Monday, July 28, 2014

The worst is yet to come – but the end is nigh!

Just as the Sri Lankan Army was able to evacuate 300,000 residents of the strip across Nandikanal, after the final push and pummeling of the LTTE and killing those leaders of the LTTE who came with white flags, as it was felt that they being given Asylum in the West will only mean that they will re flag to fight another day.

In retrospect however it is looked at the Sri Lankans lacked the courage to admit their culpability in the interests of the greater good to destroy the first rung and second rung leaders of the LTTE. It is this cowardice to admit that we are paying this price with international inquiries.

If the Israelis can learn something from this, it is that they must be able to remove the whole population of Gaza by evacuation if they are to win, otherwise they will lose this battle badly.  Unless they are willing to process and evacuate, 1.8m people they have to grant independence to Gaza, whether they like it or not.

You cannot barrel a people who for over 70 years have been evacuated from territories Israel currently occupy, to accept anything less if they are to let the Israelis live in peace.  

Hamas have just shown their strength by giving the Israeli Army something to fight. The one sided ceasefire where Israel allowed itself the right to pursue and destroy the tunnels within Gaza, whether they were going to Israel or just within Gaza did not matter to them, as they are potential sites for storing arms.

As tunnels are secret, they don’t allow Palestinians to take shelter from shelling. However while Israel continues to kill innocents, the Hamas can hide in safety in the tunnels away from the fire, a highly effective way to put the Israeli army on the spot and show the world that in their attempt to hit Hamas they are miserably failing and only killing innocent women and children.

Now that Hamas are confident of fighting the Israelis without surrender, will continue to garner the world wrath as they will continue to kill more civilians in Gaza. Once the destruction stops or 1500 are killed they will be forced by world opinion to stop. 

By this time Netanyahu would be known as the 21st century Hitler and his work that of the similar Holocaust causing the Jewish state much embarrassment from which it will not be able to emerge unscathed. It will have to agree to unconditional withdrawal and permitting Gaza free access to movement of all goods and people bar arms. So much for Israel’s incursion, and battle loss.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It would have been nice if we could have improved BIA standards

before rushing into building an airport no one flies into and which will soon become out of date.

Mattala Airport was inaugurated with much fanfare, but anyone who knows about maintenance and white elephants knows that somethings that are NOT used at capacity become obsolete before their time, and it seems that Mattala already is showing signs of being relegated to a position of a maintenance nightmare, where toilets are clogging, and rust is setting in from lack of use!

There are costs of keeping new constructions empty too!!!

In any case the latest salvo to hit Sri Lanka in the form of its only active Airport being branded as one of the most inefficient in the world is a direct hit at the incompetence of the administration to run anything under their control.

It is time we hold the administration to account for their failures, because they continue to ad nauseam parrot their successes and people have tended to be de sensitized to believe anything thrown at them as they are incapable of being cynical to Govt. pronouncements.

It is clearly a very serious matter if we are classified such in the world rankings, as it is an airport which one can hardly call busy in terms of takeoff and landings. It is interesting that Atlanta’s Hartsfield one of the busiest airports in the world is ranked top, and has a plane landing taking off every 5 seconds! I wold like to see BIA top that! Not in anyone’s life time.

Actually I am being constructive, as I would prefer if the authorities take this not as an insult but look at why they believe they have been classified as inefficient and do what is necessary to improve upon that at the quickest opportunity.

The aim is to be able to impress passengers about how good BIA is so that the word of mouth from the flying public will spread so fast that it will benefit the tourist industry and Sri Lankan Airlines, where people will chose to fly Sri Lankan because the mother airport is efficient for flight changes and transit to other destinations.

One has so much to deal with it is good to prioritize and I believe the head of AAS that runs BIA is a family member of the ruling regime and I wonder whether that has a bearing on why the airport is down this low in ranking!    

Palestine and Israel neither existed then– so why is one and not the other?

Now there will be both before too long!

The ongoing conflict has flared up yet again, and there is NO end in sight. It will NOT end unless there is a great degree of willingness to forgive and forget. That is asking a lot, but I believe it is now possible as it can be shown that at each war the resolve of each side becomes greater, and so the chance of an even bloodier outcome that affects both sides is even greater. There can be NO winners.

