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Why David Cameron Is Not In Thrall To The Tamil Diaspora

By Dave Rush

Dave Rush

Dave Rush

As international pressure builds in the lead up to the UN Human Rights Commission session in March that will discuss a third resolution on alleged war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, column inches on the subject also multiply.

The most notable thing about the government’s response to this is how consistently it has trotted out the same arguments, and how rigidly it has stuck to tactics that have served it well domestically, but continue to fail in an international context.

As a Brit who lives in Sri Lanka, one of the most interesting sub-plots to follow has been the reaction the involvement of David Cameron and the UK government.  But before examining that in a bit more detail, it’s worth taking a quick survey of some of the common counter-arguments the Sri Lankan authorities have made to criticism from around the world.

Smoke and mirrors

The most common of these is the notion that governments, NGOs, charities and research agencies around the globe are simply being deviously manipulated by a seemingly all powerful Tamil diaspora.

This argument takes several forms, but it can best be summed up as – there is a global Tamil conspiracy that is trying to destroy Sri Lanka’s international reputation by funding a global media smear campaign.

Around the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK, Chris Nonis, told CNN that criticism of the country’s human rights record was a “proxy propaganda war” being carried out by those who funded the nation’s “terrorist conflict”, whilst Gotabaya Rajapaksa repeatedly invokes the spectre of an “LTTE rump” who are agitating from the shadows.

This seems particularly ironic as Sri Lanka’s government itself has employed two PR and lobbying firms handsome fees to engage in a very real propaganda war.  The Thompson Advisory Group, who are paid $66,000 a month by the government, recently aired a 30 minute infomercial on Sri Lanka’s reconciliation and post war progress on US TV, and the film was also show to US politicians.

The government have also contracted the infamous UK agency Bell Pottinger to look after their international image – and the choice seems revealing given that past Bell Pottinger clients include Gaddafi, Mugabe and Monsanto, to name but a few.

If the Tamil conspiracy is not explicitly named, then it is either implied, or another international plot is inferred.  The recent report by PIAC that suggested that Sri Lankan security forces committed the “vast majority” of war crimes in the last part of the conflict, and that they may have engaged in systematic destruction of evidence since, was dismissed by the military here as the result of a “hidden agenda” designed to “mislead member countries” in the UNHRC.

This is not to dismiss entirely the notion of political pressure from Tamil communities around the world.  There are many powerful groups within the Tamil diaspora that are actively putting what pressure they can on the international community over war crimes and human rights abuses, but the power of these groups is far less than the government would have you believe. And indeed far less than the government’s own power.

Other favourite lines rehearsed by Sri Lankan politicians (from Chris Nonis, to all of the Rajapaksa brothers, to Lalith Weeratunga) are that Sri Lanka does not need outside interference because it has a 2,500 year old civilisation, and that foreign nations should sort out their own backyards before they come sniffing around here.

David Cameron is many things, but he’s not a Tamil stooge

These last two arguments bring us nicely to the case of David Cameron.

The UK Prime Minister snatched a lot of headlines during CHOGM last year, both for his visit to Jaffna, and for his strongly worded demand that Sri Lanka make meaningful progress on human rights before March 2014, or face international action.

In the wake of this, Cameron was effectively told to butt out by the government, with certain branches of the media suggesting that the UK should look into its own crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq before worrying about Sri Lanka, that Cameron was only interested because he needed the support of the Tamil community in London to win the next election, and most bizarrely, for “breaching protocol” when in Jaffna by not signing a visitor’s book and failing to acknowledge a dance reception.  The Daily News called him a “bumbling boor” and demanded a full and unconditional apology.

These accusations are predictable, but are also representative of the Sri Lankan authorities overall response to international criticism.  They are worth dealing with one by one, even though on another level they seem too ridiculous to be engaged with.

Firstly, the argument that “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” does hold some water, but not in the way that it is deployed here.  That human rights abuses around the world are not treated equally and that powerful nations, such as the US, UK and China are able to get away with certain crimes whilst providing moral lectures to others is certainly true, and appalling.

But to say that justifies crimes you yourself have committed is both absurd, and on another level seems like a tacit admission of guilt.

Secondly, David Cameron did not engage in the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka in order to boost his chances of winning the next election.  There are somewhere between 110,000 and 150,000 people of Tamil origin in the UK (in a population of 66 million), and they do have strong representative bodies that lobby on their behalf.  As recent reports show, Cameron did meet with many of these bodies before he travelled to Sri Lanka for CHOGM.

But they are an insignificant voice in the British political landscape, and most of them do not even have the right to vote in the UK.  The notion that a Tamil conspiracy is pulling Cameron’s strings is absurd, not least because, as with the resolution presented to the US Senate last week, the UK’s rhetoric has always emphasised investigating crimes committed by both sides.

A comparison of the number of meetings that Cameron’s government has had with lobbyists for, and representatives of, big business in the last 12 months also puts into perspective the significance of the one meeting he had with Tamil pressure groups.

I taught Sri Lankan literature in a university in the UK between 2006 and 2009, and most of my students (who were all highly politically active and motivated) knew almost nothing about the Sri Lankan conflict.  That was at the height of the final days of the conflict, when press coverage was at its most prominent.  This is, of course, only anecdotal evidence, but it is indicative of the wider British perspective.

Sri Lanka got a lot of media attention around the time of CHOGM last year, but overall, the civil war here is not an issue that has much resonance with the British electorate.  Of course, Cameron got a chance to play the international statesman and all round “good guy” for once, and that was a political opportunity not to be missed.

However, within days of returning he was being accused of hypocrisy by the UK press, who took him to task for travelling straight from Sri Lanka to an arms trading fair, and then toadying up to China.  The upcoming UNHRC session will see Sri Lanka again make the UK media (especially Channel 4), but this will not be front page news, and regrettably it will probably be completely missed by most of my countrymen.

The fact is that people in the UK are simply too busy worrying about their own problems and lives to care much for the plight of any other nation, Sri Lanka included, and it will be Cameron’s record on, and promises about those problems that will win or lose him the next election.

David Cameron’s motivation for his involvement in the Sri Lankan situation is of course motivated partly by real-politik, partly by opportunism and the chance to play the statesman – but there is also a moral dimension here.  I speak as someone who cannot stand his, or his party’s politics, but I do have grudging respect for his actions over Sri Lanka in the last few months.  I hope he, and the UK government, will hold their nerve.

Let us not forget what we are discussing here – in the last few months alone, an edited highlights package of accusations and evidence against the Sri Lankan government could include: Sri Lanka produces the most torture cases worldwide, Sri Lanka has more unsolved cases of disappearances than any where in the world but Iraq, there were 7,000 human rights complaints in the country in 2013, the government has been condemned as increasingly authoritarian and anti-democratic by domestic and international critics alike – and that’s before we even get into a discussion about war crimes, rape, child abuse and violence against women.

There is hypocrisy in the UK’s stand, as there is in many of the other countries that have spoken out, and pointing that out is fair.  But the responses of the Sri Lankan government and state owned media have been transparently inadequate, not only in rebutting accusations made against them, but in doing anything to change the mind of the international community.

Time and time again, on top of the arguments discussed here, there have been suggestions that figures and organisations such as Navi Pillay, Nisha Biswal, Stephen Rapp, Stephen Harper, Manmohan Singh, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, international news media, and the UNHRC itself have been too easily duped by individuals with a sinister personal agenda.

This insult to the intelligence of major international figures is stupid in its own right – but it is also representative of the way in which the Rajapaksa government regularly insults the intelligence of its own people.

The level of media control that the authorities enjoy within Sri Lanka seems to have convinced them that the same tactics and arguments that have worked internally will work on the rest of the world.  As CHOGM showed, intimidation of journalists, banning opposing political protests and abusing any one you disagree with works to an extent within Sri Lanka, but manifestly does not elsewhere.  The UK’s ITV news, one of the most tabloid in the country, said at the time that “The Sri Lankan leaders… have created a disaster for themselves in the court of public opinion,”and it’s hard to disagree.

As I have argued elsewhere, creating a siege mentality (“no one likes us, we don’t care”) can be useful in shoring up domestic support, but it is absolutely destructive to international relations, both on a political and a public relations level. The language being used also presents exactly the opposite issue from the one that is intended – all the talk of “propaganda”, of “agent provocateurs”, of small powerful minorities who are really running things comes across as paranoid and more reminiscent of the rhetoric of a Cold War Soviet Union than an open democracy.

One voice of reason has emerged recently, in the shape of Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero who said in an interview last weekend that “Sri Lanka is a part of the international community, we have to abide by international norms, and if there is a call for an international investigation, I have no problem in agreeing. If we have done nothing wrong we can go before an international investigation and vindicate ourselves.”

