24 September, 2020

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Yet Another Despicable Act

By Kath Noble

Kath Noble

It doesn’t take many people to destroy a country. This is a lesson that we have to learn, and we have to do it fast, while the hard won peace in Sri Lanka is still more or less intact.

On Saturday night, a mob attacked a mosque in the Grandpass area of Colombo. The respected journalist DBS Jeyaraj has said that he believes that it was carefully planned. According to his report, thugs from outside the area met at the local Buddhist temple, then made their way clandestinely through land occupied by Sinhalese to the back of the mosque. On hearing the bells of the temple being rung, they started throwing stones and bottles at the building. Another group – led along the main road by monks, shouting that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country and Muslims should be thrown out – joined the attack.

The temple continued ringing its bells, drawing an even bigger crowd of Sinhalese from the neighbourhood, who were told by their local priests that the mosque was in the process of being destroyed. They went along to help.

By this time, the gates of the mosque had been torn down.

The Police – who had been assigned to protect the mosque in the wake of a demonstration by the Ravana Balaya – stood and watched. DBS Jeyaraj says that they may even have encouraged the mob.

The mosque was saved by the arrival of local Muslims, who were determined to protect their place of worship.

This is when the authorities decided to intervene.

What concerned them was not the prospect of the destruction of a mosque, even though the Government had agreed after the dispute with the Ravana Balaya that it should be allowed to remain – thanks to the intervention of Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha, president of the SLFP’s Muslim unit and the SLFP’s co-organiser of the Colombo Central electoral division. (Mahinda Rajapaksa himself was party to the discussions, along with Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs D.M. Jayaratne.) Instead, they were worried about the safety of the Sinhalese gathered outside the mosque.

A very similar thing happened again on Sunday afternoon.

Although on Saturday night the authorities had promised the Muslim community that prayers could be conducted in the mosque on Sunday itself, they did not keep their word. The Police closed access to the area.

Local Muslims had planned to gather and march to the mosque at 3.00pm in protest.

However, by 2.30pm, a group of Sinhalese outsiders had managed to enter the area without being stopped by the Police, and they started attacking Muslim homes and residences. Individuals too were targeted.

This resulted in clashes between the two groups.

At that point, the STF got between the Muslims and Sinhalese, preventing the violence from escalating. The Sinhalese group decided to back down, and they were escorted out of the area.

Meanwhile, thugs had arrived in neighbouring Maligawatte. They smashed threewheelers belonging to Muslims and started to make threats against the mosque, saying that Muslims should go to the one in Grandpass instead. Again, when Muslims heard what was happening and rushed to the scene in large numbers, posing a threat to the Sinhalese, the STF appeared to calm the situation.

No doubt the situation needed calming, but this should have been done at a much earlier stage.

Remember that it was on July 9th that the Ravana Balaya insisted that the Grandpass mosque should be closed within a month, so there was every reason to expect an attack this weekend.

Sinhalese extremist organisations try to hide their involvement in specific acts of violence after they take place, but they are quite open about their support for what they describe as ‘taking the law into their own hands’ – even the statements that they issue to deny knowledge of an incident refer to the failure of the authorities to deal with problems like unauthorised construction of places of worship, unethical conversions and uncontrolled funding of NGOs. They often talk of acting as ‘unofficial law enforcement officers’.

That a mob turned up to destroy the Grandpass mosque on August 10th was no surprise.

Of course the Government is to blame.

Every country has its lunatics. Last week, one of the most popular videos circulating on the internet was an interview by an Australian television channel with a candidate in their upcoming general election. The woman – a member of the fringe One Nation Party – managed to expose her ignorance and utter foolishness in a matter of just a couple of minutes. She said, ‘I don’t oppose Islam as a country, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia.’ Hopefully she is not interested in ‘visiting’ Islam either, because she is going to find it difficult to get a ticket!

She rose to prominence after being arrested for sticking labels on Nestle products in a local supermarket that said, ‘Beware! Halal food funds terrorism.’

