17 January, 2022

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You Can Pursue Reconciliation In Sri Lanka Doing Two Things

By Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture by Tony Blair

Thank you very much Mangala,

It is a great pleasure and honour to be giving this Lakshman Kadirgamar lecture at the Institute which bears his name. Before I say anything else I should say one thing at the conclusion of two weeks’ vacation here: I love Sri Lanka. This is truly an amazing country and we have had the best time. I have to say the last two weeks have been bliss because they have been free from speeches but when I was asked to do this, I wanted to, not only as a mark of respect to the country but also as a mark of respect to Lakshman for all that he achieved and accomplished. He was a brilliant lawyer, and I know a thing about brilliant lawyers as I am married to one. He was a distinguished statesman and he was also renowned internationally. When he died so tragically 10 years ago the outpouring of respect did not only come from Sri Lanka but from his many friends and admirers from around the world, paying tribute for what he achieved for this country but also for the cause of peace. He was a huge believer in equality between people of different faiths. This fascinates me and takes up a large part of what I do today.

He believed in a Sri Lanka where all people were equal under one law, so Mrs. Kadirgamar thank you very much for inviting me to give this speech in honour of your husband. It is genuinely an honour to be here with you and with so many distinguished members of society in Sri Lanka and to offer you my thoughts at this very important moment, almost a junction between the past and future where Sri Lanka finds itself.

I’m just back from the Middle East, which was the one break in my holiday. I went back to try and contribute to its peace process there. This was actually my 150th visit to Jerusalem since leaving office, although as Cherie once pointed out to me, it’s not the number of visits you make it’s the progress that counts; which I did not think was very supportive by the way, but unfortunately it is true. Not all peace processes end in success. It can take some a very long time to succeed, but in the experience of Northern Ireland we did. However it is worth pointing out we succeeded after, according to some calculations, decades of conflict, and others, centuries of conflict on the island of Ireland. And that is an important lesson in itself to realise, that however tough things seem and however intractable problems are, it is always worth striving for peace because you never know the moment at which peace becomes possible. Here in Sri Lanka for many years you had conflict of a terrifying nature where so many innocent people lost their lives. Today that conflict has ended and the pursuit of reconciliation has begun.

Now each conflict always has its own characteristics, therefore when you compare the experience of Northern Ireland with that of Sri Lanka you have to do so with caution because the circumstances are so different. Having had experience now in different parts of the world since leaving office including, but not limited to, the Middle East it is true that conflict comes in an array of different circumstances and characteristics. It is also true that peace-making and reconciliation have characteristics which are common to whatever the circumstances or whatever the origins of conflict were. With peace comes enormous opportunity, and we can feel this as visitors to Sri Lanka, it is in the air, and it is important that someone from outside tells you of the excitement the world feels about where Sri Lanka can go. So in your pursuit of reconciliation you have many long standing friends who want you to succeed but you also have new interest in the country and what it can do. Even in the two weeks we have been here it is evident that this country has beauty, a remarkable variety of beauty. It has an extraordinary history. When we went to see Anuradhapura, this ancient civilisation now in the process of being excavated and as each stage proceeds we saw the quality of the civilisation, and when I went back to the Middle East I was telling them about the Sigirya. So when you see the way the whole civilisation was built around it with two million people living in the main city, the history of this country is a history that is profound and is the subject of fascination for people coming here. You have natural wealth and resources and to the British most importantly tea! I travel the world today, I travel the world to get a decent cup of tea because the British care about tea. But most places you travel throughout the world, they may think they are great countries but they don’t know anything about tea. I won’t mention any names of super powers, roughly 50 states in it, and then you get your tea and it looks like dish water and when you taste it, it actually tastes like dish water! So to come here and get a decent cup of tea it is such a blessing. You have also the fantastic potential for tourism, and your trade agreements offer amazing opportunities for business to come and locate here. Most importantly, your biggest resource is your people who are kind and generous and want the best for their country. So there is so much to be proud of and hope for. Yet, despite all this, for decades, the country defined by conflict and conflict is always hard, bloody and unforgiving. So right now as peace has come we have to look upon this as the supreme moment of possibility and opportunity. But we have to realise one other thing which the minister did so well in his introduction which is that peace is a beginning which gives you a chance to create something new. It does not in itself create it. When we made that Good Friday agreement in 1998, it took nine years after that before Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness sat down in government together. Through that period of time there were ups and down and periods of difficulties and crisis in which we thought peace would not be possible. You have the opportunity, but the opportunity has to be seized, for reconciliation won’t come unless there is much more work done.

Tony Blair Sri LankaI think I can identify, based on my experience not only in Northern Ireland but elsewhere, seven principles of successful reconciliation.

First is the continued absence of conflict.

This sounds obvious but it is very important. Security matters. Lakshman understood this very well, which is why he spent so much time and energy in waking the world up to the LTTE. We have to say constantly as we pursue reconciliation that whatever your grievance and disagreement, nothing justifies terrorism. To achieve lasting peace the cycle of violence has to be put in permanent suspense because the evil of terrorism is not just the act itself, but it also creates a division, a reaction. I have never come across an instance in the world where there is terrorism and there is not a response from the forces of authority and then there is a reaction to the reaction and so it goes and that is why you cannot reconcile while there is violence. What we had to understand in the Northern Ireland situation and the first thing we did, was to create the circumstances in which the violence stopped. This was not easy, but it was absolutely essential, if not we would not be in the position we are today. Right now we see terror around the world and I could take any terror hot spot and I can promise you one thing a majority of people don’t want it! Even in the most war torn areas in the Middle East or in northern Nigeria. What terrorism does is to create sectarian divisions within a community that even if people don’t want it and don’t like it they get caught up in it. For reconciliation to succeed, you should never lose sight of the fact that the very basis of it is the absence of conflict and that has to be maintained.

Secondly, the reconciliation framework needs to be fair.

In a conflict there will be dispute, divisions and disagreements. But for sustainable solutions to come to pass one needs a conceptual framework that allows people to understand the nature of the accord being afforded to them. Essentially what is the framework which is going to govern our view of the future? In Northern Ireland the conceptual framework was simple. You have a republican movement which believes in a united Ireland, and the unionists who believe that Northern Ireland should be a part of the UK. The framework adopted said that whilst the majority wants Northern Ireland to stay in the UK, the principle of consent applies and for the time being Northern Ireland stays a part of the UK. But, in return for that, under the law people are going to be treated equally because for a long time the Catholics, the Nationalist and Republican communities felt that they were not. Thus the conceptual framework permitted the principle of consent to be balanced by equal treatment. In the Middle East, it’s land for peace. Two states for two peoples. The problem in getting there is vast but the conceptual framework is very simple. One of the most frustrating things about the Middle East is that even though there is in principle an agreement on the conceptual framework, the facts on the ground contradict the hopes for peace.

Sri Lanka will have to work out its own framework. Obviously there are issues around devolution, guarantee of rights, development and dignity and fair treatment which will have to be resolved. The second principle is understanding that you can end the conflict of the past but you cannot get reconciliation for the future without a framework for the future which is fair – and seen to be fair – that allows for disagreements to happen within a normal political process without a cycle of violence.

Third is Unity and Diversity.

Where conflict involves different parts of a country, faiths and ethnicities, then for reconciliation to work two things must be in balance: unity and diversity. Around the world, globalisation is pushing us closer together into a global community. It’s a cliche but it is true. Migration, travel and telecommunication devices are pushing us together so people across boundaries of nations, faith, ethnicities and culture are mixing and mingling in a way that is on an epic scale compared with previous times. This trend will only increase. For instance, take the city of London. When I first came to London from where I was brought up in the north east of England, in Durham, communities were very homogeneous and there was not a lot of mixing and mingling. But if you go to London today it is an explosion of different cultures. Of course it has done a lot for us particularly on the culinary front! But, London today is a vibrant and successful city precisely because of it diversity. However, the thing about difference and diversity is that while they have to be celebrated, it is also important that all the different groups recognise a common space which is governed by shared norms and values. One of the main problems faced in Europe and Britain today is that parts of our Muslim communities often don’t feel that they are a part of the rest of society and therefore that common space is not there. So if reconciliation is to work you have to recognise that you are bringing together people who are disparate and different but doing so within a unified nation where values such as democracy, freedom and equal rights for women cannot be disregarded by anyone who may disagree with those values. So in my view, if you are to be a part of the UK, these are the values which are viewed as common; people may worship in different ways and be further differentiated by cultural views and practices but in a UK setting, to be a part of that setting, it is critical that everyone signs up to these values, for that is what keeps the nation together. Lakshman, in his speeches, had a very clear position on these issues, for where as a Tamil, he argued for religious freedom he also advocated for it within a nation of shared values. This I think is very important, because religious freedom today is one of the main bulwarks against religious extremism. I mentioned radicalised Islam but look at any religion and you find its share of extremists, of people who take the faith and i warp its values, ‘such as do unto others as you have them to do you’, into an instrument of violence. This balance is fundamental to the pursuit of reconciliation for as more and more people come to cross those boundaries that separate different cultures, the value of unity alongside diversity will only increase. My foundation works on inter-faith relationships in about 20 countries around the world and where there has been a conflict with ethnic dimensions to it, these values become essential and the balance between unity and diversity needs to be got right.

The fourth principle is the importance to reconciliation of Economic Development.

Conflict creates dislocation, poverty, and despair and reconciliation is hard in a crippled economy, economic development is critical. In Northern Ireland it definitely helped, because this investment, along with the improved security, meant that people came, located and invested. As a result, local communities got a stake in the future, thus mitigating the effects of despair, which was used as an excuse for violence. Where there is economic development there is a real prospect for peace, because as one dimension of reconciliation is economic opportunity for young people. In the Middle East as things have evolved over time and the wealth disparity has grown to enormous degrees between the Israelis and Palestinians by about 10 to 15 times. This is not propitious for bringing about reconciliation and peace. Further, when the economy stagnates the youth don’t feel they have stake in the future and this does not make reconciliation any easier.

Fifth is Education.

I am a person who believes education is a cure for virtually everything. I do believe the more our youth are educated and educated about the world they will grow up in, the easier it will be to pursue reconciliation. Today the whole point about education is not to stick children in front of a teacher in a classroom, but to educate them about the world that they are going to grow up in. In many of the countries I work with I tell those presidents and prime ministers that the key is to get your people connected. It is so that they open their eyes to the opportunities out there and make them realise that around the world young people are all striving for the same kind of opportunity. Education should not be about the number of students in the class but it should be about making them alive to the opportunities and enabling an ‘open mind’. To put it simply, you succeed economically if you are willing to be open minded towards people who are different. So if globalisation is inevitably pushing people together and there are people who have not got the educational opportunities to learn about these new developments and in doing so interact with these other groups, reconciliation cannot be fully achieved. For these young people will not learn to be respectful, tolerant and understanding of the diverse world they are living in. In Northern Ireland we put a lot of effort into education. It is important to remember that extremism is usually taught, it is not natural. It is best if we teach from the beginning, from a curriculum that puts at its centre, education aimed at opening the mind.

The sixth principle is dialogue.

The dialogue has to be deep, it has to be inclusive and it has to be constant. All the time we have to recognise the importance, even after there is peace, even when you have the framework that I described, of a constant process of dialogue, of interaction, of understanding, of people working out their differences together. One of things that happens in a conflict, and I’ve seen this again and again around the world is that people don’t see each other’s pain. They know about their pain but they don’t see the other person’s. In Northern Ireland, as we got the framework in place, those mechanisms brought people together, so that they understood that their pain was mirrored in the person on the other side. It was a really important in getting people to understand that reconciliation isn’t just about laws, constitutions and processes. It’s got to touch the heart. If it doesn’t touch the heart, it doesn’t really work. That dialogue is really important. Today in the Middle East Peace Process – perhaps the only good news – is that there are institutions of dialogue even among business people and young people where they are able to see that the person on the other side is not so very different, not a completely different person with a completely different psychology, but rather a mirror image, just on the opposite side.

And that brings us to the final principle, which is in many ways the most difficult and the most sensitive. The past cannot be erased and is never forgotten, but it can be confined in some way so that it does not disrupt the possibilities for the future. And where the past is examined it should be examined for the truth and not for any retribution. Conflict creates victims. And that pain never leaves them. It may never leave the people in this room. Not least, Mrs. Kadirgamar herself, knows about the pain, the grief, the suffering. And for the people who were left behind, the memory never dies. for them the past is in one sense the present and the future. So when we try to pursue reconciliation always one of the most difficult things is what you do about the past. The conversations that I’ve had that were more difficult than any others were those with the victims of the violence of both sides, who felt that their truth had never been told, and that closure had never been achieved. And they would be very critical of what they thought was a political process that seemed to have diminished or relegated their grief. I used to say, very often, I’m trying to do this because I want future generations to be released of the suffering. The very worst single act of terrorism occurred after the Good Friday Agreement. It might have disrupted the whole of the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

And I remember visiting the families of the victims, and some of them were too torn apart by grief to speak to me. But one man who lost his child said to me, look, people will tell you that now you should stop, but I’m telling you now that you should carry on. This process of reconciliation, it will inevitably involve examination of the past. And countries have done it in many ways around the world. In Rwanda through a remarkable series of courts, specific courts related to the genocide where people – victims and perpetrators – would exchange their feelings with one another. In South Africa they had the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In Northern Ireland we issued an Inquiry into one of the worst events of the conflict called Bloody Sunday. It was an event that caused deep anger within the Catholic community. We were trying to get people to understand what they went through and find a way to overcome this. So you in Sri Lanka will have to find your own way to do this, whatever way is consistent with your own sovereignty; but it has to be credible, thorough and it has to succeed in allowing people who have been hurt to understand that any such process should be to salve their anger and not stir it. So the way it is set up is very important.