It will be interesting to see how the government reacts to a challenge from a prominent and respected Sinhala-Buddhist monk.  Unfortunately, the response is likely to be one of the ones not discussed here so far – simply ignoring it and hoping it goes away.

*Dave Rush is Senior Editor at The Republic Square.  As a journalist working in the UK, he has also contributed regularly to Trebuchet magazine, journals and newspapers including the Guardian 

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    As a Brit who lives in Sri Lanka..

    Please be careful, not only for disappearance but we also lead in killing of journalists.

    While your British nationality will give some protection, the case Khuram Shaikh shows it doesn’t amount to much.

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      No one’s gonna harm Dave not with that smile. lol!

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        Way to go Dave! Keep it coming..

        The Rajapaksa contention that drone attacks in Af-Pak by US and UK are equal to the SL army’s war crimes within Sri Lanka, is a non Sequitor!
        International law lays down CLEARLY how states should treat their OWN citizens and NOT violate their Human Rights, and is less specific about citizens of other countries…
        US has not been violating the Human Rights of minorities en mass, and UK seems to have sorted the Northern Ireland situation, so the Rajapaksa regime argument that UK and US have NO moral right to take Mahinda Rajapaksa to court for violating the rights of his own citizens is in any case irrelevant..

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      The Sri Lankan government ought to approach the issue seriously and address reasonable concerns from the international community, instead of making jingoistic statements for domestic consumption and their political survival, hoping the problem will go away. So far the government approach is quite incompetent. If they have nothing to hide, why be afraid of an impartial investigation? If they are so innocent as they claim, its a golden opportunity for them to present their case and they are missing it.

      INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE both SIDES

      Dave Rush, the problem with Cameron is he has displayed bias toward one side. If he was genuinely concerned with ALL the victims or human rights in general, why would he confine his visit to Jaffna only and to Tamils only? Wouldn’t he have also spoken to the victims of LTTE terror as well? This is the main reason why people in Sri Lanka think he is controlled by the “diaspora rump”. Is this not a reasonable conclusion?

      Investigation should be alleged crimes on BOTH sides, not just the government side. There are plenty of alleged war criminals from the LTTE side hiding in the west, and now making noises about human rights to divert attention from themselves. Investigate and prosecute them too. If they have been involved in massacres of civilians, assassinations, human trafficking, extortion, suicide bombing etc try them and punish them. David Cameron can EASILY do this as many of them are in his jurisdiction. Why doesn’t he? If he does, he would receive OVERWHELMING support from the majority of Sri Lankans. David Cameron is missing a golden opportunity here. See first hand how the evidence stacks up. This is yet another reason Sri Lankans suspect David Cameron is controlled or acting in favour of the “diaspora rump”.

      The separatist side thinks they are immune but I predict any war trial is going to affect them also, and no amount of intervention from India, their original mentors, can save them from scrutiny. They are making gleeful noises now (thinking their side is immune) but they don’t know what is about to strike them.

      Threatening journalists for asking reasonable questions is disgusting and veiled threats where one tries to cast suspicion or blame one’s opponents for propaganda mileage is even more disgusting. Readers of CT, PLEASE DONT MAKE VEILED THREATS against this journalist and then sneakily pretend it will be only coming from your opponents. The international community will wake up to this tactic sooner or later.

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        The vast majority of the victims were in the North and East. Sinhala victims are ignored and suppressed like Tamil victims, which is why Cameroon went North . GOSL does not want the world to see the plight of Tamil victims but will publicise Sinhala victims, another reason for Cameroon to focus on the North and East.

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          Meant to say Sinhala victims are NOT ignored and suppressed like Tamil victims.

          Also there Tamils are still being victimised by GOSL and many disappeared are still unaccounted for.

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            Sinhala and Muslim victims of LTTE are known in Sri Lanka only. They are not known to the West or even rank and file Tamil diaspora is kept in the dark by agents of terror.

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              Po government and moderate Tamil victims of LTTE are also unknown in the Wesr. Western media blames nearly everything on the government. The Western media is often biased. They must be told all the truth about these terrorist stooges of Hindia. India (the elitist Hindi regime) plays a double game always. It supports the majoritarian pro Buddhist regimes in Sri Lanka and at the same time encouraged armed militancy among the Tamils. India uses Tamil (and others) lives as their geopolitical cannon fodder. Take them out of the equation, there will be harmony in SL.

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              “”They are not known to the West””

              But the “Drunken Buddha Restaurant” is frequented by none other than MacWoods Nonis- the stolen sterling company.

              Speciality diced grilled meat and minted scotch.

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        My question to. Dave is where were all these do gooders when the country was torn apart whole villages burnt down. Banks and airplanes destroyed? Did anyone of them condemn these unlawful killings?

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          Have you forgotten that they banned LTTE even before Sri Lanka banned LTTE? How can they forgot the massacre of Tamil civilians by you Sinhala thugs and criminals since 1958?

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            They did ban the. L. T. T. E on paper. that is far as it went. They allowed the terrorists on thier soil as a safe haven. Encouraged protests displaying terrorists flags.
            Westminister was hijacked by protests costing the. UK tax payer 8 million for policing. Adele. Balasingham. A known terrorist who garlanded the innocent girls with. Cyanide capsules stil in the. UK. Then all they say is that the. L. T. T. E is banned!

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        ╭∩╮(◣_◢) ╭∩╮

        “You know ?! You are the reason why I have a middle finger !”

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      Dave has written out of love for Sri Lanka. It is well meant.

      He has many good points.

      Rajapassa regime’s amatuer handling of international affairs is an embarrasement to all Sri Lankans. They think it is a street fight. It is bound to fail with unknown consequences for our country.

      Hypocrisy of USA, UK & India is utterly true. Nor do they have any moral standing to lecture us. Pointing that out is necessary.

      However, our business is building Sri Lanka. Relentless, finger pointing alone does not translate into tangible improvements for Sri Lanka.

      Fact is, we do have a serious HR crisis. Since Independence. Which reached its’ pinnacle in May 2009. It contineus unabated with less intensity even now. Waiting to raise its’ brutal & ugly head the moment somebody stands up against the corrupt regime that rules Sri Lanka.

      That we must deal with decisively. Once and for all. That will be true patriotism. It has nothing to do with hipocrisy of major geo-political players.

      Cheers!

      PS: I would take the threat posed by international Ealamistas more seriously than Dave. Sri Lanka must keep an eye on their activities in New Delhi, London, Geneva, Ottawa & Washington for sometime to come.

      Remember Israel was created by a bunch of Zionists who never gave up. By cultivating and using good connections in places like London.

      Former BJP minister Jaswant Singh of India has already uttered Ealam to be a distant possibility.

      Stupidity of Rajapassa regime is detrimental to Sri Lanka. Fact.

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        Ben,

        Rajapaksas are bad news for Tamils, Sinhala, Muslims, and the rest! This regime will not shift easily; they swiftly enacted the 18th Amendment even before the blood dried in the battlefield! Followed by ejecting CJ and attack on independence of the electoral commission. They have stooges in all areas and thuggery is rampant. MR is unscrupulous and autocratic. You have no chance of getting rid of him unless the whole country marched onto Colombo and physically murder him!

        You cannot get hung up on Western hypocrisy as it is the only hope available to keep MR checked. He cannot be given a freehand to destroy what is left of the values. It is also paramount that events leading up to the last stages of the war documented and accounted for the dead. It is not only a matter for records but also for the people who suffered that they need to move on. A true reconciliation can only be found on this platform and anything less amounts to blatant subjugation!

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          Burning_Issue,

          Rajapassa is a ruthless, calculating dictator. 18th amendment is a disaster. MPs who voted for that travesty must be lashed on their naked bottoms on Galle Face Green. They are ultimate traitors.

          Agree. We need all the support we can get to dislodge this corrupt clan. But, it is required we tread carefully. Sri Lankans are weary of free lunches offered by die-ass-pora influenced Western powers. For good reasons.

          Crimes must be investigated. However, why limit it to final stages? It smacks of cunning ulterior motives to corner Sri Lanka as a nation. By you know who.

          Let us go deeper in. Any investigation must go back 30 years. Even start from 1948. Remember JVP uprisng cost about 60 000 lives.

          Sri Lanka is blood soaked. For real healing no stone must be left unturned. All deserve Justice. Including the latest victims caught in the crossfire in May 2009.

          Cheers!

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        “Hypocrisy of USA, UK & India is utterly true. Nor do they have any moral standing to lecture us. Pointing that out is necessary.”

        Kid stuff Fox and Crow,

        Using an Anglo-Irish Pseudo nymph does not auger well for a kalu boy troll. However, as a commentator smart Gamini pointed out that if you remove that `fascist visor off ` westerners may see something in your regular garbage

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    You will be also branded as “in the payroll of the LTTE rump”

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    Cameron who does not go before ICC wants another country to go before a dubious tribunal?

