18 September, 2021

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Will The Taliban Victory Affect Sri Lanka?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

When I asked this question from someone with knowledge of security matters the answer was: “It is unlikely because they will be too involved in sorting out a slew of problems within Afghanistan to take on involvement elsewhere”. The Taliban is not ISIS; it has no pretentions to a Caliphate and World Islam. It wants to be left in peace to catch its corner, abuse its women and terrorise the occasional hungry kid caught stealing a loaf of bread by chopping off an arm – unless as some hope the Taliban have mellowed. Yes in the short term measured in months it will be busy at home, but beyond that? So far as we are concerned it will depend on how our government, Muslim hating State Ministers and unruly Buddhist extremists behave. Though Gotabaya and his inner military cabal are dim-witted, I think in this instance Brothers Mahinda and Basil are likely to prevail and say “Ahaka-yana polangu ange gahagana epa”. This change of strategy will work only if the aforesaid extremists are brought to heel, but then one part of Gota’s power base will be neutralised. This is not impossible, but Gota will have to let free Muslim personages his goons have incarcerated under trumped up terrorism charges, stop spreading stark lies about Muslim surgeons chopping up the wombs of Sinhala-Buddhist women and stop his mobs from looting Muslim shops.   

Kabul was match point and game over; Afghanistan fell like a ripe mango. See BBC video “Another Saigon moment”. There are people writing about why it happened so decisively and so quickly, I have nothing to add at this point. I want to look forward. However hard the Taliban try to catch their corner they are going to be drawn-in particularly into Pakistan, India and China. The Afghan-Paki border is unsettled with Afghans demanding to cross in either direction with minimal IDs. The border is going to become a nightmare for the Paki security force and for Islamabad; you simply cannot stop the faithful from preaching the Word of God. If Modi imagines can go on crushing the Kashmiri people, contemptible ogre that he is, he has a very bloody nose coming his way. Though there is no common border between India and Afghanistan, Modi cannot continue to rape Kashmir; he will have a bigger problem on his hands than Islamabad. China too will have to be careful. The Uighur Muslims now have an Islamic ally and a common if narrow connecting border. I don’t think China had a hand in the Taliban’s lightning quick victory. For oppressed Muslims across the region, though not for the women, children and men of the country itself, the Taliban conquest of Afghanistan will probably bring relief. Fate moves in mysterious ways its wonders to perform.

The critical aspect in general and for SL is the American response. Yes of course US military overseas land interventions are most likely over for ever. A draw in Korea followed by a rout in Vietnam, a whiplashing in Iraq and Libya and now this debacle settles the matter. Unlike ISIS ideology, containment of Taliban ideology is not an issue; it is contiguous countries Pakistan, India, China and not too far away Sri Lanka that may be affected. That too not because of a Taliban thrust but because local players may implore assistance. How Taliban’s victory will influence Sino-American relations and how these may play out in our backyard is an interesting aside.

China, understandably, would like to use a less unfriendly Afghanistan to enhance its transport links via Afg-Pak to Gwaidor but that does not mean its need for the Straits of Malacca route on which SL lies diminishes because China’s trade and logistical needs are so large that everything is needed. Both China and the US have a common interest in discouraging Islamic over ebullience by the new regime. No one should try to predict how this will all pan out; there are too many factors and facets at work. A game of tacit Sino-US cooperation on Afghanistan is likely and if we are smart the good of it can rub off on us. Covid, the fertiliser cock-up, the 70% renewable electricity fiasco, the appointment of incompetents and freeloaders to high positions, a rap on the knuckles from the UNHRC and the US Congress, isn’t that trouble enough? Gota and his henchmen will be wise (can they sic!) to stop grating on the country’s Muslims.

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    Taliban is backed by Pakistan so India will be in grave danger.

    If my enemy’s enemy is my friend, the Taliban and SL should be friends.

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      You see, the ISIS & TALIBAN are creations of the CIA-NATO, specially designed to fit its dark operations TO CAUSE CHAOS worldwide (mostly in the Muslim lands) in securing the Jerusalem project to build the 3rd Temple to appease the Zionist Jews and the Moschiac the Messiah (The Anti Christ). The first phase of this plan is the eviction of any Muslims left within the stolen territory of the former Palestine to make way for the Temple to be built upon the destructed Al Aqsa Mosque site without any challenge. Under this evil scheme, the Pax Judaica & its sponsors & its gate keepers, i.e. the western nations with its NATO and the UN system, have installed GOVERNMENTS in its client states, allowing psychopathic criminals of the society, to become the new POLITICAL RULERS who are barbaric, fascist & psychopathic. That one such govt., is the Rajapakses racist govt that uses persecution and terror tactics to punish the Muslims & all those who are against their domination. It’s a Zionist contract and the Rajapakses are its mercenary agents.

