28 February, 2020

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US Imposes Sanctions On Shavendra Silva Over War Crimes

The Department of State has designated Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting Chief of Defense Staff, as required under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to credible information of his involvement, through command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights, namely extrajudicial killings, by the 58th Division of the Sri Lanka Army during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s Civil War in 2009.

Shavendra Silva

Issuing a statement today, United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo said: “Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in a gross violation of human rights or significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.  The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.  In addition to the public designation of Shavendra Silva, the Department is also designating his immediate family members.

“The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible. His designation underscores the importance we place on human rights in Sri Lanka and globally, our concern over impunity for human rights violations and abuses, as well as our support for promoting accountability for those who engage in such acts. We urge the Sri Lankan government to promote human rights, hold accountable individuals responsible for war crimes and human rights violations, advance security sector reform, and uphold its other commitments to pursue justice and reconciliation.

“We deeply value our partnership with the Sri Lankan government and the long-standing democratic tradition we share with the Sri Lankan people. The United States remains committed to strengthening the bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka and helping reshape its security forces to tackle current and emerging threats. Security cooperation will continue to emphasize respect for human rights as a fundamental component of our training, assistance, and engagements.

“The United States will continue to use all available tools and authorities, as appropriate, to address human rights violations and abuses around the world no matter when they occurred or who perpetrated them. Today’s actions underscore our commitment to support human rights, promote accountability for perpetrators, and encourage reconciliation in support of a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Sri Lanka.”

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  • 9
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    MCC…

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      No such restrictions on Gota, Mahinda, Basil! :)

      Why? Think!

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        baya
        Both gota and basil are US citizens. Thats why they can go and come out of thw country as they like.

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        It’s only a message to threaten SL, that is why.

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      Author Colombo Telegraph,

      The new Para-Tribe follows tribal rules and “ethics”. Per those tribal rules and “ethics”, crimes, war crimes and corruption carried out by loyal tribal members, are not criminal acts, even though they are criminal acts per the country’s constitution and international humanitarian laws.

      The Nazis followed a similar line of reasoning regarding the crimes committed by them, during WW2, the second Great Colonial War.

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      If Gota does not sign MCC and SOFA will there be travel restrictions to the US on his US citizens wife and son?!
      Is this the bottom line?

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      Gotha gave the orders to Mass murderer Shavendra Silva to kill all the Tamil civilians
      gathered at Mullivaikkal in the Mullaitivu District using Chemical weapons supplied by China. Shavendra Silva carried the orders so none should blame Shavendra Silva he carried the orders from above.
      China is suffering now by Corono Virus. Karma comes around according to Lord Buddha’s preaching

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        Alfred Joseph,

        If China is out of the scene because of this virus issue, I think we, the small countries in Asian will be the slaves of USA & India

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    A consolation for the victims still seeking justice more than a decade after the war. Let there be more such actions for justice.

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      If Gota does not sign MCC and SOFA will there be travel restrictions to the US on his US citizens wife and son?!
      Is this the bottom line?

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    Something similar was happening in Myanmar too. This is like forcing Sri Lanka to move to another side which is helpful to Sri lanka. Probably this was expected.
    They even took their own in Myanmar who was rewarded with their own NOBEL PEACE PRICE. She had to present her case saying WE ARE DEVOUT BUDDHISTS AND WE DO NOT DO THIS OF THINGS that are accused here while the dumb foreign minister, the accuser, of Gambia was standing by her side. It really looked the minister was dumb founded.
    I think Army commander spoiled their something.
    I here, RISHAD Bathiuddin, just after or closer to Zaharan blowing up got $ 1 million in his USA account. Just after that, I do not whether after the blowing up, there had been another similar deposit which was Prevented FBI. I think that is their routine way of working.

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    I am sure Lt. Gen.Silva could not give a tinker’s dime about it. Having done his utmost duty to his Motherland, why would he worry about visiting the US when he’s already flying high in Colombo.

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      Not only him all criminals who committed murder and fraud are flying high in Colombo. Gota as head of state, may be allowed to attend UN general assembly in new York, but Mahinda will not be given visa. It is time that all war criminals including Gota and Mahinda should be banned not only by USA but others cherishing human rights. This is a slap on the face to those who are saying no crimes were committed in the war.

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        Asylum seeker.

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        Lt. Gen. Silva a Mass Murderer.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        /
        And don’t forget few good farts while doing your “Mass Spiritual Movement For Tamil Eelam” thing today………..

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          S C Pasqual
          You low life scum. Do not worry about DR Gnana Sankaralingam he will not just fart , but smell fart and eat shit for the right price. But who are you , low life genocidal Sinhala pig.
          Do not slander Tamil Eelam. We will Take care of Eelam Tamil traitor Bogus dr Gnana . Scum swindleD hundreds thousands of Eelam contributions by patriotic Eelam Tamils and welwishers in London and Bristol. He will soon both farting and eating from the ass. In the meantime, disgusting low life Sinhala genocider like you should be careful. When eelam Tamils got hold of you, we will make sure it is wide enough for you to eat and shit and fart and park a car
          Eelam or Death. Tamils quest for Tamil Eelam. Long live Tamil Eelam

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            In which planet is Tamil Elam? I can’t find it on Earth map. Uranus?

