25 August, 2019

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Terrorism’s Different Faces Including Sri Lanka

By Mano Ratwatte  –

Mano Ratwatte

This issue of global terrorism-Jihadi Islamic Terrorism-White Supremacist terrorism are all complex issues. A one-sided bashing of just one incident while deliberately ignoring other forms of terrorism is wrong and is not a balanced rational argument.  

In general, terrorism is classified as the use of violence or threat of violence in the pursuit of political, religious, ideological or social objectives. It can be committed by non-state actors or undercover personnel serving on the behalf of their respective governments.

The horrible racist massacre of innocent Muslim residents by a savage in Christchurch must be condemned unequivocally. The Prime Minister of New Zealand showed great leadership and courage with her words.  PM Ardern said the following:

“There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence,”  Of the alleged perpetrators, she said: “These are people that I would describe as having extremist views, that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world.”

She also said that the terrorist savage chose New Zealand because it a tolerant nation.  “We represent diversity, kindness, compassion. A home for those who share our values. Refuge for those who need it,” she told reporters at Parliament as the horror of the shootings began to unfold on Friday, her words broadcast around the world even as the killer’s video and manifesto of hatred were spreading online.

Ms. Ardern herself had been emailed a copy of the manifesto minutes before the massacre began.

“You may have chosen us,” she said of the gunman, “but we utterly reject and condemn you.”  How true.  Same is true for other vile Jihadi terrorist attacks as well and supremacist racist attacks around the world too.

PM Ardern has shown true leadership highlighting the tolerant accepting nature of a western mostly Christian society.

Sadly, the US President, and his government revealed his cards by being so mute about this terrorist savage’s massacre of innocent Muslims because it did not fit his agenda.  It was a relief to hear the PM of the peaceful safe nation speak out on behalf of all victims.

A lot of time, people select, in a very convenient manner only to attack one kind of terrorist attack and remain silent and not write about the other terrorist attacks.

Highlight some recent terrorist attacks of a similar evil kind but for different ideologies:

A. A Demented Jihadi savage(this white man in New Zealand was a savage terrorist ) mowed down 86 people in Nice France in 2016. France is another western nation that has seen a rapid influx of immigrants of different ethnic groups and going through serious adjustments.

B. In 2017, in Manchester, 22 young people attending an Ariana Grande concerted were killed by a terrorist.  Was their sin attending a concert because the radical jihadi Taleban types do not approve western music?

C. In London, near Westminster 6 people were killed by a terrorist.

D. In the USA, an American security guard named Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others . His parents were immigrants who were welcomed into the US from Afghanistan.

E. In San Bernadino, California, a terrorist woman (who took advantage of US’s immigration policies to marry someone she befriended the internet and came over on a Fiancee visa without proper background check) and her husband killed 14 people in 2015.

F.  In 2016, a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, leaving 12 people dead and 56 others injured. The terrorist was a Tunisian asylum seeker inspired by ISIS.

G. In Paris in 2015 in a series of coordinated attacks over 137 people were killed by terrorists.

People who do not condone these sort of politically motivated acts of mass violence should not selectively criticize, and condemn one kind of terrorist attack by passing blame onto one side only.  ISIS has raped, beheaded and burnt alive people in Iraq and Syria. They raped and murdered Yazidis and fellow Muslims who happened to be Shia because that did not fit their definition of who a religious person should be.  And similar state actors in Syria have also committed heinous acts. But ISIS and Al-Qaeda who believe that their path is the true path have committed unspeakable savagery.

Now this is not the place to talk about how Islamic Jihadi terrorism became worse a result of the foolish invasion of Iraq(it did ; and people including  this writer a simpleton predicted exactly what would happen. Where there were no Islamic terrorist groups, suddenly became recruiting grounds for Al Qaeda; and ISIS Jihadi group recruitment numbers skyrocketed as a result of that foolish invasion), but one cannot just blame and point finger selectively without proof and make statements about one kind of terrorism without condemning other kinds of terrorism.

