24 June, 2024

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Western Discontents, Modi’s New India, And Sri Lankan Anniversaries

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

The attempted assassination of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has sent shivers down western spines. In a rare moment of unity, both Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin condemned the shooting. The identity of the arrested shooter has not been made public, but he is believed to be a 71 year old poet and writer violently protesting the Fico government’s attacks on media freedom including the replacement of Slovakia’s independent public broadcaster, RTVS, with a pro-government and ‘patriotic’ mouthpiece. The small country of five million that was born out of the 1993 dissolution of Czechoslovakia, in that famous “velvet divorce,” is now feared to be on the brink of more internal divisions and instability. And it has put Europe itself on edge.

There were forebodings at the time of the divorce about the trajectory that Slovakia would take unlike its severed twin, the Czech Republic, that was a model addition to the West. Then US Secretary of State Madeline Albright, a Czech American, called it “the black hole” of Europe. Now there is more of them and even within the old countries of Western Europe. Robert Fico has been Prime Minister twice before, between 2006 and 2010 and again from 2012 to 2018. After his defeat in 2018, he was pronounced politically dead, but he resurrected himself veering wildly from moderate left to extreme right, like so many other political leaders in Eastern Europe. The 59 year old Fico is a noted protégé of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, who is notorious for his ideological contortions and right wing authoritarianism.

The Old Europe

The old Europe of consociational politics and electoral alternations between centre-left and centre-right political parties has virtually disappeared and the continent is now stuck in confrontations between the forces of extreme right and their new enemies, liberal elites. The old left has disappeared with the old Europe. In the continent, where Hegel first saw newspapers replacing morning Mass (now both have been replaced by the cell phone), freedom of expression and independent media are coming under threats from populist right wing governments.

Like Fico in Slovakia, Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is on course to allowing the sale of state-owned news agency AGI to a sitting lawmaker who already owns three conservative dailies and who belongs to the League Party that is a coalition partner of the Prime Minister’s Brothers of Italy party. Government supporters use the country’s draconian defamation laws to judicially harass and even jail prominent government critics. Philosophy Professor Donatella Di Cesare of Sapienza University in Rome has become the latest victim of defamation charges based on a complaint against her by Francesco Lollobrigida, brother-in-law of the Prime Minister and her Minister of Agriculture.

There are exceptions, as in Spain, where the Socialist Party is weathering opposition storm in Madrid and even won the largest share of the seats in the recent Catalonia regional election that saw, for the first time in over ten years, the pro-independence parties collectively winning fewer seats than the other parties. In Britain, the Labour is all but assured of a rampaging return to power both at Westminster and in Holyrood, Edinburgh. But a catastrophic collapse of the Conservative Party may will trigger the rise of the extreme English right as a potent force in keeping with its European Joneses, so to speak. Hopefully, what Tom Nairn called the ‘English enigma,’ to describe England’s historical indifference to nationalism, would not be fatally imperilled.

America is another story where seething social discontents are tearing apart the country’s, and the world’s oldest, democratic institutions. Adding insult to injury, Michael Johnson, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, the third in the line of succession after the President and the Vice President, led a posey of Republicans and showed up last week in a Manhattan court room 200 km away from the capital, to show support to Donald Trump who is on trial in a criminal case involving his alleged hush-money payment to cover up his sexual dalliance with a porn star. The criminality is not about sex or even the payment, but about violating the election law and undermining election integrity by conspiring and suppressing negative information about himself public during the 2016 presidential election.

Of all the multiple indictments that Trump is facing, the porn star sex scandal is the least politically significant, but the only one that has been able to proceed to trial. All the other and far more serious indictments are mired in legal wrangling and judicial delays. The most heinous of them, Trump’s instigation of an insurrection in Washington on January 6, 2021, to overturn Biden’s election, is being held up at the Supreme Court until the Conservative Justices make up their mind about what one of them called would be “a ruling for the ages!” Hardcore Republicans believe that Trump is being unfairly subjected to politicised prosecution that they would expect to see only in third world countries. The Republicans who should know better, like Speaker Johnson, have jettisoned all political scruples and are supporting Trump to avoid falling foul of his rabid followers.