The savagery of the conflict is worse than the similar flair up a few years ago. It will therefore get even worse the next time. The accuracy of the missiles have shocked the Israelis this time, and whilst they have ‘iron dom’ and bomb shelters to minimize the effect the psychological damage is worse than Netanyahu cares to admit. In fact this time it is Israel that has clearly lost, as the Hamas faction do not want a ceasefire, and after the Isrealis agreed to the 12 hour cessation, Hamas carried on regardless with their barrage as they feel that they have NOTHING to lose in this conflict. Once you devastate a neighborhood to nothing, it really does not matter if you do the same to a few more, as you know you will breed an even more determined fighter to take the place of those who have died.

You cannot subdue the people of Palestine, until you have killed them all. If the Israelis are sure they want to do that, they will then have the 2M Israeli Arabs in Israel to worry about, and they are now a force to reckon with, as never before. They have realized the capability and the brutality of the state of Israel and their position within it. Israel is now precariously positioned like a caged rabid dog.

If you take Israelis, when you include the Hitlerist fascists within the country, some worse than Nazis in their hatred of the Palestinians, we are seeing atrocities worse than the Holocaust that make the latter seem like a party in comparison. The Israelis try as they might, have lost ALL sympathy in the world, if they had a little left. Even the US has begun to view their arrogance as contemptuous of sense.  

Lets face it, it is a cause and effect situation. At each step of the way, the next rebellion gets worse not better. There was NO excuse for Israel to go into sanctions lockdown Gaza, as the killing of the Isreali kids were in Jerusalem or West Bank. So the tunnel issue which was real, could have been tackled by a bloodless lifting of the blockade for UN sponsored destruction of missiles and tunnels. A thousand lives would have been saved. Now it is worse for the Israelis as they are in the back foot in the negotiations, and the Palestinians with the upper hand. Netanyahu definitely lost the plot and most of his countrymen have yet to understand that, including himself. In time he will be forced to capitulate!!

The Greater Shame is the Arab world’s position in this whole sordid episode. They seem to be completely out of touch. There has been hardly a word from the various Governments and it is only time that they will have to pay dearly for their silence.

Lets face it Egypt, is under a military rule. The Arab sultanates, of Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE, including Oman only have a short life ahead of them, as the increasingly educated populations will see the anomaly of their Government’s silence at the massacre of Palestinians as reflective of their short life span. They will be next in line, and are increasingly concerned. These are anachronisms, that survive only because of the chaos in Syria and Iraq, to which they will fall if they do not make drastic reforms immediately.

The huge population of unemployed youth in the Arab world will in time identify with the oppression of the Palestinians and the Arab spring would sound like a walk in the park compared to what is in store for them. The Arab world is a powder keg waiting to explode, and frankly the US will like that situation, as they are NO longer dependent on the Middle East for oil and they want the Arab World to destroy itself and Israel with it as that would only be inevitable.

In geopolitics, the USA will emerge triumphant in the ensuing new world order, where all the wealth of the Arabs invested in the West will allow them dominance of that too, when there is NO Arab world worth saving. Whilst this scenario is difficult to imagine it is only a matter of time when it will. The odds are heavily stacked in favor of that eventuality.

All this can be prevented if the Arab world decide to share power, give up their privileges, and retreat with their harem to their Chateaus in the South of France. Israel on the other hand will have to agree to a fully independent Palestine and to the pre 1967 borders, and they will have to pay that price for backing the hawkish Netanyahu who through his arrogance has basically given away what so many have fought so many wars for due to the inability to have a vision of the future.

Actually it will be Palestine, Syria, Iraq and perhaps Iran that will be the best off, as by that time they would have split into manageable factions and begun their rebuilding based on natural boundaries and not ones imposed on them. Jordan in the meantime will remain quiet not wishing to draw any more attention to it, with its majority Palestinian population and which will survive due to its primacy in assisting the new Palestine to grow from the ground up, as a free state with all the privileges that go with it. Israel’s capitulation will be imposed on them due to the isolation they will be forced to accept due to their earlier intransigence.                  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hamas Won – 1000 lives are not too high a price to pay for that, and even the Gazans agree.

Dont you get it - that is why the SL Govt. is still fighting because they lost the PR battle - that is why it is called a David / Goliath conflict

You may ask how can Hamas have won, in light of the Israeli onslaught? Well it is simple, because the Hamas objective and Israeli objectives were different. Hamas appear to have achieved their objective.