Sri Lanka underwent politically motivated terrorism of two type at the hands of the LTTE (and JVP) with counter terror by the government:

a. targeted attacks on military and political leaders.

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b. deliberate LTTE attacks on civilians at religious places(Anuradhapura, Kattankudy etc.,) to provoke people to react against innocent Tamil people like how the foolish gory savage terrorist Black July was committed in 1983. That single incident of state related violence is a reason the LTTE grew to be formidable force viewed as been the defenders of Tamil people. Their recruitment numbers increased as a result.  JVP targeted government officials families of servicemen and women, and also a relative of this writer; he was burnt alive. Another person connected by marriage was shot dead by the JVP in front of his family because he raised the flag on the government estate. The much beloved Vijaya Kumaranatunge, a moderate humanist was murdered because of hatred by Wijeweera. Are those acts of political terrorism like killing of journalists (including Sri Lanka) across the world?

Recent White Supremacist terrorism.

1. One cannot also ignore so many other white racist terrorist attacks such as the one in Norway in 2011, which ended with 77 deaths by one savage terrorist.

2. In US, a savage demented terrorist killed 9 innocent church going black people in Charleston at a historical black church hoping to start a race war in 2015.

3. In 2015, another white extremist terrorist killed 6 Sikhs in a Gurdwara in Wisconsin.

4. A hateful Anti-semitic white Christian massacred eleven people in a Synagogue(Jewish temple) in Pittsburgh shooting in October, 2018, while Shabbat morning services were being held.

In those terrorist massacres which occurred in the USA, during President Obama’s tenure, he really showed real leadership, empathy and compassion to the victims and their families. Unlike Trump, Obama did not deliberately try to minimize the growing global rightwing white supremacist extremist movement.   But ironically, during his tenure, more civilians died in Drone attacks in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan; those are called “collateral damage” than during Bush’s two terms. This sort of attack result in more people joining extremist/terrorist groups.

Now racist white supremacists and neo-nazis are emboldened and feel empowered because of the total lack of empathy with victims in attacks by Neo Nazis by the current president. It is a frightening new development for all recent immigrants; yet the vast majority of Americans are welcoming and tolerant of other faiths despite the growing number of right-wing hate groups.

Some people just hysterically decide to bash the US and Israel for every attack. If the US is that terrible, how is that almost every large Metropolis/ city has large immigrant Muslim populations and Halal Food stores and even the Universities provide mosques and prayer facilities for Muslim students? It even elected two American women who happen to be Muslim to Congress recently.

One must be unequivocal in condemning all attacks just as well as condemning growing number of civilian casualties in places like Yemen where Saudi Arabia has been found to be the biggest culprit causing civilian casualties using American made weapons. US foreign policy is so hypocritical in its orchestrated outrage it is no longer funny.  On March 19th, American Strongman  Trump went on TV talking about the suffering in Venezuela; but neither he nor the top leadership in the current regime have openly criticized the far worse humanitarian tragedy in Yemen(neither has Britain) unleashed by fellow Arab Muslims on fellow Arabs because of a pathetic ideological tussle between Iran-Shia vs Saudi Arabia-Sunni disagreements.  Both sides are engaging a proxy war to establish ideological supremacy. Can’t blame Jews for that.

The world, ethnic dynamics, and the ideologies that create terrorism are far too complex to simply blame Jews, LTTE, Khalistanis, Kashmiris, or Israel and US for every terrorist attack. Governments from Sri Lanka to US to Israel must also be cognizant of the factors that contribute to terrorism.  Real Experts will discuss those factors till kingdom come and nothing will change.

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    Mr. Mano Ratwatte,

    “A common complaint among non-Muslims is that Muslim religious authorities do not condemn terrorist attacks. The complaints often surface in letters to the editors of newspapers, on phone-in radio shows, in Internet mailing lists, forums, etc….”