New India

In most third world countries, no political party would have someone like Trump as its presidential candidate. And against a candidate like Trump, an incumbent like Biden would not have to even campaign. But in America the race between them is close, thanks to the electoral college system that stymies the popular vote. Biden’s domestic record is exemplary – in restoring presidential stability after four years of Trump’s havoc; revamping the economy to becoming the only stable economy in the western world; and in implementing the largest slew of progressive and social welfare measures in sixty years – after Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. Yet he is in a close race because of the social divisions that are frozen along party lines.

Biden’s Achilles heel is outside America. In Gaza and now potentially in Ukraine. Senator Bernie Sanders, a veteran of the 1968 antiwar protests and a progressive Democratic presidential contender in 2016 and 2020, has warned that Gaza could be Biden’s Vietnam, not because the two are comparable but because of their comparable political implications in an election year. As in 1968, when Nixon won the election promising peace in Vietnam. In stopping arms shipment to Israel, Biden has gone farther than any President after Reagan. Yet it is too little, too late. Not enough to stop Netanyahu; not enough to stop pro-Palestinian student protestors in over 130 US campuses and not enough to mitigate US’s total isolation from the rest of the world on the Palestinian question. In The recent UN General Assembly vote to give Palestinians full membership status, which received overwhelming support from 143 countries, the US was one of nine including Israel voting against the resolution.

Unlike western incumbent leaders, Prime Minister Modi has no problem about returning to power for a third term in India. The elections are now well past the halfway mark and the remaining contests are mostly in the northern states along with West Bengal and Maharashtra. Modi’s and the BJP’s problem is whether the BJP alliance will retain or exceed the 2019 tally of 353 seats (BJP alone got 303 seats). Modi started the election campaign with the call to get 400+ seats. The rhetoric has since been pegged back following indications of lower voter turnout compared to 2019. And the rhetoric has been switched to attack the Muslims to energize the subaltern Hindu vote in the Hindi belt areas dominated by (caste-based) reservation politics that gave the BJP most of its seats in the last election.

What Modi has in common with many populist leaders in the west is in demonizing the elites and the secular and liberal traditions in politics. He targets the Congress elites of the past with studied vengeance. He is also aggressive in suppressing dissent and organizing media attacks, government investigations and defamation suits against those who oppose him. He has publicly boasted that the new India will reach out and kill its enemies even in their homes.

That statement is widely believed to be a reference to Modi government’s alleged attempts to silence Sikh activists involved in the Khalistan movement abroad. Notably so in the US and in Canada, where Indian emigrants with alleged connections to the Indian government are facing criminal indictments over murder and attempted murder charges. Prime Minister Modi could have won a third term without any of this, and India would still be a growing economic power merely by virtue of its population size and natural endowments. What role would the election results have in influencing the Modi government to rethink its ways is the question now. We have less than a month to find out.      

Sri Lankan Anniversaries

Sri Lanka has a few months to go before its tryst with elections. Meanwhile, the month of May has two anniversaries that are three days apart. One marks the birth of the Republic of Sri Lanka and the adoption of the First Republican Constitution. Hence the First Republic, in Gaullist chronology. That was on May 22nd in 1972. The First Republic and its Constitution are widely believed to have been the principal cause of Tamil political alienation and the birth of Tamil separatism in Sri Lanka.

The state’s response over the next 10 to 15 years and the violent Tamil rejoinder led to many killings, a whole pogrom and a long drawn out war that pitted the Sri Lankan army against the LTTE. The war ended with the defeat of the LTTE on May 19th, 2009. That is the second anniversary, and it marks an event that occurred thirty seven years after the First Republic was born and thirty one years after it had been superseded by the Second Republic with its own Constitution in 1978.

There is no official or public commemoration of the May 22nd anniversary that falls on Wednesday next week. The end of the war anniversary, on the other hand, is variously and even controversially commemorated on two different dates within Sri Lanka, and in the Tamil diaspora universe even involving foreign governments. The end of the war anniversaries have become the continuation of the war by peaceful means. One would hope that they remain peaceful forever and are not influenced or infected by the raw shenanigans such as allegedly involving the current Indian government and Khalistan Sikhs.

On the other hand, even though the anniversary of the First Republic its Constitution is now unhonoured and unsung, the political changes and consequences that flowed from them have significant implications even today, 52 years later. One of those implications has been the never-ending preoccupation with constitutional politics. The 1972 Constitution carried in its womb the seeds of its own undoing and was totally repudiated and wholly replaced by a new constitution in 1978.

