28 October, 2020

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Whose Narrative Would You Purchase?

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Are there wars without witnesses?  Technically, no.  Some witnesses die with the knowledge.  Some, i.e. those who for whatever reason escape ‘liberation’ from bomb and bullet, napalm and whatnot, live on.  Some tell their stories, so do not.  Some told-stories are dismissed and some are heard, half-believed or believed but swept over by the overwhelming nature of narratives privileged by victor.

This is the 21st Century, although people like US Secretary of State John Kerry confuses it often with the 19th (he famously chided Russia for ‘Invading Ukraine on trumped-up pretext’, forgetting the ‘pretext’ is the watchword of the compulsive invader that his country has been and forgetting unforgivably that a few years ago the USA invaded Iraq telling the world that Saddam Hussein held weapons of mass destruction even though the President of the time knew very well it was a lie).  In the 21st century, given surveillance and communications technology one can’t fight a war in secret.

What can be done is to manufacture the reading of the nitty-gritty pertaining to these not-so-secret wars.  Consider the invasion of Iraq for example.  Think about how the world got to know about it and how the world perceived what was happening on the ground.  What were the sources of information?

We got it all from CNN, Reuters, BBC, ABC and other West-based media houses.  There was enough on-the-ground reportage.  There were ‘experts’ commentating on an hour-to-hour basis. It was basically about how the operation was proceeding.  The viewers were made to ask themselves ‘When will Saddam be captured?’  There was a lot of spectacle.  Suppressed were the horrendous crimes against humanity committed by the invading armies.  The grandmasters of spectacle-broadcast named above did not once question the legitimacy of the invasion.  They purchased, happily, the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ fib offered by George W Bush.

Iraq was bombed into the Middle Ages.  Access to oil was secured. Anarchy was promoted. The fact that millions of civilians died while combatants were massacred in cold blood did not raise any media eyebrows.  Human rights advocates ‘went along’.  That’s the magic of ‘media freedom’.  The veneer of freedom accords regimes which play media puppeteer can, when necessary, do an effective ventriloquist number.   At the end of the day the world was left holding just one though, for the most part: ‘It had to be done and it was done’.  None of the media houses named above showed any remorse when the truth came out finally (with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confessing the invasion was illegal).  It didn’t matter though.  Iraq was secured.  The dead were, well, dead.  There were witnesses but few were ready to listen to alternative narratives, not least of all because it was ‘too late anyway’.

Today, in the year 2014, we hear of Ukraine.  The same media houses are cleverly and deliberately painting a picture of that crisis.  Which websites are we visiting for ‘news’ of Ukraine? Do we ask ourselves ‘why do we visit those sites and not others?’  That’s the extent to which our minds have been played with, one might argue.  Do we check out what the Russians are saying about the crisis or are we happy checking out the ‘balancing’ Russian quotes embedded in a Washington-scripted narrative regurgitated by CNN, BBC et al so we can tell ourselves, ‘I have heard both sides of the story’?

Would you take the trouble to check out Russia Today, RIA Novosti and ITAR-TASS?  Would you check out Chinese sources such as Xinhua and CCTV?  If you want alternative takes on things, how about www.globalresearch.ca, www.commondreams.org and Democracy Now?

Would we rather go along with the versions scripted by the biggest aggressor the world has known in recent times, the United States of America?

It’s our call.  Will we make it?

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Whose Narrative would you purchase?

    Malinda’s or Mahinda’s?

    Who is biggest aggressor?

    Malinda or Mahinda?

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      Malinda Seneviratne

      “Whose Narrative Would You Purchase?”

      Most certainly not yours.

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        I am from South and belong to EASY TARGET – gaping & vulnerable category. I think I purchase narrative of our president who has made our nation a folk that practise genocide even after LTTE terror is no longer there.

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      MALINDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA???????????????.

      I heard that You are An Educated Person from Harvard University of U S A, Like Your So called Masters and Low yers.

      “Would we rather go along with the versions scripted by the biggest aggressor the world has known in recent times, the United States of America?”

      I have a cut and past job man.
      a Question in your Last article on sixth of March at ” A Note On The Leaked-Draft Resolution On Sri Lanka”
      I asked you,
      “””””””””””“Did your Masters Denounce and reject their U S A Citizen ships or Still they holding, hanging, Hooked on to their allegiance to USA given by oaths Serve Nowhere But to USA and taken that honorary Citizen ship to serve USA, with out any Obligations to Any or birth country” ???????????????. If it is not So, Your HUMBUG STORY, Even How many times you Coughs for your masters,
      “The Politics And Humbuggery Of The United States Of America” Is NULL AND VOID.
      Because Your Masters are Slaves OF U S A.
      DOSN’T IT MALINDA?????//.””””””””””””