    Then it says this “Actually, there are lots of fatwas and other statements issued which condemn attacks on innocent civilians. Unfortunately, they are largely ignored by newspapers, television news, radio news and other media outlets”

    “A 2007 Pew Research Center study of several nations throughout the Muslim world showed that opposition to suicide bombing in the Muslim world is increasing, with a majority of Muslims surveyed in 10 out of the 16 of the countries responding that suicide bombings and other violence against civilians is “never” justified

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_attitudes_toward_terrorism

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      Yo Mano Ratwatte, let us begin with your own definition about what terrorism is….”
      In general, terrorism is classified as the use of violence or threat of violence in the pursuit of political, religious, ideological or social objectives. It can be committed by non-state actors or undercover personnel serving on the behalf of their respective governments”. You think you are a smart ass in hiding the true motive of this piece of shit you have written. Its a garbage mainly written targeting mainly ISLAM & THE MUSLIMS and conveniently trying to hide the REAL TERRORISTS who are mechanising all the kinds of terrorism manipulating everything. Since you are a RATWATTE and hailing from the GOVIGAMA clan, we have to start from you about the discussion of terrorism. Let us start from the ‘Paradise Like No Other’ where most of the devils live- Sri Lanka. The earliest terrorists in the 20th century the world has recorded is from Ceylon. Anagarika Dharmapala ( a Christian convert to Buddhism) began the earliest ISLAMOPHOBIA and the MINORITY PHOBIA by banding himself with the Aristrocrats and Burgeoise class from the Sinhala Buddhists to terrorise the minorities (Tamils & Muslims) with his fascist ideology teachings which is still being used by the state sponsored Sinhala Racist proxy groups up until today. 90% of the Mahanayakes approve fascism to be the dominating element of the Sinhala Buddhism. You have conveniently omitted to mention the Buddhist Monk led terror incidences that is recorded in the human history perpetrating pogroms and thuggery. From 1915 the terrorism the Ceylon and then Sri Lanka experienced were all driven by the Yellow Robe Fascism. We may call it “THE BUDDHIST TERRORISM”. The leadership for this terrorism is given by your clan and blood related criminals whom we love to call as The GOVIGAMA Mafia Ruling Elites. —-contd in part 2—

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        Good points. Thanks. Sadly more and more racists are raising their ugly intolerant heads such as BBS.

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          part2———BBS cannot be considered as just a RACIST group. There is a massive globalist agenda behind it. BBS is a TERRORIST GROUP backed by the GOVIGAMA MAFIA RULING ELITES. The Globalists are not just ordinary people or politicians. They are tied to a horrendous crime filled agenda led by the Western World wealthy, Zionist Jews. The Globalism and Zionism are the two evil ideologies that are backing the establishment of the NWO ( The New World Order) – The one world government hell bent on the destruction of all other traditional system, cultures and the most importantly, the destruction of established religions. Under this scheme the Zionists create agents in pliant countries to implement their programs. Once, Terrorist Gnanasara held a news briefing (during the racist Rajapakse regime) and said publicly…”If Maligawatte is considered to be the GAZA, then WE (BBS and its backers) are the ISRAEL”…… no one knows why he made a statement like this. But, the Zionist Watchers know the CODE WORDS to identify their agenda. Gnanasara simply said that he is an agent of the Israel and his mission is to destroy the Muslims. He actually did it and have shown to his masters (Local and Global) that he can show results according to the payments he and his group recieves. Sirisena, Rajapakse and the entire Govi establishments backed him and still backing his ideology through various other means….

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          Yeah, you took your time to read the comments and replied to it…. Thanks.

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      M. Sajjad

      One bomb in iraq/ bosnia many innocent dyed and hiroshima the bomb produced terror, to them and made them to act

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    Mano, Thank You for a fair and impartial analysis. SJ guess you got your doubts cleared regarding LTTE, Lankan governments (equally terrorizing minorities) and alleged role of US (not true). Mano I wish to add a few things to what you said. In case of Lanka both the government and LTTE have been equally violent and stand responsible. A dilemma of chicken and egg. Who created who???The records show it is the Lankan government which created the LTTE. It is not just LTTE, they created JVP prior to that. Past records of virulent Lankan governments show unleashing violence and terrorizing their own citizens. This is the primary reason to be hauled into Geneva corridors. ( as in Syria, Iraq, Serbia, Somalia and Yemen). Perpetrators always keep denying and giving excuses until they run out.

