20 May, 2022

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The Tale Of Two Presidents

By Harsha Gunasena

Harsha Gunasena

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy were political novices when they came to power. Zelenskyy was an actor and a comedian. He had a land slide victory in the presidential election held in 2019 getting 73.23 votes defeating the then president Petro Poroshenko. Rajapaksa is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of Sri Lanka Army. He worked as the secretary to the Ministry of Defense during the war and did a remarkable job.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy’s political party, Servants of the People was formed in late 2017 and registered in 2018. By the time he became the President, Ukraine was having strong nationalistic ideology and that was anti-Russian and pro western.

Prior to the rule of Soviet Union, Ukraine was under Russian and Polish rule. Ukraine became independent in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Thereafter Ukraine started moving towards the West. During the time of Soviets, the common language of Ukraine was Russian and after the Independence Ukrainian became the official language. However, the local authorities had the power to confer official status upon minority languages. Although Ukrainian was reaffirmed as the country’s official language, regional administrators could elect to conduct official business in the prevailing language of the area.

In 2010, Viktor Yanukovych was reelected president with 48% of votes. A wave of demonstrations and civil unrest called Euromaidan has begun in November 2013 mainly to protest the suspension of preparation of signing an Association Agreement with European Union by the President and by and large to protest the widespread government corruption, abuse of power and violation of human rights under the then President who was loyal to Russia.

United States intervened in the unrest under Obama Administration and it was reported that US invested around 5 billion dollars in ‘developing Ukrainian Democratic Institutions’. The extent of intervention could be understood through the leaked telephone conversation between Victoria Nuland, then US Assistant Secretary of State and Geoffrey Pyatt, then US Ambassador to Ukraine. Nuland is the current US Under Secretary of State who has visited Sri Lanka recently.

Yanukovych was ousted from power in February 2014 and Russia invaded Crimea and annexed it to Russia in March 2014. The next President was Petro Poroshenko. He signed new law on supporting the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language on 25 April 2019. This is no ordinary law but an extreme piece of legislation with different dates of enforcement of different articles.

For instance, Article 25 which came into operation on 16 January 2022, just prior to the invasion of Russia, deals with the state language in the field of print mass media. According to that print mass media in Ukraine shall be published in the State language and it may be published in other languages than the State language, provided that an edition in the State language is published concurrently with a corresponding edition in a foreign language. All language versions must be published under the same title, be similar to each other in their content, size and printing method, and their editions must have the same consecutive numbering and be issued on the same day. Further it is not applicable to the print mass media published exclusively in the Crimean Tatar language, other languages of indigenous peoples of Ukraine, in the English language or another official language of the European Union.

There was no say for the Russian language. The law aimed to revitalize the Ukrainian language and is part of government efforts to reinforce national identity after the fall of the Soviet Union but this raises concerns about protection for minority languages including Russian language.

According to Article 40 which deals with the State language in personal names, surnames, first names and patronymics of citizens of Ukraine shall be made in the State language according to the rules of Ukrainian spelling, be conveyed by transliteration into the letters of a relevant alphabet according to pronunciation thereof in the State language and shall not be translated into other languages.

Therefore, these were very stringent measures and they wanted to deviate from the dominance of Russian language. Thereby there was a perceived discrimination against the Russian minority concentrated in the areas in the Eastern Ukraine, by the Russian government.

When Zelenskyy came in to power the public mind in Ukraine was set against Russia which was backed by the West. Therefore managing Russia at that point was a too serious task which could have been handled by a person with the caliber of a seasoned statesman rather than by a political novice.

Going against Russia was simple and that was what Zelenskyy did, but the task was to be independent while not antagonizing Russia. That was what Finland did. Zelenskyy’s primary responsibility was towards the people of Ukraine. He failed to safeguard them.

The primary concern of Russia was its security. Without addressing that one cannot survive in the border of Russia. It is the same in respect of US or any other powerful country. One can argue about sovereignty and equality of the nations. Those are only in the textbooks. In that case it could be argued that the veto power of the five nations in the UN security council be abolished.

Now Zelenskyy is getting standing ovations for his virtual addresses to the parliaments of powerful western nations. What is the use? Russia continues the destruction in Ukraine. He says that the destruction in Mariupol by the Russian troops will be remembered for centuries. What is the use? Can the deaths of 900 odd civilians be remedied?

Yes, Putin is a dictator as claimed by Boris Johnson and he is a war criminal as claimed by Joe Biden but if Johnson or Biden were in the place of Putin they also would have done the same thing since none of them have respect for the human lives especially of the small nations when it crosses their security concerns.