    The problem is double standards, hypocrisy. The wise often say “do not judge”. Although this is usually assumed to apply at individual level, it should damn well apply at international level. He should not judge from afar just because few gon dhemala come grovelling behind him. He is nothing but a moron who wag finger like a dog against his peer whom he barely measures up.

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      You and all the other Nationalist apologists make it sound like you want SL to be given carte blanche because other powers get away with stuff. Just because others committ crimes does not mean you should be allowed to also.

      Remember you lot for decades were imploring the world to help you against LTTE and received global help, but now you are being hypocritic and demanding everyone ignore SL’s problems.

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      “Cameron who does not go before ICC”

      Because you are Monkey from Southern Monkey land now living in Kangaroo land.

      Kangaroo Courts== Monkey Courts (both have spring action)

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        Grow up you fool.

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          grown up fuckocrit keep [Edited out]

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      Absolutely right. And David Cameron is a Tamil stooge, let’s be honest Dave. The Tories are terrible at gaining minority votes which we all know are a safe group in Labour’s hands so this is why this whole issue is crossing the left-right divide and why David Cameron wants a piece of that pie Labour hold so dearly. Tony Abbott the conservative PM in Australia couldn’t care less what the Tamil diaspora think there because their vote numbers are barely worth mentioning. When you think of the large LNP base which have large numbers across rural Australia, plus the majority of affluent areas in Australia why on earth would they need Tamil votes? Whether Cameron supports or not the LTTE is debatable but you have to wonder why people are only opening their mouths NOW when the war is finished and why groups like the GTF are only established afterwards too.

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      Vibushana,
      Isn’t double standards are better than NO standards?
      Anura

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    Dave
    A lot of us are grateful to you for writing this article, esp.:
    ”This insult to the intelligence of major international figures is stupid in its own right – but it is also representative of the way in which the Rajapaksa government regularly insults the intelligence of its own people.”

    Please note(pardon me if you’vealready noted:
    1. ”…. A UNESCO supervised revision of school text books by a panel of internationally renowned Sri Lankan scholars (such as Prof Sudharshan Seneviratne) so as to minimize prejudice against communities and ‘build the defences of peace in the minds of men’….” – The Lalith Weeratunga Presentation, Dayan Jayatilleka, 28 January 2014, https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-lalith-weeratunga-presentation/

    2. ” …In each, the party previously in opposition gained decisive power on a platform that promised fundamental change. After each election, there were missed opportunities for initiatives that could have addressed many concerns of Tamil community members, while simultaneously respecting the concerns of all but the most radical Sinhalese nationalists. In each instance, however, Sri Lanka’s political leaders chose not to expend their political capital in this way but instead, to accede to demands of the radicals. … it will be useful to seek lessons from periods when Sri Lankan political leaders, like President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had such overwhelming political support that they were in a position, if they chose, to expend political capital by taking concrete steps toward communal reconciliation. …” – Prospects For Post Conflict Reconciliation And Development In Sri Lanka: Can Singapore Be Used As A Model? Prof John Richardson, Text of a presentation at Global Asia Institute Speaker Series (2010), National University of Singapore, Prof John Richardson, http://groundviews.org/2010/11/05/prospects-for-post-conflict-reconciliation-and-development-in-sri-lanka-can-singapore-be-used-as-a-model/

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    Yes you better be careful,as you will be branded as a Tiger supporter. Please be on the lookout for the white van.

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    Seriously Robert are you threatening the jurno – Dave Rush?

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      Threaten ? its not me who threatens and kills journalists, its the regime !

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    I like your article Dave, especially where you have stated “The fact is that people in the UK are simply too busy worrying about their own problems and lives to care much for the plight of any other nations”, how very true. About to be elevated to a third world economy when over 60 percent live on hand outs from the government and on the paltry sums the Tax Payer, who is over-burdened because it has to support almost 60 percent of the non-working TV addicts, pays in UK – the glory days are over. UK has to fight to survive and bashing weaker Sri Lanka is one way to overcome its own ills.

    David Rush in the meantime is eing typically British. Sour Grapes Monkey!

    JP – USA

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      You are afraid of KK and TEA which is part and parcel of the American dream. A land where there is conscription- hows your 10 year old mate isn’t he firing that gun?

      A kotchi slave kallathoni will always think like a kallathoni Nede?

      The difference between the former colony USA and UK lies in the fact that when UK gives (largest no charities in the world) it is never linked to defence security but it’s the people eg. Bush statement Tsunami giving which Lanka slaves robbed.

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      Donkey malayalee kallathoni- leopards never change their spots!

      American Colony folk never learn but when they learn to read and write they think they are the only masters in the world- you stink to high heavens mate.

      If not for the “sleeping giant” USA and Roosevelt there would never have been the great partition Porkistan and Lanka but a rich and powerful nation in Asia-

      There would never have been a 9/11 created by USA-AlCIAd to have the dollar as moneda franca.

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      “About to be elevated to a third world economy when over 60 percent live on hand outs from the government and on the paltry sums the Tax Payer, who is over-burdened because it has to support almost 60 percent of the non-working TV addicts, pays in UK – the glory days are over.”

      JP- pacha rala from paripu nalanda,

      Remember the largest SL donor is fascist Buddhist Japan and their borrowings are 1 ½ the GDP and still going strong. While..

      If the richest 10% of the UK pay a one off 20% tax then all British debts would be wiped off.

      Where are the American Wall Street Protestors?? They have gone missing like in Rajaporkistan land and you are begging for a passport from `Gooo`ta.

      Mussolini your better half- Only in the US- New York police has the right to shoot any chopper overhead.

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    Well crafted and well written piece worth comparing with our local Grey monkey, Dayan’s writing with its pro-Sinhala stance in the guise of Marxism…

    Thank you for such an intelligent piece of writing that seems to escape our own local scholar/grey monkey species like Dayan, Tamara, and M. Roberts…

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      Those people on your list are NOT writing for you, they are writing to please a king not his subjects.

      Hoping that the king in his benevolence may throw some crumbs like a trip to Geneva or some other perk.

      Can someone tell me what Tamara’s qualification is to hold a position (even if its Cuba) other than having hosted the king when he went complaining to Geneva in 1989?

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    I agree with Dave Rush when he says about Tamil diospora (dispersed Tamils in UK) …
    That is “…This is not to dismiss entirely the notion of political pressure from Tamil communities around the world.  There are many powerful groups within the Tamil diaspora that are actively putting what pressure they can on the international community over war crimes and human rights abuses, but the power of these groups is far less than the government would have you believe. And indeed far less than the government’s own power.”

    I believe that whole thing is about regime change in SL and the western governments use the displaced Tamils (so called ‘diospora’) to achieve that end. All these human rights and other things put forward are facades to hide the real reason. But, srilankans know what happened in Iraq (more than 1000 dead in January2014 alone) , Sudan, Afganistan, Lybia, Egypt and many other places where the ‘regime change’ were in operation and succeeded in many instances … 

    Blueprint of the mechanism of regime changes are too obvious and one writer Waduge puts it nicely how it is being executed in Sri Lanka ….

    ” The ‘foot soldiers’ of the West take the form of intelligence agencies, Christian Evangelical groups, NGOs/INGOs, US-West funded Humanitarian/Charity Organizations and the local stooges of these entities. The motive are sometimes real but often inflated or even concocted  – WMD was the lie used to invade Iraq, ‘liberty’ was used in Libya, ‘ethnic freedom’ was used in Kosovo, ‘9/11’ was used in Afghanistan. The other favourite excuse is ‘economic instability’ ‘human rights’ ‘denial of expression’ ‘lack of press freedom’.

    The players who facilitate regime change.

    1.      The Opposition – often political. These political parties will be showered in funds, given the slogans to create public dissent, sponsored on foreign trips for ‘political courses’ and they will return with a blueprint on how to change the people.

    2.      Media – the mode of communication in the hands of the West globally and handles the communication of the “motives”. Thus the masses were fooled to think that the Libyans hated Gaddafi, lies and false images get relayed, false stories become aired, programs and anchors repeat lie after lie. Reuters had to apologize for providing photos on Lebanon and claimed these were from Syria. Danish TV admitted images of torture supposedly taking place in Syria were actually those taken in Iraq. The media plays a key role in demonize people – Dictators are turned into darlings and democratic leaders get turned into devils depending on the agenda.

    3.      Rich Elites – with wealth concentrated only in the hands of a handful of powerful rich entities the other layers belonging to the same elitist families think only of profit and would not wish to have their status quo undermined. Therefore they are ever ready to invest in ‘plots’ that would enable their eternal supreme rule over the rest of the people. Truth is that the anarchy that prevails may be caused by politicians but they are themselves mouthing what they are ordered to do from higher sources – follow the money trail.

    4.      The Unions – These people are made to start protests, demonstrate and work towards disrupting the public service channels so that the people will divert their anger towards the ultimate motive of the regime change operators.

