31 October, 2020

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The Victory Over Evil In May 2009 And The Curse Of The Gandhis

By S. L. Gunasekara –

S.L.Gunasekara

Both Indira Gandhi and her son, Rajiv, were murdered.  The former by her Sikh bodyguards and the latter by the LTTE whom he had nurtured, protected and nourished.  While many decry these murders as indeed any murder must be, I for one was an exception and was overjoyed by, and  rejoiced at, the deaths of this mother and son who to my mind, were two of the biggest enemies Sri Lanka has had in recent times.

My one regret was that their deaths came too late, because they came only after they had caused colossal damage to our Country.  At first, the mother armed, trained and equipped various gangs of Tamil terrorists including the LTTE to commit murder and mayhem on our soil.  This could hardly be termed an act of friendship.  Then came the son who first prevented the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka from destroying the LTTE root at branch. Had he not so protected the LTTE, the tens of thousands of deaths of civilians, soldiers and terrorists which happened in the years that followed would not have occurred: nor would about three hundred thousand Tamil civilians have been herded into Mullaitivu and kept as human shields by that gang of bestial terrorists called the LTTE.  Had the Gandhis not acted as they did, the LTTE would never ever have been able to explode bombs and other explosive devices at crowded city centres, murdering indiscriminately Sinhalese, Tamils, Moors, Malays, Burghers and others regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and political persuasion: they would not have been able to kidnap Tamil children for slave labour in their terrorist cadres; they would not have been able to extort the hard earned money of Tamil civilians in the guise of collecting alleged ‘taxes’; and they would not have been able to commit even a minute fraction of the multitude of bestial atrocities that were committed by them. Could this treacherous conduct of this malevolent pair or any part of it be considered an act of friendship to Sri Lanka ???

This rotten mother and son were not, however, content with  the damage caused to Sri Lanka by these acts of consummate hostility towards us. Rajiv Gandhi ensured that Sri Lanka could never rise again but should continue throughout history to be embroiled in civil strife by foisting on us a patently ridiculous system of Provincial Councils, the result of which has been the creation of eight white elephants of no use to man or beast in Sri Lanka except for members of such Councils and their hangers on. How proud the malevolent mother would have been of her crafty son.

The 9th white elephant is now on its way thanks to the craftiness and malevolence of the Gandhis and the pusillanimity of the senile JRJ.

While there are some gullible people who allege that this mother and son acted as they did bearing in mind the welfare of the Tamils, I for one cannot see how the arming of a bunch of thugs to terrorise the people can be deemed to be an act which would benefit the people of any single race and/or races.  How for example did the Tamils of this country benefit by Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and others being murdered indiscriminately by bombs and explosive devices in crowded city centres?   How did the Tamils benefit by their little children being kidnapped for slave labour in the terrorist cadres of the LTTE?  How did the Tamils benefit by the entire Politbureau of the EPRLF except for Suresh Premachandran who happened not to be there at the time,  being murdered by the LTTE in Chennai?   How did the Tamil people benefit by being held forcibly in Mullaitivu as human shields by this gang of bestial terrorists ???

If this malevolent pair of mother and son had acted for anybody’s benefit they did so only for the benefit of themselves, their parties and their hangers on – that is to deceive the gullible voters of Tamil Nadu into the stupid belief that they were doing something for the Tamils of Sri Lanka and to thereby inveigle them into voting for the Congress Party.

Today as a result of these hostile acts of the Indians we are saddled with 8 white elephants called for Provincial Councils with the 9th on the way.  It is evident that no government from 1987 – that is neither the UNP led governments nor the SLFP led governments has seen it fit to entrust those Provincial Councils with powers over the Police or Land, although by depriving them of such powers they were acting in flagrant breach of the Constitution.

However, neither of those governments led by those parties had the courage or the patriotism to repeal the 13th Amendment or to amend it so as to deprive Provincial Councils of powers over Land and the Police.

One of the many unfortunate and indeed tragic features of this Provincial Council system is that while it is in theory, and only in theory, a system by which legislative and executive powers are devolved on the people, the people have not benefited one bit from them.  Those who clamour for more and more powers (and this includes those from the North and from the South) are persons who clamour for power for themselves.