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        “Will The Taliban Victory Affect Sri Lanka”

        Taliban has already won in Sri Lanka ……. they are in power.

        Gota is Mullah Omar, Basil is Mullah …………. Mahinda is Bin Ladin.

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          Will cricket survive in Afghanistan? Everything else is predictable.

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          “do you have any other word to describe Chinese spin doctors”

          Native,

          I stumbled on to this just now …….. some very interesting points

          In all these the one thing I know for sure is, I don’t know …….. the unpredictability of man and man-made situations is such, it’ll be futile to try to predict how things will turn out tomorrow ……… in the short-term ……..

          For a clear-eyed unbiased student of history – not guided by “the need to feel-good” emotions ……. predicting long-term human behaviour is not that difficult …….. the outcomes of both the Vietnam and Afghan wars were not difficult to predict …..

          The system is such …….. leaders are compelled to think short-term ……. they get elected for a 4-year term ……. some big event happens and they are forced to show they are “seem to be doing something” ….. 9/11 happened and Bush had to show he is “doing something.” ……. Was a full-blown frontal invasion of Afghanistan the best solution? Certainly not ……..but that’s what people’s emotions wanted/demanded ……. anything else would’ve looked like cowardice ……… So here we are today 20 years later.

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            Biden’s pulling out is the right thing to do …… polls suggest that most Americans support his decision …….. Fox News and the right-wing media will display the chaotic scenes ad nauseam to gain political advantage – that’s how the game is played. America has spent more than 2 trillion for the war and that’s almost equal to what they have spent as an stimulus-package for the pandemic ravaged economy.

            Invasion of Iran was nothing but a ruse for Bush’s Texan oil buddies to grab the Iraqi oil …… they actually had a well detailed plan how the Iraqi oil was going to pay for the war and it wasn’t going to cost America a cent! :))

            I am more interested in the next step humans/countries should take ……… each country creating a buffer-fund.

            It would have been much better for the US to have given, from the tax revenue, Bush’s oil buddies the 6 billion they made from Iraqi oil ……. than going through a full blown invasion of Iraq and spending trillions and countless human suffering – just visit a VA hospital – just to let them make the 6 billion.

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              continued

              But that’s not how the game is played ……. people have to promise/pretend they are going to do great things for the country …….. deceive the people: get elected ……. to get their hands on the public funds to use/rob as they please

              It would’ve been better for the country to have handed over $18 billion to the Rajapakses to just go away ……. than let them use the ruse of “doing great things for the country” to get elected ……. to get their hands on the public wealth ……. corrupting every institution and facet of governance and society in the process to rob the money

              A buffer-fund to protect themselves from their own “leaders” …… is the next step countries/humans should take in the forward-march of societies ………

              What say you brother SJ? We can’t stay in the same place; now can we? :))

              What would’ve Marx done? Think! ………….

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      The Rajapakses did not come to this position of controlling the system by sheer alone. They have been guided and supported by their fellow clan members of the Terroristic, shrewed, Thieving & mass murdering clan of the GOVIGAMA RULING ELITE MAFIA. This is the MAFIA that was created by the BRITISH whom had the help & support to conquer the land ruled by the Islander Kings (composing of Sinhala & Tamil races and depending on the North or the South regions). The Govigama Elites are traitors to the Lankan Kings from the beginning of the British takeover.
      Quickly fast forwarding to the modern times, at the time of independence from the British rule, the colonial power wielders made sure that the controls of the system always be held under the GOVIGAMA MAFIA which managed to use RACE & RELIGION to secure its place when it comes to someone becoming the ruling power. Thus, RACISM & FASCISM was used, from the beginning, in becoming the ruling party. Ever since then until Rajapakse rule, each and every GOVIGAMA Bloodlined criminal, rendered his or her’s support beyond party politics. Like any other criminal Elite clan in the Elite world, they are ideologically connected to support one another. The Govi members from the opposition parties, have also supported the Rajapakse take over.

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        Radical Counter Point,
        The govigama rulers are the serpent bloodline assigned to rule sri lanka.
        The bible also calls them tares.
        The tares rule every nation on earth until the messiah and his army of angels
        take them down.