The 1978 Constitution introduced the executive presidential system that undermined the parliamentary system that was in force and put Sri Lanka on an unchartered constitutional path. 46 years and 21 amendments later, the Sri Lankan Constitution is still a massive political bone of contention. How much of an issue would, or should, it be in the upcoming presidential election?

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    Rajan Philip’s sorties into Western and US politics falls into a bog.
    He tells us Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico “is a noted protégé of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban.
    Then says Orban “is notorious for his ideological contortions and right-wing authoritarianism”.
    That must come straight from guidelines of Western and Anglo-Saxon think tanks.
    Those two leaders stick out only because they seek to chart a course independent from the 30-odd EU members under US leadership, that are anti-Russian and pro-Ukrainian war.
    The two aggressive outlooks dominating Western rumination.
    Rajan indicates being very much a supporter of the US and EU, guardians of Human Rights and International Law only when it suits them.
    And in agreement with US and Western thinking, Rajan calls student protestors on US campuses and elsewhere “pro-Palestinian”.
    Anyone can tell Rajan the “pro-Palestinian” labelling is clever PR by governments against which the protests are directed.
    The protesters are “Anti-War” and “Anti-Genocide of civilians”.
    That victims are Palestinian children, women and men is only accidental.
    Students want governments to stop giving guns, bombs and support to the Israelis.

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      S
      Many people do not research beyond what the mainstream media feeds the public.
      The author is not much of an exception.
      That Orban and Fico hold rather conservative views is true.
      But that is only part of the picture, a part that receives calculated mainstream media attention.

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    I was about to post a comment to this article, when I read the crash of the helicopter carrying the President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, his Foreign Minister and several others. I hope it is not too late, but I pray with my whole heart for the safety of the Iranian President and all those who were in that helicopter. The accident involved is somewhat suspicious. Two of the three helicopters in the Iranian President’s convoy have landed safely while the helicopter carrying the Iranian President is missing. If the foggy weather was the reason for the hard landing, how did the other two helicopters fly through the same fog? On the other hand, professional pilots never take the risk of flying in bad weather. On a separate note, the Iranian President’s security detail should be blamed for not preparing for eventualities. Did he travel back in the same helicopter and same route?

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      My prayers yesterday for the safety of the Iranian President seem to be too late. The burnt wreckage of the helicopter that carried Iran’s second-in-command President Ebrahim Raisi, his Foreign Minister and other officials was found. I don’t know the reason for the crash. It could be a missile attack. It could be a bomb. But, we all know who did it. Anyway, all will not go well after this. President Raisi was an approachable, moderate thinking, strong leader. He has proved that he wasn’t a war monger. It was his right to thwart any attempts by the West to destroy Iranian culture. It is Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who makes decisions. He is tough and President Raisi was his most trusted supporter, to whom he would listen. President Raisi and his Foreign Minister didn’t let Israel’s war in Gaza escalate or put Western capitals at risk of collective punishment, if you know what I mean. I don’t think Iran’s next chapter will be good for the West. One thing I learnt from Israel’s war against Gaza is, Arabs including Iranians are not afraid of death. The more they see deaths, the more they are determined.

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        Champa, You say that the one thing you learnt about Arabs and Iranians is that they are not afraid of death. Iranian President Raisi proved that by dying in a helicopter. The one thing I learnt about the Creator Jehovah God is that when Jesus returns to Jerusalem to rule in his kingdom, Israel will still exist though many other nations will be judged away eternally.

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          The one thing I learnt about the Creator Jehovah God is that when his chosen people were dying in Auschwitz and Treblinka, he didn’t lift a finger to help them.

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            Paul, do you know whether people dying in death camps asked him for help. Need to be in deep communion when asking for miraculous help. He does not force himself with help.

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              You mean a powerful swimmer who sees a man drowning should stand by and do nothing until said man actually asks him for help?
              .
              As a matter of fact, yes I do know. When I was much younger I met a few who had survived the camps. All of them lost their faith i.e. they woke up.

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                Paul, who knows whether the man is trying to commit suicide and does not need help.

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                  DTG, a man struggling and screaming in deep water is hardly likely to be committing suicide. Is the swimmer to wait for a written request in duplicate with a copy to the swimming club before he intervenes?
                  .
                  Besides, suicide is a mortal sin and the swimmer should save him from it.
                  .
                  Which ever way you look at it God abandoned his people in the camps, or there is no God.