It would be observed that the Provincial Councillor’s of the 8 Provincial Councils now in existence have clamoured for greater benefits for themselves (obviously at the expense of the tax payer) but hardly any have shown any concern for the people.  With the system of proportional representation, power is vested not in the people [who in this instance do not have the power even to nominate a person of their choosing to contest any election of members of any Provincial Council] but in the parties whose patronage, and/or support is essential for any person to even gain nomination.

Thus, the Provincial Council system has only resulted in the decrepit leadership of our more than decrepit political parties being vested with more and more powers at the expense and to the detriment of the People.  Today, even  candidates for an election of  Provincial Council members for the District of Mullaitivu are selected, not by the people of Mullaitivu but by the leadership of our several parties, be they ‘name-board’ parties or otherwise.

This apart, it is patently evident that where members of Provincial Councils agitate for more powers they do so only to increase their personal powers over a particular area and for their personal benefit.

We have seen more than ample evidence of the disastrous effect of politicians having powers (whether legal or otherwise) over the administration.  This is particularly so with the police.  We saw how without police powers being even devolved, Minister Sumedha Jayasena was able to intervene in an incident where some of her alleged supporters had been arrested for sand mining?   DIG Lafir who was steadfast and refused to bow down to pressure had to pay a heavy price for doing his duty as an officer and a gentleman.  He is now nowhere in the Uva Province and has been deprived of command in crime prevention in that area.

The criminal wastage of public funds expended by and on account of these Provincial Councils, to pay some worthless Provincial Councillors [and their kith and kin] salaries and allowances and provide them with munificent perquisites of ‘employment’ which include duty free vehicles and holidays in foreign countries paid for out of public funds is unbelievable. Such wastage will surely bankrupt the Country so that the destruction of Sri Lanka which the Tigers could not achieve by the force of arms can and will be achieved by means of the ‘Curse’ of Provincial Councils bestowed on us by the Gandhis.

How mother, son, and protégé (Prabhakaran), wherever they may be, must be chortling with laughter while gleefully watching us, in our stupidity, simply throwing away the gains of our magnificent victory over evil in May 2009 and destroying our Country in the process.

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    I had no issue with your article until the very last para…..remember Mr Gunasekera, your ‘magnificient’ victory was achieved through the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the last few months of the war. Sadly,your reference speaks to your own bias and prejudice!

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      Who put the civilians into that situation, who kept the civilians as human shields, they are people responsible for any death of civilians

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        It is obvious. It is your government and military? Those people belong to that region and it is your army pushed them into the corner. You destroyed their dwellings and food supply was stopped and they have no other alternatives rather than going with their sons and daughters. You call LTTE as a terrorist movement and your government as a liberator. How come a liberator kill over 40,000 people in order to kill or arrest 1000-2000 LTTE.

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          Yes Ajith, that’s exactly what happened. The civilians wanted to stay with their LTTE heroes and saviours so much that a bunch of them had to be shot just to keep them from getting too clingy :-)

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      Although this bugger SLG pretend to be a Patriot, he is one responsible for the present chaos in the country and installing the corrupt regime. He tried to piggy ride himself on the JHU to prominence, but got kicked out and was crying for the whole world to see. Disgraceful SOB, is now hunting for scape goats to cover their sins. Acquiring knowledge alone does not make a man, for his beastly and low qualities being displayed for all to see.

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        gamini,
        At least SLG stood here on the ground when he tried a piggy ride, where were you floating then? You must have been backing the separatists or their backers all along without making any contribution whatsoever to rid of the terrorists. What ‘present chaos in the country’ you talk about? Which regime had been free of corruption? At least we have peace and growing at a rate now. I can see your decency and your so-called qualities from your written language.

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          Have you looked over the fence at Omanthai to see what has been happening in the last four years?

          At least I’ve seen the following in these columns more than a few times:

          ”The military continued to engage in activities that fall within the remit of a civil administration, including the authorisation of community meetings or events, and the registration of civilian families in many northern villages, whether they had been displaced or not. Female-headed households reported feeling particularly insecure as a result of military visits. ……. The military leadership continued to control the approval of humanitarian projects in the north through its membership in the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province (PTF). The PTF places particular restrictions on the provision of mental health care and psycho-social activities. Because of government restrictions, no comprehensive assessment has been conducted in conflict-affected areas, and there is no comprehensive data on the needs of the most vulnerable groups. No IDP profiling has been done since 2007. The government, UNHCR and the UN Office for Project Services launched a survey of protracted IDPs in 2011, but the project was abandoned in December 2012 due to obstacles placed on it by the PTF” – Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 29 April 2013

