The Barbarians Within

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara -

“The elephant is crashing about in the room, trampling people to death, and politely ignoring it is no longer an option”. AC Grayling (To Set Prometheus Free)

With the mob-attack on a Muslim-owned shop,Sri Lankatook a giant leap towards a new conflagration.

The attack on the Pepiliyana outlet of the ‘Fashion Bug’ happened less than a month after Gotabhaya Rajapaksa publicly associated himself with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and less than a fortnight after the outfits’ Rabble-Rouser-in-Chief, Rev. Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thero, launched an uncouth diatribe against the Muslim owners of the ‘Fashion Bug’, accusing them of conspiring to turn pure Sinhala-Buddhist maidens into harem-inmates[i]

Buddhist monk attack Muslim shop
According to media reports, the mob-attack happened consequent to a rumour of a 15 year old Sinhala-Buddhist employee of Fashion Bug being raped, within the premises, by a Muslim fellow-employee. The connection between this wholly apocryphal rumour and Ven. Gnanasara Thero’s Kandy-diatribe against ‘Fashion Bug’ is obvious. Like the Nazis and the White Racists, the BBS is using the image of the ‘Lascivious and Predatory Muslim’ threatening Sinhala-Buddhist womanhood, and by extension Mother Lanka, in order to weld ordinary, law-abiding Sinhala-Buddhist men into a baying mob. Muslim-owned establishments are being depicted as dens of sexual iniquity; implicit and explicit images/charges of a sexual nature are being used to titillate and incite Sinhala-Buddhist men, and to provide the resultant mob with a cast-iron and time-honoured justification for hating – and attacking – any Muslim.

According to video footage, the mobs were led by monks. Reports indicate that the attackers took their time, undeterred by a heavy police/riot-police/STF presence[ii]. The criminal-mob was not tear-gassed, baton-charged or water-cannoned by the uniformed guardians of law and order. Even when the advance guard of the mob manhandled police officers, the police forbore to react[iii]. Why the screaming horde got the licence denied to law-abiding political demonstrators is not hard to guess. Which policeman is going to lift a finger against a saffron-mob, after Gotabhaya Rajapaksa came out of the closet and paraded his affinity with the BBS? Which policeman wants to risk a sudden punishment-transfer to nowhere?

The tactics used by the Rajapaksas and the BBS, to clear themselves of any blame for this deadly incident, are identical to the politico-propaganda ploys used during the ‘Humanitarian Operation’. The attack is being de-politicised by depicting it as an ordinary crime, caused by an ordinary girl-boy issue. The purpose is to deceive the international community and that part of the Lankan public still sane enough to be alarmed by the thought of another Black July.

The modus operandi is clear. Incite the Sinhala-Buddhists to fear and hate Muslims. Instigate/permit a few attacks on Muslim establishments. Mouth pious-platitudes about peace and harmony. Impose an unofficial censorship on the media. Use lies and half truths to explain/justify any crime which cannot be covered-up. Blame the opposition, the NGOs or international conspirators if things get out of hand.

The current anti-Muslim hysteria, like the past anti-Tamil hysteria, did not happen spontaneously; it was created, word by word, figure by figure, image by image, by the BBS and its offshoots, in an enabling environment of Rajapaksa-provenance. Even if the Pepiliyana mob was not a BBS-creation, the BBS is politically and morally responsible for the outrage. In the last few months the BBS monks went from city to city, town to town, village to village, spewing the anti-Muslim toxin among ordinary Sinhalese.

Unless the Rajapaksas do not lock up their baying hordes, a new war will be upon us.

An Encore for Black July

Pity the people who abandon their destiny into the hands of their own barbarians. They will know neither peace nor progress; only endless bloodshed.

In July 1983, the barbarians within the Sinhala community were given a free rein to indulge in their bloody fantasies. In return many – if not most – Tamils abjured moderation and threw their lot in with their own barbarians.

Whether the Tamils have learnt from their Tiger-error remains to be seen. But the Sinhalese seemed to have learnt nothing and forgotten everything.

How can a nation learn from its past mistakes and misdeeds if its leaders deny the very existence of such errors and crimes? Being a Sinhala-supremacist precludes seeing the ‘Sinhala Only’ as an error or Black July as a crime. In the Sinhala-supremacist cosmos, moderation was the sole error, restraint the sole crime. The war happened and lasted for 30 years because the Sinhalese were too weak, too complacent and unwilling to crack down hard enough and fast enough on the ‘erring’ Tamils.