What was Hamas game plan? Simply to open Gaza for business and free movement of goods and people. Remember that the Israelis moved out of Gaza (the West Bank is still occupied by the Israelis – imagine living with an occupying force!) for whatever strategic reason of theirs but they continued the blockade of Gaza.

Hamas had to resort to tunnels not just to get arms into Gaza, but even much needed food and medicine that the Israelis were loath to permit access to! It is this blockade that they wanted the world to realize that they could no longer live under. It was stifling the lives of people there caged like animals unable to get out. So they were willing to be killed in masses as the Israelis, whatever protestations they make about targeted strikes, it is innocents who are targeted in any targeted strike in a heavily built up area.

Raining rockets into Israel is the only the thing Hamas has learned that the Israelis will pay attention to. If enough rockets rain in on them, however harmless they are, it still destabilizes the mind and people are frightened that their strategic defense Iron Dome may let one or two pass! So Hamas scored a massive victory when the US FAA made a decision to stop all flights into or out of the Ben Gurion International Airport, except for El Al the Israeli National Carrier that continues to run at their own risk, despite the warnings.

It was a victory so much so that Netanyahu called Obama to lift the advisory, which he really is not in a situation to do, and further, it provoked, Bloomburg the billionaire Zionist who was the Mayor of New York to fly to Israel in solidarity to tell the world that is was not necessary. To Israelis, the fact that the International Airlines have refused to fly into Tel Aviv is a huge psychological blow, handing Hamas a direct hit or victory in a battle at least.

Hamas ceasefire terms are simple, LIFT THE BLOCKADE OF GAZA and NO ONE can argue with that as a goal for not sending rockets into Gaza. It is time the Israelis realize that their bullying tactics will earn no friends and their heavy handed approach has outlived human disgust. Hamas have won the PR war, as no one can justify the mighty crushing the weak, however provocative the weak are. 

I trust we in Sri Lanka can learn from this and stop playing politics with people's lives as it is everyone's right to live in dignity and the more we behave like Israel we are only  our worst enemy. Unlike them we don't have the US to turn to, we have NO ONE! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A wake up call to the world: “Arm terrorists at your peril!”

It is now quite clear that Putin supplied three sets of BUK missile launchers and the Russian Crew to man them and one missile hit a bulls eye and the MH17 story is now history.

The world in now engaged in making Putin look an almighty fool in the eyes of the Russians and as that is the only lesson he understands, so he stops aiding the separatist rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

In the LTTE wars the amount they managed to raise from donations, trafficking in drugs and a whole host of illegal actiivty meant they were able to purchase lethal weapons on the open market through arms brokers and suppliers.

Until the SLA were able to purchase them from friendly govts. They were actually at a disadvantage, and only superiority in arms and ammunition, allowed the final win.

It is therefore now a very important issue, as with Iraq in turmoil and the new ISIS rebels taking over US supplied missiles, if they are used to down planes who is to blame? Well because they gave it to their ally Iraq, who were not able to protect them, and failed to prevent the rebels taking them over, or in the same veign with regard to sophisticated weapons given to the Afghan govt.

The moral of this story is that the proliferation of sophisticated weapons is going to jeapordize world safety, and it is in the long term INTEREST of the powers to immediately ascertain who has sophisticated weaponry, and determine the sanity of the Govt holding onto them, and demand they be destroyed!

If Sri Lanka has such, if the Govt. is assumed to be lead by a mental deviant, then it is fair game that they too are destroyed, then the question arises who is the mental deviants, what are sophisticated weapons, who enforces the destruction, and supervisers it, and most of all police this enforcement?

It is time the world gets to grip with answering this question, as in a Global world we are all at risk due to a crazy action of a few people, and we cannot stop crazy people, so all we can do is to remove lethal weapons from all who possess them, and even countries that are deemed democracies like Israel, who MUST destroy their nuclear arsenal, as that is a direct threat to Global peace, as they will NOT hesitate to use it if they are finally cornered to give up their rights to a State! The only reason the State of Israel exists is because it has the power to exist, not because it has the right to exist in its present form.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A missile manufactured in Russia, fired by Russian speaking Ukranian separatists – sound familiar!

Which hit (bulls eye) a Malaysian Airliner built in the US, carrying majority Dutch passengers, going to a conference in Australia, and bodies and debris scattered all over the fields of the Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine.