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              DTG,
              “Paul, do you know whether people dying in death camps asked him for help.”
              Of course the Jews in death camps prayed in secret. They weren’t allowed to do it in public.
              https://www.yadvashem.org/blog/adapting-jewish-prayers-during-the-holocaust.html
              That is the official Holocaust Memorial Centre in Israel, so please don’t say it’s a lie.
              Even though they prayed, God didn’t save them.

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                OC, I once read of a Rabbi who was leading a group of Jews to the gas chambers. While he was praying with them he mentioned “Remember its not the building that sanctifies the man, its the man that sanctifies the building”. That always stuck with me.

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          DTG
          “Iranian President Raisi proved that by dying in a helicopter”
          How do you know?
          What do you mean by this?
          Did the Iranian president have a choice?
          The helicopter crash was an accident.
          Don’t talk rubbish and show the world what a fool you are.
          Fundamentalist irrational bigots are not welcome on CT.

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            Bro HT,
            Those controlled by gods would have no life.
            :
            My cycling friend, a 76-year-old German athlete, suffers from gastritis like no other. It has a lot to do with his thought patterns that go beyond all acceptable limits. Gastroenerology specialists (proctocologists) have warned him to take it easy and stay away from unusual thought patterns: However, he cannot avoid his habbits ..so that the stomach acid cells secrete more HCL, which turns his stomach into a vortex of acid…which he notices as flatulence…
            When a Neighbour (who is controlled by God) listened to him, he thought it was the God who controlled his and this friends life. I said please take better care of his food intake than anything else. I also prepared a list of neutral foods for my friend. Now this bike friend is doing better, but those who thought IT WAS an act of God continue to think like that… See how people’s thinking nature is greatly influenced by God and some advice.

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              Dear LM
              You are very correct.
              Wisdom and blind faith oppose each other.
              There are still some people who think that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around the earth.
              People like DTG for instance can be in this category, that is why I refer to him as a religious extremist. He appears to be blinded by myth.
              Trying to reason with DTG is like trying to talk to a brick wall.
              I think my Dog is more reasonable than DTG.
              A sad excuse of a human being.

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                Dear HT,

                DTG is not alone. They are a number of black and white Americans who behave like DTG.
                Some people dance wildly with their eyes closed in their Sunday church sessions. I or others would be forced to think that these people are blind believers ( I stayed thenin a student hostel, which was maintained by anglican church)
                Religions can strengthen one by helping them with discipline, and whatever the mental balance, however it can be a drug to some.
                .
                Didn’t you see that stupid woman started licking the feet of a man named “Bodhisattva” who arrived in BIA from Egypt (January 1, 2024).

                Bodhisathaya is now caged in a Mulleriyawa Hospital for further treatements.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko7RpW2QXl8

                I also have Sinhala Buddhist relatives like the woman who licked the feet of Bodhisathawaya.
                Many of them go on watering BOTREE from morning to evening asking some blessings, but most of them are not real good people in their personal life. Who do they think they are misleading… ?

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                Human Touch, Don’t reason with me. My source of information, you know nothing about. What you call myth, when it happens to you, I hope the good Lord will show mercy and give you another chance.

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                Human Touch, Keep your opinions and your dog to yourself please.

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                  dtg
                  Have a sense of humor.
                  Cannot someone equally say to you “Keep your opinions etc.”?

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            Human Touch, You have still to learn that when judgment comes on you, there is no choice and no awareness of what is happening. Iranian president wanted to eliminate Israel.

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              DTG,

              why is that late JUDGEMENT to MaRa ?
              why is that late to Gota ?
              Why is that late to Namal Baby ?
              Why is that late to Yoshitha Baby ?
              Why is that late to Rohitha or Chichi Baby ?
              Why is that late to Wimal Buruwanse ?
              Why is that late to Johnsten dog ?
              Why is that late to Rohitha Abeygunawardhana ?
              Why is that late to Dilith Jayaweera?

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              DTG
              This is not what you implied earlier.
              Why do you change your stands now?
              Don’t just talk for the sake of having a mouth. Please read what you write at least once.
              This is not a religious forum, keep your bible and your blind subservient worship of Jews and put on your thinking cap for once and talking some sense for a change.
              Blind faith is not welcome here on CT.

