18 February, 2020

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The Northern PC Resolution: A Dangerous Escalation

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran has just posed a question to the Sri Lankan state. “If the Sri Lankan State did not commit war crimes, why should they resist an international probe?” he is quoted as saying to The Hindu. Now this is the same specious logic as in the notorious trick question “have you stopped beating your wife?” If one answers yes, one admits to having beaten one’s wife in the past even if one were absolutely innocent of any such conduct, and if one answers no because one had never done so, it leaves open the possibility that one is (still) beating one’s wife.

The good chief minister says that “the NPC resolution calling for an international probe into the alleged war crimes committed during the military operation against the LTTE only reflected the feelings of the Tamil people in Northern Sri Lanka”. Now there’s a bit of a problem there. Imagine if the people of Germany had called for an international probe on the firebombing of Dresden, five years after losing a war in which the majority of them had supported the Nazis and Hitler. Of course the people of Germany did no such thing. If they had, or indeed if the Japanese people had called for an international probe on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki five years after that war crime, one can well imagine what the response of the victorious Allies and the world community would have been.

A website called ‘US Politics’ features a story from EIN Presswire. It does an excellent job of summarising the real significance of the resolution just passed unanimously by the Northern Provincial Council.

“In a major humiliation to Sri Lankan President, the Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the United Nations to establish an International War Crimes Investigation to investigate Sri Lankan leaders for committing War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide against Tamil people in that island. 

So far the call to establish an International investigation was advocated only by International NGO’s and diaspora groups like Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). This is the first time, Tamils within Sri Lanka through their elected representatives have called for such an investigation. 

The next Session of the UN Human Rights Council is set to begin in March and it is expected that a Resolution calling for an International Investigation on Sri Lanka will be tabled by the United States. It is widely believed that the Resolution by the Northern Provincial Council will add momentum for passing a UN Resolution calling for international investigation.”

So the Northern Tamil provincial legislators caused “a major humiliation” to the President who held the first ever provincial election in the Northern Province (in 1988, the election was only in the East while there was a joint slate in the North, bypassing an election). The election was sufficiently free and fair, in a province with a heavy military presence, for the Tamil nationalist opposition party to sweep the polls. This president succeeded in enabling the setting up of the Northern Council without any street protests by the Sinhala Buddhist hardliners, while he did have to overcome the publicly stated opposition of his brother, the powerful Secretary of Defense.

Of course, President Rajapaksa is also the man who presided over the defeat and decapitation of the LTTE— something which the TNA radicals have not forgiven him.

The call for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes also looks a bit funny when it is recalled that the same TNA politicians voted for the army commander who led the war to its brutal finale.

There is a reason that the Sinn Fein/IRA never called for an international inquiry into the crimes committed by the British troops and authorities during the troubles.

The NPC resolution does not strengthen and embolden the President who opened the path for the Council’s establishment. It also weakens the pro-devolution caucus of progressives within the ruling coalition who fought successfully against the majoritarian chauvinists, protected the 13th amendment and saw the holding of the election through.

On the other hand the NPC resolution reinforces the line of the prominent hardliners who opposed the Provincial Council system and wanted it abolished. It strengthens their argument that devolution should not proceed further; that it is dangerous to proceed with the full implementation of the 13th amendment. After the NPC’s radical resolution one may anticipate the hawks’ argument against devolving more power to such an adventurist Council as taking the form of the pithy Sinhala saying — it would be akin to “giving a monkey a straight razor”.

The resolution does nothing to bring the country’s powerful and popular military round to the position that the devolution of power to the Northern Council does not threaten the security interests of the state.

It makes it more difficult to regard the TNA as a pragmatic peace partner and to reintegrate the Northern PC into the democratic mainstream.

The resolution has almost certainly hardened opinion among the Sinhalese, irrespective of party political sympathies, making them less rather than more sympathetic to the cause of devolution.

The NPC resolution is echoed and reinforced by a statement signed by Mr R Sampanthan in his triune capacity as MP for Trincomalee, leader of the TNA and President of the ITAK. It says that the Central Committee meeting of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) held on 26thJanuary 2014 at the Town Hall, Trincomalee, and attended by representatives from all districts in the Northern and Eastern provinces,  unanimously resolved, among other things, that “an…international investigation was imperative”.

The NPC resolution and the ITAK statement render the TNA radioactive in the sense that any Southern Opposition which is seen to be allied with it and yet fails to curb its rhetoric will be penalised by the Sinhala voters. Thus the TNA/NPC stand in the emotive run-up to Geneva has undermined its potential partners among the Southern democrats and moderates. Taking the island as a whole, the constituency in favour of devolution has shrunk rather than expanded, due to the TNA-NPC’s electoral and post-election rhetoric.

The NPC resolution cannot be described in any sense of the term as moderate. This is not the political behaviour of a party of moderate persuasion. As for the counter-argument that this is but a reaction to the government’s tardiness in devolving power to the Northern PC, that is given the lie by the TNA’s 100 page critique of the LLRC report. That critique long antedated the re-establishment of the NPC, the problem of the ex-military Governor etc.

The NPC-TNA are appearing increasingly as anti-national; as against Sri Lanka as a state and a country.  The TNA reciprocated Mahinda Rajapaksa’s historic move of holding the Northern Provincial election under the existing 13th amendment (without truncating it as the Sinhala hawks demanded) by praising Prabhakaran during the election campaign and carrying his photograph on the front page of the TNA’s newspaper. That was before it could be ascertained whether or not the Government would devolve power and authority to the newly elected council.  Thus the TNA-NPC’s radicalism cannot be explained away as a natural reaction to the post-election immobility of the Government.

The North-South divide will grow into a gulf thanks to the NPC resolution. The dynamic of ethnic polarization will render the island’s politics a zero-sum game, making the task of our friends such as Japan and South Africa and above all our neighbour India, more difficult. A secure and stable peace is a longer way off than it was last week, before the NPC resolution.

