15 December, 2017

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The Discontents Of A Foreign Policy, Made-In-Medamulana

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Hail the Great Leader of the Commonwealth” – The wording on hoardings celebrating the Rajapaksa Commonwealth-Chairmanship

In 2012, Mahinda Rajapaksa asked India to send the Kapilawastu relics to Sri Lanka for a public exposition. A new round of provincial elections was being planned and the regime wanted to use the relics to bolster its Sinhala-Buddhist credentials.

MR GLAfter the 1995 exposition in Thailand, India had decided not to send the Kapilawastu relics out again, because of their ‘delicate nature’. But when Colombo made its request, Delhi complied: “making an exception, the Government of India decided to send them to Sri Lanka”[i].

The ‘Tamil issue’ is an irremovable factor in Indo-Lanka relations but its importance is not a constant. Publicly, Delhi will always pay lip service to ‘Tamil interests’. But in actuality, the ‘Tamil Nadu factor’ becomes significant only during election seasons. In between, Delhi tends to accord more priority to appeasing Colombo (to keep it out of Beijing’s orbit and to promote Indian business interests) than to satisfying Tamil Nadu.

But such variations and nuances are beyond the comprehension of the Rajapaksas. Thus they turned PM Singh’s presence at the Colombo Commonwealth into a public tug-of-war between Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. They failed to appreciate that given the proximity of elections and the challenge posed by the Modi-factor, the Congress Party would not want to take any risks with the Tamil Nadu votes.

In today’s world even the sole super power cannot ignore global public opinion or expect uncritical and unconditional support, ad infinitum. The Rajapaksas, lacking in both material and moral force, think that they can ignore global opinion and have their way, with impunity. They regard international relations through the same distorting ‘us vs. them’ prism they use in national politics. Either you support us unconditionally under all circumstances or you are our enemy is becoming the Siblings’ approach even in the international arena.

An independent and sovereign country cannot permit the world to decide its agenda. However a rational government, in fashioning its agenda, cannot ignore the concerns of the international community nor act totally at variance with these concerns. If a country is financially dependent on external sources, as Sri Lanka is, political autarky becomes even more unaffordable. Such a country should try to take a sober view of its problems, prospects and options and come up with the most optimum compromise possible, by balancing varying and conflicting interests, instead of allowing the megalomania of its leaders to chart not just its national but also its international course.

The Chinese Card

The Leader who conquered the World’ is one of the accolades bestowed upon President Rajapaksa by his acolytes. The President is not content with lording it over Sri Lanka; he desires to cut a dash internationally and especially in the West.

Thus the priority accorded to hosing the Commonwealth Summit.

Under Rajapaksa rule, Lankan foreign policy seems to be structured around President Rajapaksa’s vainglorious need of to gain Western and international entrée. Rajapaksa mood-changes have a decisive impact on the shape and direction of Lanka’s international relations; Lankan attitude to foreign countries can turn friendly and accommodating or petulant and wrathful depending on the Presidential mood. The regime’s policy is to reward its international friends and punish its international enemies, irrespective of the cost to the nation.

In the run up to the Commonwealth, the British media revealed that “Sri Lankan High Commission in London has privately boasted that it now has 14 MPs prepared to publicly defend the regime… One Conservative MP has told…how he has been offered ‘whatever he wants’ from the Sri Lankan government, including luxury holidays…. Another Conservative MP said that he had an ‘open invitation’ and that the Sri Lankan government had said ‘You can have whatever you want’”.[ii]

In January/February 2013, Australian media revealed that “A SENIOR Sri Lankan government official is suspected by Australian authorities of being personally “complicit” in the people-smuggling trade … Australia’s intelligence agencies have identified the official, who has a high profile and is known to be close to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The agencies believe he is responsible for authorising numerous boats in the past 10 months, fuelling the surge of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka… Australia’s intelligence agencies believe it would be impossible for so many asylum-seeker boats to leave the island’s shores without the individual’s direct involvement”.[iii]

Then came Australian elections; the new PM’s ‘asylum policy’ of immediately deporting all illegal arrivals depended on Colombo’s total cooperation.

