21 July, 2019

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Words, Memory And History

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Political rights have been preserved by traitors….the liberty of the mind by heretics.” – Robert G Ingersoll (The Great Infidels)

Brigadier Deshapriya Gunawardane, the officer who led Operation Weliweriya, has a new job – Military Attaché of the Lankan Embassy in Turkey[i].

Mahinda, Basil and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are implicated in the latest account of the ‘White Flag Incident’.

Mahinda, Basil and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are implicated in the latest account of the ‘White Flag Incident’.

Brigadier Gunawardane and three Lieutenant-Colonels implicated in the Weliweriya killings were suspended, with fanfare, in late August 2013 and reinstated, with stealthy silence, eight months later. Now, according to the illegally-censored website Sri Lanka Mirror, Brigadier Gunawardane will join a select band of military-favourites who adorn Lankan embassies across the world.

Brigadier Gunawardane is a ‘War Hero’. He served as a lieutenant-colonel in an army unit which will be accorded a place of unparalleled honour in the triumphalist Rajapaksa history of the Fourth Eelam War – the 58th Division.

Last week, another illegally censored website, The Colombo Telegraph, carried exposés of two of the most inglorious episodes of the Fourth Eelam War – a call-by-call account of the ‘White Flag Incident’ and unpublished pictures of the final hours of LTTE newscaster, Ms. Isaipriya. If these verbal and the pictorial accounts are authentic, they demonstrate the degrading and horrific depths to which a segment of the Lankan army sank during the final days of the war.

Neither account indicates a soldiery on rampage, uncontrollable by the hierarchy. Both accounts indicate that prisoners-of-war were murdered systematically, and under orders.

The Tigers committed innumerable atrocities against Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala civilians, not against orders but as per orders. Similarly, Lankan atrocities of the final war happened due to the presence of discipline, not its absence.

Under orders of not, the uniformed men who carried out such horrendous deeds belong in prison. They are a disgrace to the country, the nation and the military. They are also a danger to Lankan society, including the people of Sinhala-South, as the Weliweriya incident clearly demonstrated.

The 58th Division has been implicated in the White Flag incident[ii]. It could not have been an accident that the same division was dispatched, in battle-mode, to Weliweriya. The people of Rathupaswala may have thought they were opposing an ordinary factory-owner. But in reality they were opposing Dhammika Perera, the premier Rajapaksa economic agent, and thereby challenging Rajapaksa business/financial interests. Who better to undertake the task of teaching such ‘traitors’ a memorable lesson than the ‘war heroes’ of the 58th Division?

When the killing was over, a Rathupaswala villager asked a soldier why he did not use rubber-bullets. The soldier replied, “We can’t mollycoddle people with rubber bullets”[iii].

That is the real face of ‘war-hero’ in Rajapaksa Sri Lanka.

The Siblings needed unthinking, brutalised killing machines to do their work in the North. They will need unthinking, brutalised killing machines to prop their regime nationally, including in the Sinhala-South.

Mahinda, Basil and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are implicated in the latest account of the ‘White Flag Incident’. If accurate, this would indicate why the Rajapaksas are dead set against a genuine inquiry into alleged war-crimes. Not because they fear the reaction of the army; they persecuted the hugely-popular war-winning Army Commander without the slightest fear of any ‘reaction’. Not because they want to protect ordinary soldiers and officers; when Mervyn Silva’s son attacked a senior Military Intelligence officer, the Rajapaksas protected the political-brat and humiliated and punished the ‘War-Hero’. The Rajapaksas insist on impunity because any genuine inquiry might implicate them. It is their own welfare they are worried about (including their capacity to own assets in/travel to the US); not anyone else’s safety or honour.

The killers of Weliweirya will never be punished. As participants/witnesses of the final phase of the war, they would know what happened, including, the genesis of criminal orders. The Rajapaksas need their silence.

The Need for Infidels

A new volume of Mahawamsa, dedicated to President Rajapaksa, is being written.[iv]

According to this Rajapaksa history, Fourth Eelam War will be a pure and sinless endeavour won by King Mahinda and General Gotabhaya.

That history cannot have a place for the non/anti Rajapaksa army commander Sarath Fonseka or the murdered prisoner-of-war Ms. Isaipriya.

Nor can it include some of the most discreditable deeds of Tiger leaders.

Tiger-leaders had a no-surrender creed. Civilian Tamils and ordinary cadres suspected of violating this were murdered. And yet, a large number of top Tigers tried to save themselves and their families by doing deals with the enemy. Ultimately, a majority of the Tiger hierarchy proved to be as careful of their own safety as they were cavalier about the safety of their cadres and people.