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  • 17
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    Dayan’s convoluted arguments against NPC resolution on war crimes don’t hold water.

    There is no point in talking about devolving power to Tamils: It will never happen without international community’s coercion.

    Now the root cause of the anti-Tamil attitude of the Sinhalese ruling class is this: The Sinhala children are taught that Tamils are very nasty people in their Kuamrodaya books. How can a society nurtured on this concept yield anything positive to Tamils, whom they believe to be very nasty people?

    I rest my case here.

    • 8
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      DJ idiot now only understands damn 13A is way for the division of the country.

      Tamils problem is their swollen head , thinking they are more cultured/civilized/cast/intelligent than Sinhalese & never want to live under Sinhalese.

      So no any damn devolution ever work. Only way & answer is VP’s way WAR, until the left over some one million too leaves Lanka.

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        This is a personal opinion but I do think the Tamils are better cultured/civilized and intelligent than the Sinhalese.

        Look at the parliament or the provincial councils and see who they have sent to govern them compared to what the Sinhalese has sent. Would you blame them not wanting to be governed by criminals.

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        The crux of the matter is that ‘some sinhalese’ wanting other communities to live ‘under the Sinhales’ not as equal citizens. That mentality is the cause of all the problems.

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          spot on.

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            Like George W Bush’s logic, this is VERY SIMLISTIC, EMOTIONAL AND ONE SIDED;

            ”TAMILS ARE RACISTS & MOHOTTI DON DAVITHGE MAHENDRA PERCY IS A SAINT”

            A BIG REASON TO ABOLISH THE PRECEDENCY.

            Was one time a ‘Diplomat’ and also a ‘Marxist’; Does not show.

      • 3
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        John the don,

        This is the problem, “never want to live under Sinhalese.” Why would they want to live under somebody? You mean they have to be sinhala slaves?

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        Certainly the tamils are more civilised race with lineage, than a bastardised race like the sinhalese. The portugues bastardised this race and sinhlase became Fernando’s and Mendis’s, then the spanish bastardised the race and the sinhalese becase Silvas and Perera’s, then the tamils bastardised the race and then the Jayasunderams, Wickremaratnams and Weerasinghams became Jaysundera, Wickremaratne and Weerasinghe. Would anyone ban panadol to war zone? GOSL did it to the north. In 1983 it was ordinary sinhalese who ganged up and killed thousands of tamil civilians in cold blood while the police watched. What did JR say in the end “even if I starve the tamils, the sinhalese will be happy”. This is sinhalese shameless civilisation. True the LTTE were a bag of terrorists, the cadres were thus trained to terrorise, thus they were branded terrorists world over, but an ordinary tamil does not act in the same manner unlike sinhalese.

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        John, I guess you are a matured person. Maybe you are Sinhalese according to your comments which I gather. Let start thinking of this subject in this era. There are many discrimination taken place NOT now during the British ruling era of this country.

        We have to think why did we have this sort of attitude after the war ? Why do we teach the children the negative thinking process ?

        We adults are responsible for the bringing up the children under strict discipline check at home and the schools should adopt to the same process. Here we need to train the teachers. ARE WE DOING THIS ? NO ! The common expressions in today’s life in public is SO sarcastic that we are unable to UNDERSTAND !!!!

        The politicians and the rulers should start communicating is a well disciplined and accepted expressions in public in order to have a VERY POSITIVE ATTITUDE towards the public. ( i.e. criticizing is the easiest way to communicate BUT this should be changed.)

        We should provide SOLUTIONS to the common man and to this country citizens.This first step will start changing the thinking process. WE NEED A UNITED SRI LANKA or A NATION who will stand by it’s flag.

        Politicians are the ROTTEN APPLES in the basket. Lets get them cleaned and walk thru the undivided generations to reunite.

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      Thiru!
      I have to correct you with regard to Kumarodaya( a text book). Kumarodaya is no longer in use in schools .It was used in Sinhala medium schools for primary Grade students more than 50 years ago.
      I cannot agree with Dayan. Didn’t Mahinda himself complain to the international community when Sinhala boys and girls of the JVP were killed by the forces under the UNP government?

    • 13
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      .
      Agree….

      DJ’s argument doesn’t hold, i even doubt his PhD now.

      NPC is only requesting a investigation…. they did not pose a question like, “Have SL govt stopped committing war crimes”.

      :-)

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        doubt his Ph.D now? Only stupid like him who served in a capacity in UN ranks will write garbage like this? He says, the hardliners will be strengthened and even moderates will move away from devolution just because TNA demanded the war crime investigation. Ultimately he wants TNA under subjugation of Sinha racist parties.

  • 17
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    DAyan says: “The NPC-TNA are appearing increasingly as anti-national; as against Sri Lanka as a state and a country.”

    So he has joined the Gothabiya chinthanya.

  • 7
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    Oracle of Delphi has spoken. Now it’s time for you to ponder and take action!

    Real cat’s whiskers, isn’t he?

  • 3
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    A website called ‘US Politics’ features a story from EIN Presswire
    “In a major humiliation to Sri Lankan President..”

    This is the wording of the news agency EIN and thier’s and only their’s interpretation.

    you seems to agree with it….

  • 16
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    mmmmmm Our ex from Geneva says Germany/Dresden and japan during second WW. He has forgotten that there was no UN at the time, neither had the legal provision in relation to war crimes evolved.

    We have signed up to the UN and Human rights charters since then have we not?

    I am surprised that Cuba was not brought into it. Sometimes these arguments are laughable.

    Here is a more enlightened position….