On being asked about this in the interview, she said, ‘Only 2% of Australians follow haram.’ According to her, halal certification is very different from the actually virtually identical system of labelling kosher food for Jewish Australians, which she believes is perfectly acceptable. She said, ‘Jews aren’t under haram – they have their own religion that follows Jesus Christ.’

The lunatics of the Ravana Balaya are probably no more idiotic than this woman.

The difference is that the Australian government is not helping her. Indeed, she is being prosecuted and on being convicted she would not have been allowed to contest, but this is now a formality – the outcry generated by the interview has forced her to withdraw from the race.

She would be sent to prison if she even just talked about destroying a mosque.

In Sri Lanka, such people are invited for tea with the President.

The country is very fortunate that Muslim leaders have responded so responsibly to these provocations, but it would be a mistake to assume that they will be able to contain the anger and frustration of their community indefinitely. We have to do everything we can to stop this campaign immediately.

*Kath Noble’s column may be accessed online at http://kathnoble.wordpress.com/. She may be contacted at kathnoble99@gmail.com

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    was DBS jeyraj there ? . . like you say every country has its lunatics . The Lunatic fringe does not define the country .

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      DBS has contacts in many places in Sri Lanka and his claims turn out to be accurate.

      The lunatic fringe is no longer a fringe but a powerful force supported and egged on by the Rajapaksa regime. it is beginning to define Sri Lanka as a lawless rogue country and the sinhala people as arrogant, racist and intolerant people.

      If you truly love your country you should be worried.

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        were you concerned when the LTTE was represnting you or did you join the cheerleader piranha ? atleast I and many other sinhalese dont do that .

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        Is DBSJ a Sinhalese or a Buddhist ?
        Who are his contacts ? Perhaps Non Sinhales & Non Buddhists ?
        Isn’t he funded by NGO Mafia ?

        JUST CHECK THOSE OUT, before you take DBSJ’s word as ETERNAL TRUTH.

        Kath Noble,

        This Aussie activist became politician & would become more influential, since she was arrested , convicted & now out of control of Aussie Govt. & would become a force to recon with , going by this article itself (” Last week, one of the most popular videos circulating on the internet”).
        Further you find the anger against Islamic practices all over the world, even in Oz.
        So, think twice before calling SL govt. to ban/arrest etc BBS/Ravana force etc., They would come to a more powerful position & call shots, No body would be able to stop

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        Very true and explicitly said. Their ignorance knows no bounds specially coming from their religious leaders – a minority of the saffron clad monks. I know of one who was verbally attacking Muslims in a Mahiyangana PS Meeting, and suddenly turn completely around at the interfaith meeting in Colombo and praising Muslims for their patience and attacking BBS for instigating violence. Most of us are having a ball just relishing these antics, as long as nothing gets physical, we’ll enjoy the show.

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          You can alse read – Google ‘Bodhu Bala Sena Wants Signboards Saying “Silence Please-Mosque Ahead” along A-10 Highway at Parakahadeniya Removed’, another blistering attack by Kekilla King Gandhasaara.

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            That sign board is a threat to others. How can these muslims ask the people on the road to be silent because of their damn mosque?

            That is an intrusion of others liberty and cannot walk on the public road.

            If these Muslims dont want others noise, they better build their mosques “sound-proof”.

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      So, What are the lessons?

      1. “According to his report, thugs from outside the area met at the local Buddhist temple, then made their way clandestinely through land occupied by Sinhalese to the back of the mosque.”

      2. “The temple continued ringing its bells, drawing an even bigger crowd of Sinhalese from the neighbourhood, “

      3.”The Police – who had been assigned to protect the mosque in the wake of a demonstration by the Ravana Balaya – stood and watched. DBS Jeyaraj says that they may even have encouraged the mob.”

      4. “The mosque was saved by the arrival of local Muslims, who were determined to protect their place of worship.”

      5. “This is when the authorities decided to intervene.”

      Muslims: What is the lesson here?

