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The ISLAND NEWSPAPER – EXCERPTS FROM THE EDITORIAL 07.12.2011

"............As for the UNP's leadership tussle, there are only two possible scenarios as is obvious. Either Ranil or Karu will win. (All odds are stacked against Karu.) Whoever wins, the party is not likely to be the winner––at least in the short term. For, the only difference one sees between Ranil and Karu at present is that the former wears trousers and the latter sarongs. They are tweedledum and tweedledee where their policies are concerned. They have jointly reduced the Grand Old Party to a Colombo-centric pressure group that panders to the whims and fancies of the NGO circuit and the so-called international community at the expense of the grassroots.............."

 

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The ISLAND NEWSPAPER – EXCERPTS FROM THE EDITORIAL 10.12.2011

“…………The UNP parliamentarians, who failed to turn up for the budget debate on Thursday, have trotted out some lame excuses for their absence. But, they never get late for TV debates where they fight like cocks to gain cheap publicity. They also perform like the gypsy's monkey for the camera turning as they do political somersaults to entertain the public. They make themselves available for voice cuts etc at short notice. But, when they are billed to speak in Parliament, they keep away. It looks as though the country needed a capable Opposition to stand up to the government and perform its legislative functions…………….”

 

 

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            The ISLAND NEWSPAPER - 28.12.2009

            Article titled   - Don’t Savage Around  by Diogenes.

“One remembers with a sense of pride, how a beleaguered, yet determined government dug in and stood ground tenaciously and how the military juggernaut pressed in steadfastly and resolutely till it achieved it’s end of annihilating the LTTE top commanders including their supreme, pausing only to ensure that the trapped civilians who were being used as a human shield by the latter, made good their escape to Government controlled territory………….

Thereby hang a tale of blood, guts, unremitting resolve and the final glory that will be molded into folklore and passed down the line in Sri Lanka from generation to generation.”  

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            THE ISLAND NEWSPAPER – 01.09.2010

            Article titled “Could the lessons learnt have been foreseen“

            by Dr. Dayan Jayathilaka.

   “The testimony by former senior officials at the Lessons Learnt panel have provided useful insights into what went wrong with the policy perceptions during the CFA……..  

  ……..All this is necessary and useful. However, after thirty years of war the crucial question remains, could any of the lessons now being learnt actually have been predicted? Could any of this have been foreseen and avoided? Were there were more accurate perceptions, assessments and analysis? Were other courses of actions recommended? Every Sri Lankan and Lankan watching intellectual, policy commentator / analyst, ex- DPL‘elder’, academic and Colombo – based diplomats should subject themselves to this test: what did they say at the time? How far wrong were they and why? Where and why did they get it wrong and how that has happened?”  

   “The flip side of the coin also needs examination. Is it true that only a virulent strand of Sinhala nationalism got it right or got it right first and got it mostly right? Is it correct that contending stands of modernist – universalistic provenance be they liberal, Marxist or left liberal clung to the view that a military victory was impossible? Was this due an intrinsic superiority of the ‘nativist’ or more politely, ‘indigenist’ perspective as distinct from a rational – modernist - universalistic (‘Western / Westernized’) worldview? “.  

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            CEYLON (CONSTITUTION) ORDER IN COUNCIL 

             ----- CHAPTER 379 

……..”His Majesty’s Government are in Sympathy with the desire of the people of Ceylon to advance towards Dominion status and they are anxious to co-operate with them to that end”......... 

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            EXCERPTS FROM JANE'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OF MILITARY

            HISTORY - “Tamil and Hindu warfare, A.D 200"  

The conflicts of the Dravidian Tamils were generally more ferocious than those of the Aryan Hindus further north. Hindu warfare was conducted in accordance with formal elaborate rules, not always adhered to, but nonetheless honoured even in the breach. War in the north was a sport of kings, and took the form of a national struggle for existence…… Wars were usually limited in objectives, and conducted for the most part with far less savagery than else where in the world…….Provinces would change hands but dynasties were rarely overthrown, defeated foes were treated with chivalrous generosity;  rarely did the Hindus indulge in mass slaughter after a victorious battle…… while Hindu kings and generals who violated the rules were looked upon contemptuously by their fellows……….

.………. No such inhibitions bothered the Tamils, whose conflicts were marked copious  bloodshed, violence and treachery……….

……….Ceylon, The history of Ceylon was marked by endemic internal warfare, and by numerous raids and invasions from neighboring Tamil kingdoms of the mainland.”

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tamilcanadian.com  - 13.08.1998  - JAFFNA  

– Bloodbath at   Mullaitivu -

….“Operation endless Waves as its name suggests defied conventional Western military wisdom with a cold-blooded human wave offensive'.

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            THE ISLAND NEWSPAPER – 27.06.2009

            Article titled “ The ……………………… “

            by Dr. Dayan Jayathilaka

….“The truth is that from a classically Nietzschean perspective, the Sinhalese Will to power, i.e. to “ prevail over “ to ‘ overcome” (Which was Nietzsche’s meaning) on and over this small Island, was and will in the final analysis always be, cannot but be, greater than that of the Tamils to secede.”…..

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            THE ISLAND NEWSPAPER – 25.02.2005

            News report titled ‘ Safety before liberty’

            By George Jones – political editor – Telegraph Group -

            London 2005.

……….” Protecting Britain against terrorist attack must take priority over civil liberties, Tony Blair states.”…………….  

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              THE ISLAND NEWSPAPER18th March 2008  

              Article  titled "That 'pernicious piece of legislation' " 

..........." Prime Ministers Mr. Senanayake of Ceylon and Mr. Nehru of India met in 1947 over the issue and were able to reach an agreement on general principles. Mr. Nehru expressed India's position in these words: “ If you don’t want these Indians here, we will take them back. What difference will seven or seven laks will make in a country of four hundred million people?………..”

 

 

           

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