    “I need to pause for a moment to debunk a logical fallacy. Its common form is this: When developing country leaders are accused of misconduct, instead of refuting the charges per se, the defence takes the position: “The Americans did such and such, the French this and that, the British, the Russians, etc, such crimes in the past”. This defence is pervasive in Lankan media and websites. It is flawed on two counts. First, it implicitly concedes the alleged crime. Second, that the British, the French and whoever else did such and such is no defence. Imagine a murder suspect pleading before a judge “Yes your honour, I did murder the victim. But Colonel Blimp of the Fusiliers murdered an innocent person in 1915 and was not convicted because he had influence. Therefore I too should be pardoned.” This fallacy, called a non sequitur, is widespread when war crimes and human rights violations are debated in Lanka.”

    • 12
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      Dushy Ranetunge,

      You got the man by his what?

      In the valley of the blind this man thinks he is king, and so does Mahinda!

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        Quote: You got the man by his what? …… You turncoat get ready you know what to suck it……………….

    • 6
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      Then where was the UN when the Vietnam was burning, Iraq destroyed, Libya destroyed, innocent killings of scores in Afganistan? Did they perfect the art of Drone warfare at the expense of the innocent or helpless Afganistan & Pakistan people in the name of terrorism??

      What is good for the Goose is good for the gander as well.

      When the powerful urinate standing the powerful do it on the run.

    • 9
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      Dushy Ranetunge

      “Yes your honour, I did murder the victim. But Colonel Blimp of the Fusiliers murdered an innocent person in 1915 and was not convicted because he had influence. Therefore I too should be pardoned.”

      Actually our state should be allowed to commit more war crimes as we are striving to catch up with rest of the world.

      We too want to be with first among the equals.

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        NOT SO, WHEN IT COMES TO COMMITTING CRIMES ON ONES MINORITIES.

        WE ARE IN THE SUPER LEAGUE.

        (a real Vaddha would understand that)

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          Sumathipala

          (a real Vaddha would understand that)

          As a real Veddha I do understand genocide, hence my comment.

          Please try again again you might eventually get the message.

    • 7
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      Douche Ranetunge

      The matter is not as simple as that. The argument being made is not a non-sequitur. It is not based on your simplistic understanding of the issue. It is a much more deeper moral-historical argument. You are the one who is trying to reduce it to a simple logical fallacy and thereby making a “straw man” argument.

      The argument being made is not that the west also committed similar acts in the past, but rather that the west is trying to arbiter and judge countries fighting against the unequal international order that it created in the first place by committing the war crimes of Dresden and Hiroshima & Nagasaki, etc. Most of the conflicts in the world today – including the 30-year-war in Sri Lanka – are the result of this uneven development and unjust world system. The very forces that indulge in international intrique and interfere clandestinely into the governance of weaker countries in order to promote their own geopolitical interests now want to sit in judgemnt of the repurcussions of their actions. No way, Jose. What about the “good governance,” “accountability,” and “transparency” that they endlessly preach to the rest of the world?

      Douce, remember it is the Tamil racists who always use the non sequitur argument and invoke 1948, 1956/58, 1977 and 1983 to justify the ethno-fascist exclusivist LTTE and the murderous mayhem it unleashed on the innocent people. The latest addition to the ever-growing list is 2009. The culminating “effect” of the misguided, suicidal path taken by the Tamil racists is now being postulated as a “cause” to bring on more destruction to the Tamils themselves and the country as a whole in the name of punishing war crimes!

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      You summed up well what i wanted to post, Thanks Dushy

    • 1
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      Dushy,

      Have you noticed?

      You comments always receive a “standing ovation” from Tamils racists.

      Why?

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        Because he is not a racists like Ben Rats. Many see him a reasonable person from his comments.

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        Ben Jaffna library burner, Dushy exposed so many things against LTTE Long time ago. From his views he knows what he is writing, not like you cowards…

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      What if the judge himself a know murderer Mr.Ranatunga, would you seek justice from him?

  • 20
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    Dayan, your logic is completely flawed. First of all President Rajapakse became the President only because of LTTE as he bribed Prabaharan to block the Tamils from voting. Secondly its not the President who authorized the Northern PC election, it was his duty to do so, its the constitution that ensured that PC elections should be held. It was President Rajapakse who blocked the Northern PC election and due to international pressure only, he allowed the Northern PC election to be held. So please do not get your logic mixed up. Just because you are sucking up to the President again we are not that stupid to swallow everything you tell us. If you go back, since the end of the war, it was you who defended the Government of Sri Lanka (which means the Executive President) in all international forums. Then you got kicked out as you were found to be inefficient in the eyes of the President. Are you telling us that the President, because he loved the people in the North so much that he set up the LLRC and held the Northern PC elections? NO, its only because of foreign pressure. Similarly there is nothing wrong in the Northern PC passing the resolution asking for a credible independent international inquiry. You yourself have written that there had been no credible independent inquiry held in Sri Lanka, why are you now “thoppi peralanne”? Above all Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran is a honest highly educated and a smarter person that you and he knows what he is doing. He is not crying to get on to the lap of the President like you. Sorry Pal. Further you are comparing the war in Europe, what you fail to understand is democracy before, during and soon after the war was a different democracy than what it is practised today. Even Snowden who has exposed the US government today is nominated for Nobel Price. Even your Guru Fidel Castro is a changed man. Be honest to yourself first.

    • 4
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      Park……….. its not Dayans or anyones logic.
      LTTE supported MR because they thought he was green and could be easily pushed over & came to realise they have got screwed.But it was too late.

      Wigneswaran is just a TNA & LTTE Diaspora bait to rope in the Hindus who have been left out all this time from the alleged Catholic & Christian Eelam. Now they need the Hindus too.
      Now the coalition is Northerners, TNA, Catholic & Christian Church, UNP and the latest addition the Hindus.

      We all know too well in Thondamanaru. Todate noone has compensated for our lost sacrificed Sons and Daughters.

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        So there, we now have an irrefutable admission from a spigot of MR’s butt that has leaked a smelly truth about the support of the LTTE for mahinda chintane.