          ”Conflict-affected areas remain highly militarised, which has made progress towards achieving durable solutions more difficult. The military has become an important economic player and a key competitor of local people including returnees in the areas of agriculture, fishing, trade, and tourism. It has also been involved in areas that would normally come under civilian administration. It continues to occupy private land, thereby impeding IDPs’ return. The government has failed to make durable solutions a priority, and humanitarian organisations have faced funding shortages and restrictions on programming and access” – Sri Lanka: A hidden displacement crisis, *Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 31 October 2012

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            You are talking about about Tamil EELAM areas where that did not have any govt administration and people living in these areas are thinking they are still living in Tamil eelam.

            how about Tamils -violence in these areas against police ?

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              JimSofty

              “people living in these areas are thinking they are still living in Tamil eelam.”

              I didn’t know that you have talent for reading what they think. My gosh, can I also acquire this extraordinary ability?

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    Grate article ,keep writing ,totally agreed with what you said

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    How can you even write this type of malware infested virus of an article eludes me.India must take immediate stance to sue you for your malicious potrayal of Indhira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.Your article gave the impression that Ltte murdered thousands of tamils when in actuality,Sri lanka’s Army blatantly refused honour pledge of not attacking no fire zone and hospitals as well as orphanage schools.Your government’s policy of systematic Singhalisation was the cause of the misery that befell the tamils of the accursed Sri Lanka.

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      Needless to talk about specifics of LTTE murders for every Sri Lankan knows it. SLG is taking about the outcome of Indhira and Rajiv Gandhi actions. And I cannot agree with him more when he said they should have gone earlier. It would have been better for Sri Lanka and India relations.
      Leela

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    SLG, I would luv to know what made you change from a pathetic racisit to a normal human?
    Would you mind doing a write up about it, unless you are pretending.

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    It was a victory of course. There were “LESSONS LEARNT”. But Reconciliation With whom? Not with the diaspora or Tamil Nadu or Local Tamil Politicians possessed by Avatars of dead terrorists. There is no necessity at all for a legitimate armed forces of a country to reconcile with people whom they liberated from the clutches of a ruthless terrorist group.

    Follow up action for restoring normalcy should be based on national consensus but not to satisfy those outside the country.

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      Fully agree.

      In my view the May 2009 victor is the greatest human victory ever.

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        U term May 2009 as a victory?Thats the term the whole Singhala is using to perfection.Bear in mind that the whole world is disgusted of the term for the fact that it was a month of mass murder of civilians.It should have been a remembrance day,not a victory parade.Victory Parade of corpses?

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    Looks like for some people one May 2009 victory is not sufficient. May be these victories need to be periodic and more regular.

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      please start a next one when Common wealth countries gathered there.. would be ideal time for you;

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    My silence, is my response to this unworthy piece.

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    Who defeats evil is not necessarily the opposite of evil but could be a greater evil

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    We’ve been under the impression that FOX Jeyawardene had to deal with the insurgency in the South and didn’t want to mess up with the Tigers. So he invited Rajiv Gandhi to ”deal with the LTTE” so that a wedge between the Tamils and India could materialise at the same time.

    With five-sixths of majority why didn’t our parliamentarians oppose it?

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      JRJ was coerced with the threat of invasion to allow the Indian Army in to Sri Lanka. Indian Airforce and Armed forces were amassed in South India in readiness, and the Indian Naval vessels were in the sea outside Colombo awaiting the command to invade. It was the most shameful episode in our history. The blatant arrogance of India at that time cannot be forgotten by most of us who lived through that era though it is time that we forgave them their transgression. On the other hand it must be pointed out that we brought it upon ourselves by our mistreatment and own violence towards the Tamil people.

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    “I for one was an exception and overjoyed by, and rejoiced at the deaths of this mother and son, who to my mind were the biggest enemies of Srilanka”……..Mr.Gunasekera… It is very sad that a person of your stature should make an opening statement on this subject with malice and hidden anger. They erred no doubt, and along with them did so some of our prominent politicians and intellectuals of that time, some of whom are now suffering in silence or some blissfully happy at the profit derived out of it.
    You as a Buddhist and I a follower of Islam are taught in our religions to forgive the wrongdoers and our oppressors, for God knoweth best of rewards and punishments.
    I hope you will retract the …’overjoyed and rejoiced ‘statement, as a learned Gentleman this is unbecoming of you..as i feel.

