1 November, 2020

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The Garrisoning Of The Indian Ocean

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

A leaked draft MoU between the governments of the USA and the Maldives indicates that plans are afoot to set up a US military base in the Indian Ocean.   While the US Embassy in Colombo has pooh-poohed the said document as a ‘Status of Forces Agreement’ (SOFA) of the kind that exists with respect to some 100 other countries, and that there is no intention of ‘setting up a military base’, the wording is more than adequate to sanction such designs at any given moment.  The document, if signed, would allow arms bearing troops and the bringing in unspecified amounts of unspecified material, in effect everything that makes a ‘military base’ apart from the name; another critical piece of Obama’s ‘Asian Pivot’ strategy.

Maldivians should do what is in their best interest of course and by the same token if this latest move in the USA’s pretty consistent and relentless strategy of garrisoning the planet is seen as a threat, then other countries (like Sri Lanka) must likewise decide what’s best in their national interest.

In any event, Sri Lanka can but object in word but that’s about it. Sri Lanka doesn’t have the guns or the bucks to do much more.  India can, but probably won’t.

As of now, what is proposed is a ‘Llily pad’; small, secretive, inaccessible facilities with limited troop presence, Spartan amenities and prepositioned weaponry, one of over 50 set up by the USA since 2000, from Djibouti to Hondurus, Mauritania to the Cocos Islands.  Lily pads are easily transformed into comprehensive and pivotal military bases, like the approximately 1000 such US facilities in 150 countries, complementing of course the 11 aircraft career task forces (floating bases).

It all sits well with the strategic shift from full-scale invasion to special operations, proxy armies, militarization of spying and intelligence, drones, cyber-attacks and ‘joint operations’.   Add to this long-range air and naval power; humanitarian and disaster relief missions that serve military intelligence, patrolling and ‘hearts and minds’ operations, and we have a global thug whose declining economic power can be swiftly mitigated by outright theft by way of sanctified resource extraction and market-fixing.  All in the name of democracy, civilization, human rights and good governance, of course and yes, the media does the consent-manufacturing exercise well.

For decades now, the USA has tried to get a foothold in the Indian Ocean that’s a bit larger than Diego Garcia.  Sri Lanka has a love-hate relationship with the USA, with the ‘love’ part probably being insignificant to wrest from the political leadership a Sri Lankan version of the Maldivian SOFA comfortable enough for the US Marines to recline upon.  Perhaps this explains the ‘hate’ part evidenced by US moves in the UNHRC against Sri Lanka.

On the other hand a US-Maldive SOFA can be a lily pad from which something more potent than frogs can jump out, if deemed necessary.   India is a strategic partner and is too complex a political riddle to untangle, a necessary precondition for setting up military bases in that country.  Given global political realities, there is no way that the US would move in on the Maldives without the blessings of Manmohan Singh.

The USA will do what’s in its best interest.  If invasion is necessary, we can expect invasion.  It is far more cost-effective to purchase submission, with bucks or threats.  If these don’t work then come the guns, but even guns work better when there are ‘friendly forces’ within the country.  This is why there is a thing called ‘espionage’. This is why the US Embassy’s politicking must be checked and all movements of Embassy and other staff be closely monitored.  Spies can operate in I/NGOs, disguise themselves as journalists or students like the ‘BBC’ team that went to North Korea, and often come dressed in local skin with local name.

The Government cannot do it alone. The citizenry must be vigilant too. Only the Government can obtain the citizen’s support but only a government that has the trust of the citizen can do so.  The trust-gap is widening.  It amounts to a window-of-opportunity for intervention.  Regime-haters might salivate, but they are part of the citizenry that will have to pay the heavy price of intervention and accompanying anarchy.   It is subjugation and not the source or name or national identity of the subjugator that counts.  Either way, there’s a nation that is under threat.  In the end, palming necessary battles to outsiders never bring relief.  We have to fight our battles by ourselves and part of that battle is to keep outsiders outside.  Vigilance is called for.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Good thought.

    India also has a defence pact with Maldives, I suppose. what will happen to that ?

