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Gordon Weiss

An Interview With G.Pramod Kumar for “First Post”.

Hello Friends,

The book written by former UN official in Sri Lanka Gordon Weiss titled “The Cage:The fight for Sri Lanka and the last days of the Tamil Tigers”has made huge waves.

Indian journalist G.Pramod Kumar of “First Post” interviewed Weiss recently in Sydney, Australia.

Weiss has made some pertinent observations in that interview which are of great relevance in the current context.

I am reproducing the interview (with introduction) in full with due acknowledgement to “First Post” on my blog for benefit of interested readers.

Here it is Friends – DBS Jeyaraj

‘I have been damned by the establishment in Sri Lanka and its proxies in Australia’ – Gordon Weiss

An Interview With G.Pramod Kumar for “First Post”

Eleven months after the bloody war in Sri Lanka that led to the complete rout of the LTTE amid intense civilian suffering, a great piece of journalism shook the conscience of the world: The Cage, authored by Gordon Weiss who was the UN spokesperson in the country at the time.

Written with arresting clarity of purpose and a racy style, The Cage unequivocally overturned the Sri Lankan government’s stand that there were no civilian deaths in the final days of the war. Besides the vivid description of the final phase of the war with chilling details of brutality, suffering and deaths, it provided an incredible perspective of the genesis, evolution and the culmination of the deep-rooted rift between the Tamil and Sinhala sentiments in Sri Lanka, that found violent expression in the decades long civil war.

The extensive references, meticulous documentation, the bold way of directly naming people like the Rajapaksas, and the unrestrained narration of the unique instruments of oppression in Sri Lanka make the book a gripping, but tormenting experience.

It was The Cage along with a sensational Channel Four Documentary (The Killing Fields) that exposed the veil of secrecy behind the war. The book also provided context for the UN Panel report and has been accepted as a reliable account of what exactly happened during the final days of the war in 2009, when a tiny piece of piece of land in the North of Sri Lanka was under siege by military forces. It is prescribed reading in many universities.

Weiss has worked as a journalist and with international organisations, particularly in several conflict and disaster hotspots for two decades now. Committed to a non-partisan stand, he is equally severe in his views on the LTTE. So much so that a Tamil nationalist group recently disrupted the launch of the Tamil version of his book in Chennai, prompting Arundhati Roy, who was present at the event, to say “annihilation of debate is annihilation of politics.”

Firstpost spoke to Gordon Weiss in Sidney last week.

Excerpts from the interview:

It has been seven months since The Cage was published. What was the aftermath of the book? What happened in these seven months?

Gordon Weiss was the UN spokesman for Sri Lanka in 2009: Firstpost
The book was released a month after the UN Panel report. So it provided the broader description of the whole Sri Lankan conflict on which the report sat. The UN report was a technical report. Since then, it was published in Australia, and the UK and was distributed in Sri Lanka and India. There is now a Tamil version in India. Next year it goes in for a vintage edition in the UK, a US/Canada edition and so on. The book has been picked up widely. Accordingly to a number of a people I spoke to, it is generally an accepted version of what happened in Sri Lanka. That was my intention – that this draft of history should be laid down at this point in time.

Was there a formal or informal reaction from Sri Lanka?

There was no formal reaction. There was only an informal reaction in the sense that that I have generally been damned by the establishment in Sri Lanka and its proxies in Australia. That was always anticipated, no surprise about that.

You had told me earlier that this book was written with a narrow purpose of overturning the false notion that no civilians had been harmed during the final phase of the war. The book established there were deaths of innocent people. Are you satisfied with the impact of the UN panel report, your book and the Channel Four documentary? Are you satisfied with the efforts of redress by the international community?

One thing was to overturn the notion that nobody died, or at least that the government was not responsible for anybody dying. But another thing was to imagine what the future of Sri Lanka is, and how that might be best served. The alternative, which was the government version, that there has been no deep suffering of those civilians in Sri Lanka, is not a recipe for moving forward successfully. That is my personal and professional take on it.

That a great many people died is at least the basis for taking the reconstruction and healing forward in Sri Lanka. Many oragnisations and observers inside Sri Lanka have critiqued the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) process and said that it effectively is a whitewash, even though it is well constructed and well argued. So, quite what the next step would be remains to be seen. But I am certainly satisfied with the fact that this book successfully took head-on, the erroneous notion that only a few civilians had died and that the government was not responsible for any of those deaths.

Do you think there will be some international process to take this forward? Because Sri Lanka has been resisting it all this while saying that they are competent enough to handle this.

I think that it would be foolish to lay any bet on what will happen next. I think the ground clearly exists, for any basis of fairness and equivalence with other similar international situations, for an international investigation, but I think it would be foolish for anybody to bet on whether there will be one. I say this because international affairs are inherently political, and even more so, than domestic affairs. The international judicial process is a far more unreliable creature at this point in time than any domestic legal process. I think it will be foolish for anybody to bet on precisely on what’s going to happen in the next six months, or a year, or two years.

You have referred to the record of the UN Human Rights Council on the issue. Nothing has happened in the Council largely because of China, India and the countries which Sri Lanka is friendly with. Do you think anything could have been done differently or anything can happen now?

Absolutely! And I think its very clear to people who were saying a year and half ago that nothing was going to happen without India or China saying so. It is now very clear to most people that those positions are subject to political evolutions. India has clearly moved its position. It has been explicit in some sense that there ought to be real progress from Sri Lanka in examining what happened. There is a lot of evolution around China as well. China expects to be taken to be a statesmanlike global player and a part of that statesmanship is its role and function in international hotspots. We have seen this evolution in its position in the Arab Spring. So China shows some considerable signs that those people who feel that its historical position of noninterference is monolithic and unmovable are mistaken because there is plenty of room for evolution in China. It will have a knock-on effect on Sri Lanka as well.