So these are some of the things I have learnt in the course of Northern Ireland Peace process and other attempts at peace-making in different parts of the world.

Some final thoughts: I believe there is a methodology in reconciliation. You have to get good people in charge of it. Make sure it is organised properly. In Northern Ireland we had a whole series of reforms and changes we needed to get done and make sure it was organised and implemented fairly. You have to realise that some people are going to try to stop the reconciliation. There will always be people out there for whom the quickest way to whip up the audience is to tap into their fear, insecurity and grievance and play those into a situation of tension. The system has to be strong enough, the people have to be strong enough to overcome that. I see your recent elections as important in this respect and you have to persevere. In reconciliation and peace-making you don’t give up. I remember when I first came to power on the 1st of May 1997, I decided to make the Northern Ireland Peace Process a major part of the government’s programme and older and wiser people said to me are you crazy? So, when you get to peace you have got all those other nitty-gritties that have to get done.

Persevere is my final piece of advice. If you can persevere and secure a very clear understanding, which I’m sure is possible for Sri Lanka, that in different cultures people grow up in different ways but somethings are held in common. People prefer to live in a society where they can bring up their children with some peace and security; they prefer to live in a country where if they work hard, by their merits they can succeed; they prefer that the rule of law decides any disagreements they have and that rule of law is impartially administered; they would prefer to have their government underneath them and not on top of them; and they prefer to live in an environment where they can get on with their neighbour whoever their neighbour may be. Now I think these are universal values but many people don’t get the chance to live in such societies.

So you can pursue this reconciliation in Sri Lanka, doing two things: remembering that this is a wonderful country with a rich history and with tremendous possibilities and you can pursue this knowing that the aspirations and the desires of the overwhelming majority of people, whether they are a Tamil, Muslim, Christian or a Sinhalese, there is the deep rooted wish in the heart of your people that peace is maintained and that with reconciliation, the people will feel part of one country. Then there is nothing this country cannot achieve for itself and no aspiration it cannot fulfil. So this is a great moment of opportunity, I have had a wonderful time here, people have been so generous and so kind but most of all as I leave Sri Lanka I feel a great sense of excitement and hope about its future and perhaps more than anything else I can’t wait to come back.

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    it is really funny to listen to this man. In UK public inquiry for war crime has not been concluded yet, this man is now talking about peace now. after all, he with G. Bush created a mayhem in middle east, to cover up his mistake he has been been working as peace negotiator. what a contrast is this? you make war and then you negotiate peace.
    His Karma will be soon to face his fate? this is the nature of this world. if you make a mistake you should accept it and seek apology from people. he should do it sooner rather than later from people of Iraq.

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      DR NASS,

      It is very funny to read your garbage! The Chilcote inquiry was set up to examine whether the government at that time behaved in accordance with the countries protocols. Whether the there were any shortcoming in the decision making etc. It is not about War Crimes as you seem to indicate!

      The allied forces liberated Iraq from Saddam Hussain without much fuss. Then the muslims started killing each other. Those allied forces who were accused of crimes were dealt with within their respective countries. The media freedom in conducting the war ensured that all possible crimes have been reported and dealt with.

      You are within your rights to object to the war in Iraq as many people do in Britain. But Tony Blair as the Prime Minster of Britain needed to act with the situation where the US was prepared to go it alone. This would have presented difficulties for the future transatlantic relations and world peace.

      The people of Iraq were celebrating at the demise of Saddam; are you sad at the demise of Saddam?

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        Burning Issue,

        “Those allied forces who were accused of crimes were dealt with within their respective countries.”

        Dr. Nass aside, above statement by you has got to be the icing on the cake of your own stupidity.

        Despite my deep-seated misgivings about Blair, war on Iraq and war crimes committed, his speech was something we Sri Lankans needed to hear.

        If not for anything else, out of love for our own country. His speech actually has a lot of substance. We would be dumb, if we did not learn from those who have made such colossal, bloody, historic mistakes.

        So, Tony Blair is fine. Problem is gullible guys like you.

        Both Iraq and Syria are disintegrating as we speak. A direct result of the illegal war on Iraq. Nearly a million was killed.

        Al Qaeda, Al Nosra Front and above all, Islamic State barbarians are now well entrenched in the region. Threatening an unprecedented bloodbath into the foreseeable future.

        Oh, what a success!

        Cheers!

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          Ben,

          Please be grown-up about the Iraq war!

          I do not deny war crimes took place in Iraq but I must stress that such crimes were committed by individual solders or groups but never orchestrated by a high command. If you have evidence to the contrary, please provide. No governments whether it is the US or Britain have been accused of war crimes and crimes committed knowingly by the states concerned.

          How many times I have stated that Iraq war was won effortlessly with minimal damage to human lives but the post Saddam period has been different. Muslims killing Muslims and the Al-Quidea infiltration. You can say that the TB contributed to creating such a condition and I say there is credence to that argument. The arrogant Rumsfeld and Cheany behaved irresponsibly and jettisoned advices given by the Brits about maintaining and improving the Iraqi security apparatuses, which would have kept security until the democratic Iraqi government take hold. But the Americans myopically went ahead with their bulldozing like behaviour that created the security vacuum.

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            @Burning Issue

            The Iraq war was not won – either effortlessly or not. Neither has the one in Libya nor the one happening in Syria. So many years after the Soviet Invasion, Afghanistan is still far from any semblance of quietitude

            Besides, the dead women, children and men are not Western so they are barely human, really.

            Sure, we can worship the Brits advice to the US cos’ they had enough experience in quelling unrest in the area during the good old Raj days, right ? But even that was achieved by applying extreme, organised violence to the situation – something the West is extremely good at and something that has ensured they have been Top Dog on the planet for the past 500 years or so.

            Anyways, the reason you don’t see high command “involvement” is because the West, like us, make sure that their high-ups don’t face any music. Otherwise Blair, like Bush and others, should be up against the wall today for the Iraq Body Count alone ! Passing the “enhanced interrogation” legislature itself would constitute a crime against humanity in any civilised society but hey, guess what..? it’s all legal and all good !

            It’s brilliant, really – Passing Laws that make Criminal Acts Legal, Before You allow people to commit those acts !

            So, I think little old Sri Lanka can also take comfort in the fact that since no senior-level Westerner has ever been brought to justice for these heinous crimes, none of our folk will be either – Sure, we can throw a few sacrificial lambs out there and claim “Individual Soldiers” but any real responsibility can be easily evaded, just like in the West

            Hurrah !!!!

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              maalumiris,

              “Besides, the dead women, children and men are not Western so they are barely human, really.”

              You manifest small country syndrome while it is conspicuous that the crimes committed by Sri Lanka on its own citizens. Neither the US nor the Britain set up no-fire zones and encouraged the civilians to move in and then indiscriminately fired shells on them. Summarily executed those who surrendered including women,children and elderly. Raping and mutilating the women is on records. Come on you cannot buy credence to your actions and at the same time you have no hesitation in calling the west of war crimes with out credible evidences. The western press is free unlike what we had in Sri Lanka during the war years. Channel 4 exposed the British solders’ crimes.

              “Anyways, the reason you don’t see high command “involvement” is because the West, like us, make sure that their high-ups don’t face any music. Otherwise Blair, like Bush and others, should be up against the wall today for the Iraq Body Count alone !”

              Get over it mister. The Western countries cannot control the press whereas the MR regime wilfully kept the media away and meticulously cleaned up everything behind closed doors. The carnage that happened was graphically evident from the sky when Ban Moon flew over Wanni; what had happened to those dead bodies? Please do yourself a favour and keep quiet because your own dirty laundry stinks rotten!

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                If We Thamizh’s wet dreams like these could be submitted as evidence Sri Lanka would have been hauled over to The Hague long ago :D

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                @Burning Issue

                Small Country Syndrome ?? Good one ! I would submit in turn that you suffer from Western @ss Worship Syndrome

                The US/UK has never setup No-Fire zones, you are right – they cant be bothered to – much easier to firebomb the heck out of a place and say “We got 10 terrorists”, omitting any mention of the 40 civilians that were blown to bits in the same – And since the only reports from battlefield is sent out from the armed forces…. do you imagine any kind of War Crimes would ever be reported ???

                Even today, at a time when under Obama Drone Warfare has been increased manyfold, do you hear of a single civilian casualty ? Do you think that’s possible ?

                The only time these come to the fore is when some fool like Lindy Johnson goes about showing their souvenir photographs from Abu Ghraib or like Robert Bales, the offence is simply too ‘out there’ to be hidden

                Control of the press ? Clearly in your rush to pardon the West, you have chosen to forget the “Embedded Journalists” who were the only people allowed to report on the war. Can you tell me why almost no US journalists EVER questioned the need to attack Iraq ? And those who did were quickly silenced ?

                Head over to the Iraq Body Count if you’d care to

                No, I am not excusing my laundry – I am saying that if my brown man’s laundry smells bad, yours is not without smell simply because it’s from the West

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                  Apologies all
                  I made a typo in the name above. It should read “Lynndie England” and NOT “Lindie Johnson”

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                Dear Burning Issue,

                Re “Get over it mister. The Western countries cannot control the press….”

                No, they only BOMB them to Kingdom come!!!

                US Bombs Al-Jazeera Baghdad Office – Kills Cameraman

                BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Al-Jazeera television said on Tuesday its cameraman Tarek Ayoub was killed during a U.S. air raid on Baghdad which also set the Arab network’s office ablaze.

                The Qatar-based satellite network said Ayoub, a Jordanian national, died in hospital after he was wounded in a missile strike on Jazeera’s office near the Information Ministry.

                Another member of Jazeera’s Baghdad crew, Zohair al-Iraqi, was slightly wounded. Reuters correspondent Samia Nakhoul had earlier said U.S. planes were bombing targets near the ministry.

                “We regret to inform you that our cameraman and correspondent Tarek Ayoub was killed this morning during the U.S. missile strike on our Baghdad office,” Jazeera said in a statement read out during its news bulletin.

                “He is a martyr,” it said. The network regularly refers to Iraqi civilians killed in the 20-day U.S.-led war as “martyrs.”

                At least six journalists have died while covering the war waged by the United States and Britain to oust President Saddam Hussein.

                Jazeera, one of the most widely watched channels in the Arab world, has come under fire from U.S. and British officials for showing images of slain Western soldiers and U.S. prisoners of war.

                Jazeera’s Baghdad correspondent Majed Abdel Hadi called the U.S. missile strike and Ayoub’s death a “crime.”

                “I will not be objective about this because we have been dragged into this conflict,” he said, visibly upset. “We were targeted because the Americans don’t want the world to see the crimes they are committing against the Iraqi people.”

                No comment from the U.S. military was immediately available.

                Jazeera and fellow Arab network Abu Dhabi TV are the only two international channels with their own offices in Baghdad.

                All other media organizations used to operate from a press center at the Information Ministry, but they moved to a hotel after the ministry was bombed.

                Abu Dhabi TV had earlier showed footage of a huge fire blazing from the Jazeera office. Jazeera correspondent Tayseer Alouni, who made his name covering the U.S.-led war on Afghanistan, was seen carrying the wounded Ayoub into a car.

                “One missile hit the pavement in front of us, ripping out windows and doors and then one hit the generator,” said Maher Abdullah, another Jazeera correspondent. “The office is now on fire.”
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                Jazeera’s graphic images of the U.S.-led war on Iraq have mesmerized millions of Arab viewers, who regard its coverage as more comprehensive and balanced than that of Western media.
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                Some U.S. and British officials, however, say the network is biased toward Iraq. Some media analysts have accused Jazeera of airing Iraqi propaganda to gain exclusive footage — a charge the network denies. (quote edited for length)

                You say “….. whereas the MR regime wilfully kept the media away and meticulously cleaned up everything behind closed doors. The carnage that happened was graphically evident from the sky when Ban Moon flew over Wanni;….”

                Apparently you have taken leave of your senses. That Burning Issue of yours has Burned a Hole in your Brain!

                MR must have been a Complete IDIOT to send Ban Ki Moon and an AGGRESSIVELY CRITICAL group of foreign journos on a Low Level inspection flight of the NFZ, less than 72 hours after the war ended with 70,000 bodies according to Petrie and 146,000 according to Ryappu and the TGTE strewn everywhere !!!

                But then according to you, MR had them “Meticulously” cleaned before Ban Ki Moon and the Journos had their low level inspection tour in Air Force Choppers!!

                What Rank Idiocy!

                What can be expected of a silly idiot who is prepared to make blanket excuses on behalf of White Supremacy and lick the sh*t off of white ars*s ?

                May of 1996, 60 Minutes.

                Correspondent Leslie Stahl asked Albright, “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And — and you know, is the price worth it?”

                Madeline Albright replied “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.”
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                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0WDCYcUJ4o
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                Then the Idiot even ignores the cutting off of power and water not only to the people of Baghdad but even to Hospitals.
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                Re “….what had happened to those dead bodies?”
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                What dead bodies? 146,000?