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          `Sure the Govigama Elite Mafia are serpent bloodlined with the clear Jewish background. Only a Jewish bloodlined will be chosen for the Zionist project in the mass killings of human beings for lest they will get caught to the International Human Rights issues set up by the Western Zionist countries who are not their slaves. Sri Lanka is a second class slave agents who are very useful in the MASS KILLINGS of GOYIMS (GENTILE RACES) as Govigama Elites are EVER READY to implement the UN owner’s Dark Operation in the Agenda 21 of Depopulation of the human race. What the NAZI doctors did in the AUSCHWITZ CAMP, is being carried out in Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the name of COID-19 under the modern day EUGENICS. This mass murder is mostly and effectively targetted on the Muslim community by fakely branding them POSITIVE with the dumb PCR testings which is 95% False Positive giving machine which is not intended for detecting ANY VIRUS or ANY DISEASE.

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      The time of Taliban victory is very inauspicious timing for Lankawe and Taliban.

      America froze the Afghan Central bank’s deposits. This will be a nightmare for new trade loans and other loan security matters. Ashraf Shani ran out with loads of money. Afghan education and cultural matters are a reflection of their natural resources and the difficult terrain for life. Just like, there is no justice in Lankawe, there is no shipping in Afghan. Afghanistan is not suffering by Covid 19 as much as Lankawe.
      As soon as the Rapist Army won the war in 2009, Obama’s Administration tried to stop the IMF aid to Lankawe. That time the US was internationally very unpopular. TGTE did not pay much attention to Lankawe’s negative propaganda. So other countries didn’t go against Sonia’s vengeful policy on Tamils. Sonia won the game & made the IMF pay $2.5 B to Lankawe. The Taliban didn’t have that kind of luck.

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      Now the situation is different. So, the IMF had put a halt on the aid packages, until IC decided on the fate of the Taliban government. Here comes Lankawe’s opportunistic game. It seems Lankawe will not vote in UN in favor of Taliban
      Taliban guaranteed that they didn’t have any connection with LTTE. But Ranil is guessing that Afghan would go through a larger difficult situation than Lankawe is about to pass. His special appointment as an MP to parliament by Royals is to win the next round of the Geneva parade, but not pity for Taliban. His Muslim Ministers have turned their hat behind him. So his consultation to Royals is: “stay out of Taliban friendship until, at least the end of September-October sitting of UNHRC. As Communist Dinesh will not get along with Ranil, the old UNP clown GLP, has been made FAM by Royals.
      That is why Ranil wants the Afghan Embassy closed immediately.

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      India can handle itself it is Pakistan that is and should be worried. Afghans are Pashtuns’ and one of the largest minorities in Pakistani that’s fighting the government are pashtunes, they have support of Afghan and Iran.

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    Certainly yes. Soon one of Babies will be appointed as ambassador to Islamic Emiret of Afganistan and negotiate for a podi loan to buy some luxury cars, mysore dahl, tumeric, and to pay for the BIL Dr Chandradasa to run the LA Consulate General post. What a class selection to LA. Just another sysntetic position for a synthetic dostharaya. Isnt there any other sensible sinhalaya out there except the yes men. Even our booruwa Blind Eagle may be better choise. Maha Karma in maha manifestation in the land of maha dukka and Kuvenis curse. What a shame for these fools to sit as MPs and ministers with white tunics and pot bellys and playing musical chair just for the perks of a car, driver, petrol, pimpady and sorakama.

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    Prof Kumar David,

    Let us extrapolate and make a insightful statement on the victory of Taliban in Afhanistan

    The Taliban victory validated one of Mao’s famous saying in the 60s of the last century.

    “USA is indeed a paper tiger”.

    This Mao’s assessment with pinpoint accuracy of imperialism in the bipolar world of the last century is valid in the unipolar world of 21st century.

    People are powerful, not the weapons, not even nuclear weapons.

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    It’s probably too early to tell what the consequences of Afghanistan will be.
    But at least quantitatively, Vietnam was a helluva lot worse. The US lost 57000 dead, and the Vietnamese millions . It caused the US to modify its WW2 military tactics in favour of high-tech, which won battles in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, but smart bombs and drones brought no final peace.
    Still, we can look at the state of US-Vietnamese relations today, and surmise whether Afghan-US ties will be the same in 15 years? Or will they be more like Iran-US ties? Only Allah knows.

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      Old Codger you may be a right for another reason as well. US may, within months, accept the inevitable and recognize the new government. The Talis may also agree to a deal in exchange for $. I am planing to write a little more on the Afghanistan issue for Sunday 29. I will touch on the people and internal dynamics a bit, Srikrish, within the parameters of available information.