This is a classic example of causing immense hardships to the people of a small country when it comes within the axis of security concerns of big powers and when it lacks able leadership at the helm.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Rajapaksa came to power with popular vote promising a system change and a corruption free country. People voted both Zelenskyy and Rajapaksa anticipating that they would minimize corruption.

In the world corruption perception index from least corrupt (Denmark 88) to most corrupt (South Sudan 11) Ukraine is ranked 37 and Sri Lanka is ranked 32 in 2021.

People voted for him had strong nationalistic mentality directed against the ethnic minorities of the country compared to Ukrainians where it was directed against the Russians.

Rajapaksa’s biggest disaster was handling the economy where he did not have an in-depth understanding. That is why his pseudo advisors could have taken him for a ride at the expense of the downfall of the rural economy in respect of organic farming.

In the macroeconomics the disaster was man made. Reducing taxes, money printing, reducing interest rates, maintaining artificial exchange rates and relying on so called home grown solutions without soliciting the IMF support were the main ingredients of it.

The IMF in its press release on 25 February 2022 stated as follows emphasizing on the social safety nets negating the criticism against them.

“Against this backdrop, they stressed the urgency of implementing a credible and coherent strategy to restore macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability, while protecting vulnerable groups and reducing poverty through strengthened, well-targeted social safety nets.”

Eventually the country suffered a lot and the vote base of ruling party got eroded.   He has paved the way for the next government to have unprecedented majority votes in the coming presidential or parliamentary elections. We know that what a damage an overly powerful government could do to the country. Rajapaksa himself is an example. As a result, unlike in 2015 where all the opposition parties got united against the existing regime since they were not sure whether it could be defeated, now each of the opposition parties think that power would be fallen to their laps. Hence there are no common programme or consensus without which the economy of the country cannot be rescued.

The plight of the two countries shows the extent of the damage the inexperienced political leaders could cause.

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    I believe that Russia has already received this information; there will be an attack on Crimea.

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      When I heard the news that Russian forces are retrieving from Kyiv, I thought may be they are getting ready for something bigger. I was scared of my own thoughts.
      In one of my previous comments, I mentioned a Decree signed by the Ukraine President declaring war against Russia. At the time, I wasn’t sure about the date it came into effect. That is why I said “stand for correction”. But, I can confirm it now, the date is correct – the Decree dated March 11, 2021 came into effect on March 24, 2021, the day the Ukraine President signed it. The Decree stands to-date. It says “strategy of deoccupation”. I am sure Russia understands what it means.
      https://www.president.gov.ua/documents/1172021-37533
      УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ №117/2021
      Ukraine Government website
      Deoccupation and reintegration
      https://crimea.suspilne.media/en/articles/132
      Crimea was originally belonging to Russia. That is why the majority (65%) in Crimea are Russians and Russophones. Therefore, Russia has a right to protect Crimea. Mr. Vladimir Putin, you have all my blessings to save Crimeans. I don’t want Crimea to be the precipitating factor for WWIII. Fall of Crimea will change the equation. Please keep an eye on your fleet.

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        President Biden has been trying to provoke Russia by repeatedly uttering about a chemical attack from Russia. Russia should not fall into his trap and give him a reason to justify his future actions.

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          Mr.Gunasena says:
          “Rajapaksa is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of Sri Lanka Army. He worked as the secretary to the Ministry of Defense during the war and did a remarkable job.”
          Well, any fool can do a “remarkable job” if he has ten times the enemy’s resources. A REALLY remarkable job is what Zelensky is doing, giving a major power a bloody nose with not even a fifth of their resources .
          There is no comparison.

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            old codger

            “Well, any fool can do a “remarkable job” if he has ten times the enemy’s resources.”

            Would you say Gota would have given IPKF a bloody nose if Premadasa allowed him to challenge Hindians?

            Our Surgeon General was hiding among presidential security details and also inside Premadasa’s amude.

            What a pathetic lot.

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              Native,
              “Would you say Gota would have given IPKF a bloody nose if Premadasa allowed him to challenge Hindians?”
              If he had 10 times their resources, maybe…

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                You guys are unfairly harsh on our bona fide war-hero!

                I’m tasked to write the companion edition to Gota’s War; Gota’s Presidency.

                18 billion is on offer …… I’ll do anything for 18bil …… well, almost anything ……..

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                  Nimal ,
                  “You guys are unfairly harsh on our bona fide war-hero!”
                  Really, what is it with our heroes? Anagarika Dharmapala is a hero. Soma hamuduruwo is a hero. But VP, who made cars run on thala thel and forced politicians to stay at home, isn’t.

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              NV: Didn’t Velupillai Piribaharan give a “Bloody Nose” to IPKF? Who was better?