Mr. Abbot got it. The alleged mastermind of the ‘human trafficking racket’, “a decorated naval officer who briefed Australia’s border protection chief and its high commissioner to Sri Lanka on how to stop human trafficking”[iv], was arrested during the run up to the Commonwealth. A memorandum of understanding was signed between Australian and Lankan navies to tackle people smuggling during the Commonwealth[v].

Is there a quid-pro-quo correlation between Canberra’s uncritical backing for the Rajapaksas and Colombo’s sudden interest-cum-success in stopping the ‘boat people’?

Was there a similar correlation between the ‘milk powder issue’ and the New Zealand’s uncritical support for the Rajapaksas[vi]?

After the regime banned and un-banned Fonterra-imports, with equally inexplicable suddenness, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister and Fonterra Chairman met with Minister Basil Rajapaksa “to iron out the details of a Dairy Sector Cooperation Agreement between the two countries. The meeting followed a difficult few weeks for New Zealand-based dairy cooperative Fonterra in Sri Lanka.”[vii] The agreement was duly signed during the Commonwealth; the once-reviled Fonterra was an honoured participant at the Commonwealth Business Forum.

Sri Lanka lacks the capacity to generalise this carrot-and-stick policy globally or to use it to appease its Western critics and escape a thrashing in Geneva in March 2014. That summit will not produce a dénouement but it will be an important step towards a showdown in New York, someday.

It is in that context that the unprecedented Chinese comments about human rights in Sri Lanka should be considered. Those comments, mild to the point of insignificance in general, have a huge import given that they were made by Beijing, publicly. The Chinese seem to be hinting, both to Colombo and the world, that their political backing for the Rajapaksas is neither unconditional nor endless. If the Lankan issue ends up on the Security Council agenda, the Rajapaksas may not be able to depend on the Chinese veto, permanently. China would not want to waste any of her politico-economic capital with the West, to bail out Sri Lanka.

China is becoming Sri Lanka’s world. But for China, Sri Lanka is not worth a tiff with the West or even India. China needs Western cooperation, as much as the West needs China. And China is one of India’s biggest trading partners[viii]. In the end, Sri Lanka, totally dependent on China politically and economically, might be bartered by Beijing at the Security Council, in return for some Western favour. China will be able to do so, sans cost, because the Rajapaksas, having burnt all their regional/international bridges, would have no choice but to accept any treatment accorded by Beijing, however painful or demeaning, with a show of resignation.



[i] The Hindu – 19.8.2012

[vi] In March 2013, the milk powder scare burst forth literally out of nowhere. The government claimed that milk powder imported from New Zealand contained DCD, a hazardous agro-chemical. Imports were banned. The New Zealand companies and government protested and explained. Just a week later, the entire issue vanished in a puff of smoke. The milk powder was given a clean bill of health by the government and the ban lifted.

[viii] Both countries plan to increase bilateral trade to US$100 billion by 2015 from the current US$68 billion.

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    Mahinda has become the international chandiyan: He will fall like all chandiyans.

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      Dear Thiru,
      Who helped the chandiya come to power — your own chandiya, remember?
      And you are absolutely right about chandiyas falling, your one fell too!
      Sunil
      PS: Are you lighting a candle on Wednesday to remember your maaveera who ran and ran and hid behind women and children on the beach??

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        In early 1400s Cheng Ho the famous admiral from China visited Ceylon, and the Sinhala king of Kotte was undiplomatic to the admiral with 40,000 sailers.

        He hook the king prisoner to china. A similar thing may happen to the present Sinhala king in Colombo!

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          Brilliant madam Thisaranee! Thanks again.
          “Sri Lanka expects over US$ 7 billion income from migrant workers this year”, boasted Dilan Perera – so-called Minister of Migrant Labour whose chief accomplishment was calling the first woman Chief Justice a “whore” – on camera.
          Why is it that the island’s biggest income is from BOAT PEOPLE and migrant labour – people who flee sinking Lanka – sinking under the weight of regime CORRUPTION?
          The Sri Lanka pass port is the worst one to have these days – 4 years after the war. Migrant workers and BOAT PEOPLE and REfugees send money to their struggling families – not because they love Sri Lanka.
          All the so called growth figures of Nivard Cabraal and Central Bank are manufactured – what exists is JOBLESS GROWTH today – whose benefits are for the Rajapakse family JUNTA and cronies. Hence, everyone with a brain or the capacity flees the miracle of Asia! This is the sad fact behind the migrant labout sector that generates the country’s foreign exchange… that the fool Dilan Perera boasts about

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          ARRANGEMENTS ARE ALREADY IN LINE – THE FAMILY AND ITS CLOSE ONES
          WILL BE AIR-LIFTED FROM HAMBANTOTA AIRPORT TO PEKING AND GRANTED
          REFUGEE-STATUS AT THEIR REQUEST, SO THERE IS NO QUESTION OF MOVING
          ANY OF THEM INTO icc HANDS WHEN THE ORDER IS MADE.