    5.      Opposition Rallies – work in unison with media to enable full media coverage and portray a scenario to shift the people’s thinking. This happens no sooner a government is sidelined to be overthrown. Syria is one such victim as was all the Arab Spring nations.

    6.      The ‘Moderates” – People kept in the public domain and helped by media to project them as ‘intellectuals’ in society who would come in to the fray and explain why a government should be toppled. They are funded to speak on international podiums and paid handsomely for their services.

    7.      New entrants – Lawyers, Youth, Academia : These new enlisted parties are also heavily funded tapping into their personal ambitions and self-interests and knowing they would easily betray the best interests of the nation they are born into. These new entrants will be sent overseas, will be showered with gifts in the form of the latest communication systems, will be sent for overseas training and then spoonfed on what to do when they return home. Watch out for embassy officials visiting universities, striking ‘rule of law’ mou’s with local legal associations.

    With this scenario now quite obvious and plenty of examples to take from countries that have been targeted for regime change and actually changed the other scenario is the question that many must be thinking.

    If a country is targeted for regime change, it is the leader who is wanted out of the scene. What if the leader decides not to go against the tide in his disfavour but appeal for clemency?

    The golden rule here is that – this is the biggest and dumbest mistake to make. Gaddafi is a shining example of that folly. Thinking he could work some compromise with the West he chose not to align with Russia or China and that cost him dearly. He was dragged from a sewer and then killed in the most inhuman way. These rebels who killed him were sponsored by the West, the ‘civilized’ society that watches on tv its troops kill an unarmed one-time friend and then lies about it thereafter (Osama bin Laden).

    The compromise formula will certainly be pushed but becomes only a trap to distance the leaders from the public and once that is done the public will declare their leader a traitor to the nation and the regime change objective is more or less sealed. The leaders that do compromise a nation and its people in lieu of thinking they will get off the hook will find that no such thing would happen and the people will brand them traitors of the nation forgetting any good they had done.

    Therefore the option of striking a deal is not an option at all as Saddam, Gaddafi and Osama found out too late. Western leaders want their dirty secrets to be buried and forgotten.

    However what needs to be clearly said is much of the troubles stem from the faults of politicians/leaders themselves in overdoing their governance.

     Corruption is a key area that Third World leaders cannot deny guilt in, moreover incompetency, a docile public service largely as a result of political appointments does not in any way help the scenario. Incompetency surfaces every time an issue arises and despite a large number of people holding key posts no one has the brains to deliver. In this particular instance, it is shameful that political parties in Sri Lanka have failed to nurture educated professionals into vying for parliamentary positions. Instead, nominations are being given to people whose ability to deliver at even local levels in terms of strategic thinking, planning and solutions to raise Sri Lanka is questionable. This is not a time for Sri Lanka to be producing ceremonial MPs who do not have the ingredients to govern and that matched with incompetent public service leaves little to the imagination on what the ultimate outcome is.

    Known devil better than unknown angel – This perfectly sums up what the people of Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, Iraq must all be thinking – but a little too late. They fell for the media lies, they were fooled with ‘liberation’ slogans, the world was fooled by ‘false images’ which end up even getting world awards. The Yemeni activist that started the student revolution won the Nobel Peace Prize! Today, all the nations that the US and Allies descended on invading and occupying them are all in total disarray.

    The human rights slogan is a total lie – it’s a sham that the West is riding on to descend on nations helped through an international body called the UN run by stooges of the West most of whom are natives of the nation’s being targeted or those who prefer to be amongst Western company rather than their own.The UN has shaken accountability for its own role which is why the rest of the world need to now be united in condemning the US-led West, its sepoy nations and their leaders and call upon the rest of the world to bring a Resolution that covers all the bias actions the UN and its entities and their staff have been involved in.

    It is now time to close down the UN and launch another entity that works in the interests of the nations that had been victimized for over 500 years. The legacy of criminality by the very nations that invaded and occupied countries during colonial rule continues in a different form. These very nations are now trying to descend on nations once more through a bogus R2P humanitarian intervention theory created by them. The international body that pretends to work for peace has done nothing to bring about world peace. A UN that allows countries to be bombed and then adds sanctions is a UN not working towards peace and has broken its very mandate. UN is a spent force. It has nothing to offer the world or its people. It is only a servant of the West and its interests.”

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      He is back. My good friend Bruno Umbato aka Padraig Colman. :)

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      UN action = UN members’ decision

      Let’s give this a serious thought:
      ”The Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations has published a report arguing that the increasing short-termism of modern politics needs to be overcome with serious and urgent reform to address key challenges facing humanity.. …..” – Combating ‘short-termism’ in modern politics, 16 October 2013, http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2013/131016.html

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      “The golden rule here is that”

      Bruno Umbato aka Padraig Colman your unwashed Cat-O-Lic Irish socks smell to high heavens.

      If you forget the lesson of experience the purpose of life is lost!

      Charles V/Carlos 1 Holy Roman Emperor born at Gent (Spanish Netherlands)and King of Spain- Whenever he defeated the Ottomans’ he drew a treaty and sent them back. However no sooner the Ottomans’ reached their homeland they tore the treaty saying it does not confirm to their Sharia Law then concocted with the French to fight.

      Therefore Carlos 1 had to get the assistance of his Aunt Catherine wife of Henry V111 and England on 3 occasions to drive the Mughals away which Henry V111 did successfully.

      Qaddafi was a village jackal like Saddam like Franco(catholic) like Hitler (catholic) while Elizabeth 1 respected the Jesuits for the work they carried out.
      Qaddafi’s position at the UN and throwing away the charter angered the French President who was of Hungarian Aristocrat origin – perhaps he remembered the HUNS and let the animal have it.

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        Rajaporkistan is a Kerala Muslim Slave/kallathoni and following in the foot steps of Dr Mahathir but with no education so he murders- he must go now!
        NaMo knows this very well like all Maharashtrians (Marathi: मराठी माणसे, marāṭhī mānasé) who fought the Muslims and all the Europeans who respect them even today.

        Mahathir bin Mohamad origin from pepper slave state Kerala (small state) Kerala has destroyed almost all evidence of its European history even VOC records then look at Chennai archives and concoct a flourishing history.
        Lanka had many a cinnamon slave chained and brought over to work the plantations plus many an illicit immigrant.

        The first westerners to go to Cochin were the Jews and then the Arabs for pepper corn the European currency therefore the Portuguese/Spanish in their quest for Spices and the currency landed there. The first Portuguese/Spanish encounter with India was on 20 May 1498 when Vasco da Gama reached Calicut on Malabar Coast in search of Pepper from Kerala. Islam was taken to Indonesia by the Guajarati’s without the sword so it spread to Malaysia.

        Mahathir came to power using Race/Religion and stood there as the longest serving PM- the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia’s longest serving Prime Minister. With 9/11 he knew he wouldn’t survive and neither would Malayasia. During Mahathir’s tenure as Prime Minister, Malaysia experienced a period rapid modernisation and economic growth, and his government initiated a series of bold infrastructure projects.- Thanks to the intelligent and hardworking Chinese. Of course the Chinese could never win a contract without 5% and having a Muslim as CEO which happens even today. The reason as to why the TN Tamils are kept supressed is that the Kerala fraud would come to light.

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      Bruno Umbato aka Padraig Colman,

      A large portion of the cream of UK is still the Anglo-Irish, not terrorist supporting Irish village jackals!!

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      My question to. Dave is where were all these do gooders when the country was torn apart whole villages burnt down. Banks and airplanes destroyed? Did anyone of them condemn these unlawful killings?

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      Thanks for sharing. Shenali waduge ‘s excellent article.

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    Rajapaksa and his gang’s persistent attempts to play the “LTTE rump” card is to fool the domestic population into supporting him to evade accountability for the war crimes he committed. The outside world had seen through the web of deceit he and his minions have weaved and without a credible defence against these serious allegations he is trying to depend on the support of the gullible Sinhala people to defeat the war crimes accusations. The Tamil diaspora is doing an excellent job of continuing to put pressure on Rajapaksa and they are increasingly influential in getting the support of the governments of the countries they live in.

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    “One voice of reason has emerged recently, in the shape of Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero who said in an interview last weekend that “Sri Lanka is a part of the international community, we have to abide by international norms, and if there is a call for an international investigation, I have no problem in agreeing. If we have done nothing wrong we can go before an international investigation and vindicate ourselves.”

    This is what we would like to think, but the white Communities would take it as a joke. An International investigation will not necessarily be honest becaust the members of it would be white. Being a Brit in Sri Lanka will not absolve him from racism against the nativces. He is already beating drums against the natives taking Sobitha as possible white loving leader who could be a puupet of the West.

