26 August, 2019

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The Easter Sunday Massacre Does Not Initiate A New Fear, It Ignites An Old One

By Radhika Coomaraswamy

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy

For people of my generation, as Sharika Thiranagama wrote in her recent article, news like the Easter Sunday blasts does not initiate a new fear, it ignites an old one. I do not feel scared or angry. There is just a complete paralysis of the self. A feeling of “We have been here before”. A trauma that has been lingering, hovering over these years of peace, has just been revived.

When I first heard the news, I was convinced that this was our violence, our people with grievances, our people who have become angry and frustrated because of our mistakes. I was sure that this was a product of the acrimony that coexists with our intimacy. Though there are external factors, this focus on the local is still a valid concern. How did we create young men and women capable of such hate? What did we do or not do to make them receptive to hate mongering and delusion? They may have been radicalized outside our shores but why did we, as a society, not know about their terrible hate and anger? 

Now we have been also made to realize that this is something much larger than ourselves. Beyond our wildest imagination. We are caught in the global crosscurrents of events we had nothing to do with. Events that did not concern many of us in our daily lives. We have now stormed into the radar of international security concerns. This will change us in fundamental ways. As so many writers have warned us the global narrative of global terror and the war on terror may overwhelm us. At the moment we are completely lost. We are so used to clawing at each other and then appealing to the international community to take our side – whichever side that is – we do not know how to respond to this body blow that strikes at the heart of who we are as a country.  We can only recover if we unite across communities, religions and politics.

Sri Lanka Muslim Civil Society was organized a “Rise up for Solidarity – Humanity Beyond Religion one Nation one Country at Colombo 7 Independence Squire-04th May | Picture by Ashraff. A. Samad

Many individuals in the Muslim community are engaging in introspection. I was a little reluctant about forcing introspection on them at this vulnerable moment. Yet much of the introspection written by women has been extremely moving. They describe how they saw their culture and their civilizational ethos change within a generation. For women, especially, it has been a complex and challenging journey.  

But it is not only time for Muslim introspection. If we are going to call for introspection, we must ask everyone to do the exercise. How did we Tamils produce the LTTE? How did the Buddhists produce the BBS? How do we respond to extremism in all our communities? How do we make the voices for tolerance and inclusiveness speak out? How do we convince others that this calamity does not mean that we forsake our democracy or our decency? As Ahilan Kadirgamar has noted how do we turn this moment into a moment of co-existence.

In the fog of terrorism we hear strange things that we hope is the heat of the moment. People speak about human rights supporters being responsible for the carnage, that there was too much peace and freedom and too little security and that what the country needs is a dictatorship. Human rights and national security are not mutually exclusive. There are areas of tension but years of practice and protocol have devised ways in which they can coexist. A country can be both free and secure. This is an important realization, not only because it is the humane way of looking at these problems but also because we do not want to radicalize another generation of youth who seethe with anger at the injustice and inequality they face. 

The churches they attacked were some of the oldest and most beautiful of our cathedrals. Volumes have been written on the spice merchant and his rich sons. But most of those who died in these churches were not wealthy. They were ordinary people going to their Sunday mass. There is such cruelty in this act of bombing a place where families gather to seek solace. When are people more vulnerable? And yet, we cannot fight this ethos by becoming terrorists ourselves.

My mother went once a week to St Anthony’s at Kochchikade even though she was a Hindu. I think she went to pray for me, her rebellious child. That is what we were. Before extremism came to our religions and communities, we inhabited each other’s religious spaces; we celebrated each other’s festivals and holidays. Thanks to my youth in Sri Lanka and my work for the United Nations I find solace and peace in all religious spaces. I am moved by the sacred, regardless of which culture defines it. But these young people who blew themselves up come from another place where there are no sacred universal spaces and no universal values. Universality is out of fashion these days and this is the deadly trajectory of that mindset. 

