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Who Is The Mastermind Behind The Easter Sunday Massacre?

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Who is the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday massacre? Why carnage was not prevented despite prior information?

The Horrifying / Inhuman April 21st attacks should not be seen merely attack on a specific religion at this time. Rather the attack is on the very heart of the county’s plural, multi-ethnic social fabric. There has been no history of violent animosity between Muslims and Christians. However, over a period of time both communities have been targeted by few radical Buddhists on multiple occasions. They were both victims of the violence but never responded. Had the bombers targeted state institutions, places of entertainment, Buddhist temples or even Hindu kovils, it would have made sense in terms of vengeance for a real or imagined wrong.  

Sri Lanka’s Muslim community which suffered immense during the three decades of ethnic conflict and help save the unity of the country is deeply disturbed in view of the   involvement of an insignificant Muslim group in the devastating April 21 attacks.

The alleged involvement of National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) and the media coverage started causing serious concern among Muslims who were already under attack by racist mercenaries.  Without any provocations Muslims were attacked, looted and their properties including mosques were burnt causing billions of rupees of lost depriving their livelihood during attacks in Central hills in March 2018. 

These attacks remain fresh in their minds though the perpetrators were yet to be tried and brought to book. One of leaders of this carnage was released when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as prime minister. This is the state of affairs in the country where Muslims feel ignored and discriminated by the pro-western Maithri-Ranil government.  

There are clearly external interests working in collusion with local political actors in order to divide, distract, rule and advance external geo-strategic interests in this strategically located country at this time. External parties have geopolitical interests in Sri Lanka to divide, distract, loot and set up military bases in the island as there is a cold war and increasing militarization of the Indian Ocean.  RSS and BBS emerged in the post-war period, the former a Hindu organization and the latter a Buddhist outfit in the predominantly Tamil northeast and Sinhala Buddhist South, seemingly also targeting Muslims and Christians. 

Meanwhile questions were also asked why the bombers who bombed leading the hotels starting from Cinnamon Grand to Kingsbury did not bomb the Indian owned Taj Samudra hotel. On the other hand how come the Indian media and even Indian politicians knew more about bombings than the local media and local authorities? Furthermore, the intelligence shared by Indian RAW with the Sri Lankan authorities about possible attacks almost two weeks before the incident / release of identities of the Suspects and their ideologies gives credence to the suspected role of Indians deep state . It is also noticeable that if the attackers successfully targeted renowned Catholic Churches why they did not attack Indian High Commission which was also target of the terrorists.  

This reprehensible crime cannot be done by handful of undesirables from Dematagoda or Sarikamulla as it proved a very well coordinated sophisticated crime meticulously planned and executed within 20 minutes. The authorities have pinned the blame for the attack on an obscure group “National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ). The group has multiple links to foreign countries. The links to foreign countries appears to hold the key to determining who is really behind the attacks. Therefore, due to NTJ’s foreign links, it is highly likely that a foreign entity, most likely a foreign state or state intelligence agency was behind the attacks and that the men on the ground who have been captured are merely pawns in a much larger and even more dangerous game. 

Questions were also raised why the government failed to act promptly and to stop the attacks thus could have saved innocent lives. That is the first thing that any responsible government would do as innocent peoples’ lives were involved.

President Sirisena was to appoint a special investigating panel to ascertain information on this carnage while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe   said investigations would be launched to ascertain why a prior warning about the attack had been ignored.

Shameful state of affairs was such that Minister Harin Fernando tweeted the image of an internal memo and report by the police intelligence of a terror attack to be carried out by so called NTJ.

“Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action. What my father heard was also from an intelligence officer. Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored. I was in Badulla last night,” the minister tweeted.

The letter signed by the DIG, dated on April 11 was addressed to a number of key officials in the security services including the Directors of the Ministerial Security Division (MSD), Former Presidents’ Security Division and the Ambassadors Security Division.

The letter titled “Information of an alleged plan attack” said the state intelligence services had received information from a foreign intelligence service to the effect that National Thawheed Jamath Leader Mohammed Zahran was about to launch a suicide bomb attack in Sri Lanka targeting famous catholic churches and the Indian High Commission.

In the letter, the DIG requested the concerned authorities to pay attention to the information and to beef up the security provided to VIP personnel and to the locations.

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters that there had been “several warnings from foreign intelligence agencies about the impending attacks”.

Now the question is what the use of special investigation panel and investigations after the damage was done and innocent lives were lost.

Such a calamity was not something unexpected. About eight months ago in October last year I highlighted a potential threat to communal harmony   in an article. This is what I predicted; 

“The island’s growing ties with Israel have become cause for serious concern among the discriminated Muslim community which always feared that this may spell disaster for communal harmony in view of Israel’s centuries old vicious hostility towards Islam and Muslims. This fear emanates from Israel’s long record of hostility towards Muslims and its crucial role in the United States led western global campaign demonising Islam and Muslims under the guise of fighting a war on terrorism. Today it is common knowledge that Israel and India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP’ / RSS, operate hand in glove against  Muslims in India and the region as well.

Knowledgeable people were aware that Israel was behind all attacks in Europe during the past three decades and the western media, part of US-European-Israeli war machine, put the blame on Muslims only to be proved months later that they were the work of Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad. In the same way RSS has been responsible for thousands of violent attacks on Muslims since Indian independent burning Muslim villages and cities, killing Muslims and raping Muslim women.