      Older Codger

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        eeakdavi: Don’t you know that Sri Lanka also has a virtual Taliban Government and fully operational for the last two years and continuing. So according to your assertion, US Government has also recognized our “Duplicated Taliban” of GR’s Government, and in return has agreed to provide “Trade Deals” (e.g. in the provision of Power and Trincomalee harbor development). I am sure “Taliban” will follow the example set up by our President in months and years to come. If “Taliban” needs assistance, we can always “Export” advice through our recently appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professorial G.L.Pieris. He is a “Master” (of course a Puppet) in the “Game”.

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      OC
      US-Vietnam patch-up was aided by China-Vietnam friction.
      Vietnamese were badly treated by Chinese emperors. Historical resentment (like Sinhalese concerns about South India) was always there. Under Ho, relationship was very warm. Pro-Soviet shift was rapid with Le Duan taking over in early 1970s (after Ho died in 1969).
      *
      Deng was not half as accommodating as Mao and even less than Zhou. Chinese invasion under Deng in 1978, provoked by the Boat People crisis (like that in Myanmar) was unwise and pushed Vietnam fully into Soviet orbit. When USSR collapsed, Vietnam needed a new guarantor. However, US efforts to draw Vietnam into an anti-China alliance have failed.
      *
      (continued)

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        Afghanistan is different. Both sides curse the US. One for betrayal, the other for 20 years of harm.
        Talibani Afghanistan has four friends that matter in the region: Pakistan, China, Iran and USSR, in that order (?).
        China had warm relations with both sides; did not take sides; even offered to negotiate peace between them. Its embassy building in Kabul stands unscathed (unlike that in Belgrade, ‘mistakenly’ bombed by US aircraft.)
        Islamist Iran was hostile to everybody at one time. Soviet diplomacy paid dividends against a background of US hostility and US-encouraged invasion by Iraq.
        The Chinese sold missiles to both Iraq & Iran and maintained good relations.
        The US screwed it up badly in Iran further by stirring Sunni-Shia conflict using Saudi Arabia.
        It has hope through Saudi Arabia in Afghanistan, but the wounds will take long to heal.
        With China & Russia helping development, Taliban will not need to rush to patch up.
        (Unlike many who expect China into rush into the space left by the US, I imagine a measured move. They even encourage the US not to abandon its responsibility to Afghanistan.)
        *
        Although this is an inevitable end to the story, it may have been less clumsy under Trump.
        Biden has made awkward starts everywhere it mattered for a successful US foreign policy: Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela…

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          I should add Pakistan to likely middlemen for the US.
          But not the way it would have been even ten years ago.
          Strangely nobody likes to talk about India’s place in the new landscape.

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            S.J,
            India was perhaps too keen to get involved, at US urging, and one-upmanship vis a vis Pakistan. Like the NATO allies, it was caught napping by the collapse. But it seems to have got its nationals out, and corrected an ill-advised asylum offer to only Hindu and Sikh Afghans. The Taliban, like the Ghani government, might still welcome Indian over Pakistani involvement. Our nationals are predictably stranded, but probably will come to no harm.
            China played its cards well, and stands to benefit. It hasn’t made any enemies , and might eventually get the rumoured Lithium.

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              OC
              You are not far off.
              What is below is more important than the feared plight of womenfolk.
              *
              CNN @CNN
              18h
              Afghanistan has rare earth minerals and, perhaps most importantly, what could be one of the world’s biggest deposits of lithium — an essential but scarce component in rechargeable batteries and other technologies vital to tackling the climate crisis.
              *
              See “https://www.rt.com/usa/532519-cnn-afghanistan-minerals-lithium/” for a little more.

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                So, who actually have real interest in those natural resources that Afghanistan possesses?

                It was not by, in your own words, goddamn Taliban stood in the way of US exploiting these resources, if the US was really interested in these resources at all.

                Thank you for proving my point.

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              OC
              India once had a clutch of well informed civil servants who guided foreign policy.
              Balancing the USSR and US during the Cold War was not easy.
              The tilt towards the USSR was inevitable with US siding Pakistan, but India judiciously avoided offending the US.
              Putting all the foreign policy eggs into the American basket started slowly with Narasimha Rao, but the trend was unstoppable.
              Allowing itself to be seen as a ‘development partner’ with the US in a divided country was daft.
              *
              Not messing around in other people’s business is very good business. I wonder how long China can sustain it.

