The wages of vengeance
Posted on August 21st, 2016

Editorial Courtesy The Island

Power: one either has it or does not have it. Power: one either wants it or eschews it. Politicians are all about power, whatever they may say in manifestos, whichever way they read mandates, whatever rhetoric is used to prove otherwise and however solemnly the relevant pronouncements are made.

If the above was not the case and if the voters of this country truly believed that politicians embodied the dictum ‘practice what you preach (and vice versa)’ President Maithripala Sirisena would be constantly reminded of the Dhammapada verse he appeared to be so fond of when he announced his presidential aspirations and indeed the day he assumed office.

Na hi verena veranisammantidha kudacanamaverena ca sammantiesa dhammo sanantano.1

[Hatred is, indeed, never appeased by hatred in this world. It is appeased only by loving-kindness. This is an ancient law.]

The truth is that outside of the rhetoric we have not exactly been blessed by righteous rulers. The politicians know this and the people know it too. Claims are mouthed and listened to by way of custom. Only the politically naïve would take them seriously.

As such, when the President reads the riot act to dissidents in his party it is futile to expect anyone to whisper, tongue-in-cheek, ‘More yahapalanaya Your Excellency?’ But it’s not new: remember J.R. Jayewardene obtaining undated letters of resignation from UNP MPs and Mahinda Rajapaksa’s not-so-veiled references to ‘files’? These things happen, then. What’s more, given a political culture where all words and actions are framed by expediency, it is probably the case where those who flout all norms of democracy in its very name actually believe they are affirming them all.

For example, even as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party appointed the gun-toting former Mayor of Hambantota as Organiser for Beliatta, the party’s Secretary General, Duminda Dissanayake said ‘we will not endorse political thuggery’. Interestingly, the image of this worthy brandishing a pistol when encountering a group of UNP MPs (then in the Opposition) was frequently waved to highlight the highhandedness of the previous regime. ‘Compassion’ (instead of hatred) as per the above Dhammapada quote? No, because selectivity in application spells hypocrisy. Rewarding those opposed to the Rajapaksas, regardless of their wrongdoing track records and even the fact of being rejected by the voters, while zealously hounding his loyalists us a far cry from ‘Na hi verena verani’. Similarly, one is not strengthening democracy when one issues dire threats to those who hold opposing views. Instead it amounts to an endorsement of the kind of thuggery that Rajapaksa’s successors vowed to end.

Cut-outs are back (so forget diverting otherwise used for such self-aggrandizing projects to help CKDu patients). Charity will not begin at home; there will be tamashas, the crooks within will be protected, a bloated cabinet will continue to burden the people and exacerbate inefficiency, and word and deed will always be drawn from political expedience. The Rajapaksas and their loyalists cannot complain of course. The people, on the other hand, cannot but conclude ‘same old, same old’ except of course crookedness, white vans and other serious blemishes notwithstanding the previous regime got some things done.

The war, for all of Chandrika Kumaratunga’s grand claims (‘I finished 75% of the war’), was brought to and end. True, reconciliation was not exactly obtained, but at least the ground was cleared for such processes and need we say that Checkpoint-Sri Lanka and Bomb-Scared-Sri Lanka are things of the past? There was significant infrastructure development, even in the midst of the corruption that is said to have marked that regime. Fingers, today, are not being pointed only at the Rajapaksas, but where is the ‘development’?

Sooner, rather than later, the Government would have to stop whining about the kind of country it had inherited (to govern) and stop blaming non-delivery on the previous regime. Let’s edit that piece of advice. It’s ok to whine, it’s ok to vilify, it’s ok to exact revenge, it’s ok to quote your favorite verse(s) from the Dhammapada even if you don’t understand or if you are uninterested in following precepts you claim to abide by, and it’s ok to white-van (metaphorically of course) your political opponents, but get moving on the business of running the country.

Vengeance is a time-consuming affair. Moreover, if getting the people you love to hate out of the political equation is not complemented by change felt, appreciated and acknowledged by the general public, a price will be exacted, if not by your detractors by some other force – perhaps made of in part at least by current loyalists (we have after all the Rajapaksa-Sirisena example). One can buy and sell support, but the marketplace of power is full of intangibles, the search for and calculation of which can distract to one’s detriment. It is far more sensible to get the job done instead of chasing political ghosts.