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      Biggest terrorist organisation in Sri Lanka is the government and not LTTE or JVP. It is the agents of the government both from armed services and civilian militia who have committed more terrorist activities than any other. While LTTE and JVP are no more, still terrorism by government and its agents is being unleashed on Tamils..

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        This was exposed to the world on the 26 Oct 2018.
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        There has not been a leader of SIRISENA nature in entire ASIA for the last few decades, all at ones, shamelessly he u-turned and joined hand with his arch rivals.
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        There had no whatsoever, shame to loose the respect and how he would ever face his mandate whose votes made him a president in 2015.
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        Can MINORITY srilankens ever keep the faith on SIRISENA’s cheap rhetorics in this life ?: He even went on saying, not his govt but Rajaakshe led groups incited riots in Kandy (2018) and even previous crimes destroyed the livelyhood of Digana too were an act of Rajakshes. Rajapakshe and their loyalists father the srilanken extremism/racism. Latter is now socially accepted by Rajakashe led fanatic groups within the country.

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        Good points. Thanks. Sadly more and more racists are raising their ugly intolerant heads such as BBS.

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      Definitely, the State started it; the politics helped create dissension. Add to that Indian role and of course the heinous acts of violence against Tamil people in periodic acts of violence. LTTE in my view became seen as a protectors. JVP in 87 to 89 was probably like that too but they became ultra nationalists. So not sure. Because JVP was totally premature in 1971 to start an insurrections against a new socialist government. They acted because their armed struggle was getting exposed. They struck prematurely.

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    Mano Ratwatte,

    You say, “Muslims don’t condemn when extremist elements within Muslims attack non-Muslims” as simple as that.

    Did you condemn the Black July of 83, where the extremist elements within Sinhalese destroyed the lives and properties of Tamils? Since 2012, there have been more than 100’s of incidents involving, rioting, destroying mosques, setting Muslim shops on fire by the same group – Did you condemn that too? Come on, Dr. Mervin Silva did that, and he did not criticize Muslims like you do because of your ignorance or lack of research done on the matter.

    When you don’t follow something, while expecting others to do is called, hypocrisy – Aren’t you a hypocrite? Or are you grateful to one party over the other because of letting you enjoy the greener other side?

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      Idroos, The poor guy, a US citizen knows very little about what is going on in SL, still mentioned in his long list, see:: “The world, ethnic dynamics, and the ideologies that create terrorism are far too complex to simply blame Jews, LTTE, Khalistanis, Kashmiris, or Israel and US for every terrorist attack. Governments from Sri Lanka to US to Israel must also be cognizant of the factors that contribute to terrorism” –

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        Add to that do not blame Islam for radicalism. What I am saying is it is not easy to make sound bites on these complex issues no? Good points. Thanks. Sadly more and more racists are raising their ugly intolerant heads such as BBS.

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      Good points. Thanks. Yes 1983 was wrong and I had mentioned that a few times but I was living in Sri Lanka a frightened person back then. You are right.
      Sadly more and more racists are raising their ugly intolerant heads such as BBS. Yes radicalization in Iraq started after US invaded Iraq. Saddam had no tolerance for Islamic radicals and was quite brutal in cracking down on Ansar-Al-Aslam etc. We all know BinLaden was once considered to be a “freedom fighter” by the US which encouraged then to commit Jihadi against the Soviets. CIA gave over 5Billion dollars worth of weapons to them via Pakistan. Thanks Idroos for the good arguments. Did you know the US even printed propaganda leaflets and dropped them in Afghanistan to encourage holy war against the Soviet infidels? So that is why I said it is not simple and too complex. US Saudi Arabia nexus is also disturbing.

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        Mr. Mano Ratwatte,
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        “Yes 1983 was wrong and I had mentioned that a few times but I was living in Sri Lanka a frightened person back then”

        So didn’t you think that some of the good Muslims / good Christians are also frightened like you were in 83 to come out to condemn the terror attacks of respective extremists? So you are justifying your side with the fear had in you in 83, aren’t the other human-beings entitled to feel the fear in them?