                Were those dead bodies photographed by Ban Ki Moon or the Foreign Journos as you have implied (viz “The carnage that happened was graphically evident from the sky when Ban Moon flew over Wanni”)?

                Can you please provide a LINK to this Graphic Evidence that you claim to exist?

                This Idiot thinks the ABSENCE of dead bodies is Proof of Dead bodies!!!

                Here is a video taken by the Times of London Videographer who accompanied the UNSG Ban Ki Moon, when he overflew the NFZ. Can anyone see the CARNAGE that this Idiot Burning Issue claims to have seen?
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                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Uh8OTddEI
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                They and Ban Ki Moon’s staff took photographs during that low level flight.
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                Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) commissioned The Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to analyse these Photographs and High Resolution Satellite imagery of the NFZ.

                It found 3 grave sites
                1. The Southernmost grave site
                2. Grave site 3.6 kilometers northwest of the first
                3. Grave site 8 kilometers northwest of the first.

                1 and 2 have been identified as LTTE sites and 3 as Civilian graves.

                The LTTE had to concentrate it’s cadres on the Southern end to prevent the Army from entering the NFZ. Hence the concentration of LTTE graves at this end is to be expected.

                Significantly the Civilian Grave site has not increased in size between May 6 and May 24

                Vide the statement by the AAAS, quote The majority of the graves were present by May 6, with little change after that except in the southernmost graveyard. The southernmost site grew an estimated 28% between May 6 and May 10, and grew another 20% between May 10 and May 24. unquote

                The AAAS report below has been edited for length
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                (http://www.aaas.org/geotech/sri_lanka_2009)
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                The Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) acquired and analyzed commercial high-resolution satellite imagery of the Civilian Safety Zone (CSZ) and surrounding environs in northeastern Sri Lanka …. Imagery analysis was initially requested by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International USA (AI-USA) on May 10, 2009.
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                The southernmost graveyard lies close to the IDP area reviewed above, and appears at some point between April 19 and May 6,…. Individual graves are visible and appear to cast distinct shadows in the May 6 satellite image, suggesting mounded burials. IDP shelters also appear in the immediate vicinity of the graves during the same period. Visual inspection of the imagery identified the appearance of 148 probable graves at this location between April 19 and May 6. However, given the size of the graves and quality of imagery, it is likely that not all graves present at that time are visible in the May 6 image due to blurring and effects of shadows. As this graveyard was quite regular and orderly in its layout, AAAS also estimated a count of individual graves based on an estimated width of fifteen burials per row. Using this method, 195 graves are estimated to be at this location as of May 6.
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                The latest image to cover this southernmost graveyard was acquired on May 24. When compared to previous imagery, it is clear that temporary structures have been cleared from the lot northwest of the original site …… In their place, a number of new burials appear to have been created. …….. an estimate of 70 additional graves is likely. This brings the total of the estimated burials at this southernmost graveyard to 342.
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                The second graveyard …. 3.6 kilometers northwest of the previously described location. The layout of graves was very similar to the previous site, consisting of evenly-spaced rows and columns. Its scale however, is far larger than the first, as illustrated in Figure Seven. First identified in imagery from May 6, this site consists of an estimated 960 graves on that date. Unlike the first site, this graveyard exhibits no signs of growth between May 6 and May 10, nor between May 10 and May 24. ….it was identified in media reporting as belonging to the LTTE. …..the similarities between this site and previous, southernmost graveyard may indicate a common origin.
                .
                The final graveyard analyzed by this study was located 4.3 kilometers northwest of the second graveyard, and almost 8 kilometers northwest of the first gravesite described above. Identified in media reports as being a burial ground for civilians, this location differed substantially from the others in its organization and size. Unlike the rigid pattern of the previous two sites, the layout of this area was much less regular…… apparent burial mounds were scattered throughout the area. These mounds were also less regular in their individual shapes than those at previous sites, which rendered their identification difficult in the available imagery. In total, 44 burials were identified at this site on May 6, with no changes observed between May 6, May 10, and May 24. Again, the irregularity of this site made counting of the graves very difficult, and many graves are undoubtedly not visible in the imagery.
                .
                In all three gravesites reviewed, a total of 1,346 likely graves are estimated to be in the imagery by May 24, 2009. The majority of the graves were present by May 6, with little change after that except in the southernmost graveyard. The southernmost site grew an estimated 28% between May 6 and May 10, and grew another 20% between May 10 and May 24.
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                IV.Conclusion
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                Based on satellite imagery obtained of the Civilian Safety Zone and surrounding environs, AAAS found evidence of artillery emplacements, destroyed permanent structures, graves, and shell impact craters. Additional information used in the AAAS analysis process included public statements from the Sri Lankan Army and LTTE, media reporting, and a set of photographs taken during a helicopter flight over the CSZ by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Analysis of the CSZ showed three gravesites with 1,346 burials between them. These graves grew in number between April and May 2009, and are corroborated by aerial photos taken by the UN after the conflict. The imagery also revealed numerous impact craters, some with ejecta patterns that helped determine the trajectory of shells. By extrapolating the azimuth trajectories, AAAS was able to determine the locations of probable mortar emplacements likely created by the Sri Lankan Army.
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                How many injured by war?
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                With a Dead to wounded ratio

                At 1:1, 140,000
                At 1:2, 280,000
                At 1:3, 420,000

                The dead by war, the dead by natural causes, the wounded by war and the uninjured, together with natural increase will add up to a record Tamil population explosion. They would not have been able to do anything other than making babies!!!
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                Where are the Injured?
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                Meticulously Cleaned or Miraculously Healed?
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                Burning Issue is Burning up with his Racist Hatred.
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                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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                  Brilliant. Burning Issue just got torched :D Just like most We Thamizh history, We Thamizh ‘war crimes’ tales don’t stand up to even the slightest scrutiny – and this is what We Thamizh are hoping to take Sri Lanka to The Hague with :D

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          Ben Hurling

          Blair says:

          “And where the past is examined it should be examined for the truth and not for any retribution.”

          Does this ring a bell?

          I have written this several times over donkey’s years. Now you sound as if you have learnt this suggestion for the first time. Is it because you are receptive only to your former colonial master and not the domestic voice of reason?

          Tony observed and suggested the following seven principles of successful reconciliation:

          First is the continued absence of conflict.

          Secondly, the reconciliation framework needs to be fair.

          Third is Unity and Diversity.

          The fourth principle is the importance to reconciliation of Economic Development.

          Fifth is Education

          The sixth principle is dialogue.

          Haven’t you heard of these obvious ones before from domestic voices of reason before?

          Why is it important when a foreigner tell you how to behave and what to do but ignored when this country men repeatedly campaigned for?

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          BEN Hurling

          I have respect for your comments. But relying on Blair for advice is a no go for me. He is a liar. He is insincere. He is of the Christian Far Right in collaboration with Zionists striving for world domination.

          Blair was a label Anglican from birth to his last days as Prime Minister. But deep in his heart he was a Roman Catholic. As soon as he was done as PM he ran to the Vatican and got himself baptized by the Pope himself. The point is, he did not hesitate to deny his convictions in order to be able to get elected to political office. Typical hypocrite.

          Re your comment “We would be dumb, if we did not learn from those who have made such colossal, bloody, historic mistakes”:
          Blair did not make mistakes. His acts were deliberate to further his agenda. We will indeed be dumb to take him as our friend and advisor. Please also read my response to Burning Issue below.

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          @Ben Hurling

          “Both Iraq and Syria are disintegrating as we speak”

          Yeah., but all done by our Masters in the name of Democracy and Freedom.

          Surely no sacrifice is too great for those noble causes (especially if the sacrifices are a bunch of ________ (insert population of Democratised/Freedomised Country here).

          There are still a bunch of us who kiss the @ss of the West, believing them to be the source of all that is Good and Noble. So don’t you be going and saying stuff to the contrary

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          It is typical to us to criticise anyone who even come with recommendations to us. This has been the common culture of us actually. We need to introduce a culture that we should see it before going to criticise first.
          I think TB is saying good things. Even those who would work for the peace will see it right to work together for recociliation of all walks of folks can only be achieved if we the majority could develop a culture to see it right.
          Those who had been in power during the last few years, always painted and branded anyone as either empirilism or coming to invade the country if anyone from the west would add any thoughts towards the peace of the country.
          I think we the lankens should be grateful to those countries for all the great assistance they have offered during the last 3 decades by allowing srilankens to seek refugee in those country. If you go to Swtitzerland, the density of lanken refugees that the country has allowed during the last 3 decades should be really high. Instead of thanking these states for all good they have done for us – criticising them you can only worsen the prevailing relationship. Not only in Switzerland but also in the UK, Germany, France and other small countries, you will clearly see thing.

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        “Burning Issue” says that the people of Iraq are celebrating !! Colombo Telegraph appears to have lost its bearing!!! All you need to do is to see the international news media to know that more than 60% of the Iraquis are refugees, their country, except a few oil producing areas where there is a strong international mercenary presence to protect the oil wells owned by you know who !!

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        Let us get some context here. It is fashionable to call Blair horrible names for what happened in Iraq. How many write in these columns it was that deranged dictator Saddam Hussein – from the minority Sunni sect – who destroyed Iraq by years of horrible HR crimes against the majority Shia in his own country. The massacres include the assassination of leading Shia clerics within mosques in main Iraqi
        cities. Saddam using Sarin gas on his own people that killed over
        5,000 in one single incident will remain an ugly of world history for a long time. Over a million Iraqis and Iranians were gassed to death when Saddam engaged in an unnecessary and avoidable fraternal war with Brother-Iranians, where the use of banned chemicals was more norm than exception. Have you remembered Saddam’s thuggery against little Kuwait on whom he inflicted his large army disregarding world opinion? The allies went in to Iraq to interdict the plentiful supplies of banned WMD that was in the control of this disturbed man. While the Iraqi war on going and Saddam knew he was losing, he is reported to have moved his stock of WMD across the Syrian border. So that explains how now Syrian President Assad is using these against his own population.

        The Allies went in only after years of warning to Saddam to stop his misadventure. He cared two hoots to the call of the IAE authorities and continued to play ducks and drakes with them.

        So when some of us criticise Tony Blair in ugly terms, please be reasonable. He was one of Britain’s most able PM’s in recent times and deserves to be treated with greater respect by Sri Lanka – one of
        Britain’s old friends.

        Backlash

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      Most of SL DR people are funny… I guess this kind of narrow mindedness help them to concentrate 3 years, write some garbage and put this DR thing in their name. Then put it forward even in and out of toilet.. Does Indian Dr people do the same?

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      Tony Blair,

      Tony Liar, War Criminal #2.

      When will you be Tried at Hauge for your War Criminal Activities in IRAQ?

      Wasn’t it the British who left Lanka, the Land of native Veddajh Aethho, in such a mess so that the local Paras could kill each other?

      Shame on you, Shame on you.

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      Tony Blair and Mangala Samaraweera,

      RE: You Can Pursue Reconciliation In Sri Lanka Doing Two Things

      “Having had experience now in different parts of the world since leaving office including, but not limited to, the Middle East it is true that conflict comes in an array of different circumstances and characteristics.”

      RE: Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture by Tony Blair

      It is complete dishonor to Bring Tony Liar, War Criminal #2, after George Bush #1, to be a “Guest” for a fine Patriotic Lankan like Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture.

      Mangala Samaraweera, shame on You , Shame on You.

      Remember the Sykes Picot Agreement? Balfour Declaration?

      The Sykes–Picot Agreement, officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, was a secret agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and France,[1] with the assent of Russia, defining their proposed spheres of influence and control in the Middle East should the Triple Entente succeed in defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The negotiation of the treaty occurred between November 1915 and March 1916.[2] The agreement was concluded on 16 May 1916.[3]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sykes%E2%80%93Picot_Agreement

      Remember the Opium Wars of China?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars

      The Opium Wars is a collective term for two wars in the mid-19th century involving Anglo-Chinese disputes over British trade in China and China’s sovereignty. The disputes included the First Opium War (1839–1842) and the Second Opium War (1856–1860). The wars weakened the Qing dynasty and reduced China’s separation from the rest of the world.[1][2]

      Who was behind it? Great Britain. Britannia Rules the waves or Britannia Gules the Graves?

      Who is behind the current mess in Iraq, Syria, Libya etc? Tony Blair played a big part as the poodle.

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    War criminal preaching his gospel to Tamil people who suffered war crimes in their own land inflicted by the Sri Lankan regime and its armed forces!

    One shouldn’t touch him with a barge pole.

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    Tony Blair,
    Hats off to you,
    “We have to say constantly as we pursue reconciliation that whatever your grievance and disagreement, nothing justifies terrorism”

    I never believe in any form of violence, from 1917 Russian Bolshevik revolution to Arab spring , they brought only death & destruction , finally they were back to square one , achieving nothing for people, leaving behind dead bodies of millions of people & millions of orphaned children

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      John whoever you are. First understand the difference between terrorism and freedom fighting.
      In your opinion if those who took up arms , after many years of peaeful demonstration, to fight for their rights are successful then they are ok, like South Africa!
      But if they are defeated then tbey are terrorist. Go and learn the difference, otherwise shut you GOP.