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              In your Anus. Not mine.

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        Who was, and still is, committing the most and worst Human Rights Violations in History?

        Who used Nuclear weapons the ONLY time in History in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the closing stages of WWII knowing very well the Japanese were willing to give up fighting? Aren’t the Japanese still Suffering from the after-effects of that Nuclear attack?

        Who invaded countries like Korea and Vietnam which are thousands of miles away killing, maiming and forcing Millions to flee their homes after WWII?

        Who is responsible for the Misery that Hundreds of Millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Middle East in general after their countries have either been invaded or have been forced into a blood bath?

        Uncle Sam, When it comes to Human Rights Violations and Crimes against Humanity, even the Entire World Cannot get any where near you. You have been right on TOP for more than Seven Decades. You are not only the Sole Super Power, but also the Sole SUPER Human Rights Violator.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

        Can’t understand this logic. LTTE, a banned organization with records of killing innocent civilians with lots of supporters who are given asylum, while a country’s army who helped eliminate this terrorist group are not given a visit visa

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      Why would he worry about visiting the US? Why ask why?
      Ask the President, and his son and daughter-in-law in California.

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      Oh he cares, and he should, because it is embarrassing , and his ego will be hurt. He is flying high only with a certain section of Sri Lankans, and among those who ordered him to massacre innocent civilians, the rest are disgusted with war criminals.

    • 9
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      Send this Mass Murderer and his family to Coronavirus infected WUHAN

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      Then why did he applied to go to USA..?

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      Does the Sri Lankan President also not give a tinker’s dime ? Why is the Sri Lankan Government objecting with the US Government ? Can he visit Canada ?

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      Yes really, he should just stay home, where he is treated like a hero, and not like a pariah abroad, and spend the rest of his days here.
      Why go to other countries, with that record of war crimes, that the present regime seems to appreciate, and support?

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    Sign the MCC or else

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    This is a signal to Gotabaya from USA. Don’t play your game with us. Are you prepared to sign the agreement or you want to face the reality. Gota your family is in USA and your brother is a US citizen and USA will not hesitate to sanction you Gota if necessary.

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    Hail US……..for this brave decision. ……Thanks for shutting down the door for this war criminal to enter US as a refugee in the re. …..

    —–Now Coronavirus infected WUHAN is the last resort for this war criminal and his superiors to seek refugee. —

    …… Please extend this sanction to your former Gas Station Assistant-Gothpaya.

    ……Gothapaya is the most dangerous War Criminal who ordered Savendara to murder over 40,000 innocent civilians while his brother MaRa was having deals with Piraparan, KP, and other LTTE leaders to win the election.

    The day we hear that Gothapaya is hauled up before ICC is not too far……..

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    Karma. UN Human Rights Chief Michells Bachelet said “I am deeply disappointed by the spin that has been put on my discussion with the Sri Lankan Government delegation”. Now Gota is appointing all the military criminals to top posts and also releasing convicts who sentenced to death by the Court. Recently the Governor for Eastern Province said that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country, the tone of which sends the signal that minorities cannot question about their rights and is in sharp contradiction with the accusation of USA regarding extra judicial killings about Shavendra Silva. What will happen at Geneva? Will there be accountable by other military personnel appointed to top posts? Will Gota and his goons be in a dilllemma.

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      Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country, with or without extra judicial killings, war crimes and all the long list of exaggerations by Tamil thugs and their western lackeys. Sri Lanka is not only a Buddhist country, Sri Lanka is the country of the Sinhalese, whether you like it or not. If you want to change that you will have to kill all the Sinhalese first. Even after you have killed all of us, you Tamils will still be an immigrant community here. Got it?

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        Easy to get it…when it comes from a racist. It is crystal clear.

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        When did this become a Poutha Chingkalla country , when more than 1/3 of the island was historically inhabited by Eezham Thamizh and ruled by Thamizh kings and chiefs until European colonisation. In these areas there was no Poutham but Saivaism was the state religion. Even most of your so called Chingkalla kings and aristocracy , many of their descendants now beating and dancing to the anti Thamizh drum , are of South Indian Thamizh origin. Only the southern parts of the island can be called Chingkallam and Buddhist , the north , east and north west coast were never. This so called claim to an exclusive Chingkalla Buddhist land only came into recent being after 2009 , after the defeat of the LTTE , it was there before but not so vociferous , as they were still afraid of the Thamizh who are then around 25% of the population and quite powerful now reduced to 15.6% of the population and powerless. All this thanks to the British who gave everything to the Chingkallams on a platter in 1948 , which they had no right to. Then many India and many western countries still giving overt and covert support to these Chingkalla racists , who had been secretly planning this structured genocide and large scale ethnic cleaning of the island’s Thamizh , long before independence and then ruthlessly started to execute it , as the British gave them majority rule. The stupid , clueless then Thamizh leadership , did not care , as most of them lived a nice lifestyle in Colombo 7 , 3 or 4 and many of their family members heavily intermarried to the Chingkalla elite, or were really naïve and stupid. They did not know what was planned and the nightmare and suffering that their people were going to face in the future , in the name of Chingkalla Buddhism. They stupidly believed everything what their so called smiling, cunning ,scheming, Chingkalla leaders and family friends told them ”