    • 10
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      I am totally in agreement with you here.

      Recalling the interview MR had with Aljaserra a couple of months back, there he clearly accused DJ of being a powerful NGO worker. And not even few days later, DJ was invited to temple trees with others. Since that meetings on, DJ has been inconsistent with his free thoughts and minds falling on on going lanken issues. Until then, he himself added comments to this and other forums repeating “I am also not a supporter of MR regime”. Anyway, this kind of inconsistencies have been even more distinguishable in his person for unexplainable reasons. I believe it is the postings that he focuses fall above everything.
      Earlier people respected him – earned a great credibility too, alone for that matter how his powerful arguments stood the MR regime to escape in UNHRC session in 2009.

      So, a man whose has been cheap to this levels, what else we could expect.

      Cheers,
      S

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        DJ is a turncoat, no doubt.

        So what, so are all Sri Lankan people.

        See how many UNP stalwarts have joined the goverment.

        See how Hirunika prostrated herself in front of MR, the very same man who was the patron and protector of her father’s murderer.

        Ah this Sinhala race, what a servile race we are.

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        Sirimal,

        “Earlier people respected him – earned a great credibility too, alone for that matter how his powerful arguments stood the MR regime to escape in UNHRC session in 2009. “

        tell me who respected this guy ? definitely not a single person with iota of self respect would have respected this opportunistic , double tongued self proclaimed political scientist ,only those who worship MR and his goons respected DJ and continues to do so ,

        as usual i didn’t bother to read the whole article as it was evidently clear from the beginning that he wanted justify his claims by comparing hypothetical arguments i.e WW2 , who would buy his arguments seriously is the question ? i remember one time DJ was quoting ” checking and the procedure of the virginity check of the female students of Japura ” to SL war crime investigation ?????????????

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      totally agree in here.
      Dayan de Silva the man working for a big NGO and creting trouble for the state was that his former master was to tell the Al Jazeera few moons ago.

      Now., it seems this dubious charactor have gone for the Medamulana Walauwa from the back door for some goodies the regime again.

      Well…

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      That was a good answer to dayan,Park, and dayan is walking back to the pavilion,LBW park,glaring at the umpire and muttering to himself.

      You say that mahinda did not do all this because of love for the tamils,but due to international pressure.Spot on.Mahinda does not want to lose any sinhalese votes by giving anything to the tamils.He feels that if he has to give something due to international pressure then the sinhalese will understand that he was forced to give to the tamils and he won’t lose their votes. mahinda is a political animal who lives breathes and dreams politics and resultant votes and would have done his sums with the limited mathematics he knows and must have come to the conclusion that getting 50000 tamil votes and losing 500000 sinhalese votes isn’t worth it.All his decisions are revolved around votes and he tests the waters with elections every year so that he can confirm early that his calculations are correct without being caught with his pants down one day at the crucial presidential election.

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    Even the remaining slim veil under which Jayatilake tried to hide his unabashedly volunteering to white-wash the beleaguered Rajapakses. And that too with weeks before
    Geneva where many are trying to get into the bandwagon. Now this cover is thrown wide open with this otherwise provocative article calculated to inflame Sinhala prejudice against Tamils – island wide. Much of the piece is structured disregarding facts and with only intent to catch the eye of the President and his brother “the powerful Secretary of Defence” (Jayatilake’s flattering description of an illegal office)

    “Mahinda Rajapakse’s historic move of holding the NPC elections” says Jayatilake otherwise insisting credit must be given to the President for this magnanimous gesture – “against Sinhala hardliners opposition” suggests Jayatilake, for good measure. But, Sir, this should have been done in the months after mid-2009 – allowing for reasonable time for logistics. But why did he procrastinate in 2010, 2011, 2012 and much of 2013? He did not allow the elections on his own volition. Having given him sufficient time his arms were twisted by the international community to do what is right and due to the Tamils. Have you no
    regard or consideration for your credibility as an academic and public commentator. After all, you have many years of work in the public sphere in the coming decades.

    R. Varathan

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      Well said Varathan, he thinks people are fools to believe his lop sided arguments.

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        Dear Thiru:

        What I omitted to write was both Wigneswaren’s NPC and the ITAK’s Communique of Jan 26 were made demonstrating sheer disappointment
        and lack of confidence in the President and his Govt to give the Tamils their due. What is the point of a Supreme Court if the army arrogantly ignores the CS’s directives (in the matter of HSZ)
        What Lalith W and the Govt are trying is the usual delaying and buying-time trick. This may not work this time.

        If there is a slight dilution in Geneva in March that may be because of the surreptitious deal Mahinda R may have made with Israel’s Netanyahu. But the Israeli’s are far too smart for the Rajapakse. They would have struck a tripartite deal only in consultation with the US (and predictably India) while the Rajapakses keep the usually gullible Sinhala hawks in the dark.
        If we are a democracy why didn’t Mahinda Rajapakse come to Parliament and share with the people what happened in Israel in one of the most crucial periods of the country’s history?
        After all, this is nothing more than that type of governance of Mrs. B aptly called “the Kussiya Cabinet” The asinine Rajapakses think they can win in Geneva appointing a former Wharf-Clerk as Monitor – going round to win the Americans, Indians and the IC with what the Sinhalese call the “tokka” on the head.

        R. Varathan

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    Dayan seems to be writing a lot these days. The president in his last major interview with an international media group said that Dayan was working for a big NGO.

    Pray tell me, how do you manage to work for a big NGO and write this much as well?

  • 5
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    Leave alone these alleged crimes, If the Northern Tamil with the LTTE and TNA did not wage war against the centre & engage in a brutal war, how could there be war crimes?