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        Did Ceylon Tamils get anything from 26 years of violence ?
        Didn’t at least 1 million tamils become refugees ?
        What about death toll ?
        How many children lost their parents ?

        Let me know any achievement of Tamils as a human society ,from violence ?

        At the same time look at Upcountry Tamils , without any violence ,didn’t they get what they sought for ?

        Don’t be a fool , at least now , try to understand the truth.

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          John

          “Did Ceylon Tamils get anything from 26 years of violence ?”

          Did Ceylon Tamils get anything from 35 years of non violence?

          “At the same time look at Upcountry Tamils , without any violence ,didn’t they get what they sought for ?”

          What did they seek and what did they get?

          “try to understand the truth.”

          Whose version please?

          Sorry by any chance you are related to sachoooooooooo the stupid?

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      @John

      Do please put your hat back on !! Blair is unworthy of you doffing your cap to him

      If you truly don’t believe in Violence, then look back on the record of the Brits in quelling those it deemed to be against them from the time of Empire, to this day – It’s a simple search on WIKI or Google.

      Britain has visited some of the most horrid forms of terror upon the native populations of many parts of their Empire – it’s quite hypocritical for him to claim that “nothing justifies terrorism” while being one of the more recent British leaders to do exactly that !

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        I never say Brits did not use vilolence against civilians , nor do i say Tony Blair is clean, but I agree with him on that particular sentence , we should tell this again & again ,especially in Sri Lanka , because both Sinhala & Tamil communities were at the receiving end of terrorism of JVP & LTTE, which I never condone.

        Even if these words come from somebody who has skeletons in his cupboard ,we should commend it.

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    If you (Tony) were not in the office, Middle East would have been much, much a peaceful region. You spoiled it with your very uneducated, undiplomatic US counterpart, George Bush, who had had no idea what he was doing and very unfortunately, you just followed his orders. It did not bring anything but misery to Britain in all forms.

    Honestly, You were not qualified to be a guest speaker in respected Kadirgamar Institute!!!

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    Wise words from an intelligent person who has seen it all. He brought peace to Northern Ireland. He learned that violence, however it may be justified, particularly when the justification is invented, as in Iraq, only begets more violence. He has also learned many lessons from the Arab-Israeli conflict centred on Palestine, where land is the bone of contention. The ISS and the Bokiharam are also teaching and taught him much.

    Let us understand his wise words, learn something from the bitter lessons we have taught ourselves and work towards solutions.

    Political advantage at the hustings should never again be permitted to ride the communal bandwagon. I hope the new constitution that is contemplated, makes provisions to bury this re urgent curse forever.

    Of course, let us not shoot the messenger, without first understanding the meaning of his message.

    Thank you, Mr. Blair.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Corrections: — recurrent curse—

      Dr.RN

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      Dr Rajasingham you are obviously an educated man. Surely you will not recommend to others to take the advise of a lying, cheating, wicked murderer, seriously, however much that advise may sound good. Is Blair the only wise man left?

      See this evil man who actively collaborated with George Bush to kill hundred of thousands of innocent people, lying and squirming in his chair, when being questioned by his peers.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0lp17hPB1Y

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        Navin,

        Not only the US but the also the European countries got the intelligence wrong on Iraq! The Iraq invasion did not kill people but during the post Saddam the Muslims killed Muslims. One thing I will say that the Americans should have listened to the Brits but they myopically dismantled the Iraqi security forces that created conditions for Al-Quieda to infiltrate and cause mayhem.

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          Burning Issue,

          The only purpose of the Iraqi invasion, was to divide the nation, Muslims against Muslims, to get control of the country’s Oil resources. Not to search and destroy WMD’s. You have repeated the lie offered by the West’s media that the US and Europe got the intelligence wrong. The fact is the CIA manufactured the “evidence”, and Colin Powell was forced to feed it to the United Nations Security Council. He has since apologized.

          In Iraq, the Sunni’s in power were toppled and the Shias (Noori Al Maliki) were installed. Imagine a situation like India invading Sri Lanka, removes the government, and install the Opposition in power. That was the method that was used. The Oil cartels are now back in business in Iraq. The Bulk of the oil related revenue in the entire Middle East, except Iran, is now flowing back through the Zionist banking channel. Mission accomplished.

          The bonus for the villains, is that the toppled are now part of the ISIS, ironically, now being secretly helped financially and with weapons by Blair’s friends, who toppled them from power in the first place. The purpose of this exercise is to keep the ‘natives’ busy fighting and weak.

          Anyone with an iota of intelligence, will he rely on Liar Blair for advice?

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            Navin,

            “The only purpose of the Iraqi invasion, was to divide the nation, Muslims against Muslims, to get control of the country’s Oil resources. Not to search and destroy WMD’s.”

            Navin with all due respect to you I completely understand your incredulity. There are many people in Britain hold your views. However, one thing I would like to say is that not only the US intelligence but also the EU intelligence got it totally wrong. Saddam’s stubborn resistance to UN WMD inspectors contributed to this misleading intelligence report. Nevertheless, Britain was put in a quandary because the US is their only ally in the world in realistic terms. The Bush Administration was going to go alone and this would have caused catastrophic consequences to the international relations and would have totally undermined the credibility of the UN. The world order would have been broken. Many people will sound cynical when confronted with such rational, but it is a fact that any PM of Britain would have taken the same stand.

            “You have repeated the lie offered by the West’s media that the US and Europe got the intelligence wrong. The fact is the CIA manufactured the “evidence”, and Colin Powell was forced to feed it to the United Nations Security Council.”

            How can this be possible when both France and Germany were opposed to the war yet their intelligence was in line with both the US and Britain?

            Tony Blair had invested a lot effort in building peace in NI. He supported Luxman K in his endeavour to weaken the LTTE by banning them in the UK and EU. On the point about oil and western motivation to control the flow, what is wrong with that? Saddam invaded Kuwait in order to take control their oil and thus hopped to exert pressure on the rest of the world. Free flow of oil is important not just for the west but for small countries like SL too!

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              Burning Issue
              The authors of the September Dossier admit it was crafted with care in order to Make a Case for War, and NOT setting out available intelligence…
              It was designed to mislead the British Public..
              Sure, free flow of oil is important., but who says it should be under exclusive Western control ?

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                Who said that the oil flow should be under the Western control! Saddam demonstrated in action that he wanted to control a large amount of oil flow by invading Kuwait. His intransigecet in not allowing the UN WMD inspectors created a claimate of suspicion and fear among the other Arab countries. This was real.

                You need to get real and finding incoherent rational to mitigate the atrocities committed by the MR gang is preposterous. Your logic is that the west committed crimes and you are allowed to kill your own citizens! Please grow up.

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              Burning,

              Re “The Iraq invasion did not kill people but during the post Saddam the Muslims killed Muslims.”

              Bloody hell, what did they kill then, Animals?

              I am not writing at length as I have already done so at this link.
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/you-can-pursue-reconciliation-in-sri-lanka-doing-two-things/comment-page-1/#comment-1877906

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                Bloody hell you do play ignorant when it suits you don’t you?

                Show this forum as to how many Iraqis killed by the Allied forced by the the time when Saddam was captured and full control of the country was gained.

                You are very quick to point your fingers at the west but you have ostensible hundred and one reasons to mitigate the Sri Lankan forces from blame when there are umpteen evidences exist that there were state terrorism on its own people. You are absolutely pathetic and dishonest.

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                  We do not count the dead enemy, was in constant use at the time by the British forces.

                  The few independent reporters who were at the forefront were shot in the back by the US forces, and the ’embedded “journalists”‘ were nothing if not the propagandists of the governments. Surely you must have come across the Lancet article which produced the figure 600,000 as the probable dead long before the conflict ‘ended’. It had it’s critics among the ‘loyal citizenry. It is also pertinent that the US appointed ‘Iraqi administration ‘ stopped the body count that had previously been carried out. Today the figures as high 1.4 million+ are quoted by outsiders as the direct responsibility of the Bush/Blair misadventure in Iraq carried out for the unstated purpose of looting Iraqi oil wealth.

                  Blair on the other hand tries to hide behind a 100,000 dead figure in order to soothe his own black conscience.

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                  Dear Burning,

                  Looking for a way out?

                  Why did you avoid my main comment addressed to you? It was only one click away!!!

                  I specifically told you that this was not my main comment. Read the following again

                  quote
                  I am not writing at length as I have already done so at this link.
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                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/you-can-pursue-reconciliation-in-sri-lanka-doing-two-things/comment-page-1/#comment-1877906
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                  unquote

                  I hope this time around you will click on the link provided and reply my main comment.

                  BTW I am not pointing fingers at the West. I am pointing them at you and asking why you are unable to see atrocities from a common viewpoint and why you prefer to be a toilet cleaner for the White Supremacists?

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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                    “Looking for a way out?”

                    You do flatter yourself don’t you? You must be loving yourself so much!

                    You know what I never read your long post; I had no intention of doing so! I have read enough of your drivels in the past and have been bored sick.

                    The issue here is that Britain went to war by joining with the allies and as a result ultimately so many people died. Mostly with the Muslims killing Muslims. One could argue that the west created the climate for such a situation to occur. I agree there is credence to that argument. Other issue is whether Britain under TB went to war without a legal mandate. Answer to this question is there was legal concurrence from the Attonney General. The other issue is whether TB obtain that mandate fraudulently. This is the basis of the Chilcote inquiry. If the inquiry were to conclude that TB indeed acted irresponsibly then I agree and condemn TB’s actions.

                    However, the allied forces did not kill the Iraqi civilians deliberately at any stage. There were no allied orchestrated programs to kill the Iraqi civilians. There were gross mismanagement of the post-Saddam period that allowed the Al-Quaide to infiltrate and caused mayhem.

                    By contrast, in SL, there are credible evidences exist that point fingers at the MR regime and army that they had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in biblical proportions. There is no getting away from this no matter how much you try!

                    The arguments that people of your ilk try to make is that the west killed people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya and why cannot we kill our own citizens! Doesn’t this sound preposterous?

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                      Dear Burning Issue,

                      You are doing the flattery by choosing to avoid the comment with hard questions and yet responding where no questions have been asked.

                      You have avoided my comment of August 29, 2015 at 12:26 am, not once but twice.

                      Global Policy Forum (GPF) has this to say about the Iraq War

                      Prior to the November 2004 attack on Falluja, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan wrote to President Bush and Prime Minister Blair, expressing his “particular concern about the safety and protection of civilians.” He continued: “Fighting is likely to take place mostly in densely populated urban areas, with an obvious risk of civilian casualties…” Shortly afterwards, while the Falluja siege was still going on, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called for an investigation into possible war crimes. The United States and its partners ignored these warnings about the risk to civilians and war crimes. They continued with the attack.

                      ………….. Coalition military operations have clearly violated these laws, with massive displacement of populations, indiscriminate killings of civilians, and large-scale destruction of habitation and urban infrastructure, including historic buildings and religious sites. Coalition forces have violated further provisions of the Conventions by deliberately targeting hospitals, stopping emergency medical care and blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid. In further violation of the prohibition of “siege tactics,” they have deprived civilians of food, water, electricity, medical supplies and vital services. Such practices have inflicted collective punishment on Iraqis. Taken together they represent a grave violation of international humanitarian law.

                      Here is a summary of the Toilet Cleaning that you have undertaken on behalf of the white supremacists. What makes you so servile?

                      Reporters Without Borders, referring to Najaf, condemned “the totally unacceptable imposition of an information blackout” and insisted that “the presence of journalists on the spot is indispensable, as the worst atrocities are always committed in the absence of witnesses.”

                      On April 8, two American air to surface missiles hit Al Jazeera’s office in Baghdad and killed a reporter and wounded a cameraman. The nearby office of Arab satellite channel Abu Dhabi TV was also hit by air strikes. Al Jazeera accused the U.S. of attacking Arab media to hide facts. On the same day a U.S. Army tank fired into the 15th floor of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, where almost all foreign journalists resided, and killed two cameramen and wounded three. wiki

                      Yet the ill informed Burning Issue pontificates “Get over it mister. The Western countries cannot control the press….” (BI on August 28, 2015 at 12:24 am)

                      Again the idiot overawed by ingrained servility to white bums says “Neither the US nor the Britain set up no-fire zones and encouraged the civilians to move in and then indiscriminately fired shells on them”

                      GPF says
                      As prelude to the attacks, Coalition forces often surround the targeted area with sandbags, concrete slabs, earthen barricades, and razor wire, turning cities into prison camps. These preliminary operations deploy thousands of troops, with helicopters and armored construction vehicles. They close highways and streets, set up roadblocks and checkpoints. In Tal Afar, attacking forces built an 8-foot high, 12-mile long dirt wall that ringed the entire city.

                      Coalition troops seize control of all movement into and out of the cities, including goods and supplies, water, food, medicines and emergency assistance of all kinds. (ibid)

                      May of 1996, 60 Minutes.

                      Correspondent Leslie Stahl asked Albright, “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And — and you know, is the price worth it?”

                      Madeline Albright replied “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.”
                      .
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0WDCYcUJ4o
                      .
                      It is also known that the US and it’s allies cut off power and water not only to the people of Baghdad but even to Hospitals.
                      .
                      Yet you claim “How many times I have stated that Iraq war was won effortlessly with minimal damage to human lives”

                      Fine minimal loss when even before the bombing starts 500,000 children are starved to death!