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                Simon,
                I agree. VP gave a “Bloody Nose” to IPKF!!
                Proves that the training was ‘good’, but the aim and direction was a misconception!!!
                Lucky it was that!

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            Mr Gunasena, thank you but,
            Dont you think that Srilanka is the number one wonderland of this planet ?

            1) A so called bond bank scam was caused to marginalize grand parties paving the way PATTAPAL horas returning to power…… even little ones were clear, but …. voters did not….
            . Yet today, whole lot of people believe, there was a real bank robbery under MS-RANIL govt.
            But the truth as it is, the very same bond scam was not overlooked in 2008 under the rule of most abusive man in srilanken politics – Mahinda Rajapakshe, he himself as the minister of finance with his bum gun aka Ajith Cabral as CBG. However, high criminals were able to hide it behind with the direct mediation of the main stream media. SRILANKEN media is the number threat to its public… looking back. Had there been people s friendly, media culture in this country, Manhinda Rajapakshe would be spending his very moments in a cell today

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            Old codger
            At the bigining of the last eelam war the perception was that LTTE could not be defeated. Prabhakaran also believed it and thats why he initiated it. Under the circumstances it was a remarkable job.
            By the way I appreciate if you can comment on the whole concept of the article rather than selecting bits and pieces and try to move away from the main points.

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              HG,

              “At the bigining [sic] of the last eelam war the perception was that LTTE could not be defeated.”

              That is not true. It was well-known that the international realities after 9/11 and the tsunami had weakened the LTTE. Unlike Russia which is a major nuclear power, and unlike Ukraine, which as a democratic country enjoys international legitimacy and shares land borders with several supportive countries, through which the flow of arms shipments continues unabated, the LTTE was a rebel group outlawed in many countries and had to rely entirely on stealth sea voyages, which was easily blocked once there was a real international will to do so.

              The LTTE as a conventional fighting force was doomed from that point on. And having his brother as the President, GR got a free hand to go ahead with scorched earth tactics, as Russia is doing in Ukraine now. So defeating the LTTE didn’t require any particular talent or heroism. Even fair-minded Sinhalese still misinterpret it and give the Rajapaksas recognition that is entirely undeserved.

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              Harsha Gunasena,

              Who won the war Gota or Fonseka?

              Listening to both Gota (and seeing him in action now) and Fonseka now, it’s clear to anyone who won the war.

              Yes, how did Gota contribute to the war-effort by stealing money from the armament procurements – MIG deal etc? …….. Fonseka had to get ammunitions on loan from Pakistan through his Pakistan-army contacts/friends.

              Rose-tinted vision of the Rajapakses of guys like you has created the mess in the country today!

              Rajapakses don’t fool anyone: they are just being them ……… people observing them, fool themselves!

              No one fools anyone: one fools oneself.

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                Sir Nimal Fernado@
                Great!
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                U articulated it as no others .
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                Now entire world will be clearer who did the real remarkable job.
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                They looted not only tax payers +Tsunami donations but also the credit of elimination of terror.
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                If they (mlechcha Rajapakshes) really love the nation as their yellow-pets painted it/ things would have turned out to be better during the last 2 years.
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                Even a school prefect could do the job better/ now looking back the collection of stupider reactions/performances as of GOTA since nov 2019🤔😉😶🐕😎🐃

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              HG,
              “the perception was that LTTE could not be defeated.”
              Not really. The perception was that the war couldn’t be won by conventional means, that is without violating human rights of civilians. Gota was prepared to go further. But do you think it was worth it? Our present predicament is a direct result of unnecessary defence spending, which you yourself criticised in a previous article. We are saddled with a huge armed force, which is now making inroads into civilian areas. There is a very antagonistic Tamil diaspora. If MR hadn’t bribed VP, Ranil would have settled without killing so many people. We might need visas to visit Nagadipa, but what’s that compared to lives and property saved, and a stable economy?

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                HG,
                “He says that the destruction in Mariupol by the Russian troops will be remembered for centuries. What is the use? Can the deaths of 900 odd civilians be remedied?”
                I agree. We lost a lot more than 900 civilians. That’s why I say Gota didn’t do a “remarkable job”.

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                  Harsha G now that you are responding to comments could you please answer to above comments from Agnos, Nimal and OC which I believe is accurate.
                  How factual a stereotypical person can be on international matters???