As things stand, the Government appears obsessed with a single name and a single term, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Good Governance respectively. The more the name is uttered even as wrongdoings similar to those under his tenure are committed by those in power today, the more it lifts the man, politically. The more the term is uttered even as its basic tenets are compromised at every turn, the less convincing those who utter it appear. As pointed out above, the Government will gain very little by the rhetoric but can gain much by delivery on the economic front – people, sadly, seem to have resolved to take ‘bad governance’ as a given, regardless of pledges to deliver the opposite.

Vengeance, let us repeat, distracts and detracts, and the Government is seriously facing the unenviable prospect of completing its term doing little more than vilifying and chasing the Rajapaksas. It’s been more than a year now since Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated. He is hardly a spectre hanging over Sri Lanka’s political landscape and even if he was, the best way of slaying such ghosts is to ensure that there’s tangible change on the ground.

28 Responses to “The wages of vengeance”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    NOT A DAY, NOT AN HOUR PASSES WITHOUT INSOLENT DIATRIBES, AT THE RAJAPAKSES, ** BY PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, DOWN TO MINISTERS, DOWN TO MPs, DOWN TO BARKING DOGS AT THE MOON.

    What a waste of Man Power and energy, and time, that could be utilized to at least, improve the Agricultural Sector in Sri Lanka, and the Fisheries Sector in Sri Lanka.

    As long as the aforesaid diatribers waste productive time, Sri Lanka will never develop. THIS CAN BE AKIN TO **ALL FART AND NO SHIT** Will one of these foul mouth, pearly white Honest, EGOIST DOLTS, start a campaign to Grow 5000 Bread Fruit Trees, and 5000 Jack Fruit Trees within the next three months, so that NO MAN will be left behind in hunger, in verdant Sri Lanka. Will they do it, No, because they do not know where to start.

    THE MAN POWER, AND THE HUMAN RESOURCES ARE THERE. THE EGOIST DOLTS DO NOT HAVE ANY CLUE AS TO HOW THEY COULD BE HARNESS, FOR PRODUCTIVE MEANS. WHY OH WHY ?? BECAUSE THEY ARE UNEDUCATED DIATRIBERS TO WIN PRESIDENTIAL FAVOURS.

    WHEN WILL THE DIATRIBE AGAINST RAJAPAKSES STOP ? PROBABLY WHEN THE PRESIDENT ENTERS FOR A BED IN ANGODA HOSPITAL.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    correction;-HARNESSED.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    Maru Sira is the biggest LIAR in history of mankind.

    He started by saying, “Na hi verena verani” but now he is saying “verena verani”. A spiteful liar. I regret everyday for supporting this LIAR to win the election. He LIED to us all. 6.2 million SLs fell for his lies.

    His name MAITRI is a misnomer. He shows HATRED everyday.

    His proper name should be VAIRA-PALA SORRY-SENA.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    BUT, But, but … LORENZO,

    This Sirisena you call Maru Sira and the BIGGEST LIAR now, was the man YOU vociferously supported and tried to convince the rest of us patriots at LankaWeb as a Man of Exquisite Probity and Immaculate Conception!

    YOU may want us to forget your antics then, but WE have not forgotten, and I am here as your nemesis to REMIND them!

    So, do you have a long and convoluted explanation that can be summarized as that it was a grievous mistake on your part.

    In that case, I suggest that you slap yourself on the forehead thrice yelling Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa! Mea Maxima Culpa! and VANISH from LankaWeb forever without pontificating here because your judgement is TERRIBLE!

    Why would the rest of us patriots, who correctly judged this backstabber and his erstwhile collaborator Ponil, spend one more minute reading your erroneous BABBLE??

    If on the other hand, it is not an ERROR on your part, but a well laid EELAMIST disinformation plot to engineer a regime change to dump us in the calamitous pickle Sri Lanka finds itself in now, it ALL MAKES SENSE!