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              OC,
              Sorry to intervene.
              I think you have to look between the scenes and how Taliban behaves to understand what’s in the store for Taliban, Afgan and the region.
              Why do you think Taliban still amusingly watches fleeing people to the Airport?
              Decency, out of sympathy, compulsions (i.e. external orders)? I think it is external orders.
              The reason is US had frozen all assets (circa 9.5 billion USD) of Afgan’s central bank, leaving just mere 18 million dollars in Afgan’s central bank Kabul office, which is not even peanuts for a population of around 30 million (compare to 21 million populated Sori Sinhala State’s coffers of 3 month imports worth is around 3 – 4 billion USD, I do not mean the Sori personally for you.)
              Then, US had also set up for all official trade financial flows to be under full control of US federal reserve. This is not in the news, whether completely true or not, I do not know.
              Then even in the Afgan drug trade, the US has control over the money flow in some murky way.
              This is probably why Taliban had suspended trade with Hindia, which is very profitable to Afgan, i.e. around 2 crores gross profit.

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            With China & Russia helping development, Taliban will not need to rush to patch up.
            It is sin of Goddess Saraswati letting devils inside educational institutions. You are twisting anything that you browsed in media, but you are not telling that America has been negotiating with Taliban, for the last 15 years for power sharing. As soon as Osama Bin Laden ran out of Afghanistan, America let it for EU forces and went to Iraq. After his death America, had no interest in fighting in Afghanistan. They started negotiating with Taliban for taker over the government based on democratic ruling. (Though we reject the Sharia Law, America accepts SA, Pakistan and others using it). You, who are picturing with the help of the “Photo” you carry in your pocket of that Lankawe becoming Singapore for Last 75 years, now predicting a New Sharia Singapore, in Afghanistan.

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            That is so clearly showing how this mind is thinking of nasty out of everything and coming out with poison. If you have honestly learned your lesson in nursery school, you would not have compared Developing Vietnam with Sinking Afghan. See the difference in Lankawe -Pakistan-Myanmar who are the Chinese slaves, and India, Bangladesh who have independent governments. In the entire Middle East, it was British Management companies that hired Chinese construction companies to build the new Middle East. Not one piece of development was done by Russia, other selling arms to Iran and Saddam and Syria.

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          SJ types:

          “China had warm relations with both sides; did not take sides; even offered to negotiate peace between them.”

          Then the pertinent question is what is in it for China?

          “Biden has made awkward starts everywhere it mattered for a successful US foreign policy: Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela…”

          Even if Biden had a successful start with Taliban what is in it for the rest of the world?

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            ‘Then the pertinent question is what is in it for China?’
            .
            Lithium…..without which there are no electric cars….without which…etc
            https://www.intellinews.com/can-china-tap-afghanistan-s-lithium-treasure-218454/?source=kazakhstan

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              Paul

              “Lithium…..without which there are no electric cars….without which…etc”

              Thanks
              (According to SJ) China being a selfless benevolent Socialist/Capitalist country could not have any ulterior material interest in Afghanistan. Now it seems it has become Yellow man’s burden to civilise and promote development in developing countries.

              Given the history of Afghanistan could China have an economic hold on the diverse people of the country. Further the west will have field day if China (of course for benevolent reasons) engage itself in the country’s internal and external affairs (although ideologically it doesn’t) , through Social-Engineering or Nation Building process. Well which section of the society get the benefit of China’s love for ordinary people? How would China share it? Instead will China also learn expensive lessons just like USSR, USA and earlier UK? For the peacefully rising middle kingdom Afghanistan could be a new experience costing limb, life and trillion.

              If China succeeds, SJ will be the only person who would celebrate China’s brotherly love, despite the of loss of Afghani lives and destruction.

              I understand that when USA invaded Afghanistan it was said that the resources lying under the country’s ground was estimated to be in several Trillion.

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                ‘The Yellow man’s burden’
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                I like that! They are still civilising Tibet. Xinjiang….

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              Native,
              “Then the pertinent question is what is in it for China?”
              Apart from Lithium, they could sell a few highways, build a few hundred mosques, etc. The Chinese are nothing if not adaptable. Have you seen those Chinese prayer-time reminders for Muslims? I am sure those black Taliban turbans are made in China too, like our national flag.

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                OC
                Are you sure of the turbans?
                The US ban on Xinjiang cotton may be effective even after they left.

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              Paul
              China’s biggest need seems a stable Afghanistan for its Asian trade especially B&R.
              Without it going for minerals in Afghanistan will be suicidal.
              Socialist or capitalist, China took time to think things over.
              I am not among the soothsayers here. But I do not expect a hasty rush from China to fulfill any prophesy.