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                Human Touch, Bible is a written record of history. You believe it or you don’t, just like how you get your other information. Question the author. You have no authority to welcome what comes here. Take it or leave it

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            HT
            “Fundamentalist irrational bigots are not welcome on CT.”
            Then where do we go for entertainment? And CT offers no videos.

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              Hello SJ.
              It would also mean censoring peoples rights to express themselves – a slippery slope – and you are right about entertainment. Pandi Kutti’s ripostes to DS and Lester etc are usually very humourous. Plus it is good to get a different take on what we think. It might not make us change our minds, but can give us a better understanding of the issues.
              Best regards

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                LS
                PK can also, more than occasionally, be a Tamil racist pig.

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            Human Touch, Raisi type is described in Ps. 83,3 as saying “Come let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel is remembered no more” vs.12 “Let us take for ourselves the pastures of God.”.They even know they are trying to rob. It ends by saying they perish and the Most High is over all the earth. Dogs and bigots don’t know.

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          “when Jesus returns to Jerusalem to rule in his kingdom, Israel will still exist”
          That means JC will return pretty soon, and dtg should get ready for the day rather than waste everyone’s time on CT..

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            SJ, Yes getting ready and trying to show all the truth even though they are unable to receive.

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              Hello DTG,
              Yes you are broadcasting on AM and we are listening to FM.
              Best regards

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              One should have an open mind to learn the truth before claiming to show it.

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      Champa, you say accident is suspicious. Two other helicopters made it. All don’t end up the same in any situation in life, specially in foggy weather.

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        davidthegood
        The US did it.

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          Champa, very good at accusation as if you saw it. These are the opinionated writers that are in abundance at CT. That is why written accounts here have to taken with suspicion and not as facts

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            DTG,
            “Champa, very good at accusation as if you saw it. These are the opinionated writers that are in abundance at CT.”
            I suppose, with your direct line to God, you know everything, but are not opinionated. Is your connection to the single Jewish God or the multiple Christian God?

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          Champa the Chimpa🙈🐒
          How do you know?
          You are an incorrigible conspiracy monger.
          They say that for every child that gets truly educated, there will be one less conspiracy theorist in the world.
          You being a former teacher should no not to allow your crazy imagination to lead you down the garden path.
          Besides it is customary to back up your crazy imagination with at least some little excuses we can call facts, but you, you are a rare specimen. Directly imported to CT from cuckoo land.
          Your handlers are coming for you.

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            davidthegood
            (in)human touch
            Iran’s late President Dr. Ebrahim Raisi will be greatly missed by the Global South, and also the amiable personality of late Foreign Minister Dr. Hossein Amir Abdollahian will be missed by many. Their loss will be deeply felt by Palestinians too. They were pillars of strength for Palestine. The US assassinated them. How do I know? I found a clue. The US doesn’t gain anything by assassinating them. They did it for Israel.

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              Champa, you always find wrong clues according to your frame of mind. US has nothing to do with it and wants to show that.

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                davidthegood
                “Wrong clues always”? Please give me some examples.
                I didn’t even mention my clues in support of my opinion that it was the US which assassinated the Iranian President and the Foreign Minister. How did you conclude that my clue was wrong?
                You should try to overcome your prejudice. You remind me of Elizabeth K. Horst, the nominee to be US Ambassador to Sri Lanka. Her remarks before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee proves that she is ultra prejudiced against the majority of Sri Lanka. Her failure to accept that Sri Lanka was under the LTTE terror era for 34 years violates the Sri Lankan citizens’ right to life. Her remarks also proves her set mind against the majority Sinhalese and that she has a dangerous agenda against the host country. The past and present US Ambassadors to Sri Lanka are the reason the United States is so unpopular, even at times hated, in Sri Lanka. I have never seen them trying to improve bilateral relations. Instead, they fund protests, topple governments, promote unpopular political leaders and parties, dictate terms of governance, international relations and trade, and coerce laws that are directly against the cultural and religious values of the host country.