    Having studied your antics at LankaWeb and elsewhere over 15 years or more, in all your avatar forms, including that of Kumar Moses, I am have long since concluded that you are an undercover EELAMIST agitator sowing chaos and confusion for Sri Lanka. Now, you can RUN, but you cannot HIDE!

    This simply crucifies YOU as the undercover EELAMIST TRAITOR at LankaWeb undermining, misleading and misdirecting the PATRIOTS at LankaWeb to push them the next CLIFF to their doom!

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Uncle Sam, I was lied to by Maru Sira. He lied to 6.2 million people not just me. Like MOST SLs, I too believed the damned liar.

    It doesn’t make me Elamist or traitor.

    It means Maru Sira succeeded in lying to me. Shame on him.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Not really, Lorenzo,

    It makes you either a GULLIBLE IDIOT easily fpoled … and not the expert you pretend to be dishing out advice on Sri Lanka to all and sundry.

    And if not, then you are a bloody EELAMIST agitator hellbent on sowing chaos in Sri Lanka for the benefit of the High IQ Eelamists now wailing about their Surya Devan pushing up daisies in the mud in the Nanthikandal lagoon.

    Take your pick of whatever hat fits!

    In either case, you are a MISFIT here!

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    Uncle Sam, not just idiots, normal people were also fooled by My3.

    Even MR was fooled by My3! While in MR’s CABINET, holding a VERY SENIOR POST and SLFP general secretary, he FOOLED MR. Does that make MR an idiot too? No. Like me, MR was also fooled by My3.

    But I came to know the true colors of Maru Sira in just 3 months, MR took 9 years to realize that!!

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oi, Lorenzo!

    MR was fooled by Sirisena BEFORE he backstabbed him.

    But YOU, YOU were fooled by Sirisena AFTER the backstabbing!

    You supported Sirisena and the Yamapalanaya group leading upto the Presidential election, and then upto the General Election.
    That was more than 3 months, and all the time you were the all knowing Lorenzo the Great List maker!

    In reality, you are just bag of hot air, not the great political pundit you pretend to be!

    Poor Baby …. wailing my leader FOOLED ME!

    Go eat some more FISH and get you IQ up! It still is not up to Sinhala IQ standards, it seems! LOL!

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    “MR was fooled by Sirisena BEFORE he backstabbed him.”

    And after.

    Remember the August 2015 election? My3 promised fair treatment and making MR PM if the party won. But AFTER MR had filed nominations and after nominations closed My3 ruined MR’s chances. So MR was AGAIN ruled by My3. But he couldn’t fool me even with that!

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oi, Lorenzo!

    But Sirisena FOOLED YOU BIG TIME by your own admission DIDN’T HE?

    Poor baby, Lorenzo …. Let down by his maximum leader Maru Sira!

    A tempest in a tea pot for Lorenzo … caught between being labelled an IDIOT and an EELAMIST undercover agent!

    The DEVIL and the DEEP BLUE SEA!

    See, this is what happens to HIGH IQ Tamils …. they OUTSMART THEMSELVES and end up dead in muddy lagoons!

  11. Nihal Perera Says:

    Lorenzo and Ananda,

    There is no point playing the blame game now… It is little late for that. Many ignorant and ungrateful Lankan voters (mainly Sinhalese), got fooled by a bunch of crooks and traitors with their well-orchestrated, foreign-funded campaign to oust MR. Their ulterior motive was to get rid of MR by hook or crook, which they did.

    Sadly, Sinhalese Lankans are so gullible and dumb when it comes to politics. They can be easily fooled and manipulated by any politician who promise them the world. They never take time to study the truth, nor the nature of the unrealistic promises made by these cunning politicians, before elections.

    In the Sri Lankan society, jealousy, revenge, and entitlement play a bigger part more than anything else when it comes to elections. This is how SL was governed for the last 68 years, since independence, regardless of which party (SLFP, UNP) was in power.

    This time, they had voted for a bunch of crooks that are turned out to be worse than the previous crooks. Now, all these ignorant and brainless voters (including Lorenzo..!) who got fooled and voted for Maru Sira and his 40 thieves regret that they got fooled.