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                    Chiv/
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                    Not only stupid masses even the writer prove to have swallowed the bitter pill provided by yellow pets and Rajapakshe biased media..
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                    The kind of writers will mushroom next days.
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                    🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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                Oc/.
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                Thanks so much.
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                All wha u added above is true..
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                Punnaku drinkers would take few more decades to realise it..
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                Finally/ Rev Malcom Ranjith/ as he is born yesterday articulates today” politicians and public ” are to be blamed for the mess..
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                Soon he has to change ” Rajapakshes and stupid public ” are to be blamed/ to me both MRs are to be blamed for today’s self made chaos 🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

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              ” By the way I appreciate if you can comment on the whole concept of the article rather than selecting bits and pieces Even the Langkang Finance minister is not falling on international political figures’ feet for money this way. You are begging Old to declare that your work is a Nobel Prize winning literature, isn’t the meaning of your answer? If you put together and honestly read the comments of all the commentators’ words, you have more than a couple of times your desire answered. None of the comments are, individually, full comments on the entire essay, but they all have addressed many valuable problems appearing in the essay. You are just commenting back only to Old, ignoring all others, because you want to avoid a united retaliation. You failed to look at either Langkang’s or Ukraine’s problem as a whole. Please click on the link below and read that Essay, which is from someone who wants to see what went wrong in Langkang and how that can be fixed. I’m pretty sure that if you really read it you will come back here again and say sorry to Old. Please, if you write your opinion for that essay there, we will appreciate it.
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/answer-to-the-75-year-scourge-a-revolution-violent-or-non-violent-the-people-will-decide/

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            Well said, oc.
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            However, I must beg you not to be unkind to Mr Harsha Gunasena. He’s the most decent and well-meaning writer who contributes to CT.
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            On the other hand, I’ve just made a comment here:
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/only-resoluteness-can-save-us/
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe

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          No. Russia brought this to the table very first against Ukrain at a security council meeting

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    Harsha,
    Very good analysis and comparison.

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    Real Russian news and not biased western news. Komsomolskaya Pravda, tabloid news media and an official organ of Central Committee, recently reported more than 10,000 Russian military killed but deleted the report within hours claiming the site was hacked. 2) Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed , Putin’s confidante and personal advisor since early 1990’s Anatoly Chubais resigned and left country. A Russian business oligarch and an influential member of Yeltsin’s administration, Chubais was responsible for privatization ( “father of privatization”) Chubais was serving as a special representative of Putin for relations with international organizations. 3) Now that it has been over a month since Putin’s invasion and failing to break the nation’s resistance Russia officially signaled less ambitious goals , of controlling Donbass and regions partly held by proxies.

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    Massacring civilians is a marvelous job for this author,

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      Ajith, that is called as Lankan SB morality. Like how self claimed righteous person here commented ” I support Russians killings because of their kindness in supporting our own killings, by vetoing”

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      Ajith
      Where did I say that. Can you point out please?
      The article is about Ukrain war and Sri Lankan economy

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        Harsha,
        Read your first paragraph and you can see you what you have said in the final sentence . According to UN, over 40000 people were killed. Those who surrendered were murdered. Those who handed over to the military were murdered. White van is not an imaginary murder kit. Lasantha is still alive.

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      To be fair to Harsha Gunasena, he has decried and condemned racism amongst most Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan or Sinhalese politicians on many articles on this site. However, noticed most other Sinhalese do not. To them the killing. marginalization and war crimes committed on Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan state, politicians, and armed forces/police is a nonissue. This is the reason they praise them and call them heroes and only speak of atrocities and killings done by these same politicians and individuals down south and completely ignore what happened to the Tamils up north and east, as they either support or do not want to acknowledge it, as they do not want to be associated with it by being collectively complicit. As the war was largely won by India, and its western allies, as Sonia and the largely anti-Tamil Malyali and other Mafia, wanted revenge on Prapakaran and the LTTE 1) For the assassination of naive inexperienced Rajiv Gandhi. and the IPKF defeated and chased out of the island by them. Therefore they helped Sri Lanka and the Rajapakse government, politically, economically, militarily, and logistically. The poorly armed LTTE child bata slipper brigade which could not be defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces, all of a sudden saw themselves fighting a war with a Sri Lankan armed force, heavily armed and supported by over 20 nations. India, China, Pakistan, USA, Britain, Russia, and many other nations.

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        They all were fighting with each other but came together for various reasons to helo the Sinhalese to defeat the LTTE, kill Prapakaran and commit immense war crimes on the Tamil population that is still continuing but yet hypocritically crying about Ukraine, where far fewer war crimes and killings have been committed, as it is a white European nation. Also, the Rajapakses promised the west and India or so they say once the LTTE and Prapakran were defeated, just Tamil rights and a federal form of government would be granted. Mahinda Rajapakse had appeared on many western TV news and promised this, as soon as the LTTE was defeated. Gothabhaya who ran to the USA at the height of the war is no brilliant strategist but only got the praise, as all these powerful nations armed and helped the Sri Lankan state to defeat and kill a large number of Tamils. This is the reason India and the west and Britain are not genuine about Tamil rights, only mouth support but still overtly and covertly support the racist Sri Lankan state. In contrast look at the way, the west is jumping up and down in the case of Ukraine and their human rights and refugees, when they paid scant regard to the plight of the refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, or Sri Lanka in wars that they are largely responsible for. One rule for people of white European origin and another rule for Asians, Africans, and Latin Americans.