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            No PunchiNilame, they will not be Airlifted to Beijing, They will catch a leaky boat from the Hambantota harbour to an unknown Destination!

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        Everybody in the world knows how the srilankan army ran for help around 30 odd years, seeking the help of intnl community to win over 50thousand LTTErs

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      Right Thiru,

      And like every fall, pride will go first. Mahinda can be so brave trying to impress the world (and the yakkos) with his speeches in second-hand english but his emergency ploy of reducing to one-liners the answer to every question exposes the simple fact that he will be more effective in the vernacular and getting himself a good and reliable translator.

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      Thiru,
      When is Mahinda going to fake away?When?Next month?2014?Or is it 2050?Keep on dreaming!Dreaming is for the losers!But never give up hopes.Know why?If you give up hopes,for me, life will be boring without you guys(The defeated Tamil terrorists).You buggers were so close but so far!Are you sure that that shot gun David will deliver the goods?Never trust that Manmohan guy.How about Jayalaitha?How about that old fart Karunanidi?Can’t trust these buggers,eh?So whats next?How about Tamils for Obama?Hope that next time it will not be “TAMILS FOR MAX SILVA!”.A set of day&night dreaming loonies!
      But still don’t give up hope.The likes of Thisarane,Dharshika,will do the needful.Who knows that now Mahinda’s fate is almost a foregone conclusion,H.E Ruwan will deliver the goods!But never trust that Sajith bloke.Karu is Ok,the bugger will croak any moment.
      Thiru,Thisaranee,it’s just a matter of time before Ruwan becomes the president!So why worry?Lets fix that mass murderer Mahinda!After that it will be party time for all of us!A bloody set of clowns!

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        Mad Max, stop sniffing Jayalalitha’s undies and take your prescribed medications!

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        Max you Racist Sinhalese Moron,

        MR is going to fade away in to the Wilderness after March 2014. It might even be sooner if BJP win all 5 States were elections are due.

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    What is said in the last two paragraphs is critical would be Sri Lanka’s assessment of the relationship but to China Sri Lanka is a mere vassal state of China. SL is unable to even put up it’s own flag on the Airport Expressway may seem a small issue but it denotes the extent to which the Chinese will go to show who the real power is. We take loans at commerical interest rates from Exim Bank of China, use Chinese contractors etc to build the road and then take orders from China. So, as in the past feudal days MR can use the land in return for rendering homage to China as its Lord. Very soon the Chinese will make the Colonial powers that ruled Sri Lanka look like innocent kindergarten teachers!

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    MR clans are World famous stupid barbarians. What they can’t think even for a moment is that Pharaoh and the Roman Empires were all once World powers. But, when the time came they had to go and become disappear from the face of the earth leaving only their traces behind in ruined monuments and their past glories and gory.

    So, MR clan’s last straw is going to be very interesting. Let us wait see the climax of their end game.

    Till then have a COKE!

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      Come on mate, now you are going to make Jim fuku Softy impotent again as you ruined his orgasm.
      His climax is reply to his own comment under a different fake name.
      Let him enjoy that ‘koombi-choon’ as his bosses the fuksas also love the same choon.

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      In 2009 during the height of the war in Vanni, Hilary Clinton the then Foreign secretary of the US requested Sri Lanka not to shell or bomb hospitals. Gotabaya told on the BBC TV that it is legitimate to bomb hospitals in the war zone.

      No fire Zone movie has some eye witnesses telling that the hospitals were hit again and again by government shelling.

      So this is how Sri Lanka treats the Foreign secretary of the most powerful state on Earth. This challenging, after receiving all help during the war, I am sure is unacceptable to the US.

      Payback time may come soon.