                      Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, said “Coalition’s occupying forces are using hunger and deprivation of water as a weapon of war against the civilian population,” and called it “a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.”

                      But the ill informed Idiot BI says “you have no hesitation in calling the west of war crimes with out credible evidences”

                      Pontificating from ignorance BI says “MR regime wilfully kept the media away and meticulously cleaned up everything behind closed doors”

                      Read “An eye-witness account of the last 70 hours of Eelam War IV,” Frontline, Volume 26-Issue 12: June 6-19, 2009 by Muralidhar Reddy

                      Muralidhar Reddy and Kanchan Prasad were taken to the “Last Redoubt” every day on the 14th-18th May

                      Reddy of The Hindu newspaper says “[t]here were no conditions spelled out on the coverage from the war zone. We were allowed unfettered and unhindered movement up to 400 meters from the zone, where pitched battles were fought between the military and the remaining cadre and leaders of the LTTE…. there was just enough time to read and absorb the reports on the websites before sending news dispatches to our headquarters. No questions were asked”
                      .
                      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/witnesses-to-the-war-without-witnesses/
                      .
                      Foreign agencies that had access to the war includes BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, AFP, AP, APTN, Xinhua, CNN, Quick silver, The Hindu, PTI, HINDUSTAN TIMES, TFN, Asian Age, Sky News, NDTV, RUSSIAN NEWS AGENCY, DECCAN CHRONICLE, MALAYSIAN NATIONL NEWS, NHK, UNI, NEWS EXPRESS HINDUSTAN TIME, HEADLINES TODAY, STAR NEWS, INX News, The Times of India and other private individual Journalists.

                      BI says “The carnage that happened was graphically evident from the sky when Ban Moon flew over Wanni; what had happened to those dead bodies?”

                      Here is the Times of London Video taken during Ban Ki Moon’s flight. Can Anyone see the NUMEROUS dead bodies that BI says are graphically evident. Perhaps the Idiot does not understand the word CARNAGE.
                      .
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Uh8OTddEI
                      .
                      MR would indeed be an IDIOT to invite UNSG and an antagonistic group of foreign Journos to inspect the NFZ within 72 hours of the end of the war. Hardly enough time to dispose off 70,000 dead vide Petrie or 146,000 vide Rayappu.

                      If there are Dead Bodies there should be wounded.

                      With a Dead to wounded ratio
                      At 1:1, 140,000
                      At 1:2, 280,000
                      At 1:3, 420,000

                      Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) commissioned The Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to analyse these Photographs and High Resolution Satellite imagery of the NFZ.

                      My original comment to you, that you have avoided to address, used the AAAS report to effectively expose the propaganda. Its available above. Here is the link again.
                      .
                      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/you-can-pursue-reconciliation-in-sri-lanka-doing-two-things/comment-page-1/#comment-1877906

                      You have become an Idiot blinded by Racist Hatred.

                      The dead by war, the dead by natural causes, the wounded by war and the uninjured, together with natural increase will add up to a record Tamil population explosion.

                      They would not have been able to do anything other than make babies 24×7!!!

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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        Navin,

        Thanks.

        What matters to me and in my opinion, should to others too, is whether has words carry any meaning/message to us. In this instance they undoubtedly do.

        All of have good and bad in us- the Yin and the Yang or the dualities. Everything is not black and white in life. There are shades of gray in between always.

        It is in reconciling these dualities in our minds, that we see light.

        As I have referred in my comment above, Blair. I am sure has been benefitted by his experience in being ‘Bush’s poodle’. Remember Bush Jnr. talked with God! Most of us learn from our mistakes, though a few make their life a mistake.

        Dr.RN

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          I am sorry Dr Rajasingham, there was no mistake from Blair. He was consciously and deliberately, part of the conspiracy of Bush, the CIA, Christian Far Right, Mossad and the Zionist Mafia to manufacture an imaginary enemy for the “Civilized Countries of the Western World”, to enable the Banking and Weapons Industries to control the whole world.

          The murder of thousands is still continuing world wide, quite conspicuously in the Middle East through their proxies, mostly the so-called Muslim hereditary rulers in Middle East.

          Advice from those proven to be insincere and self serving should never be taken seriously, however good it sounds. Think. Before the 8th January elections in Sri Lanka, the whole of the Western World, wanted to destroy Sri Lanka, ostensibly to punish her for the “genocide” committed by Rajapaksa. Now that the West think that their Abiththaya is in power, to dictate to, and to scuttle the friendship with China, they want to “help” Sri Lanka with free advice and money and business opportunities. How can an educated man like you recommend to the people to trust these devils?

          Our foolish government is also sure going to HIRE Blair to canvass Sri Lanka’s case at UNHCR – for a very handsome fee of course.

          Like I said earlier, is this cheating lying SOB the only wise guy left in the world to seek guidance from?

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      Come on Dr.RN- you are being persuaded by Tony Blair’s tongue and not his heart, if he has one. He is a war criminal who had jointly with Bush murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq equating on falsehood. If you are aware of any reason, please let us know why Bush and Tony Blair went to war in Iraq. Iraq was not a threat to any country and that country had no weapons of mass destruction. And now see what is happening in Iraq. Tony Blair and Bush are responsible for the present crisis in Iraq. Tony Blair has no place anywhere in the world to address the rights and wrongs of states. He may make millions on giving speeches but it is all rubbish. You also , in a way, acknowledging the murders committed by the Sri Lankan Armed forces on the Tamil civilians using chemical weapons as fair and reasonable. That is the attitude of Tony Blair.

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        Sellam.

        I refer to two Thirukurals as my answer:

        1.” Epporul Ethanmaithaayinum- Apporul
        Meypporul Kaanpatharivu”

        ( It is wise to understand the true meaning(the truth) of
        whatever one come across irrespective of its nature)

        2. “EpporulYaar Yar Vaai Kertoinum-Apprul
        Meypporul kaanpatharivu”

        ( It is wise to understand the true meaning (the Truth) of
        whatever one hears, regardless of who says it)

        Dr.RN

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    … Here in Sri Lanka for many years you had conflict of a terrifying nature where so many innocent people lost their lives. Today that conflict has ended and the pursuit of reconciliation has begun.

    — Where is your evidence Mr. Blair? Which conflict has ended? Which pursuit of reconciliation are you speaking about?

    Britain had a responsibility to arrest the strife, to nip the conflict in the bud, but, it did not raise a finger.

    … What we had to understand in the Northern Ireland situation and the first thing we did, was to create the circumstances in which the violence stopped.

    — This is very eloquent!

    Did Ceylon create those circumstances or go about aggravating them? Did at any time Britain advise Sri Lanka accordingly? Could not Britain play an active role in arresting the growing disharmony within Sri Lanka?

    … the importance to reconciliation of Economic Development.

    — the importance of Economic Development to reconciliation… ?

    Ceylon deliberately went about suppressing the economic development of areas habitating Tamils. The conflict widened and the whole country paid the price for this folly; for this unhealthy practice.

    … education is a cure for virtually everything.

    — Well said.

    Yet, in Ceylon, education was used as a tool to drive a wedge between communities. What is primarily needed today is to help adults unlearn the history they had been taught and made to believe!

    … The past cannot be erased and is never forgotten, but it can be confined in some way so that it does not disrupt the possibilities for the future.

    — These are words of wisdom.

    Thank you Mr.Blair.

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      Nathan

      Where were you when the same domestic words of wisdom were orchestrated with absolute sincerity by many good people of this island?

      Now you seem to have woken up suddenly as if you heard these words for the first time. It appears that you could only see/read wisdom only when it is packaged in foreign wrappers.

      What a shame.

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        Native Vedda

        I welcome your question. I welcome a healthy debate.

        Which/what/whose ‘same’ domestic words are you referring to … . Be specific.

        The words of wisdom, I referred to was: ‘The past cannot be erased and is never forgotten, but it can be confined in some way so that it does not disrupt the possibilities for the future’.

        Are you also referring to those words?

        If yes, tell me when I was sleeping.
        If not, tell me why you are barking up the wrong tree.

        Where is the shame? On whom is the shame?

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          Nathan

          Why not hear those words of wisdom from ordinary people who do not or didn’t rule an empire? What is special about Tony Blair’s advice written by a speech writer who is paid to say standard text in many different ways?

          Wake up, you also must read and learn from Martin McGuinness’s, words of wisdom:

          “We are hoping there can be a democratic settlement and we are very determined to build a new future for all of the children of this island.”

          “We want to see the British government recognizing the rights of all the people in this island, Catholic and Protestant, unionist and nationalist, to self-determination. … It is quite clear the British government and leaders of unionist parties are afraid to negotiate that.”

          “Collectively we need to challenge the cancer of sectarianism that is eating away at our society,”

          More Wisdom Martin McGuinness

          Please read “Transcript: Martin McGuinness”

          http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/
          headtohead/2014/03/transcript-martin
          -mcguinness-201432611584520903.html

          Please try and stop being carried away by celebrity politicians words. They are not the role model we or our future generation should seek inspiration from.

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    “Some people make a living, others make a killing” – an exclusive new documentary on Tony Blair which will break unexplored grounds. The killings of Tony Blair – a film by George Galloway well worth waiting for, to understand the criminal, who this man really is dressed up in sheep’s clothing.

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    We may not agree with Tony Blair on many aspects of international issues we cannot ignore what he said about internal issues and how we can approach the lasting problem that Srilanka faced over six decades under our own rule. Why should be bother about Middle East?
    For us, Tony Blair is not important but peace and reconciliation is important. The blood that was running in this soil should be stopped. We don’t need any more massgraves in this soil.We don’t need chemical weapons and cluster bombs killing our citizens. What can we do in our nation to bring peace & reconciliation?

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      Ajith,

      For many Sinhala who ridicule TB, it is not about genuine antipathy towards war and violence but rather about advocating reconciliation that will end with conceding to tamil demands! If it is indeed they are genuinely against war and war crimes, such people should first-hand point their fingers at the MR regime; are they doing it?

      They ostentatiously use the war on Iraq to accuse a man of TB’s stature of war crimes when he relentless pursued peace in NI. Dislodging Saddam is a good thing both for Iraq and world over. But there is no question that Americans mishandled the post Saddam period by myopically dismantling the Iraq security apparatuses that created the security vacume that allowed the Al-Quidea to infiltrate.

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        @Burning Issue

        There must be so many Burning lip marks on Tony’s bum once you get done with him !!!

        Has TB’s “relentless pursuit of peace” resulted in peace anywhere ???
        On the other hand, has his pursuit of war, resulted in anything other than wholesale carnage that continues to this day ?

        I say it’s not what the guy says he does.. but actually what he does – that matters

        Oh do lets point fingers at TB first.. after all, his excesses and crimes started well before 2005, before MR became Prez

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    Excellent speech. Many things for Sri lanka’s reformist agenda. Need to see if the government can be true to its word … as past governments have failed miserably, over and over again. But this time will be different under the watchful eye of the international community.

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    I thought this Bugger – the Baby Killer and WMD fabricator was here only on a personal holiday. Now, he is given right royal treatment, shown the podium and asked to lecture to us on good governance – a thing he failed miserably by the standards of his own people. Blame our Batik Kolla for sucking up to this arse at our countrys expense.

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    No doubt Tony Blair was an accomplice and went along with that lie of George W Bush about Sadam Hussein possessing dangerous chemical weapons in order to launch a war against Iraq.

    However, those points he listed as essential criteria in finding a solution to the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka are worth considering.

    No two problems could be the same. What succeeded in Northern Ireland may not succeed in Sri Lanka and Tony Blair admits this when he says “Now each conflict always has its own characteristics, therefore when you compare the experience of Northern Ireland with that of Sri Lanka you have to do so with caution because the circumstances are so different.” Northern Ireland conflict ended in 30 years with peace agreement but in the case of the Tamil problem though the 30 year armed conflict had ended there is no sight of a settlement of the problem. Northern Ireland conflict was not ended with the might of the British arms but through a peace process.

    The Sri Lankan Tamil problem is not intractable like the Arab-Israeli problem. Arabs and Jews may not be willing to live together. But that is not the case in Sri Lanka,where Tamils and Sinhalese can live together as brothers and sistersm as they now do in Colombo.

    In the case of Sri Lanka, if the Sinhala leaders are genuinly interested and willing, the Tamil problem can be settled in a matter of few months now that the Tamils have elected TNA as their sole representatives. Election results have strengthened the hands of Sampanthan. It appears that his election promise of self-rule in a federal system was only put forward to under-cut and blunt Gajendramakumar’s call for two nations in one country. TNA may eventually agree to accept less and may even agree to a solution for a merged North-East with re-defined boundaries of the Eastern Province.

    Tony Blair failed to mention a very importnt pre-requisite for the settlement of the Tamil problem. That is, the need to silence the Sinhala extremists from the South and elsewhere in Sri Lanka who have in the past successfully campaigned against many political agreements entered into between the Sinhala and Tamil leaders.

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      Naga,

      You are right. We have to learn to separate the kernel from the chaff. Ours is not an intractable problem as many make it out to be. If the WILL is there, the WAY can be found, within a few months!

      It appears the Maithri-Ranil-Chandrika team have the right KEY. I hope, they will use it to open the long locked doors, regardless of the obstacles that may thrown in their way. I hope the Tamil politicians do not add to the confusion that will result, with their unwise and shortsighted words.