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    Harsha Gunasena, –
    Thank you for the comprehensive explanation and analysis of the Ukrainian situation. Both Ukraine and Sri Lanka’s presidents have some parallels. But things become really perpendicular when whilst Ukraine democratically wanted to go with the West by the mandate of its people, Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa presidencies, unbeknownst to the Lankan constituents, took their own initiative to use the money of the suffering Lankan Masses, to place it on the alternate global monetary system run by Russia. It was a huge risk. Hence our downfall.

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    Crimea originally belonged to Russia. Crimean Tatars were not the first who ruled Crimea. I think there is a misunderstanding on the part of Ukraine to believe that Tatars were indigenous to Crimea. Sit down and chill out everybody. This is the history of Crimea.

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      Champa,
      Crimea history, please read history of Ottoman Empire and ‘Atta Al Turk’ and end of Roman empire

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      History lessons can wait. I read about the long history of Russia. I can say with certainty that the Ukraine President and his government are BETRAYING their ancestors by teaming up with the US to destroy Russia. I have no regard for such people. NATO and EU are slaves of the US. If not for Russia and China, all the other countries could also have been slaves of the US. The EU is yet to realize that if Russia’s economy collapses, their economies will collapse too. Perhaps, it may be the motive. And, a half of the world’s population will starve for no fault of their own.

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        I just want the Russian government to have a look at this link. The Polish Senate has approved a resolution on political and armed support for Ukraine on February 4. Georgia has also passed a similar resolution.
        https://crimea.suspilne.media/en/news/7100
        This information is for Russia to understand that although Ukraine is not a member of NATO, the Ukraine government has signed bilateral defence agreements with NATO countries for political & armed support.
        Earlier, President Biden tried his best to involve neighbouring countries with the Ukraine conflict. The Polish President was wise not to fall into the US’s warplane trap. It looks like the US expects Russia to attack Poland first. Don’t do it. The counter attack may not come from Poland. I am just saying it. I don’t like President Biden. He is soooo secretive. President Putin was ready to take NATO when he first launched the military operation in Ukraine. But, I don’t think Russia should get involved with neighbouring countries. It’s not worth it. Besides, evidence collection of bioweapon laboratories are yet to be completed. I wish you all the best Mr. Putin. You are on a NOBLE MISSION to save humankind from ‘nazty people’ and ‘nazty scientists’!!!

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          When I wrote my first comment, I knew nothing about the Ukraine conflict. We believed what western media wanted us to believe. When I did some research, I realized that Russia has a valid case. But, I extended my support to Ukraine (past-tense). When I heard heart-rending stories coming from Mariupol, I stopped supporting Ukraine. I couldn’t believe the Ukrainian Army shooting their own people and bombing/destroying buildings.
          I wrote so many comments, but couldn’t send them as the previous article was closed for comments.
          I remember this story every time President Zelenskyy, the US & NATO brag about killing a highly exaggerated number of Russian soldiers.
          During the 2014 Russo-Ukraine war in Eastern Ukraine, there was a fear of an imminent arrest or massacre of 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers who were surrounded by the Russo Army. At that time, President Putin intervened and let ALL 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers retreat UNHARMED. Such magnanimity is extremely rare on the battlefield!!!
          Sun Tzu said “when you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”
          I most sincerely urge President Putin to intervene again and save 100,000 civilians said to be trapped in Mariupol.

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    Zelenskyy was elected in 2019 by defeating a then President with a popular vote. A comedian turned Head of State.

    Gothabaya Rajapakse became A

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    Contd……..
    A Head of State by defeating a Novice Sajith.P. by whipping up emotions against the Minorities and what most people in the country seem to believe by staging Bombing of Cathedrals and foisting it on a particular minority. Ostensibly a War Hero turned Comedian with the present economic crisis.

    So, in essence Harsha has compared A comedian turned Hero with a War-Hero[ ? ] turned Comedian.

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    One of the differences between Zelensky and Nandasena, is that Zelensky does not have many family members in his administration, he has not appointed a brother as Finance Minister, nor as a Prime Minister, and his family is not in control of 75 percent of the country’s budget. He also has not filled his administration with cronies, war criminals, and felons.