    Unfortunately, this is the typical mentality of the Sri Lankan voters (especially Sinhalese) who continue to vote for crooks, liars, and traitors, without giving any thoughts or regards to the future of the country.

    On the other hand, the minorities (mainly Tamils) vote strategically and intelligently so that they can milk the system to the fullest to get the maximum advantage for them, at the expense of dumb and naïve Sinhala majority.

    Until the majority Sinhala voter comes to his or her senses, and vote intelligently – thinking about the future of the nation – rather than the lies and false promises made by crooked politicians, I am afraid, the future of SL will continue to look bleak and uncertain.

  12. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Agree fully with Nihal Perera.

    ANANDA !! Every one commentor in this forum, is entitled to their point of view. That includes YOURS too. Lorenzo made a mistake amongst 6.2 million people. So it was not Lorenzo alone, who toppled MR. Lorenzo has admitted it. So your kind heartedness should kick in to forgive and forget and carry on. Iam please requesting you to stop this insinuation and innuendo on Lorenzo. We all appreciate your comments, though we agree or not. So, once again, please be respectful of others in this forum. It is everybodys’ priviledge granted us by the Editor of Lanka Web. Thank you in anticipation, for acceding to my request. Thanks Ananda.

  13. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    ANANDA, LORENZO, FRAN, NIHAL, EDITOR, just to tell you that our house was 7 Feet Under Water, down-stairs, due to recent historically devastating floods. Iam very sad we lost everything including beds, fridges, washers and dryers, family photographs, and hundred more items. Nevertheless, Our lives have been saved. Not so with the unfortunate. Cars were all over six feet of water. No questions please.

  14. Ananda-USA Says:

    Susantha,

    I am very sorry to hear of the loss if your house, my deepest condolences!

  15. Ananda-USA Says:

    Nihal and Susantha,

    You two still have not gotten it, have you? Here is a “CLUE”.

    Lorenzo was NEVER MISTAKEN about Sirisena or the rest of the Yamapalanaya crooks.

    That is an EXCUSE he wants to hide under to rollback into LankaWeb to MISLEAD and MISDIRECT you again.

    He is a professional AGITATOR trying carrying out the EELAMIST plan to cause maximum mayhem in Sri Lanka to get their EELAM.

    If you think this is about an honest mistake made by Lorenzo and the exercise of his freedom of choice to support whoever he wants, then you are very NAIVE and don’t know Lorenzo who I have battled over more than 15 years on various fora under various pseudonyms.

    This guy is a SERIAL EELAMIST under deep cover posing as a Patriot and proposing the most “extreme solutions” to establish his credentials.

    Even his cover story of his “mistake” is LUDICROUS and has fallen in tatters for the great “expert” he pretends to be at other times pontificating on all issues. I am just destroying that mistake also only to remove his fig leaf and expose him … AGAIN!

    Some of you think that this is a merely school boy tiff, but actually it is about the survival of Sri Lanka fro the clutches of a very organize group of Eela mist con-artists and propagandists who ran rings around the Sri Lankan Patriots for 30 years supporting PRABHAKARAN, and have now orchesyrated a regime change using Sri Lankan TRAITORS to help them gain their EELAM using the Westerm powers and the UN.

    When you support Lorenzo and naively think he is a Patriot fallen into a “mistake” without uniformly ostracising him, YOU ARE HELPING THE EELAM PROJECT SUCCEED!

    We know that even some who rush to protect him are members of his disinformation team active right here at LankaWeb!

    Think deeply about what Lorenzo has done in the past right here at LankaWeb, and the things inimical to Sri Lanka, he has ADMITTED DOING, before you “mediate” as a good person should. That is PRECISELY what Lorenzo and his EELAMIST crew is counting on you to do.

    I am asking you to open your eyes, that is all I can do. Most long time bloggers at LankaWeb know the TRUTH of what I am saying, but they are afraid to confront this serial agitator, even when they know what damage thr regime changed has wrought. I have exposex him although it goes against my grain to do so. You have to fight FIRE with FIRE to exorcize this dangerous pest by removing his deep cover to shed light on this denizen hiding in the dark.