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      He is not a Buddhist but a Christian but then that is a moot point.

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      Mohomad.

      In the war we kill people. That is not because of anger or hatred.

      that is needed for our survival.

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        That is what is called Buddhist Jihad. We need to kill people to maintain Buddhism in this country. This is what our high priests teach us

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    No one csn deny the “mischievous” and ” revengeful” behaviour of Indira Ghandhi starting with the defeat of Mrs.Sirimavo Bandaranayake and ultimately depriving her of “civic rights” by J.R.Jayawardane. The “inhospitabale” atmosphere created with this political change in Sri Lanka, led Indira Gandhi to “blindly” to give birth to anyone or any organization that would “teach a life long lesson” to the island nation. This political “mischievous” and “revengeful” attitude got rooted in the Indian politics and all affiliated “agencies” such as RAW and the Diplomats “faithfully” followed the course to inflict as much as hardship and untoled misery on Sri Lanka. They were so successful, even at one stage, the mighty JRJ was “hauled” and confined into a hotel room, in waiting to meet Prabakaran. However, JRJ also played his cards well by inviting the IPKF to tame Prbakaran and allowed the so called “biggest” armed force in the Indian Continent to be humiliated to the highest level possible. This also allowed the LTTE to dvelop an “epical triumphalism’ and thereafter we saw how Rajive Gandhai was dealt with in the most brutal and savage style, which I too consider well deserving, because he “reaped what he sow” and that according to Buddhism is “Ditta Dhamma Vedaniya Karma”.

    After JRJ, the successor R.Premadasa went overboard with his “macho” attitude and immeadiately started negotiations with a proven terrorist, brutal group – LTTE. He went to the extent of providing arms to the group and cut a cheque for Rs.200 million from the Treasury and it was public news that no lesser person than Paskaralingam, the Secreatary of the Minisry of Finance signed it. But, not surprisingly, what happened to Premadasa? We know it well and he too “reaped what he sow”. It could also be “Ditta Dhamma Vedaniya Karma”.

    From that situation and event what we followd was to treat India as our “GURU”. We have not cared to re-look at our situation and correct what has gone wrong for long, long years. Instead, we are on a “Image Building” path and establish internally carved out policy of “triumphalism” and “meekly” scroll according to the dectates of this GURU. At this time we don’t have LTTE or Prabakaran. But do we know what is in “stock” for us from the GURU. We had a “taste” of it twice in Geneva and after that have we done our “home work”. It is a question that hangs on all of us.

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    Mr. Gunasekara:

    I am very happy to read that you are a politician who loves the country.

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    Mr. Gunasekra you explain and make confirm our views that Sri Lankan political system is broken and it needs complete restructuring

    All and none of the political presidential -candidates will never RESTRUCTURE IT.

    That is why we need now a new dimension. It is not the JVP-type violent activities.

    If we allow the same system to exist, foreign countries start exploiting us and who ever the president will allow the country to be destroyed because they want to stay in power.

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    Below are all criminal activities. these things are happening everyday.

    It is Mahinda Rajapakse who is the all pwoerful Executive president and he has every authority he has. but, what he is doing. He pretends that he is a baby who does not anything.

    I think 14th Louis’s Queen lived like that.

    [ We saw how without police powers being even devolved, Minister Sumedha Jayasena was able to intervene in an incident where some of her alleged supporters had been arrested for sand mining? DIG Lafir who was steadfast and refused to bow down to pressure had to pay a heavy price for doing his duty as an officer and a gentleman. He is now nowhere in the Uva Province and has been deprived of command in crime prevention in that area. ]

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    Many will be outraged by SLG’s article, but he is known to say it as he feels it. Some will agree with him but will not articulate their thoughts boldly as he does. Having said that, I must agree with some of the commentators that his reference to the two Gandhis is in poor taste. They were Prime Ministers of India and they are now dead. No religion will condone one gloating over the death of another.