      1. You need to protect your property because the police and the state will not protect it.

      2. Be prepared to protect it.

      3. File Charges against the police the attackers and the police in the local courts and the international courts.

      4. Do Not settle.

      5. Make it international.

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      The Lunatic fringe as this , writing comments to protect and support the Lunatic Morons in Power certainly displays in which direction the country is dragged.

      This man DBSJ wrote with minute detail living thousands of miles away, of how KP was accosted by our sleuths in a Hotel room in Malaysia to be bundled and whisked away to Sri Lanka via Bangkok as if there was no Immigration in those countries. This DBSJ I believe is supporting the KP faction after betraying the VP faction, in cahoots with MR.

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        Gamini, the government should be careful about cutthroats like DBS Jeyraj. He is funded by the Eelam supporting Tamil rump abroad. He is a federalist but he can change color like a chameleon. Most of his information is third or fourth hand as such journalists like Kath Noble should be careful in getting his views and opinions. He is just a propaganda mouth piece for separatists.

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          Sinhala Lanka Peiris,

          As usual your message is loud and clear which is ” I am a Sinhalese Racist.

          As for your observation about the Cutthroat DBS man he cannot be both a Separatist ( Tamil Eelam ) and a Federalist.
          Then again you might be right because he changes colour quickly.

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            So, he can be a Federalist, Fundamentalist, Communist, Elitist, Separatist, Dentist or a Jingoist is obviously perceivable when you paint his in Chameleon colors.

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      Kath, it is the cowardly Muslim political leadership that has brought the Muslims to this state of FEAR..
      Meanwhile, the vile Rajapassa regime has made Sri Lanka famous today for its WARPED, VIOLENT and TWISTED BRAND OF BUDDHISM TODAY.

      The Muslims leadership should QUIT the racist Rajapassa regime and STOP SUPPORTING IT and joined TNA to fight for minority rights and dignity once Balu Sena started attacking Muslims.
      Instead, Rauf Hakim so-called Minister of Justice who oversaw the illegal impeachment of the Chief Justice is a SHAMELESS fellow who is only into his own perks and power as are all the other Muslims clowns in the racist govt. and Cabinet of the Rajapassa brothers.
      Gota’s plan to create a Rajapakse military dictatorship in Sri Lanka is based on DIVIDING the communities and attacking minorities, while using SINHALA BUDDHIST RACIST NATIONALISM to DISTRACT the foolish Sinhalas from the real threat to democracy in the country – which is the Rajapassa brotherhood of criminal thieves.
      Gota the white van goon and war criminal is public enemy number he is destroying Buddhism and democracy and MILITARIZING in Lanka and today. This militarization must be STOPPED and the MILITARY DOWN SIZED.

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      abhaya:
      don’t they? If that’s the case, how come you act as representative of the Nazi hordes of Sri Lanka?

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    Even developed countries have their share of bigots and incredibly stupid people, who, through sheer ignorance, say and do the most harmful things against their fellow human beings. What our anti Buddhist monks did in Grandpass was disgusting, and totally against their own teachings. They were used like mindless sheep, to attack a place of worship, and damage homes belonging to people who were completely innocent, by evil elements, who organised the mob, and made sure the temple bells rang to help them assemble a band of thugs, goons, and haters. I agree with Kath Noble, it was indeed a despicable act by despicable people, and it was despicable that the Sri Lankan government, elected to safeguard ALL innocent people, once again did nothing.

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    These things you will see happening in countries where there are law and order. Do we have any law and order in our country? Wen high police officials involved in disgusting nefarious activities these are just a piece of cake.

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    Kath babe, u don’t need DBS to tell what’s happening srilanka…Sinhala Buddhist mafia never going to let others live in peace…Tamils need peace, why don’t u support Tamils freedom struggle…

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      J.Muthu

      “Tamils need peace, why don’t u support Tamils freedom struggle…”

      Freedom from themselves?

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    ” “The Mosque was saved by the arrival of local Muslims” says Ms Cathy.

    How wonderful?.

    Did the local Muslims in London suburbs manage to save even one of the 700 ( Seven Hundred) which were totally demolished since 9/11, and the half a dozen done in the last couple of months?.