  16. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Thank you Ananda, at least our lives are safe. House downstairs is all empty. Everything thrown out. Waiting for Inspectors to come, to assess damage.

  17. Lorenzo Says:

    SW,

    Sorry to hear that.

    Ananda-USA,

    Complete nonsense! Stick to the topic of discussion without shooting the messenger. It will not take you anywhere.

  18. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dear Susantha,

    We are so sad to hear that you lost your home in floods. I saw this note from you only now when a family member spoke of it just now.

    We have been watching the flooding of the Southern States of USA on tv and felt that the devastation is unbelievable – all due to Climate Change.

    We hope that your home and belongings were insured.
    Our prayers with you and your family for a speedy recovery from this terrible situation.

  19. Ananda-USA Says:

    Lorenzo,

    Denials will not get you anywhere; you are still an EELAMIST agitator.

    You can fool some people all the time.
    You can fool all the people some of the time.
    But you cannot fool all the people all of the time.

    Like your Sun God, you will end up in a very bad place. Give it up High IQ man!

  20. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    LORENZO AND FRAN !!

    Thanks for your concerns. The feeling to have friends in this hour is great.

    FRAN, You would have seen the devastation on TV. So far a guesstimate is that over 8000 houses have been completely wiped. Some had water upto the roof, and some had water over the roof. My daughter insisted that I leave and called Emergency Boat Rescue. It was a nightmare boat ride in a small flat bottom boat, upto the main road, then I was carried by the two crew, put on dry ground on the road, and then walked 50 feet, and was carried onto another boat. I had two places to go in free bus transport. Some occupants in the bus had no place to go. They asked to be dropped in any refugee centre. SAD. Our House is an upstair, and the entire ground floor was 7 feet of water. House is OK

    Emergency Rescue Boats were going house to house in a Rescue Operation, looking for occupants.

    Emergency Animal Rescue Boat crews saved over 1000 dogs and other animals.

  21. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    NB:- Almost 80% of the devastation is in NO FLOOD ZONE areas.

  22. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dear Susantha,

    We are just glad that you are safe, and your house is still standing. Again, we hope that insurance will cover the damage.

    If a No Flood Zone has got flooded, then it may be a good thing to consider moving to higher ground for future safety.

    Keep well and strong. It will all work out.

  23. plumblossom Says:

    Apart from highly commending those who are taking legal action against the treacherous CBK (Chaura Rejina) regarding the defamatory and utter lies she keeps repeating to defame her rivals, legal action should be taken against her for stating that she will definitely devolve more powers to provincial Councils within the new constitution. Does this evil woman CBK think she owns Sri Lanka and that she is the one who is going to draw up the new constitution of Sri Lanka (according to the wishes of the imperialistic US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden, India, the racist TNA and the separatist terrorists)? The constitution of Sri Lanka should satisfy first and foremost the majority of people of this island i.e. the Sinhala people and the Sinhala people firstly do not want to draw up a new constitution nor do they want any more powers whatsoever be provided to the provincial councils.

    Someone has to go to the supreme court and take action against treacherous CBK for suggesting that she will definitely devolve more powers to provincial councils within the yet to be drawn up constitution since this means the treacherous Ranil, Sirisena, CBK and Mangala have already drawn up a constitution to satisfy the imperialistic US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden, India, the racist TNA and the separatist terrorists which is illegal.