But this hypocrisy and cowardliness of Tiger leaders cannot be a part of the official history. The pleas of Tiger leaders cannot be written about without giving credence to the tales about murdered prisoners-of-war. The faux Mahaveer reputation of Tiger leaders is thus safe from Mahinda’s Mahawamsa.

In Rajapaksa history, there will be no ethnic problem.

In the run up to the 2005 Presidential election, the UTHR stated, “What we fear is the rhetoric of the dismissive approach, which is calculated to appeal to that segment of the Sinhalese electorate that constantly asks without desiring an answer, ‘We are mystified, come, explain to us what this Tamil problem is all about.’…. Rajapakse has now brought it back to the mainstream.”[v]

Indeed; Rajapaksa history will state that Tamils never had a specific problem before, during or after war; that Tamils were happy before and after the war and misled during the war.

Rajapaksa history will mention Weliweriya victims as dupes of economic-conspirators.

According to the CPA’s report on mass-evictions in Colombo, “Of particular concern are the involvement of the military controlled UDA in forced evictions the modalities of which are similar to those employed in the North and the East…..and the scale, which according to some estimates, could even dwarf displacements in Northern Sri Lanka during the final two years of the war”[vi]. Rajapaksa history will not mention the half a million people forced out of their homes, except as health-hazards and criminal-risks.

Rajapaksa history will not mention how the democratising (and wholly indigenous) 17th Amendment was replaced with the despotic 18th Amendment, to save the dynastic project. It will be silent of how elections were turned into managed spectacles and how the state was transformed into a familial-preserve by deliberately violating/erasing all lines of demarcation.

The Impeachment travesty will figure as an act of justice; the media will be declared to be freer than the wind.

Rajapaksa history will warp the collective-memory of this generation and shape the collective-memory of the next.

Robert G Ingersoll finished his book, ‘The Great Infidels’ with a rhetorical question: “What would the world be if Infidels had never been?”

Well, believing in a geo-centric, miniscule and immutable cosmos for instance, as per the Bible.

The word ‘history’ derives from the Greek word, historia, meaning learning through research and inquiry. But when history becomes a creed, its first premise is not ‘inquiry’ but blind-belief. Mahawamsa is such a ‘history’. Its Rajapaksa volumes will be even more creed-like, with a traitor’s label ready for the doubters.

Creeds cannot be deposed without infidels. A heretical mindset will be needed to unpick and unravel Rajapaksa history.



[i] Sri Lanka Mirror – 24.5.2014

[iii] Reported in the Sunday Times – 11.8.2013

[v] Information Bulletin No. 39 – 1.11.2005

[vi] Forced Evictions in Colombo – The Ugly Price of Beautification

 

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    These job selection criteria should have come from none other than the megalomaniac himself- that is the proved vision of the incumbent.
    anyways….it is sad to see so called people ´s president to have become one defending the actions of real criminals. This is not the first time the bugger has appointed his kind of men to represent the nation. It is almost like to do a surgery appointing a carpentor OR plumber.

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      Dear Tissaranee Gunasekera,

      Well, the 3 points given below are credible and are probably closer to the truth. However, those who want to deny will continue do do so, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.

      Yes, they will add ,more lies and more imaginations, to their advantage.

      “Political rights have been preserved by traitors….the liberty of the mind by heretics.” – Robert G Ingersoll (The Great Infidels)”

      Several Examples.

      1. Lies and Imaginations in the Mahawansa.

      2. The fact that the Sinhala and Tamils are Paradeshis, Paras, Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil in the Land of Native Veddah.

      3. The fact that the Earth rotates on its own axis and goes around the Sin in an elliptical orbit, just like the other planets,

      Facts and Truths Denied, by the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils given below.

      1. “Neither account indicates a soldiery on rampage, uncontrollable by the hierarchy. Both accounts indicate that prisoners-of-war were murdered systematically, and under orders.”

      2. “The Tigers committed innumerable atrocities against Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala civilians, not against orders but as per orders. Similarly, Lankan atrocities of the final war happened due to the presence of discipline, not its absence.”

      3. “Under orders of not, the uniformed men who carried out such horrendous deeds belong in prison. They are a disgrace to the country, the nation and the military. They are also a danger to Lankan society, including the people of Sinhala-South, as the Weliweriya incident clearly demonstrated.”

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      Brilliant as usual Thisaranee dear. Thank you and all the best and take care cos goon Gota no doubt must have wet dreams of burying you beside Ms. Isipriya..