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      K.A Sumana sekera

      I will make it simple.

      Are the Sri Lankan Muslims fitted with flying machine on their bumps to be at every nook and corner of the world preventing atrocities committed in the name of Islam by a few while Muslims too die in those carnage in large numbers because the Jihadhis too believe in idea of purifying earth just like the Mahawamsa cleansed this island and made way for Vijaya the thug to arrive and grab my ancestral land?

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        Vijaya raped our beloved girl Kuveni (Kuwaneshwari) the indomitable.

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          Bangabandu

          “Vijaya raped our beloved girl Kuveni (Kuwaneshwari) the indomitable.”

          Mujibur Rahman couldn’t have put it so succinctly.

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          KUWANESHWARI?

          What is that?

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            Your great great great great great great great great grate grate grate grate grate grate grate grate rate rate rate rate rate rate rate ate ate ate ate ate ate ate ate grandmother.

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        Native,

        I am struggling to find who you really are. Sinhalese, Tamil. Aborigine, an alien from Mars or a Count Dracula. Can you please reveal your identity.

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          A prikly massage will not suffice the act to bring about the truth, unless you fall in love to imbibe more.

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            Hideous Girl

            I am married hence no time for love.

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          kali

          I am neither stupid Sinhalese nor stupid Tamil.

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            Native,

            Thanks for confirming that you are just plain stupid.

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              kali

              “Thanks for confirming that you are just plain stupid.”

              I am not stupid but bit thick.

              All my teachers were either Sinhalese or Tamils.

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      What does the local Muslims in London have with the right of Muslims to worship in their country (Sri Lanka)

      Idiots like you are not only a threat to Muslims and other minorities but also to the peace loving majority of the country. You idiots don’t know the meaning of Buddhism or understand the culture that you brag about.

      Sir Lankans irrespective of race are a hospitable people but a few idiots like you have ruined it for all.

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        Mr Burt from Connecticut:

        Just one correction. Sri Lankans are not hospitable irrespective of Race and they are selective. The vast majority are anti Tamil (99.9%)and this is borne out by historical fact . You might not agree bud sadly true.

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      Those who try to talk about violent acts attributed to Muslim fundamentalists overseas are only trying to divert attention from the dastardly activities of BBS and Ravaya and by inference MARA. Painting overseas Muslims as bad gives no justification for BBS and co to do the terrible deeds they do in Sri Lanka. Those interested in the so called bad Muslims overseas can you please go to the Middle East or London and along with the US Marines and Mossad decimate the Muslims there.

      But leave those in SL who want to expose injustice in Sri Lanka to do just that.

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    K A Sumanasekera I don’t understand ppl like you who compare sri lankan muslims with muslims all over the world and condemn our local muslims for the acts of muslims in a another country. Do you realize that “all” muslims are not Sri Lankan? Do people condemn the locals for the actions of all Buddhists or even all Sri Lankans in other parts of the world? Please broaden your horizons and realize that there’s a difference in religion, ethnicity and race. The muslims here are SriLankan just as much as you and I.

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      At the same time, KA Sumane believes Buddhist scholars or Buddhism practiced in SL is respected in the world similar to Tibetan Dalai Lama or North Thailand (Ajan Cha’s disciples ) or Japan Zen Buddhist scholars who are very respected all over the world

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      Rue Seneviratne:
      Trying to “understand” the Tsunamiskeras of this world is akin to trying to make honest the Lee Potter deals he put together: a total and absolute waste of time. They say you can remove the obnoxious smell that a skunk emits by removing a particular gland from it. I wonder where that gland exists in Mr. Tsunamisekera or does one just experiment until you hit the right one? I would favour the latter approach!

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      But the SL Muslims always support any atrocity of Muslims outside of SL. Did they condemn Ayotollah of Iran for passing death sentence on Salman Rusdie?

      The worse is SL Muslims support Pakistan cricket team when they play with SL team in Sri lanka!