    Beyond this, this yahapalanaya government, CBK, Sirisena, the JVP, the JHU, Sarath Fonseka and the like are extremely corrupt and are enjoying perks. Rajitha using nine large industrial scale fishing trawlers has made large amounts of money while he was fisheries minister when he should have been improving the state fisheries cooperation not making large amounts of money for himself. P. Harrison has taken a 800 lakhs bribe in a deal selling at a very low price excess rice as chicken feed to India. Yahapalanaya government, CBK, Sirisena, the JVP, the JHU, Sarath Fonseka and the like are extremely corrupt and are enjoying perks such as Pajeros, official vehicles, official residences, Rs.200 lakhs loans, doing deals such as renting buildings for example to house the agricultural ministry at very high rents, two bond scams, paying supporters very high salaries and hiring them as ‘consultants’ who are not really consultants such as at the RDA, the rice mafia of Sirisena brother making massive amounts of money at the expense of poor rice farmers, the coal deals of Champika making yet more massive amounts of money, karunka and copper being imported by UNP ministers without paying any taxes, Pajeros and other vehicles being imported by Ranil and Sirisena without paying any taxes in order to bribe MPs, all these corrupt deals are being done and the country is being betrayed in this way by collecting the required two thirds majority in parliament to ensure that treacherous acts such as the missing persons act are approved by parliament.

    All the while valuable infrastructure that should be marketed all over the world such as the Mattala Airport was used for storing rice rather than enticing airlines all over the world to use this airport or at least divert half the airplanes which use Katunayake to Mattala, especially tourist planes.

  24. Nihal Perera Says:

    Susantha,

    I can imagine the agony you must have gone through, and I am glad that you and your family members are safe. I was in Sri Lanka about a month ago and I have seen the devastation caused by the heavy rain in my home town, Kegalle. Especially in Aranayake district, where massive landslides had taken many lives, and many are still missing. It was horrible to say the least.

    Ananad,

    I am neither naïve nor ignorant of the people like Lorenzo or any other, who used to condemn MR and embraced Yahapalanaya crooks, hoping the latter was going to do better than MR. Like many sensible writers/readers in this forum, I knew all alone how ignorant, ungrateful and foolish Sinhala voters are to believe all the fabricated lies yahapalanaya crooks deployed in order to oust MR.

    Now, majority of people who voted for regime change in SL realise and regret that they got fooled by the lies created by the present regime. At least, that’s the feeling I got when I was in SL few months ago. Only now people beginning to realise the mess they are in economically and socially, thanks to yahapalanaya.

    Still, I am not sure if Sri Lankan voters had learnt their political lessons, even though they seem to realise now almost all the politicians are crooks, no matter which party they are from. Like Lorenzo, most of them are frustrated and feel that they got fooled by the politicians. I certainly hope Lankan voters, especially Sinhalese, will use their brains before they vote next time..

    Ananda, in my opinion Lorenzo – or anyone else for that matter – has every right to express their views, even though we may not agree with their views at all. I have no idea if Lorenzo is a Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, or an Eelamist as you alleged. Nor does it matter to me, because some of the strongest Eelam supporters I have come across happen to be Sinhalese. Just look at some of the Sinhala politicians in the present regime, who still believe Prabhakaran was a better leader than MR…!

    What we should worry about is not Tamil Eelamists, but our own Sinhala traitors like Ranil, Sira, Chandrika, Mangala, etc., who are much more dangerous because they are the ones who will fool naïve Sinhalese and betray our nation with the help of Eelamists and their supporters in the West and India.

    If we need to save our country, we need to educate the majority Sinhalese, rather than blaming the others for our miseries. No nation anywhere in the world has betrayed the country by its majority, the way Sinhalese are doing it in Sri Lanka.

  25. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Thanks Nihal for your concerns. I know Aranayake very well. I don’t think everybody knows about the Sinhalese Book **Kalaa Handa** We use that book Pre-Senior. The entire novel was based on a village Beauty ….Malinie from Aranayake, who came to see the ‘ veil uthsavaya ‘. Did I get the VEIL spelling right.?

    Before you turn left to the Mawanella Bridge, on Kandy Road, the Road on the Right is to Aranayake.

  26. Ananda-USA Says:

    Nihal,

    Thank you for the comment.

    However, I strongly DISAGREE that professional agitators exploiting the new media channels to drive regime changes and political agenda’s are just “expressing their own opinion” and should be left to ply their trade UNCHALLENGED!

    We saw HOW DESTRUCTIVE such propaganda orchestrated by such groups to otherwise STABLE NATIONS and even ENTIRE REGIONS have been.

    The 30 year struggle with Eelamists has been fuel by such propaganda, and we are LOSING that battle judging from the impact on the world community, and the hounding of Sri Lanka by Western Powers and their tool the UN.

