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Tamil Lunatic Fringe Anti-Muslim Racism

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Observations On Muslim-Tamil Relations – III

I am going to write this concluding part of my article partly in notation form, for brevity because many newspaper readers are impatient with articles that extend into several parts. My focus in this part is on the reasons why the Tamil attacks on me should be regarded as racist. I will begin by setting out facts, most of which point unambiguously to racism.

1) They were concerted attacks, not random. They did not begin with my first article but after some weeks. After several weeks they subsided, to revive again with the old fury. In the present phase they have subsided again, but attacks are continued with the old fury by a lone straggler and a couple of newcomers. The lone straggler recently wrote, “Reading you, Sir, against our wishes so boringly often …..”, which gives the impression that he has been acting under instructions. These Tamils have given the impression that they are expatriates who are devotees of the LTTE, which of course has been utterly racist.

2) Since people are nowadays deeply concerned about foreign meddling in our internal affairs, the question has arisen whether RAW has been behind the concerted attacks. I doubt it. But I must say that for some reason that is still beyond my comprehension the Tamil racists have always been grimly determined to project me as anti-Indian. It seems to be an obsession with them. I certainly have been critical of India when that has been necessary, but my stance on India has been far removed from that of the so-called Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists.

3) One point has emerged in the exchanges over my articles that points to an implicit racism. The point has been frequently made – not only by Tamils – that as a Muslim I should write on the IS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, and the horrifying spread of fundamentalism in parts of the Eastern Province: therefore It is not for me to pontificate to the Tamils on how their problems should be solved. I claim the right to deal with national problems just like any other Sri Lankan national. I am horrified, and disgusted, by the assumption that I should not deal with the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic problem even though it led to the genocidal eviction of Muslims from the North and grim butchery in the EP.

4) One fact that in my view points very clearly to racism is the intensity of the Tamil hatred directed against me, not matched by anything from the Sinhalese. Soon after the attacks began I asked the question “Why such hatred?” because there was nothing in what I had said or written to justify it. I found myself using the phrase “a total annihilating hatred” but did not revise it because there did seem to be a genocidal rage behind the Tamil attacks. I am not being thin-skinned because there is nothing comparable in the attacks on other articles in the Colombo Telegraph. For instance frequent articles by a well-known political analyst almost invariably attract flak, even when they are of the highest quality. But for the most part the flak consists of sneers, jeers, and imputations of ulterior motives with little or nothing of the hysterical hatred and mad dog rage inspired by my articles. It is legitimate to conclude that there is racism behind a hatred that cannot be explained on any other rational ground.

5) The most frequent allegation against me by the Tamil racists is that I am and have been for decades anti-Tamil. The only evidence cited by them to substantiate that allegation is that I had advocated the use of famine as a weapon to subdue the Tamil rebels. I protested that I had in fact advocated the opposite and they kept on repeating the charge. Recently I made it clear that I had the documentary evidence to support my position, and they have not repeated that charge. But one of the worst of the Tamil racists a few days ago referred to my “inhumane recommendations to GOSL during the war” without daring to specify what they were. It’s all nonsense. In an earlier article I have mentioned that sometime before the air-drop two lorry loads of rice were sent to Jaffna, the result of my persuading Foreign Minister Hameed to take such action. The Tamil racists have been reduced to blatantly concocting evidence to show that I am anti-Tamil.

6) They could try to distort the import of my article Rationale for 13A minus plus, about which I must make some clarifications. Some improvements and extensions may be possible on 13A, but a wide extension up to federalism and more is not a realistic expectation in the foreseeable future. Let the Tamils by all means continue to struggle for that extension. But let us at the same time try to implement 13A minus as thoroughly as possible, mounting a crash program like Dudley’s Green Revolution or the Mahaveli Accelerated Program. In addition let us establish a fully functioning democracy with special safeguards for the minorities such as Race Relations Boards etc. I can’t see anything anti-Tamil in any of that.

7) So far from being anti-Tami; I have in fact been regarded as pro-Tamil, even to the extent of endangering myself. A) I have consistently berated Sinhalese racism against the Tamils, and Muslim support for that racism. B) I have refused to regard the LTTE as a terrorist movement. I have written two articles arguing that it should be regarded as a nationalist movement. I have written many articles on the ethnic problem over the decades, but I don’t think I have used the term “terrorist” about the LTTE even once. C) I am probably the only non-Tamil who has acknowledged in writing that the genocidal eviction of the Muslims from the north was preceded by Muslim Homeguards getting together with the STF to drive out Tamils from allegedly sixteen villages in the EP. D) I have been in favour of a common commemoration of our dead soldiers and the dead LTTE fighters. In that connection I had the temerity to cite the inscription on the tombs built by the ancient Chinese to honor the bravery of their fallen enemies: “May you be born among us in your next birth”.

8) It seems bizarre in the extreme that I of all people have come to be perceived as anti-Tamil, even though it is only by lunatic fringe Tamils. A clue to an explanation is provided by an episode in the world of cricket. Umpire Darrell Hair of Australia could see evidence of ball tampering where none else could. Cricketing legend Geoff Boycott provided the explanation: racism. Tamil racists perceive me as having been an anti-Tamil racist – and notoriously so – over many decades. No one else shares that perception. The Boycott explanation applies: racism.

9) I cannot go into theories of racism to set out the grounds on which that explanation applies. I will here provide a few pointers only. The racist perceives the Other in terms of stereotypes, which are seen in essentialist terms as virtually unchanging. The Other is also seen as inferior and/or threatening.