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          You are right. Good point.

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            Mr. Mano Ratwatte,

            I respect you for getting down to respond to us with your comments. Highly appreciate that quality.

            Thank you, sir.

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    Mano Ratwatte
    How about the state backed and state terrorism of Sri Lanka in 1956. 1958. 1977,1981.1983 and during the war intentional not collateral killing of civilians apart from last stage that of school of Nagarkovil, church of puttur among the several. Was not the behavior of SWRD and JR worse than that of Trump.
    If not for state terrorism of 1956,1958,1977,1983. There would have been no LTTE.
    You think you are an intellectual you all are downright racist and do not have intellectual honesty tell this when you talk of global terrorism

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    “Governments from Sri Lanka to US to Israel must also be cognizant of the factors that contribute to terrorism.”

    Dear Mano Ratwatte,
    Thank you for your valuable contribution towards the factors that contribute to the Terrorism. In Srilanka, one of the most important factor that contributed to the Tamil Youth struggle (Terrorism) is the Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism and the fake patriotism used by the Political leadership. I do not like to call the Tamil Youth armed struggle as “LTTE Terrorism”. When we call LTTE terrorism ignore the terrorism by other armed groups like PLOTE,TELO, EPRLF,EPDP etc. For me Terrorism is when civilians are targetted by armed groups whether it is from military, police, Navy or Air Force of the government or non government groups like LTTE, PLOTE, etc.

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    “Some people just hysterically decide to bash the US and Israel for every attack.” – Mano
    The critiques bash both countries because they clearly promote and sponsor terror. This includes Saudi, Iran, UAE, Egypt and many others. We all know what India’s RAW legacy was. They destabilize the entire south Indian region to profit from it. This year, the US Democrats decided to stay away from AIPAC summit, and attend fewer fund raisers and events they suspect are being sponsored by Sheldon Adelson, the biggest casino mogul, donor and sponsor of Zionist. Also, I suggest you read the facts from the Hoover, Hudson and Brooking Institute. Research the white papers from defense analysts, conflict specialist and counter-terrorism experts if you have the security clearance to access sensitive government material. Mano, the facts might change your opinion, bias and ignorance on this subject. I too used to think like you Mano bashing about those critiques. Your own state in Oklahoma banned Sharia law. That ludicrous decision was lampooned by late night comedians many years ago for being impractical. This showed the stupidity of a White red neck state how dumb and naive their voters are. This was like banning T-Rex’s getting a foothold in the state. Isn’t it obvious to any fool that all Dinosaur species are extinct? I can understand if the state banned drugs or porn or illegal immigrants getting hold of welfare. It is not possible for a mad scientist or inventor to re-create something like this even if borrowed from a Hollywood movie like Jurassic Park or Jumanji. There is concrete evidence to prove that the US and Israel are the biggest merchants of terror around the globe. ISIS and Evangelical crusades are a part of this terror peddling cult that feeds and profits on war and misery. If Israel is so advance then why does that terror state have to be biggest recipient of US aid and tax payer money?

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    When they drop hiroshima many innocent died and still effect is on going who showed the world to use this.for any cause is this justified when the effected react to this it will be labeled terrorist.
    Are any one condemning and this act.

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    Ajith exactly true. There are all kind of terrorist. Militants who kill their own, militant who kill others, government who kill their own, governments who kill others, some who kill all. And this is pretty much a chain reaction where one enables the other. At the end the victims are the innocent who at the mercy of both. Then the perpetrators keep pointing finger at each other , in this outsiders join not because of true concerns but for self gain. This bullshit cycle is being played out for years in most part of the field but the longest and dirtiest has been our SHIT HOLE. . If LTTE is a terrorist outfit then our Lankan Governments and military are terrorist too. They need to be seen as such and investigated .If we are to break this cycle, the investigations should continue and truth needs to be found as part of a reasonable closure/reconciliation/healing. What is now taking place is more and more terrorizing and covering up the previous”. That is why we are known as a “STINKING SHIT HOLE”.Enablers of both sides are doing proxy wars in social media giving justifications and excuses year after year. There is light at the end of the tunnel but the tunnel/ (black hole)in Lanka never ends.