      On another subject – the Sinhala racist JHU and NFF are making a big show of consultations and NFF has 12 point reform agenda that is only for corrupt politicians to see. It seems that these racist organizations want to keep the Sinhala Modayas as ignorant and moda rather than EDUCATING the SINHLA MODA ELECTORATE… What sort of democratic joke is the JHU and NFF playing with their endless consultations..

      Seems they are worried about Sobitha Thera’s challenge to their lord and master Mahinda Jarapassa and hence the circus of closed door consultations with corrupt politicians rather than talking to the moda masses!

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        [Edited out]
        Madam Thisaranee, could you please write and make your usual excellent analysis of the various jokers who are using and abusing and destroying BUDDHISM for political power – mainly Pathala chanpika from JHU and that clown Wimal Weerawansa who use MODA SINHLA BUDDHISM to whip up hatred against minorities and WIN VOTES.

        Buddhism needs to be rescued from these egoistic morons who are distorting what the Buddha taught. JHU’s Pathala Champika and NFF Weerawansa also realize that people now see through their BULLSHIT and are running scared of Sobitha Thero’s Movement for Social Justice which is dignified and on the RIGHT NOBLE PATH of Buddhism, not the path of JHU and NFF maya and delusionary Buddhism.. Pathala Champika’s JHU and Weerawansa’s NFF are increasingly irrelevent and they have come up with a secret 12 point plan to keep Jarapassa in pwer forever, when the true Buddhist path of reform as Sobitha Thera points out is abolition of the Executive Presidency and the Jarapassa family military dictatorship which is the root of evil and delusion among Sinhala Modayas!

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      Laos´s defence minister and the delegation were found killed by a plane crash lately, why is that Karama does not work on MR and his jumbo entourages ? oR God has put that off giving him some more time ?

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        AntiRaja

        “why is that Karama does not work on MR and his jumbo entourages ? oR God has put that off giving him some more time ?”

        Karma, Astrology are illusions and imaginations. They will work sometimes based on mean time between failures. The are statistically and random based. MR will certainly interpret to say that the Gods are with him die to all the Poogas he is giving and all that Pirith he has attended, and saves him… until statistics and randomness catches up with him,

        In the meantime, you can vote him pout, if you can articulate it why he is bad, like JVP Anura Dissanayake exposes.

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          Keeping the man – that stinct by all nature – only strenghtening the hands of JVP – cant bring us forward. Only way out would to defeat MR regime – by supporting any common candidate only for this matter.
          That I believe is the best to do by anyone regardless of party politics. Right at the moment, people s matters have been cornered so they are with tamil issue. Only priority that seems to be giving on DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS – that would bring more commissions to their pockets.
          Getting to know that CULPRITS that attacked decent UNP MPs at Hambantota a month ago to have freed on bails made me very helpless this morning. All uncutlured idiots are being promoted by Rajapakshe – by his direct mediation. So world should single handedly study the man and his nature before saving the island nation. R2P will be the option for us in impunity governing country today

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          Amarasiri, you are ” The Man “. Great points.

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    TG, you are the best writer- Congrats- thanks million times for this valuable articles.Not Malinda S should be won with prestgious prize but to you to me and any justice respecting srilanken folks –

    “The Rajapaksas insist on impunity because any genuine inquiry might implicate them. It is their own welfare they are worried about (including their capacity to own assets in/travel to the US); not anyone else’s safety or honour.

    The killers of Weliweirya will never be punished. As participants/witnesses of the final phase of the war, they would know what happened, including, the genesis of criminal orders. The Rajapaksas need their silence.”

    As become EU passport holder, whenever I travel back to see my parents, I have to get my visa extended – if my stay would be suffered by any kind of mistakes (wrong doings), mine will be punished according to european laws:
    My million dollar question to you all of you – serious CT readership, why the hell even if Basil, Gota being US citizens have not yet been even adequately questioned by US FBI or any responsible bodie about the serious charges made on them being alleged criminals to the srilanken nation.
    Please add your genuine thoughts, Thank you

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      The United Satan’s of Associates does not care who violates Human Rights as long as they play ball with them. The Devil has no conscience.

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        Maghribi

        “The Devil has no conscience.”

        I am sorry I haven’t had the chance to meet the devil yet. Can you put me in touch with it whatever it it may be?

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          NV,

          Go to Araliyagaha Madura and enjoy the company!

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            Silva

            “Go to Araliyagaha Madura and enjoy the company!”