    Other examples abound, especially in Arab Spring countries. Egypt was entirely destabilized by western Internet propaganda. They demonized and ousted Mubarak, the subsequent elections brought in the Muslim Brotherhood. The West did not like this result of their democratic process, so they engineered a military coup-de-etat favorable to them, and support that Dictatorship with a stream of favorable Internet propaganda.

    Then there was Libya under Gaddafi. Western propagandists incited the people of Benghazi to rebellion, created a vast storm of Internet propaganda about Gaddafi’s army killing civilians, helped to bring in a consortium of Western countries to support the rebels and fund western mercenaries, the US and European countries then initrate an air war to prevent Gaddafi from protecting and holding together his motherland. The worst part was when Hillary Clinton announced in Benghazi that the US Govt policy was that Gaddafi should be killed; the next day he was captured and killed in the presence of mercenaries. Then Hillary Clinton went to Tripoli and intoned like caesar of old “I came, I spoke, He died” in effect taking full responsibility for the murder of a foreign head of state with whose country the US was not at war. This entire process was underpinned by FALSE PROPAGANDA, to generate support for this CRIME and to render it palatable to the UN which stood still preaching homilies. Libya, the jewel in the Crown of Arab countries, is today levelled in the name of democracy is today a lawless anarchy dominated by armed militants of various kinds, including the ISIS.

    Then the Internet Democrats moved on to Syria to incite a rebellion against Assad’ government. There was little disaffection with Assad, but it was created by the West, principally the USA and perhaps Israel, to destroy the Shiite alliance comprising Iran, Syria and the Hezbollah Of Lebanon. Syria was Iran’s principal ally, and the US wanted to get at Iran to force Iran to end it’s development of nuclear technology, and Israel was eager to destroy one of its old enemies now that Iraq had been appropriately destroyed.

    I can go on and on about Sudan and other countries destabilize and destroyed aided and abetted by Internet based propaganda.

    Sri Lanka has been in the cross hairs of this media weapon since the invention of the Internet; I know …. I have been in the forefront of confronting it for overy 20 years.

    You, like many others, want to be good guys and not confront these people who undermine Sri Lanka at every turn. Have you ever confronted Lorenzo and his avatars on the Internet? There are many others like that hiding under sheepskins and causing disaffection, misdirecting the Sri Lankan voters, etc.

    You acknowledge how the Sri Lankan voter was MISLED by a massive amount of adverse propaganda unleashed against MR. Do you think that came about magically, or by a concerted and focused disinformation program? Besides the UNP, who do you think is the PRINCIPAL BENEFICIARY of that regime change that ousted the principal barrier to them and brought in a government willing, able and ready to bend down to ALL THEIR DEMANDS? It is the EELAMISTS who benefited FIRST & FOREMOST from this regime change, and it is the EELAMISTS who desperately want to preserve it in power until they can get their EELAM forced upon the people of Sri Lanka by Western Powers and India.

    Lorenzo was and is FRONT & CENTER a part of that EELAMIST DRIVE to oust the MR/UPFA GOSL, to KEEP the Yamspalanaya govt in power as long as needed, and to confuse, divert and frustrate the energy of the Patriots who want to restore a PATRIOTIC govt to power.

    Why do you think Lorenzo returned to blog at this time after being absent for several months? It is not for any reasons of ill health that was anonymously introduced as a cover story, but he had a different assignment then. Now that the political process in Sri Lanka is again approaching a critical point, he is here again to head the Patriots off at the pass.

    Open your eyes, and forget about old school manners when dealing with dirty politics. The survival of your motherland must not be compromised on the altar of good manners.

    To use Lorenzo’s oft repeated slogan ” Hitha honda gaani hamadaama budding”!

    Wake up to WHO you are dealing with. Hold him ACCOUNTABLE for his deliberately executed past actions. Don’t give him an easy way out by pleading it was all an honest mistake. That “mistake” he made then was executed with ALL THE FERVOUR, CONVICTION, STRENGTH & DECEPTION that he is advancing his propaganda now.