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        You Cross Breed,

        What is the problem here. You Government is in bed with the Ayatollahs cronies.

        And what is wrong with a brother supporting brother.
        You support BBS don’t you.

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        Were you wicketed in the middle to detest their applause?

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    ‘It doesn’t take many people to destroy a country’.
    That says it all! Kath, you encapsulate the situation we face as we seek to keep the hard won peace that was won four years ago. Far too many people in our country, capable, learned and fair minded are keeping their heads down, cowered and threatened and hence not willing to make a stand against the barbarians around us who enjoy the patronage of ‘the elected’ president and his party. This unholy cabal is hell-bent on taking us on an ever downward spiral, led by the basest of human instincts. That they do it while professing to protect Buddhism is particularly vile and offensive. Some months ago, there was a peaceful candle-lit vigil outside the BBS headquarters; it was promptly snuffed out and those protesting were insulted, filmed, and threatened, and the unkindest cut was that the police actively supported the intimidators and read the riot act to the peaceful protestors. This is Sri Lanka today. The simple folk of Weliveriya were not so lucky. The people of Grandpass are going through hell. The beleaguered muslims are now flavour of the year. The president and GOSL have, to all intents and purposes, ended justice and the rule of law. This was a signal to the ultra nationalist groups like the BBS and Ravaya to pursue their agendas against the hapless minorities. Up and down our lovely island, vicious and feral groups are taking cue from politicians to whom disorder and rancour are the bread and butter of their existence. The future is indeed bleak. There is already evidence that the brave forbearance of the Muslim community is at breaking point. No one will emerge unscathed from the ensuing conflagration.
    Your article ends entreating ‘We have to do everything we can to stop this campaign immediately’ The bad news is that the forces that have been uncorked cannot be put back in the bottle. Much blood will be spilt again before our people come to their senses and provide another opportunity for the forces of good to prevail.

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    These mobs are backed by the government and never get justice in Sri Lanka because time to time Racist Government win (rig) the election and come to power and pleased the racist monks and other racist majority

    This is the bottom line truth

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    What is important and needs to be highlighted is the failure or reluctance of the Police and STF to arrest the vandals who arrived from outside. Instead they took on the duty of protecting these criminals. What kind of Police / STF do we have in this country? It seems that these fanatics have even infiltrated the forces and services. No wonder the people have to take the law into their own hands.

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    Without a doubt Sri Lanka is going through a difficult period following a protracted conflict with Tamil terrorism, and centuries of brutal colonialism. The society is brutalised and polarised. I respect Kath Noble for her forthright comments based on her observations and research into ugly incidents taking place in Sri Lanka. However, I do not agree that the President is creating the conditions for conflict or sets out to enjoy increased popularity due to these incidents. She is also wrong to suggest the ill informed aspiring politician in Australia would have gone to prison had she advocated a mosque be destroyed. Far more extremist views are expressed against Islam in Australia, and in many Western nations by their intolerant, racist citizens. Muslims and people of color are each day subjected beatings and verbal insults in the UK, USA, France, Sweden, Holland and, (particularly in) Greece. Many Islamic places in those countries are systematically vandalised. But nobody is sent to jails in those countries for the said offences.
    Is the BBS and other non mainstream Buddhist organisations receiving inducements from overseas for their alleged unsavoury activities? Perhaps Kath Noble will attempt to answer that question. A little more observation and research from Kath Noble is needed, followed by her forthright comments.

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    Kath Noble,

    “In Sri Lanka, such people are invited for tea with the President.” From where did you get this information? Have you heard of responsible journalism where you report actual facts? Please give proof to support your statement.

    “The lunatics of the Ravana Balaya are probably no more idiotic than this woman.” You truly are a professional journalist Kath Noble. Love the words you use in describing individuals you are reporting about. Great job indeed.

    By the way, are you familiar with the Members of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics?

    Here are two examples of those ethics –

    “Journalists should:

    — Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.

    — Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.

    http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

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      Wow ! See who is talking ethics ?

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      Do we have ethics applying for open killings in srilanka ?