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    Yes he is scared to mention Putin. Writing lot to justify killing innocents.

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    Just so we know what we’re writing about.
    When you put troops on the ground you do so to minimise civilian casualties, but knowing your troops will themselves suffer casualties. If you don’t want that to happen, then like the US and its allies in Raqqa and Mosul, you keep your troops in the barracks and raze the towns from above, burying thousands of civilian lives under the ruins of those cities, then leave the dead bodies under the rubble for months.
    You can also applaude your righteous media when it breals into hymn and song about the power and accuracy of your bombs and missiles.
    That same media has now changed the tunes of their hymns and songs, weeping copiously about bombs and missiles that are no longer nice.

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      Sarath, What happened in Raqqa , Mosul is wrong , similar to what took place in North and East of Lanka and Maripol Ukraine.

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    People of Ukraine & SL are suffering enormously, the difference is that Ukrainians are in this mess because of a foreign invasion but the suffering was homegrown in SL due to years of massive corruption & incompetence. Maybe the war will end soon in Ukraine if Putin retreats to lick the wounds & there will be undoubtedly international aid to rebuild the country thereafter but is there any hope that the suffering of people will end in SL soon?

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    Is there a shift in Russia’s goals in Ukraine? I don’t think so. This is what I wrote on March 15. “……. I think Russia’s military operation in Ukraine is coming to an end.” Then, I said “…….. his (President Putin’s) plan is to establish a new government, entrust (ensure) peace in Donbass and handover Ukraine back to Ukrainians.” President Putin’s aim was “demilitarization and denazification”. I gave my own version. His undisclosed mission was to expose bioweapon labs in Ukraine.
    Despite popular assumptions, I don’t think Russia had any intention to take over Kyiv. US Intelligence was of the view that Russia’s military operation would end in 3 days. How? Bombing Kyiv and killing 25,000 – 50,000 civilians. We can’t blame the US. That is their style.
    I agree with Russia’s Defence Ministry spokesman. When I first saw the layout of Russian troops on informational maps provided by western media, I thought their strategy was to split up the Ukrainian Army. I have serious concerns about the people in Donbass. If the Russian Army leaves Donbass, civilians there will be butchered by the Ukrainian Army. Russia has already signed agreements with DPR and LPR to provide political/military support.

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    I pity President Biden. He has a personal grudge against President Putin. He and Obama always had personal grudges against popular, strong leaders in other countries. The US State Department has a separate vote for regime change in targeted countries under the guise of “democracy”. Previous US administrations were responsible for deposing a number of democratically elected foreign leaders, civilian deaths, economic collapses, political turmoil, civilian unrest and untold miseries to ordinary citizens in other countries.
    Thanks to Agco chief executive Eric Hansotia (courtesy: CNBC) I have a clear definition for economic sanctions imposed by the US against Russia and other countries. This is what he said.
    “Diminished food supply resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has potential consequences beyond empty stomachs.”
    “This is a really big deal, because when that volume of calories comes out of the food chain, it triggers other things. Not only hunger, but unrest. The last time we had this kind of disruption, it was one of the major triggers for the Arab Spring.”
    The US Economic sanctions are aimed at starvation followed by civil unrest and regime change in targetted countries. Hunger + riots + regime change = democracy.

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      Hello self proclaimed historian/ Champa@
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      “He and Obama always had personal grudges against popular, strong leaders in other countries.”.
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      Are u mad ? Or u may be suffering from alzheimer’s or similar.🐃🐕😎

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    The white washing essays of criminals by Sinhala Intellectuals are damaging to the Langkang, more and more. Sinhala Intellectuals are not able to resist that nasty nature and instead to educate the Masses. Hitler King was made as President by Sinhala Intellectuals only to save him from his war crime, by attaching diplomatic immunity. No comparison with a hero president, Zelensky. Hitler did not come to clear the corruption in Langkang. He was hiding in LA to escape from fighting the war in the field. His brother appointed him as Defense Secretary even without him having a Langkang Citizenship. His brother who, has no law degree, was appearing for JVP girls for sex. Unlike Zelensky who is a person who accepts American style democracy, Hitler King is 2nd biggest corruptible fellow in Langkang next to Old Rowdy king, and ultimate leadership in brutality is extra. Comparing Ukraine to Langkang is another communist Gunasena’s comedy.