Israel and India fully backed by US and Europe has lot to benefit by destabilising the island which has established closer ties with china especially in the context of US –China rivalry in the Indian Ocean region. From the very first hour western media began their traditional role of accusing Muslims of committing this crime.

Muslim community of the Island has vehemently condemned this massacre and issued a statement signed by prominent Muslims. Following is the statement;

“We convey our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the families of all the victims of the heinous terrorist act which took place on Easter Sunday. We also convey our utmost disgust, revulsion and sorrow at the unexpected and totally unnecessary and unacceptable loss of life and injury to our fellow Sri Lankans and visitors to Sri Lanka, several of who were engaged in prayer.

We are aghast and saddened by the fact these acts were carried out by an insignificant group of misguided Sri Lankan Muslims. The actions of these misguided   Muslims in no way represent or reflect the beliefs, concerns and expectations of the Sri Lankan Muslim community which has integrated well into Sri Lankan society over the centuries and contributed to our Motherland. We identify ourselves truly as Sri Lankans and are proud of our Sri Lankan identity.

This heinous incident is a challenge to all Sri Lankans who are dedicated to maintaining our pluralistic values and our common resolve to prevent any cycle of religious and ethnic violence. We Sri Lankan Muslims are equally obligated to infuse our whole community with the true Islamic values of peace and brotherhood. We reiterate our condemnation of this inhuman and despicable act of terror in the strongest possible terms.

We appeal to all our fellow Sri Lankans to act with restraint and desist from taking the law into their own hands. Let us stand united as otherwise we would be yielding to the terrorists. We also call upon all state agencies to effectively investigate these criminal acts and bring the offenders to justice swiftly and effectively”. Ends

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    The test bombing took place in Palamunai in the eastern province in a land belonging to Hezbollah the current governor of the east., a well known Islamic extremist , who used his politician influence to steal Hindu temple lands and handed it to the local mosque to build a shopping centre and beef slaughter house. Sillysena knowing all this appointed him as the governor of the Tamil east and , stating that he wanted to teach the Tamils a good lesson. The very same Tamils who elected him to power. Two of the Islamic terrorist suicide bombers were the sons of the Rishard Bathudeen , another Islamic racist , who under guise of settling displaced northern Muslims , was denuding the forest cover of the Wilpattu sanctuary and settling thousands of out of area Muslims , who had nothing to do with the north, in order to create new Islamic enclaves , that never existed in the north. This man is an out and out Islamic hardliner and an anti Tamil. He deliberately lied to the Al Jazeera TV , stating the Tamils were responsible for the carnage , when most of the victims of this carnage are Tamil Catholics/Christians. You mean to say these people did not know anything about this? Two well known anti Tamils and Islamic extremists . One person’s land is used as a test bomb site and the others close friend’s two sons are suicide bombers. What is the government doing about these two men?

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      Sorry were the sons of Rishard Basthudeen’s friend and not his sons. Typing error

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        Why would India do this knowing that it would benefit pro Chinese MR? At the same time, out of that many countries in the world, why IS selected Sri Lanka to take revenge on Christchurch massacre? Is it possible a few youths can be radicalized, trained and brainwashed to be suicide bombers within the short period of around 40 days since Christchurch massacre? Does Sri Lanka have any other conditions that made IS pick this country to take revenge on Christchurch?

        And historically there is no hatred between these 2 minority communities that is powerful enough to turn an individual into a human bomb to attack the other.

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          The answer is the bombing were done to legitimize the Diego Garcia military Base and CIA black site in the Indian Ocean against which the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in February 25 , as there is a Cold War against China. DG base justification is to provide “(in)security for the world!

          Now FBI is doing the investigation of bombings in Lanka.
          Ironically the parties who should be among the main suspects along with IS and whoever else they accuse are also leading the investigation and crafting the narrative in Banana republic Lanka.

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          Other condition – only country in the world with no security – and top tourist destination, can bag a few whites on top- that is the thinking of this sickos

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      “Two of the Islamic terrorist suicide bombers were the sons of the Rishard Bathudeen….”

      Is that factually accurate? I read somewhere the brothers were the sons of a wealthy spice trader, but as far as I know, Rishard Bathiudeen is not such a trader.

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      Latheef Farook ,

      RE: Who Is The Mastermind Behind The Easter Sunday Massacre?

      “Meanwhile questions were also asked why the bombers who bombed leading the hotels starting from Cinnamon Grand to Kingsbury did not bomb the Indian owned Taj Samudra hotel. On the other hand how come the Indian media and even Indian politicians knew more about bombings than the local media and local authorities? Furthermore, the intelligence shared by Indian RAW with the Sri Lankan authorities about possible attacks almost two weeks before the incident / release of identities of the Suspects and their ideologies gives credence to the suspected role of Indians deep state . It is also noticeable that if the attackers successfully targeted renowned Catholic Churches why they did not attack Indian High Commission which was also target of the terrorists. “

      “Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters that there had been “several warnings from foreign intelligence agencies about the impending attacks”.

      Who Is The Mastermind Behind The Easter Sunday Massacre?

      So, the security ignored it. Were they bribed? By the Indians?

      “The authorities have pinned the blame for the attack on an obscure group “National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ). “

      Do they follow Devil, Satan, Iblis per Hadith of Najd, or the Indians,, RAW?