    Whether to have Provincial Councils or not is another matter. The Tamil people desire a Council to have some form of self governance so that the present discriminatory practices can be eliminated. I am sure the Sinhala people would happily give up all the PCs as they are dens of corruption and inefficiency. On the other hand the fear that the Sinhala people have is that a Northern PC will facilitate separatist moves with covert assistance from India/Tamil Nadu. To bridge this gap it is necessary to build trust between the two races, and with India as well. As for me I am against the present parliamentary style of governance (including PCs) due to the fact that people’s sovereignty is usurped by the Executive and the Legislature leaving people powerless. Ven.Sobitha and the UNP have proposed new constitutions which still do not address the issue of the soverignty of the people. The new constitution will need to be radically different.

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      Mr Wickramasiri gives indications of being capable of looking outside the box. It is the more in the Sinhala side capable of thinking who may be able to stop the current slide towards disintegration – now or a few years later. Believe me, Tamilnadu or India have no interest to take on the whole or part of Sri Lanka – which, as the world knows,
      is more than a recurring headache. In practise the PCs in the rest of the country have been utter failures and only went out to duplicate and confuse what was earlier a more responsive governance system.
      Will the Sinhalese agree to a PC for the NEP, along the 1987 reality, to prevent the Tamils from eventually seeking a Separate State. This has been on the cards unattended from 1956 and MR might end up in history as the man under whose watch the country disintegrated – after the British stitched it together.

      Certainly, one cannot but agree there is much that can be done to build trust between the Sinhalese and the Tamils initially. And more so with India. Why the Rajapakses have not made this a priority baffles all of us.

      Not just the Ven. Sobitha’s ideas, but we will need to re-think our entire Constitution to make it meaningful not only to the Tamils and other minorities – but to the Sinhalese as well. For the present, whether the Rajapakses will go through with their multiple pledges of elections in the NP is yet to see the light of the day. The Election Commissioner should have received clear instructions by now
      if the September deadline is in the realms of seriousness. Whenever the Elections Commissioner is asked by the media of this, all he does is politely laugh gently. Who can blame the poor man?

      Senguttuvan

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    SLG’s right to state what he thinks is best or to be critical of anyone or anything in the interests of what he thinks is in the good of the country cannot be denied. But the fact he is a trained senior lawyer demands that his language, his thoughts and his culture is polite, temperate conforming to accepted norms of professional behaviour. After all he comes from a practising upper class Christian family and of a father who was, I believe, a former Supreme Court Judge. His considered view “I for one was an exception and was overjoyed by, and rejoiced at, the deaths of this mother and son” is something most Sri Lankans and responsible society would very much wish not to associate with. The learned man could not have forgotten the great thoughts of that Englishman who said “the death of any man diminishes me” His (SLG) sick thoughts may be calculated to gain for him some form of suspect populism but only goes further to expose the frustrations of one who has been a reject from almost everyone of the main political parties in the country – from one extreme to the other.

    Gunasekera, in a more saner moment, must pause to think why Indira G
    chose to arm some of the Lankan militant youth from the NEP – a policy thereafter carried on by her son and, thereafter, in different forms, by every Delhi regime from the 1980s till now. In the process, he will learn more than one of JRJ’s Cabinet Ministers would have even aligned with the Devil “to teach India a lesson” (I quote from the very words of a notorious Cabinet Minister of that time) Like all Sri Lankans I and my livelihood suffered by Indira G’s action but the fact is there were many mistakes made from our side too to bring this situation about.

    Spewing anti-Indian rhetoric may be a popular past time here but every regime here, while doing this, was going behind the Indian leadership for their political survival – the present lot more so than all others put together.

    Senguttuvan

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    The Tamils cannot stand the victory bcos their lies are coming out…

    The Church cannot stand the victory bcos their lies are also coming out..

    this is why people are finding it difficult to accept the victory over terrorism… bcos they worked towards keeping terror… we cant help that can we???

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      Nandana,

      Let there be no doubt or ambiguity Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Veddhas and others all in unison celebrate the victory against the latter LTTE terrorism. Because almost all of them suffered by the terror unleashed. But Tamils do not accept the repeated wisdom of that failed politician and lawyer S.L. Gunasekera or those who say with him “all LTTE terrorists are Tamils. Therefore, it follows all Tamils are LTTE terrorists”

      Senguttuvan

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    Let me take a wild guess here nandana……perhaps you are Sinhala buddist……or should I say that the other way around?

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    If I remember right,Mr Gunasekere was expelled from the JHU because he was a Christian.This article demonstates clearly that he is no Christian !He should use this article and re-apply for membership!
    Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.

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