      What happened to the 3 youth got killed by Army at Weliveriya recently ?

      Are you really interested in ethics codes that needs to be applied in a country human life has no respect and dignity under a megalomaniac rule by MR and the clans ?

      I am well aware of the facts – that the writer has her references to prove her statements. And distribution of rice packets are one of other cheap tactics of the President (no matters masses would stay famine) to win the hearts of his political goons. Call for an open opinion poll, there would be over 90% that would go against killings at Weliveriya.

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      Suranee……so sweet! You made me guffaw.

      You write ‘Have you heard of responsible journalism where you report actual facts?’; tell me, are there other types of facts? For example, fictional facts?

      You have a pop at Kath Noble and then, allelluia, you refer her to a Code of Ethics formulated by an American School of Journalism. Why, Suranee? We are Sri Lankan (are you not?) and, more appropriate would have been the Code of Ethics formulated by Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella and to be presented in parliament next month, and as sure as the next poya moon will rise, will be adopted as our gold standard. I wouldn’t have minded if you had referred to the SL Press Council Code of Ethics for Journalists that is enshrined in our law.Here is the link:

      http://www.eyeonethics.org/journalist-code-of-ethics-in-asia/sri-lanka-press-council-code-of-ethics-for-journalists/

      Tell me the truth Suranee, you were just jealous that Kath Noble does write rather better on Sri Lankan affairs than you ever could. Yes?

      Hope you love my words, Suranee.

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        Suranee´s brain should to be somewhere else :(

        Today it is possible.

        When Rajapaskes are close to them, even easier. :))))

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      In Araliyagaha Mandirya, President’s palace, whole lot of the city thugs throng in assembly to binge over the next episode of LOST in the making.

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      What about the safeguarding the just normal human rights ? Have your bosses got learnt to practise them in compliance with human RIGHTS protection laws as passed in UNO convention ?

      You and your ilk would see all these sooner than you just feel. Wait and see :(

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    Remember this. The Muslims in Sri Lanka are not saints. They do encroach on other peoples’ land etc. These are not little pussies as they show to be.
    As long as they behave as a minority, there will be no clashes or issues.

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      If Muslims are no saints, they aren’t like Roger Moore.
      If Muslims are not pussies, they aren’t like Velupillai Prabhakaran.
      Then it sound like you say _
      As long as they bereave as a minority, there will be no clashes or periodic issues.

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    Kath,

    Noble indeed – calling a spade a spade. These acts are despicable – no better word to describe it.

    Decimating the Tigers gave MR great power. Imgine how much more power he will have if he can do it to the Muslims as well. Lee Kuan Yew gave up trying to change MR’s mind about MR’s racist politics. LKY did not understand the psyche of the Sinhala Buddhists. The greatest unifying phenomena of the Sinhala people is the act of terrorising minorities.

    Another ‘holocaust’ is about to take place in Sri Lanka. From all evidence available I think it is to take place after the CHOGM representatives have left Sri Lanka. I assure you MR will emerge stronger and more powerful after the Muslims are decimated. He will make his victory speeches and be drowned in garlands of flowers. That is the nature of politics in Sri Lanka.

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    The fact is that it is too late. Every single sinhalese buddhist is solidly committed to the sinhala buddhist ideology and its majoritarian politics. This applies also to sinhala catholics. Muslims also supported this sinhala buddhist line until it has recently turned against them.

    What we have in Sri Lanka is a situation where a fascist ideology has seized the nation state. I may be a crazy old fool but I cannot recall any incident where a fascist ideology when it has once seized the nation state has been dislodged through democratic means by the citizens of the affected state alone. Fascism once it has captured a nation state can only be dislodged by a global military intervention.