What are the parallels with the SL conflict of years gone by? Would the LTTE have built up their courage were they not receiving assistance from South India? Whatever India’s stance is today, it was their support that directly lead to 30 years of suffering in SL. If we did not have this war we would be nearing US$25K GNP per capita and not a regime of petty Banana Republic dictators, but a well regarded democracy where the freedom of the Individual to act within the law is paramount.

It is time the world condemns that megalomaniacal dictator called Putin, put him in his place, as his supplying lethal weapons to half baked terrorists is NOT conducive to world stability. Regime change should remove Putin, that is where it is required most if we value world stability.

I am not implying that all problems will be solved as a result, but we can clearly see the Russian intention of causing problems all over the world that put the US to shame in their degree of brazenness and ease.

Can you believe Putin to be so idiotic to supply such a sophisticated weapon to the Ukrainians as in the end it is his plane that will be blown out of the sky by a weapon he is complicit in supplying. That simply is the way the world works and is your fate when you act so irresponsibly.

The Security Council unanimously (including Russia) approved a full investigation into the tragedy of the Plane that was blown out of the sky at 33,000 ft by this Buk missile supplied with Putin’s approval and knowledge.

However as of today, the Russian backed Ukrainian rebels have refused access to the investigation team to the site, afraid of what they might find. Remember if you have NO guilt, you will not be so foolish as to refuse an internationally sanctioned investigation.

So what next? Simply make Putin the pariah of the 2014 world and see how his level of insanity will get the better of him! I know it is fraught with danger, as there is no knowing what he will do, but it is worth taking the chance and have a back up in case he loses his mind.

It is time the world takes a common stand as there was unanimity in the UNSC and ensure these are NOT repeated.                   

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Verdict!

20 Years RI for killing and raping the deceased fiancé. That was the least we could expect.

A politician kills, all the evidence is in and it is clear what happened and who did it. The actual court proceedings were extensively covered, both here and available for anyone who wants it overseas.

Sadly there had to be foreign intervention at the highest levels, and even Prince Charles intervening to speed the course of justice, and have the trial scheduled and commenced in Colombo. Why can’t we manage our own affairs? Is our justice system so corrupt, that even our citizens are not able to obtain justice?

It is unbelievable that the murderer has supporters ready to file into court bussed in from Tangalle courtecy of the patrons who are obviously footing the bill. Why is this so? To help a friend! Is this what loyalty is? I am lost.

The murderer happens to be the Chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha who acted with impunity and lead his band of brigands on a drunken orgy of rape and murder at the hotel these trourists were staying at in the Tangalle area, where the home of the President of Sri Lanka is also situated.

The latter fact is what makes for an even more problematic case, as the accused is a close confidant of most of the members of the ruling family, who must have made some kind of promise on what would be forthcoming in their friend’s case.

Taking these facts into account and the international repurcussions of a not guilty verdict, when it is an open and shut case, which was not held under closed doors, we expect the judge to give a fair verdict, which in this instance is not going to be in favor of the accused.

The morning’s newspapers report that the both the British High Commissioner and the Russian Ambassador will attend, underlining the importance this verdict will have internationally. The girl friend of the decesased who herself had to give a harrowing account of the incident where she was gang raped will also be present along with the brother of the deceseased.  

Can we expect the sentence to be carried out as directed by the judge or by someone who is above the judge? Let us hope that justice is not just done, but deemed to be executed in a fair manner, as the sentence was the least he could expect for manslaughter as it was not premeditated.               

Silencing who? We all live in moribound fear of the local and national politician after all!


There was a hilariously entertaining event at the Royal College yesterday, where Sanjana Hattotuwa (SH) was pitted against Malinda Seneviratne (MS) moderated over by Eran Wickremaratne titled – “Silencing Sri Lanka – The future of Social Media and Online Citizen Journalism in a Stifled Democracy.”

I believe neither of whom are qualified to speak on this subject, though they are both engaged in writing in English to the English speaking mass who don’t amount to a hill of beans in Sri Lanka. So they are BOTH irrelevant to the debate, though SJ tried to imply that due to his monitoring 35 radical Sinhala websites & FB sites, for racist drivel, he is entitled to comment on the Sinhala Blogosphere! MS was on about his paper’s case against Multinationals, which was completely at a tangent to the topic, and ironically he was the person who complained that many people were talking at each other rather than on the topic in question.