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          We all know what happened after. The million Indian origin Thamizh, who had lived in the island for more than 150 years, made stateless . Chingkallam only , state aided colonisation of Thamizh lands by Chingkallams, discrimination ,marginalisation of the Thamizh , the war that followed and now this rule by a genocidal war criminal , elected by brainwashed , hate filled Chingkallams to create an exclusive Chingkalla Buddhist Fascist land , with concocted history that was never historically there in the first place. Is this the reason the so called handmaiden of Chingkalla Buddhist racism , the Archeological Department is now going to be under the Ministry of Defence, this means the armed forces and the Archeological department , are going to work together in order to erase Thamizh Saiva history in the island.

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            Stupid Tamils and their nonsensical theories, etymologies and claims. This island is the island of the Sinhalese. Cinkalam and Eelam in Tamil means the country of the Sinhalese. In Sanskrit/north Indian literature and inscriptions its name is mostly given as “Sinhala” or “Sinhaladvipa”. From Jaffna in the north to Galle in the south and Mantota in the west to Trinco and Batticalao in the east EVERYTHING is Sinhalese. You Tamils are immigrants who settled here after massacring and ethnic cleansing the Sinhalese from the north and east in recent times, that is why you speak the exact same language as in Tamilnadu. You have absolutely no formative authentic history here. The natural topography and landscape of this island speaks for itself – if you have not noticed from your asylum hostel in the west, this island is a small place without any natural barriers within it and as such, language transformations you base your stupid bogus theories are unattainable. This island can never produce two so different languages and nations as there are no natural barriers to facilitate such differentiation. Whatever language or culture which comes here will ultimately converge into one. That’s the natural tendencies of the biological, linguistic and physical processes. You cannot fight these natural processes in a natural and good way, than what you Tamils have tried – namely through violent measures of terrorism, suicide bombings killing thousands and massacres and ethnic cleansing.

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              Racist Chingkalla extremist Kurangu with a pea sized brain and willy keep on lying but no one will believe your lies and propaganda . There is enough and more history and evidence , as well as population statistics as to the ancient presence of Thamizh in the north , east and north west coast of the island. It is the Chingkallams who are the invaders and outsiders in these parts of the island. Deliberately planted there by the Sri Lankan state on ethnically cleansed Thamizh lands , after independence. Racist brainwashed Chingkalla kurangus like you are the real cause of all the problem in this island. You have now elected one of your kind to create further chaos and problems in the name of Chingkalla Poutha Fascism.

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              Who are the Chingkulis? They came to catch fish-the karats. They came to peel cinnamon- the salagamas. They came to tap toddy and beat drums-the berawas. They came to rule Kandy. How can these newcomers to the island claim it as theirs. Chingkulis must go back to India and leave us in peace in our island.

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          Pandy Kutty,

          “All this thanks to the British who gave everything to the Chingkallams on a platter in 1948”

          When British had the right to give the ownership, they did so, now you got to abide by that.Your Tamil king stories won’t work any more

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      Ayathuray Rajasingam – If not for those military men, LTTE would have taken over this country, of not continued with killing all those oppose them. Obviously their friends will be those who like them regardless they are Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims.

      In a war you can’t obviously expect military to stick to the HR books. Tell me an instance when US military did so, then I will agree with you.

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    Probably because of the killing of murderer prabhakaran the donkey and his goons.

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    Wonder whether the US was asleep when Shavendra Silva served at the UN Head Office in New York, soon after the War for 10 years from 2009 to 2019? What is US’s beef?

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      Gamini –
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      they could not do anything as he was representing this sad sorry nation accredited to the un he and the other war criminals enjoyed diplomatic immunity.
      =
      now thanks barbarian activities he if he lands on American soil he will be arrested put on trial, he will live the rest of his days clad in chains and a numbered orange uniform.
      =
      his wife along with his kids have also been barred from entering the USA
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      the only way for them to do so is for the wife to divorce the bugger the kids adopt a stepfather /stepmother, change their names on the birth certificates and on the scum dirty worthless shitty sad sorry Lankan passports to that of their new dad/mum and this the only option left for them.
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      now the other democratic countries have to and should follow right away the honorable decision taken by the leaders of the world.
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      the rajapuka war criminals along with their murdering of the innocents mates should be next in line to meet their best mate SATUN the devil.
      even his comradeship is too good for this jack-less paiya not rising psychopath of the weirdo clan.
      =
      this magnanimous decision taken by the Americans has made my life worth living and now as my astrologer muniandy says that I will have to live on this now happy planet till I reach 265 years of a young age.
      =
      cheers, R. J., the happiest beast on mother earth.