      Looks like circumstantial evidence points to Indians and the Devil?

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        I had the same questions. India have history of Killing Muslim. And those global extremists Muslim hate India and not Sri lanka. One of question is this somebody’s work to sell Tamil Tigers to Sri lanka by creating big rip between Muslim and Sri lanka?
        And the other question is what these Tamil who torn Colombo for last 30 years have been doing in Colombo?
        isn’t karma came back against Tamil suicide bombers? as well against constitutional plotters

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          Jayt,

          Tamil van driver? NJT could not find a NJT van driver and even a Muslim van driver? Strange. Did the Indians supply the driver and the explosives?

          At least we know who supplied the explosives to LTTE initially. Made in India.

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      we as muslims were shocked as to why hizbull lah was given so much powers
      he was never sincere
      we agree totally with you
      badurdeen too and all the muslim m.p. who didnt support and safeguard the srilankans
      being aware of all these ruthlessness and overlooking them must be dealt severely
      the whole community suffers because of these heartless so called representatives which we never ever voted
      together we will stand by to get rid of them

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        betsy,

        This started more than 20 years ago. It was a trickling time bomb.

        Radicalization among Sri Lanka’s Muslims was slow and steady

        https://www.apnews.com/89a58ddbd39b4febae3f106fbda593ee

        Bruce Hoffman, a senior fellow for counterterrorism at the Council on Foreign Relations, said as far back as 22 years ago on his first visit to Sri Lanka there were Muslims who were concerned about people being radicalized.

        He said Sunday’s attacks would have likely required an elaborate process of recruitment, radicalization and then sequestration to prepare suicide bombers for their mission. The plan would have also needed safe houses for bomb makers, operatives who could conduct surveillance and reconnaissance of targets, and others to transport the bombers safely

        “You are talking about a resource and manpower-intensive activity … that has historically been beyond the capabilities of a small local would-be terrorist organization,” Hoffman said.

        One of the suicide bombers is suspected of being the former leader of a little-known group named National Towheed Jamaat

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      This very un-Islamic terroism is a reaction to the anti-Islam actions of the US and other Westerrn powers exploiting the middle east Oil with the help of the Saudis who were uneducated marauders put into power by the British Raj..

      But this comment writer Rohan is ignorant of history when he writes that
      Muslims ….had nothing to do with the north, in order to create new Islamic enclaves , that never existed in the north.
      The book by Captain Percival who lived Jaffna (except for short breaks) from 1800-1820 gives a detailed demographic picture of the demographics of the North. The majority population were “Mohameddens< with the Cingalese and the Malabar Tamils coming after that".

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        We all know that you are a liar and a typical Wahhabi . The north was predominantly Muslim and Sinhalese and not Tamil.!!!!!! Whom are you trying to fool, you fake Arab converted low caste Tamil from South India. You and your community fled to the island from South India as refugees and immigrant traders a few centuries ago, on flat wooden boats called “Marrakallam “in Tamil and first took refuge in the then Tamil north west coast that was part of the TamilJaffna Kingdom. This is why the Sinhalese call you ” Marrakalayo or Marrakala Minissu” Meaning wooden boat people. The Tamils gave you ungrateful creatures a place and a home and you nasty evil devils repay our kindness by killing us and joining with anyone who want to commit genocide and war crimes on us. You ISIS Salafist extremists deliberately bombed the churches when the service or mass was being conducted in Tamil , so that most of the victims will be Christian Tamils. In the name of Islam and a fake Arab origin , you Arab worshippers are doing everything to destroy your own ancient Tamil language, race/ethnicity, culture and heritage in the island and steal the Eelam Tamil lands to create a Wahhabi Islamic Caliphate , that will be a future headache for the entire region. We know that you receive funds from certain Islamic nations for your nightmare agenda

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma,

          ” You and your community fled to the island from South India as refugees and immigrant traders a few centuries ago, on flat wooden boats called “Marrakallam “

          Just curious, how did the Dutch bring you guys here as slaves before grabbing the lands of Sinhalese farmers and gave you?

          Plus, how lovely & freely people just moved country to country those days without having to sell their properties to pay millions to the human-traffickers! By the way, did the modern day Whites learn from Sinhalese to call you “Boat People”? I guess you should protest against this silly derogation or Whites’ future generation would start calling you “Fishing boat people”

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            ghk,
            Intellectual dishonesty is your forté.
            Dutch never colonized any part of India, except the trading posts they had there.
            Keep on parroting Nalin de Siva’s lies.

            EmAG

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        All yours reasoning for Muslim reaction and history in Jaffna are right. .US and other Western countries’ anti Islam approach created millions Muslim extremists around the globe.

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        Bison,

        This terrorism was carried out by those who follow the Devil, Satan, Iblis, per prescient Hadith of Najd, called Wahhabi-Salafies and their clones, foretold by Prophet Mohamed.

        Just Google Hadith of Najd, given in Sahih Bukhara and Sahih Muslim.

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      These are nature’s “Darma” “Karma of nature’s Darma.” Tamil Nadu who attempting to capture Sri lanka landa for centuries took advantage of Western interest and set things up against Sri lanka also by using India.
      And if president used Muslim against Tamil it is natural law of CIA and West where all Tamil Tigersporas are enjoying fake refugee status and delivered suicide bombing against Sri lanka for 30 years

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      Fake news.