Be that as it may, there was SH who I term an NGO wallah who survives for his breakfast on the backs of Western INGOs and classically represents their interests and speaks their language and appears to be their darling! On the other hand MS is a rabidly anti-American US educated arrogant and pompous person, propounding piety who had the gall to call us Lankans immensely arrogant and self righteous who was promptly called to task on that comment by SH, who is just as much in the same mould! Both therefore peas of the same pod!

Either way the whole discussion was mired in semantics, and more in line with the intellectual dining room gossip of Colombo drawing rooms, and NOT at all related to the suffering of the masses of Sri Lankans trying to survive in an era of impunity, where the Govt. is stealing money from their mouths to fund their extravagance and NO AMOUNT of silenced or not media is going to help them until they grow up to understand what is exactly happening to them.

It is the education stupid, and with all the uneducated Journalists faffing around, unable to write a story in a real investigative and in depth manner, even if there was COMPLETE MEDIA FREEDOM, they will NOT address the real issues of the day, as that profession is dead in the water. Needs new blood – all of it.

It will not change until we are able to educate our youth to realize that they can become world class journalists, able to dissect a story so the reader is ABLE TO DECIPHER the right and wrong of it for him or herself. NOT currently possible.

SO much for silencing media, freedom only comes with education, and we must educate the people on the podium before we get down to the people!              

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Government Thugs or Employees who get paid but don’t work! AT SAPUGASKANDA now!

Ten UNP MP’s are currently at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery, part of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, on their fact finding mission of the unit. They are entitled BY LAW to obtain access and meet with senior staff and question them on the workings of the institution, and report their findings to Parliament, and hold a press conference if necessary.

A group of employees having got wind of this visit, have gathered outside and made it known that they WILL NOT permit these MPs to enter the institution. Are they working on the orders of the Govt. or on their own as it is now clear that since the shutdown of the Refinery owing to a whole host of reasons, they are now being paid handsomely for sitting at home and twiddling their thumbs. Further there is another set of Political Stooges beyond the control of management who are on the payroll, but who perform NO useful service at the refinery.  

It is important that the people of Sri Lanka understand that the Government of Sri Lanka is complicit in a huge racket where the people are paying a very high price for the inefficiencies and using people with personal agendas to prevent lawfully elected members of parliament from attempting to investigate violations of trust of the electors is reprehensible to say the least.

It is time WE TELL THE THUGS INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE INSTIGATING THIS THUGGERY – THE GOVT. MINISTERS INVOLVED IN THIS MASSIVE FRAUD to be held accountable to the people who elect them and answer to them, why they have made unconscionable decisions on behalf of their Country.

The racket includes the import of refined petrol, when we could use the Refinery to do the work because, there is money in commissions in this import payable by the companies sending these refined petroleum products, direct to the offshore bank accounts of the officials doing the ordering and their masters who are members of parliament in Govt. and includes ministers and perhaps even a percentage to their patrons the Leaders themselves.

The local Magistrate has ordered that if the demonstrators prevent the MPs from entering that the POLICE ARREST THE DEMONSTRATORS.

The police in the vicinity have DONE NOTHING TO PREVENT THE DEMONSTRATORS STOPPING THE MPs GOING IN!! Is this the Rule of Law?        

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Major General Chandrasiri as Governor of the Northern Province again!

The President has re-appointed Maj Gen Chandrasiri to his post for another five years as his first five year term ends on 12th July 2014, in the Northern Province in the midst of the TNA requesting a civilian appointment. It must be noted that the Eastern Governor is also an ex Military man. Further he was the Military commander for about 5 years before that, during the time of hostilities.

Make no bones about it, if he completes this term, he will have been the defacto king of Jaffna for 15 years and that is more than many kings of Jaffna ever ruled, secure in the fact that he has been the most powerful King of Jaffna in the history of Jaffna. Ironically there is actually a pretender to the throne of Jaffna at present!

A Sinhala man will never understand that, but for the proud Jaffna Tamils, it is a huge swipe at their sense of entitlement. Most Jaffna Tamils now live in the Diaspora, and the rest in Colombo as millionaires and billionairs,  as now most people in Jaffna are settlers from Killinochchi District and therefore NOT Jaffna Tamils. This is reflected in the quality of the people and the youth who are more interested in alcohol than studies unlike the Jaffna Tamil of the first half of the 20th Century. Never mind the fact that the Sinhala people did not mind a Tamil King as we had for many years and the language spoken in Court was always Tamil. It shows to whom egos matter most.