      So Consider It is yours and Your Masters CALL,
      PERPECTLY Not OUR’S CALL.

      In Sinhala SubahaShitha, There is an Advise;

      “Owa Denu Prahata.
      Thama Sammathaeye pihita Sita”.
      [Before Giving Advises to Others, Be perfect In oneself].
      Did’nt They teached you that Harward in USA????.

      But In our Temples, Daham Paasela, They taught That to all pupils.
      I do not Think even ,Gas BALU SENA ever teach THAT To Their Followers.

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    “Purchase” is the operative word Malinda.

    Keep bashing away on the keyboard Malinda

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      Chandra

      “Keep bashing away on the keyboard Malinda”

      Did he purchase his own laptop or is he another free loader?

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        NV
        If truth be told MS gave the free laptop to one his co-workers. Even so he did didn’t have to purchase a laptop as his hands were tainted with the freebee.

        Even Malinda should have a chuckle at this.
        Extract from Daily News Editorial

        “G. L. Peiris whose command of the English language would put to shame David Cameron or Barack Obama who would need the teleprompter to make a speech with the same facility with the language that he does. But Peiris who seems to the manor born so to say and who has easy access to the corridors of Oxford where he studied, as he has to the highways and byways of this country, has the intestinal fortitude to tell the big powers that neither the swagger or the language of their panjandrums faze him or the leadership of this country!

        It’s worth repeating the tested wisdom – background helps, and it takes seven generations to make a gentleman!”

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    “Iraq was bombed into the Middle Ages. Access to oil was secured. Anarchy was promoted. The fact that millions of civilians died while combatants were massacred in cold blood did not raise any media eyebrows”

    It was/is reported by media like CH4.

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      we are talking of sri Lankan’s red colour blood.
      not the blood sucking USA passport holders BLOOD.

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    Great!. Malinda has leaned something by buying the narratives of CT. That one of the reason instead of going for Daily News Rajpal Abeynayake he has been visiting CT regularly. He has found out there is no side at all with Rajpal Abeynayake.

    “The dead were, well, dead. ” What a horrible way of describing someone’s ultimate pain. He still has to come to CT for many years to learn how accept others pain in a professional writers’ manner.

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    Height of stupidity!

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    What about the versions of the holier-than-thou Malinda and “Ceylon Today” ??

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    Whose narrative would I purchase?

    Certainly NOT Malinda’s comments for supper.

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    “Whose Narrative Would You Purchase?”

    Not from the Rajapakse court jester, Malinda Seneviratne!

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    Your narrative is being trashed! Not worth for anybody looking to purchase.

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    If we were to take Malinda’s latest piece in isolation of his usually pro Rajapaksa racist policies, I think we can give this one a cautious applause assuming he’s not ‘playing with our minds’ as he says about our minds being played with by the west’s media.

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    Malinda, the Russian newscasters are resigning…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4ZRS3ujbO8

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      I wouldn’t hold me breadth Dushy, you will only turn blue and eventually die…..Malinda resigning ?
      Laptops don’t grown on trees you know ;-)

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    Malinda,
    Tell Gota and Basil to renounce their US citizenshps in protest.
    Are you brave enough to do this?

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    Wow – up until the last few paragraphs, I thought there was going to FINALLY be an article by Malinda Seneviratne that I could agree with… But no, he had to go and ruin it. I was with him through his critique of the US and the US- and UK and western media’s support for the illegal war on/in Iraq and other US and NATO abuses, and the need not to buy their narrative unquestioningly. But why did he have to go and ruin it with his request for us to search out information from the EVEN MORE DEEPLY BIASED AND CORRUPT media controlled by the Russian and Chinese states? Yes, the US has huge problems and major democratic and human rights deficits, and its media is in a sad state, but its political system hasn’t lost all its liberal and democratic character and hasn’t sunk as far as Putin’s Russia or China’s Communist Party. I fear that here, editor Seneviratne has revealed his rather parochial political allegiances, and fallen into the kind of narrow, binary “our guys” (Russia and China) vs. “their guys” (US, “the West”) framework that a good non-dualist Buddhist with an appreciation of post-structuralism like him should be smart enough to avoid. But as ever, attachment to (Sinhala Buddhist) identity, despite everything, trumps wisdom.

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    Not definitely yours Malinda. Never yours.

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    And some imbeciles rot with imaginery details none witnessed while being in their ratholes; like that of “whatnot” Malinda.

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    How lucky you are Malinda, finally your chance to bash America. Hope you do not offend the Americans in the Government.

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