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        SJ types:

        “However, US efforts to draw Vietnam into an anti-China alliance have failed.”

        National Securityn Strategy of the United States of America
        DECEMBER 2017

        Page 46
        “Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore are growing security and economic
        partners of the United States.”

        “Chinese invasion under Deng in 1978, provoked by the Boat People crisis (like that in Myanmar) was unwise and pushed Vietnam fully into Soviet orbit. “

        Seriously when did China worry about boat people or any other people?
        The previous month or so Vietnam ousted Khmer Rouge (a close genocidal ally of China, lead by Pol Pot ” SJ’s” another favourite leader ) from Cambodia. China unwisely invaded its neighbor as part of Chinese expansionism or imperialism, thinking it could capture land from war weary Vietnam while forgetting its battle hardened armed forces.

        Vietnamese believe “China is not only Vietnam’s problem, but the world’s problem”.

        By the way Soviet Union already had a very close relation with Vietnam.

        Nimal Fernando
        do you have any other word to describe Chinese spin doctors born and bread in this island?

        ” When a politician tells you something in confidence, always ask yourself ‘Why is this lying bastard lying to me?'” – Times Reporter Louis Heren.
        Does this quote ring a bell?

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      old codger

      Did US use “Shock and awe” tactics?
      In Afghan and elsewhere the above doctrine “Shock and awe” was never effective.

      “we can look at the state of US-Vietnamese relations today,”

      Both US and Vietnam need each other to counter Chinese Red Menace. Never mind SJ.

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        Native,
        “Did US use “Shock and awe” tactics?
        In Afghan and elsewhere the above doctrine “Shock and awe” was never effective.”

        Remember Tora Bora? While Osama was probably in Pakistan!

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    No….
    .
    But it will effectively end the celebrated Joe Biden / Kamala Harris tenure. Mark my words.

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      SCP
      I doubt.
      The pair will go on to the end of the term in 2124 (unless death intervenes).
      Sadly, the American Right will be the ones to gain.

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        SJ,
        .
        That’s what I mean. On 2024. He will be another one term president.

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          SCP

          Age is against Joe Biden for him to go for the second term.

          Kamala Haris has not shown any presidential material and race will also be against her.
          Donald trump was an aberration- only a stop gap president..

          USA had made the rightward swing after Obama.

          Donald trump was erratic and he could not make coherent policy shift.

          Without Trump the Republicans will be too powerful to be beaten in 2024.

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            S.K,
            If Biden kicks the bucket while in office, Kamala will be President.

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              OC
              Should the first US female President to assume duties as President due to death of an incumbent president and not duly elected in a Presidential election with all the drama?.
              This just diminishes the glamour of election of a female and of course a Tamil as the President

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              Will it change anything, OC?

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                S.J,
                “Will it change anything ?”
                Very unlikely. The System will grind on. Stuff has to be made. Stuff has to be sold. New enemies have to be found and vanquished.

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            Mr. srikrish,
            .
            Yes.
            You are correct on most counts.
            except Trump.
            He is already running the 2024 campaign.
            .
            And most disappointing fact is Kamala Haris.

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      S. C. Passqual

      “But it will effectively end the celebrated Joe Biden / Kamala Harris tenure. Mark my words.”.

      The president needs you, if he recognised the need to set up a separate ministry for “Stargazzing”.

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      Happy to see the CT moderators are active. There are far too many racial and religious slurs in use.

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        S
        Too early to celebrate.
        What has been filtered is a tiny fraction of the filth that is allowed through the CT moderators’ wide grid sieve.
        Some contributors are notorious.
        Personal and racial insults are substitutes for reasoned responses.

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          Not filthier than reducing rape of Tamil women to over the top,
          depending on your perception of total rapes.

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          Yes as usual join with Sinhalese racists and Islamic hardliners to taunt a fellow Tamil. Where were you when the racist Soma commented that Tamils are” shit carrying barbarians:. Not once but twice and the moderator allowed this nasty obnoxious racist comment. That should have been deleted. Most probably you must have upvoted it. You have a habbit of trolling and attacking any Tamil who defends the Tamils and states facts, constantly challenging and nit picking. Uses to do that to Siva Sankaran a lot and now noticed Pandi Kutti has become your main target, as you do not like what is stated by this person. I have never seen you attacking, picking or challenging any Sinhalese racist or Islamic extremist, on the contrary you often agree with their comments and defend them. Disgusting.