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        ROHAN JOHNPILLAI,
        Any appointment of a War Criminal as a Diplomat will be objected by the host country. However after the war in 2009 America leveled charges that our Forces had committed excesses and had committed Human Rights Violations. Yet not only Shavendra Silva was allowed to take up post at the UN Head Office in New York without objection, even the Forces Personnel were selected for Peace Keeping duty in Fiji allowing them to earn $ salaries, which came to light after some of them were caught raping women and sent back. How Logical for a Force accused of Human Rights Violations to be selected for Peace Keeping? America should have objected at the time Shavendra Silva was appointed and slapped the charge then and not after 10 years just before a General Election to rally support to their Proxy to receive a 2/3 rd majority under false pretenses of rousing Patriotism? After allit is the Americans that got VP to bury all their weapons, abandon their Stronghold Kilinochchi and assembled the LTTE on the Beachfront to be massacred on the 18th and 19th of May 2009. There was no running battle although both MR and VP hyped a running war that never was till the LTTE was cornered and annihilated. Had their been a running battle from Jan 2008 to May 2009, all those weapons displayed at the Deyata Kirula Exhibition at the BMICH would have been not buried but strewn all over the battle field and the final battle should have been at Kilinochchi that had all the Bunkers for the LTTE defence and not to be rounded up on the Beach to be massacred. It is obvious the Americans after getting the Rajapaksas to sign the SOFA and the ACSA in 2007 presented the entire LTTE on a platter for the Forces to finish the lot to end the War for a gullible public to rejoice with euphoria.

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    Wow, now we hear this, and trade embargo against our god punished island follows. Bps became LEADERS, since then this country would never be able to lead this country to a singapore.

    US has started all other powerful nations will follow, wait and see, even if PUnnakku eaters dominated srilanka would wage the tail to these men, entire world would not.
    If Gota is that powerful why on earth he failed to block this ? The question is legitimate to raise right at this critical turning point of the country.

    WHAT A NICE WEEK, more to come…. wow, truths will always succeed.
    .
    1) Those who made our country a debt trap number one, kneels down before India Modi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1aY8SaluBA
    2) Udayanga Parayah Weerathunga is arrested by lanken govt today
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azC9dFerH3g
    3) Rajaakshe s delegation to India made entire world a laughing stock because country s Prime minister proved to the world, he would respect CRIMINALs such as Prasanna Ranaweera, more, than anyone else.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1aY8SaluBA

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    What about his superior Gotabhaya at that time? Why not US impose sanctions against him and his family too? Shavendra would have followed orders given by GR and MR.

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      Guruge.
      please be patient.?
      every day is not Christmas.
      their day will come as the prophets have rightfully predicted many a moon ago.
      =
      cheers in absolute joy. R. J.

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      GRUGE
      simply because they cannot impose a ban against a head of state

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    Sri Lanka should simply ban the use of the word HUMAN RIGHTS which promotes Individual, sel-centered, selfish demand over paramount nature of the HUMAN RESPECT which ONE respects other human being too and not only one’s individual or political demands.
    Read about how Myanmar people suffered because of these sanctions. They imposed sanctions Myanmar military and brought their own AUN SUNA SU KYU. She also changed.
    In order to get their military, air planes and ships inside they imposed economic sanctions just before a humongous Cyclone. 20,000 to 100000 people vanished and/or affected. [ https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-economic-military-terrorism/5682702%5D
    Even when AUN SUN SU KEY was the countries leader they imposed sanctions on MYANMAR Military.

    Reuters in an article titled, “Lawmakers urge U.S. to craft targeted sanctions on Myanmar military,” would report:

    More than 40 lawmakers urged the Trump administration on Wednesday to reimpose U.S. travel bans on Myanmar’s military leaders and prepare targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown on the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

    And Freedom House – a subsidiary of the US government and corporate-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – would also publish a piece titled, “Does Democracy’s Toehold in Myanmar Outweigh the Lives of the Rohingya?,” shifting the blame away from the very regime it worked for decades to put in power, and target Myanmar’s military.

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      “Sri Lanka should simply ban the use of the word Human Rights. ” Absolutely correct, because the majority are not humans, having descended from a lion.

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    Why would he want to Pump Gas in Oklahoma on a Green Card. when Lt General Shavendra Silva can be the next President of Srilnka.

    The gentleman is only 55 as I understand .
    Just imagine the Living Standards and the Real Estate Values and the Sophistication our Inhabitants when he becomes the President in Ten years without the UNP in sight anywhere in the South….

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “Why would he want to Pump Gas in Oklahoma on a Green Card. when Lt General Shavendra Silva can be the next President of Srilnka.”