Actually to a true follower of Buddhism, it does not matter a toss who rules you as long as your basic ability to live a meritorious life is not messed up with. That to an extent was why there was not so much in the way of insurgencies in the 500 years of foreign rule as in European, as opposed to Tamil Kings of yore, who were much more interested in warfare and conquering. Oh how we have distorted history now, to suit our personal agendas.

Actually I blame some of the intransigence of the TNA leaders on their arrogance and pride, and someone really needs to tell them off, in a nice way, so they understand their personal weaknesses and deal with their demons, so the Tamil people are NOT held hostage to their machinations, that don’t help them. It is not to say the Sinhala Thugs running the country are not without their insanity either!          

This amounts to the definite stamping of Presidential authority saying not to mess with me there, and no matter what others say or plead I will have him there as he is the best man that I know of to do that job. He has managed the security there well, and here have been very few. So long live Prince Chandrasiri, courtesy of the TNA  

The time has come to remove Hakeem – as bad for Sri Lanka

A political opportunist with connections

Hakeem from Kandy, the Minister of Justice for an absurdly long period in Sri Lanka is a floating Muslim, who is all things to all men. He claims his constituency as the Muslims of the Eastern Province, as that was I believe where the power base of the Muslim Congress of Ashraff came from and which is machinated to grab on Ashraff’s untimely and still unsolved demise in the Helicopter Accident.  

I show the link below to an address he made to the Foreign Correspondents’ Association in Sri Lanka, a very influential body on world opinion on Sri Lanka, and it was clear from what he had told them, that he unequivocally blamed the rising BBS militancy as a precursor to the possible radicalization of Muslims in Sri Lanka!

This is a VERY SERIOUS ALLEGATION, which is speculative at best and factually incorrect at worst. If one reads history, Muslims 50 years ago were far more integrated with the local people and conformed in dress and behavior and practiced their beliefs without much visual inconvenience with the host majority community. This has changed, long before the BBS ever appeared on the scene.

I am neither Buddhist or Muslim and am trying to be impartial, however difficult that might be in this particular essay. It is possible that the BBS arose out of this perceived threat that the powerful Muslims in Sri Lanka did nothing to prevent or minimize. The radical ideas of Muslims in the past 50years from the early 1970’s possibly made easy due to the wealth generated in the oil crisis 1970s, have in a very sinister way entered SL Muslim society in slow but steady way. As Imams are NOT a structured system like Buddhist Clergy or Christian Church hierarchy, it is easy for well funded organizations, to produce Imams deft at preaching their sort of Islam, and changing thought in a subtle way which has definitely taken place.

I wish I had a video of an Imam 50 years ago today speaking at Friday prayers to compare with one of today to illustrate my point. Any moderate Muslim reading this will know what I am getting at. 

IT IS INCUMBENT upon moderate Muslims to CHALLENGE the current move to radicalism within the community and NOT BLAME external forces for their incubation of radicalism. 


He has  become part of the problem and not the solution. Time he is taken out of the game.  WHERE ARE THE MODERATES?      

Friday, July 11, 2014

How far-fetched can our imagination run? We can all seek refugee status!

A time for movie screenplays and not asylum

I recently blogged about the boat people to Australia NZ and it is a follow up to that story that is related here.

It is the stories of a whole host of those refugees and their individual reasons for fleeing Sri Lanka. Read it for yourself, as the stories are quite imaginative and reflects the imaginative stories one hears every day in Sri Lanka.

I am willing to accept that there are some elements of truth in some of these stories but padded they surely are to make bed time reading if it was not a life and death decision for some people.

Who said living in Sri Lanka is a piece of cake. This is life for all in a state of lawlessness. If the Australian Immigration Authorities heard all the stories and took in refugees based on that ONLY THE GOVT MP AND MINISTERS WOULD REMAIN ALONG WITH THE PRESIDENT AND SOME OF HIS SYCOPHANTS in the Island!!

Trust me every Sri Lankan including me has a “refugee status justification story” to relate about our personal circumstances. Remember this is a land like no other, and it is in that sense the wonder of the world, as we tolerate an administration that continues to exploit people and put them into compromising situations, by threats of revenge, blackmail, torture and in short a whole country living in fear not knowing when and where the next disaster is to await them.