    Quote:”DAyan says: “The NPC-TNA are appearing increasingly as anti-national”- Dayan need not say that the people in the South and the peace loving Tamils sense that. Its nothing knew.
    Wigneshwaran, TNA these are rabble rousers………….
    It was first the Catholic Church who supported to gain an Eelam. They failed and concoted or dragged the UNP into it.
    Now the TNA has brought Vigeshwaran into it to rope in the Hidus who were left out earlier………

    Northern politics will not get away with their manouvers this time around as the south are sharp and the services are well tuned and the peace loving Tamils in Sri Lanka want to have nothing of it this time around…………..

  • 7
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    Dayan,

    Now that they have passed the resolution, what are u gonna do abt that ??

    Better live n deal in such a way that Northern province is granted powers to administer themselves or there wont be Vigneswaran anymore to stop much harsher resolution in future.

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    MR was just about to give all devolution of powers to NPC but this NPC/TNA pundits spoiled everything by their rhetoric calling for International investigation ‘hogwash’! Bravo Dayan J.
    Dr. Dayan looking at the whole thing with his clumsy way of confusing analysis. No one can make him understand or he will ever change his colors.
    He’s again proving himself as a silent racist diplomat who did nothing much of diplomatic services or contributed anything towards reconciliation but spoiled everything he could and lost his position and perks, hanging around in Colombo without having nothing to do worthwhile. There is no one to listen to this patriot in western suit. Just wasting time is his full time job now a days ?

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    This shit DJ is undergoing a permanent menopause. Hunting with the foxes and running with the hares. The TNA is perfectly correct and clearly entitled to call for an international investigation, given the mounting and irrefutable evidence of war crimes against the current regime of thugs , murderers and liars. The stand taken by the TNA should be admired by all those who have integrity and decency, alas sadly lacking in the contortionist DJ.

  • 4
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    DJ is back to his favourite pastime – [Edited out]!

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    Can dayan tell us why the TNA should not adopt such a resolution?What do they gain by not adopting such a resolution?Therein lies the root cause of the problem.At one time sampanthan was going behind mahinda to come to some political solution and if mahinda had reciprocated and been on good terms with him then sampanthan would have thought better not bring in such a resolution because it will spoil the relationship.Now that there is no realtionship at all because mahinda just brushed him aside and gota went on heaping indignity after indignity by his hardline policiies,the TNA may be feeling they have bugger all to lose anyway because the relationship is at rock bottom and can’t go any more lower anyway..

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    DJ is back to his favourite pastime – [Edited out]!!!!!

  • 7
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    DJ is back to his favourite past time – that word is not required here. What is DJ does best is well known to CT readers. Sediments of his shame can be seen in milky shades deposited on his moustache and beard. LOL!

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      Thank you CT for posting my comment – I understand that you were bound to edit out the pristine word in my earlier post. DJ is a bad man. To hell with freedom of speech: if blasphemy too is included.

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    ” The North-South divide will grow into a gulf thanks to the NPC resolution” ! A rather simplistic and very flawed conclusion, especially by a person of Dayan’s background and intelligence. This is akin to the prevalent wide spread belief that Prabaharan was the hen that first laid the egg that hatched into the prolonged and violent communal turmoil in this country.

    The government missed the opportunity to address the fundamental issues poisoning communal harmony in this country, soon after the war. The failure to implement the much touted APRC report was a grievous error. It further aroused Tamil suspicions regarding the government’s intent by numerous other acts of omission and
    commission. The failure to permit the NPC to function optimally within even the framework of the very flawed 13th amendment is also a grievous error in judgement. The government has given enough material for some Tamil political formations to chew on and relish, rather foolishly and probably maliciously.

    It was very evident a few months pafter the war, sections of the Tamils had managed to come alive and highlight , exaggerate and even manufacture issues that painted the government black. This propaganda effort has been quite effective and could not be countered by the government that had become arrogant, paranoid, devious and self righteous. The government by its actions paved the way for these feeble manoeuvres to become an avalanche. The attempt to manufacture a leadership preferred by the government in the north, a design that had Dayan’s approval and the quality of these quislings raised the peoples ire and stroked yet smoking embers. These smoking embers may become a raging fire, unless wisdom dawns on this government first and some elements of the Tamil political leadership second- an unlikely possibility. The government is once again missing the bus by not working with Chief Minister Wigneswaran, who is being forced to fight on two fronts- the government and some strident Tamil political elements.

    Dayan should be advising the government to bend over backwards to make the NPC a success. What is a political divide for now, should not be permitted to become a unbridgeable communal divide, which Dayan describes as a possible North-South gulf.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      “Dayan should be advising the government to bend over backwards to make the NPC a success”

      Yes, right , Dayan will do that ! LOL.

      As I have told you before, Dayan at one point supported the 13A and found himself losing his diplomatic posting (and its perks ). Once you get used to the perks, hard to live without them. By the way Dayan was a political appointment to the diplomatic area and NOT a career diplomat.

      Dayan has realized that supporting the extremists within the regime is a good way to weasel is way back in, so voila this piece…….for Dayan , no depth is low enough to stoop in pursuit of that Geneva recall…..the clock is ticking, time is running out to catch that flight to Geneva….await more interesting pieces over the coming weeks !!!!

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      Dr. RN, I agree with what you say. This government has been quite arrogant on the issue of accountability. It is applying same tactics it uses in the South in the North!

      In the South when prisoners are shot or Mervin Silva starts taxing vehicles passing through his electorate or BBS overruns a Church nobody makes a noise because people have no power over the government. The only thing they can do is to wait till the next election and vote it out. However, in the North people have connections to foreign governments and they are more assertive about their rights. This is to be expected.

      The whole country is being dragged into a period of international condemnation and domestic political unrest because of intransigence and stupidity of a few.

      Even now it is not too late to have a credible domestic investigation into these allegations. We have not even investigated the most high profile cases that have being in the public domain for many years like murder of 5 students in Trincomalee. I do not know how they explain these things.