      With or without 19th Amendment Gota can be president for life.
      After Gota his wife might give it a try.
      Namal Baby the natural heir to the throne is now 33 years old and within the next few years he would be eligible to contest presidential elections.
      Then you have Gota’s son Manoj Rajapaksa , Mahinda’s children Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Rohitha Rajapaksa, ………. grandson son Nirvan, ….. and the wild-card candidate Basil, Chamal and his sons Shasheendra Rajapaksa, and Shamindra Rajapaksa, …..

      How dare you propose Shavendra Silva for president?

      What is your cunning plan or your hidden agenda?

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        Dear Native,

        I thought yoou would have focused on the pathetic plight of your beloved UNP .
        It breaks my HEART..

        What do you reckon , Mate.
        Will Dr Rani get a call up soon too to front up to the same office where his F******CID was?.
        His close mates Dr Rajitha is in the Shit Pit.

        Mr Bathrudeen is slowly but surely getting in to it…

        Welikada inmates I am told are not turning their backs to the Colombo Elite’s Toy Boy , although they are not UNP supporters.

        The Shit they have done under Yahapalanaya is unbelievable.

        Mercedez 600s were imported under Yahapalana Ministers names with Yhapalana Tax Payers money even without the Ministers Signatures.

        And the Ministers can’t even find where the Mercs are parked ..
        That is what the ex SLFP Yahapalana Minister Minister Amaraweera told the Hiru News.

        Did your mates , Sampathar and Abraham get any Yahapalana Car permits from Dr Rani…?

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      Did Gota work in a 7 Eleven that had a gas station attached?

      May be that is the American training for a Sri Lankan President. LOL

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      Sumanasekera, you are very right. I am sure Shavendra knows how hard to pump gas in USA and live with that salary, like his boss Gotabaya did and the brother Basil did until MR became the President and looted the country’s coffer together.
      On the other hand as you mentioned if he has aspirations to become the next President of Sri Lanka, pumping gas would be an added qualification like our current President and his brother did. People in our fools Paradise would vote just like the way they did in last elections.

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        Guruge..How long have you been pumping Gas in the Sates to know how difficult it is?.

        Are they giving you at least the minimum Wage now ,which that good President Trumpy gave as his gift to the Blue Collar Army which backed him.

        If you are referring tom the last election, bloody oath they acted like fools to bring that mob to f**** U* our inhabitants and their beloved nation big time..

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    US has no issue engaging with Gota, who oversaw the war, but goes after Shavendra with a whip. Wonder why the double face!

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      Because GOTA is a US Citizen and owes taxes. Taxes are due now, final day to file is on the 15th of April. He has to declare his world income. What ever he gets paid as PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA is TAXABLE in US.

      The only head of state who pays taxes to US as far as I know. Unlike Sri Lanka you cannot avoid paying Uncle Sam his due. If you neglect they will mercilessly audit you for the rest of your life.

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      justanotherfool

      “Wonder why the double face!”

      US knows how much influences it can exert individually.
      Lets wait until Shenali Waduge comes up with her weird typing ….

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      justanotherfool,
      as your chosen gay name clearly states that you are nothing but a just another fool.
      =
      do not worry all your murdering of the innocents will sooner or late will and have to their maker Saturn the devil.
      =
      you better be patient and as for me sooner the better is my plea to all the gods.
      =
      cheers in absolute happiness, R. J.

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      Just a Fool . You are no Fool at all.

      I am sure you are in the Know about, Pension Funds, Equity Funds, NGO Funds and the mother of all, the MCC, fund which would guarantee security for the Separated Homelands in the North and the East.

      And the the UNP Elite , Anglican and Vellala Homeland in the Center.

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        KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

        Forget UNP, USA, MCC, CCA, ABC, XYZ, …… for a moment.
        Tell me this what is Mahinda Rajapaksa’s faith?
        In Sri Lanka he pose as a devout Sinhala/Buddhist. In India he worshiped all the Hindu Gods. He also underwent an elaborate ritual of converting himself into Hindutva in Kasi. Then went to Thirupathy.

        Is he a Buddhist, a Sinhala/Buddhist, a Sinhala/Saivan, a Hindu, a Hindutva, or a Sinhala/Hindutva?

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    Is this a game of GEOPOLITICS or the laws of KARMA has started its GAME?

    Waiting for more developments.

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      Mano

      “Is this a game of GEOPOLITICS or the laws of KARMA has started its GAME?”

      Let’s wait and see how brilliantly the clan plays this great game in the Indian ocean. VP thought he was a master of strategic games. So do the Rajapaksa brothers and Dayan.

      The clan very well knows when the push comes to shove Sri Lanka could always rely on Hindian support.

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    This sanction isn’t a surprise at all. America is desperate for a foot hole in Sri Lanka. They want cunning MCC to be signed, Trincomali Naval base and Katunayaka air base and some. All these allegations against WAR-HEROES are bogus. And look at their futuristic looking embassy. It’s more than a diplomatic mission.

    /
    If there were such things called “Human Rights” , “rule of law” or “democracy” 250 years ago, there wouldn’t be a country called US today.