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        ‘Hospitals’, ‘schools’ and ‘temples’ were bombed because the LTTE were hiding their weapons in them. People were bombed because your hero and his valiant freedom fighters hid behind women and children. The allies bombed Iraq to hell with thousands of civilians dying. It is the same thing. In war, people die.

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          WTF, the temples were hiding racists for centuries, F.R.Senanayake, Felix Dias, Anagarika Dharmey, Elley Agunawangsa, MR & his cronies, BBS Gala-uda Gnaney and the likes. All were protected and nurtured by the Temples. These guys were hiding behind the Yellow (stinky) robes and unleashed death & destruction to thousands in 100 years period.

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      Shock and awe, the real thing, is coming our little king’s way I think.

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        Your king is dead. Long live our king!

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          YOUR King Sun….what king ? FU-King ? ha ha ha

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    Those 53 countries will ashamed when this idiot starts to open his mouth

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    ”It is true President Rajapaksa gave a categorical assurance that he himself would convert the Executive Presidency into a Trusteeship, which honours the mandate given to Parliament by being accountable to Parliament, establishing equality before the law, being accountable to the judiciary and not being in conflict with the judiciary. Trusteeship is indeed a noble concept and such an assurance by His Excellency’ the President is most honourable and welcome” – Justice Weeramantry to LLRC, 29 November 2013, http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/11/

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      ”A constitution entrenching power that can be abused by other office holders in the manner described in the Mahinda Chinthana 2010 is not an institutional measure promoting confidence and reconciliation” – Justice Weeramantry to LLRC, 29 November 2013, http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/11/

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    ”Of the five topics referred to the Commission I shall confine myself to speak on the fifth, namely, the institutional, administrative and legislative measures needed to prevent recurrence of conflict and to promote national unity and reconciliation among all communities ……
    Since this is an institutional, administrative and legislative field which has such deep implications for the future of a united Sri Lanka living in harmony, peace and equality under the protect of the law, I trust the Commission will give it careful and considered attention”

    – Submission by Justice Weeramantry to LLRC, 29 November 2013, http://www.scribd.com/doc/127226195/Sri-Lanka-Justice-Weeramantry-to-Lessons-Learnt-and-Reconciliation-Commission

    (within a few days of downloading this from LLRC website in late January this year it was hacked – found out so by returning to the website for more submissions)

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      ”I was asked to make the presentation for the Third World and for this purpose I needed to study the constitutional structures in many Third World countries. What emerged was that in many of these countries their constitutional structures were such as to permit the growth of authoritarianism with a resulting denigration of basic rights and liberties”
      – Submission by Justice Weeramantry to LLRC, 29 November 2013, http://www.scribd.com/doc/127226195/Sri-Lanka-Justice-Weeramantry-to-Lessons-Learnt-and-Reconciliation-Commission

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    Yeah time will come soon, I just looked out at the sky and give it a year more of listening to this so called ‘governments’ bullshit.. Are people really this stupid??

    Nice one from one of my fav comedians, George on stupid people, think MR goes into the all three basket..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rh6qqsmxNs

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    The Rajapakses will use force and intimidation to meet resistance and legitimate opposition within. This is why the Votes for the Defence Ministry, with the war long over and no enemy in sight, has incredibly higher votes than education and health combined. A pampered army and police will be used against the people when they come to the streets hungry and angry when increasing and non-stop costs become impossible to bear. The Mahanayakes will prefer to remain in the safety and comfort of their palace endorsing the action of the regime as “necessary for the safety and good of the Buddhist Sinhala Nation” Like in Shah’s Iran and Mubarak’s Egypt the Army will be asked to attack the people. After a while they will very likely turn against the unpopular regime.

    The regime will continue to bungle in the international sphere, make powerful enemies and end up in serious trouble. India, USA, UN and the UK are powerful enemies taken individually. Combined – the regime has to fear, if it has any intelligence. The work MR’s father began under SWRD in 1956 – in dividing the nation into Sinhala and Tamil by design or otherwise – will soon be completed by the sons. One cannot but feel sorry for the millions of innocent and unconnected Sinhalese who will suffer for generations.

    F.N. Stein

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      F. n. Stein:
      that must be one of the wisest statements to appear on CT!

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        Yes Palang Yako. I wish to second it.
        F.N Stein has just spoken the exact truth which is going to emerge very soon and which we are going to see.