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    Britain trained Langkang to be a perfect democracy and gave freedom. It was called that time as Switzerland of the East. In contrast, the USSR crumpled itself. Without others doing anything to it, by corruptions & mismanagement of communism, along with the constituent states, without anything to eat, just like Sinhala Intellectual Managed Langkang, now. Ukraine escaped from that prison using that opportunity and starting everything anew. It made deals with the world’s one the most advanced union for economy, unlike Langkang tore off its Dhoti and gave it to China. Russia didn’t capture Crimea under Zelensky. So, Russia is now saying it wanted only Eastern Ukrainian, a Tamas talk. SJV, who was called Gandhi of Eelam, decided to go for war just like Mujibur Rahman. Taking that kind of risk is a way to get rid of lazy criminals, eating on the women’s and children’s toil, drinking Arrack for water, stealing the state wealth, and sucking the minorities blood.

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    The Royal rascals refused to go to the IMF until their loans to the government were redeemed by the cabal of the Central Bank; once that is done now starting to talk about the IMF. Mr. Guanasena has to be deemed to be a chaff, for not talking that, but talking about Ukraine, its security is well planned by the West. A country’s security is one day matter or one war matter. That is why Hilter King already lost his victory. He is not asking the 150,000 killed by Hitler King but asking from Zelensky how to bring the 900 killed Putin. What a low grade trick is that! If the Eelam war was won, Eelam would have beaten Bangladesh by now. By comparing the Hitler King to a Hero like Zelensky is showing Mr. Gunasena and other Sinhala Intellectuals nature the can only another Afghan soon, but never the Ceylon of 1948.

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    Harsha Gunasena
    The only thing Zelensky and our Gota have in common is that they both came into power in 2019.
    I do not see anything beyond that.
    You are hopelessly trying to glorify Gota for beautifying Colombo as to make him look worthy, then what accolades would you give SF as the commander who won the unwinnable war? Can Gota, Mara, Basil, Namal, Chamal and the entire Rajapaksa clan hold a candle to SF? I think their capabilities have been exposed beyond any reasonable doubt, looking at the situation in Sri Lanka.
    Please don’t try to sugarcoat the truth.
    Zelensky on the other hand is quite the opposite, he had the balls to face the full wroth of the Russian army driven by the raging lunatic Putin. He didn’t abandon his country and run like Gota did as a military officer.
    The most important thing about living is having a “Perception”. If you are not perceptive, you can live an entire lifetime and not learn anything worthwhile. Perception in this context is about having the ability to understand situations, people or events. Perception is a function of exposure, exposure finetunes your perception.

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    This quality of having a good perception is lacking in the majority of Sri Lankans.
    We are driven by myths and illogic.
    That is why you can quote some bullshit to the Sri Lankan public and they will swallow it hook line and sinker, blindly.
    This is how people like Wimal weerawansa keeps himself relevant, talking shop.
    Try to explain the most rational or logical to an average Sri Lankan, he will have one million things to object to the truth.
    But, tell him the biggest bullcrap in the world with a touch of emotional mumbo-jumbo

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    and you are his best friend.
    That is why we have continued to be underachievers. We are below par when it comes to rational or logical thinking.
    So please Mr. Gunasena, please concentrate on the factual or realistic side of things when you write.
    Try to be more perceptive of the situation before putting pen to paper.

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      I agree with almost all your observations, dear Human Touch.
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      However, I think that we must be grateful to Harsha Gunasena for making this interesting comparison. Before this war broke out, very few of us knew about what sort of place Ukraine was. Harsha has worked hard to understand a good deal, and isn’t his attitude, of acknowledging that he’s learning himself, and answering all queries a good one for a subject of this sort?
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      What we must now understand is that it is tragic that Zelensky miscalculated so badly; didn’t realise that the monster Putin would do all this.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nvEtX0jSQw
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      That’s 13 minutes of Shekhar Gupta facing uncomfortable facts.
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      Lastly, the end result: both Lanka and Ukraine will mired in poverty for a long time to come. I think that Ukraine will receive sympathy and assistance; we will not, unless we decisively reject racism. What has happened here is the Sinhalese swallowing the Mahayana myths wholesale.

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    I can’t watch the news. Seriously! Russian forces have escalated attacks. Whose fault is it? BIDEN’S. BIDEN’S. BIDEN’S. Now, Ukraine has to face the wrath of Russia. It is now pretty obvious what the US wants. Poor Ukraine!
    “May God have mercy upon Ukraine, because I won’t.” – Joe Biden
    The US is fully responsible for the predicament of Ukraine. President Putin deployed troops at the border last year only after seeing US drones and Navy planes patrolling at 53,000 feet on the Russian border and US Navy Poseidon planes at the Russian airspace border (Crimea) at 10,000 feet. (April 2, 2021)
    https://techstartups.com/2021/04/02/world-ready-world-war-3-ukraines-president-signed-decree-retake-crimea-russia/
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/08/politics/ukraine-us-black-sea/index.html
    https://www.rferl.org/a/u-s-navy-sends-third-ship-into-black-sea-largest-presence-in-three-years/31075511.html
    Russian Officials should take a print out of these articles and keep them as a proof of the most compelling reason for preemptive military operation in Ukraine, along with Ukraine President’s Decree declaring war against Russia. I am sure the US is behind that too. Maybe they were getting ready for a surprise attack on Crimea last April but had second thoughts after seeing Russia’s military build up.