10) The stereotype of the Muslim is that he shines at trade, the gem business, and illicit trafficking in narcotics. He is a very poor performer in practically every other field. He is educationally backward and is seriously under-represented in the upper echelons of the State and the professions. Intellectually and culturally he is null and void. In politics he produces politicians who have been utterly self-seeking and devoid of principle. He holds himself apart, and has not much of a national sense. He is conservative, particularly in religion except that he is taking to fundamentalism in a big way in the Eastern Province

11) I am talking only of the stereotype about the Muslims, not of the changing realities that now make the stereotype largely irrelevant except in a few particulars. This factor of change is crucial in understanding Tamil anti-Muslim racism. The point is that the Muslims are getting more educated and could become competitive in practically every field. This is a time of socio-economic decline for the Tamils, which could make them apprehensive that the Muslims might gain ascendency over them, particularly in the Eastern Province.

12) Why have I in particular become the focus of so much Tamil hatred and rage? I am in most ways the diametrical opposite of the stereotypical Muslim drawn out above. I could be the forerunner of a new type of Muslim whom it would be impossible to hold in contempt as essentially inferior.

13) My purpose in this article is severely pragmatic. As I have stated earlier the Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists are a tiny segment of the Tamil people, but we have to bear in mind that the lunatic fringe can easily slide into the center, and furthermore that it can serve as a catalyst to ignite a conflagration in the Eastern Province. On the other side, the Muslims there are increasingly falling prey to Wahabism and its clones, which means that they are among the most stupid and potentially violent of human beings on earth. In earlier articles I have several times referred to Islamic fundamentalism as Yanko Zionist Petro Islam. I rather doubt that a new Government will take effective action to prevent a conflagration in the EP. Since 1948 the basic policy of our Governments has been to allow ethnic problems to fester. Therefore action has to be taken by the TNA and the SLMC, and the civil society. I would like to end this article on a bright note by pointing out that it would not be over-sanguine to expect the civil society to play a significant role in the EP: it did play such a role in bringing about the revolutionary transformation of January 8. – Concluded.

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    [Edited out] is here again with his 3rd part …he he he take this to University of Kattankudi they will award you a Doctorate ….

    The latest news is In Vaalaichenai..Earavur ..Muslims are blocking Tamils to settle in their own properties….for this lunatic this is right….

    Deeds of Tamil lands near MUSLIMS villages in the East ARE MISSING AT KACHCHERI …a leading muslim politician is behind this …..robbing Tamil land is also right…

    Attacks and looting on Hindu temples near Muslim villages is continuing…this [Edited out] this is also right..

    Lunatic [Edited out] don’t forget your great great grand parents were TAMIL HINDUS ……..

    Finally you talk big about Muslims in the East ( Western Muslims keep them at a distance ) what you have done to them during your life ????

    Tamils gave land to settle and food to eat for Muslims after the arrival of Porthugese .

    Tamils contributed a lot in educating Muslims not only in the East but all over the island …

    MUSLIMS can’t rule the Tamils in the east remember this always…

    BBS is right ….

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      Izeth promised us an elephant but has only produced a mouse in this 3rd instalment of his pet aversion – the Tamils. Oh! Yes we know, he denies it vehemently. But if you know the guy through what goes as his writing, you would expect it. I will not waste much time on his 3 piece mini-acerbic attacks because most of it are rehashes of his weekly verbal diarrhea.

      Izeth Hussain’s predicament is that of the village saying of recklessly grabbing the serpent from the street and tucking it in your cloth and then scream he is going to die. He started this unnecessary, uncalled for nonsense of a non-existent “Tamil lunatic fringe” and has been since trying to free himself of the mess he has created. He even goes to quote Tamils as his defence. It has simply gotten worse with even Muslims asking him, in different words, to shut up.

      But despite all his bogus pleas and tantrums, let me insist

      (1) he is guilty of using vulgar, demeaning and provocative language on the Tamil people – dirt, dogs, shit etc., Surely Hussain’s repertoire of language is adequate to have chosen less harsh language even to give expression to his folly

      (2) he is guilty of the crime of suggesting to the Govt to starve the Tamils in the North as a means to break the backbone of the
      war, which, in any case, was by the rebels. Certainly not the vast majority of Tamil civilians – who rely on food from the South. When this allegation was hotly debated between Hussain and Tamil readers in these pages he, at one stage, admitted recently he said it but in a different context. The Island is fully aware of the date and the content of his original inhuman charge. But the newspaper protects Hussain by keeping silent. If journalistic responsibility and integrity means anything to The Island, they should expose this scoundrel. After all, if carried out these amount to HR & War Crimes – and that too by a former Ambassador. In fairness to the Govt and its line officials at the time, they never went that low to harm the Tamil people.

      Now this egoistic Hussain lifts himself to another level and suggests India’s RAW, the LTTE and the diaspora are behind the criticism to his articles. The man [Edited out]. What nonsense. [Edited out]
      By the foolish acts of this man Muslims island-wide are going to suffer further. One can see Tamil Writers from the EP are already quite alarmed. If a flare-up occurs between Muslims and Tamils in the EP – and indeed in the rest of the country – this Hussain will have to own up for raking up the disaster that is likely to follow. He must be restrained now. One way to do his for representative Muslim organisations to make statements to disassociate the Muslims in the country from this obviously [Edited out]. Apparently, a few decent and responsible Muslims writing in these threads against Hussain, which they have regularly done, is not sufficient.