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              Hello Champa,
              If you read my comment on the Raisi Helicopter Crash you will know that I have flown many times in Bell 212 Helicopters. I have also flown in Sikorsky S61s multiple times in the North Sea. Our Diving Vessel was involved in the Search and Recovery of the 26 June 1978 crash of an S61 off Bergen that killed all 18 people on board. The Main Rotor had detached due to Metal Fatigue. We located the chopper (Helicopter) in 200 m Depth. The Navy recovered 5 bodies from the wreck.
              There have been many Helicopter crashes in the North Sea and elsewhere, including a few Bell 212s like this one on 14 September 1982 https://m.famousfix.com/topic/1982-bristow-helicopters-bell-212-crash
              I have been in one Emergency landing and one Return to Base event on Bell 212 Helicopters. These are old Helicopters and subject to American Sanctions against Iran. I believe that Raisi’s Helicopter was missing the Transponder and probably poorly maintained.
              Now where is your evidence that it was sabotage or Missile/Drone attack?
              Best regards

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                Hello LankaScot,

                It is likely Israel meddled with the electronics inside the control system. They may have had help from the inside. Speculation on my part. However, it’s odd that the transponder is missing.

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              Champa
              You have been a person with a messed up mindset.
              Maybe it is your miserable old age full of regret that is driving you to always choose the wrong side.
              I pity you.
              Why not get back to your cage in Angoda. At least you will get your meds on time and live a sedentary life sparing us your psychopathic thoughts.

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        Hello DTG,
        On 02/June/1994 a Chinook Helicopter crashed in very foggy weather on the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland killing 29 personnel, 10 RUC men, six from MI5, four crew and nine from the British Army. These were top Intelligence men in the British Military and Government. Initially the Pilots were blamed for the crash, but subsequently exonerated.
        The Chinook had a new control system called FADEC, which was notoriously “flaky”, so much that Boscombe-Down Pilots refused to fly them. Many pilots were aware of the problems. Although no official reason has been given, it was probably the electronics that caused the Crash,
        I have flown many times in the same Bell 212 Helicopters. I saw the remains of a crashed one at the back of Escravos Heliport in Nigeria. We had just been forced to return due to bad weather on a trip up the Benin River. I asked the Pilot why we had turned back and he told me to look at the back of the Heliport Building. There was my answer!
        So as for President Raishi’s helicopter my first answer would be “Weather”, my second “Mechanical Failure” and then “Sabotage or Shot Down”.
        Best regards

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          LS,
          “So as for President Raishi’s helicopter my first answer would be “Weather”,”
          Doesn’t that come under “Acts of God” in insurance parlance? So you’re saying DTG is right?

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            Hello OC,
            I had to laugh, I am caught DTG is right😉.
            Best regards

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          LankaScot, very sensible analysis, unlike that warped mind of Champa just before this comment

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            DTG
            I have to agree with you.
            Sadly Champa is a gone case.
            Much like Eagle Eye, if you all can remember.
            Eagle eye vanished into oblivion after Mara was kicked out through aragalaya.
            Perhaps he died of heart break 💔.
            Whatever the case may have been, his demise was good riddance to bad rubbish.
            Hope Champa too will “kick” soon.
            We don’t need mad dogs like Champa or eagle eye on CT.

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          LS
          .
          A poignant illustration of a comparable incident involving a helicopter crash in adverse weather conditions is the tragedy that befell the American basketball icon, Kobe Bryant, in 2020.

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    I understand that a Sri Lankan businessman attacked Iran’s ambassador in Sri Lanka. Is it a political plot against Iran? The political coups are now everywhere including Sri Lanka. Within 10 years, Sri lanka has seen nearly five political coups: in 2015, 2018, 2019, 2022 and possibly before end of 2024.

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    “ Government supporters use the country’s draconian defamation laws to judicially harass and even jail prominent government critics.”
    What has happened to our Ranjan Ramnayake who was speaking out the truth and had to go to jail on trumped up charges. He was released on conditions that he will lie low.
    He should be given the freedom of speech/expreesion. Similarly Sarath Fonseka was sent to prison because he was talking about the white flag massacre. Rulers are powerful these days!
    RP ‘s article is trying to cover so many different topics!!!

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    I would like to see a new constitution for SL being adopted after Public Referendum NOW. This new constitution should have clauses that
    1)would deprive criminals/parasites/uncouthed ones/
    Drug pushers etc to contest any form of Elections.
    2)Would ensure the minorities rights to have their own language and culture preserved.
    3) would exclude clergy dabbling in politics
    & many more
    Elections should happen after the adoption of new constitution

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