      There is no proof Muslims carried out this attack. Some people make up stories to suit their paymasters.

      Christians also believe in Allah (PBUH), Ibrahim (PBUH), Hussein (PBUH), Jesus (PBUH) and other Prophets. It is outrageous to say Muslims target Christians in Srilanka. It has never happened and it will never happen.

      Think!

      Indian election is going on and hardliners are desperate to keep power. Two birds in one stone for them. Christian churches are attacked every month in India!

      During the war Christians both Singhala and Tamil supported the government as well as Muslims and Buddhists.

      Don’t be carried away by emotions. Know the perennial enemy of Srilanka.

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        Fathima is stupid enough to warn that she is about to write fake news and then writes one.
        Fake prayer?

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      Rohan: You know that Governors are political appointees. They openly use the office to enhance their wealth and the EP Governor is one such.
      All politicians are into the ‘Culture’ of corruption/nepotism/impunity. Rishard Bathiutheen is a longtime politician.
      PS: I am no fan of the two.
      Associating the two with the suicide bombers like how you have done is wrong. You may retract but the dirt stays.
      This is how rumours start. Where do we end?

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      Latheef Farook

      RE: Who Is The Mastermind Behind The Easter Sunday Massacre?

      Wahhabi-Salafies and their Clones who follow Satan.

      Sri Lanka bomb blasts mastermind was radical preacher, on police radar

      https://indianexpress.com/article/india/sri-lanka-blasts-mastermind-was-radical-preacher-on-police-radarv-5693283/

      Zaharan Hashim, founder of National Towheeth Jamaath, was also one of the two suicide bombers who detonated themselves at the five-star Shangri La hotel in Colombo.

      The 38-year-old man, said to be the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka that killed 359 people, hailed from a coastal town in eastern Batticaloa where he ran his own radical mosque and had a reputation for making aggressive demands that the Shariah be implemented, security sources told The Indian Express.

      Zaharan Hashim, founder of National Towheeth Jamaath, was also one of the two suicide bombers who detonated themselves at the five-star Shangri La hotel in Colombo.

      On Wednesday, with President Maithripala Sirisena asking Sri Lanka’s defence secretary and police chief to quit for failing to act on intelligence warnings, officials said Hashim was among the eight suicide bombers who targeted churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa.

      Officials identified a ninth suicide bomber as the wife of one of the attackers — she blew herself up along with her three children when police raided her Colombo home hours after the blasts.

      The Indian Express has learnt that police are now re-investigating the recent explosion of a motorcycle near Kattankudy, Hashim’s hometown in Batticaloa. Investigators suspect the explosion could have been a test for the explosives used in Sunday’s blasts. At the time, police had arrested the owner of the property where the explosion took place.

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    Who are these evil forces behind this horrendous attack? Two of Sri Lanka’s religious groups, the minority, have been sent reeling in one swift blow. There have been too much of finger pointing, and blaming, and because of all the complexities, the possibilities are endless. It could be the usual political culprits, and their goons, it could be these terrorists, with support from outside, a new problem for the country, or it can be our neighbors across the seas, interfering in our affairs again. India seems to be extra familiar with what is going on in our country, and Saudi Arabia, has tried to exert it’s influence over our Muslims, and has ulterior motives too. It could also be some other nation, that wants to divide the nation, and set one against the other, for their own devious reasons. The guessing game goes on.

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      Chitra,

      Why are you beating around the bush? The suicide bombers were radicalized SL Muslims, but they couldn’t have handled such an operation, including complicated logistics, without an external group. It is not hard to imagine that ISIS or its allied Jihadist groups would be the most likely culprits. Of course some Islamist countries might have stealthily encouraged it for their own ends.

      But much of what I see is just idle conspiracy theory that cannot stand to scrutiny. For instance, MR and Gota are known for war crimes and stand to benefit from such carnage electorally, but they wouldn’t dare to go that far. They might instigate isolated incidents but not something of this complexity and size.

      The most important issue is sheer disarray at the top , caused by Sirisena’s mindless attempt at rapprochement with the Rajapaksas, precipitating a crisis with confusion over who was in charge. Why was a clear intelligence warning that included names and addresses followed up on?

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      he country committed a blunder in January 2015, colossal and unpardonable. Plagued by the obsession to get rid of the incumbent President who had his feet on the very threshold of a usurpation and dictatorship, anyone or any two were alright. The polity did not ponder for a moment whether a bull and a goat can be yoked together. They could neither pull nor plough.
      The socio cultural milieu was far too disparate for the two to steer the nation through, in a united effort. The bull was of a superior breed caring not a straw for its partner which did not measure up in stature or ability for traction. The latter was always conscious of its inadequacy.
      It tried its last lurch but the plough share ran into mud. A second try and the yoke broke. That was in October 2018. To kick the bull away the goat never had the strength nor the support of its herd. The rule book said nothing doing and the Speaker and the Judiciary stayed put.. The option open to the goat was only to SULK. It did just that for five full months. Time did not wait, it pressed on in April.
      Part II
      The marauders searched for the weakest link to break the chain. South India was far too strong for the adventurists. Sri Lanka provided a terrain untended for straight 6 months. Easter Sunday was the goat’s tryst with destiny. It escaped the guillotine in October last year. This escape is possible only in a land of buffaloes. Polonnaruwa was a perfect microcosm of this buffalo land in which the goat was bred..
      The country knows well and truly that the disaster takes the trail to the one and only in the land vested with supreme power to have avoided the tragedy. There is no need to witch hunt or to search for scapegoats.

