Percy ‘Jilmart’ be thy name,

      Thy KingDumb come, thy election will be won,

      And thy Royal Family of 300+ will be in 7th Heaven.

      Give us this day a packet of rice, and a 500 rupee bribe,

      And urge us to vote for you, as we voted for you in 2005 and 2010.

      And lead us not into inflation, but deliver us from international conspiracies,

      For thine is the army, navy, air force and police,

      And the judges and the jury,

      And the power and the glory,

      Forever and ever,

      Amen and Jaya HOO! :)

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        Oh! this is plain dumb funny! Excellent work, Duncebean!

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      What happened to the assault charge?

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    Relax, no one wants to kill you. Don’t get paranoid. Its just embarassing watching you make such a complete and utter fool of yourself.

    I was just warning you against another thrashing as then you will need to go crying to your chums for another SLFP party lawyer to appear for you since non one wants to voluntarily defend you!

    And nothing of what I was said at least was cut out by the moderator.

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    More than a journalist it appears that a mad dog let lose. In what is he the Editor? Is it the Daily News? I have stopped reading the DN for quite some time now.

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    It appears that he is the Editor of the Sunday Lakbima.

    How do the other editors tolerate a boor like this? But then standards have dropped. The editors of my time and my generation would have kicked him out. What we have now are spineless tootsies.

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    “Relax no one wants to kill you — yadda yadda yadda”
    After all this incitement?
    Yeah right — go tell that to your Tiger poodles — or Hilary Clinton’s marines?
    Some guy thinks he is funny! Abbe-knickers? Now that one’s got ITS knickers in a proper little twist there, lol!
    When you wax doggerel of that sort,and think you are clever … oh, well, need I say more …? :-)
    Here, take your marbles — you’ve been losing them so fast, I’m sure there aren’t any left up there anywhere near that cranium:-)

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    “For heaven’s sake Rajpal stop making a this of yourself, stop making a that of yourself yadda yadda yadda.”
    I’m pretty comfortable with my own fool thank you very much,have you looked in the mirror lately — then you might be able to get an idea of the size of yours …
    Ok, now crawl back.

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    “”It appears that he is the Editor of the Sunday Lakbima.

    How do the other editors tolerate a boor like this? But then standards have dropped. The editors of my time and my generation would have kicked him out. What we have now are spineless tootsies.”

    Ahh, getting hot under the collar, aren’t we? Name calling aren’t we?
    Here take the Kleenex for when do blow that gasket .. its pretty close to it, I small acrid.

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    Yet another Kept journo,I guess you would have emailed lokka with your sorry piece to get “something ekak”

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    “If the Commonwealth Business Forum itself decided to cancel the event, shouldn’t the queen herself or her government which was responsible for inviting the president,……..”

    Rajpal,

    Who told you that the “Queen herself” or the British Government
    invited our President” ???????????????????????

    Please do not twist facts to please your bosses.

    The way you comment exposes your character.

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    That the President was invited by the queen herself for her diamond jubilee celebrations is common knowledge, you bloviating ignoramus.
    Next.

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      Rajpal:
      Anyone who checks out this information will know that you have uttered a BLATANT LIE. Rajapaksa was in London, before his premature departure,NOT on the invitation of the British Monarch but on that of the Commonwealth Secretariat or some such body.

      Your behind must be rather sore and singed. Remember, “Liar, liar, pants on fire?”

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    “Yet another Kept journo”
    Well considering all here who are kept by the Tamil diaspora and the Tiger rump; what’s the going price nowadays — Visa to Stockholm, Visa to London — keep Lanka boiling, we’ll keep you in Blighty, tra la la la?
    Pretty used to being kept, I can see that much.

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    Hi Rajpal,

    I am not a journalist and I have nothing against you unlike some of your other colleges. But as an ordinary ‘Citizen Silva” I have read your writings with dismay, the extent to which you go to defend a corrupt dictator. I agree with you that defeated Tigers are behind most of the protests in London and other places. But there are large number of people who condemn your President mainly because of his undemocratic acts and also completely politicising Sri Lanka Public Service, Judiciary, Attorney General Office and Foreign Service. Tigers would not be so strong if not for the very immature way the Government handled Rehabilitation, Reconciliation and the Foreign policy even after the war is over. You are just blaming outsiders and Tigers for the insult Sri Lanka faced at international forums… When you are sober, just think whether the people you safeguard has acted correctly. Forget about the Tigers, How many Sinhalese people and journalists, your friends in the government killed or harassed merely because Rajapakse Empire was criticized. As a Journalist do you approve the actions of this government in curtailing media freedom and harassing journalists who oppose them? Your own boss at Lakbima is a politician with the ruling party. What will happen to you if you write something with your consciousness criticising Government? Those who are making fun at you are only expressing their anger against this regime and their defenders. All who criticize you are not Tigers. There are Sinhalese and also Tamils who really hate Tigers but equally angry with Rajapkse rule because of its record on human rights and corruption, misuse of power. Hope you will one day realize your mistake of being a party to the injustice happening in Sri Lanka. The real Tigers must be very happy that Rajapakse regime and their defenders are giving them plenty of ammunition to come back again. They are getting acceptance internally only because of the policies of this government and behaviour of its supporters. Rajpal, if you are real patriotic Sri Lankan, start writing about changes that has to take in Sri Lanka. Respect for human rights, media freedom, good governance and accountability. You will be a great journalist and your sins will be forgotten. You still can correct your mistakes, if you really want to do it. All the best for you!

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    “Write when you are sober.
    Your sins will be forgiven

    yadda yadda yadda yadda.”

    Same guy, when all other lines of attack have very comprehensively failed, coming with the I’m not a Tiger tack.
    I know you are not a Tiger — just a pussy.OK?
    Next.

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