      Kettikaran

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        Either this [Edited out]

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        The performance of our Ketti is typical of the Fringistas – my neologism for Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists. Behind his diatribe are a) hysterical hatred and mad dog rage b) an abeyance of the rational faculty c)a total absence of moral scruple.What it all adds up to can be put in one word – Idiocy.
        Now for his specific charges – 1)He says that I am guilty of using vulgar and demeaning language about the Tamils. I have never done so, and I have already cleared up that point. I will not repeat my argument because although Ketty can read, he is in such a state of mad dog rage that he cannot understand what he reads.
        2)He repeats the familiar Fringista charge that I advocated the use of famine to end the Tamil rebellion. The interested reader should get to Google and type “Izeth Hussain’s reply to Arvind 2006”. A table of contents will appear, in which the second item Girls and Decency contains my reply. My reply contains the following in reference to the article which led to the controversy with Arvind: “In the concluding paragraph I alerted the government to the danger posed by reported food shortages in Jaffna.Can any reader, outside the lunatic asylum,really believe that in the same article I was advocating famine as a weapon?” In making his charge Ketti has shown that his mad dog rage is so intense that his rational faculty has been destroyed.Furthermore, he displays a horrifying absence of moral scruple.Rationality and the moral sense are marks of the human.Ketti is now barely human. – IH

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          I will avoid the polemics – a pet mental massage elixir to our man IH. I shall confine myself here to just one subject that has got Izeth in a topspin. The links refers to his recommendation to the then Govt to starve Tamils, on which I took objection, was a 2006-2007 happening that appeared in The Island. What he cites now are irrelevant and calculated to mislead. Both he and the Island hide what he then wrote – it is far too embarrassing and ugly. I will not waste my time in this anymore unless some reader helps with the exact article.

          But I know Hussain will give us many more opportunities in the future in his established anti-Tamil nature. He will be, as always, resisted.

          Kettikaran

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            I seem to have reduced this Fringista, our Ketti, to total incoherence.He and other Fringistas have alleged that I advocated famine as a weapon to subdue the Tamil rebels. I have produced the text to show that I advocated the very opposite. He now refers incoherently to a 2006/2007 “happening” which he says appeared in the Island, without being able to give any particulars about it. The poor fellow is delusional.
            Umpire Darrell Hair could see evidence of ball tampering where none else could.Boycott’s explanation: “racism”.The Fringistas – lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists – can see a statement supposedly made by me where none else can.Explanation: racism. Racists have the ability to see what they want to see, not what is there, in order to satisfy their racist hatred.
            The poor fellow is now so delusional that he accuses both me and the Island of hiding what I wrote. A conspiracy is imagined without the slightest evidence. I must put it on record that I have never met or even seen the Island Editor, nor do I know any member of his staff.I don’t know the owners either. At one time I used to know James Lanerolle who used to be Manager, but I have not had contact with him for maybe over a decade. – IH

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      :)))). [Edited out]
      CT, we read the articles on your site to gain insight on Sri Lankan political scene. Is there some way you could moderate the articles, so that we don’t have to read utter nonsense from people who have a lot of free time. Well, for you to know, I am just reading the comments to have a hearty laugh. [Edited out]

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        Japwatch

        “Is there some way you could moderate the articles,”

        If that happens we will lose all the fun that we enjoy from reading comments.

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      Isseth Hussein,

      See the Double standards… You need to Expose these Northern Muslims Plight

      Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

      Change your Focus on to this as expose the Double standards that is spilling on to Willlpattu..

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

      Published on Jun 1, 2013

      The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka. The expulsion of the Muslims and other nations from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Tamil militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization in October 1990. In order to achieve their goal of creating a mono ethnic Tamil state in the North Sri Lanka, the LTTE forcibly expelled the 72,000 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province.

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      Izeth Hussain –

      The Key is exposure of LTTE and BBS and their conspiracy.

      See what Wimal Weerawansa was saying in 2013. LTTE, Norway and USA.

      [Edited out]

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    Dear IH, there is an impending calamity in Eastern province created by the Muslims who are refusing to vacate lands around Meeravodai in Valachchenai, appropriated from the fleeing Tamils during the days of war. It is well known that Muslim politicians notably Athaullah was responsible for unleashing terror on Tamils around Valaichenai, burning an looting houses and shops of Tamils, with the security forces collaborating and Government turning a blind eye. None of the Muslim perpetrators of violence on Tamils were brought to book. Those people who were chased out now want to return to their original properties. Despite them having deeds to the lands, they were not allowed to settle down by the Muslims squatters, some of whom have produced forged deeds. Government is not taking any action to grant Tamils this restorative justice. As long as the Tamils are tolerant and wait patiently for the problem to be settled, there will not be any violence, but if the government fails to take action and if the Tamils use force, then please do not blame the Tamils. Is this not Muslim lunatic fringe anti-Tamil racism, which you are silent about. You are attacking Tamils for their criticism of your views as racists. Will you ever dare to write an article about Sinhala lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism, despite there being more hatred and violence by Sinhalese on Muslims.

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      Dr.Gnana sankaralingam,
      I fully agree with you. You have correctly exposed what really happened in the East. IZ cannot hide these facts. I fully appreciate what you wrote – Will you ever dare to write an article about Sinhala fringe anti-Muslim racism .’

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      “Will you ever dare to write an article about Sinhala lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism, despite there being more hatred and violence by Sinhalese on Muslims…” Precisely, Dr. SG. He dare not. He is there to create problems for the Tamils. And to abuse Tamils who stand up to this trouble-maker in crude Mariakade (Is the fellow from there?)language. He is there to get to the good side of the Sinhalese – who apparently care tuppence to the man.