            Are you expecting Gota/Prabha duo to entertain us?

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              NV,

              This grass eating vegetarian does not know how to entertain a guest even though he sits in the high office he has waylaid. Though I revealed where the devil lives I warn you not to venture there because he will instead of entertaining “undertaker” your final rights in a white van while Paba will ring his jingle bells.

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      Rarityminds,

      “..TG, you are the best writer- Congrats- thanks million times for this valuable articles.Not Malinda S should be won with prestgious prize but to you to me and any justice respecting srilanken folks – ..”

      Thanks to you million times comrade because you spoke my heart too. Thisaranee is the best we have and no doubt about it. She has a unique style of writing and no one seems to beat her in that she lays bare cunningly hidden Rajapaksha myths, corruptions, crimes and despotic aspirations in the most simple yet most profound language beautifully intertwined to give the reader an ecstatic sense of supremely powerful use of language. It is extremely saddening that the majority fools in the country know no head nor tail of the existence of such supreme talent dedicated to exhuming Rajapaksha crimes in order to shed light on their real abhorrent nature and therefore succumb to Rajapaksha myths.

      The panel of lunatics who elected Milinda S for the prestigious award must be rewarded awarding the National Vanity Award for Empty Brains. Those imbecilic judges are under the microscope few articles away from TG’s post where shill Milinda has posted a Rajapaksha eulogy giving completely false interpretation to Viggie’s letter to MR. It is this type of arse sniffers that they have chosen for the appreciation and they were completely blind, deaf and dumb about a heroine of our time who burns midnight oil to restore sanity in the stupid minds stupefied by the Rajapaksha myths.

      I hereby name TG for the best investigative and sharpest writer, critique ……. Award! Please give your votes.

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        Machan silva , i second your TG’s nomination for the title.

        even though i don’t agree with you on RW and his UNP related affairs i tend to agree with you all most every thing else , you have this unique writing skill/style which no one seemed to posses , hence let me propose your name for the best colorful,creative writer title in MR critique category.

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          srilal,

          I feel honoured, specially when one holding contending and opposite ideas appreciates his opponent; I attribute it to your good, positive and gentlemanly qualities. You are welcome.
          In fact I wrote a bit detailed one but my damned browser swallowed it before being posted. Shall try another time. Whatever the different views we hold on certain issues there is no difference in our hunger to get rid of Rajapaksha bastards. Let us mount the attack in unison and in discrete also, let us divert and also converge but always bearing in mind that our goal and the enemy is one and they are Rajapakshas and the familial hegemony. So long machang!

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      Rarityminds

      You ask…….why the hell even if Basil, Gota being US citizens have not yet been even adequately questioned by US FBI or any responsible bodie about the serious charges made on them being alleged criminals to the srilanken nation.

      Yes, a good question. Meanwhile do you know what happened to over 50 Billion Dollars of Cash and real estate that Gadaffi had in USA….

      Do you know what happened to over 65 Billion Dolars that Egypt Mubarak had in USA.

      Do you know what happened to the Billions upon Billions of Dollars that Markos had in USA.

      Do you know what happened to Billions upon Bilions Shah had in USA.

      Do you know who much worth of real estate that Rajapakse Siblings have in USA and how much they have spent on legal fees, while still keep on spending on US Lawyers, Lobbying firms, congressmen, senators, advertisements etc,etc to safeguard them from war crime allegations.
      Just three months ago Rajapakses bought a Six Million Dollar mansion in Washington DC without any Appraisal. They already has bought a seperate house for the Ambassador. So why another. How many houses Basil and Gota has in USA. Recently Kelani Mervin went to US to buy a Million dollar house. Where do you think our money is going.

      Just do your math and see who is making Jackpots out of this whole episode…….

      Remember for many, wars are the best business. Read history until nw. Today almost every country in the world allocate biggest percentage of their national budget on Defence and defence related expenses. This is the truth.Commissions have no limit.

      Eventually Rajapakses are already in war crime trap and Channel 4 is behind them. Soon Rajapakses will drain out every Sri Lankan penny,dime and quarter and the citizens blood, sweat and tears for their own survival, and when the West after finishing sucking their wealth will finally choke them nicely.

      So have little patience and enjoy the Play.

      Another big thank you to Tisaranee for her wonderful piece of literature.

      Tisaranee should be nominated for the International awards on critical thinking and investigative journalism. Also her writings should be published both in Sinhala and Tamil newspapers.

      Great writing Tisaranee. Keep up your good work. You are the best.

      Thank you.