Sri Lankans as a whole have risen in the aftermath of this violence to reclaim our humanity. From blood donations to interfaith activities guided by religious leaders we have tried to rekindle the bonds that connect us. But we must not have a false sense of reality. There is fear, insecurity and a lot of ugliness out there that can only be defeated by our united, dedicated efforts. We have come out today in solidarity. I want to thank the organizers for their bravery and I am proud to be part of this moment. But it is only the very beginning. 

I thought I would end with a poem

The Last stanza of Wilfred Owen ‘s Insensibility

That they should be as stones.

Wretched are they and mean

With paucity that was never simplicity.

By choice they made themselves immune

To pity and whatever mourns in man

Before the last sea and the hapless stars.

Whatever  mourns when many leave their shores

Whatever shares

The eternal reciprocity of tears. 

*Speech given by Radhika Coomaraswamy at Independence Square Vigil on 4th May 2019

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    RC has grown old enough to preach some wisdom to others forgetting her past achievements in the UN.

    All are happy to blame the Tamils and curse the LTTE , a natural outcome of the events in history and the law of action and reaction as espoused by the Newton’s law.

    It would be refreshing to our present Generation and to people like RC , if I quote the words of our Golden Role Model of Sri Lankan Politicians and Rulers since the start of the 20th Century Rev.Anagarika Dharmapala.

    In 1912 Dharmapala wrote:

    ” The Mohammedans, an alien people, … by shylockian methods become prosperous like Jews. The Sinhala sons of the soil, whose ancestors for 2358 years had shed rivers of blood to keep the country free of alien invaders … are in the eyes of the British only vagabonds. The Alien South Indian Mohammedan come to Ceylon, sees the neglected villager, without any experience in trade … and the result is that the Mohammedan thrives and the sons of the soil go to the wall.
    In short, Dharmapala and his associates very much encouraged and contributed to something aptly called the “ethnocratic state.”
    (Quotation Courtesy Wikipedia)

    If one cares to know more of his venom may please read his writings of his time and published in print.

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      This is part of the typical disinformation campaign being launched under comments on this website, from behind rubber stumps at stolen lands at Halgolla. The great Buddhist leader and anti -colonialism fighter Anagarika Dharmapala is a prime target of these hyenas who are working for the international Zionist cabal.
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      All Sri Lankan are aware what a great hero Anagarika Dharmapala was, and his views on the British Jewish mlechchas are well-known. His comments against the Mohamaddan came following their treachery in 1815, after the Kandyan kings saved their beef eating lives from the Dutch Jews.
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      They voted with their Thoppis to side with the British Jews and gained wholesale trade permits in return. Their economic rise is due to the pay backs received for this treachery.
      \
      So Anagarika Dharmapala was telling the truth and mulatto brigade will never change that. We will take the land back.

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        T. Devendra

        Are you aware what Anagarika Dharmapala said of being reborn as a sinhalelse in Sri Lanka, just before his death?

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          Yes, he said these things during the heyday of British Jews sucking the blood of this nation. They put him in Jail after the 1915 response of the Sinhalese to Muslim arrogance. They they stopped him coming back from India and he lived there unil his death in 1933. His remark about being reborn in India was a sentiment about his desire to reinstall Buddhism as the most enlightening, civilised religion in India, and his frustration of the laziness of the Sinhala race to chase the bloody blood sucking Jews away.
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          Trolls like you will want to distort this clear history of ours. Go and do it in Palestine, HoraVedda.

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            T. Devendra

            I am really glad you are still alive and able to type even at this ripe old age.

            “His remark about being reborn in India was a sentiment about his desire to reinstall Buddhism as the most enlightening,”

            It was the only right action he ever did in his life going back to his ancestral homeland. High time rest of his Aryan Sinhala/Buddhists too followed him.

            Wish you well.