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      Lanka is to be divided three ways – Hambantota to China (the hidden signifier in the garrissoning of Indian Ocean) northeast to India and rest including Colombo to United States who are in any case allies against China!
      Most cosmopolitan Colombo and Kandy folk won’t object to becoming a satellite of US or to getting free visas to travel to NYC! Division of Lanka between the great/ emerging powers will also make for easy living and travel – as globalization erodes old fashioned notions of sovereignty and territorial integrity, and DYSFUNCTIONAL countries like Lanka whose ruling regime cannot manage its internal conflicts are of course good to be hung, drawn and quartered.
      Stop rattling and see the facts Malinda, enjoy the division of Lanka by its own idiotic military dictatorship that you pander to!

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    How ironic Sri Lanka, as soon as it eliminates the LTTE monster that was created and sponsored by India to destabilize the island because of its pro-US turn in foreign policy in late 1970s under JR, is now threatened by the US with the connivance of India?

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      Why should SL feel threatened by a US presence in the Maldives? The lily pad issue is a paranoia fueled ironically for Malinda by the American liberal far left. These lily pads pose far lesser a threat than the US carrier task forces. One can’t launch an invasion from a lily pad. That is not its purpose. If invasion comes, it will come off a carrier group, or from Indian bases. Nonetheless this is just extreme paranoia.

      India is an American ally today in the contested Indian Ocean area — unlike in the ’70s and early ’80s — so it will have no problem with US bases in the region to balance off the Chinese influence.

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        David Blacker

        Indian ocean is not India’s ocean.

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    Timely reminder to the Moderate Vigilantes in expensive Colombo suburbs.

    Iraq where intervention took place with the collabaration of the “moderate friends” in Bagdad, 800 were killed last month alone resulting from the clashes between Sunni Muslims and the Al Maliki’s Govt Forces.

    How can India ever front up to America as a powerful Nation , when 52 percent of the population do not have a toilet.

    Only 15 percent have access to Tap Water.

    And 600 Million live with just under dollar a day.

    Can India eliminate these aspects of absolute poverty?.

    And how long these people will tolerate such abject poverty when the upper Middle class and the Rich live Holywood life styles although they are domiciled in Bollywood.

    With China in such a strong position both Economically and Militarily, Indian leaders current or future have to depend on America for their own survival.

    China has never invaded any country in its recent history and never will going forward.

    Unless they are attacked.

    On the otherhand US needs every possible launching pad in Asia in the event the debt collectors visit them.

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      Sumanasekera:
      Here we go again: “China has never invaded any country in its recent history and never will going forward.”
      Ever heard of a place called Tibet, not to mention a war with India over a border and another one pending right now, conflicts with Vietnam, Taiwan, the Phillipines etc. etc. over islands in the Indian Ocean?
      Do you have ASBOLUTELY NO SHAME or has the “retainer” from your handlers caused this escalation in the rubbish you contribute?

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      China is called as aggressor by India, Japan, Taiwan, even it grabbed part of pakistan after its immediate independence from India and gulped Tibet.

      Even China was like India 30 years back and they progressed after gloabalisation, we are also growing. It is only a time difference. Why do you cry for India?

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    Ha..ha..ha..! Moda pakeer Milindaya,

    It seems yours and your Mara’s eloped-marriage with China is coming to an end! And now what the fucking hell are you complaining to us? Don’t tell us now! Ask your Chinese buddy to chase the USA from the region! But they wont! Nobody can either! And this is exactly what the UNP and other intellectuals said all these times-uphold human rights, honour rule of law, do not corrupt, establish democracy all of which mean not letting USA or other outside agencies not giving any chance to creep into this region! And why is USA coming to this region now? Solely because of your fuckers’ regime of jokers! The uneducated uncultured bastard Rajapakshas and motherfuckers like you committed this crime on the whole Asian region! And you fuckers would one day have to pay for this!

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      Where is the language police now to control this Lasantha [Edited out]?

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      The Garrisoning Of The Indian Ocean

      Is this Lasantha Pethiyagoda or another? It’s ok let them went their spleens. Language is a mere tool and the dirtiness or otherwise is only in our individual heads. Like pillow for the Singhalese is balls for the Tamil they are just mere your sounds only without the brain interpreting it with our so-called political or other correctness and/or language or cultural baggage.

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    India will definitely allow the US to have military bases in the Indian Ocean because it is scared of China.It cannot take on China on its own but with the US they can chase China out of the Indian Ocean.India would have sen how China tried to throw its weight in the with its east asian and south east asian neighbours and how it queitened down when the US told it to back off or else…Fortunately there is a large US military presence in thaat egion and th countries like Japan and south korea that allowed US bases there must be thankful for it,though the Philipines must be now regretting asking the Americans to get out and now getting bullied by the chinese.