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        Lasantha,

        “..do you know what happened to over 50 Billion Dollars of Cash and real estate that Gadaffi had in USA….

        Do you know what happened to over 65 Billion Dolars that Egypt Mubarak had in USA.

        Do you know what happened to the Billions upon Billions of Dollars that Markos had in USA.

        Do you know what happened to Billions upon Bilions Shah had in USA.

        Do you know who much worth of real estate that Rajapakse Siblings have in USA and how much they have spent on legal fees, while still keep on spending on US Lawyers, Lobbying firms, congressmen, senators, advertisements etc,etc to safeguard them from war crime allegations.

        Just three months ago Rajapakses bought a Six Million Dollar mansion in Washington DC without any Appraisal. They already has bought a seperate house for the Ambassador. So why another. How many houses Basil and Gota has in USA. Recently Kelani Mervin went to US to buy a Million dollar house. Where do you think our money is going.”

        I don’t know how to do it, but if somebody could translate, design and paste a poster on the walls of Sri Lanka overnight, Rajapaksha myth would be transmogrified into that of traitors overnight!

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    The Nuremberg trails did not prosecute Winston Churchill for carpet bombing Dresden. President Harry Truman was not faulted for Hiroshima & Nagasaki either. Churchill and Truman took decisive action needed to end the nazi aggressor preventing far more bloodshed.

    Mahinda Rajapaske takes similar action when Pan national Macabre Tamil nazi movement kept eroding into every aspect of life for over 3 decades with no sight in end.

    Would Tissaranee the barking lunatic be happy if the World war embers were still burning? Would this fool want a trial to find the guilt of Churchill and protect Human Rights of Hitler?

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      Vibhushana – I have been long seeking some one suitable to suck my manyokka. I think you will eminently fit the role.
      I’ll pay you more than the Jarapaksas. You agree?

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        Navin, Bishanaya is an expert in where Mayyokka, Bathala Kerosene oil Cheetta are concerned since bathalawathi time.

        You can virtually get anything, I mean ANYTHING from him if you throw some bones or simply make some racial comments.

        When Tsunami Thief ‘Chinthanayaa’ falls all Bishanayas will be vanished into thin air!

        This Bishana fellow gets epilepsy when he sees Tisaranee writing facts.

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        Navin,

        Ravana is right behind you with his butt cheeks wide open.

        Why don’t you plant your manyokka seeds in there?

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          Vibhushana, I want YOU to suck on my manyokka. Because that is what you do best for a living. If you wish I can pay you more than what the meeharaka President is paying you. Now come on, get down on your knees.

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            Navin, I want to share something I share with your entire family. Jealousy wont get you anywhere buddy.

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              Vibhushana,

              My family or I don’t need anything from you except that I want you to suck on my manyokka, for the simple reason you do it so well. You think I am jealous? Jealous of what? On the contrary I am happy such services are available!! I become delirious just thinking of the seventh heaven I can be in, when your soft sevala lips start cuddling my manyokka. I prefer that to your stinky butt cheeks, but I don’t mind a little compromise if you really want me to plant my manyokka there – like in a kind of give and take, subject always to finishing off in those soft moist cuddly lips. Like I said I will pay you more than your current master.

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                Navin,

                You are wrong and Vibhushana is correct! He secretly shares something with your family while you are away and that is his cesspit mouth! Ask your wife: she hasn’t long seen a commode because sitting on this cesspit mouther’s mouth offers multi-cleaning functions of swallowing discharges and tongue cleaning of the vents!

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      .
      WOW……Vibhushana is comparing World War to Eelam War.

      US vs. Japan, UK vs. Germany, Srilanka vs. Eelam.

      He is right… Rajapakse’s should not be punished.

      :-)

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      If Lanka and Eelam were two countries, then your argument has some sense. In SL, we are discussing about gov killing own citizens belongs to minority groups. Still those mentioned wars between countries had happened 60 years back. do want to take world back by 60 years.
      first learn to love and respect minority people in your country, later you can extend it to peole in other geographical locations.

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        AVB,

        The ‘minority’ citizen’ criteria no longer applies when the group is being funded, armed and kept alive by actors of an adjoining and other remote states. Furthermore, groups who not abide by the constitution cannot be afforded its protection.

        Threats of this nature are not simple law-and-order issues but acts of aggression against the sovereignty of a state. They can have always be treated anyway the state deems fit. The burden is on the aggressor not to trespass.

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      Even if US is silent in this regard, why cant other powerful nations raise the question as to why they pay blind eye not interviewing US-Srilanka dual ciitzens Gotabaya and Basil in terms of them being alleged war criminals ?