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      DBS Jeyraj’s column suggests however that the blame is spread equally. No bona fides on the government side and equally bad politicking and timing on the TNA side.

      Even though we know it isn’t, the extremist on both sides see it as a zero sum game. Since we, in south Asia, are cursed with a most ineffectual silent majority of moderates, it the extremist that will make max mileage out of any conflict arising out of the NPC

      …and ‘conflict’ will be the name of the game as Geneva and the elections approach. ‘Conflict’ will aid the extremist agenda on both sides. Yet….

      ….. through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. — John Adams

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      Dr RN
      “… Dayan should ask the govt to bend over backwards…..”

      Don’t you understand that what Dayan is doing here is bending over backwards to the Govt

      It seems you are also bending over backwards to Dayan so that he can arrange for you to bend” over backwards to Mahinda

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        Dayan bending over backwards to Mahinda
        Dr RN bending over backwards to Dayan
        This is known as the food chain

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      Good comment, compared to many other responses which are biased and irrational. This confrontation between the North and the South must end.
      Otherwise the looses will be all Sri Lankans – not just one community. Both sides should make an effort to forgive and forget and move on.

      If Sri Lanka erupts in conflict again, the international community will not come to its aid as they do not care a fig about Sri Lanka and the well being of its people. The powerful countries would find ways and means to escalate the confrontation using subtle means, for their own geo-political ends. It would be a disaster for the entire South Asian region.

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      Dr RN, I wonder even after reading this kind of rhetoric threat by this clown, do you still rest your faith on him! What a difference between him and writer like Darisha.

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        I have used the words ‘ Should be’. Which means that he is not doing what he should.

        Dr.RN

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      Doctor:

      You are still dreaming, I mean day-dreaming, aren’t you?

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    Correction third a Para:
    — a few months after the war—

    Dr.RN

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    Dayan is on the mark:

    ” …TNA/NPC stand in the emotive run-up to Geneva has undermined its potential partners among the Southern democrats and moderates. Taking the island as a whole, the constituency in favour of devolution has shrunk rather than expanded, due to the TNA-NPC’s electoral and post-election rhetoric.”

    TNA is simply following the LTTE strategy of weakening moderate forces in the country and provoking the extremists on both sides to polarize the people into hostile camps and show the world a moderate solution is not possible, and therefore separation would be the only way out.

    This shows the diabolic Sampanthan is working for the Diaspora Tigers and their western backers who want to dismantle Sri Lanka rather than for the people who voted for the TNA in the hope that it would work with the government to quickly restore normal life after 30 years of suffering. Sampanthan is the most despicable politician in Sri Lanka today. It says a lot given the low standard of politics prevailing in the country.

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    Dayan,

    The trick question only works if you are limited to giving a “yes” or “no” answer. The question posed by CVW is hardly a trick question. Can you in all honesty say that the there is any hope for any kind of impartial investigations in Sri Lanka? If people want justice it is fair that they ask for it from the only quarter that they believe they can get it.

    Your larger point, of course, is that regardless of justice, is it pragmatic to expect a political resolution to Sri Lanka’s issues if the Government is going to be likely targets of international resolutions. Do you think this government will make any political concessions at all if there is no international pressure? Do you honestly think that if the TNA were to agree to the Government’s terms that there will be any constitutional change? This Government will not divest itself of any power unless forced to. There is no democratic space for dissent. If you think otherwise you are either a fool or a knave.

    The TNA is the only party that has been able to take the fight to this Government democratically, despite all the odds stacked against them and a powerful segment of the diaspora trying to derail them by going back into violence. If you are interested in democracy you should be supporting them. An international inquiry is not against Sri Lanka but against individuals who broke (or allegedly broke) the law – justice should take its course.

    S

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      Well said Sulaiman, Dayan is unscrupulous, after all he was wheeler dealer diplomat!

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    Dayan:

    I am not convinced by your lame arguments. Those who bombed and maimed the inhabitants of Dresden, Hisroshima and Nagasaki were “foreigners”. In the case of SL, it was supposed to be a humanitarian operation with the human rights charter in one hand to save the civilians from the hands of terrorists. It was also an operation with zero civilian casualties. Well, the anger and anguish now in the minds of the regime and guys like you is that much of those lies have been called bluffs and two UN based reports have very much implicated the regime for the atrocities. Do you understand Dayan, the people who were maimed and murdered are also the citizens of this country and those who perpetrated those horrible crimes did so on their own people. Can you see the fundamental difference?

    Your analogy of the “wife-beating” is a shameful example dredged in ignorance and deceit. A much more likely example depicting the scenario would be where the father rapes his own daughter. Despicable isn’t it?

    These crocodile tears of Mahinda Rajapakse as the “angel” President may be great for you for your personal reasons but here is a person who utterly screwed up a golden opportunity to be a statesman and take a bruised SL to greater heights. India and the international community and also the the Sarath Fonseka presidential bid heavily weighed on MR. He was forced to agree and so please stop your praise of a hoodlum. If you have been overwhelmed by the conducting of the NPC election, the pathetic way the CM and the Tamil leaders are treated surely needs an appropriate response. And I believe they did the right thing.

    You are a dreamer. No sane Tamil has any hope and will ever believe that the Sinhalese majority will ever rush to the needs of a maimed Tamil population. There is more than enough to support that view. So, why bemoan over a non-existent bridge. That bridge has been damaged and and ruined some time ago already.

    Just because the NPC and ITAK take up the issue internationally after several attempts and waiting for five years for the President to provide answers, you have the cheek to lecture the Tamils.

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    Dayan,

    In 2009, the call was for only an “impartial, credible investigation.” It is you who blocked that and chest-thumped in the last four years claiming that as a single-handed victory for the nation.

    If you did not block it at that time, it would not have metamorphosed into a call for “International inquiry” as it is now. You were warned that your action will only worsen the situation – and lead to the country being dragged by the collars at a future date. That prophesy has now come true!