      I hope the Tamil and Sinhala media will publicize Blair’s speech. I am sure most will concur.

      Dr.RN

      Dr.RN

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      Naga

      “Tony Blair failed to mention a very importnt pre-requisite for the settlement of the Tamil problem”

      I am sorry to be fussy about how you describe the ethnic issue. I will repeat it here and continue to do so until everyone get it right.

      It is not a Tamil problem never been one, but a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on rest of the people namely Tamils, Hindus, Sinhalese, Buddhists, Muslims, … etc who suffered irrespective of their religion, race, region,…..

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        I agree it is not a “Tamil Problem”
        How do you figure it is a “Sinhala Buddhist” one ?
        Can you explain a bit further ?
        Thanks

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          maalumiris

          “How do you figure it is a “Sinhala Buddhist” one ? Can you explain a bit further ?”

          Please re-read my comment again:

          It is not a Tamil problem never been one, but a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on rest of the people namely Tamils, Hindus, Sinhalese, Buddhists, Muslims, … etc who suffered irrespective of their religion, race, region,…..

          Sit on my comment for a month or so for its self explanatory.

          Study tips:

          How and when did the political idea of Sinhala/Buddhism begin to develop?

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      Dear Naga,
      I have been advocating for merger of a re-demarcated eastern province with northern province for some time. If you carefully go through the events that took place, after independence, you will agree with me. First point to remember is that eastern province has been accepted as a land of historic habitation of Tamil people by B-C pact of 1957, D-C pact of 1966 and the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987. No Tamil person with an iota of self respect will agree to anything other claim.

      If you go through the census figures from 1881, you will find that it had a Tamil majority. Unfortunately at present due to various factors such as murder and ethnic cleansing of Tamils, large scale planned seetlement of Sinhalese to alter demographic pattern and population explosion among the muslims have contributed to the lopsided position of Tamils being forced to ba a miinority. In modern world you cannot claim land of somebody else by all these unaccepted methods.

      The boundaries of current eastern province is not the smae as what was at the time of independence. Then there were only two districts in eastern province – Trincomalee and Batticaloa. After 1956 in order to carve out a Sinhala majority Ampara district, two revenue districts of Mahaoya and Padiyatalawa were removed from Uva province and attached to eastern province, and together with southern regions of Batticaloa district, the new Ampara district was formed.

      It is of note that the first act of ethnic cleansing took place during riots in Ampara in 1956, when Tamils who lived for centuries as farmers around Kondavattuwan tank were murdered and driven out by new Sinhala settlers. Now this area does not have a single Tamil family. Similarly in 1977 riots, Tamils were murdered and driven out from areas around Kantalai by new Sinhala settlers and now there is hardly any Tamil family there. Trincomalee district had only 2% Sinhalese at the turn of the century prior to all these dirty deeds. However there are traditional Sinhala areas such as Gomarankadawela AGA division in Trincomalee district and Lahugala AGA division in Ampara district.

      When re-demarcating we have to take into account all these. De-link Amparai electoral district which has 90% Sinhalese and link it to Uva province. Also remove Lahugala AGA division in Amparai district and link it to Uva provonce and remove Gomarankadawela AGA division in Trincomalee district and link it to north-central province. By this way 75% of Sinhalese in the current eastern province will be taken out of eastern province which will satisfy the Sinhalese who do not want to live under a Tamil dominated rule in a north-east merged unit.

      To satisfy the Muslims, de-link Puttalam district which has a Muslim & Tamil majority of 75% and link it to northern province. This procedure will off set the land area lost in eastern province. Then link the to newly carved out northern and eastern provinces into one unit. Once they are merged, carve out a Muslim sub unit consisting of Muslim majority areas like the Pondechery model. This will satisfy the Muslim demand for a muslim majority administrative district. This is the best way to satisfy Tamils and Muslims in those provinces and Sinhalese cannot object to it unless they are racists.

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        In as much as Tamils feel safer and may consider justice is at last provided to them, if the North-East is merged into one unit.
        But the Sinhalese will have none of this, as matters stand today. They insist much of the EP, arguably, came under Kandyan rule in recent centuries. DSS, unwisely feared local Indian Tamils will eventually join the indigenous Tamils making this a Communist State (during his time many Tamil political activists were leftists) He simultaneously followed the dual policy of

        (1)De-franchising (1947)even voting Indian Tamils and rendering the entire million people (approx) into right-less, Stateless people. This arbitrary move by Ceylon lead to tensions between the Govts of India and Ceylon-Sri Lanka in later decades

        (2) Colonising much of the EP (from the late 1940s) with outside Sinhala settlers by providing land, cultivation, job opportunities etc., with State resources. That many of these settlers from the South were hardened men with criminal records was to play a role in the strained Sinhala-Tamil relations to follow. It can be argued the radicalisation of the usually docile Tamil youth later had its roots in the coming of these IRC’s into the political equation.

        DSS succeeded in both. While he has done the Sinhalese a favour,
        he should be equally held responsible for the tensions and confusion between the communities subsequently to this day.

        Un-natural population increase while the State was encouraging birth control in different ways, went to hurt the Tamil plight further progressively to the extent they became a minority even in Batticaloa where they have been by far the dominant community for many centuries. This anomaly has to be set right soon.

        Doubtless, un-anticipated socio-political complications set in since 1947 by the interplay of scheming politicians, from all sides, making a mutually acceptable settlement difficult. But a settlement we must have before the matter exacerbates further bleeding the country’s resources – men as well material. The country needs to be released from the razor’s edge by wise political action and leadership.

        Kettikaran

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          Dear Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

          You wrote “First point to remember is that eastern province has been accepted as a land of historic habitation of Tamil people by B-C pact of 1957, D-C pact of 1966 and the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987. No Tamil person with an iota of self respect will agree to anything other claim”

          There was a Tamil kingdom for about 400 years in the North that was limited to the Jafna Peninsular and a small triangular area in the North West of the mainland, ruled by the Wanniyars. The rest of Lanka were ruled by the Sinhalese even during the Dutch period. If you go further back in history It had three Main Divisions and 114 sub divisions and NO Tamil kingdom.

          Dr Sujit Sivasunderam (a Tamil) of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in “Tales of the Land: British Geography and Kandyan Resistance in Sri Lanka, c. 1803–1850” states

          “Firstly, the kadaim, or boundary books, are state documents which describe the three main divisions of the island of Sri Lanka, and which were in the custody of the lekam-gey-attan or functionaries to the secretariat at court”

          “In the kadaim books, Tri Simhale, which denotes the entire island, is divided into three principalities or kingdoms, namely Maya, Pihiti and Ruhunu. The oldest kadaim book, Sri Lamkadvipaye Kadaim, divides the entire island into 114 ratas or countries; Maya has 28 ratas, Pihiti has 43 ratas and Ruhunu has 43 ratas. Boundary pillars mark off the limits of particular ratas.” (ibid)

          During the early 18th Century, the Dutch ruled the former Jaffna Tamil kingdom and the main divisions of Lanka is clearly demarcated in this Dutch map of 1726 AD the Original of which is available in a Dutch Museum.
          .
          http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/Map-Ceylon.5852
          .
          There is sufficient independent evidence available to disprove Racist Tamil Separatist arguments that you advance.

          Sri Lanka was not BORN after the British arrived. She has a recorded history of over two millennia. The boundaries you cunningly referring to did not exist in Sri Lanka. If you want to prove Tamil Habitation you have to do so with divisions that existed in History.

          You say “If you go through the census figures from 1881, you will find that it had a Tamil majority”

          Tamil majority where?
          Within a boundary that had no existence even as recent as the 18 th Century?

          You see Gnana Sankaralingam, it is the POPULATION figures that disprove this Tamil Racist Claim of a CONTIGUOUS Tamil Habitation from the North down to the East. The Tamil population could not PHYSICALLY occupy and defend the boundary of the Territory Claimed as an Exclusive Historical Tamil Habitation against an opposing population 7 times it’s size when it could hardly hold on to the Jaffna Peninsular without help from Tamil India.

          You are trying to Steal the Birthright of the Citizens of Lanka for the EXCLUSIVE benefit of an Ethnic group with puerile arguments.

          It is this GREED, epitomised by people like you, that will forever prevent a Just solution, to a problem created by the GREEDY SELF SEEKING POWER HUNGRY POLITICAL leadership of these GREEDY Tamils themselves.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Dear OTC,

            While searching for the post-Dutch and early British maps of Ceylon, I came across a very interesting reference:

            ‘ The Cartography of Ceylon in the early British period and the evaluation of the topographical map.

            By: R.L.Brohier OBE,FRCS]
            (Asst. Surveyor General)’

            http://iesl.ceylonhost.com/IESL_publications/Civil%20Engineering/Surveying,%20Mapping,%20RemoteSensing%20&%20GIS/The%20Cartography%20of%20Ceylon%20in%20The%20Early%20British%20Period%20and%20The%20Evolution%20of%20Topological%20Map%20By%20R.L.Brohier%201948.pdf

            I found the following words interesting:

            “Very soon after this work was inaugurated, the Uva rebellion of 1817 kindled as it were by an insignificant spark, spread with alarming rapidity and culminated at one stage, before it was suppressed in 1818, in arrangement for the complete withdrawal of the British forces from the interior of Ceylon.

            As a result of these unforeseen happenings the “Schneider map” of Ceylon was not issued until 1822, that is to say, 7 years after it was originally mooted. Although claiming to be “A new and correct map…including an accurate delineation of the interior Provinces from actual surveys”, it shows the Kandyan territory blank. A republication even so late as 1852, described the Vanni and the Northcentral province as “unknown mountainous country”.

            The work inaugurated was the survey of the whole of Ceylon.

            I am sure you will find this publication interesting.

            If the British found it difficult to accurately map Sri Lanka, after bringing the whole island under their control, how could the Dutch have produced accurate maps, without access to the Kandyan Kingdom. If the British had found Wanni and the North-Central province “Unknown mountainous country”, could the Dutch who preceded them as colonial rulers, have been more accurate?

            Further, if I remember right, the Wanni was a huge territory, comprising both Sinhala and Tamil segments and included areas like Kurunegala and Kuliyapitiya. The Wanninayake family originated from Sinhala Wanni Chieftains. The reference to mountainous country, probably related to the areas around Kurunegala.

            The maps of Ceylon produced during Portuguese colonial rule of the maritime provinces, indicates how primitive the art of cartography was. They are not much different from Ptolmy’s map!Ceylon is represented as well rounded triangle and Jaffnapatnam appears disproportionately large.

            I once again reiterate old history and geography will not help solve our current dilemmas. We have to start solving our problems from where we stand now.

            Dr.RN

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              Dear Dr RN,

              Thank you very much for the Brohier document. It is indeed very interesting.

              Re “If the British found it difficult to accurately map Sri Lanka, after bringing the whole island under their control, how could the Dutch have produced accurate maps, without access to the Kandyan Kingdom. If the British had found Wanni and the North-Central province “Unknown mountainous country”, could the Dutch who preceded them as colonial rulers, have been more accurate?”

              The interest is not in the detail of the Kandyan Kingdom but in its boundary. The Dutch map of 1726 AD, that I referred to above (http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/Map-Ceylon.5852) very clearly establishes the BOUNDARY of the Kandyan Kingdom as it existed in 1726 AD.

              It is this UNKNOWN factor of the internal detail of the Kandyan Kingdom that made it difficult for the foreign invaders to subjugate it by military means.

              The Dutch had full access to the Jaffna kingdom and hence the Boundary detail of the Jaffna Tamil Kingdom would be accurate FIRST HAND information of the Dutch.

              Hence the boundary between the inaccessible Kandyan Kingdom and the accessible Jaffna Tamil Kingdom would be accurate (Jaffna Kingdom was mostly flat land devoid of natural obstacles that are found in the Kandyan Kingdom).

              It will be the same with those maritime areas that were under Dutch control.

              The forests within the Kandyan Kingdom was a formidable defense against invasion and was maintained as such by the Kandyan King who did not allow any clearing of forests (all Land belonged to the King). When the British arrived Lanka had 85% Forrest cover, which was UNINHABITED.

              Re “I once again reiterate old history and geography will not help solve our current dilemmas. We have to start solving our problems from where we stand now”

              The problems we have now are creations of modern Tamil Politicians. These are not problems that existed in History. When convenient these Tamil politicians claim a History of over two millennia and at the same time try to LIMIT history to a point within British Rule that is convenient to them.
              .
              Look at the argument made by Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam, it is ABSOLUTELY Racist. I hope he will make an intellectual response to what I wrote but I doubt he will.

              There was an increased influx of Indian Tamil Labour to Lanka from the time colonials established themselves here. It happened during Portuguese, Dutch and British rule, the largest being during the British.

              Thus the Indigenous Tamil population of Lanka were those who were here before the Portuguese, that is before 1505.

              Even without considering the dilution of the Sinhalese amongst the total population by the influx of Indian Tamils during the Portuguese and the Dutch periods the Sinhalese outnumber Tamils by 5.4 : 1 (Non Tamils to Tamils is 7:1)

              1911 was the first time the Lanka Tamils and Indian Tamils were separately enumerated. The population increase of the Indigenous population depends on the Birth and Death rates. For the Indians it is different due to continuous immigration.