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      Vibushana,

      Imagine the repercussions if president Rajapaksa took these morons (commented on your posting) seriously and decided not to attack and turned the other way while LTTE Tamil terrorists attacked village after village and blasted building after building full of civilians just because those sub humans were ‘made in Sri Lanka’ ?

      Not long ago Dr. Anton Balasingham was their LTTE Tamil intellectual worshiped by Tamil terrorists and the diaspora. Can any one tell me which university he obtained his Phd and the year? No one will be able to, because he never got a Phd. Why none of these people here don’t want Adale Balasinham to be prosecuted as a war criminal for training 13 yr old kids to be child solders? It is because their only objective is Eelam, not to live peacefully with fellow Sri Lankans.

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        wickrama

        “Can any one tell me which university he obtained his Phd and the year? No one will be able to, because he never got a Phd.”

        i’m not defending or writing on behalf of AB , just to answer your question , it has been reported that AB enrolled for a P.hD at South bank Polytechnic (Now South Bank University at Elephant & castle in London) in 80 s , whether he managed to finish his thesis or not is a different matter .

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          Under developed nations, where even honorary tiles have been introduced even to multiple criminals – and the media to be ordered to respect those titles ad their learnt titles – people behave without going through any kind regulations. Putting Dr title before the names of any candidates that have failed to complete their doctoral dissertations are stictly held in EU countries; it is a punishable act according their laws prevailing those countries.
          But I have seen many using these titles not even studying the legality of the matter. That is very common to srilankens.
          Anyway, latter is the basis of a country where no place is given to any kind cultured, educated personalities today. How can they do so, while the incumbent has been abusing all laws from top to the bottom ?

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          Srilal,

          He did not. I remember HLD Mahindapala saying this over and over again many years ago.

          Then again just few days ago this news item from HLD

          ” When I met Jehan in Geneva I asked him why he keeps on boosting Balasingham’s image with a doctorate which he has not received from any university. He admitted that Balasingham is not qualified to be titled with a “Dr” but he did so because others did it.”

          ” When Jehan (Pacha) Perera told me that he conferred” a doctorate on Anton Balasingham because others did it, I asked him whether he would jump into a well because others had jumped into it. He grinned sheepishly. He knew he was lying when he conferred” a doctorate to Balasingham and not knowing how to justify it he came up with the inane excuse that he was following others. “

          Then I asked him whether it is fair for him to lie when he knows it is not true and how long he would continue to address Balasingham as Dr.” now that he knows it is a lie. In reply he admitted, on his own, that it was untruthful and that he would desist doing so in the future. That is the assurance he gave me.

          “As a journalist I was pressing him for answers – like the way all other journalists would do – on his conduct as a responsible head of the NPC who owes it to the public to be truthful in every minute detail and I trusted him when he assured me that he would be truthful in future. But when he returned to his NGO he continued his practice of referring to Balasingham as Dr” knowing it was a lie.”

          In other words, he was trying to make the world believe that Balasingham, who was only a Tamil translator in the British High Commission in Colombo, was a scholar holding a post-graduate degree. At best Balasingham must have passed his O-level or, perhaps, may be A-Level. Knowing this Pacha Perera was deliberately lying to boost the image of Anton Balasingham by conferring” on him a doctorate. This fictitious doctorate was designed to give respectability to Dr” Balasingham’s propaganda aimed at serving the cause of Tamil Tiger terrorism – an act outlawed in UN Security Council resolution 1373.

          HLD Mahindapala.

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          Srilal, perhaps a non nondescript Uni or a well known Uni may have granted him an Honorary Doctorate. Just as Mervyn De Silva has received his and other eminent people have received theirs. With BBS backing Mervyn as the great Buddhist, who knows, he may end up our President and then with his Doctorate, he will have an intellectual leg up.

          Btw, what do we do with Jnr. Premadasa with his Degree from the LSE ?

          Gosh, time to get my Doctorate on the Internet for $ 20.

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            vishvajith ,

            if any one really interested in clearing the air of AB’s P.hD controversy , i suppose verifying with South Bank university is one option ( remember how Lasantha W played the devil’s advocate in exposing CBK’s Sorbonne post graduate studies tale in late 90s ).

            As to Dr Mervin silva’s candidacy for the president of SL , ofcourse any thing is possible in SL , Mind you he is the guy who beat UNP veteran Gentleman Karu J at the last election with overwhelming popular preferential votes , not only Dr Mervin silva but also that visionary/ intellectual novice “Paba” managed to beat soft spoken karu J at the last election in Gampaha electorate , there are enough evidences available to show how mature Sri lankan voters are when it comes to voting !