    Fascism knows this and that is why the fascism that has seized the Sri Lankan National State has its own Goebbels who has developed his own doctrine known as the DJ doctrine according to which any attempt at political independence by the Sri Lankan Tamil Community is to be met with a repeat of July 1983, any attempt by India to re establish democracy in Sri Lanka is to be met by the enactment of genocide against the Indian Tamils employed on the plantations in the islands hill country and any global intervention aimed at dislodging the fascism now entrenched within the Sri Lankan National State is to be met by a withdrawal of armed forces loyal to the fascist government to the uva wellassa area after massacring the Indian Tamils on the plantations from where a drawn out guerrilla campaign will be launched and sustained by Chinese logistical support, arms and training supplied through the port of Hambantota and sections of the eastern sea board.

    If this intervention does not occur within the next few years this fascism will spread its influence abroad rapidly. It has already begun to clash with attempts to facilitate democracy in Myanmar and has begun to infiltrate the armed forces of the Indian State, most notably its army.

    This fascism has infiltrated every single sinhala buddhist intellectual even those posing as liberals and democrats. They speak of it as populism rather than as fascism and advocate a ‘balanced approach’ while strongly supporting its majoritarianism. Sri Lanka is lost to Sri Lankans. The best that can be done is for democracies to allow the small number of democrats left here who cannot number more than a dozen, to seek asylum under their protection and then look at what the possible future geo strategic role of this island may be and how it may be realized.

    Right now there is not one single Sinhala Buddhist who can be trusted. Not one of them understand what a democracy is and not one of them has any support for the rule of law and not one of them accepts the doctrine of Human Rights. All of them on the other hand accept and welcome and will do everything possible to implement the DJ doctrine.

    The Goebbelensian click led by DJ himself has pulled the cloak of a ‘deep state’ over them and seek to blame what they advocate and have accepted responsibility for implementation, on this fictitious ‘deep state’. They feign helplessness in the face of the alleged activities of this deep state which is constituted by none other than themselves.

    It remains to be seen if democracy can deal with this fascism democratically. I do not think that this can be done successfully and hence think that the alternative will definitely be advanced very soon.

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    Things just don’t seem to add up. These are neighborhoods that never had problems like this before. Why does any Buddhists now target Muslims this way all of a sudden? Who is spreading the hatred any why now?

    Do not believe anything until someone gets to bottom of things. Just to give some perspective. For many years people blamed former President Premadasa for the assassinations of Gamini Disanayake and Lalith Athulath Mudali. It eventually turns out it was the LTTE.

    Then there were even Tamils who were killed and blamed on Buddhist leaders. For example Nilavali Church bombing was engineered by LTTE. There were many such incidences that were “engineered”.

    Obviously it cant be the LTTE now. The events taking place now with the Moslems also appear “engineered”. The defeated Tamil Nazi still alive and kicking. Lies, deceptive behavior and hoaxes are all trademarks of these people all while giving a “cultured” impersonation.

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      summ up: …. and Sinhala Buddhists act upon their instigation.

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      Vibhushana,

      Why? Why? Why?…..come down to Angunakolapelessa in the deep south, a stones throw away from Medamulana, 90% Buddhist. Most of the people will now tell you that these days they take their leadership from the BBS and Ravaya rather than the Mahanayakes of Asgiriya or Malwatte. The BBS have the nod from their high political patrons to go all out with their despicable plan to cleanse our island of christians and muslims, then go back to tidy up the tamil areas. When this is done, the president will declare Sri Lanka a true Dhammadipa and present our beautiful island as the true Light of Asia. By then the global reputation of the sinhala-Buddhist, as vengeful, devious, and wicked will be complete and we will wonder WHY.

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        Spring Koha,

        Angunakolapelessa a “stones throw away” from Medamulana? You can invent names and places all you like. The rest of Sri Lanka is not like Jaffna. “Deep south” never endorse BBS like Jaffaense do in “deep north” with TNA so get a grip.