Today that same logic is being applied to relations with Muslims (and Christians). Since the ‘original sin’, according to the Sinhala-Buddhist creed, is being too soft on the minorities, the way to prevent another war is to ensure that all minorities know their place and they never depart from it, even for a second.

A nation must be driven out of its senses, before it can be induced commit homicide and suicide.

Black July happened because the South was a dry prairie of anti-Tamil beliefs. Respectable, educated middleclass Sinhalese believed that Tamils were overrunning the country, taking over the professions, the universities, the businesses. The tracts produced by UNP’s Cyril Maththew were avidly read, discussed and distributed not just by UNPers but also by committed anti-UNPers. Both UNP and SLFP parliamentarians freely indulged in anti-Tamil rhetoric. The plague of hatred permeated every nook and cranny of Southern society. No institution was immune to it; it seeped into political parties and professional bodies, universities and schools, the police and the armed forces, ordinary homes and ordinary temples. When the Tigers killed 13 Sinhala soldiers, the South ignited because the prevailing climate of opinion sanctioned madness. Without societal approbation the orgy of violence would have died down in a couple of days; it continued because the perpetrators felt no opprobrium.

There were a couple of mini-riots in the run up to Black July. Had they been condemned by society and cracked-down on by the regime, the final carnage could have been avoided. The regime indulged the mobs. Decent, kind-hearted people justified the horrors. A few years later the mirror images of this approbation became visible in Tamil society.

Today the past is returning. Like then, decent, respectable middleclass people are talking about the ‘Muslim menace’. The same apocryphal charges can be heard across Sinhala society: ‘They’ are everywhere; ‘They’ are taking over our land, our resources and, this time, our women; ‘They’ must be stopped.

In the Merchant of Venice, Shylock asks: “Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means… as a Christian is? If you prick us do we not bleed?” We lost this sense of common humanity in Black July and became lost in a moral-ethical wasteland.

We were too busy being Sinhala patriots to be human – a fate that befalls any people who lapses into fanaticism.

Are we going to allow the barbarians within to decide our destiny, again?

Are we going to be amoral and stupid, again?


[i] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E76Ivbw_I4

[ii] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF54FYTdobU

[iii] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIlmeQWicEM

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49 Responses to The Barbarians Within

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    Lankaians- But what is much more widespread than the actual stupidity is the playing stupid, turning off your ear, not listening, not seeing.

    Wuliangguobinjiu
    March 31, 2013 at 8:01 am
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      Why was this photo, where a monk is throwing a stone while three Police Officers are watching, never was published in the local news papers? Sinhalese or English?

      gamini
      March 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm
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      This man who claims to be an ex resident of Horton Place ( must have lived in Servants Quarters ) is a joke. I have friends who live at Horton Place and if you give me the address I will check out. What you are saying doesnt make any sense man. I am struggling to make sense of it. Actual stupidity is the playing stupid ?. I wonder which comes first. Turning off your ear not listening. Obviouly if you turn off your ear you cant hear but it is your choice no one forced you to do it. Seeing and listening are two different senses. What is your message please.

      kali
      April 4, 2013 at 8:01 am
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    Extremists have always existed in our country – as they exist in EVERY country around the world. Why is it that the Police, in the past, impartial to race, religion, creed and cast, now choose to stand back and watch as extremists riot in the streets of Sri Lanka. Never before has the Police been so intimidated and bullied to allow such atrocities to happen on their roads. Helpless, as they are undoubtedly threatened with losing their jobs, the current administration is to blame in this fracas of show of so called “nationalism” in Sri Lanka. It is important that people realize the real reason for the escalation of the current situation – our current administration is allowing this to happen and is encouraging it by tying the hands of the Police to score political points, sow discord amongst the public and distract the people from the current deteriorating economy and standard of living. This government is directly instigating this and should be held accountable for the current crisis.

    Ediriweera
    March 31, 2013 at 8:21 am
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      Where is Mervyn Aiya? He should be called in to tie this Gnanasara to a tree, before he does any more damage to Sri Lanka and Buddhism!