    Watching all these in the south china seas,India has no option but to allow the US to move into the Indian ocean in a big way for its own interest and security.The implication for Srilanka in all this is that its giant neighbour is going to be more and more influenced by US policy and if the US wants the north srilanka to secede and become a US overseas territory like Puerto Rico and have a military base there then India will acquiesce to this because it has really no other choice.Alreaady the BJP seems to have ditched its anti eelam stand and the congress will definitely follow suit one day.Then the biggest barrier at the moment for Eelam would have been removed and it will become a firm objective in the US agenda provided Rudrakumaran works out a deal with the US and the transnational govt of Eelam.

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      WOW, what a dream.

      Your dream will become reality if all other factors stay the same.

      Just wait and see.

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        Jim Softly,for me it is not a dream,but a nightmare.As for your contention that it will only happen if all other factors stay the same,i agree with you,but we can extrapolate possible scenarios into the future by only assuming current existing conditions continue to be the same.If the conditions change naturally the possible outcomes also could change.However unless Mahinda can see the danger and do a course direction and start steering the ship away from the iceberg,then the the Titanic is where we will end up.I don’t think he has the vision to see too long into the future.His capacity is limited to maybe 5 to ten years.

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      Shankar

      You write as if what your traitorous mind desires is a fait accompli. Dream on. And Sri Lankans who love their country should not believe in this false interpretation of the situation lest it alters their behaviour making the false interpretation come true. For planting such a self-fulfilling prophecy in the minds of Sri Lankans seems to be the plan of the dabblers in geopolitical analysis from Rudrakumaran to pro Tamil Eelam journalists.

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        Outrider,I do not desire this but this is a high probability scenario that should be taken into consideration by all srilankans.A country does not exist for a decade or two or even for a century or two,but for several centuries and all sorts of changes could happen and people got to be vigilant of all possible outcomes in the future.If you had a computer program you could do simulation studies with all possible outcomes with likely probabilities attached to them and your responses to mitigate the threats in the environment.

        We are our own worst enemies and our lack of unity is allowing outsiders to take advantage of this.I want a country to be united and war off foreign forces,but when I warn of this possibility I’am labelled a traitor by the likes of you.Our past history has shown how time and time again we were the losers due to bickering among us,starting with the sinhala monarchs fighting with each other and bringing the pandyas and cholas into the country and mayadunne and the king of kotte fighting and allowing the portuguese to get a foothold and then the dutch and the british easily able to vanquish a divided country consisting of kandyan,kotte and jaffna kingdoms at each others throats.What makes you think that these things will not happen again,because have we learnt from history and changed our attitude to each other?

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          and outrider your quote that”And Sri Lankans who love their country should not believe in this false interpretation of the situation lest it alters their behaviour making the false interpretation come true” is the joke of the year.what kind of IQ have you got,less than 80?If you are aware of something won’t you be more prepared than a person like you who advises them to ignore it lest it becomes true due to them beliving it.It will become true only if you ignore the possibility and don’t do something about it.Exact opposite of what your advise is to mine.As an example i was reading recently that early british settlers resortd to cannibalism when they were under siege by the red indians,eating each other up.Now before they came under siege if I advised to move somewhere safer and a pea brain like you came on the scene and said if you believe in a siege only it will happen,then they deserve what they got for listening to the likes of you.

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        Outrider,i have a problem also with your quote”For planting such a self-fulfilling prophecy in the minds of Sri Lankans seems to be the plan of the dabblers in geopolitical analysis from Rudrakumaran to pro Tamil Eelam journalists.”

        When people have plan they don’t go advertising all over the place,unless they are stupid.They silently work on the plan so that nobody is able to put a spoke in the wheel before it achieves its objectives.You seem to be a very muddled individual getting everything topsy turvy.In life you must be doing things always starting at the wrong end in the opposite direction to others.

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        he made some sensible truth but truth hurts. Those banana republics which believe in China’s friendship does not know that China cannot do anything against US, the day, they do it, you would see three or four countries bifurcated from China as xiang, Tibet will ask for independent state using that conflict.

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      Dream on Shankar !