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      What’s going on?
      The President has told the Diplomats when he met them today that he had begged them to relax the travel ban imposed by their respective countries.
      But we only heard through the horses mouth from Modamulana Narakapakshe that Srilanka is burning ,Negombo will be burning as well .
      He said the danger is still there by terrorists.
      The army is doing a good job by upsetting the ordinary people who are going on in their daily lives planting incriminating stuff and doing bogus search all over including the students by destrupting their lectures. They’re in a Partisan with Jarapaksheees to prove their bogus points??nin spreading fake stories to score political mileage.
      WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH PRESIDOONT?? While you’re covering up for the mischief makers who are hell bent on making this country a Hell Hole. YOU SHOULD PUNISH THEM FOR SPREADING FAKE NEWS AT THIS TIME.
      WHERES YOUR SPINE??
      In fact the country is not really safe for the tourists yet Is it??
      The fake leader is talking through the backside the other talking through both sides.
      I wonder why the fake one’s spreading lies? Isn’t there a mode of official information sources for the general public ? and to the world at large??

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      Re. Mano’s comments, did Anagarika Dharmapala share this present
      deception by the Muslims – endorsed obliquely by individuals like Lorna Dewaraja for their own private reasons- that the forefathers of current Muslims have been in the island continuously for over a thousand years . The figure is now altered to go close to 2,000 years. I am not talking of individual Arabs like Ibn Batuta or ship-wrecked Moslem sailors in small numbers over the centuries – such as those in the Beruwela coast. To make “a people” the figure must be in tens of thousands. I believe Muslims in such numbers came in waves from the South Indian littoral – after the Dutch period. They came in dinghy wooden craft called Marak-kalam in their native Tamil. Most of them were petty traders, shop-keepers, meat stall holders and so forth – functions abhorred by the local Sinhalese.

      I have no intention of adding to the current ethnic inferno. But this
      engineered falsehood has to be met and debunked.

      ADJP

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      Isn’t there a lot of truth in Dharmapala’s message. The only thing he could not predict was the role of the drug trade .

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    RC is pathetic. BBS and LTTE are equal. BBS can not be assertive on behalf of buddhists. I remember Hela Urumaya was banned as a Terrorist organization. that goes with the western needs to annihilate Buddhist practices. Therevada Bhikkus do not have a center based organization. so, it is difficult to infiltrate and destroy it and get into the country’s system as bhikkus are respected even by the political system.

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    What heartless inhuman beings some Sri Lanka politicians are??

    Especially Wimal ,Musamil and Gamampila and shame on Respectable gentleman like Ali Sabry to rent his good name to these heartless goons to feed on the innocent victims for political
    Goals , if this agenda is achieved a lot of Innocent Muslim youth will go missing, Muslim women will suffer ,many Muslim Genuine Businessman will be subjected to ransom and the Muslim Community will go through hell and Ali Sabry must now ask himself if he still want to be part of this well orchestrated agenda against the community ?
    With all the short comming (Which almost every Sri Lankan politician is guilty of even during LTTE times) of the Present President ,PM and MPS , even one time die hard anti Muslim Champika has proved to be more sensible and sincere this time , a hasty change will defineitely do lot of injustice and harm to Muslims but If anyone is hallucinating it will be like a LTTE war or an easy Genocide like Rohingyas , they need to think many times .
    Only government that can end this is the one in power today .

    2020 if the Present government is changed the doors of hell will be opened to all.
    Guaranteed

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    This is another theory – If it managed to act in such a spectacular manner in Sri Lanka, it’s because the Intelligence services were turned entirely towards the Hindu minority, and were not paying attention to the Muslims. It is perhaps also because these services had been trained by London and Tel-Aviv, or perhaps because of the opposition between the President of the Republic, Maithripala Sirisena, and the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, which hindered the circulation of the intelligence.
    Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable because it imagines that it is too refined to be able to produce such bestiality. – https://www.voltairenet.org/article206359.html – Daesh’s new territories – by Thierry Meyssan
    Sri lanka was more worried about LTTE, LTTE finacing organizations and their antiques. In the mean time the same trained Wahhabis and did the attack. It is the foreign powers needs and Sri lanka’s location.

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    Attention :
    HE The President and Hon.Prime Minister .
    ______________________________
    We kindly request you to replace The Minister of Islamic Affairs with Hon. Rauf Hakeem(only intelect among Muslim MPS today) with immediate effect before he causes more damage
    Thank you .