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      Johnny

      “They want cunning MCC to be signed, Trincomali Naval base and Katunayaka air base and some. “

      Why these places are important for USA given that it has the capability of striking any target 360′ by Drones operated from Nevada Desert? Even if USA considers these are strategically important locations, it should worry Hindians than the stupid Sri Lankan. Are you going to send your Rana-virus to fight the Americans?

      ” All these allegations against WAR-HEROES are bogus. “

      Can you meet the victim’s relatives and convey the above face to face?

      “If there were such things called “Human Rights” , “rule of law” or “democracy” 250 years ago, there wouldn’t be a country called US today.”

      It is for the academicians to debate. You better worry about war crimes, crimes against humanity, human rights, …. being perpetrated in this island.

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    This is the height of all hypocrisy. Shavendra Silva was acting in the self-defense of a sovereign nation, attempting to exterminate a vicious terrorist organization recognized as such even by the CIA. What happened here is some (Tamil) diaspora entity paid large amounts of money to a lobbyist group with connections to the State Department. Sri Lanka should give the finger to these buggers by immediately appointing SS to a top diplomatic post.

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      Aiyo Lester

      “Shavendra Silva was acting in the self-defense of a sovereign nation, attempting to exterminate a vicious terrorist organization recognized as such even by the CIA.”

      The very terrorist organisation was at times funded and armed by president, presidential candidates, military, ………….. transported by Air force.
      The last time a war fought against invading country was when LTTE fought IPKF and sent them packing while Rana-virus including present army commander and the president were hiding behind their woman folks and VP’s bum.

      Please explain what you meant by “sovereign” Nation?

      “What happened here is some (Tamil) diaspora entity paid large amounts of money to a lobbyist group with connections to the State Department.”

      What about the services of Bell Pottinger helping Sri Lanka hide its human rights violations and Mahinda’s and armed forces’ role in war crimes and crime against humanity,…………………..?
      In addition JR hiring mercenaries from Keenie Meenie Services to fight the boy brigade of LTTE?

      “Sri Lanka should give the finger to these buggers by immediately appointing SS to a top diplomatic post.”

      Good idea.
      Countries have the right and can turn down all such appointments.

      It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to talk and remove all doubt.
      Mark Twain

      Why has Mahinda converted to Hindutva in an exclusive ritual when he visited Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi? Is he fed up his brand of Sinhala/Buddhism? Why did Gota visit Shirdi Sai Baba shrine in India? Perhaps he is Sinhala/Buddhist to Sinhala/Buddhist and a Baba devotee for personal reasons. What a double life?

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        “The very terrorist organisation was at times funded and armed by president, presidential candidates, military, ………….. transported by Air force.”

        LTTE was never funded by GOSL. Premadasa gave some weapons to fight the IPKF, that’s it. Some LTTE fighters were flown in helicopters for negotiations.

        “Please explain what you meant by “sovereign” Nation?”

        Check the map. All of those countries are sovereign nations. There is no “Tamil Eelam” as this is a fake state that only exists in the minds of coolies and kallathonies after consuming large amounts of Johnny Walker, or for the purposes of gaining asylum in Western countries by abusing immigration laws.

        “The last time a war fought against invading country was when LTTE fought IPKF and sent them packing….”

        That’s what Rajapakses did, send the Sun God and his thala thel gang of underage suicide recruits to the bottom of Nanthikadal. You can call it war, environmental conservation, whatever. But the important point, as GR pointed out, is that it only took 5 years. If we think of 1983 vs 2009, the differences in technology, political environment, etc. have all changed vastly. GOSL was able to take advantage of these changes, while LTTE was only able to find new white lawyers/lobbyists to peddle their case in Western capitals. LTTE was very foolish to think it had the resources available to an internationally recognized government.

        It is better to negotiate in good faith when you have leverage, than be corned in a lagoon and turned into seafood. Sound familiar?

        “Why has Mahinda converted to Hindutva in an exclusive ritual….”

        The Chinese foreign minister personally thanked Rajapakse and Sinhala-Buddhists for their support to China during the coronavirus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol8B71Biggo. Sri Lanka has many friends. Meanwhile, coolies who ran away on boats are washing dishes in Toronto restaurants.

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          Lester

          Premadasa/VP relation and mutual admiration for each other is beyond your comprehension. So stop getting into matters you have no clues about.

          “All of those countries are sovereign nations.”

          What did you meant by “sovereign” Nation?

          “That’s what Rajapakses did, send the Sun God and his thala thel gang of underage suicide recruits to the bottom of Nanthikadal. “

          Interesting Mahinda fought a foreign army.

          My question was “Why has Mahinda converted to Hindutva in an exclusive ritual….”
          you responded:
          “The Chinese foreign minister personally thanked Rajapakse and Sinhala-Buddhists for their support to China during the coronavirus:”

          What’s your problem dumbass?