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      This is a very good move by India to bring in a US base in the Indian Ocean. The way China is getting into to all the countries around India, US coming into the Indian Ocean was long expected and important. This is a Great News for the Tamils.

      On the other hand, for any future negotiations with the GOSL, the Tamils should insist on having US as the mediator. Now that the Sri Lankan ethnic issue is fully globalized, US should always be involved as a mediator in any kind of talks/solution.

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      shankar

      “Indian Ocean because it is scared of China”

      Is it? Why?

      “It cannot take on China on its own but with the US they can chase China out of the Indian Ocean”

      If that is the case then India must donate its nuclear arsenals to the USA and abolish its armed forces. It is waste of money and human resources if it cannot protect its own people from outside forces.

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        NV,

        Leave these stupid, I changed opinion about you long back. You are very sensible person. People dont know what is worth of Aircraft career and nuclear arsenals will comment as if they know everything.

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          manisekaran

          Sorry I am bit thick.

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        veddha,the problem with nuclear arsenals is that nobody will use it as a first strike policy because of subsequent retaliation.It will always be there as a backup in case you are invaded and going to lose it all but will not be used if there is skirmishes in the seas or border clashes or a short sharp war where one sidejust gives a bloody nose to the other and the loser will be humiliated.

        India certainly need not ever worry about being invaded and occupied by China because of its nuclear arsenal,but it can certainly be humiliated and cut down to size in a short and sharp conventional war with china as happened to it in 1962.If that happens it is unlikely that it will retaliate by lobbing a nuclear missile at china because it knows that china will send at least two or three back into India.Besides i don’t think India has the capability to reach all of china, while China has the capability to reach every part of India with nuclear missiles.Only a madman will use nuclear missiles as a first strike policy when the enemy also has nuclear weapons.i don’t think nuclear weapons will be a deterrent to limited conventional warfare,it will be only a deterrent to one country trying to invade and occupy another country which has nuclear weapons.If you are going to be conquered and occupied you might as well use the nuclear weapons and destroy as much as possible of china and be destroyed completely by China without having to live as slaves to the conquering chinese.Thats the way my mind would have worked anyway,better to die than to live as a slave.

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          shankar

          Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)ness is the underlying deterrent value of any nuclear weapon power.

          As we have seen in recent conflicts it is not a question of invading a land but holding on to the territories.

          I know Indians have been and are stupid, their very stupidity is their first line of defense.

          On the other hand China in recent years has been unwisely trying to open fronts almost in every bit of its neighbourhood, be it in land or sea.

          Alliance between countries could change but their interest remain unchanged or expanding.

          The Chinese bogeyman has been around for sometime.

          The analyst who regularly incite Chinese fear are those who closely aligned to the military industrial complexes or the merchants of death.

          That should tell you something about Chinese threat level or perception.

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    There is a reason why the most accomplished diplomats of ALL stripeS spent years in the basements and dungeons of Universities, Policy Institutes and Think tanks before they lead their national teams. It takes time, patience, Intellect and resources to acquires the influence and connections to do their job. Countries who recognize and value the influence their DPL’s provide make sure not to intefere and prefer to follow a projected path.

    Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Middle Eastern nations are in no position to dictate to anyone. The are compromised because of circumstance, location or because of the abject failure of leadership. The US will get and use whatever they want. They call it National interests. The Chinese are more subtle. They do it with infrastructure projects through which the native leadership get the opportunity to steal millions, which the masses have to end up paying for at exorbitant interest rates. Case in point – Sri Lanka!

    Did anyone seriously think the Nelum Pokuma, the Southern Highway, the pseudo Chinese satellite, the disastrous Hambantota port and airport were given free or cheap? More importantly, could all of these projects have been executed with better product and cost efficiencies?

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      Upul:
      Thank you for that simple, understandable explanation of what is happening in our region.
      If only the stupid Sri Lankan population could understand what the prevailing reality is in our region we could progress to being a decent nation once more and not some bull-shitter’s Miracle of Asia!

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      True !

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    If China can have a base in Hambantota, why not a US base in Maldives. The dreams of Rajapakse are going to be shattered. Too close for comfort? Good location to monitor the going ons in the Wonder of Asia.

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      Exactly!

      China is trying to have bases in all the countries around India. US has taken the right decision and India should and will support it.

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    My dear Malinda!