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      Desperate Citizen – You may consider Rauf Hakeem an intellect but he was the former “Minister of Kumari Affairs” and MARA still holds the file.

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    Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy is one of these rich Colombo 7 Tamils , who are out of touch with their own people and more in tune with the rich/elite Sinhalese belonging to her class. Many members of her family most probably have intermarried into these rich Sinhalese families and they are just Tamil Hindus by name but in reality Sinhalese in every other way. Most probably she does not even speak her own mother tongue Tamil or only has a smattering knowledge of the language but will speak Sinhalese very fluently . Typical. It is because of these people that the ordinary Tamils lost their rights , as they were hand in glove with British and the Sinhalese elite. These people never experienced and will never experience , the hardships, discrimination, fear, humiliation and marginalisation that the ordinary Tamils had to experience due to state sponsored Sinhalese racism against the Tamils, therefore will not understand , as to why the LTTE was formed and why most Tamils people supported them as they had no other option. This is why she calls the LTTE terrorist , as other than her Tamil name and nominally calling herself Hindu, she and her class of Tamils are Sinhalese in every other way. Most probably within a generation or two they will call themselves Sinhalese , just like the ancestors of many so called Sinhalese aristocrats. Their wealth and privilege made them above all the sufferings of the ordinary Tamils , that they will never understand what they went through. The LTTE and the Tamil uprising was an inconvenience to their lifestyle. I know this , as I belonged to this class of Tamils but now do not consider myself as one of them.

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    Radhika any clues on inquiry commission report which was handed to MS few days ago ??? Will it be transparent???? Can victims expect any closure or as in past , will be left with more questions and pain ???? Is it archived already by MS ??????. As a participant you have experience and knowledge about Lankan commissions , so please shed some light. Friday Forum, isnt it time to make such request without delay. ?????

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    RC is what is known as a candlestick Hindu who places a each way bet. Goes to Sivan Temple at Kochikade and on the way back lights a candle at the Church .. These people are hardly in tune with the rest of the Tamil humanity who have had to suffer plenty of discrimination giving rise to an armed movement for which they have no sympathy. The armed movement is in every way a reflection of resistance to Sinhala chauvinism as the colonial resistance to imperialism was. The Islamic movement was the result of the Sinhalese cultivating Muslims as a buffer to the Tamils, often arming them in places like Kattankudy. The Sinhalese are reaping now what they sowed. RC was a complacent observer of all the human rights violations that took place during these times. She should stop shedding too many crocodile tears and giving human rights a bad name.

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      P. Sivakumaran


      “The Islamic movement was the result of the Sinhalese cultivating Muslims as a buffer to the Tamils, often arming them in places like Kattankudy.”

      This is only a part of the explanation.
      The global Caliphate agenda is much wider than many understood to be. The building of Islamic Republic of Kattankudy is only an incidental part of humungus Global Caliphate project.

      The foundation was laid in early 1980s by Afghanis, Arabs, US and the west to rollback Soviet expansion. The idea of a caliphate is being constructed on the ground by sheer violence.

      You need to put things in perspective.

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    Radhika fought very hard for human rights but then went international horrified by the actions of the LTTE. They killed her boss Neelan Tiruchelvam and some of her friends like Rajni Thiranagans

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    As yet, Native Veddah, there does not seem to be any deep seated international conspiracy. The ISIS moron needed to claim something big as associated with his movement to give it credibility. So, far if an international group was definitely involved it was the Wahabists who created a climate for the growth of terrorism by fomenting an exclusive form of Islam which denied the claims of Sufis and others to be part of Islam. How did this come about without the collaboration of officialdom in Sri Lanka? That is the issue. Your perspective of an international conspiracy lacks credibility though you state it so concretely. Maybe there was a connection. But, would our “intelligence” services have known of it and prevented it? They would have allowed it to grow as long as it did, can be explained on the ground that it kept the Tamils down. But, if it is an international conspiracy, it affects everyone. They would have stopped it..