There is only one simple answer to all the problems of Sri Lanka.  It is a return to the RULE OF LAW. Once that is in place, then all the other issues will settle themselves of their own accord, as then the criminal elements will be locked up and the law abiding free to live their lives knowing that justice will prevail.

It is easier said than done but nevertheless quite possible in a short time if there is a will amongst the people to change the status quo.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A parallel universe is funny – but when the messenger is a sycophant it turns deadly!

Malinda Seneviratne’s cynical view of the NGO wallahs and their world, where they earn a living playing to the tune of their donors who have an agenda is all very well, but let not the reader be stilled into a false sense of security by the deadly serious fundamentalist bent of the reader. Thank God, I struggle for a living unlike Malinda so I don’t have sponsors or the need for sycophancy to breathe life into!

As one set of people, with a chip on their shoulder when they study in the US, display in a virulent anti- American way like Malinda does, but it is selective. He has not yet uttered one word against the American citizen Ghotabhaya who has taken the oath of defending the Constitution of the United States of America, where he has NOT taken any oath to defend the Sri Lankan constitution, as he received that as a birth right!

In using selective amnesia in naming traitors to the cause, he fails to name and shame the biggest traitor that currently exerts the power in this our tiny isle.

Poking fun at the fact that whilst France has banned the wearing of a burqa as illegal, with little protest from Muslims or Muslim countries, his implication is that his BBS, if it suggested the same would cause uproar as a racist and fundamentalist outfit! His headline asking the IGP to resign was another part of the deception.

I don’t know why this journalist should take us Sri Lankans for fools, when he should concentrate in writing poems, as he has NO financial need for journalism, except to spew out his excrement of words to fool the masses. (contradicts)

It is his darling President who is at fault here, as he should ban the burqa here as he has a two thirds majority in parliament and has nothing to fear, but does not. He sees his gravy train as our slaves in the Middle East that keeps him and his cohort of 100+ ministers in clover, and does not wish to upset them. It has nothing to do with the BBS!  Whilst being able to loot the filling exchequer of earnings from our workers that make this country rich, he would sell our society, ruin our family values, without making the decisions that the burqa is an unnecessary extremist stance, we have done without all this time, so why allow it now. Islam has not changed surely! Let us just not get fooled by this kind of apostate, who changes his beliefs to suit his political masters, aka an opportunist.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Emilie Howie – you are way out of line!

You are a journalist, who wants a story and you appear NOT to care if your story is credible or even believable, so you resort to opinion to bring home your point, whilst misusing the facts.

Of course it is a violation of a Country’s law in leaving the Country unofficially just as it is a violation in the UK or even in Australia so to do. So that fact should not be misused as it is a normal rule in any country.

You then trump up theories that these people are abused on arrival back or when returned once they have been caught by the Australian authorities in the high seas. There may be instances where this happens and is no more or less than that which happens if one is unfortunate to be taken in to the custody of the SL police force which has yet to come into the 21st Century! Now with the latest batch of 41 returnees from Australia, we read of abuse by the Australians, so they get it both ways! They are the victims yes of a scam, not of a status of refugee!

The Australian High Commission has done extensive studies to show that the people leaving for Australia, are NOT those who would have faced abuse if they were in Sri Lanka, and simply put they are taking a calculated gamble for a better life! This calculated gamble can only have fewer takers when the Australian Govt. takes steps to ensure ALL asylum seekers are returned. They then making the claim they will be tortured when they return, is a little rich in the extreme, as it is them who put themselves in harms way!

In short it is an excellent policy on the part of the Australian Govt. who are the winners, and Sri Lanka can remain neutral here as the behavior of the refugees only brings a bad name to SL, where it seems like a Country where their citizens only want to leave, even on a rickety boat out of here. That is a separate issue that the dictatorial state must deal with if they are to remain relevant. 

I am a huge critic of the SL Govt. and know there are thousands whose lives are at risk, who deserve to get asylum status. However these deserving cases DO NOT get asylum, and know it and struggle against the odds to survive many an incident within Sri Lanka as they have NO chance of getting out. They are NOT the people the smugglers target, and so do not get out on a boat!

The current preferred route is to get a boat out of here, but it must be shown by way of example that this route is bound to fail, and it is best avoided, as the only beneficiaries are people smugglers who make a killing out of the misery of others, and in the end let them down badly, due to the misinformation that is conveyed. 