      Backlash

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      Dr GS – Your last sentence reads “Will you ever dare to write an article about Sinhala lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism, despite there being more hatred and violence by Sinhalese on Muslims”.It is not a question of my daring to write such an article now or in the future. I have been writing such articles for the last twenty five years.
      Here are some of the the facts. After leaving the Ministry in 1989 I wrote a paper analysing the grotesque discrimination to which I had been subjected.It was not published.Later I wrote a detailed article in the Island about the racist discrimination to which the Muslims had been subjected in Ambassador appointments. I attacked anti-Muslim racism in many articles and at seminars.Noteworthy was a paper on the Sri Lankan Muslims which was published by the Western Australian University. It was a devastating critique of Sinhalese racism against the Muslims. I was the only one who argued in articles that there was racism behind the anti-Muslim ructions from 1975 to 2002. I attacked the racism behind the Grease Yakka harrassment of Muslim females and the abduction of Muslim businessmen for ransom. In several articles I attacked the Government-backed BBS anti-Muslim campaign. Finally I must emphasize that I have many times declared that in Sri Lanka the Sinhalese lunatic fringe racists have always been at the center of our Governments.
      Dr. GS – those are facts. Don’t waste my time. – IH

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    Mr Hussain,

    “My purpose in this article is severely pragmatic. As I have stated earlier the Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists are ******a tiny segment of the Tamil people********”

    So why do not you focus and talk about what the majority Tamils are saying.

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    “I am going to write this concluding part of my article…”
    Thanks god for that

    “…partly in notation form, for brevity because many newspaper …readers are impatient with articles…”
    … that extend into several parts.”

    Readers are impatient with your rubbish and not reading them
    even if you compile a poem people wont still read your rubbish

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    Izeth Hussain –

    RE: Tamil Lunatic Fringe Anti-Muslim Racism and Observations On Muslim-Tamil Relations – III

    “My focus in this part is on the reasons why the Tamil attacks on me should be regarded as racist. I will begin by setting out facts, most of which point unambiguously to racism.”

    Ask the fundamental question, in whose self-interest?

    Read “Blood On Chelvanayakam’s Head & His Hands” by H.L.D Mahindapala,Talks about Tamil Communism and racism.
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/blood-on-chelvanayakams-head-his-hands/

    ” 1) They were concerted attacks, not random. They did not begin with my first article but after some weeks.”

    It took them some time to Organize, had to consult the Norwegians, the Israelis and the West.

    “2) Since people are nowadays deeply concerned about foreign meddling in our internal affairs, the question has arisen whether RAW has been behind the concerted attacks. I doubt it.”

    It is the Norwegians, the Israelis and the West.

    “3) One point has emerged in the exchanges over my articles that points to an implicit racism. The point has been frequently made – not only by Tamils – that as a Muslim I should write on the IS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, and the horrifying spread of fundamentalism in parts of the Eastern Province: therefore It is not for me to pontificate to the Tamils on how their problems should be solved. “

    This is indeed a valid point, because there is hardly any sri Lankan muslim who is pointing out the fact that the Wahhabis and their Clones, ISIS, Bokoo Haram etc. who follow Iblis, Satan, shaitan is being pointed out.

    “4) One fact that in my view points very clearly to racism is the intensity of the Tamil hatred directed against me, not matched by anything from the Sinhalese.”

    That is because the sinhala are less Racist than the Tamils. There is lees “Nammada Aal” Our Man Phenomena.

    Items 5 to 13, are all rubbish LTTE and its Norwegian, Israeli and West Supported Rubbish.

    Dr Bilal Philips Vulture Culture Sri Lanka Tour 2012

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd-bl1LFpbo

    While it is very good to point out the Norwegian and israeli conspiracy against the Sri Lankan Muslims, it is in fact a conspiracy against the people of Sri Lanka as it destroys national unity.

    So, please do expose these conspirators.

    PS. Can you expose the Iblis, Satan, Shaitan, Devil following Wahhabis and their Clones who are equally trying to destroy the Muslims from within?

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      Izeth Hussain

      You can always support your arguments well if you have facts and observations to support it.

      Here is some information that me be of interest to you, about BBS and the Tamil Lunatic Fringe. Both are Lunatic Fringes.
      [Edited out]

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      Amarasiri – It is known that I hold Wahabism and its clones in utter detestation. I regard their spread in Sri Lanka as a colossal disaster for our Muslims. But to write on it in some depth I need detailed and accurate information. Can you or someone else supply that information through my email? Likewise on Israel and Norway being behind anti-Muslim activity in this country?
      You say that the Sinhalese are less racist than the Tamils. It does seem so judging on the basis of the attacks on me . – IH

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        Hussain misleads Amarasiri. It is known Hussain is a paid servant of some extreme Muslim organisations here. They have all the data on Wahabism and the lot.

        “You say that the Sinhalese are less racist than the Tamils. It does seem so judging on the basis of the attacks on me” says Hussain. Let him write articles calling Sinhalese mad-dog racists etc., which are Hussain’s forte, like he unnecessarily irked the Tamils with. He may then even find his house burnt down to cinders – not to mention talk safely in the streets.

        Backlash

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          Backlash – no Sinhalese has attacked me like a mad dog,unlike you.No Sinhalese has referred to my “cavity” through which I supposedly excrete my weekly diarrhea.
          The Sinhalese racists have certainly tried to prevent me being published.After they have failed,they have not engaged in a sustained campaign to stop me being published by the Island and CT.Tamil lunatic fringe racism does seem to be in a class apart, much worse than that of the Sinhalese. – IH

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            Izeth Hussain

            “After they have failed,they have not engaged in a sustained campaign to stop me being published by the Island and CT.Tamil lunatic fringe racism does seem to be in a class apart, much worse than that of the Sinhalese. – IH”

            This is common knowledge.

            Tamils Call, “Nammada Aaal”, Our Man.

            If you take the Sinhala Racists in the fringes, most Sinhala are very decent people. Even the BBS had to ve created and funded by Norway, LTTE, Israel and certain Elements in the West.

            What does it Tell you?

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    Izeth Hussain –

    RE: Tamil Lunatic Fringe Anti-Muslim Racism

    Facts..BBS and Rajappu Join Hands

    [Edited out]

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    “I am going to write this concluding part of my article”

    What!!!!when we were really enjoying the series.Dayan jayatilleke goes on and on.why can’t you?don’t let us down please.