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    I witnessed Some thing quite profound, heart warming and that would give us hope inthis rather bleak and dark world. Yesterday I saw how a sincere compassionate and empathetic country as a whole respond to such gut wrenching atrocity. Whole of NZ stopped for an hour between 1 and 2 pm for the Friday prayers lead by none other than their magnificent PM and a mother, who wore a hijab out of respect (quite a lot of other New Zealanders too). NZ as a country showed the world the best way to defeat these terrorist is by empathy,love and RESPECT. It was pin drop silence in the middle of Christchurch. How do so called Muslim countries react in such situations??? Saudis kills her own citizen in their own embassy,mutilate the body and dissolve it in acid. Lankans promote more hatred, violence and seek deaths. The wonderful lady after prayers said “we wont give that terrorist anything, not even his name” (in Lanka they would have given the name to innocent victims).The real character of a person or for that matter the country, has shown not just when a catastrophe hits but in such violent tragedies how to respond and heal. New Zealand showed us that and I am thankful and grateful for that . She further ordered a ban on all assault/military type fire arms and made it illegal.That is what is called leadership. “SALUTE”

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      Has this type of empathy, witnessed in any Muslim country after any Islamic terrorist attack on non-Muslims. Even with this heart warming gesture, that Islamic racist Erdogan says that if anyone with anti-Islamic feeling steps in Turkey he will be sent in a coffin. Does this justify to send Muslims in non-Muslim countries who have hatred towards their non-Muslim hosts, back to their countries in coffins. It is time Muslims put their house in order without blaming others for everything. For a start parents and teachers should stop preaching hatred to the Muslim children at home and in schools..

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        Lanka Perera,
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        “Does this justify to send Muslims in non-Muslim countries who have hatred towards their non-Muslim hosts”
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        When the non-Muslims with hatred towards Muslims can go to earn in Muslim countries, why not this? Who mislead you saying that parents and teachers are teaching hatred to the kids? So these days you can just imagine anything and make a story, that becomes the fault of Muslims? Ha..ha..ha… grow up brother.

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      Chic,

      New Zealand is a Civilized Country and Society, unlike Sri Lanka, Saudi Srabia and Muslim countries, who claim to follow Buddhism and Islam.

      Do they really follow Buddhism and Islam?

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      Excellent points. Thanks. I should have added, no one should blame Islam or LTTE either. I am sorry I missed that.

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    Mr. Ratwatte ,The LTTE is a by product of state sponsored Sinhalese racism. Your aunty Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and uncle the Christian turned Buddhist, for political advantage, Solomon Bandaranaike, and other close relatives ,also contributed very much to this racism. Not just the late JR Jayawardene and the UNP. Your aunty was such a nasty, mean , narrow minded racist woman that she walked out of a state function, when the national anthem was sung in Tamil , proving what a mean nasty racist uneducated person she was. She was not fit to be anything , leave alone a Prime Minister of a country that was multi racial , multi religious, not even pretending to be gracious and accommodating , that even the War Criminal Rajapakses would have done. She was openly hostile and racist to the Tamil people and did great damage to them. Funny all these people like the vast majority of the so called present day Sinhalese now baying for Tamil blood , are all purely descended from recently migrated Indian Tamil immigrants. Your great, great grandfather , as well as many of great, great grandfathers of many so called Kandyan aristocratic families , whose descendants are now baying for Tamil blood, signed the Kandyan convention in Tamil as they were all of Tamil Pandian/Naicke ancestry and heritage. He signed his name in Tamil as Ravathai , which was later Sinhalised to Ratwatte. It was one of your very close relatives who once remarked ” that the higher you go in Kandyan society the more Tamil you become. Tamil Ravathai’s great grand daughter Srimavo was such racist anti Tamil , just like Tamil Neelaperumal’s great great grandson Solomon Bandaranaike( Pandaranayakam) and Tamil Thambi Mudaliar’s great grandson JR Jayawardene were all such nasty anti Tamils, whose actions and brutality towards the island’s Tamils gave birth to the LTTE.