              Based on the above the Lanka Tamil population
              in 1881 is about 343,600
              In 1801 is about 30,000

              It was in 1803 that the Dutch ceded Dutch held territories in Lanka to the British.
              .
              Thus it is LUDICROUS to claim a third of Lanka as an exclusive Historic Homeland of the Tamils. The numbers are hardly sufficient to populate any Contiguous territory greater than Peninsular Jaffna.
              .
              Please try and establish the Lanka Tamil population in the 1700s and show how they could occupy a contiguous territory from the North to the East.

              The problem is this False claim to an East that the Tamils never controlled or populated as they NEVER had the numbers to do so.

              To further that false claim Tamil politics use many devious devises such as British administrative boundaries which have no historical relevance. Annexing a Muslim population in an attempt to cover the physical absence of a Tamil population. Using Tamil and Tamil speaking interchangeably. Projecting the Muslim population as exclusively Tamil speaking etc

              No Sri Lankan will give in to such absolutely Unfair and False claims IF they are at the receiving end of the adverse effects of such claims. Land is a scarce resource and is the Birthright of ALL Citizens.

              The Sinhalese have already lost Land in their hinterland to a massive Land grab done by the British. They have also lost their political rights by an unprecedented Demographic change involving Indian Tamils that has no parallel in the History of Lanka and will not have anytime in the future.

              The modern Tamil politics of grabbing that Birthright is bound to cause strife because it is double whammy effecting the Sinhalese.

              Can you or ANY TAMIL make a rational argument and establish that the Tamil claims are fair and Just?

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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    What a joke.

    These gentle people never thought that the Shit will hit the Fan in their comfortable Suburbs , when Dr Anton Balasingham was living as a VVIP of the Empire while organizing and financing Prabakaran.

    Wonder whether this ex PM still Tweets his Senior Minister Milliband?…

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      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

      “What a joke.”

      What is the joke?

      I love jokes, for example you.

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    Wonder whether the new UNP Wahabi Faction got an invite for Cocktails after the speech.

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    “We have to say constantly as we pursue reconciliation that whatever your grievance and disagreement, nothing justifies terrorism.”

    Leave the Tamils death, can Tony Blair tell why Kathirgamar’s death should not be investigated?

    Old King, Bush and Tony Bliar are removed from the power with shame and infamous rejection by people. Bush did not stand again as he can not. The people showed the hate to party. Old King stood twice and lost. Tony Blair is the only one who was forced out of party by party. Miliband is still left with haunting Blair’s legacy. Party is not seeing an out of the damage Tony Blair did to it. He has to go back and help Miliband to rebuild the party.

    He is the only one, without being able to understand the legal contention of war crime, recommending to use war crime to fight terrorism even which was perceived by him. War crime is on the top of all crime. No crimes can be fought by governments with war crime. That is why its implemented by UN.

    Freedom fight is not terrorism. Tony Blair is preaching “to wash off the dirt on your hand use the cess pit water”. LTTE’s civilian murders are not even 1000. Tony Bliar aided murders are more than 145,000 in Mullivaikal alone. He knows his name will come out if there is an Inquiry for his share on in.

    Tony Blair’s contentions was terrorism was used to fight grievances. He and Old King had used war crime to fight that. He thinks Tamil should not have fought with the government as fighting can be categorized as terrorism, without an International Inquiry to establish it. But he thinks if the democratically elected government mass murders people at genocide level not to take it serious and go for investigation. People should reconcile with that government. It is with this dogma he ended up giving verdict the LTTE used used terrorism to fight the grievances so that is not appropriate. Shame for a man it is in his country where the Magna Carta originated and eventually peoples’ rights invented. Thank god! there is democracy in Britain, so they were able to get rid of this nazi man and his petty philosophy.

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    The devastation caused to Iraq under the guise of looking for non existent WMD’s is an un-pardonable crime against millions of innocent men, women and children of that country . Not to forget the plunder of ancient artifacts which are now said to adorn affluent homes and private galleries around the world.

    Funnily enough, persons who were directly responsible for these atrocious acts of violence which took the lives of countless numbers of Iraqi’s , are now strutting the globe extolling the virtues of peace and reconciliation through dialogue .

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    The is a group in Parliament not appropriately qualified to perform their duty but powerful, Really they hinder the progress of good things Small people are harassed.

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    I am not a fan of Blair.
    But this is the best speech he could have made – this is what you expect from a fair section of parliamentarians from around the world.
    There cannot be a greater gift to the parliamentarians going to start their work in parliament next week.
    The first thing the government should do is to translate this into Tamil and Sinhala for not only the parliamentarians but also to all the media.
    All parties will hopefully will have discuassions filling the gaps in understanding it.
    There shouldn’t be any delay please.

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    So speaks the man who helped to set the Middle East on fire!

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    Tony Blair can be likened to the curate’s eggs.His talk on his experiences he had on the Norther Ireland issue has a relevance to the approach that should be applied when considering solutions to Sri Lanka’s Tamil issue.
    But to criticise and hound him for his lack of foresight in teaming up with the U.S. and Bush supported hardliner warmongers Cheany and Rumsfeld is like throwing the baby out with the bath water.
    There could be progress if there is a willingness on the part of the people involved in dialogue on both part of the ethnic divide to honestly accept the fact that there are interests and issues which are too important and precious to be left to those who have an ulterior motive to create divisions and unfounded fears.It is high time we realised that we are living in a world which makes us feel anxious about our security,jobs,health,housing and schooling for the children and to unite as a people and recover faith in ourselves to march towards a bright future.

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      How is the Northern Ireland relevant to for Lankave? What is the relationship in principle Northern Ireland has with Tamils? Does Blair aware that Consecutive party had a resolution in Scotland? If so, could he draw some examples form Scotland how the Lankave government has to have a referendum in the North-East to know the peoples wish? Is Blair trying to say Irish people are as much terrorist as Tamils?

      Is there because of, like Old King, Tony Blair is accused of war-crime if not in Northern Ireland, somewhere else? Is that how he is comparing Northern Ireland with Tamil Eelam?

      When did Lankave resembled in implementing Democratic principle like Britain?

      All what he is trying to do is undoing what prime minister David Cameron, his perceived enemy, did in Jaffna. On the wounded back of the Tamils, seeking a plane to revenge PM David Cameron is not a classy act of Western Country’s prime minster.

      Tony Blair should know, in Britain, PM Keith, who is next Churchill for them, is being investigated for a statuary rape, not for real rape(may be after 40 years). Lankave is one in 22 countries uses rape as a weapon. If there is real blood running in Tony Blair’s body, if there a heart that is pumping it, he will feel the pain of these single mothers they went through that and will ask UN to investigate that.

      His speech is really disgusting.

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      Where was the dialogue with Iraq ? Did I miss it ?

      The place was bombed to heck well after the UN inspectors (Hans Blix) concluded there was no credible evidence that Iraq was pursuing any kind of WMD program and might I remind you, with no UN authority to do so

      The Brits appeared to have been very much aware there was no reason to attack Iraq either, yet they merrily joined the “Coalition of the Willing”

      Thanks to these Jokers, we all the poorer for it.

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    “You Can Pursue Reconciliation In Sri Lanka Doing Two Things”- Tony Blair

    Two things Mr. Blair could not do in Iraq, Afganistan, Libya, Nigeria, Syria, Mali and Israel. It may be wise to have “brilliant lawyers” on Blair’s side because according to the Nuremberg principles, Rome Statute, International Humanitarian Law, and etc., Tony Blair is not only a “war criminal” but also the following:

    1. An “International Terrorist

    2. A Financial Terrorist by lobbying for JP Morgan the primary financial scammer and manipulator of the LIBOR scandal

    3. Alleged accomplice to have covered-up or to have ordered the killing of Princess Diana and Dr. David Kelly (World renowned biological, chemical, WMD and UN-weapons expert). Dr Keely mystery is below.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMtBUsiIkQI

    4. Profiting by racketeering from war and human misery across the world.

    5. Economic pimping by reaching secret and lucrative oil deals from Iraq’s oil-4-Food program, Saudi Royal family, Libya, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and the Carlyle Group (Private equity company with Bush and Bin Laden family) and a front for the USA-Military/Defense industrial complex).
    Most of these contracts done through TBA Consulting (Tony Blair Associates)
    Please review the investigative reports below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbIPEBX2EuY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3Sb6rvVRJo

    6. “Peace envoy”, brand ambassador and public speaker as a con-artist.

    7. Obstruction of justice in delaying the Chilcot (UK war inquiry) report that will hold Blair accountable for war crimes.

    So can imagine scale of atrocities and heinous crimes this man has committed and covered up. Sri Lanka is treading a dangerous path with these war criminals.

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    Tony Blair,

    Glad you love our tea. Of course you love our tea! You drove away and stole lands from Sinhala people to grow your tea for your British Crown, and so our Ceylon tea will taste even more delectable to you. However, we haven’t yet recovered from the your stealing of our lands and destroying our natural monetary system.

    You say : ….”majority wants Northern Ireland to stay in the UK.”

    This is because you resettled your English in Northern Ireland and made them the majority.

    You say : “But, in return for that, under the law people are going to be treated equally because for a long time the Catholics, the Nationalist and Republican communities felt that they were not. Thus the conceptual framework permitted the principle of consent to be balanced by equal treatment.”

    That is because southern Ireland can be given all the money of equal rights because they don’t have a Southern-Ireland-Nadu south of them to swamp Ireland and blast your English out of Northern Ireland.

    You say : “In the Middle East, it’s land for peace. Two states for two peoples. The problem in getting there is vast but the conceptual framework is very simple. One of the most frustrating things about the Middle East is that even though there is in principle an agreement on the conceptual framework, the facts on the ground contradict the hopes for peace.”

    Surely you are only speaking about the Israel/Palestinian situation. You are not speaking about Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan that you don’t seem to have any solution for (although you created the problem in the first place).

    It’s so easy for you to speak of conceptual frameworks, but in your Euclid mind (that you oooo’d and ahhh’d and awed about in the hallowed grounds of Oxford), you didn’t realize or forgot there were real human lives that went beyond mere mathematics (the spiritual and metaphysical being that even Euclid couldn’t put equations on).

    Therefore, for the Israel/Palestinian situation to work, the correct and most humanistic formula is for Jews and Arabs, is to them to get away from your permanent and perpetual network of Western capitalism (that is a continuum of gross colonization), and move into another monetary system (Isis maybe?).

    More to come…..

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      Ramona Theresa Fernando

      You write a whole lot of valaipalam for someone who obviously finds historical detail challenging.

      “”“You drove away and stole lands from Sinhala people…..””” This is a bit rich coming from someone with your Portuguese heritage. You obviously absolve the Portuguese and Dutch from their part in our colonial history. Again, if those various communities had not run away and hid in the bush, instead of putting up a fight, the story would have been different. When the British finally turned up they only did what they did because we had quislings within our communities who delivered a tamed population in return for titles and favours. At least the British kick-started education and health, and put some infrastructure in place which is more than what the earlier invaders (including your ‘Poortugeesy’ ancestors) did.

      The British have many sins to answer for, but alas, success will elude us, with vacuous charge sheet that you have produced here.

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        Spring Koha,

        While Portuguese and Dutch were bad, British were devious, haughty and condescending. Portuguese and Dutch only wanted to trade, but British were masters of manipulation and domination. Anyway, how could have Sinhalese communities fought back when the British and others had the guns. This kind of thing happened world over, from the Incas and Aztecs to the Native Indians, to the Africans and to the South Asians.

        British started their own education and health. Previous, we had our own kind of education around the Buddhist (and Hindu) faiths and way-of-lives. Health was taken care of the Wedamahathas of ancient tradition, without e.g. the need to prolong life for doctors to make money in the European tradition, and to invent all kinds of chemicals to counter the effects of the previous medication – medicines that they copied from us, and them seemingly improved upon through science, but are just learning to apply manure holistically like the originators of those medicines did. Health and education in our lands were holistic values, and centered around environmental, ecological, and humanistic equilibrium.

        For example, there wasn’t malaria and dengue before the time of the Europeans. But when these people started slashing forests and building unnatural dwellings on the lands, this roused up the mosquitos. And that is not speaking of the small-pox and sexually-transmitted diseases that were brought down by the colonialist (most unnatural to Sri Lanka).

        Success will arrive to Sri Lanka if we acted like the Malaysians (who are just as mixed as the Lankans), for example, and engaged and laughed boisterously with the British about the past, slapping them on their backs, and yet revering their Malay Mother-culture , village habits and all. But instead, we have been designing our systems, even since independence, and towards acting like pompous White people.

        Now, Malaysians will never think in this way, like our famous trio (troika):

        Ranil : “Our Sinhala culture is too embarrassingly goday. We must form a neo-Lankan culture on the high genes of our Lankan 1%, and become like the Americans and British.”

        Chandrika : “My ancestors were high-genes of Tamil Nadu. Enough of the goday Sinhalese we shared our high-genes with. To Tamil Nadu must we return! “

        Sirisena : “Aney….these two think I am goday.”

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          ~ but are just learning to apply manure holistically…..no idea where “manure” came from….it should have been medicines…..must have spelled it wrongly, and it got automatically converted to manure.

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    Tony Blair,

    And furthermore:

    You say: “But, London today is a vibrant and successful city precisely because of it diversity.”