Once it hits everyone all round that they are merely pawns in a game, this people smuggling racket will stop, and we will not have refugees anymore trying to make it to Australia or NZ. The people who really have to worry about their safety, should be allowed to go to the Australian HC in Colombo and ask for asylum.

ALL BOAT PEOPLE are economic migrants, and thats that. These migrants are needed in Australia to do the dirty work, but is politically NOT acceptable for the party in power! 

Having them languishing in Papua NG or anywhere else for that matter is what SHOULD STOP. Productive people should NOT be left to twiddle their thumbs due to the incompetence of the policies of the Govt. that intercepted the boats they came in. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

He who accepts evil without protecting it is really co-operating with it – MLK Jnr

The saying above applies to all those sitting on the fence whilst Rome burns!
So Cyril is in town and an unauthorized twitter account of his says he is here to watch the South African Cricketers in action! Well that account may be right, as there is nothing that he says or does that will change the status quo of an obstinate administration believing in its infallibility “so help me God!”

I urge the readers to follow the diplomatic language he will issue, as both Countries want to be friends and birds of a feather wish to stick together! As he has been given this task by the SA president he is just doing his duty or at least seen to be. In this regard the showman ship of the SL President is to show to the world that he is doing his all, despite the disapproval of his coalition partners.

All this is part of the boru show being put on to titillate the ignorant masses into a false sense of cooperation, which MR will use to gain maximum political advantage.

I am sure Cyril would have never met such a wily creature as our President, who never is what he shows himself to be. I hope he also realizes that until the TNA apologize for their being apologists for the LTTE they too are sullied in blood and are equally culpable.

It would be ironic to see Sambandan sharing the lifers cell with MR, and trust me Samby will outlive MR inside. So much for the boru talk.

Tamil and Sinhala people of Sri Lanka it is time you regain Sri Lanka from these miscreants and show the world what this Country is made up of, a far better breed than the UPFA and TNA politicians and their henchmen  and sycophants.

So as I noted in my previous entry, just look at the hilarious side of Cyril’s visit by rhyming, nice one Cyril, nice one son, nice one Cyril let’s have another shy at the ball in the Cricket Match, and may the best team win.

Let all of us ignore the visit and enjoy the cricket, and by so doing we will keep our wits about us, without getting unduly hot under the collar of this visit of NO consequence.      

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What can Cyril Ramaphosa add to the ethnic debate in Sri Lanka?

Cyril Ramaphosa is a potential Presidential candidate and is likely to become the next President of South Africa. The government has therefore agreed to permit his visit and appear civil to Cyril, despite the protestations of their Coalition partners, the JHU and NFF. Further we may need south Africa's help in the international sphere and do not wish to upset a few friends we have, as Jacob Zuma is a fellow despot in a smaller scale!

Of course the noise made by both of them far outweigh their electoral importance, and as such our Media should be castigated for even reporting what Warnasighe for the JHU says or what Weerawansa pontificates as that is totally irrelevant to the debate.

The visit is for the administration to fool the South Africans, and what is the bet he will leave with a lot of nice things to say about MR and his Govt. as they will say everything Cyril wants to hear and as is quite usual do quite the opposite. This is a tried and tested drama as it relates to foreign visitors coming to Sri Lanka to give their two cents on the impasse that is Sri Lanka. The ball is in the Govt. court to solve the problem and they can if they so wish, but they have NO INTENTION of doing so as they believe it is better electorally not to solve it for their longevity.

When we have a Govt. in power that is NOT concerned about the people who live in it what can we say that will help the state of play other than to quickly get rid of this Govt. Sadly we are not powerful enough to do so, and at present the people of Sri Lanka are completely under the spell of lies perpetuated by the Govt.

Being held hostage to this drama is not in the best interests of this country, but ALL SRI LANKANS are hostages here.

Let us hope that Cyril will be able to use his charm, that he used so eloquently in the negotiations to ensure that were able to end apartheid on our stubborn leaders to be less stubborn and sort out a very simple problem even when one looks at the ongoing problems South Africa faces today. We should be in a position to advise South Africa and not the reverse.  

As long as we have these despots in power it is likely to be a long haul to be free from international interference. It is ironic that the man who says that they can solve their own problems will have to deal with international outcry until he leaves office, and then all problems will be solved. So he is the cause of international interference. He will not understand, but let us hope that the people will sooner rather than later.