            As to sajith’s B.Sc degree from LSE , we all must thank CT for their investigating journalism , had that not happened , who knows Sajith might have be calling himself “Doctor sajith ” , how awkward that must have been ?

            vishvajith ,This day and age , any thing is possible in Silly lanka , i mean any thing !!!

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              Very True, Srilal.

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        wickrama,

        First of all it does not matter whether Dr. Anton Balasingham had a PHD or not. What matters is slippers wearing Murunga eating LTTE boys and girls gave a very good fight to our a full fledged well trained, well equipped Sri Lanka forces for over 30 years.

        Do you remember how long the two JVP insurrections in 1971 and 1989 lasted……. Not even two months. They were crushed like papadam.

        But LTTE not only fought with Sri Lanka forces, but also with the Indian forces until they left Sri Lanka. So just imagine those Murunga eating Dr.Anton Balasingham and those tamil boys and girls capabilities are.Just give the Devil it’s due.It’s good that LTTE was defeated, but again it was due to selfish and power hungry moron VP.

        Similarly if Gota would have rehabilitated VP, Nadesen, and those other murdered LTTE carders similar to what he did to Karuna, KP,Daya master etc, and had them enrolled into our forces, today Sri Lankan force could have been one of the best forces in the world.

        That’s why Gen.Sarath Fonseka said that Rajapakses are not worth even a hair of VP. He knew LTTEers capabilities.

        Yes LTTEer were good war strategists but poor political anaysts. But again only after the death of Dr.Anton Balasingham and later due to poor political mis calculations of VP that LTTE lost the war.

        Same what VP did, now been carried out by the Moda Rajapakse siblings. They are Absolute donkeys. Await to see their fait.

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          Lasantha,

          I completely agree with you. The other aspect of it is that they are the citizens of Sri Lanka. It is the fault of both races with more or less shifting responsibilities and blames that could not hold these two ethnicities in togetherness under one country identity. This has led to an immense waste of capable human resources. Tamils are historically hardworking and progressive nation but these Sinhalese fools could not tap to that potential for the betterment of the country in general. It is only Ranil Wickramasinghe who understood this and tried to make this happen by initiating peace negotiations for the first time. But the racist agendas of racists of both nations disrupted that process. But the irony of fate is that this vicious circle finally would find its end at the beginning of what RW started.

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    Dear Tisaranee please do not despair. Rajapaksas and their ilk will no longer have a monopoly on the writing of history. The Mahanama Buddhist monks, the ardent supporters of the Rajapaksas, are losing their monopoly over the hearts and minds of the mass of the Sinhala Buddhist voting public. There are now other sources who are actively engaged in educating and informing the masses.

    When there was no internet and social media coupled with strict national press censorship, the Establishment controlled what the People could read and hear.

    Now there is no such monopoly. Lankaenews published the dastardly act of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Mahana Yakas to accept 59 tax free luxury car permits from the beastly Mahinda Rajapaksa in exchange for their silence on the Packer Casino Project.

    That project itself was to enrich the ruling family by receiving a kick back of not less than 10% in lieu of the unincurred tax payment normally levied by the Government.

    These rascals take a vow of chastity, celibacy, and demand luxury daana’s (hondata mas uyala thiyanna oney) and after dinner pussi from poor villagers.

    Because of the internet this kind of news is spreading like wild fire, degrading the Mahana Yakas in the public mind. Politicians too are getting degraded in the public mind with lightning speed.

    Lists of corruption deals, including violation of human rights, murder and rape committed with impunity, and lists of other numerous heinous crimes committed are being circulated. People are already talking about the CJ Mohan Peiris and that New Judge as if they were the kept women of the Jarapassas.

    Come elections in another two years, the whole nasty lot will be chased out from public life. All because, the scoundrels will not have a monopoly on the dissemination of news and opinion.

    Again, do not despair Tisaranee. Sri Lanka will very soon regain her dignity and her honoured place among the comity of nations.

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    Vibhushana,
    2 wrongs do not make a right,it’s MR’s conduct after the war that sets him apart from churchill and the rest…infact churchill was voted out of power at the most recent election that was held after the war, chrchill did not manupulate the state owned resurces or file fabricated charges against his rival or amend the constitution to consolidate his power,didnt turn his political party into a family ownership. and he most certainly didnt go around surpressing media freedom and curtail the democratic rights of people who opposed him.