    “because many newspaper readers are impatient with articles that extend into several parts.”

    impatient or violent?Did they tell you if you write another one…..

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    [Edited out]

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    Mr. Hussain,

    I think you are making a serious mistake–and being paranoid–in assuming there is some coordinated campaign against you among Tamils, based on the writings of a single person or a a couple of people, who somehow manage to post under multiple aliases on the internet.

    Apart from the sameness of the content and style of their writing, there is also the unfailingly placed tell-tale signature, which very, very few people leave because aliases already appear at the top right of all posts.

    I have never accused you of being a racist, but I have always thought that your attack on CV Wigneswaran recently, your earlier advocacy of certain positions during the war, your denial of war crimes in the Vanni,etc., were uncalled for and very insensitive to Tamil victims. I thought you were ‘statist’ in your thinking, given your background as a diplomat.

    There are legitimate grievances Muslim and Tamil communities have against each other, based on what happened during the war, whether it is some Muslim collaboration in the state terror unleashed against Tamils, Tamil complaints of land grab by some Muslims in the East, expulsion of Muslims in the North or the Kattankudy mosque massacre in the East by the LTTE, etc.

    Regardless, I have heard that Sampanthan, Sumanthiran and Wigneswaran have had cordial relations with many Muslim leaders. So, maybe you should talk to them in person and help in resolving Tamil-Muslim issues in Sri Lanka, especially in the North-East.

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      Agnos – thanks for your sober and well-meaning comment. At one time there used to be around ten Tamils who attacked practically everything I wrote. Their constant refrain was that i should not be published. That campaign failed and therefore the attacks subsided. The same kind of attacks are continued by Kettikaran and Backlash, and also by two Tamils who give their names, Ponkoh Sivakumaran and Dr Gnana Sankaralingam. The campaign has stopped but the same hysterical hatred and mad dog rage continues. In my article I have given the reasons why I think the explanation is racism.
      My criticism of Wignarajah was sober and serious. You refer to my advocacy of certain positions during the war. You don’t specify, so I can’t reply. I never denied war crimes in the Vanni. My argument was that investigating them would militate against ethnic reconciliation. Anyway nothing I wrote or did justifies the hatred and rage.
      A new Government could well try to aggravate the situation in the EP. The TNA and the SLMC and civil society activists should get going over there. – IH

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        Mr Hussain,

        “I never denied war crimes in the Vanni. “

        Have you written about War Crimes in Vanni? If yes, please provide a link to that article.

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          This is what I found –

          War Crimes? by Izeth Hussain http://www.slguardian.org/?p=8986
          “13 A has been part of the Constitution for quite some time, there have been no moves to revoke it, and consequently there is no justification for the continued failure to implement it fully. The only problems concern land and police powers, which surely can be surmounted if there is the will to do so, and that precisely seems to be the problem: the Government has shown over the last two years that it has no will to reach a political solution.”
          ……
          “However, a problem remains. The selection of detail may be tendentious and the intent may be propagandist, but the details may nonetheless be true. That possibility has been challenged on many grounds. From the beginning there have been several commonsensical arguments suggesting that the Government could have had no rational motivation for wanting to commit war crimes. For about six months before the end of the war practically everyone knew what that end would be. Why should the Government assured of its final victory blot its record at the final stage? Why should it do that when everyone knew that the eyes and ears of Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and powerful Western countries were trained on what was going on in the North? How can genocidal war crimes be squared with the fact that the Government saved scores of thousands of Tamils from the clutches of the LTTE and rehabilitated them? Can we really suppose that the Government was unmindful of the fact that the commission of war crimes would complicate the task of effecting ethnic reconciliation and a political solution? All these seem to me powerful commonsensical arguments making it extremely unlikely that the Government would have wanted to commit war crimes on a genocidal scale.

          So, it seems commonsensical and very reasonable indeed to think that Delhi knew far more about what was going on in the North at the last stages of the war than any other Government. If war crimes of genocidal order had been committed, Delhi would certainly have got alarmed over the possible fallout in Tamil Nadu, and started shouting. The fact that it did not do so I take to mean that war crimes were certainly being committed but they were not of a genocidal order, not of an order demanding immediate international intervention, not of an order requiring international investigations in the aftermath. They belonged to the category of the “horrors of war”. Such horrors are perpetrated in the course of practically every war. We Sri Lankans must be prepared to acknowledge that our moral health requires that there must be a proper accounting over those horrors as part of a process of ethnic reconciliation, but only at the appropriate time.

          Unfortunately, we cannot leave it at that because it is evident that a case has been constructed by the Western powers against the SL Government over the war crimes issue. The latest installment in that construction is the Channel 4 video. As those countries led by the US are very powerful, we have to take count of what their strategies and objectives might be in determining how we should react. I have in earlier articles argued that developments over war crimes have to be seen in terms of a paradigm of the New World Order/ New Imperialism, but I cannot go into details about that here. I will here consider what Western reactions might be to the Sri Lankan Government’s positions on war crimes, beginning with the argument that it can be held on commonsensical grounds that the war crimes were not of an order requiring international investigations. They will probably concede that that argument has to be given its due weight, but it is not conclusive. The Channel 4 video may be tendentious and propagandist but all its details cannot be dismissed for that reason, and likewise the details in the Darusman report cannot be dismissed even if it is established that it is a deeply flawed report. The point is that much evidence has been accumulating over the last two years – quite apart from that video and that report – showing that war crimes of an order requiring investigations were indeed committed.