    He is SMART enough to pander to the Patriots with some things popular to the Patriots, but will hide his disinformation among that motherhood and apple pie. Then, at the critical moment, he will push the agenda favorable to Sri Lanka’s enemies.

    I can’t do more than help you see the truth. But, there are none so blind as those who refuse to see! The FATE of our Motherland is hanging in balance in our hands, especially in the next 3 years; we will live, for the better or the worse, with what we do or fail to do.

  27. Nihal Perera Says:

    Susantha,

    You are absolutely correct. Very few people outside of Kegalle district aware of the natural beauty of this small village of Aranayake. As kids, growing up in Kegalle we used to go to Aranayake, to climb the near by “Bible Rock”. Of course, it never occurred to us as kids then how stunningly beautiful the whole area was…!

    The mountains of Aranayake is also the origin of “Maha Oya” which supplies water to the entire town of Kegalle, Mawanella, Rambukana, and the surrounding areas. It is also in this oya, where the elephant bath is located near Pinnawella elephant orphanage, which has become a major tourist attraction.

    After living outside of SL for some 40 years, I only realise and appreciate the true natural beauty of our motherland now, more than ever. Unfortunately, many locals don’t seem to care much or appreciate the natural beauty of the country as much as they should.

    Every time I visit my home town, it breaks my heart to see the way they are destroying the environment by cutting trees and raping the land in order to build houses and commercial buildings, most of which are not built according to proper building codes or safety standards.

    As a matter of fact, many blames the recent landslides that killed over 100 people in Aranayake was man-made, due to burning down of forests and cutting trees in the area, to make way for commercial purposes. Many of these illegal activities are carried out by unscrupulous operators, by bribing the local politicians, and municipal authorities.

    Sadly, money is the new religion in SL, and people will go to any length to make a buck, without giving any consideration to the consequences..

  28. Nihal Perera Says:

    Ananda,

    I do agree with some of your comments.. However, with all due respect I do not agree that the way to solve the current mess in SL is by thrashing people like Lorenzo (or likes..) whom you alleged to be an Eelamist or an agent of regime change..?

    Believe me, I am not blind or naïve to see the massive propaganda war created by the Eelamists around the globe with their well-funded, well-organized, aim to destroy Sri Lanka, and the Sinhalese. You may not even aware of it, but for nearly 25 years I have, along with many dedicated Sinhala patriots like Asoke Weerasinghe, Ira de Silva, Mahinda Gunesekera, Daya Hettiarachchi, etc, we have battled with hard-core Eelamists and their propaganda war in Canada. So, I am fully aware of the nature and the danger of the Eelamists, more than you ever know.

    As I said before, the current mess in SL is mainly due to stupidity of the Sinhala voters, who voted for a bunch of crooks, who very successfully manipulated the voters fabricating many lies, with the help of their foreign backers like India, US and Tamil Diaspora. “Yahapalanaya” was the mantra they chanted to fool the Sinhala majority, which foolishly believed the propaganda.

    As much as I like and eternally grateful to MR for saving the country from LTTE barbarians, I am, like many of his supporters, extremely disappointed that he let some of his family members and their cronies to get away with massive corruptions, and lawlessness. We would not have been in this mess today, if MR hadn’t bungled his own government and his presidency. If he had used his head rather than trusting his cronies and astrologer, to call an election two years prior to his mandate, was the dumbest move he had ever made, in my opinion. In other words, he and his inner circle has to take some blame for paving the way to yahapalanaya crooks to come to power. I certainly hope he had learnt his lesson this time..?

    We may jump up and down blaming everybody and his brother-in-law for the mess we are in. But the reality (and the truth) is, it is the Sinhalese themselves are to be blamed for the bloody mess we are in today. It is true that the Tamils, Muslims, Eelamists, Indians, the West, may have contributed to the regime change. But they could have never done it without the help of Sinhala majority and the Sinhala traitors like Maru Sira, Ranil, Chandirka, Magala, etc.

    So, you may call us naïve, soft, ignorant, or whatever you like…! But the facts remain that it is our own people who are selling the country out, unfortunately…

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