      Pol Pot
      April 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm
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    Another excellent piece Thisaranee! Keep up the good work and take care as Gota the White Van Goon no doubt has wet dreams about taking you out! The attack on minorities – Tamils, Muslims, Christians continues unabated – given the Rajapakse policy of DIVIDE and RULE. Rajapakse is following the British Colonial policy of Divide, Distract with attacks on minorities and rule. That is why they are running behind the Commonwealth of Nations, aka. the Commonwealth of Clowns that is headed by the queen of England and desperate to have CHOGM in Hambantota which indeed is a massive WASTELAND and ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER – with giant EMPTY roads and highways going NOWHERE! The Mattala airport has not a single plane! Meanwhile, in the Vanni, a TNA meeting was attacked by military intelliegence agents a few days ago. Once the violence happens the regime blames it on the minorities and the international community who are its scapegoats. The Regiem’s fantastic conspiracy theories are LIES. The latest lie was that the Norwegians are funding Gotabaya Rajapassa’ Balu Sena! I hear that the Sycophant Vasudeva Nanayakkara has just woken up and in going to pass a bill to arrest the Balu Sena that has been breaking the Law for months with patronage from the Rajapassa Brothers whose end game is DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE – now that everyone sees through their corrupt and senseless “military business” development model. All the minorities must get together with progressive SInhala forces to defeat the Rajapakse regime that is following the British Colonial policy of Divide and Rule while stripping the wealth of the country.

    James Bond
    March 31, 2013 at 8:36 am
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      The Rajapakse Brothers are the ENEMY WITHIN Sri Lanka today. They are rotting and corroding the society with their greed and corruption and the Balu Sena. Sri Lanka needs to be liberated from Mahinda Rajapakse before it is too late. REGIME CHANGE IS IMPERATIVE!

      Sarinda
      March 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm
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    Look at Myanmar, It is fight for survival for Myanmar buddhists. If they sit mum they will be exterminated like pests. Buddhists lost Afghan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kashmir, India, Iran, Malayasia, Indonesia to the muslims. we left only with Myanmar and SL (therawada). Unfortunately both the countries r threatened by terrorists. Even thailand is also facing the scourge of terrrism. In this modern world of bombs, guns, non voilence, self defence as preached by buddha is not gonna work. So Lankans and Myanmar has learnt a hard lesson and paying back in the same coin.

    Ranil
    March 31, 2013 at 8:44 am
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      yes and your answer to all this is to stone muslim owned establishments? typical third class mentality. Pakistan was Buddhist before? lol. Don’t you think spain, england and canada were also buddhist no? the moon was also inhabited by buddhists, yes? you don’t need numbers to save buddhism you just need good people who live by the dhamma.

      vidula
      March 31, 2013 at 11:18 am
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        Vidula i fell off the chair laughing for your comments. you must realise there are some jokers like Ranil above who think with their lower part of the body and not with their brains

        Olympian.
        March 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm
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      Your pro BBS comment is way off the mark. If the BBS is afraid that the 8 percent of Muslims will take over the70 percent Buddhists in this country, like you imply, then you have the same mob mentality, and the lack of intelligence to make sense of it. Numbers do not lie, but rabble rousers do. Yes SL is threatened by terrorists – the entire world can see who is terrorizing the country, and it is NOT the Muslims. At a time like this, misinformation and untruths stand out in this comment section. You may have got your information in some agricultural tour of the desert, but as you can see it just does not add up, nor will the majority here agree with such nonsense. SL and Myanmar is orchestrated by the same evil sources, whose primary interest is promoting violence against Muslims, and you are just doing their propaganda work.

      Dhaksha
      March 31, 2013 at 11:56 am
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        Well said, Dhaksha. Why not name the leader of the orchestra – Israel.

        Riza
        March 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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      Ranil, you ignorant idiot. With BBS, you’ll lose SL too if you follow their idiotic messages.

      Riza
      March 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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      Exactly Ranil. You cannot fight Islam with non-violence. Gandhi failed miserably. France, Germany, and UK are slowly realizing their mistake. Israel probably knows best, after facing the possibility of extinction during the 6-Day war. There are 1 billion Muslims in the world (16.7% of the total population of 6 billion), and they are reproducing faster than anyone else. Unfortunately, their views on women and other religions do not reproduce as quickly; hence, this growing population demographic represents a major challenge to the progress of secular world nations.