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      So, according to you the whites are dishonest. Why would they be dishonest? What a stupid thing to say. Some of the most dishonest people in Sri Lanka are the Rajapaksas and his merry ministers and apologists.

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    This Post by a Brit David Rush, depicts clearly how it is possible to see both sides of a question if one is not emotionally involved.

    Our Government spokesmen and Sycophants seem to be blindfolded by their own biases, and think that they can fool the rest of the Intelligent, Thinking, World.

    1. “That human rights abuses around the world are not treated equally and that powerful nations, such as the US, UK and China are able to get away with certain crimes whilst providing moral lectures to others is certainly true, and appalling.”

    2. “But to say that justifies crimes you yourself have committed is both absurd, and on another level seems like a tacit admission of guilt.”

    The above quotes from Rush proves my Point.

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    Britisher living at Sri Lanka has given constructive criticism and there is nothing to be afraid of at this point in time.

    After Navi Pillai’s visit to Lanka we have not heard a word from Modawanse, why so??

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    why would we go under an international investigation when you would not ?

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      Abe the [Edited out],

      Because you got your underwear from them and you never wash. Phew!!

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    A typical mentality of a yesteryear colonialist Pom.

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      Banda

      “A typical mentality of a yesteryear colonialist Pom.”

      And your reaction is something of an emasculated coolie.

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    Not looking for a free laptop and car loan then?

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    They will paint Rev. Sobitha with the same LTTE brush soon.

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    An objective survey of the larger reality and an honest analysis, that only someone above the fray can deliver. Dave Rush is seeing the aerial view of the forest, while we are are overwhelmed by bias and the details within. It is time we Sri Lankans see the big picture.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    If you still live in SL, Please watch out for White-Vans, which is being run by direct control of Defence Ministry of SL.

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      LTTE remants in Sr Lanka also have white vans, pretending to be government agents. They kill 2 birds with one stone – eliminate outspoken people and great propoganda value. This fact will be made known to the whole world soon, and not AI nor HRW or anybody else will save those thugs.

      Dave Rush beware of LTTE remnants white vans pretending to be government. They killed Rajiv Gandhi and successfully blamed GOSL for years. It was great propoganda value for them. Beware.

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    Think there are different issues at play here, such as:

    1) Having lived in the UK, and voted, I am familiar with the disproportionate representation associated with its political system, and the resulting power of Tiger Diaspora that is concentrated to certain electorates (I refer to the Tiger Diaspora here as it is not fair to label all Tamils as Tigers). So to compare the Tamil population in the UK, to the UK’s population of 66 million, misses the point. Also, anyone who was in London, or any other major European city in late 2008/ early 2009 will know the effect and volume of demonstrators who showed up in support of the Tigers, and the disruption, including burden on the tax payer, they were able to cause. So the notion that a Tamil conspiracy is pulling Cameron’s strings is not quite so absurd. Let us also not forget the fact that the Tigers operated for 30 odd years, with little or no noise from the diaspora, or the governments of the likes of the UK. Is it just a coincidence that all of a sudden the world is interested in Sri Lanka? If it isn’t the diaspora, what is it that has suddenly made Sri Lanka so much more interesting?

    2) Your statement: ‘But to say that justifies crimes you yourself have committed is both absurd, and on another level seems like a tacit admission of guilt’ is 100% accurate. It is indeed a shame that claiming hypocrisy of accusers seems to be an acceptable defence. However, it is also a reality that those who represent ‘human rights’ and ‘justice’ in the world are hypocritical bullies, who use such great principles only as tools for their own advantage. To this extent, I believe allowing such hypocrisy to continue will only lead to further compromising of such principles. To this extent, I think anyone who stands for true justice, must reluctantly agree with the Sri Lankan Government’s position that the likes of the US and UK have no right to point fingers at Sri Lanka.

    3) The above said, the Sri Lankan people have a right to demand justice, and security, from its elected leaders. Various Sri Lankan Governments, for 30 years, used a civil war to justify their failures. The current Government has substituted the war for international pressures. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if the activities of the Tiger diaspora were in fact partly funded by the Sri Lankan government. After all, they are currently in bed with many past Tiger leaders! To this extent, I believe it should not be the international community that should be piling the pressure on the Government to get their act together. It should be those living in the country, with a genuine vested interest in their own country, who should be demanding more. I know there are many who are already making the right noises (such as Sobitha Thero). However it is also understandable that given the popularity the Government achieved following the so called ‘defeat’ of the Tigers, the public will take some time to get around to seeing the stipes in their so called Lion. However the time will come, and I can only hope it will not be delayed by another distracting façade, such as an ‘independent’ international investigation aimed at servicing the political aspirations of western cronies such as Cameron.

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      Sihala Meh,

      As usual the kaun kanna modaya- you want to have the cake and eat it too.

      India has a bone to pick off you. The initial step was not granting classical status to pali.

      next when NaMo leads India and if the tamils play their cards close to its heart

      Lanka can expect to be bombed out by IAF in 3 days before the west can even blink like the creation of Bangladesh. The maimed and mentally disturbed IPKF living at Delhi alone wont forget the double standards of the sihala.

      No boots on the ground as its not a peace mission because that is for responsible indigenous folk not the nawe kolaba malasanya after 1948.

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      Sihala Meh,

      “Having lived in the UK, and voted”,-
      was it just council elections for commonwealth nations too??
      ___________

      When the Sihala spied for the fascists Japanese, and had the second largest Catholic Church in the world built by Portuguese/Dutch bombed my great grandfather an Anglo Saxon of the British Army was there and I hold a British passport too but I don’t vote like some of my British friends for a reason.
      However I do vote at the Spanish Parliamentary elections for my friend a good man because I hold a Spanish passport too.

      “I Ehelepola Maha Nilame being now confined by a mortal sickness do hereby declare to have gifted to my servant, namely, Dingiriya, who was brought with me, all goods and money belonging to me and are in Mauritius. And a sum of “one hundred Spanish Dollars” out of the same is hereby gifted to Kendangamuwa Nilame and one hundred to Dagandeniya Arachchila.

      This is your godforsaken language modaya not originating from Sanskrit and Pali.

      Sihalas common language Sinhala commenced with the arrival of Vasco da Gama. The Sihala Buddhist Supremes’ (schedule class) have hijacked Sanskrit of the Hindu Brahmin
      `Amma` is common to south India.
      1 English; Shirt Spanish: Camisa; Sinhala: Amude/Camisa
      2 English: Shoe; Spanish: Zapato; Sinhala: Amude/Sapatu
      3 English: Towel Spanish: Toalla; Sinhala : Amude/Toalla
      4 English: Table Spanish: Mesa; Sinhala : Amude/Mesa
      5 English: Closet Spanish: Armario; Sinhala : Amude/ Armari
      6 English: Space; Spanish: Sala; Sinhala: Amude/Sala

      Spanish Tiles: Mission Clay Roof Tile S type; Sihala ulu same as

      `Mission Clay Roof tile.
      ` Spanish Roofing S type Rustic Antique Red, Dark /Light, `Mission Clay Roof Tile`

      SINHALESE WERE LIVING UNDER TREES BEFORE THE EUROPEANS ARRIVED OR HANGING LIKE MONKEYS <
      ________________

      According to UN and its scientific site at Andaman:
      “Great Andamanese of Andaman” (Hanuman in Sanskrit) and “Veddha of Ceylon” (Ravana in Sanskrit) are similar and are the Indigenous peoples.
      ______________________
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:European_settlements_in_India_1501-1739.png

      ""people of the Lion’–because Vijaya’s father was actually believed to have been a lion.”" – Prof. Dr. Nira Konjit Wickramasinghe of Leiden University, The Netherlands (french national did not know nappy till 2 years old on MR pay list)

      Bestiality Breed Slave Sinhala Buddhist you were bought into Ceylon Spice Colony by the Slave traders Portuguese and Dutch to slave.

      Right now you are wearing scratchy underwear exactly like your Dalit Slave beginnings.

      ◕‿◕◕‿◕◕‿◕

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        “1 English; Shirt Spanish: Camisa; Sinhala: Amude/Camisa
        2 English: Shoe; Spanish: Zapato; Sinhala: Amude/Sapatu
        3 English: Towel Spanish: Toalla; Sinhala : Amude/Toalla
        4 English: Table Spanish: Mesa; Sinhala : Amude/Mesa
        5 English: Closet Spanish: Armario; Sinhala : Amude/ Armari
        6 English: Space; Spanish: Sala; Sinhala: Amude/Sala”

        How do we know for certain which came first? The Portuguese or the Sinhala? Camisa may have, but the others?

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    Come March, the Tamil diaspora will crow: “Come on Cameron – On we go!#!

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      and the sihala opposition will cry down with ¬Gooo`ta `Boo`ts.

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        “and the sihala opposition will cry down with ¬Gooo`ta `Boo`ts.”

        LOL! Listen, fair and lovely Hindian servant of White Man (“in control”) has spoken!