    Now you are yourself calling for an ‘”impartial, credible investigation.” See how the wheels have turned? It is you who set the wheels in motion for the current fiasco. So, how responsible do you think you are for this whole mess? Do you still feel “victorious”? Is the President still thanking you for your service?

    Also, may I remind you of your wailing after Weliverya “if the regime can do this to the Sinhalese, what must they have done to the Tamils at the end of the war, and must be doing even now” which finally led to the President characterizing you as prostituting your talents?

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      Jayatilake has got caught badly in his own contradictory posturings.
      While he was Ambassador ,he went out of the way to annoy the Israelis to please the Islamics/Arabs, the die-hard anti-American leftists of Latin America and Africa. This resulted in the Israelis sending a senior man here to warn Rajapakse – who yielded to the threat. All 3 Resolutions in Geneva went against us. Rajapakse, not claiming the learning of Jayatilake, quickly went to Israel recently and made a
      deal with them to soften matters at this March Geneva hearings.
      To the Israelis and their allies Jayatilake is virtual persona non grata. If he is taken in this time – after Rajapakse calling him a
      NGO hack – it will further harm the chance of the Rajapakses. He is no more than a painful liability.

      Kettikaran

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    You are a classic example for hypocrite who covered the face with ‘moderate’ mask. Once again you showed your hidden colors.

    Are you trying to fool us that MR really wanted to conduct NPC election on his own wish and NPC humiliated him?

    You think since you are an ex Geneva man, All ppl comment on CT are less intelligence than you, do not know what happen around them and ready to accept your words are ultimate truth. I am sure 90% of ppl comment here are not foolish like the ppl who only read lakmiba or other crabs of same kind.

    There are newspapers in which readers would say “hey Dayan, well-written article, keep up the good work’

    Go and Write there!!

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    Speaking of specious logic Mr Jayatilleka poses the question: “Imagine if the people of Germany had called for an international probe on the firebombing of Dresden, five years after losing a war in which the majority of them had supported the Nazis and Hitler.”

    Perhaps Mr Jayatilleka has forgotten the the Nuremberg Trials obviated the need for such a question?

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    There is a big difference between the situation of the post world war II Germans, and that of the post Mulivaikal Tamils. Of course the Germans cannot ask for a probe against the victorious allies, because there was no higher authority than the Allies! Who were they are going to lobby? In the case of SL, there are plenty of authorities higher than the GOSL that the Tamils can take their case to, which is exactly what they have done. They have absolutely no reason to engage with the GOSL, as long as they have the ears of Washington, New York, Geneva and London.
     
    In fact, it is the GOSL that is today in the same position as the WWII Germans. Just like Nazi Germany, they are now in a direct confrontation with the US. What are their options? There are none. They have sent Lalith Weeratunge to the US on a fool’s errand to win favor with the US govenment. Why would you go to the authorities in the same country that you are in a confrontation with, to seek relief? Because there is no higher authority!
     
    Welcome to reality.

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    Now the Govt has to deal with a former judge of the Supreme Court who knows what the constitution and rule of law is about. No more threatening, shouting and overuling the minions as in the other PC’s under UPFA.

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    @ Sulaiman & Jansee- Great arguments, spot on ! Thank you.

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    .
    DJ,

    It was Mahinda who went to UN first (1989) with SL Govt War Crimes.

    :-)

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      Not for war crimes against tigers!!

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    CT should implement its policy of ethical conduct more rigorously. it should not allow the mentally disturbed individuals to splash foul expletives in any debate. it should foster the genre of mindful journalism that decent people are clamoring for.
    Dayan has not used foul language in his column. Dayan does not exist. The absolute truth is that Dayan is a being representing the composite of the ever-changing Five Aggregates. In fact, all of “us” are unreal because “we” exist only for a moment. The process of becoming ensures that Dayan or any other being has no self.

    In a universe, where everything is interconnected and interdependent, there is no room for absolute freedom, absolute individualism or absolute rights. The realization of “no self” should make us humble and slash the kind of ego displayed in this debate.

    In a Buddhist country, the adherents of Buddha must try to understand why “no self” (anatta) is the absolute truth. This enables them to understand the folly of greed/desire, clinging and other mental defilements.

    The adherents of Abrahamic religions and HINDUISM who believe in a self or soul that will last through its union with the Creator could wait until the Almighty solve all the problems created by themselves. By displaying their haughty arrogance, ego and righteousness, they are further provoking the “folks” who supposedly have “no self.”

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      D. S. A. Gunaratne

      “”In a Buddhist country, the adherents of Buddha must try to understand why “no self” (anatta) is the absolute truth.””

      I am sorry when did this island become a Buddhist country dear I ask?

      Okay, I got your philosophical explanation no self.

      Let me try this, I see you in the street, rush towards you and kick you on your b***s as hard as possible.

      Are you going to call the police?

      Are you going to kill me?

      Are you going to ignore me as your unique realisation has made you humble and slashed your ego?

      Would the courts accept my defense that you existed only for a moment? When I landed the kick you were not there.

      “In a universe, where everything is interconnected and interdependent, there is no room for absolute freedom, absolute individualism or absolute rights.”

      Therefore theoretically I can get away with murder because the victim does not have absolute right to life.

      Good sermon, let me contemplate the idea of being “no self”.

      Great stuff.

      Thanks a lot I feel better now.

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        Native Vedda,

        Brilliant!

        Dr.RN

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          Dear Dr. Rajasingham,

          There are only few people in this forum I would pause to read their comment and you are one of them.

          May I suggest you refrain from comments of this nature where someone ridicules a religion and you seems to get a kick out of it.

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            Chamara Perera

            All religions are evil and should be ridiculed on a regular basis.

            If Buddha’s teaching is a religion you can have it for yourself.