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      Everyone blamed the Bodu Bala Sena but covered up the Muslim extremists. This writer is also trying to diminish the role of the Muslim extremists. But, as DBSJeyarj had pointed out, the BoduBalaSena and such extremist Buddhist reaction was a natural consequence of Muslim extremists who have began to attack Buddhists. Even the so called “moderate” Muslim politicians and their supporters grabbed land in Dhigavapi, in Kuragala, and so many other places. Just as the Tamil “moderate leaders” allowed extremism to grow and come out in the form of the LTTE terrorists, the Muslim leaders also allowed extremism to grow and turned to the easy but tainted money from the Saudis and others who propagated extreme forms of Islam. This writer Farook Lathif is also an ultra-conservative whose position on the reform of the discriminatory laws on Women are well known from his own articles. His article tries to raise hate against the West and the Indian Government.

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        Edward ,

        Wahhabi Salafis and their clones such as ISIS follow the Satan, Devil, Iblis per prescient Hadith of Najd. This is from Islamic Sources.

        Most moderate Muslims cannot see that because they are bribed by the SaudiWahhabi petrodollars, but many have pointed this out. Even by March 2014, 5 years ago, a Sri Lankan Muslim group wanted Taejon Jamat, the Wahhabi Terrorists banned. Nothing happened.

        So they teamed up with ISIS. 50 percent of ISIS fighters were Saudis.

        Then you have the lethargy of Sri Lankan security, even with the information thrown at their face about the terrorists.

        A Land like no other with terrorists like no other following the Devil like no other.

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    Another totally unacceptable, lie-based attempt by a regular apologist for Muslim extremism (Lathief Farook), this time.
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    Lathief puts forward a series of fanciful conspiracy theory, padded by some patent lies about Muslims in Sri Lanka. His theory that the Indian and other foreign intelligence agencies had planned and executed this atrocity would have been a joke if not for its bastadry. He still keeps referring to the ‘alleged’ involvement of National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ). Has Lathief seen the photos of the perpetrators publicised by ISIS? Why is he hiding the truth?
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    In his shameful attempt to exonerate Muslims, Lathief writes about how Muslims and Christians. have been targeted by few ‘radical Buddhists’ on multiple occasions, without ever responding. He continued the patent lie that the Sri Lanka’s Muslim community suffered immense during the three decades of ethnic conflict Then how does he explain the clearly visible economic and political rise of the Muslims, with an amazing rise in their population numbers over the same 30 years? Today Muslims own all the businesses at Majestic Plaza and along Galle Road on both sides of the road, and all the lanes from the Galle Face to Panadura are 100% Muslim occupied. We all like to suffer immensely if that is result.
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    The most dishonest of Lathief’s grievancesis that Muslims feel ‘ignored and discriminated’ by the pro-western Maithri-Ranil government. We all know that the UNP has been captured by the Muslims and Ranil is their patron. To expect people to believe that Ranil government discriminates is to make us believe that Mohammed was not a pedophile.Same with Rajitha Senaratne told reporters that there had been “several warnings from foreign intelligence agencies about the impending attacks”.
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    did not bomb the Indian owned Taj Samudra hotel. On the other hand how come the Indian media and even Indian politicians knew more about bombings than the local media and local authorities?

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    We have no lamborghinis, we have no golden horses, we have no Dubai hotels, we have no 18 billion dollars recovered..

    BUT WE DO HAVE ISLAMIC TERRORISM

    Bravo Yahapalanaya and the 6.2 mn morons who voted them in

    Now we most definitely need the white vans to clear up this mess, and reply as you may to this post to ease your injured egos, that time will soon come, and we the patriotic people of this country are looking forward to it..

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    There were 7 suicide bombers as opposed to a single angry individual. This shows the extent of Wahhabi influence on Sri Lanka’s Muslims. Secondly, the bombers wore suicide vests. The vests were expertly designed. All of them went off flawlessly. Someone with knowledge and experience made them, which suggests a foreign element (we can safely assume Tamils or Sinhalese did not participate in the operation). On the other hand, several car bombs did not go off, so vest designer has only limited expertise. Next point: it was Indian intelligence (RAW) which shared info with the Sri Lankans. This suggests a link between the bombers and Pakistan. Pakistani ISI sponsors all of sorts of militant groups, this is no secret. It suggests that the bombers trained in some area within close geographical proximity to Pakistan, such as Afghanistan. Vest designer may have come from here too. The author asks why the Taj was not attacked. Taj was attacked in 2008. They may have some security measures by now. In fact, this attack is similar to the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Except in this case, no guns were used, only suicide vests.