      Lester
      March 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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    The police will not act in such situations, because they fear those at the back. They sometimes know and sometimes do not know which powerful figure is behind such incidents. However, they take the passive course on the assumption there are powerful figures behind. Unless, clear orders come from THE big guns, they will not act. Sometimes they do not act because THE big guns have told them not to act. I feel sorry for the police force in this country. They are a pitiable lot. They however compensate their frustration, by being tough and rough on the ordinary people who commit offences and who have no poltical Godfathers. Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran
    March 31, 2013 at 8:51 am
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      Aren’t you lucky that you have the biggest godfather Gota right behind you for ‘lauding” his “development” work in the north ? I wish I was willing to sell myself like you but then again I have standards I guess !

      Dev
      April 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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    It is drizzling now, but it will begin to pour, time is short and the water rises.- June 1983.

    Don Jayalath
    March 31, 2013 at 8:55 am
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    The crime Tamils committed were to excel in education and steal jobs; just as the Muslims are now harassed and attacked for dressing decently. The Sinhelist (BBS/JHU/SR) strategy is to populate the country rather than educate themselves in the benefit of knowledge and decency. Failed state is the Fate of Lanka if people do not rise up in a peaceful manner and use their democratic process to oust the failed regime. Spring time in Lanka.

    Maghribi
    March 31, 2013 at 9:37 am
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    On day of the equinox the devil will be bedeviled.

    Kabila
    March 31, 2013 at 10:25 am
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    Why smash up these downmarket muslim shopping stores while there are no other options for international tourists. Look at giant shopping malls and supermarkets in Singapore and Thailand where goods from around the world are on offer then look at what we Sri Lankans have on offer here?We cannot even buy a decent pair of shoes or import them? The Indian parliament has voted to allow international proper supermarkets to open stores , why not here?

    k m ratnasiri
    March 31, 2013 at 10:44 am
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      K M Ratnasiri: What on earth are you trying to say? You are totally incomprehensible! CT: don’t you edit guys like this so that your readers aren’t left totally confused?

      Aney Apochchi!
      March 31, 2013 at 11:38 am
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    Wuliangguobinjiu
    March 31, 2013 at 11:02 am
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    These reverends behave like the skin heads in the west. They are quite adept at throwing stones which must require hours of practice. Maybe this is what is being taught at their leadership intitutes. These thugs will probably continue in this manner since the police are full of respect for their robes and religous identity although there is no difference in their behaviour from a common criminal.

    Safa
    March 31, 2013 at 11:29 am
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    JRJ in 1983 ignored the attacks on Sri Lanka. tamils much to all of our dismay and the detriment of the country, now MR is kissing babies and opening airports etc while the attacks are,going on against Sri Lankan Muslims. Rather than be hailed as a saviour, we have another failed leader in the making. What glory would be his if he united this country and brought prosperity to all. Instead we will be left with a country full of beggars with dog eating dog. Btw the muslim community should learn not to elect a man to office only because he is a muslim. minister of justice is a pathetic excuse for a human being

    Concerned
    March 31, 2013 at 11:51 am
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      Interesting comment. Yes minister of justice is just interested in lining his pocket, making his bank account FAT and live a life of luxury at the expense of the Muslims. Sadly this is the truth as he has not done any good to the Muslims as a whole. Interesting to note that the police were watching this Saffron robed criminal throw rock after rock with NO interference by the police. Wonder what would have happened IF the store owners had hired some thugs to hit back. I bet the police would have arrested them and not the Robed goons and the mob. Sad case… Sooner than later a Black July is in the making… brace yourselves everyone……. Thankx to the TOP people of authority…

      Fair N Square
      March 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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    Black July was supported by the SLA, as the incident in Jaffna sparked it followed by the funeral arrangements in Borella. Going by todays trends, someone in the Regime supported by its cabal thinks that bringing back Emergency Laws following a communal turmoil is the best line of action to perpetuate dynasty rule, when even the I/C will not mind, as democratic action has been resorted to! This being the hidden agenda, no effort by the Muslim Leaders to move MR Cabinet will succeed nor will the SLFP Seniors open their mouth – as they know the hidden agenda which will not bother them for some long time. This emergency condition created will put back all elections and this will be very convenient to the Regime, specially Judicial matters. The Mahanayakes should bear the blame for current trends. A fine of Rs. 10000/- on (Rev!) Galagoda Thero did not move them to act: Read .lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=13626