          By the way did Gota send his Rana-virus to fight Corona-virus in China? Gota sent a few bags of tea as if the Chinese were going to use it as medicine. Even tea cultivation was started by the occupier you lazy dumbass.

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      There is another school of thought:
      “By WILLIAM M. REILLY
      UNITED NATIONS, March 20 (UPI) — A United Nations University study of NATO ‘s intervention in Kosovo said Monday a profound change in world politics has emerged, mainly that sovereignty can be forfeited on humanitarian grounds.”

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        OK then undermine US sovereinity and ask the UN to intervene in US internal affairs.

        Dont talk bullshit Burt

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    To Mike Pompeo I can say “Physician Heal Thyself”. Amidst the atrocities committed by forces of US and UK Mike has failed to heed to any “credible” information about US troops. Violation of “Human Rights” especially extra judicial killings is terrible. What is true for any Sri Lankan official who has grossly violated “Human Rights” is also applicable to the US and UK troop commanders in Afghanistan. Wasn’t a member of the British Royal Family, (Now resigned from Senior Royalty) a trigger happy thug in Afghanistan? We can cite many, for which the likes of Yasmin Sooka are mum silent. My perception of this whole episode is as follows: I don’t believe that anybody in an Army of the whole world is an innocent lamb. There can be many skeletons in their cupboards. This is a manifestation of chaps within the Army of Sri Lanka waging a battle against the present Army Chief. When this fellow was in the wilderness in Dambulla, during the early part of the “Yahapalana Regime” obviously the credible information against this Army chief seem not have been noticed by the likes of Pompeo. I am told that the Bête Noir of Shavendra in the Army, took a sudden flight to the US quite recently perhaps to lay down the “credible information”, confirming the Sooka reports. Just as much as King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe ordered the death of immediate family members of a traitor, Hon. Michael Richard Pompeo Esquire, the Secretary of State places a ban on the immediate family members as well. Obviously, now a witch hunt in Sri Lanka has to begin on suspected plotters against Shavendra perhaps in affecting the “immediate family members” an may include even the distanced ones.

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      Two wrongs don’t make a right. Just because America behaves like that, it does not justify war crimes, and the massacre of civilians, by our military. This war criminal has to be held accountable.

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      The Yanks are the worst war criminals in the world. They captured innocent people in Afghanistan and tortured them in Guantanamo Bay without charging the prisoners with any crime. The Yanks have no right to point the finger at anyone. Throughout their history, Yanks have committed the worst human rights abuses in the world: slavery of 12 million Africans for many generations, genocide of native Americans, the use of nuclear weapons against innocent civilians, etc. etc.

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    Shavendra Silva visited a Weapon exhibition some where. That may have hurt.

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    US denied entry to ICC prosecutors and imposed sanctions on them for investigating alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan against US troops. Read the “theguardian” article “US to deny visas for ICC members investigating alleged war crimes”. US even threatened economic sanction against ICC!

    A few months later the POTUS released “Eddie Gallagher” from all charges after he was found guilty of war crimes by US Navy, yes, not UN, not ICC but by their own justice system. According to “bbc” he was only found guilty of a lesser change and not the more serious charges. Clearly US is a country without any shame! Therefore it is very unlikely that this action by US has anything to do with human rights but more to do with US interests in the region and Sri Lanka in particular.

    That said, two wrongs do not make one right. The problem must be resolved in fairness to both civilians who died or were injured and the soldiers who fought a ruthless terrorist outfit. I for one do not believe the general Shavendra Silva is guilty of any war crimes nor Tamil diaspora outfits who cry for human rights truly care about the lives of these people. If the diaspora cared for the lives of Tamil civilians they would have put a stop to LTTE using them as a human shield. Jehan Perera was spot on when he said deal with the issue of missing persons with more compassion. Unfortunately this government is as racist as the Tamil hardliners in the north. How different is Wigneswaran claiming VP a hero from MR pandering racist monks!

    In a recent article on this website Prof. Hoole claimed that eye-witnesses in Sri Lanka will claim anything driven by communal passion (“The Rule Of Law In Sri Lanka: Gania Banister Francis & British Woman In Cyprus”). Now assuming this applies to Tamil eye witnesses equally, their testimonies against Sri Lankan military cannot be considered credible allegations.

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    Are we planning a protest in front of US embassy. Where is Wimal and Gomman. MR just returned from India requesting leniency. US state Dept is not under one person,s control. You can scream all you want. The difference is US recently impeached their President where as in Lanka one individual/family has control to sanction/impeach the whole nation. This week, Republican controlled US Senate passed sanctions to curtail their own President from taking military actions again Arab Countries, whare as in Lanka all criminals are promoted by our very own Govt. GOT IT. Soon UK/EU may follow with the same.(there will be pressure from their legislatures )

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    Americans who fought in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan-heroes or war criminals ?

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      Yes but they did not commit war crimes and their own people and this does not justify what the Sinhalese Sri Lankan government did to the Tamils. Two wrongs do not make a right. What you are stating is my wrong is justified , as someone else did this.