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      Good try, P. Sivakumaran, Lansi Vedda and other trolls masquerading under different names.
      [
      There is an international conspiracy. Since 2003, the so-called USAID (CIA) provided grants and training aimed at brain washing only to the Eastern Province. These ‘programs’ were managed by the known CIA front Development Alternatives International (DAI). Ninety per cent of employees at the US embassy and USIS are Muslims. The world knows that the CIA ‘manages’ ISIS through ‘trolla’ in their websites and chat rooms.
      [
      CT is being exploited by the trolls posing as Veddas to undermine us. Be alert.

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      P.Sivakumaran

      Have you heard of Marx’s Communist Manifesto, Winds of Change, Fascism and Nazism, Hindutva, …. ideologies without borders.

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    There are few burning with deep jealousy against His Eminence The Cardinal and the government at large including The President and PM,
    although they have been at loggerheads on many issues were extremely sincere when it came to a dangerous crisis connected with the country and people .

    Mostly some just can’t take it of The Catholic Community’s true Christian spirit in upholding spiritual discipline and even more unbearable is the Complete unconditional cooperation of the Muslim Community and last not least to mention ,it would have been impossible to crush the Teroror in such a short time and maintain total Law and order if not for our Security forces and The police’s sincere and very well discipline operation.
    This is a victory for us all ,as one people we have sent a strong message to those who want to divide and destroy us .

    “Over our dead bodies , we will not allow it on this soil…

    If Our Catholic brethren requires ,we Muslims should go and stand vigilance while they pray at all churches .

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      Family Knight you noble man. Very well said indeed.

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    Radhika,
    I’d like you you to differentiate between “Not Initiate A New Fear,” but an Ignition of An Old One, as yur artcles begins with.

    The events that took place on the 21st of April, and the aftermath should not be converted into an agonly of sorts, and Radhika, you as a privileged Tamil do not have any insights to analyze the preceding events leading to this ultimatum of a situation have no entitlement of make comments of elements that you have neither heard of nor have you ever dream in the wildest of your dreams that they existed.

    To you, the recent happenings are a pure chance of an opportunity to make your two cents worth into effect.

    In your effort, you have got the fundamental arguments to be incorrect, thus all your conclusions to be of false premise thus leading to a fallacies.

    Radhika, in conclusion, let me point out that your conclusion have been subject to ridicule before, both locally and internationally, thus do refrain from from making a mockery of yourself, at least until the present day intellectuals check out of the social media and web media activities. Else you will be left with ridicule and made to feel stupid in the world of social media due to your preceding past, your ignorant presence,and who knows, your blunders of the future.

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    Guys,

    Anyone here believes even one word written in the Quran?

    LOL!

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      I believe several words – printed in Pakistan.

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    New King has hired Hakeem to convert the Jaffna University into the Northern Jamiyyathul Ulama Al Jihadi University.

    Earlier Tamil Buddhist has been working with the Moles Aanduwa has placed in the University, to make it as a Buddhist University. Last time the VC selection process took place under heavy handedness of Appe Aanduwa acolytes. To forcefully keep out Diaspora Tamils, Aanduwa used its Moles to reject a highly qualified candidate’s application wrongly interpreting Lankawe Postal dating system illegally. CT carries a full story on that. Then a person was recommended under this corrected system. New King let him out and appointed his own choice. A photo that was placed in the campus during Chandrika time was found out by Rapist army only after Churches bombed. It seems New King is thinking that UOJ was primarily responsible for whatever was taking place in Colombo, Negombo, Katankutty, and Bati. So has fired without explanation whoever he selected last time. We don’t know, like Hema, if VC Vickneswaran too will be arrested.

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    Daily Armed forces are discovering so many weapons hidden all over Srilanka. But during the recent search in Jaffna , I haven’t heard a single sword is captured from notorious Ava Group that terrorises people in Jaffna with the swords they carry.. Are these Ava group members so efficient ?