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      Your astrological forecast is pleasant reading to those with a Regime
      change agenda. No, this is not MRs agenda – he with the Bought Cabinet
      and “Filed” Ministers and M.PP wish to get along democratically with
      Elections now & then. His glory is all that what matters-
      The high-budgetted Defence Ministry is as a precaution to maintain dynasty control and to effect w-van tactics/type of governanace.

      If Mugabe can do it, why not MR? He (MR) has a complete Province to
      establish his future Kingdom with modern infra-structure, than what VP had.

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    In the world of geopolitics, small island nations are but tiny shrimp, and easily expendable. However, in Sri Lanka even a village strongman can live with kudos as long as he can intimidate his immediate neighbourhood…

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda:
      Don’ you ever tire of stating the obvious? The extent of your “erudition” only confirms the long-held stereotype of those of Kandyan heritage being village idiots!

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      The geography of a small nation can make a big difference in its geopolitics. SriLanka with its ports in sea lanes of shipping lines of international trade has been setting i.the East against the West and
      ii.the North against the South and not yet punished for 65 yrs of oppressing its ethnic minorities.

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      Tadpole (゜゜)~ but tiny shrimp,in Sri Lanka even a village strongman can live with a top-hat… Tadpole (゜゜)~

      1. “Cheap Shot Artist”
      2. Strongman the mob|1Fuckshit Avenue 2.Fucktown 3.Fuckville 4.Fuckempire 5.Fucknation 6.Fuckworld 7.Fuckeverything

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUIu6_eTkjY Hair cut (o|o)|


      O:-) O:-) O:-)

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    “..In the end, Sri Lanka, totally dependent on China politically and economically, might be bartered by Beijing at the Security Council, in return for some Western favour. China will be able to do so, sans cost, because the Rajapaksas, having burnt all their regional/international bridges, would have no choice but to accept any treatment accorded by Beijing, however painful or demeaning, with a show of resignation..”

    Bloody Rajapakshas, thier eulogists, cronies and arse sniffers, mark these words by the most incisive, scathing and analytical English writer against Rajapakshas of the present day and get ready and find out your culverts of choice to spend your ultimate iguana phase of life when people are searching for your blood and flesh!

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    .
    You cannot straighten a dog’s tail.

    :-)

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    Look where the Baboon’s smiling at when others look serious.

    Baboon’s acting looks Better than Charlie Chaplin.

    This is what happens when a Baboons are selected to Parliament.

    Baboon think he could hoodwink people and get away with the Crook’s smile. Hague here he comes.

    It is a curse and a head ache for our country, it’s a People and to the International community to Tame this Monkey Baboon, and they are already aware of it…….198 of them.

    Rajapakse playing “Chandiya Card” thinking China will come to rescue. He is badly mistaken this time as China has exhausted it’s Veto power rescuing other countries.

    It’s time for people to educate China and other Rajapakse Bribery givers to tell the truth of what is going on in Sri Lanka.

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    No more Gentleman Politicians or Statesman to lead our Country. We really had only 3 Statesman as our Leaders who ruled and served the Nation. They are late Honourable D.S. and Dudley Senanayake and Sir John Kotalawela. During that time the words corruption, intimidation, disappearances were relatively unknown. They served the entire Nation and we were on top of the World. Our democratic Sri Lanka is now turned into a corrupt lawless Banana Republic and the entire Nation live in fear. They have no rights at all or no where to go. God save former democratic Sri Lanka.

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      Namal,

      To your list of the 3 honourable PM’s please permit me to add Galle’s Wijayananda Dahanayake. He did not have the time or the Cabinet and popular support to stay around as PM for long. He was scrupulously honest – perhaps on occasions bordering on the idiosyncratic, you might say. Bradman W writes when Daha lost he came out and sat in the front of Temple Trees and telephoned him. When Bradman arrived he had asked him to help him to find transport to get back to Galle. When Brad reminded him he can use the official car he has refused pointing out he is not entitled to it as he is no longer PM. When Brad offered to drive him in his car, Daha had refused saying that is still an official car.

      The present and coming generations will scarcely believe we had men of that level of integrity and personal honour in our governance system
      as leaders. That is probably why the machinery of governance functioned for so long for us to loudly proclaim to the world, whenever we were abroad and the occasion demanded, ours was a democratic country as well. We then had the right to make that claim.