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          Vibhushana,

          I suspect you haven’t a clue about our beautiful island and clearly you haven’t been down south. So,you must be one of the meddling Diaspora. In which case there I might be wasting time because you clearly have only second-hand knowledge of both our north and south. However, Look up the National Atlas of Sri Lanka, published by the our SL survey department, and look just above Tangalle in any of the maps. God, I sound like a school master! Oh, and if can speak our southern sinhalese, talk to the good buddhists of our region and find out first hand how they think.
          Incidentally, here is what the talented Dharisha Bastians says this morning in her excellent article ‘The Second Battle’ in the SL FT
          ‘All the while, something far more dangerous is taking place. The profoundly anti-Muslim message spread by the hardliners has penetrated deep into suburban and village level temples, monasteries and dhamma schools far away from the public eye.’

          Still asking WHY?

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            Spring Chicken,

            What are you talking about man ” you call your country a beautiful country against the following backdrop.

            -People re being killed when they peacefully demonstrate refusing to drink acid contaminated water.
            – Bodies being found in wells in the north killed and dumped by your soldier brothers.
            -Bodies being found in hundreds in not thousands again killed by your soldier brothers.
            -Politician shooting politician.
            -The son of another Criminal Politician lying in bed paralysed in what amounts to gang fight.

            You call this beautiful. Man if this is what you call beauty I had rather be an ugly duckling and willing to swap my god given attractive physical attributes and live in calmer pastures.

            As your word Diaspora stop this rubbish because they enrich your culture and fill your bloody pockets and I have already explained to you how.

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    Where is the outrage from Muslim countries radicals and moderates? Perhaps they are waiting for the cartoon to be published in a Western news Papers. Are they occupied with Egypt, Port Hood massacre trial or just been hypocrites?

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    Kath,

    I am sure you are an intelligent individual and I have no reason to question the version of events you describe which are factual accounts.
    But I am not sure which planet you are on when you say the following.

    “It doesn’t take many people to destroy a country. This is a lesson that we have to learn, and we have to do it fast, while the hard won peace in Sri Lanka is still more or less intact”

    My dear Kath for your information the peace has not been won and if anything it is in tatters. There is no peace in Sinhala Lanka except despair.

    As to the following observation let me explain to you why the following is also misconception on your part:

    The country is very fortunate that Muslim leaders have responded so responsibly to these provocations, but it would be a mistake to assume that they will be able to contain the anger and frustration of their community indefinitely. We have to do everything we can to stop this campaign immediately.

    The BBS and their allies have the Patronage of the GOSL ( Gotha at the helm) and the Muslims neither have the stomach nor the strength to fight back and if they did they will be killed in their thousands and they know this.

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    Hi Kath,

    I posted a comment yesterday in response to your writing and having checked your profile there are mixed messages.

    You have served the interests of the Tamil Community well but you are also burdened with you past role ( I am not sure if you are still active in that role) as an Advisor to the GOSL “Peace Secretariat”.

    It is a difficult act to follow as they are a World Apart and what concerened me and upset me was your comment
    ” while the hard won peace in Sri Lanka is still more or less intact”

    Here is some food for thought when you write something on the very topic.

    It was a hadrd won war with terrible consequences for the Tamils and a lot of suffering inflicted with callous disregard for human life.

    The Peace: You are wrong to say when the peace is more or less intact and here is the ground reality:

    Peace is yet to dawn in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka has been independant for the last 63 years and I dont expect to see any peace.

    If you say when peace is still intact consider the following,

    1) It is four years since the end of the conflict and the North is still without elected representatives to look after their own affairs.
    2) Murder, death and rape is the order of the day. Only a few days ago a Tami women was brutally raped when she went to collect water in Kilinochi and this is a daily occurence.
    3) Peopple like Sritharan MP are called questioned and intimidated when they raise issues such as this.
    4) Journalists operate under the threat of being killed and are killed
    5) Judicuary are under attack and any one who dared to challenge are impeached.
    6) People who peacfully protest against being forced to drink aacid contaminated water and killed with live ammunition.
    7) There is no rule of law but anarchy.

    Terror reigns supreme in Lawless Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka has descended into anarchy and is this what you call when Peace is Intact.

    As a journalist you owe it to the very few decent Sinhalse and highlight their plight and aboherence at the current status quo.
    So please next time when you write some thing on this topic give it some serious thought.

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