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          Oy,Bestiality Breed Slave Survivor

          A big middle finger to`Gooo`ta`Booo`ta and his offshot Slaves
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            Get some psychiatric help, servant of white man (“in control”). You think I’m afraid of your pathetic threats?

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    This Brit wants the Govt to pander to the the Diaspora cuddling Cameron and his West, instead of pleasing the inhabitants,

    If one cuts out this bull shit about War Crimes allegations for getting rid of a Terrorist group which carried out some of the worst and most heinous crimes against innocents,the naked truth is that Cameron wants to give the LTTE proxy Sambandan , what his predecessor Praba couldn’t get.

    That is separate homeland for the TNA with its own land bank and its own Police Force.

    If Rajapaksa agrees to it TNA will be the first to withdraw their demands for War crimes.

    Will the great majority of the Inhabitant population who made big sacrifices to get rid of the Tiger Terror want Rajapaksa to give Sambandan his Mini Eelaam?.

    Wouldn’t the great majority of the inhabitants agree unanimously that to wear and weather Cameron’s Sanctions is better than give one third of this 2500 year old Nation to be divided and ruled by a Ten Percent minority?.

    Let the Cameron stooges in Lanka front up to a plebiscite….

    Aren’t this Cameron’s lot all about Democracy?…..

    .

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      Sumanasekera:-

      “….is better than give one third of this 2500 year old Nation to be divided and ruled by a Ten Percent minority?”

      You have forgotten one ‘little’ fact.

      It is not a 10% Minority, but the whole of Tamil Nadu that will rule the whole of Sri Lanka if the country is divided.

      Do the Tamils who are agitating for a separate state consider that eventuality?
      Do they really believe that a Government by Tamil Nadu is a better proposition for Sri Lankan Tamils than the present Corrupt Government?

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        Tamil Nadu is a filthy place of gross human rights violations of Dalits who are forced to carry human excrement from open sewers, and indigenous tribals, where there is rampant rape of women, female infanticide and dowry deaths, where many people are forced to live on the streets in extreme poverty, where every citizen is classified according to their caste, where over half the adult population is illiterate, where those that attend school are forced to study Hindi, an entirely alien language which is slowly causing “structural genocide” of the Tamilian nation, where poor people and lower castes are daily lynched by high castes for being “too uppity”, where Christians and Muslims are routinely harassed, where India crushed down ruthlessly on a growing freedom movement shortly after Independence (India is an artificial country, put together by the British. Before the British take over there was no India), where most people do not have access to clean drinking water or primary education or basic health, where thousands of children die from preventable diseases due to indifference of the authorities, where corrupt officials siphon off millions to their own cofers, Tamil Nadu where despots from a tiny elite class rule the country by diverting all their attention to Ceylon a (relatively) more successful country than theirs – but then almost every country on the planet is more advanced than this part of Hindia.

        Have you heard, recently an elderly British couple of Ceylon-Tamil origin were kidnapped for ransom? It is not safe for tourists to travel there. Britain should take a hard stand against that filthy government of Hindian stooge Jeya-lolita.

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            Get some psychiatric help immediately.

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            What do you mean by this symbol? Are you getting ready to hang yourself because your white master (“in control of you”) has turned into a Nazi and asked you to kill yourself? Or are you going to swallow a cyanide capsule Adele Balasingham style? They kill you quicker that way. Get some psychiatric help immediately. I say this seriously.

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          And they pinch Fish stocks that belong to the TNA NPC,

          But the Vellalas keep mum, because depleted fish stocks only affect the non Vellalas.

          Plus the Vellala TNA doesn’t want to upset the Diaspora supporting new LTTE front lead by Vaiko and Nedu in Tamil Tamil Nadu..

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    Sri Lanka under uneducated MR believes ‘Might is Right and Right is Might’. Let us see how this Tsunami Fund Embezzler, the Village Bumpkin, fight the Might of the World? Oh! I love to see the day the Bugger gets unseated and every hoarding being torn down standing at every nook and corner. Not Bell Pottinger even Thompson’s Advisory Group will not be able to save his skin.

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      We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, how it would work for MR and the idiots will be caught by their horns. I have no doubt the way it is moving is dangerous than it appears to be.

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      I am with you Gamini. Canrt wait for the day that these village rascals fall. Cant wait to see the hoardings of their ugly faces lying on garbage piles.
      Cant wait to bring back the real Sri Lanka-Ceylon with elite, educated, hoenst, beautiful & fair minded people around.
      Cant wait to erase the cursed family name from the country.
      Cant wait to chase those cheap, beggar, bootlicking henchmen with ‘Harak P.’

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    Excellent and succinct critic of the regimes PR and international relations policy failures.
    You are so right David to say the the Rajapaksa regime insults the intelligence of the people – this is why we must refer to the Hela or ultta Sinhalas especially as MOAYAA (fools).
    Thanks for the this! And keep writing. Rajapassa who fancies himself Monach of Sinhalaya Modayas may threaten to cancel you visa but we will support you to fight any deportation from the Jarapassa DESPOT who denies the Moda SInhala masses the RIGHT TO INFORMATION..
    This is so true!
    “That human rights abuses around the world are not treated equally and that powerful nations, such as the US, UK and China are able to get away with certain crimes whilst providing moral lectures to others is certainly true, and appalling. But to say that justifies crimes you yourself have committed is both absurd, and on another level seems like a tacit admission of guilt.”
    One other point, States under International Law are bound to protect the human rights of their OWN citizens and NOT necessarily the citizens of other countries. Britain and US are not accused of systematic violation of their own ethnic minority citizens (although China and India are in Tibet and Kashmir), so the Rajapaksa regime pointing to Drone Strikes is not TECHNICALLY relevant in any case!

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    Govt is following a double headed, two tougued policy, one at home and one abroad. As stated by Lakshman Kiriella

    “It all began shortly after the war with the LTTE ended on May 19, 2009. Our representative at the UN gave an undertaking that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would be implemented in full. Subsequently, President Mahinda Rajapaksa went a step further and assured India that 13A Plus would be granted to the North and East.”

    Thereafter the government entered into an MoU with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon undertaking to conduct an independent and credible domestic inquiry into the allegations of war crimes against the security forces and the LTTE, he noted.

    More recently External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris had, in a written communication to Ban Ki-moon, said, “My President sees a seamless connectivity between the Darussman Report and the LRRC’s recommendations”

    Sinhala = Depath naya

    An endemic beauty is the Sri Lankan Piped Snake (Cylindrophis maculata/Depath Naya or Two Headed Snake), with its underside all checkered, it seems to have the highest number of folktales surrounding it. These burrowing snakes will flatten their bodies to expand body size, and will coil with their heads well concealed when agitated while holding their tails up to trick their enemies into thinking it to be their heads. 
This has led to the common myth that they posses two heads.

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    What hypocricy and non sense from an insignificant “journo”, David Rush.
    The man says:”David Cameron did not engage in the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka in order to boost his chances of winning the next election. There are somewhere between 110,000 and 150,000 people of Tamil origin in the UK (in a population of 66 million)…..
    The facts are there are over 300,000 people of Tamil origin in the UK, and the former Foreign Sec David Millibrand admitted to spending more than 60% of his time on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue during the election campaign (ref Wikileaks). Lobby groups play an important role in marginal seats.
    Rush also white washes human rights violations, genocide committed by the English. Violations of gigantic proportions unmatched by any other race or nation. These mostly committed in situations where there was no threat to England. Masses slaughtered in North America and Australia, amounting to genocide. Also, Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Asia Minor for no reason than greed. Afghanistan, Iraq close to a million women and children were killed by violence or sactions with the object of obtaining oil wealth. Brutal Slave Trade, shipping humans for profit. The Opium Trade, killing off Chinese by the millions. Brutally Castrating and Killinf of thousands of Kenyans.
    Cameron refused to apologise for British crimes in India.Cameron rfeuses to return artefacts stolen by English, to their right ful owners.
    Rush, you must be ignorant of your own brutal history. Is it any wonder your students in England did not show much knowledge of the situation in Sri Lanka? The teacher himself seems quite ingnorant of the brutal history of his own race, the race that is a curse to many of humanity.
    Yes, you admit to knowing the power of the Tamil diaspora coffers. I am quite sure you do!

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      “There are somewhere between 110,000 and 150,000 people of Tamil origin in the UK (in a population of 66 million)….. The facts are there are over 300,000 people of Tamil origin in the UK…”

      you are playing with words
      Indeed if you take toddlers who are in their nappies and school going children there may well be indeed 300,000 people of TAMIL ORIGIN.

      Out of this 300,000 perhaps 100,000 PEOPLE OF TAMIL ORIGIN may have voting rights. Again they live all over UK, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester, Wales, Scotland, Surrey, Sussex, form North to the South from East to the West. They do have the voting power to win elctions for one candiadate or the other.