          The Western powers are not saying that it has been established that Sri Lankan leaders are guilty of war crimes. They are only saying that a prima facie case for investigations has been established. They are not saying that international investigations should be held straightaway; only that the investigations should be carried out initially by the SL Government itself. Here it seems to me that our Government has been placed in a quandary. Credible investigations will require the prior placing in effect of witness protection legislation. But even if such legislation is operative, it will probably be held all the same that potential witnesses were still afraid to testify. Quite frankly, I am here postulating considerable Western ill-will towards the present SL regime. What, after all, does all the so-called evidence of war crimes really establish if they are given total credence? They establish that horrors were perpetrated on the field of battle, but there is nothing at all to suggest that those horrors were perpetrated at the behest of the Government. A local enquiry stopping at that without going any further is not going to satisfy those Westerners who want to see that the President, Gotabaya, and other bigwigs are taken away in chains. It seems to me that the Government has been maneuvered into a no-win situation.

          ……..

          However, the validity of this counter-argument would depend on whether the Government is seen to be moving meaningfully towards ethnic reconciliation and a political solution. An obvious first step would be a demilitarization of the North. On the issue of war crimes the Government seems to be in a no-win situation, as I have pointed out above. It has to do whatever seems feasible and reasonable, and focus on convincing the international community that a case has been constructed against the Government, which really is an instance of neo-imperialist bullying. But on the question of moving towards a political solution real headway can be made.
          ……

          The only sensible option available to us at the present juncture, it seems to me, is to pursue action on 13A. Jettisoning it without the concurrence of India will almost certainly lead to Sri Lanka’s isolation in the international community. Moving towards a political solution based on it will probably lead to a slackening of the pressure on alleged war crimes, because the West obviously sees Sri Lanka as India’s turf. After a political solution is virtually in place, we can proceed to an examination of alleged war crimes but only as part of a complex process of ethnic reconciliation which will have several strands. On the other hand, international investigations before a political solution is even adumbrated will rend us apart.”

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            Anpu – thanks for resuscitating this article.I did not know that it had been reproduced in the Lanka Guardian. I am told that several other web sites have also reproduced my articles.Perhaps the view of my Tamil racist critics that my articles are tenth-rate may not be entirely accurate.
            The concluding sentence of para 4 is particularly important: “…..war crimes of an order requiring investigations were indeed committed”. – IH

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        Dear IH, I made constructive criticism about your articles, both headings and contents, because they were racist in nature. In addition they are full of lies and half truths, with an agenda to rouse up the Muslims against Tamils. This is why I called you a liar. You are blaming some foreign agents for the attacks on you, but you are woefully silent about the role that is being played by Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in the eastern province to foment trouble between Muslims and Tamils. This is why I called you a hypocrite. You may continue to deny till your death that what you have done as an act of hatred, but sadly it is true. If you have heard of an old term “GROBR”, then it applies to you perfectly. I hope your next article will be Sinhala lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism, using words dirt, dogs, shit etc describing the Sinhalese.

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        Mr. Hussain,

        I now remember this article by you from September 2006 which Kettikaran is referring to.

        I quote your controversial passage from your Island article ( available on the Tamilweek.com link embedded above):

        “The question that has to be asked is why the Sri Lankan Government was not regarded as having the right to put down a purely internal rebellion by any means of its choosing, including the use of famine. It has been regarded as legitimate in warfare right down the millennia. For instance, in the late ‘sixties the Biafran rebellion in Nigeria was put down by the threat of famine, without any adverse reactions from the international community whatever.”

        Although looking at the totality of the article, you were starting off with India’s objections to leaving to the Vadamaradchi operation by the SLA in 1987, and probably did not intend this para that way, for Tamils who were already facing state terror, it would have come off as a not-so-subtle hint to the GoSL to use famine as a weapon.

        So I think you should understand why some Tamils react emotionally to your articles; I would suggest showing more sensitivity on Tamil issues.

        By the way, my point was that Kettikaran, Arvind, Ilaya Seran Senguttuwan and Backlash appear to be the same person. So don’t assume there is some kind of a coordinated effort against you.

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          Thank you, Agnos, for providing this information.

          Izeth Hussain, despite having written it, having made the inhumane and shocking suggestion continues to deny it – for so long and to the day. Not only that, using the Biafran example
          he even advises GoSL the international community is unlikely to react if the mass crime is carried out. He used harsh and gutter language in his many months of denial. He talked of ethics, scruples and what not – in the belief the link is lost and forgotten. Let us see what he has to now say.

          As to the others you name, I have heard this being said of other writers as well. The fact may well be we use the same English language. But that’s beside the point. The main thing is Izeth
          Hussain is now exposed as a serial and congenital liar.

          Kettikaran

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          Agnos – thanks for providing the quotation from my September 2006 article. I don’t think the quoted paragraph would have been read as a not-so subtle hint to the Government to use famine as a weapon, except by those who wanted to engage in fault-finding. The paragraph raises a question, it does not make a recommendation. That’s a hard fact. Who in his right mind takes a question as a recommendation?
          Besides, as you yourself recognize,a paragraph must be read in the context of a whole article. The last sentence of the article is crucial for my purpose. But before getting to that I must explain that my reference to the Biafran case was no more than incidental illustrative material in an article the purpose of which was to alert the Government to the importance of morality in international relations. The article was not on the subject of using famine as a weapon of war. Nevertheless i thought it prudent to end the article with the following clearly minatory sentence: “According to the Sunday Leader of September 10 the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies has reported that there is so severe a shortage of food in Jaffna that people can die of starvation unless the situation is corrected within the next two weeks.Memories are stirred and I feel uneasy. So must many other Sri Lankans”. I was clearly warning the Government of the possible dire consequences of food shortages in Jaffna.
          Thereafter the Island published my final reply to Arvind, which included the followig: “In the concluding paragraph I alerted the Government to the danger posed by food shortages in Jaffna. Can any reader, outside the lunatic asylum, really believe that in the same article I was advocating famine as a weapon?.”
          It is a significant fact that only Kettikaran and Backlash have been making the charge that I advocated famine as a weapon. The others know that it is utter nonsnse and don’t want to make asses of themselves. You, Agnos, believe that those two and the others are one and the same person. I don’t know about the others but I must say that Ketti and Backie exhibit the identical stinky nastiness in their attacks on me. – IH

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    [Edited out] Tamils responded because of concern that this nitwit might break any incipient effort at rapprochement between the Tamils and the Muslims. Otherwise, they would have no interest at all in the howlings of [Edited out].