    Hmmmm….so your long term aspiration after colonized countries got their independence from you, i.e. the aspiration you decided on, to pretend that you love all your former colonials, by swamping your capital city with former colonials, so you can say to former colonized countries, “Ah ha! You have to be like us so we can control you with our monetary system and our will-power, “ has now come to fruition.

    You say : “One of the main problems faced in Europe and Britain today is that parts of our Muslim communities often don’t feel that they are a part of the rest of society and therefore that common space is not there.

    Common space to you is that everybody has to learn to speak English and not dress in tradition Middle- Eastern garb. Surely, that the only thing that Sinhalese are suggesting that minorities do. What!!!? You mean that you want Sri Lankans to have your English language as the main language that will unite all races? Majority of Sri Lanka in Sinhalese, and majority of England in English. Therefore, it is the right of Tamils to learn Sinhalese as 2nd language. In other countries of Asia, your English is used to swear with, while they give much honor their native languages.

    As per Laksham Kadirgama. Now there’s no need in you, Sir, trying to tell us that he spoke of religious freedom in trying to unite us. We always loved other religions and infarct incorporated other religions into our Buddhist heritage. Many of the Hindu god’s became Buddhist gods. Some Buddhist also pray to Christian devas. When all else fails, Allah is invoked once in a while. Of course they are seen as an unfortunate deviation away from pure and golden Theravada Truth, but it helps us to love all other races and religions on the Island.

    What Laksham Kadirgama didn’t tell us was for Tamils to learn Sinhalese, and Muslims not to wear ME garb in hot and humid tropical climates. Those are the only two things he should have told us to finally unite us.

    Economic development: You sent England into Northern Ireland to propagate the continuum of colonial monetary system that was fast failing. You swamped Northern Ireland with your English investments and took over their land and heritage. That is truly a bad thing.

    It is a truly frightening thing for Sri Lanka of ancient proportions, to see this. We have to let India come onto our sacred soil – is that your solution? You would have to let Tamil Nadu who has subscribed to your global capitalistic network (so as to perpetuate your continuing colonial monetary structure), to invade our land (in a form of soft-invasion). Wrong! We would then prefer to alliance with China and retain our independence and identity! Please give us another suggestion.

    I suggest that as China currently seems to have effect on global capitalism- every small tweak they make to their system, and the whole global system goes grossly out of balance, – that you let Sri Lanka have a few shipping lands with China. This will nicely balance out your pound sterlings.

    Fifth is Education : Ok….we know how you sent your teachers world-wide to teach your newly-found “holistic” education. When other former colonized countries were desperately teaching their children the 3-R’s to keep up with your global-benchmark, your people came with long hair-and beards and guitars and things (and smoking pot), to teach a new-elusive world order, with you on top of course (ok…not as bad as that, but they had that certain look of light, on their faces). You tried to trick us, didn’t you like you tricked the Chinese with opium. But we didn’t buy into it, and are now almost overtaking you. But it was quite cute, actually, that hippie era.

    We have developed our own system now. Our very own SANASA University has a very good plan for our own unique development.

    More to come……

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      More tosh to come…….

      Those who have been to London will have recognised it as a vibrant and successful city, and you have to accept diversity plays its part. Success begets success, and the city is a magnet for aspirational people from all over the world, not just from the colonies. In fact those who go to London with a chip on their shoulder are, more than not, unlikely to feel welcome.

      As for the issues with the Muslims in the UK: there are a large number of ‘radicalised Muslims’ who would dearly like to establish a Caliphate in that green and pleasant land. These are people who have freely sought the many advantages of that land. How devious and hypocritical. Let them sort their problems.

      As for English as our link language: Excuse me, that is OUR solution to the problem that we have in not been willing to learn each others languages. I would venture to say that more Sinhalese show unwilling to learn Tamil, than our smarter Tamil brethren who are more likely to speak Sinhalese. At least many more Sinhalese are willing to see the bigger picture these days (than you would like to be the case).

      Apropos “””We always loved other religions….”” you could knock me down with an old crow’s feather with hat hoary old chestnut. Where do you live? I suppose if you say that often enough people will believe it.

      Sanasa??………More political Bauddha-Sinhala muck-raking masquerading as navel gazing, with more money than sense..

      Commenting on the rest is a waste of time, so, let us all have a good laugh.

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        Spring Koha,

        tosh, bosh, fhut…..typical, typical…..such swagger to baffle the gullible Natives away from their honorable positions……like the british spouting all kinds of rhetoric with rounded vowels…..happens all the time in our “elite” schools too…..now it will be replaced by American terms, no doubt.

        London concept, is outdated. Now is the time for post-modernism, haven’t you noticed. The only way cities like London can be sustained, is to use colonial technique and entice the locals to bring their money over from the colonies for the London adventure (heightened…no,….maintained by diverse sexuality – LGBT and such).

        All those radicalized Muslims….they were taken in because they took their oil-wealth into London. A few that crept along, might be on the dole and things like that, and the British capitalize on that few, to bluff that the whole lot were allowed in because of their courteous goodness. Rubbish! London exists today because of the wealth of the caliphates.

        English as a link language was prescribed as a solution to our problems long ago. Country never had the resources to actually implement it to the Sinhala/Tamil masses. Every time an English teacher was produced, they went abroad to migrate or make money.

        On parity level, considering that Sinhala to Tamil ratio is 8:1, you’d find a whole lot more Sinhalese knowing quite a bit of Tamil. Anyway, Tamils knowing Sinhalese is an imperative, if they want to interact with the rest of Sri Lanka and not just the North. As the 4/5th’s of the country is predominantly Sinhalese (although they want 1/3rd), it makes sense for Tamils to learn Sinhalese, rather than Sinhalese to learn Tamil. Both languages should be taught to each other, with English as the unfortunate necessity that has to be inevitably learned.

        Of course Sri Lanka loves their diverse religions….just take Kataragama as see how integrated it is.

        Don’t know a thing about SANASA, do you? No indeed… they are not a religious institution, but a socialist one, devoid of religion, but encompassing the Buddhist egalitarian tradition that is inherent in all Lankans. Just try it out, and you will see the honorability.

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    when he said “nothing justifies terrorism.”
    is that a veil

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    when he said “nothing justifies terrorism”

    is he also not making veiled reference to state terrorism, without driectly hurting his host who gave him and his family a scot free two weeks luxury holiday

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      Rajash

      According to my Elders Tony’s favorite catch phrase used to be “tough on terrorism, tough on causes of terrorism”. It seems that he has dropped second part of the campaign slogan.

      Is it true?

      If true why?

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        ha ha Native that is Brilliant.
        He dropped the second part ..due to the slogan
        location location location

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    And Tony Blair,

    The sixth principle is dialogue : What you say is quite beautiful actually. Guess, it was not your fault that your ancestors invaded other lands. Guess it is not your fault that the world is in a position that the only other way out is to accept you expertise in all things monetary, and hence the need for dialogue around your financial system (without which you will fail, of course).

    However, we ask you, yet again, to let China into the picture also. If you let Sri Lanka some Chinese shipping lanes, the monetary system that encompasses your dialogue, will balance out your monetary system nicely.

    And finally, your final principle : Very good! Yes, we certainly must work towards it. I noticed that you said, “….you can pursue this knowing that the aspirations and the desires of the overwhelming majority of people, whether they are a Tamil, Muslim, Christian or a Sinhalese…”

    What!!!? You mean that after all is said, you see us all overwhelmingly as one lot of majority of brown/black faces? Don’t you know that the majority culture is the Sinhala-Buddhist culture, which is different from Tamil-Hindu culture and Moor-Islamic culture?

    Even as your culture is overwhelmingly a sea of white faces, Irish are Irish are Irish, and English are English. Luckily for you, southern Ireland doesn’t have an Ireland-Nadu to the south of them to swamp southern Ireland and creep into your North and blast you English out of Northern Ireland. Hence your take on the Irish peace process came only too easily for you, didn’t it!

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      And even more Ramona tosh

      “”” What!!!? You mean that after all is said, you see us all overwhelmingly as one lot of majority of brown/black faces? Don’t you know that the majority culture is the Sinhala-Buddhist culture, which is different from Tamil-Hindu culture and Moor-Islamic culture?

      That, Ramona, is exactly what many of us hanker after in these times. To be seen as Sri Lankan, regardless of our colour, who we worship or not, or any other quirks of dress or speech. Try to understand this, All of us on this island are creatures of circumstance, neither choosing nor asking to be born here. The sooner we learn to respect and honour each other, and get along in peace, the quicker we will grow stronger and successful, as individuals, and as a nation. This then would truly be a blessed land.

      Think about Ramona, if you can think, that is.

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        Spring Koha

        “Think about Ramona, if you can think, that is.”

        You are asking a scatter brain.

        You are not being serious, are you?

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          Native Vedda,

          You must learn to think laterally! Horizontally, you know, not vertically.

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            Tamil in a Vedda Mask,

            Why don’t you address Ms Ramona directly instead of using a Human Shield to do so?

            Your Cowardice is appalling.

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        Spring Koha,

        And yet, in England, all must learn the English language and follow the English culture. In America, all learn American English and move towards the heritage (LGBT and all).

        In Sri Lanka, likewise the predominant language and culture, Sinhalese, must be seen as the blueprint and benchmark of our unique heritage.

        Like England and America, it needn’t be the red-necked version of course, but a unique blend of all others, with English and American most benevolently incorporating all other cultures into their predominant one.

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    Blair getting involved in Sri Lankan reconiliation is the kiss of death to meaningful resolution. It is a poisoned callus and both govt and TNA should not fall for it. It is no better than sec offender Dominique Strauss khan and dentil de Silva coming to help and robbing milliona as fees.

    It’s hilarious Tony Blair is talking about northern Ireland when he (& Bush) caused the whole of middle east to erupt in flames. He was a miserable failure as the special envoy for the middle east appointed by Q5. Is he now coming to swindle our money and do nothing? ?

    Kadirgamer whilst being minister his latest wife Shanthi benefited the perks whilst his previous wife and mother of his children used to travel by trishaw.

    He never got on with his immediate relatives but one of them tried to capitalise on his name and started a NGO on the pretext of helping orphans in the north.

    Blair has no credibility nor did Kadirgamer amongst the tamils.rays Khan

    hilarious Tony Blair is talking about northern Ireland when he (& Bush) caused the whole of middle east to erupt in flames. He was a miserable failure as the special envoy for the middle east appointed by Q5. Is he now coming to swindle our money and do nothing? ?

    Kadirgamer whilst being minister his latest wife Shanthi benefited the perks whilst his previous wife and mother of his children used to travel by trishaw.

    He never got on with his immediate relatives but one of them tried to capitalise on his name and started a NGO on the pretext of helping orphans in the north.

    Blair has no credibility nor did Kadirgamer amongst the tamils.

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      “It is no better than sex offender Dominique Strauss khan and dentil de Silva coming to help and robbing milliona as fees”

      You gotcha thank that ace crook and ponzi schemer, Cabraal for that.

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    ” whatever your grievance and disagreement, nothing justifies terrorism. “

    Yet terrorism is the MODERN DAY TOOL used by US/NATO and it’s proxies to expand it’s sphere of influence. Wm Hague and Cameron worked hand in glove with Obama and Hillary Clinton in destroying Libya by supporting terrorist groups opposed to Col. Gaddafi. The same people transferred war material from Libya to arm the terrorists they unleashed on Syria. The monster that was created is no longer in their complete control and the region has been utterly destroyed. Even today terrorists are being trained, funded and armed by them quite openly while they preach to the rest of us on the unacceptability of terrorism. Hillary Clinton is on record distinguishing between ‘good terrorists’ and bad terrorists, the former being the ones who do their bidding without question.

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    Tony bLiar on the podium at the Kadirgamaar Institue – The Devil reading from the Scriptures.

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    For the message to be heard the messenger must be credible. I couldn’t get past the first few sentences without feeling waves of nausea come over me. For those who still are unaware that the Iraq war was an illegal war leading to over a million innocents dead, please read up and inform yourselves.

    Regards
    GTBP

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    Tony Blair is correct in saying ” education is a cure for virtually everything.” It is also the root cause of our ethnic problem and most conflicts in the world.

    It is regrettable that even six years after the war, the government schools are still producing Sinhala & Tamil students who cannot communicate with each other. In contrast students in Pakistan study in the English medium, in India English is recognised as the primary language of communication between Indians of north & south and by Indians with the rest of the world. Recently, when Sri Lankans were evacuated from Yemen, they were mostly house maids. In contrast, the Indians were nurses, probably earning five times the wages of a housemaid working as a slave in an Arab household.

    The command of English has made India the BPO centre of the world. In the absence of a command of English, one in six Sri Lankan people are doing menial work outside Sri Lanka, creating serious social issues.

    English education in Sri Lanka has taken many backward steps from the era of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, when she appointed the dynamic Dr De Mel as the Secretary of the Ministry of Education. She implemented the vision of President Kumaratunga in a manner that our public servants are incapable of achieving, with their attitude of no work – no problems and more work – more problems.

    I hope the former President Kumaratunga will accept the position of advisor to the ministries of education & higher education, to once more make Sri Lanka the centre of learning in Asia, that produced professors & professionals for the Asian countries, before her father made Sinhala the medium of instruction in 24 hours.

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      “She implemented the vision of President Kumaratunga in a manner that our public servants are incapable of achieving, with their attitude of no work – no problems and more work – more problems. “

      A load of pure bullshit.

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