      So just dont post absolute rubbish here

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        I mean …they do Not have voting power to win elections…

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          Yes they do. Miliband & Cameron are after the marginal seats in London as is Harper in Canada.

          This in 2010 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/01/wikileaks-david-miliband-sri-lanka

          and they are still at it in 2013

          But it should also be noted that the PM’s foreign adventures could also have domestic political advantages. On this, a cable from the US Embassy in London in 2009, revealed by Wikileaks, is instructive reading. It notes that there are over 300,000 Tamils in the UK, and that many of them live in highly marginal constituencies.

          http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jameskirkup/100246218/evening-briefing-david-cameron-and-sri-lankas-tamils/

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            please name the highly marginal constituencies.

            The Guardian , The Telegraph and you have failed to name the highly marginal constituencies where the 300,000 Tamil diaspora live.

            As I said out of the 300,000 Tamil diaspora only about 25% may have the right to vote. That 25% is spread all over England and even in London where there is a high concentration they are again spread from North London, East London and South London.

            I REPEAT AGAIN THERE IS NOT A SINGLE MARGINAL SEAT WHERE THE TAMIL VOTE ALONE CAN SWAY THE RESULTS.

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              Of course there isn’t a seat where the Tamil vote alone can swing the result. But the Tamil vote together with others will swing the result. Cameron and Miliband are not going to ignore any source of votes and will pander to any group, as all politicians do. When Cameron visited Sri Lanka, Miliband wrote an article for the Tamil Guardian. It was the best he could do as he could not go with Cameron. They will use you and dump you. They have as much real concern for human rights as their allies Obama and King Saud.

              Brent East, North & South
              Harrow East
              Harrow West
              Ilford North
              Lewisham East
              East Ham, Romford, West Ham

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                [Edited out] Teller,

                Thought Of The Day
                “ Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. ” — Hugh C. Cameron

                Muslims have proved that they can capture a seat for life because they produce like you sihala [Edited out
                ] and vote en bloc.

                Eg Bengaldeshi vote at Kings Cross St Pancras for Frank Dobson another at east for Galloway.

                therefore the working class Brits dislike the vermin as they can never have a responsible protest and the Tamils are not that stupid to live in ghettos and be shunned by the majority.

                I remember at a Cost of Living protest back there in the late 70’s only one Bengali crossed over and of course he was unable to speak English.

                Almost every other place you have noted are muslim/indian /Somali/Pakistani- its home office mixing of multicultural nation.
                The home office is not stupid after the likes of Dobson who are MP’s for life.

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                  ‘Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.’

                  So why are you discussing Muslim, Bengali, Tamil, English, Somali & Pakistani people?

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                In all these constituencies Tamil votes are miniscule. Indians command a big sway there.

                Few people in England who know Sri Lanka because of Cricket
                The indigenous people here who work for the candidates dont know what LTTE is and are not aware of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

                ——
                When Cameron visited Sri Lanka, Miliband wrote an article for the Tamil Guardian.

                Shame you guys could not persuade him to write for the Daily News

                hmmm what about the 17 Tory MP who were bribed by your war criminal.

                ” We will give you what ever you want.”

                And they were exposed.

                So do not speak with double standards
                ——

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              There are 300,000 TAmils in the UK (documented) both. S. L, Indian. South African. Etc. The. Marginal seats are mainly in. Mitcham,
              Tooting, newc Malden, harrow etc.

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                All 300k don’t think small like you.

                Are you aware of the % that do not vote? NO.

                Are you aware of the folk who are not involved in politics? NO

                Are you aware of the class split? NO

                Therefore K.Y.B.M.S. and as another commentator said don’t lift that skirt of yours please.

                Remember the statistical average of all the frogs is not equivalent to each and every frog.

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      Well said lal !

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        Hey Lal and off the cuff

        He doesn’t claim in his article UK is perfect but that’s not the point, is our country perfect to begin with ?

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          “Our” country? Weren’t you pretending to be an American not so long ago ?
          Having a bit of trouble keeping track of your multiple identities huh !

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            Speak for your self off the cuff :)

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          Why doesn’t he focus on his country first? Does he mention justice to victims of British brutality? No mention of any inquiries into Britis invasion of Iraq under false claims of WMD. or holding Blair resposible for war crimes. No mention of suppression of evidence by British government under Cameron to Chillcott inquiry of Britain’s role in going to war against Iraq. Millions died in Iraq as a result of British lies. What is the intergrity of this Englishman reporter? Zero?

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      Dave Rush, you need to get the full picture on this problem, not just a part. There are 100,000 plus Tamils in Britain but there are 3.5 million “Asians” (meaning mostly Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Tamilian) which their politicians like Keith Vaz have successfully made the Sri Lanka Tamils issue a pet British Asian issue. A lot of this has to do with the fact that the Asians in Britain, cannot, will not or are not helped to integrate into Britain. These “Asians” (aren’t they supposed to be British now?) will vote along a tribal issue because usually their leaders pay scant attention to any issue that concerns their lives in Britain. A great diversionary tactic. Secondly, its not just vote banks but it is also financial clout. The Tamil separatist lobby abroad is financially more powerful than the GOSL by a factor of 10 at least, which has been impoverished by over 60 years of social and economic mismanagement by the leftist-majoritarian Bandaranaike regime onwards, 30 years of war and economic sabotage by the separatists. They can afford to manipulate the media, western politicians, NGOs, churches, etc to their political objectives.

      Except for the very wealthy, all communities of Asians in Britain are very divided between themselves, and very marginalized. Lower caste Hindus or Hindus that convert to other religions in Britain have complained of being harassed by fundamentalist or higher caste Hindus and the general response of the British authorities is to laugh at them and tell them to go back to India! Women considered “too westernized” are often harassed by traditionalists (including beatings, being forced to dress in Indian styles, forced marriages etc), who refuse to face the reality that they now live in a western country. For their party, they often complain of rampant racial discrimination and harassment particularly in poorer housing-commission type areas. Even after 3 or 4 generations, many Muslim-British Asians live in ghettoes. The British government does little to integrate these people with the rest of the country, teach them proper English, or provide them security from skinhead/race hate attacks etc. This has contributed to Muslim fundamentalism, which Britain seeks to crack down upon by sending troops (mostly poor indigenous Britons) to fight Uncle Sam’s wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan etc. Dave Rush might like to write about these problems on another occasion. It promises to be interesting reading.

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        `Gooo`ta has decided that nuclear
        ☻/ / \ weapons are the only way to fix.
        /▌ |☢| Survivor is studying Korean
        / \ //||\\ to completely obliterate the west

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      Lal

      It is not surprising coming from a man who at the tender age of 9 ( in 1958) witnessed the horrors of brutal attacks on TAMILS by marauding Sinhalese mobs and then justified it by saying that the Tamils asked for it even way back in 1958 before you lot created Prabakaran.

      It is understandable when you lot are crying foul because King Mahinthas Kingdom has crumbled.

      As for your rubbish about David Cameron shedding Crocodile Tears for the Tamil Plight because of the Tamil votes is not borne out by facts.
      Mr.Cameron is doing what he has to do beacause Britain has a Moral Responsibility for the Tamil Plight as Britain as the last Colonial Power didn’t give the Tamils a Federal System of Governance with a Guarantee. That would have saved Thousands of lives but at last we are getting to the Promised Land.

      Look at the following;

      1) USA asking for Congress approval to intervene.
      2) EU deciding to support War Crimes Inquiry
      3) Australian Senate voting for a War Crimes Inquiry.

      But at least you have the Support of Mugabe.

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    David Rush I am sure that after reading some of the comments here you may feel that your article is wasted on them. Don’t be dismayed.

    get here people who survive from the bone thrown by the Rajapakse regime. They conditioned not to think but to post anti Tamil sentiments.

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      Dont confuse anti-terrorist statements with anti-Tamil. You are insulting sane, sensible Tamils. At least now agents of terror find it harder to murder intelligent moderate Tamils. You are also insulting Dave Rush’s intelligence.

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        Ha ha slippery slug feeling the heat.

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    Brits think Sri lanka is still a colony. Tamils (Tiger Tamils) think they are next to Brits.

    Brits use the Tamil idiots to make their business deals with Sri lanka. Harbouring notorious Adele Balasingam and many other criminals is another issue.

    LTTE and EELAM were originated from London to achieve some goals during the time of Thatchar rule. Killing leaders is also a policy of UK/USA during the same period.

    USA/UK became shocked after the defeat of Pakistan in 1971 by India under the leadership Indira Gandhi. British and Americans supported pakis. For what? Human Rights of Pakistan? UK/USA made huge profits through gun deals with Pakis. At the same time USA/UK wanted India a weak country. LTTE was created as an anti-Indian terrorist gang in the South of India while Pakis do their bombings in the North.