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      Champa@
      unless you would not change your lenses, no worth watching news. That is clear to everyone but not to you.
      Just use the reliable sources before going to add supportive thoughts in favour of Putin and the like stupid politcians.

      From what you ve been repeating – it would have been better, if you could rather engage yourself with ” Balangoda Man or and the theories”. Looking back from the begining on, you and Egel Eye behave like ones suffering from born psychological problems.

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        leelagemalli
        “Here, I found your nose. It was in my business, again.”

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    I watched a video of Russian forces removing landmines planted by Ukrainian forces in the Kherson region.
    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-03-27/Russia-releases-video-showing-soldiers-removing-mines-in-Ukraine-18K1TWkucak/index.html
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wUs3DKWQZBk
    Ukraine has been a state party to the Mine Ban Treaty since June 1, 2006. Therefore, they should refrain from using victim-activated or command-detonated landmines. Planting landmines at farms in Kherson, on the beach in Odessa or anywhere else is unacceptable.
    I watch and read all types of news on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, may it be biased, one-sided or balanced. Then, I analyze them based on common sense and come to my own conclusions. Oh, I am yet to post my comment about Crimea’s history.

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    President Biden’s clarification about his latest remarks on President Putin ended up reaffirming it. One comment may be a blunder. But a series of similar comments? Anyway, I think Russia will let it pass.
    I wrote a comment yesterday. Then, I thought I was imagining things and decided not to post it. However, after I read the story about Roman Abramovich suffering suspected poisoning along with other peace mediators, I thought I should post my comment. This is what I wrote.
    Clearly, there are some foreign elements, possibly arms dealers, who are not happy about a peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine. Then, there are others who want to see Russia being in a political turmoil. There is a threat to President Puntin’s life. Anyway, there had always been a threat to his life. It may not be a betrayal. It has passed. This could be something direct. Why do I say that? Some things are transparent. (PS: I wasn’t thinking about poisoning. But, now I don’t remember what I meant by ‘direct’.) My ‘unsolicited advice’ for President Putin is, not to travel outside the country for some time for security and political reasons.

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    I am standing in the middle of right and wrong. I see both sides.
    I am happy to see Russia providing humanitarian aid to thousands of Ukrainians who are trapped in Mariupol.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yMvecJH_-1o
    I wish the Red Cross was there to help evacuations. Civilians hiding in cellars desperately needed water and food.

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      Hooray, finally!!! The International Committee of the Red Cross put its foot down on the urgent need to evacuate civilians from Mariupol and other frontline cities in Ukraine.
      “GENEVA (Reuters) -The International Committee of the Red Cross exhorted Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday to agree on safe evacuation of civilians from the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol and other frontline areas, where vitals are running out, and delivery of aid.”
      Next, the ICRC can assist “prisoner exchanges” between Russia and Ukraine as a goodwill gesture to promote the peace process.

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    Re: Peace Talks
    “The Neutrality state of Ukraine” is instrumental for ceasing hostilities between Russia & Ukraine. The first step is Ukraine withdrawing the NATO membership application. Then, President Zelenskyy should stop demanding weapons from NATO countries. He even asked for weapons from the Pope! Well, I understand the desperation.
    Ukraine’s proposal about a security guarantee and the conditions therein is a joke. I have no other way to describe it.
    Ukraine’s neutral status will not address Russia’s security concerns. It only guarantees Ukraine’s security. Look around. The US is deploying troops, warships and aircraft in NATO countries all around Russia. The other day, the NATO boss said that 40,000 NATO troops would be deployed in Slovakia and two other countries. (Sorry, I don’t remember the names of the other two.) Just imagine. NATO’s presence encircling Russia and using Ukraine as a forward springboard to attack Russia was the very reason for Russia’s attack against Ukraine. There is no security guarantee for Russia! It is so unfair. Thirty countries against one country! No wonder that ‘one country’ developed hypersonic missiles that can wipe out all thirty.
    Russia will not compromise Crimea for security reasons. They need a new security plan.

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    I think Russia is genuine in its pledge to scaling down troops activity in Kyiv and Chernihiv.

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