    punchinilame
    March 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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    Tissaranee ,a good write up of the Barbarians,but they are on a slippery path,as they will soon realize where they are being taken. The balu sena is allowed by the Rajapussa to go on a rampage against the muslims ,so that they can hide behind the mayhem and stealthily and craftily bring the 13 th Amendment plus plus as India wanted. The Rajapussa and their relation went to India secretly and agreed to bring the 13th amendment into law,they tried to deceive the international community ,but their false and foul talks are very well known to the world and now they are in a fix, and now the time is running out for them. They are hoodwinking and cheating even the BALU SENA JHU SR AND THE SINHALA BUDDHIST .That is why the sinhala budhists are known as the sinhalaya modayas. The BBS are scared of the Tamils and the repercussions of antoganising the Tamils ,because BIG BROTHER is watching,so these spineless BBS JHU SR AND THE RACISTS are being asked to attack innocent muslims .Very soon These Bbs buggers will realize their folly,by then the the Eelam will come into being.

    muslim
    March 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm
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    According to video footage, the mobs were led by monks. I have not seen such video footage that indicates the mobs were led by monks. Colombo Telegraph keeps linking to videos of the aftermath of the incident, which from a legal point of view, constitutes circumstantial evidence. I find it rather strange that video footage only exists of the aftermath and not the actual incident itself. According to media reports, the mob-attack happened consequent to a rumour of a 15 year old Sinhala-Buddhist employee of Fashion Bug being raped, within the premises, by a Muslim fellow-employee. Is it so hard to believe? If a woman does not wear a veil, then from the Islamic point of view, she is seen as “loose.”

    Lester
    March 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm
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      another Ranil like

      mother land
      March 31, 2013 at 5:23 pm
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      ah Lester our very own racist,look at the videos in this article dont be a donkey and twist things ,Police as well as the local Hamaduru have said there was no rape inside the building ,a worker in the yard was having an affair with a 15 year old girl and as such thats known as statutory rape as she is minor even though it was consensual,and Police have taken the fellow into custody a week ago Lester tell me how are the BBS going to tackle the Homagama PS member who rape a underage girl (with whose mother he was having an affair) all parties concerned are Sinhalese Tell me sick man how are the BBS and you going to tackle the Homagama case?

      Probono Publico
      April 1, 2013 at 12:57 am
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        How old was the worker? A grown man does not have an “affair” with a 15-year old girl, except perhaps in Islam. Where did you hear that there was no rape inside the building? Even if that was what you “heard”, they may be lying to protect the reputation of the girl. The mob on the street knows what really happened. And finally, where is the proof that monks were involved in the riot? Sick man? That reputation belongs to Muhammed; only a sick man can kill 600 people (Jews) with a sword in 1 day.

        Lester
        April 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm
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          Now the monks who did the stoning (captured on camera) have surrendered to police after being given an ultimatum. It has now come to light that one particular monk is a former BBS activist from Panadura. Lester, you write as though an authority on all matters, but now you prove only fart with no shit. Short sighted, shallow thinking and an easy bait for bashful thinking. You pick up all false and distorted insinuations against our leader Prophet Muhammed (Sal.) from Islamophobic sites, such as ‘mostintolerantreligion’ and ask us to explain. How can we explain something which never took place,ever in history. Killing of 600 Jews in one day? Phew, even his own Muslim followers would have deserted him. Bust this must taste tantalizing to zealots like you.

          Marwan
          April 2, 2013 at 5:46 am
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            Why don’t you give links which prove what you say? I have looked on Youtube for videos that show monks throwing rocks and found nothing. If you do not know the truth about Muhammed, that is your fault. I cannot teach you your own religion. When I quote the Quran, it is from http://www.quran.com, a website owned and operated by Muslims. Now I am quoting from Wikipedia to prove my claim about the slaughter of the Jews: Ibn Ishaq describes the killing of the Banu Qurayza men as follows: “ Then they surrendered, and the apostle confined them in Medina in the quarter of d. al-Harith, a woman of B. al-Najjar. Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches. Among them was the enemy of Allah Huyayy b. Akhtab and Ka`b b. Asad their chief. There were 600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900. As they were being taken out in batches to the apostle they asked Ka`b what he thought would be done with them. He replied, ‘Will you never understand? Don’t you see that the summoner never stops and those who are taken away do not return? By Allah it is death!’ This went on until the apostle made an end of them. Huyayy was brought out wearing a flowered robe in which he had made holes about the size of the finger-tips in every part so that it should not be taken from him as spoil, with his hands bound to his neck by a rope. When he saw the apostle he said, ‘By God, I do not blame myself for opposing you, but he who forsakes God will be forsaken.’ Then he went to the men and said, ‘God’s command is right. A book and a decree, and massacre have been written against the Sons of Israel.’ Then he sat down and his head was struck off.