      Senguttuvan

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        Senguttuvan, thank you for that tid bit. Integrity, honesty, and moral uprightness are what we expect from the leader of the country. To some of us it is an unbearable sadness to watch the deterioration in the character of our leadership and worse still to observe the younger generation emulating the leaders’ behaviour and entrenching it in the national character.

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        Senguttuvan,

        When I Travelled East Africa Five years after 1976 Non Align Conference held in Sri Lanka, Many of Their Executives as well as ordinary people were talking proud about Madam Sirima Bandaranike and Non Align Movement when I introduced myself as a Sri Lankan.

        They were proud of Madam Bandaranaike and Sri Lanka and had friendship and respect for me then as a Sri Lankan.

        I was travelling in Caribbean during CHOGM in Sri Lanka.Many people I talked to wanted to know more about what’s going on in Sri Lanka with relating to Sri Lanka’s Human rights violation, abusing of Journalists, suppressing protesters and White van disappearance.

        Their faces look upset, worried and sad and many know Sri Lanka as a Cricket loving country. All these countries have cable TV and they broadcast International media 24/7.

        Yes I had some long discussions with them on what’s going on in Sri Lanka.

        Surely CHOGM exposed the true nature of Rajapakses to the world.

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    Foolish Rajafucksa foreign policy = no foreign policy.

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    Well Tisaranee,

    Say what you may, but you must give the man his due credit. MR pulled off a successful CHOGM despite some leaders abstaining from attending. At the end their boycott had very little clout. Like it or not CHOGM happened and MR has been endorsed as the leader – no mean achievement.

    Contrary to what you allude to in your article; MR has not burnt any bridges with the western powers. In fact with CHOGM MR has substantially strengthened the weak ones.

    Don’t hold your breath about China going the other way. China will never walk away from the iron grip it has on the Sri Lankan affairs at the moment. China is an economic giant; no country is going to fall out with it over insignificant Sri Lankan issues.

    And if the Tamil people think that David Cameron’s ultimatum is going to eventuate into something tangible, watch this space; no matter how much you wish a dire eventuality will result for MR, nothing is going to happen to him or his cronies. Furthermore to replace a leader you need a strong counterpart standing in the wings. There is no such person or organisation capable of replacing MR. UNP is in a pathetic state, with its leadership performing harakiri on a regular basis.

    Whether you hail MR as the great leader of the Commonwealth or shout him down as a war criminal as loud as you can, MR is here to stay and stay he will for a long, long time to come.

    Tisaranee, you will better serve the people of Sri Lanka if your advice is for them to just get along in life as best they could.

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      “MR pulled off a successful CHOGM”

      BBS rep,you must be mad like your gnanasera thero.The CHOGM with the indian prime minister boycotting is like having a function without the chief guest.And the second most important member in it attended all right but mahinda would have wished that he too had boycotted.Then the third most important member the prime minister of Canada too boycotted.

      “Contrary to what you allude to in your article; MR has not burnt any bridges with the western powers.”

      You are living in fantasy land mate.He burnt that long ago telling them all to piss off and gota constantly reminding them of china being in his pocket(or other way about).Example GSP status and CHOGM.

      “China is an economic giant; no country is going to fall out with it over insignificant Sri Lankan issues.”

      Keep dreaming about china.Gota has made the same miscalculation that VP made when he took on India.By thinking that India is of no consequence and china is going to be its saviour the rajapakshes have dug their own grave just as the swollen headed VP did.It took some time for VP to get the clobbering and it will take sometime for the rajapakshes too to realise what it means to make an enemy of india.

      China is indeed an economic giant as you mention,but it is not big enough to extend its reach into south asia where india is the sole regional power.Its hands are full in the east and southeast/oceania.

      What could save the rajapakshes is the fact that china could grow some more and assert it dominance of the east and southeast asia region and have something left too for dominance of south asia.Gota has foolishly played the china card which is the only one he has but an ace,quite prematurely taking on india and telling it to go and fly a kite with respect to the indo lanka accord.It is a slap in the face to india.

      Only time will tell whether india will finish the rajapakshes off before china is ready to move into south asia or not.

      i am not a fortune teller.i can only look at the chess board now and see where the pieces are currently.The end result will depend on the players themselves.An year from now the game would have moved on further and pieces on the board will be different as the game goes on.