    I am baffled by your kindergarten child-like reading of geopolitics. Then again, I am not surprised. The motive of this article seems to be creating an excuse for your pay-masters to hunt and harass ngo workers.

    You will fare better as a fantasy fiction writer. As the editor of nation you’ve honed your skills well.

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    “…All in the name of democracy, civilization, human rights and good governance, of course and yes, the media does the consent-manufacturing exercise well.”

    Sounds something like what you do, no?

    “Spies can operate in I/NGOs, disguise themselves as journalists or students like the ‘BBC’ team that went to North Korea, and often come dressed in local skin with local name.”

    Now for the not-so-subtle injection of paranoia to precede the ‘reasons’ for incarcerating anyone considered to be against the regime?

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      The most dangerous spies are based in Embassies/Consulates with the knowledge and blessings of the government. From ISI to RAW to CIA everybody is there and they do not need I/NGOs.

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    What Malinda brings out in this article is a real eye opener for all those gembas fighting in the well called Sri Lanka. This is not a matter to be discussed from a pro govt, anti govt, Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim standpoint. A US hegamonic intervention would never serve the interests of any one group in the longer term. This has been amply demonstrated in the experiences of other developing countries where such interventions took place in contemporary history. In fact those countries have been devastated beyond recognition as a result.

    The day we stop being proxies of outsiders would be the day we start building a common, peaceful & prosperous destiny for all of ourselves in this beautiful part of the world.

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      Think positively.

      US presence in the Indian Ocean is the best thing that can happen to the South Asian countries. China is trying to gobble SL by getting hold of the Rajapakshes. US coming closer to SL is a very good thing to keep China at a distance.

      We should be happy about it.

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        Any country in which the US has got a toehold, they are unwilling to leave. The countries that are ‘occupied’ by them from the end of the WW2 should convince others to be extremely wary of their presence on their soil. The ONLY country from which they were evicted was Iraq even though they were in the process of building 14 long-term bases for their military.

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      Hela,

      Gasgembas like you only oscillate between abstract conveniences like sovereignty, hegemony, intervention, proxy, outside agents, traitors, patriotism, banging on the chest like a king Kong etc. etc. which have no relevance or value to ordinary suffering people under your rogue regime. On the contrary, US intervention should and must be welcome because look at Israel, UK etc. and all the allies of US! US will protect them till the end! No country in the world can do anything about Israel! So we must openhandedly welcome US into this country! US is billion fold better than cheap China-look at Norochcholai, Mattala, Hambantota, the perilous Colombo-Galle highway etc.! Not in one’s wildest dreams would one expect US to assist and build those things the way the cheap and greedy China did! Oh great America, please come to this unfortunate land and save us from the clutches of Rajapakshas!

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    Lets have a Chinese base here Malinda. May be we already have!

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      Hemantha Jayawardena

      Whether Chinese could have a base in this island or not is an interesting thought.

      However it is not this island’s problem but a minor problem for India to deal with.

      If India wants to have Chinese bases here let it grand permission at its own convenience.

      Why should the islanders worry about a problem which doesn’t concern us.

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    Why don’t you mention China’s String of Pearls policy in your article? Remember Newtons 3rd Law. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”

    Read link if you haven’t heard about China’s String of Pearls policy.

    http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2013/02/15/chinas_string_of_pearls_100558.html

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      Mr Bean!

      Why the hell are you so thrilled about this China’s String of “Jewells”?!! What the hell have we received from China’s ship-less port, electricity-less Norochcholai etc. except a massive debt burden that has to be paid by the languishing masses and not by the Rajapakshas?

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    My dear friend you are not well informed about defense. The weapons and systems the US has and soon going to get, they could project their military power, very easily from their home bases. The drones, the pilot-less aircraft are operated from their home bases. The nano technology invisible tiny lethal missiles – millions of them – could be launch from their homes bases to attack any target in the world in minutes. These are not science fictions but reality. They have thousands of very powerful arsenals at their disposal to their job from their home bases but whatever facilities they have in other parts of the world, they might continue with them.

    Mind you they have more aircraft carriers based battle groups than all the other countries combined. Don’t under estimate the US, now they are the biggest producer of gas in the world and going to be the biggest in Oil as well. With the largest reserves in both of them, they going to be the biggest export of both of them, once the facilities are ready. Their new cutting edge research and technologies have rewarded them well. All the other technologies in all the fields would put them in the top of the world.