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    Looks like this woman, having used every single word she can ever find against the Rajapaksas and the Sinhalese, is finally resorting to weird pronouncements based on unknown authors!

    She is probably the biggest loser always crying foul while the Rajapaksa juggernaut marches on, as evidenced by the invitation from Narendra Modi to his inauguration. With a level head and an attitude of devil may care, the Rajapaksas have shown the world that even a country like Lanka can have a strong leadership. Nerandra Modi and the Hindutva movement will now align really well with the regime in Lanka.

    That will mean even worse, even more mad diatribes by Tisranee to keep us entertained about how losers feel!!

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      Jay Chambers – that your real name? Funny name for a Hambantota AAAs licker!! Rajapakse providing showing leadership to the world …. what a laugh!

      Look at the walk of Rajapaksa when he limpts back from his Airport at Mattala ..after visiting the Indians. He will be quite visibly limping back with head bowed and legs wobbling, having had his posterior fully invaded by Modi and the gang.

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      Another bankrupt comment from the same Avatar fames guy.
      Tsunami Thief’s invitation merely by default since all SAARC members were invited.
      Chinthanayaa got so scared so he released all Indian fishermen before facing Modi. When Kekeille opens his mouth I hope he wouldn’t embarrass us the Sri Lankans.

      He might even say ‘Hellallo…Narendran, I am Mahendran’

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        Malaysian authorities arrested LTTE Tamils with UNHCR refugee cards yesterday. Not good news for peace loving Tamils.

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          Very soon US and the West will start arresting Rajapakse Jokers and their Military clan on War Crime charges.

          Already EU Visa denied for Jageth Dias.

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    The former head of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the spiritual leader of all Hindu nationalists, Narendra Modi has invited the intrepid leader of its neighbor, Mahendra Rajapaksa to his inauguration. Mahendra and the Sinhalese are Buddhists, the followers of one of the most important avatars of Vishnu, Gautama Buddha. Like Lord Ram, another Vishnu avatar, Lord Buddha was venerated in Hindustan and the folks like Modi know the ancient connection the Buddhists of Lanka has with the North Indian Hindus. Their meeting will be a cordial one, and Rajapaksa is almost viewed as a semi-Chakravartin by the Modi followers. They want to embrace him and bring him to the fold, Buddhism under the greater umbrella of Hinduism. Obviously the traditional enemy is the surging Moslem fanatics in both countries and their containment will be on the agenda soon.

    Modi the bachelor and vegetarian will want some decorum from the Rajapaksa inner circle, a much more stringent set of rules and discipline. Their influence will soon tell on Lanka. It is inevitable. All good stuff, Lanka will thrive in this situation. After all the non -Aryan southern Dravidians have never been relegated to such a level of insignificance vis-à-vis New Delhi in a very long time.

    But that is not the point, the main thing is to contain the time bomb of Islam in the sub-continent. I expect a lot of changes and power play which will lead to a lot more control of the unscrupulous Islamic fanatics in both countries.

    Lanka will benefit a lot. Tiranee will write more and more diabolical diatribes, but the dog barks and the caravan moves on!!

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      Narendra Modi is apparently married, and had to confirm the details in the electoral papers under instruction from a magistrate.

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      Jay Chambers!!!

      So typical the booru comments are as those that are leaking from the “goo chambers” of the Rajapakshas. These comments from a Gopaiyya hanging on to the sarong of MARA speak volumes of their ever failing farcical contrivances to hoodwink and mislead the people and the world. In fact it is wonderful mirror of every cunning scheme Rajapakshas are devising these days. Rajapakshas must be utter donkeys to pay for such a fool as “goo tanker” who spills the bean so foolishly.

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    More evidence of empty words, lies, trickery and utter hypocrisy. Please read Justice Wigneswaran’s interview in the Financial Times.

    http://www.ft.lk/2014/05/26/wiggie-wants-mahinda-to-walk-the-talk/

    A parallel provincial administration is apparently being constructed in the north.

    The undermining of the constitution and civilized norms at its whim, is the greatest crime this government is committing against this country.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Tamils boycotted Modi swearing in.

    MR participated as a VVIP invitee.

    Tamils can get back to weeping and howling.

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    There are many ways of insulting and degrading someone with whom one has a disagrrement.Among many contributors to these forums one frequently encounters suggestions of sodomy as a way of doing this.I wonder why this is such a favored form of abuse among Sri Lankans?Surely it is not derived from certain religious institutions?

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      The Yakkas did it that way and these guys are all the descendants of Yakkas!

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