    India still the target of UK/USA and not Sri lanka. Killing strong leaders of India is an achievement of the UK/USA axis and reduced India as a headless snake.

    Sri Lanka is only a tea estate to Brits. That is why Thondaman left early from the Eelam fiasco. The Tamil champions never blamed Thondaman for leaving TULF.

    Now the “direct” link of threatening is lost after the defeat of the LTTE. So, Cameron and their allies like Canada cry about Human Rights.

    UNHCR cannot impose anything against Sri lanka. If the LTTE Tamils and UNP Sinhalese think UNHCR can do any thing, they must check the resolutions against Israel.

    Now every anti=Rajapakse action increases his vote bank in Sri lanka.

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      M.Sivananthan
      “LTTE and EELAM were originated from London to achieve some goals during the time of Thatchar rule.”
      ——
      ha ha ha hey hey hey LMAO.

      Now it’s poor old Margret Thatcher who created LTTE.

      Not India, not RAW, not Indhira Gandhi as you claim in your other posts now its poor old Maggie…she will be turning in her grave!

      ha ha ha hey hey hey

      what figment of imagination are you going to come with next?

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        Idiot!
        RAW officer Unni Krishnan who is now in jail for working for the CIA, was in-charge of the Tamil groups. he passed information to J R Jayawardene everyday!

        If you have any brain check this Unni Krishnan!

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          I havesome karnatci cds of Unni Krishnan. He is a good singer

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            Good one rajash I like that music too.
            The Head of RAW was a fair complexed Telugu. His son who passed out from Cambridge was a professional and a visiting professor at a Delhi University

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            hha
            I know you cannot know RAW of your own nation. Tamil cinema is your inspiration. But the problems are not the Tamil cinema!

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              So you think you live at the end of the rainbow.
              How much have you buried for terrorist karuna, douglas and kp ??

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      We know you lie by masquerading as Tamil, and now you lie by implying the Thatcher government concocted LTTE.

      Read below article from Britain’s Guardian which states that the Thatcher British government facilitated ex-SAS personnel to assist Sri Lanka in fighting LTTE.
      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/former-sas-officers-training-sri-lanka

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        Sivananthan didn’t say the Thatcher government created the LTTE. He said the LTTE originated in the Tamil separatist movement which originated in London. This was way before Thatcher’s time. He is correct, India subsequently took up the baton and financed their terror movement in their two faced manoeuvre, on the one hand supporting the GOSL while on the other hand supporting the terror movement. Thatcher was the ONLY major British politician to criticize the terrorists openly. Even she never took action against them because the megalomaniac, Indira Gandhi intervened.

        Good try Palmsquirrel and Rajash, but we can see through that tactic! Typical separatist tactic. Play the person, not the argument and throw in red herrings and part-truths to fool/confuse those who don’t know all the facts. Good try boys.

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          Survivor; this is what Sivanathan says
          “LTTE and EELAM were originated from London to achieve some goals during the time of Thatchar rule.”

          Here he wants to imply with the tacit approval of Thatcher.

          or he likes name dropping with his excrement.

          any how Eellam originated well before Thatcher’s time. In fact Eelam originated and existed centuries ago.

          LTTE orginated very late in the 1980’s as a by product of Sinhala racism

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          [Edited out] BOYS.
          ☻/ ☻
          /▌ ¬- ▌\ <—– Hey look! it's me NaMo! 卐
          / \ / \

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          He implied, so don’t try to play semantics here.Why else did he even include the little tidbit about US/UK assasinating leaders. The Tamil presence in the UK prior to all out civil war in SL was soo tiny as to not even make a faint blip on the radar.

          ” LTTE and EELAM were originated from London to achieve some goals during the time of Thatchar rule. Killing leaders is also a policy of UK/USA during the same period.”

          LTTE did not originate in UK, that is another lie. India created what we came to know as the militant movement knows as LTTE. Before Indian involvement there never was a cohesive and organized armed movement.

          Sivanathan is a liar because he is not Tamil but a Sinhala Supremacist masquerading as Tamil, so it is very pertinent to point this out because this sets the tone for any and all discussion he has here as he is engaging in deception before he even utters a single word.

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            Point taken palmsquirrell

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              My above reply was for Survivor’s post above it.

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            “India created what we came to know as the militant movement knows as LTTE.”

            India never created it but the JT’s worked around the retired who needed someone to talk to- I would not like to say more just to keep the balance of play.

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        Kind of cute that your source of reference is some loony lefty newspaper.

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        Every time a sane, principled Tamil criticizes the fascist LTTE, they are immediately dismissed as Sinhalese masquerading as Tamils. Man you guys are in need of serious psychological help.

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      “Brits use the Tamil idiots to make their business deals with Sri lanka.”

      and Rajapassa uses Terrorist Karuna, Douglas your paymasters to threaten the UK of dire consequences.

      What unpalatable pinatu are you eating in your refugee getto at Toronto?

      On my way to Baltimore I will drop there to say Bonjour to BSF dame chief, please give us your real name so that she could help you out of your misery.

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      Sivanathan you Muslim:

      First of all man if you hadn’t spied for the Sinhala Army the Agents of the Brits the LTTE wouldn’t have chased you out from Kolumbuthurai to Canada from where you wouldn’t be pouring scorns on Freedom Fighters.
      Let me give you some facts.

      Sri Lanka used to be a British Colony but now an Indian Colony.

      British Business Deals are made through Sam Chicken who pays for Gothas War Efforts but in any case GOSL wouldn’t trust a Tamil.

      LTTE & Eelam were started by Racist Sinhalese from the South.

      America never supported UNHCR motion against Israel which is the 52nd State of USA .
      But in the case of Sri Lanka Congress Approval has been sought.

      Increased support for the Criminal MR will strengthen the Tamil Cause as that will confirm to the World that there are 20 Million Racist in Sinhala Lanka and they will never give anything to the Tamils willingly.

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    please name the highly marginal constituencies.

    The Guardian , The Telegraph and you have failed to name the highly marginal constituencies where the 300,000 Tamil diaspora live.

    As I said out of the 300,000 Tamil diaspora only about 25% may have the right to vote. That 25% is spread all over England and even in London where there is a high concentration they are again spread from North London, East London and South London.

    I REPEAT AGAIN THERE IS NOT A SINGLE MARGINAL SEAT WHERE THE TAMIL VOTE ALONE CAN SWAY THE RESULTS.

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      Mannar kallathoni [Edited out] is still a refugee at Toronto so he cannot vote.

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        yup so not all Tamil Diaspora in Canada cannot vote. Excatly is my point!

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    Two additional points to note to this really well-argued article. First, there is nothing wrong in any diaspora trying to exert influence on government policy of their adopted country vis-a-vis their country of origin. Any British government will finally always act in its own interest and that could simply be just taking a stand on the values it believes in — respect for the rule of law, protection of the rights of minorities, etc. Second, the Tamil diaspora in the UK does not have much political clout to influence British elections given its geographic spread, not being aligned entirely with one or the other major political parties, and strict rules on campaign financing (unlike in the USA). Thus, I agree with the writer that Cameron probably took the stand that he did because of what he considered to be a brutal massacre of innocent civilians by the SL armed forces that was determined to take no prisoners. And, for that I would say ‘well done’ and keep up the pressure in any way possible.

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      Oh sweet and lovely sentiments from Jeffry but why so selective? Where were you and your hero David Cameron for the past 30 years when the LTTE was assassinating moderate Tamils, killing pregnant women and other civilians at the crack of dawn, blowing up public places, destroying public infrastructure, recruiting children and brainwashing them with hatred and training them to kill and blow themselves up, etc etc?

      Where were you? (bet you cant or wont answer this).

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          That Hindian swastika symbol suits your perfectly. I use it as a doormat. Go away fair and lovely cream applying servant of white man (“in control”). Your country is the smelliest hell hole on the planet.

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          Keep your fascist posts and swastika symbols going and your personal threats to commentators on this forum. The whole world can see how fascist some of these LTTE supporting Tamil terrorist diasporans are.

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          What do you mean by this symbol? Are you getting ready to hang yourself because your white master (“in control of you” – your own words not mine) has turned into a Nazi and asked you to kill yourself? Or are you going to swallow a cyanide capsule Adele Balasingham style? They kill you quicker that way. Get some psychiatric help immediately. I say this seriously.

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        Where the S**thole you were hiding when Sinharacists killed , raped maimed tamils prior to that?

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          Most of that is in your imagination. Your Tiger boys dressing up in Army outfit to kill your own people for propaganda value, but you have hoodwinked the West to think that. You will be found out and exposed in the fullness of time. Where is your cyanide capsule?

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      Jeffry, Dave Rush you fools, take a look at the people you are providing moral support for waving swastikas on this site. Do you really want to encourage this? That’s what you are in effect doing.

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