    So the people and countries who are their friends going to benefit massively but not their foes.

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      Which part of the world are you! Hope not from SL. Atleast one had got updated enough unlike fellas..

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    Malinda’s Geopolitical fairy tales.The USA is going to have bases in the Maldives to confront China for what?This will never happen . The USA is Chinas biggest trading Partner and will not risk a war with China ever. Small sprats like Sri Lanka should keep out of big power politics and not try to bat above our league And Malinga plese stop dreaming of all sorts of scenarios so you could sell your rag sheet which is the mouth piece of the medamulana buffaloes.

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    JR Jayawardena was the shrewd and far-sighted politician who, seeing the strength, protection and benefits of being in close alliance with US against India which was hindering the progress of SL, tried to bypass India and establish such a relationship with US. Despite some mutts’ haranguing about Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean, US had already envisioned otherwise strategic, geopolitical, regional, economic and futuristic scenarios based on and revolving around India and hence asked JR to approach US via India. JR even tried to form a separate alliance including Pakistan against India! But unfortunately, Indo-American agents got activated and Zia-Ul-Haq was liquidated in a plane crash! JR quickly realized the regional geopolitical kinetics and went on to sign the Indo-Lanka accord because there was nothing else he could do at that time given the fragile politico-economic profile of SL. It is only the UNP governments that have tried to solve this ethnic problem once and for all but the racist, nationalistic, sectarian, so called religious et al rogue forces in the country prevented it from happening! The SLFP and JVP beggars are solely responsible for this. Mutts like Malinda Seneviratne one day must stand trial for the crimes they have committed against the country for obstructing peace and kindling the fires of hate, racism and fragmented politics. Someone must undertake the work of naming-and-shaming-database building of such traitors and mischief makers against the country and under a future democratic government of people those traitors and their families and associates must be revealed, named, shamed in the most despicable terms and titles and punished for the crimes they have committed whereby a precedent and a lesson for the would be perpetrators is established. Only god knows the motive behind this post by a laundry operator of the regime in Malinda Seneviratne because it leads the reader nowhere while presenting a litany of groans and moans against US’s occupation in Maldives! Anecdotive of the farcical and cardboard heroism of Rajapakshas and the BBS, Ravana, so called Buddhist monks, Hela Urumayas, national watch”dogs” like Gunadasa Amaresekara, educated pimps like Carlo, Rajiva, GL, et al this so called “sovereign Sri Lanka” must by now be arming and charging itself with helps from their mango friends like China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, “Reed-dance-country” etc. to chase USA from Maldives and “secure the region from imperialists”! But instead of doing that this Milinda mutt who is a trumpet of the cardboard regime raising the sarong runs to the CT and dumps in a moronic post and litanize that something terrible is going to happen to us! Who cares a shit’s worth? In fact this is what all have been waiting for-the power and might of US coming to the region! And we do not mind us being even colonized by US! We are 1000 fold sure that even under a US colony or Indian for that matter people would not undergo the suffering, socio-econo-politico-judicial comedies, abject poverty and degradation that they undergo under MaChaBaGo regime of morons! Milinda, one thing is sure for certain-that when the day dawns when every nobody is fucking this country from all sides-India, Tamils, diaspora, UN, US, UK, Canada, France, EU et al-you and your generals of your cardboard-hero regime would run to the nearest temple tie “pirithnool” onto your wrists!

    PS: Even if you bathe in “pirithwathura” the sins, swindling and crimes you all have committed cannot be washed away!

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    With the presence of China all around the Indian Ocean, no wonder India will be more than happy to have the US presence in the region. Why should Sri Lanka worry about the US presence in the Indian Ocean when the others (except may be Pakistan) are not worried?

    This is a very good move and I am sure India will support it. US presence is much much better than the Chinese presence.

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    “The Garrisoning Of The Indian Ocean”!!!? What about garrisoning of Sri Lanka by the Rajapakshas? From student to principal, from vegetable and rice farmer to the toilet pit cleaner, from raw rice seller to the ticket book seller, from betel seller to the restaurant keeper, from internal flight operator to may be bus driver in near future Rajapakshas have garrisoned everything on this country! And this nincompoop writer must write about those things instead about these unrelated issues, which are more relevant to people in the country!

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