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      In North Army is in very shortage of soldiers to search; In some places it is as low as even 2:1. So they are using the Paramilitary Aava Kuzhu to search Mosques and Muslims Homes. So nobody is at home to check Aavas’ residents.

      Now Media finding shortage of knife Photos to fill up the page. That is because Hezbollah is blaming that all the photo in the media rooms are only taken by Media, none was given by out Rapist Army. So they cannot use it in print.

      In many cases the knives you see are morphed or table knives are enlarged in Photocopier to look like a sword.

      Most of the new MMDA divorces are “Man wanted to hand over at nearby police station but the woman wanted keep the cutting knife to finish dinner and only on the next mounting. Then – But Talk- Talk-Talk. Dinner over!

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      Armed forces are keen in discovering photo’s of Pirabharan only in Jaffna. Aava group is very safe in Jaffna and they are helping armed forces.

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      The reason is not they are efficient. The search operations are knocking only at Muslim doors.

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    “we Tamils”? mmmm. I challenge you to make a 5 minutes (only 5 minutes) speech in Tamil. Ok to use English words in between. Up for the challenge, Radi?

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    the whole muslim community knew this was coming even the dates. The sword and daggers were found in muslim houses and mosques reveals it all. Why did the muslims by so many swords recently, one had imported thousands from China. Are they for clearing the premises as an idiotic minister said. No it is to murder people and to hit back when attacked. This is the blood bath that Hisbull fellow ws talking about. Has any of the muslims so far come forward to inquire and explain why on earth these muslims are buying so many swords.

    why is the govt soft peddling. Why is Rajitha preventing search operations in aluthgama?

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      “to hit back when attacked” or should i say for self defense because last time in Aluthgama and Digana the police and army just watched and did nothing.

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      Muslims started buying swords only after psychotic Buddhist Extremists started their barbaric acts of arson on Muslims’ houses, businesses & mosques, and killing innocent Muslims. Every citizen has the right of self-defence. Police & STF protected the perpetrators instead of the victims during the violences. Muslims really lost their hope that the government would protect them.

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    Radhika compares violence of the oppressed (LTTE), oppressor (BBS), and jihadists, lumping them all together as if they are one and the same. But what better expected from a Colombo Tamil liberal?

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      thamizh

      You got matters and meaning wrong.

      Oppressed – Subject to harsh and authoritarian treatment.
      Oppressor – A person or group that oppresses people.

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    It is easy to pontificate and philosophize but extremely painful to suffer the after effects of a bomb blast. The generalizations the author has made is typical of the so called International personalities. Everybody is bewildered as to how this issue got to this proportion and are we in Sri Lanka so unfortunate to open our eyes after a bomb blast? RC was once the chair of our HRCSL. Yes! I agree with RC that we can maintain both the security and the rights of the people only if we are honest to ourselves. If we are not then we can unfairly demonize those who are in charge of security and make them dull and lull forcing them to do some pen pushing and to really nothing even if there is fairly clear information of a threat. In any society there are injustices that motivates people to go to extremes. The author cites and virtually equates BBS and the LTTE. What about the JVP uprising of 1971 and again in 1988? That is more glaring than the miniscule of a BBS but yet less effective than the LTTE. But in all this requires a nucleus that attracts people to the cause. When it has reached the critical mass it imposes others who are akin but neutral to be at least “soft supportive” to the cause. It is incidental to note that some of the suicide bombers were filthy rich and educated in western countries and the relatives claim that they became radical only after their return from western countries. Now how does that fit in with the model of generalization of the author who implies that it is only local conditions that drive people towards extremism in a given locality?

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      I think this was a speech at a vigil not an academic article. The first part of her speech clearly references the global as being beyond our wildest imagination. The BBS and LTTE was in the section on community introspection. Judging from the comments that is not coming in a hurry.

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    @mike .
    Truth is like the ocean , when one looks at it only a part of it is seen.

    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty .

    Every Story has three sides his , hers and then the truth.

    Qte.Jesus Christ (May Peace and blessing be upon him )
    Did he not say those who have never sinned may cast the first Stone ?