            Its high time Buddha’s teaching is liberated from Sinhala/Buddhism and those believe this is a Buddhist country.

            Please ignore me.

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              Dear NV,

              Are you referring to the use of word ‘religion’ in my comment? In that case I do agree with you. What I really meant was the ‘Buddha’s teachings’

              “Its high time Buddha’s teaching is liberated from Sinhala/Buddhism and those believe this is a Buddhist country.”

              How do you plan to achieve this? Clearly your understanding of “No self” is so flawed….

              Peace….

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            My comment was in appreciation of NV’s argument re: D.S.A . G’s points. Our transience is a reality beyond the illusion ( maya) that is our life. The transience does not negate the maya. Both are realities we have to contend in our life. Understanding the transience makes the sailing through the ocean of maya, a bit easier. How many of us a blessed with this skill. Hinduism and Buddhism are both founded on these pillars. Discussing and debating these concepts do not constitute insulting Buddhism. We need such debates and discussions to further our knowledge and understanding. I apologise if my words conveyed a different meaning.

            Dr. RN

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              Dear Dr RN,

              The fundamental of Buddhism is actually debating your own self existence and the understanding of the Maya (illusion) of your existence. Understanding this will require a lot of skill which for an average person (like myself) would require a lot of effort (practice). So I agree with your point that discussions are needed to further our knowledge of Buddhism(or any other religion).
              But when I read your comment over and over again I see no such thing…probably your words did convey a different message (to me at least)

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            Charmara …this guy RN..made a statement in this forum that the astrocities of LTTE are a distant memory. He chose to speak on behlaf of the LTTE victims. In the process hurting the feeling of may fellow victims of LTTE and the war. There are so many families who have lost thier bread winners and are now destitute and will be obviuosly very angry and disturbed by his self procalmation.

            He would not apologoise.

            Now he rush to apologise to you ….because you say sweet words …like I only read your postings here….

            He has no shame

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              Hi,

              I read the comments based on the content where people only express their views whether I agree with them or not. In this form most of the people either attack the writer or the content is of no value.

              And I agree with you that there are victims on both sides and only the victims of the Government atrocities are given more preference (in the international arena) and statements of such nature will only fuel more anger among the victims of LTTE.

              But having a representation for any Victim is no crime and only a humble person (or a nation) could look at the both sides of the story….are we there yet?

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        NV, you have got bit confused, In Buddhism it is I who have to realize that there is NO such thing as ME.

        Not YOU DEAR!

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          NAK

          “In Buddhism it is I who have to realize that there is NO such thing as ME.”

          It is a good idea.

          Once you have realised it yourself then of course we can have a truthful discussion. I will be ready and waiting with YES such thing as ME.

          To begin with I suggest you start practicing Ahimsa in your mundane life and go to being NO such thing as ME.

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    This Bugger Shameless Dayan, trying to argue that NCP Vignaswaran’s proposal asking for an International Investigation on War Crimes, comparing to one asking about beating one’s wife has no corollary whatsoever. Dayan is no different to Lalith Weeratunge stating that a War Crimes Investigation will embarrass India more with IPKF being probed. Every Right Thinking person in this Country should support an Independent International Investigation on War Crimes by the Forces and they should be Punished accordingly with Capital Punishment. It is only then that proper reconciliation is possible. No wonder Dayan was promoting a like minded character like Lalith Weeratunga as both are in the same boat of the Corrupt.

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      War Crimes Investigations should not be on the Forces alone but should include the LTTE remaining KP, Karuna, Pillayan, Pottu Aman, Masters George and Daya et al.

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        And Adel, Nediyavan, Kirubakaran, and so on…..

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          NAK

          “And Adel, Nediyavan, Kirubakaran, and so on…..”

          Why not?

          “In Buddhism it is I who have to realize that there is NO such thing as ME.”

          I believe it is not you who commenting in this forum.

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            Native,

            :) brilliant

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        Gamini,are you sure of pottu being with gota

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          shankar

          “Gamini,are you sure of pottu being with gota”

          There is no reliable evidence to confirm Pottu’s death.

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            veddha,I know that his body was not found,but can we jump to conclusion that he is now working for gota because of that.

            By the way why use the word native?isn’t veddha sufficient?Everyone knows that the veddhas are the original natives of the land.The first srilankans,so to speak.So why the native?

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              shankar

              “Everyone knows that the veddhas are the original natives of the land.”

              No, land grabbing stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese completely forgotten that we were/are and will be the true sons of the land. Hence the emphasis on native.

              Both are fighting over my ancestral land and have been taking measures to erase all evidence of their historical Kallathoni-ness.

              Native is the best way of reminding their place in history. I am would be happy if this could add guilty consciousness to their illegal and immoral occupation of stolen property.

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          VP sold out Thamilselvam to the Forces to destroy him as VP felt that Thamilselvam was stealing the limelight. Rajapaksas have cut deals with KP, Pottu Aman, Masters George and Daya to betray VP. That is how they managed to escape leaving behind VP to be massacred when they tried to surrender.

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            gamini,you may be right about the others ,but pottu i have doubts.Why isn’t he openly out there just like the others?Also he was too close to prabha from what i heard.They were always together 24/7 in the bunker.I was laughing when prabha appointed him to command the remnants of his forces in the last battle.After 25 years 24/7 in the bunker these two would not have been fit to even command a army of rats on the battlefield the cowards.

            Your take on tamilchelvam is surprising.I don’t think prabha would have done that for such trivial reason.probably tamilchelvam was sold out because the airforce whacked him with pinpoint precision when he was in the loo,but i think he was sold out by someone else in the LTTE.That organisation you have to look at the front ,back,sideways and up also to survive with all the cutthroats around you.That is why i don’t have faith in eelam.Tamils in srilanka are full of cut throats who will be going for each others jugular if and when eelam is formed and it will become a syria.

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