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            not shit carrying barbarians but shit bucker carrying barbarians

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        They do not seem to be active in your case, as you are an out and out Sinhalese racist and what about in the case of Soma who was constantly referring to the Tamils as shit bucket carriers not once but twice. Where were the moderators then. They seem to be selectively choosing comments of certain people to moderate and allowing even the most racist and offensive comments from others to go through.

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    US left with its own plan in mind……yes, they are not that stupid. They moved out only after they had aligned the Afghan banking system with theirs via the poppy fields….there’s also some oil discovered during the US tenure. Place has been left lulled in Islamic tradition together with psychedelic Sufi-ism. Brilliant move by Biden. Same when they left Indo-China….they seemingly lost the war, but left those countries in shambles whilst securing their banking system with surrounding countries. Long term set of 500-year plans for them.

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      Ramona,
      What Afghan banking system? Like the Afghan underground railway system?

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        oc,
        Don’t worry…….there, there, …..it’s all been taken care of by Uncle Sam.

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      “Brilliant move by Biden”
      rtf,
      Biden very badly needs somebody like you to cheer him up, as people in the US see it as a dimwitted move.

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        SJ,
        Yeah, the Ams will bluff about their strategy. And Trump was going to do it also if he had gotten his 2nd term.

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      LMAO . This clown brings me to tears. of laughter. US lost because they lost. Afganisthan was a huge money maker for so many US companies. you think they will willingly give up that cash cow uness they had to ?

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        LOL! Clown yourself. Did the Afghans buy these items the US companies made? No, they were given free at the cost of 2 trillion dollars to US tax-payers. It was a long term investment to keep Russia and China at bay, and for the Afghan poppy fields and oil.

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        a14455

        “you think they will willingly give up that cash cow uness they had to ?”

        Do you think American “capitalists” Military Industrial Complex would lie low for ever? The CIA has a specialist tried, tested and failed department lavished with resources which could mount a covert operations any time. Next time around China’s economic presence could provide the justification.

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        The US did not go in for genocide, or any other form of cleansing Afgan or any of its section of society.

        Whole of you are jaundiced in and with Tamil genocide and making the Island Sinhala Buddhist ghetto, you cannot see what other countries wanted to do and get out of Afgan.

        By the way, the US is much more efficient, effective and sophisticated if it wanted to do Taliban or Afgan what you had done to the Tamils in Island, i.e. culminating military phase of genocide in 2009 with the security Sonia’s political bosom and Hindia’s so called forces had leading the Tamil genocide in anonymous (you can say Hindi bastards’ thugs than 4th powerful army in the world, if it had that self respect it would have gone into on their own name).

        Who gave that money to US companies – from the air is your theory – if so, yes Afgan was a cash cow for not only US companies and the whole US as well. Then, who would want to leave the heaven of free money?

        The habit of you getting free lunches (even in 2009 genocide, courtesy of Hinda) here and there make you view all human efforts, including US going into Afgan at heavy cost to themselves is also a free lunch to the US.

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    With the US influence in Afghanistan collapsing and a nascent new world order may be emerging from Taliban rule. Chinese hegemony in the world may gain momentum.

    Still for all the center of world attention may be Afghanistan for some time depending on how Taliban proceeds from its victory.

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      T
      Next stop London for China you think?

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    Muslim hating State Ministers
    ——-
    Their ‘hatred’ of muslims is far less than their hatred for tamils.
    Which is why sinhalese rulers and muslims have worked together for decades
    to eliminate tamils on the island.

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    Kumar david
    You talk about the taliban and forgot to mention their destruction of the buddha statues there.
    Why do you think there is a mountain range in afghanistan called the ‘hindu kush’ ?
    It was originally a hindu land. Later it was taken over by buddhists and now overrun by muslims.
    Just like pakistan, kashmir, bangladesh, malaysia, indonesia etc
    Sri lanka appears to be following the same trajectory.
    Look up ‘ghazwa-e-hind’ which is a desire of many muslims to colonize the entire indian subcontinent some day.
    Also watch how muslims are expanding at an uncontrolled rate in many ‘infidel nations’
    You think thats a coincidence?
    Not long ago i saw a muslim teacher in australia telling muslims there to have as many children as possible.

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      Humble,
      Do you suppose Muslims are secret Freemasons? They have these strange rituals, you know, like cutting off some inessential body parts.

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        OC
        Who entertains you more, aunty Ramona or the humble one?

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          old codger
          SJ types:

          “aunty Ramona”

          Don’t you think this is an insult to Grandma therese fernando?