            Lester
            April 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm
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          Again the convenient lapse of memory. You point out to what was going on in the stone ages, now let’s focus on what is happening right now in the world: [Edited out] I suggest people google pedophiles in Israel and you will be shocked at the at what is going on. It is pathetic when someone has to keep pointing out to what one particular prophet did during the stone ages, when MANY prophets of the old testament did the same. Funny they do not address what goes on in their own motherland. Hatred blinds them to what is happening under their very noses, or perhaps they hope you are ignorant about it.

          Dhaksha
          April 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm
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        Wuliangguobinjiu
        April 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm
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      What a goon! Deaf and dumb and blind too. One more thing with his brains in the bottom part of his anatomy it is not surprising that Lester does not see nor hear what everyone else has. Since the brain is in the wrong part of the anatomy he writes that which he extrudes from his bottom spewing lies and distorting facts. He seems to see the enemy in every windmill

      Jamal
      April 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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    I don’t know why these vile racist and violent monks who spew hate are referred to as “venerable”. Their behaviour and speech show that they do not deserve to be addressed as “Venerable”. What they are doing or saying is completely against the religion they espouse to respect and preach.

    Piranha
    March 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm
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      Still we can use the title Ven. since they are the most venomous species of our times

      Newton
      April 1, 2013 at 11:41 am
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    Sri Lanka Police initial reports have cleared BBS although viedo and other information says otherwise. What a shame for Sri Lanka and buddhism. A country that is known world over as friendly people and a religion that speaks of peace and harmony among all beings. The sad part is still parents are handing over little childred to be ordained as monks and thought monks who are no better than the skin heads of the west. Now BBS wants to take over orphanages, if it happens God help the country and the children.

    Burt
    March 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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      Shame in uniform !

      nazeem
      April 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm
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    Muslims have no right to judge any one;covered ;;coat ;head or otherwise;and also sects and religions;we are here to co exist since we are a minority and we must be an example of good mannerism;tolerance;patience;since we may have done things which caused this hate campaign we have to endure the hardship we are going throughAllah says this is a test and Allah will reward us if we deal all of this with goodness and forgiveness although its scary and sad

    Betsy
    April 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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    We were too busy being sinhalese to be humans. Truer words were never spoken. I lament for Lanka. But the seeds of at least another generations worth of bloodshed has already been sown by the present regime and its cohorts.

    peebee
    April 2, 2013 at 6:08 am
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    Hello Lester you are spot on Jews were been killed or forcebly converted to islam. When the SL government was approached by Israel to open a embassy the muslims in your country objected. Is the Government in SL been mislead by a minority .

    desrealioliver
    April 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm
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    Tamil I have read from some writings found on the History of Great Sinhala kingdom that even England, France, Spain, Maldoves, Germany and America were Budhdhist countries and these Muslims and Christians have captured and converted to Christianity and Islam. Therefore we Budhist need to rise up and we need someone like Rajapakese to save Sinhala race and Budhdhism from the evils of other religions. I am sure Budhdha would help us in this struggle.

    Ralahamy
    April 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm
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      my opinion is to practice budhism correctly and not to hate any religion. every single person should have freedom of reliogen and speech

      ron
      April 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm
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    Already moste of the people who turned against the Muslim would have understood that they are being taken for a ride.

    nazeem
    April 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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    Already most of the people who turned against the Muslim would have understood that they are being taken for a ride.

    nazeem
    April 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm
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    As an indipendant observer , I believe your real name is not Thisaranee. You are a hate cultivater. You want more trouble in Sri Lanka. I think you are an agent of a foriegn element against Sri Lanka . Thanks Sunil

    Sunil
    April 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm
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