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    Latheef is coming out with the usual story and dragging India into this. Why not Taj? You must ask the guys who planned this attack. They also planned to attack Indian embassy accordingly? That means these Muslim bombers of Sri lankan origin are all Indian agents? SL government had been warned about this long ago but they did not take any action typical of SL way of doing things. They had concrete evidences. Explosives, documents , plans all were in their custody yet no action.Islamic fanatics were protected by Muslim politicians and getting them released and as I said for the Sinhala government wining election is more important than protecting lives. We have been killing as a routine from 1956, 58, 73, 77, 83,87, 2009 and in between at Aluthgama, kandy to name a few. So lives are not very important to all of us. So if Islamic terrorists opt to kill sri lankans in the name of Islam then they are very foolish and we are really immune to death, destruction and mayhem. Now we Sri lankans have to say that terrorist victims too will go to heaven where 90 virgins will await them. But I dont know what the kids and women will do with those Virgins? India is certainly very concerned because they are dealing with very serious Islamic terrorism in their country and they have always warned the infiltration of Islamic fanatics into SL from Muslim countries. India is certainly concerned about our intimacy with Pakistan that is no doubt deadly to any sane person. You are well aware of the Islamic bombing in several Indian states periodically including 5 Star hotels and ancient Hindu temples.
    Islamic extremism and terrorism is a fact and there is no doubt about that. All terrorists are Muslims but all Muslims are not terrorists. They invariably target innocent lives.

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    If you ask me, it is President MS himself. He is responsible.

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      Did he run away to Singapore, and even delay coming back while SL was burning ? A

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    When Muslims attack secular society comes to the rescue and say “real Muslim cannot kill people”

    When Sinhalese buddhist radicals attack they say ” Buddhism doesn’t endores violence even for the self defense”.

    When Christian’s attack they say true Christian would turn his other cheek.

    Therefore the lack of moral guidance is the cause? Abrahamic religions lay out monothiestic, God given comandements. Buddhism endores “here now” (your own Vedana based and percepts) moral code.

    I mean look at Jainism. It’s the riligion of highest Ahimsa concept.

    So folks who kill and pilage are the athiests who doesn’t beileve in God given or otherwise moral code. Is athiesm the cause? So called secular society inadvertently or otherwise created this state? Radical reletivism created this? Postmodern deconstruction is the cause?

    Is derrida truely dead?

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    In the coming weeks and months we would be able to see who is to gain the most out of these atrocities! Then we can safely conclude who is behind this..

    It is definitely not the 99.9% of Muslims.. in the longer term the terrorists harmed the Muslims the most.. their businesses will be marginalised, their religious freedom would be restricted and they will have to live for quite a while in fear of retaliation. It is definitely not the majority Sinhalese nor the Christians nor the Hindus. This goes beyond religious divides. Neighbouring countries have the most to benefit when our peaceful fast developing island suffers. Also certain politicians will benefit immensely from this through rallying public sympathy by pointing it out as a colossal failure of the current regime. To find the answer to the question of who the puppet masters are we will have to look into who benefits the most..

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    we condemn these fanatic acts and islam never allows these barbaric acts. It always guids to co existence, tolerance etc. We shoud not jump to label muslims as enemies of epace becaus eof these few lunatis animal behaviour people beraing islamic names. In srilanka maithree is fully occuopied with seeking power, ranil is occupied winning candiadature, mahinda is fully occupied with seeking power and other polticians of ruling as well as opposition are occupied with looting and slandering. None is cared abot the peopel and future, almost all of them have lived their lives in luxuries supplied by the peoples tax and all these scraps should not be allowed to continue in politics.Very sad state of affairs.

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    Yes, it could be anyone from the Israelis, to the LTTE, to the Ams intending to invade our shores to kick China out once and for all (although if Trump steps it, it will be a good thing). But the main entity they used, if at all, is the easily accessible horror of ISIS. But the chances are that ISIS did it exclusively on its own.
    _
    And these Wahhabis will use any excuse to kill and send to hell, anyone in this life who comes in the way of their bare-bones life, till all their fleshy desires come to fruition in the after-life.
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    Now Christians are the worst for them, as Christ himself said, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Which means we must strive to create the kingdom of heaven on earth. And Christ shed his blood for such.

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      beautiful. and God’s kingdom isn’t political but an act of invisible miraculous power,
      The ancient Aramaic/Hebrew, that Jesus used which we translate as ‘kingdom’ was “rule”, or to rightly judge (as a sinning Adam rules over a sinning Eve) or a judge rules over something with his ‘scepter.’
      https://biblehub.com/greek/932.htm
      the 3500 year old history of Israel has been that the invisible invincible God was king over Moses & the nation of Israel, and we have their oldest book in civilisation.. Then 3000 years ago, by electing King Saul to defend them from foreign kings, they rejected God, and so the nations around them grew stronger in competition with Israel especially 620BC (birth of Buddha and start of Greek civilisation). until they destroyed Israel in 70A.D.
      at 70 A.D. there was no temple, and all people had to worship the God with that unique name, name of Israel’s God, in truth, what ever they were doing. As Jesus said to the samaritan woman “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
      I praise and thank Jesus the living word and God. .
      http://legfishaquaponics.blogspot.com/2018/12/aotearoa-anglican-daily-devotions-2019.html
      I study all this, this year , and when we go to church it’s there to carry all, even the willing and unwilling, scholarly and illiterate and abled and disabled,, into prayerful meeting with the most high.

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    A PAthetic Article. Even after killing 320 people, 38 tourists, maiming over 500 people, You say Muslims are babies. Don’t bull$hit saying only the Muslims suffered during the 30 year war. Just be honest and address the issue because of the Quran, because the way different clerics interpret it, because of Wahabism, Muslims are killing all over the world. It is NGOs who hide the two killings of sinhala people and there after the protest or revenge attacks. Muslim wahabis and muslim politicians are ruining sri lanka. The west want to use it for their advantage.
    \Simply be honest. Don’t just talk thrash.