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        Gotha gave the orders to Mass murderer Shavendra Silva to kill all the Tamil civilians
        gathered at Mullivaikkal in the Mullaitivu District using Chemical weapons supplied by China. Shavendra Silva carried the orders so none should blame Shavendra Silva.

        China is suffering now by Corono Virus. Karma comes around according to Lord Buddha’s preaching.

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        Rohan,

        You are mad if you think the US did not commit war crimes. Here is a famous picture from the Vietnam war era: https://allthatsinteresting.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/napalm-girl-soldiers-smoke.jpg. The girl is screaming because Napalm was dropped on her, as well as her village, at the direction of the US military. Napalm burns the skin. Her cousins were killed but she survived. US used tens of thousands of liters of napalm during the Vietnam War.

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    I hope Wimal and Goman will have the brains to delay protest (in front of US Embassy) , until Trump returns from his India visit. I dont think pissing Trump personally is a good idea. He believes in sending the drone first and then getting Congress approval. I guess Silly Lankans are aware of it.

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      Fcuk Trump

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    Sri Lanka has no other option than shutting the door on USA and keeping the door open to China.

    May be we will have to think of developing a nuclear weapons program with the help of Russia and China.

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      Citizen Silva

      “Sri Lanka has no other option than shutting the door on USA and keeping the door open to China. May be we will have to think of developing a nuclear weapons program with the help of Russia and China.”

      You have great ideas.
      Why haven’t any Sri Lankan leader thought about it?
      By shutting the door to USA please let me have your estimated damages that you would inflict on them.
      Why would Russia/China help you to develop Sinhala/Buddhist nuclear weapons?

      If you do not want to respond it’s fine with me.

      Gota is more dangerous than drunken monkey with a sharp razor blade.

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    Which one, the one/exhibition in Panchikawatta.

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    the sanctions against an individual is worthless and only of symbolic value to the victims.

    PS.but it allows the head of state to still continue as a US citizen without officially declaring that he has renounced his US citizenship.What a double game.They want to have a hold on gota.

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    i dont know why he applied after sarath fonseka was refused

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      nalman

      very good point.

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    Is it possible that General Savendra Silva was ordered by the government to complete the assault on the last hold of the LTTE in the shortest time possible? If that assault was prolonged to safeguard non-combatants, it would have provided Western powers (and India) an opportunity to ensure the survival of the LTTE leadership. The government may not have wanted that. Hence the alleged relentless assault and the high casualties. If there was no Western pressure, the government and the army may have taken a more cautious approach to avoid excess civilian casualties. Was there, therefore, some unintended complicity on the part of the West also in this sorry saga?

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      If there were civilian casualties during the last phase of the civil war USA and the west are to blame full stop.

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        Citizen Silva

        “If there were civilian casualties during the last phase of the civil war USA and the west are to blame full stop.”

        If so do you know the reason as to why these patriotic smart asses Gota and Mahinda taken the USA and the West to ICC?

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    This man is the darling of those who were thrilled the war was over, but did not lose a member of THEIR family, a loved one. It is easy for us to attack, and criticize, those who want answers about their missing loved ones, when it is not our brother/sister/parent/child that are not missing, and most probably killed by the terrorists, or by those we expect to protect US. Governments should be held responsible for the massacre of civilians, by the thousands, and no amount of justifications is acceptable. We don’t kill our people, because other nations do.
    This man should be treated like a pariah, instead his fans swoon over him, and treat him like a VIP, even at Sri Lankan parties in the US and other nations. They fail to notice the blood on his hands. In Sri Lanka war criminals are honored and given top appointments. What message are we sending the world?

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      Manel Thangachchi: How about Shavendra Silva stopped wanton killings of Terrorists. I heard Pabakaran PET of the International community
      I think they are grieving the loss of Thalaivar the Sungod.

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      Manel ,
      You cannot win a war without caualties don’t talk like a thoththa baba.

      Genaral Shavindra Silva and the military who faced up to the worlds most ruthless and sofisticated terrorist group and sacrificed their lives and limb for the nation will always be written in the hearts and minds of all patriotic Sri Lankans.

      The Sri Lanka government invited the LTTE for talks but they were not willing to negotiate because they knew that the West will support them.

      There was no option other than a military option because the ulterior motives of the West to establish a Western capitalist stronghold in Sri Lanka.

      The LTTE used civilians as a human shield they herded them and retreted with the civilians until they were cornered at Nandikadal.

      The West and USA encouraged this they actively supported the Terrorists so they can have a political and military advantage in the indian ocean region.

      This is why the LTTE flag is still flying in the West. The West and the Tamil diaspora are not one bit bothered about the under privileged Tamils holed up in Sri Lanka. They are just shedding crockadile tears.

      The more Tamil civilians casualties the more happy they are so that they could blame the Sri Lanka government and de-stabilise Sri Lanka.

      The MCC and other agreements are all part of the Western agenda to dominate the World.

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