      Only thing i can say is that the rajapakshes are also risk takers like VP who thumbed his nose at everybody and will meet the same fate,unless china grows rapidly further in to a even bigger power than what it is today.There is a limit to what it can do at the moment to save srilanka’s arse with US,EU and india combined against us.

      Another thing that could save the rajapakshes is if they can mend their fences with india.Unlike the dolt VP who killed rajiv,the rajapakshes haven’t yet burnt all their boats with india.

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        “|” You are living in fantasy land mate”|”
        Well you cannot expect any better from a pakistani american troll/pook can you??

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      BBS Rapper,

      I thought you had some intelligence but from your comment it is obvious you don’t have it.

      “MR pulled off a successful CHOGM despite some leaders abstaining from attending. At the end their boycott had very little clout.”

      Your above comment is laughable as except for the GOSL controlled press the whole world has that CHOGM was a disaster and a Humiliation for MR
      1) The turn out was the lowest in the history of CHOGM and not some leaders as you put.
      2) The boycott had terrible impact as the only topic for discussion was not about Development or Poverty but MRs role in the War Crimes.

      If you call that a resounding success then you really are out of your mind.
      MR was put on notice by Mr.Cameron of things to come.
      Let me ask you a question. How is MR going to stop UN setting up an International Inquiry when he is on his own as even China has abandoned him.

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    Mahinda should send that guy in the picture as our special UN envoy.With his colourful costume and character he will be an instant hit and the whole world will take notice that we are a cultured society,not the barbarians made out to be by westerners.

    Anyway no point giving advice to these fellows,they never take it.

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    China will apply to Sri Lanka our madamusalyas own karapincha principle. Serves him right. But the bigger issue is how do we redraw a megalomaniac proof constitution. We need one yesterday. We also need to get our heads out of our rear ends and come up with the plan to get rid of said megalomaniac.

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    Bloody fool MARA! See the moronic look on his face! Looks like the Yapa pimp behind him is poking his middle finger in MARA’s asshole!

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    /* MR pulled off a successful CHOGM despite some leaders abstaining from attending. At the end their boycott had very little clout. */

    what succesful ??
    He got war crimes and human rights allegations renewed and new deadlines set.

    It is in sinhala terminology “illam kaama” ( translation – asking and eating -:))

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    India has its own interests other than the interests of Sri Lankan Tamils.They played a key role in destroying Tamil liberation movement.They are scared to China so they would give what ever MARA asks who is in China’s pocket and capable to sell Sri Lanka further to China and side line India.MARA is a cunning fox within and out side of the country.His only concern is to make money for him and his family and also friends.He is capable to offer all forms of bribes to foreign country,including western country officials to mobilize support.There are stories that he offered “Jolly stay” in Sri Lanka to his barbarian friend ,president of Swaziland during CHOGM thamashas.

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    Tiaranne,

    The Countries which have influence over Sinhala Lanka in a pecking order are as follows:

    INDIA
    USA
    United Kingdom
    Russia
    China

    India has total Jurisdiction over Sinhala Lanka simply because of its Proximity and Security and every other Nation knows this. The Tamil factor is an important one and the reason why the centre except during election time has paid a lip Service is due to two reasons.
    1) Miss.Jeyalalitha does not respect Madam Sonia and she openly called her a Foreigner and there is bad blood between the two and as a result India does not play its role to keep MR on check. The other factor is obviously Indias role in the Genocide and therefore shielding MR is in Indias interest.
    2) The other equally important factor is Corrupt Nature of the Current Politicians who have an attitude of get rich quick by taking bribes from MR. But India has the luxury of pulling the plug on Sri Lanka any time if her security is threatened.

    The Modi factor is an important one as he is the PM in waiting. BJP are projected to get 182 seats and Congress a mere 102 and AIDMK a big chunk of the 40 Tamil Nadu seats and the Iron Lady is going for clean sweep. We don’t have to tell any one how frightening a prospect of a Modi Government with the Iron Lady having the balance of power . She has already made her intentions clear on Sinhala Lanka.

    As for the other countries they all play second fiddle to India and even China has now fallen in line and has thrown her weight behind Britain and India.

    Come March 2014 MR can run but he cant hide the Game is Up. .

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