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    who was the minister who got the wanatha villu terrorist released

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    CHINESE Foreign Ministry Notification ” DO NOT TRAVEL TO Sri Lanka ” [Success]

    It is TIME for –bla bla bla MASTERMIND bla bla bla ……why India wants to destabilize Sri Lanka ? Anyone Cares to answer that…is that even a Question ? Yes/No

    Why would our humbling Bastard so called Neighbour wants to harm us? Simple it calls Jealousy and Sri Lanka ever more Dominance by CHINA it is a CLEAR And a PRESENT- Evolving Danger to the very Existence of India…..of course Sri Lankans are as usually dumb as dumbest on the face of the earth …they wouldn’t have the brains no guts[balls] to get there dumb heads around it … NO So…

    By the Courtesy of Journalism and Hollywood…there singing the MAstermind Usual Song & bandwagon….there dumb brains are not yet [never do] evolved to understand a Conspiracy……no . to them every damn thing is Cause and Effect

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      How Come Editor Missed out on the Angel of DEATH Disguise India posses in Sri Lanka …What ?

      The AMBULANCE SERVICE…..it is so Disappointing that CT editor was gutless to go into the Very heart of the Articles and the Root of how india has managed to Execute this Massacre with absolute Precision & Accuracy ! Their ambulance service provided them with an Upper hand over Sri Lanka all ways…

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      When Sinhala Modayas learn “Cause and Effect” it will be too late-Sri lanka will be gone!

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    The writer is trying to blame India, without looking at his own people. He is highly worried why Taj Hotel and Indian High Commission was not bombed a sign of great unsound mindset. It is simple most westerners prefer the earlier hotels mentioned and may be better internal security arrangements. This may be also one reason for Hotels outside Colombo not being targetted. I do believe the person or persons coordinated may be still at large and have carried out this terror after studying whole of Sri Lanka. It is a strategic plan.

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    Latheef:

    Who is behind radicalizing SL muslims? SAUDI ARABIA!!! and the GULF states.

    They are the ones funding the missionaries that have popped up in poor countries that establish their own schools “madrassas” and have their OWN (not SL government) syllabi that teach young muslim children to HATE.

    Such kind of missions should be banned. You may be happily living in your bubble, but your grandchildren and your young relatives may be getting radicalized by foreign islamic terrorists and their SL supporters.

    First they would go against those who are not muslim – but if not stopped they will soon be going after old muslims like you – who according to them- would be labeled “un-islamic”. Just take a look at what happened in Iraq and Syria.

    If you do not want Sri Lanka to become another Lebanon or Syria (both vibrant multi-cultural and multi-religious societies at one point in recent history), then address your anger with more precision – at missionaries radicalizing muslim youth, and people like BBS Gnanasara and those like Gota and MR who protected them. Also Ranil for undermining our intelligence units at the behest of Ealam-Tamils here and abroad.

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    The writer is trying to cover up the facts by diverting attention away from the real intention behind the attack, which seems to be reprisal for the Christchurch attacks.

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    M.L.A.M.Hisbullah from the East and Rishard Badiuddin from the North constitute the SLEEPER CELLS with links to a foreign Islamic outfit.Both operate as Chameleons[ Lizard with power of changing colour to suit their position and avoid identity].
    Hisbullahs Kattankudy is a hotbed of extreme Islamic thought.

    Incidentally, the Srilanka Muslim Congress was inaugurated from Kattankudy in the mid 80s.
    Its Leader M.HM.Ashraff subsequently formed the National Unity A lliance [NUA] when he realised that the SLMC was getting radicalized.
    Muslim politicians in the East have a long term plan.
    a] Carve out a new Kalmunai District stretching even beyond Pottuvil in the south-eastern area..
    b] Then carve out a New South Eastern Province; Infrastructure has already been put in place with the Oluvil Port and the South-Eastern University.
    Once that happens the South-East will be a new satellite state of Saudi-Arabia.!.

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    Mr. Latheef, since you wrote this article ISIS has officially taken up the responsibility and identities of all the suicide bombers are confirmed as local Muslim men. Given the history of ISIS and their goals are very clear , regardless of any others assistance or participation.(country, state of people,geopolitical situation). If this tragedy is seen as ISIS taking up the cause of harassed Lankan Muslims.You sure will be misunderstood.

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    Latheef Farook, your columnist and presumably of Islamic faith, engages in three classic principles of creating conspiracy theories and subterfuge described by Prof. Stephen Lewandowsky, a cognitive scientist at University of Bristol. Lewandowsky states that those do not believe in global warming and other conspiracy theories such as Apollo mission did not land on the moon, use three methods to convince uncritical populace who are unable to look at such issues on the basis evidence alone. First is that those who engage in such propaganda ignore contradictions within. For example, those who deny global warming state that there is no scientific consensus while saying that they are standing up against false scientific consensus. Surely both cannot be true. Similarly your columnist blames all terrorist activities in Europe and in Sri Lanka on Israel, while saying that growing links between Sri Lanka and Israel are a threat to Muslims in the country. Thus he implies that Israel who is a becoming a friend of Sri Lanka is responsible for killing Christians and Westerners in our hotels. Israel is both a fried and an enemy of Sri Lanka. And that they used Muslims to achieve this! The second tell tale sign of conspiracy theory is when the contention is based on shaky evidence. Your columnist, reduces the Western Intelligence to the level kindergarten children, when he says that Israel was responsible for similar attacks in Europe. Thus this incompetent Intelligence such as CIA and M5 were fooled by Israel to believe that all the terror was perpetrated by Muslims! The third and most interesting method used to propagate conspiracy theories, according to Lewandowsky is using evidence against the theory as support for the theory. For example, when a Trump fan, living in a van plastered with Trump posters sent bombs, this was interpreted as evidence that he was an Obama supporter as a true Trump supporter would not live in a van plastered with Trump posters and make bombs to attack democrats!