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      CT, why allow these insulting attacks to the writer?

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        Amila W, it is fine. People tend to be brave under pseudo-nyms and this is a world wide phenomena now and also on CT from so many expatriates and those with a chip on their shoulders. Remember what Voltaire is attributed as saying; “I may not agree with what you say, but I defend to my death, your right to say it”. It is fine; if you look at almost every column with controversial points deliberately meant to provoke thought, get abusive and insulting responses. That is the nature of the beast. One such boy said i was Govigama. Not sure what it means because i totally reject caste backward classifications which have no place in real buddhism nor in Islam. In fact, if I were a caste it will be Teacher caste or Guruwaru caste because I have been a teacher professionally! no worries mon! I chuckle and giggle and move along

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          I’m sorry that I’ve not been able to read all this yet.
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          I’ve glanced at this, and much of what is said is important.
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          While I do use a pseudonym, I don’t keep my identity secret.
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          Sincerely,
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          Panini Edirisinhe

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      Siva Shankaran Sharma,

      All the so-called Sinhala as well as the Tamis are Para-desshis, Paras for short, from India, conclusively shown by genetic studies. Who arrived from India recently, to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

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    contd: Lastly it was not the LTTE that initiated most of the killings of Sinhalese and Muslims , many of whom were really not innocent but were thugs, criminals , rapists and murderers and heavily armed home guards , who were killing , raping looting innocent Tamil civilians and their possessions. The LTTE was reacting to these killings and killed these people , in order to protect the Tamils. The Sri Lankan state deliberately twisted this and stated the LTTE killed innocent Sinhalese /Muslim civilians . 90% of them were not innocent but deliberately sent and settled in Tamil areas by the Sinhalese state or were heavily armed by them , like the Muslim home guards to , kill murder and rape Tamil civilians. The LTTE were no saint but they were only responsible for around 5% of the killings and terrorism in the island. Moreover they were a guerrilla armed force and not the Sri Lankan armed forces or state that was responsible for 95% of the killings and terrorism in the island and most of its victims were innocent Tamil civilians , who were deliberately targeted and killed on the pretext of fighting with the LTTE more than 300000 . The LTTE is dead and gone but the killing, discrimination and marginalisation of the island terrorist Sinhalese state still goes on,

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      We are all Dravidians. Sinhala-Tamil-Muslim lankans who are either tamil speaking or sinhala speaking muslims. NO ONE in Sri Lanka, except perhaps the Malay and Burgher communities, are Aryan or something else. Everyone has South Asian Genes and mostly Dravidian.

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        Yes, Mano, I remember very well you said that you had got your DNA profile done. I’ve copied your way of stating my ethnicity – no objection from you, I hope.
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        Would it be feasible for the government to offer DNA profiling for free, or at cost? How much would it cost? Much less than the havoc that seems to be unleashed on us with increasing regularity.
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        How reliable is DNA Profiling? It has been found wanting. Well, it must be many times more reliable than all the myths and the yarns that are spread, I’m sure.

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    In paragraph 2, Prof Mano Ratwatte defines ‘Terrorism’ but restricts it to “…..committed by non-state actors or undercover personnel serving on the behalf of their respective governments”.
    How about the ‘Government Terrorism’?
    Or governments ruled by Armed Services or Civilian Dictatorship with a servile Armed Services?
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    In our context, in 1956, unarmed civilians attempted to air their feelings while Sinhala Only Bill” was being put through the first stage. The Sathiagrahys were attacked while the Police looked on.
    The pogrom of 1958, SWRD B had intervened on behalf of the attackers. The brutality was allowed to run its course. Police looked on. No prosecutions ever. Was that ‘Government Terrorism’?
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    Following the 1958 pogrom, when Parliament meet, only Dr N M Perera openly grieved.
    The Mano Ratwattes of the then Ceylon, were confused and not at all vocal.
    If only…….? Never mind.
    Several pogroms, civil war and victory later where are we?
    With a segregated Armed Services, a section of the population edged out in all aspects of public services and businesses, are we heading towards separation by default? Of the India/Pakistan-partition type?
    The silver lining are the voices of increasing number of Mano Ratwattes.
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    In this article, in the last paragraph, Mano airs his despair. His last sentence “Real Experts will discuss those factors till kingdom come and nothing will change”.
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern’s action, following the recent violence there, was swift and came from her heart.
    She did not wait for the cows to come back.