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            Native,
            I believe she’s younger than me. So, I’m the “Uncle”.

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              Aww….cool, oc.

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          S.J,
          What else to look forward to in these gloomy times?

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            old codger

            “What else to look forward to in these gloomy times?”

            If you close your eyes, the China man will have our land and we will have Mao’s Red book. SJ will be the most happiest person in this land.

            In these gloomy times please keep your eyes wide open.

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              Native,
              “If you close your eyes, the China man will have our land .”
              Singapore is 90% Chinese. I suspect this a clever way of painlessly turning SL into Singapore.

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                old codger

                Not a bad Idea.
                Why didn’t SJ think this way in the first place?

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            OC
            You have dodged answering me.
            Watch out. Someone here may call you an eel.

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      One Muslim politician from eastern Sri Lanka, who has now fallen from his pedestal, advised the Muslims in the east Sri lanka, also to have as many children as possible, so that they can overtake the eastern Thamizhs in population. When asked as to how will these families support these large number of children , he replied not to worry, money will be proived for this from certain nations.

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    When Sri Lanka (Sinhala) won the war with LTTE, every one thought Sri Lanka will become paradise and it is over. There are no friends and enemies in politics and how it will change cannot be predicted. Today is not the same as tomorrow. Women fundamental rights is still in a question mark. As I mentioned earlier, the strategical changes may move from one to another depending on the needs of super powers. Still super powers (USA, China, Russia, UK, EU, India) are powerful and opportunistic can influence other nations.

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    Everyone has seen on television what is happening in Afghanistan and how desperate many of its people, especially the educated middle classes, women and minorities, especially the Hazara want to get out. Very sad and tragic. I hope this will not affect or befall on any other people.

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    Ball by ball running commentary is useless.

    The inexperienced Taliban needs time to settle and make coherent moves.

    Failure to do so will be their funeral.

    Afghanistan is strategically important .

    It is at the intersection of Middle east, South Asia and China with BRI.

    That is why Britain during the colonial era, Soviet union and USA during more modern times intervened and failed.

    Pakistan has unsettled border issues with Afghanistan. . Afghanistan always established some sort of Independence from warring invaders since time immemorial.

    Once the dust settles in Afghanistan, how long will Taliban be able to hold is the question? Period of instability may follow and poor people warrior of Afghanistan?

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    Will the Taliban Victory affect Srilanka?

    Gnanakka the Gota soothsayer from Anuradhapura [See Top Story on CT today ] would have already advised her bosom client Gota on this issue.
    We should note that SJ too is a Nostradamus !

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      Oothai Sadampi worked for Stalin; worked for Siri Ma O; worked for President Xi Jinping; worked for Vasanthi. Now he is working for Taliban & Sumanthiran. Because few weeks ago he had a dream that Sumanthiran has said there was no War-crime or Genocide happened in Lankawe against Tamils, other than LTTE killed some Tamils. (Sadampi has not shown of any official definition of Genocide and disputed that has happened in Lankawe. He is hanging on Sumanthiran’s election campaign of LTTE’s expulsion of Jaffna Muslims as ethnic cleansing theory. Sumanthiran has not talked about the Annual Sinhala Buddhist celebration of Programs, and at last Tamils have been expelled from major parts of South). . The same Sumanthiran is advertising that he has won everything in UNHRC, but it is only a human right body. What did he win there? If Sumanthiran has won anything at UNHRC, can he tell that to the world without hesitation? While the Royal government hired Ranil for September 2021, they hired Sumanthiran too because their, both’s relationship is “If No Shakthi then There is no Sivam”. Latest episode is Sadampi’s marketing of the Taliban, who has imprisoned the women who worked for the Afghan government. But this guy was Chitanta Lady Vasanthi’s busboy.

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    This is what puzzles me. The puritans throw stones at a woman if she goes for prostitution when her stomach gets hungry. So, they support the Taliban. But they elevate the Oothai Sadampi like ones, in higher study centers and subscribe to their prophecies. Please answer me with your thought that a Oothai Sadampi in the educational powerhouse or a hungry woman in a corner of the village corrupts the societies. How many, please tell me, hungry women created JVPs and where did Vanathi. Sadampi, Douge and Wijeweera learned their PhDs? I picked up a stone to scare a dog that chased me. It ran away. I have no use of it anymore. So, if I give it to you, what would be the better use of it for you?” Weigh a hungry woman and a Oothai Sadampi on the opposite sides of your mind’s balance plates and answer me please.

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      Sorry for neglecting.
      I could only have reminded your medication
      But you never listen.

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