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      In politics the donkey always wins.
      at the end Islam would defeat the non-community naff tamils as the largest minority and openly have all the rights of the majority….

      while the jaffna tamil village looking for nation status would become
      Les Misérables in line with the hills.

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    Sir, your point number 10. That has been proven time after time. Look at the opportunist ministers and deputy ministers who worshipped Rajapakse, enriched themselves ubder him and blatantly engaged in Muslim political activities only to further Muslim interests (thievery of national wildlife park). When it was clear Sirisena was going to win they jumped to the UNP almost all of you are like that. How come Baithudeen, Hakim etc are ministers again?

    Even negotiated in secret to jump to SLFP ib 1976 but he smelled the impending massive UNP victory and stayed on to be a clown frequent flyer at state expense. Sir, it’s not a stereotype when facts of large scale drug apprehensions are analyzed.

    Even the military in Mannar will tell you which ethnic politicians are in the smuggling trade from India. You should not just blindly defend everything. Backward Muslims are forcing their wives to wear black from head to toe and that makes no sense. That is because of wahabi salafist Saudi indoctrination. Admit it first. Right now almost all the savagery is done by Islamic extremists around the world . They must all be wiped out without mercy and chases back to their hovels in the middle east. There cannot be any tolerance of them in secular western nations or India or Sri Lanka .

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    IH,

    You have never tired of referring to the Sinhalese as racists, and now when some Tamils choose to apply the same label to you, you are very upset. Frankly, that’s being a bit rich. I don’t know about you, but at school they taught us that what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

    You have gone on to say that you refused to call the LTTE a terrorist organisation. Now, I hate to say this, but I can’t help stating it – it serves you jolly right!

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    Maybe it is time to hit the ‘Ignore’ button on this author. He is doing far more harm to Tami-Muslim relations than any good.

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    Dear IH, I think broadly it is regrettable that those commenting are unable to keep their emotions in check and address the points, and as such the attacks on you and other authors (of all backgrounds) are regrettable.
    Without having read all the comments you refer to, I will proffer my explanation as to why you are the focus of this hysteria.
    i) As a Muslim, I think Tamils would expect some ‘minority empathy’, given that, as we have agreed before. the overwhelming problem in Sri Lanka is the Buddhist Chauvinist block (both within the state and on the island);
    ii) You have consistently promoted a policy where the end solution is a ‘tolerable discrimination’. I have no doubt that if a Tamil politician promoted such a solution they too would be subject to a deluge of ‘hate comments’ (which once again can’t be condoned).
    The trouble with a ‘tolerable discrimination’ is – who decides what is tolerable and what is not? Is it some sort of structure that stops Tamil and Muslim children from fulfilling their potential by limiting university places? Or is it a rule that means Tamil entrepreneurs need to give 50% of their company to a Sinhalese (ala Malaysia)? Who is to decide the limits of what is ‘tolerable”? No doubt the Sinhala Chauvinist block that has always been the problem in Sri Lanka will continuously push the boundary of tolerance further and further to the intolerable. How will the Tamils and Muslims resist? The international community won’t focus on this island for ever – once it is off the agenda getting it back on there is near impossible.
    We have of course agreed to disagree, but I do think the responsible thing to do at this critical juncture in Sri Lanka’s history is to strive not for ‘tolerable discrimination’ but for liberty, be it in a 13A plus or a Federal structure or any other political arrangement that correctly recognises all the indigenous peoples of Sri Lanka.
    I think as a Muslim and therefore a victim of Sri Lanka’s anti minority violence, I am certainly disappointed that you would give away so much at this critical juncture when the future of the island in its entirety is at stake. That said I do not condone the vile comments directed at you. Best A

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      Dear Alex – it is always useful to engage in serious dialogue.I feel I have been much misunderstood.For twenty five years I have been outspoken on discrimination against both the Muslims and the Tamils. On anti-Muslim discrimination, my record is briefly set out in my reply above of May 10 to Dr GS.
      Let me briefly set out my thinking on “tolerable discrimination”.First of all I would make a crucial distinction between the Tamils and the Muslims. The former have a claim to a homeland, meaning a part of Sri Lankan territory to which they are indigenous, from which flows the claim to separation or a very wide measure of devolution.The Muslims don’t have a homeland in any part of Sri Lanka, meaning by homeland something much more than an area of traditional habitation.Consequently devolution is not an imperative for the Muslims as it is, quite understandably, for the Tamils.
      Let the Tamils continue their struggle on the basis of 13A minus plus for the time being.There is nothing inimical to Tamil interests in that. As for the Muslims, I believe the model of the Chinese in the Philippines would be best.They eschew the State sector and politics except to a marginal extent and thrive in the private sector. I dare say there is some amount of discrimination in the private sector, but the Chinese are doing so well that they would probably regard that as “tolerable discrimination”. I am certainly not suggesting that the kind of discrimination prevalent in Malaysia should be tolerated. I expect that for the foreseeable future discrimination against the Muslims in the private sector in Sri Lanka will be much more than against the Chinese in the Philippines. We have to struggle against that. That is why I am suggesting Race Relations Boards etc.
      I don’t believe that the Tamil hysteria against me has anything to do with the recommendations I have been making.They have not said so.Both the Sinhalese and the Tamil racists hate my guts because, I believe, they see me as someone who cannot be held in contempt as an essentially inferior being. Thanks for speaking out against the hysteria directed at me – IH