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      Good points. Thanks. Sadly more and more racists are raising their ugly intolerant heads such as BBS.

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    Mano Ratwatte is a typical America. He writes his half knowledge. In-the world there is a problem religious upbringing in which people of two major religions because of their superiority complex. Then thus new world needs people in order to raise their GDP. Now their neo-liberal economic policies are breaking down, capitalism is failing and unemployed direct their anger against the weak that is coloured- immigrants.
    In this shooting, it is an Australian who bought Machine guns and whole lot of ammunition via ON LINE showered. He was chose two particular mosques because the visiting Bangladeshi Cricketers were supposed be praying in this mosques. Cricketers escaped but visitors came with them caught and I heard some died and some injured. One Australian Senator had justified that. You did not wrote those. It is an Australian killed in NewZealand. What is that terrorism or simply lack of Racial tolerance, their superiority feeling. Even Muslims are not this notorious. Sri lanka’s Terrorism was not like that and LTTE killed for 30 years. You have forgotten how VVT Tamils killed Army and Navy and hide their bodies in the Shore. That is before the 30 year war. LTTE was Terrorism. but, this is not terrorism. This is simply Unemployed of the world because of Racial Intolerance, Racism, their superiority complex, religious complexes killing people. LTTE was partly the of political system addressing the problem, India and the International community abusing it for their needs.

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    Ha…………ha……………….ha……………….. Listen, listen….. One self proclaimed social scientist by the name of Mano Rathwattha invented new theory. That is ” Every terrorist activity or activities can be halted just condemning them No actions or reaction needed” Every government can abolish or dismantle.their intelligent services .What a remarkable invention.lot of money can be served.you do not have to worry about remarks made by Tamil politician at UNHCR recent session that” we separate country into four pieces if our demands are not granted” He might have meant one part north for Tamils who brought here by Dutch for tobacco plantation in Jaffna. Another part for Tamils brought here by British for Tea & Rubber plantation. May be in Nuwara Eliya District. Yet another part for Muslims who came here as refugees after collapsed Delhi sultanate rule in south India may be in south east Area of the island. Rest for Sinhalese. May be his theory. But we all know as politician who held representative post for Tamils in various times in various councils after promising to uphold country’s unity & integrity. As per writer no legal action is needed just condemnation is enough. let him carry out what he want. What a remarkable man you are Mr. Rathwathta. You are very much suitable for Nobel peace award.

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      Ranjith (SPRRW)

      The first ever lot of Kallathoni to arrive from South India and East India deserve only that much as per you??

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    Write all you want, the truth is that when the switch trips in the warped mind of a wavering psychopath any handy reason will do, as will any handy weapon.

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    My dear Mano Rathwatte

    You are like a putha to me, putha

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    Liza some of your facts MAY be true but none applies to the origin of our Lankan shit. We all are well aware of it. . Because in 1954 there was no active/direct US involvement in Lanka. It was created by our own terrorists including politicians and public. Singapore and Malaysia had similar or worse racial related problems but they were able to reconcile regardless of interference. Later South Africa found its reconciliation even with unwanted interference from outsiders..And JD please note up to now there is not a single comment as yours which is rambling, tangential and concrete. Bro you always try to stand out among others. What a pity.

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    One such boy said i was Govigama. I have never been a goviya or farmer in my life but a lazy arse.

    Not sure what it means because i totally reject caste backward classifications which have no place in real buddhism nor in Islam. In fact, if I were a caste it will be Teacher caste or Guruwaru caste because I have been a teacher professionally! no worries mon!

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