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    The terror warning from India was ignored as it was said to be targeted on Tamils.

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    During the period 1983 till the end of LTTE and even thereafter it is a golden era for Sri Lankan Muslims. Our author lies saying that they suffered! Well all the people suffered during those years and that is not the point. Just imagine after 1983 anti-tamil riots how many Tamil properties went to Muslims for a song. In fact even during the peak trouble I am personally away of Muslim brokers going around Tamil homes and businesses asking whether it is for sale. When the real war started it was an economic boom for them. They worked with the Sinhala Government and finally exploited them too for exchange of LTTE information and sabotaging the struggle. No wonder LTTE got rid of them from Jaffna all for the same reason of spying. In the east finally acquired every thing and took over fertile lands forcibly from Tamils and even around batticaloa they are on a rampage. Foolish MY3 Ranil Combo played into their hands for political reasons and to sabotage the legitimate struggle of the Tamils and got every thing on a platter. If they still feel they are handicapped or backward well the guys are just liars. Tamils only fought for their rights in the primary tamil areas and they never wanted to capture all businesses in SL or make Hindusim the only religion of SL. Hope now Sinhalese racists will understand where they really stand today and how they are going to extricate themselves from this menace? If SL goes hard against Muslims then Muslims countries will sabotage them including even Pakistan and local islamic extremism may tend to increase. if these comfortable educated Muslims led to this carnage I just cant imagine how things are going to be unless very strong actions are instituted. But sadly country will go back to zero once again.

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    “It is also noticeable that if the attackers successfully targeted renowned Catholic Churches why they did not attack Indian High Commission which was also target of the terrorists.”

    Dumbass! It’s not easy to get into the Indian High Commission. One has to go through formidable security checks whereas one can easily walk into the church.

    Zaid Hamid, the Pakistani equivalent of David Blacker, has offered a similar explanation hinting that it may be the work of Indian intelligence!

    Yeah, right, ISIS is the creation of Israel?

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    now there is an attempt to put forward the blame on govt. for not taking action and why taj was not targeted. so if the taj was also attacked that would have satisfied the author. the whole writing is avoiding condemning the real culprits and going round and round. in other words muslim opinion seems to be cleverly avoiding the the reality.
    -daya

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    it is the biggest joke to put the blame on mossad and indian raw. latiff you are slipping from your otherwise rational writings earlier when it comes to recent local attacks which you also did not imagine.
    -daya

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    Mr. Latheef Farook is silent about what the crimes ISIS has committed in the Middle East against innocent people particularly against women and children. How they were beheaded publicly. He has no comment against them. I would say that he is a terrorist sympathizer. Being blind to what the ISIS has done making ridiculous claims . Latheef Farook is an ISIS apologist.

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    The reason they picked on Catholic churches is obviously because they feared reprisals from the Sinhalese on their friends and families if they bombed a buddhist place of worship. It is easier to murder someone who wont fight back. As for trying to pin the blame on India… nice try but utterly laughable. This man must think the rest of us are idiots!

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    Latheef Farook is stating the obvious that not ALL Lankan Muslims were involved with the incidents on Easter Sunday. No one blamed ALL the Singhalese for the June 2014 Aluthgama pogrom.
    Latheef makes accusations. Without proof, these become rumours.
    Those who wore the vests were also victims in a sense.
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    The Latheef question “Who Is The Mastermind Behind The Easter Sunday Massacre?”
    We will never find out.

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    I wonder why colombo telegraph publish these kind of retarded stories i cannot understand, this is part of the jihad, islam by design have contradictions. Jihad is led in multiple front by blood, peace, love, compassion …So these conspiracy theories keep the followers live in their comfort zones, for example for the people lead jihad by peace, these kind of carbage help them to deny and continue. The problem is the format of the jihad and overtime is a random variable, and every muslims carry a probability of becoming a suicide bomber on a given time. You can spend millions of tax payers money and can bring it down but cannot make it zero. Thats where these kind of bullshit articles comes in, these articles prevent muslims realizing that they are the aggressors, it make them live in a state denial and victimhood. Totally Islam is a mental desease actually Schizophrenia, only cure is apostasy.

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    The writer tries so pathetically to divert the blame to others. Names of the terrorists who were involved in this senseless massacre and destruction are revealed clearly. The safe house of suicide attackers shows the truth. They all are affiliated to Islamic Extremism. All of the suicide bombers are Muslims. Do you suggest otherwise? Do you suggest that Indian Intelligence Agencies were successful in converting a group of innocent Muslims by birth to terrorists? Try to address this issue rather than blaming others. Covering the culprits and diverting the attention to fake or irrelevant issues are also part of the plan of terrorists.

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