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      Dear Alex – I must make some clarifications. I certainly agree that the major problem is the Sinhala chauvinist bloc. It is precisely that bloc that I targeted in attacking the BBS. Likewise, in attacking Sinhalese discrimination against the minorities over a period of twenty five years.
      As for the future, it is again that bloc that I have in mind when I advocate that a fully functioning democracy should include as an integral part of it special safeguards for the minorities in the form of Race Relations Boards etc. I am not giving away much. In fact I am not giving away anything at all.
      I am certainly aware of the importance of the international community. I appreciate your point that after the present phase is over it may be very difficult to revive IC interest in this island.I believe that if not for the IC factor the wing of the Rajpak Gang known as the BBS would have been allowed to organize a massacre of the Muslims – another 1983, as anticipated by Tamils and Muslims since 1983.
      Underlying all this is the problem of the nation state. It was a positive dynamic factor in the past. Today it is regressive. The reason is that it tends to privilege, in one way or another, the ethnic majority. It must go. – IH

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        Dear Izeth thanks for the clarity on these points and we are very much on the same page. Thus I have three follow on questions

        i) Race Relations Boards in themselves are futile without the scope for accountability. With substantial evidence of war crimes isn’t now a good time to pursue accountability? After all to say ‘manyana’ means that accountability is even less likely in the future.

        ii) The nation state is the problem. However which is easier, defanging the Sinhala nation state to create a unitary secular liberal state of multiple ethnic / religious groups or creating a federal structure / devolved structure?

        iii) Finally, given the International community’s focus isn’t it best to strive for a lasting solution now, as opposed to leaving in place the Chauvinist power structures that brought us to where we are? Race relations boards are non-constitutional measures that can be overturned with ease by the next JR or Mahinda. Isn’t now the time to strive for liberty for all in Sri Lanka, including political structures that correctly represent the indigenous peoples of the island?

        I would be looking for something bold and concrete; something that guarantees the liberty and rights of all those on the island for future generations and thus improves everybody’s lot. Race relation’s boards are nothing but a bandaid – we have the world focusing on Sri Lanka and now is the time to sort this chauvinist state nonsense out – the racist project should be dismantled forever.

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          Dear Alex – there is no serious disagreement between us. 1)Certainly go for accountability. As I explained earlier it should make no difference for ethnic reconciliation. 2)Go for a full liberal democratic state and the Tamils can struggle for more and more devolution. The one does not preclude the other. 3) Certainly go for a lasting solution. As I have argued in earlier articles the formula of 13A minus plus should lead to it.
          I agree that Race Relations Boards will by themselves mean little or nothing. I believe that I have always added “etc” to that. I mean by etc the full panoply of laws, regulations, institutions used in the West to combat racism. – IH

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    Mr. Hussein,

    You are doing exactly what the Sri Lankan Government did: they suppressed Tamils, and when LTTE terrorism was born as a result, which was indeed deplorable, they used it as an excuse to continue to suppress Tamils. And violent that LTTE was, the most terrorist acts were committed by the state.

    You, similarly, provoked Tamils, and when (some not all) Tamil readers responded with comments which were indeed harsh, you use that as an excuse for anti-Tamil articles. Anyways, your own responses to those readers are full of egoism, abusive language and irrationality. You are not better than your detractors in comments etiquette, you are worse.

    In any case, an author of published articles should follow better standards than mere commentators. So let us focus on your article.

    You have been at pains to proof that you are neutral because you have also attacked the Sinhalese. Indeed that might be true. However, the problem is that being a Muslim, you have not recognised MUSLIM racism sufficiently in your articles to be called neutral. When people point this out, your responses have been defensive and/or asking for details. If you can do your own research to bring to light Tamil / Sinhala atrocities, why do you need other people to send you evidence / facts when it comes to Muslim terrorism in this island?

    You tried to explain that you referred only to a small part of Tamils as racists. Well, that is not the real problem with your article’s title. The problem is that there are also Muslim racists (whether they are a fringe or not I do not know), and therefore your article loses balance and objectivity the moment you single out Tamil racists. This tone continues throughout the article. If you want to bring about Tamil-Muslim reconciliation, it is hardly the way to go.

    In summary, your article lacks neutrality BETWEEN TAMILS AND MUSLIMS and therefore people have a reason to call you racist. Correct this, and the harsh attacks on you will stop or reduce. Suggesting that there is a western / Israeli / Tamil conspiracy against you is childish, I must say. You are not that important, do not flatter yourself.

    There. I have called your bluff without using any unparliamentary language. If you choose to respond, I hope you will counter opinion by opinion. Do not try abusing me, because I do not care and it only shows you up, or saying that I use a nickname, because people have a right to protect themselves and the fact that you write under your name does not make you right.

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      Hard Truth – you seem to be interested in serious dialogue. So I am replying. In every case where I have used strong language, it has been the same kind of strong language used in insulting responses to my articles. There has not been a single exception to that rule.But my Tamil critics have always criticised me for using strong language and never never never have they criticised the Tamils who in the first place used strong language against me in extremely insulting comments. I think that displays racist double standards. What do you think?
      You write “Suggesting that there is a Western/Israeli/ Tamil conspiracy against you is childish, I must say.You are not that important, do not flatter yourself”. I never suggested a Western/Israeli conspiracy.Will you please acknowledge that you have made a serious mistake? Will you also acknowledge that your term “childish” is unparliamentary and insulting?
      Your article as a whole is insulting. But you do seem to want serious dialogue. I am prepared for it provided you give fair-minded answers to the questions I have raised. – IH

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