    Any day Rauf Hakeem is the best choice considering the present
    Situation ,at least until matters are sorted out and then if it is required HE can reshuffle the cabinet.

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    The TEROROR Pyarmid
    ______________________
    First degree
    We may never ever know them in our life time.
    They are the set of very powerful people ,yes completely invisible total impunity ,anonymous ,
    No way of ever anyone identifying them.

    Front line players(The black goats not sheep)
    -TERRORISTS (not just Muslims ,also
    other groups ,Maos in India and those multiple groups in Myanmar & other Countries .

    2nd degree- Extremists from all communities .
    3rd degree
    Arms manufactures
    4th degree
    Arms dealers &Suppliers
    5th degree
    Drug peddlers and organised Criminal gangs
    7th
    Human Traffickers
    ====================
    Scapegoats
    Not Just Muslims the entire civilian.
    .
    Scapegoat means a sacrifice .
    =========
    The answer ..
    Dont push the Innocent to the web by demonizing them .
    Look around for countries who have a mechanism that may not be 100% perfect, but is working .

    It is not love that makes the world go around anymore, but Money.

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    So Anagarika said he was reborn? So he believed in rebirth? Then he can’t be a Buddhist because Buddha clearly said that there is no rebirth and this is one of Buddha’s contradictions with Hinduism. Incidentally, contrary to what Devendra said Ana can’t be a good or an enlightened Buddhist to spread Buddhism against Hinduism in India because his beliefs and sentiments are more of a Hindu than a Buddhist. Soon Devendra may say that Manimegalai, Kundalakesi, etc two of top Thamil Sangam litterery works too were by Ana since the above works are Buddhist slanting in Tamil. When things became hot in SL he ran away to where he came from similar to the Indian Tamil Muslims who came into SL . I just can’t imagine that this man at that time could spit so much racial venom?

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    Sadhu how can army finds Ava groups swords when Army is Ava. Ava in Sinhala is Came. So army came or Ava came with swords are both the same. Sinhala stupidity and today we are all paying a supreme price. Now they say former LTTE carders are going to join the Ava aka Army to hunt the Muslims Kaduwa. Ha…earlier Thamby’s joined the Army aka Ava to hunt the dhemalus. We have so much to be included into Mahavamsa aka Mahavambu and that will put Mahanama to shame as to how little he knew of this exclusive race that exclusively evolved in this exclusive land with someone claiming that even Gauddhama was a Sinhala Buddhist. No end Sadhu. Let me say sadhu….sadhu….for all the evils.

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    I am happy to see for the first time almost all comments from the readers have travelled in an orderly and civilized manner. But all had taken the ball all by himself outside the goalposts.

    My comments were not against RC or Ana on a personal plane. What I tried to do was to go back to the history and find out when and where we or our ancestors went wrong that took us and our ISLAND OF PARADISE to a virtual HELL TODAY.

    Unless and until we do a retrospective search and correct our future activities there would be no way out for us from this HELL.

    Can anyone of us believe that Le Quan YU envied the Ceylon he saw and vowed to Make Singapore another CEYLON ?

    The very International players that orchestrated the war on terrorism and the Tamil Genocide in 2009 and still active in the Island were the ones who took the Sinhala Governments down this road since Independence in 1947.

    We have reached the point of no return and have no moral right to talk about Terrorism and we are the first to pass the Act of Anti Terrorism called PTO to promote state terrorism in the name of preventing Terrorism. Remember it was JR who called for a war in 1983 at the peak of the Black July Holocaust when thousands of Tamils murdered , burnt alive and wriggling in mortal fear in refugee camps that we not even opened up by his Govt.

    Yet, we call ourselves DECENT followers of LORD BUDDHA forgetting his cardinal preaching that Hatred begets Hatred. He never preached an EYE for an Eye. But Since 1915 we took PLEASURE IN BURNING ALIVE NOT FOR AN EYE BUT BECAUSE BEING BORN A TAMIL and ROBBED HIS WEALTH out of jealousy.

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