That is an interesting observation. So could we expect something positive happening in the Human Rights Council?

I think so. I think that is the next possible step. I think people will wait for that. My personal view of this when I left Sri Lanka, was that any process of any sort would take a very long time. So I think there has been a lot of anxiety from a lot of quarters about how quickly this process will come about, if there is going to be a process at all. I never thought that a process like this will be fast. I always thought that if there was going to be any movement of an internationally led examination in Sri Lanka, it would take between five and ten years. So I continue to hold to that position.

But I have been rather surprised at how swiftly things moved along in some sense. The Channel Four documentary took me by surprise. Channel Four obviously put considerable resources into conducting careful examination of available evidence. I hadn’t expected that when I started writing my book. When I left Sri Lanka, it was all bathed in confusion on as to what precisely had happened in the siege zone in 2009. Now a year and half down the track, after the publication of my book, when I read newspaper reports I see that it is generally accepted that there were very high civilian deaths.

You said there is political evolution happening and China itself is changing. Can you expand on that a bit, because Sri Lanka’s trade and political ties with China are very strong. India, although a long-term ally of Sri Lanka, is struggling to catch up with the Chinese influence.

I can only try and detect signs of movement. What I tried to sketch out in the book was the influences that impelled that movement in one way or another. The examples of Beijing Consensus playing out will not stop. But I think anyone who assumes that what happened in 2009 was because of China’s role in Sri Lanka is an open cheque is mistaken, because I don’t think China’s cheque is ever open or blank. It is always conditional. And it is always a matter of where China’s interests lie at any given time.

So, any examination of Sri Lanka is going to play out in terms of interests. And that is a very complex calculation to figure out. The movement changes in the UN human Rights Council all the time – it changes between the players all the time and it changes according to domestic developments. India is a democracy, its position is based on what happens domestically.

In terms of healing and reconciliation, at the core of the problem is this vicious ideology, the heady mixture of religion, politics, nationalism, irrational fear and xenophobia. In your opinion, how is the process of reconciliation and healing moving? Will there be a fair reconciliation?

I don’t see things changing in Sri Lanka in the short to medium term. I think that my prognosis for Tamils is a reasonably gloomy one. A great deal has happened both in terms of the security situation and economic colonisation of the North to make the movement between Tamils and Sinhalese relations more difficult. At the same time, from what I have read, there is a detectable acceptance amongst a broader segment of the thinking Sinhalese community that the government version of what went on is not the accurate version or the true version.

There are a lot of very decent people in that segment who I think are questioning the cost of that final phase of the war, or at least or second-guessing the cost of the final phase of the war. There is a very broad space in which healing needs to take place. The kind of monolithic narrative of this great conquest of this terrible terrorist organisation of 2009 with almost no blood spilled, as the greatest refugee rescue operation in history – thats been pretty much thrown out of the window by now. That at least creates a better basis for whatever form of healing or whatever form of reconciliation is going to take place in Sri Lanka. Not ideal, but a better basis. But, this is all guesswork in a sense because I have not been to Sri Lanka since 2009. It is only what i am reading from afar. It is essentially unlikely to change in the next 5-10 years.

I have heard reports of “heterogenisation” of the Tamil areas, perhaps to change the demography.

That is one of the things that I guessed in my book. That there would be a lot of militarisation of the north, which they have done, and that they would encourage, particularly military families, to move up into the north. Verifying these kinds of subtle changes in land holdings, the establishment of businesses, in influence of economic life and in control of public services is very difficult. You can see the complexity of it in the Israeli-Palestinian situation. My guess is that “Sinhalisation” is going on, and yes that would make it very difficult for Tamils to have any increased political leverage in the short term

Your informed view on how should the international community move on in terms of a credible enquiry into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka?

I think the LLRC gave the answer themselves when they said they were unable to arrive at any conclusions on some of the most important aspects of the final phase of the war. The aspects over which there are big question marks. So, they have never said they were not capable of arriving at any conclusion. Instead, they have argued that the evidence has just disappeared. I think a number of outside observers will say that there is evidence. It is just that the international inquiries being conducted in Sri Lanka have a long history of internal inquiries that don’t go anywhere very much particularly given the fact that there is no witness protection in Sri Lanka.

One thing is what happens there, and the second thing is the progress of the international legal framework that restrains governments from carrying out an unhindered war on their internal population. That is the health of international treaties around the wars of law and humanitarian law as well as the Rome statute of governing the International Criminal Court

The last few days of the war are still unclear. You also didn’t pursue that much in the book. Post the book, or even while writing the book, did you you have some clearer idea of what had happened in the last few days? I am sure some of the people, not only in the command positions, but also outside them knew what happened.

Well, one thing is what happened to the bulk of the civilians there, and I stand by the descriptions that I gave in the book of what might have happened because there was extremely fierce fighting going on over a very small area where there were tens of thousands of civilians. The second thing is what happened to people during the so called “white flag incidence” and there seems to be mounting evidence that there were executions. I myself have seen incontestable evidence of executions. So, I think it is pretty obvious that there was wrongdoing in terms of the capture of some senior elements of Tamil tigers, and the disposal of those people. But, there is a long way to go before we have sufficient evidence of the full picture of what happened to the civilians in those days.

It is clear that there were a lot of civilian deaths. It is also reasonably clear that there was some attempt for the LTTE leadership to surrender but all of them were executed. As you mentioned, it might never come out, unless somebody in the establishment comes out with some revelations. Is there any chance of some evidence or conclusion coming out on that?

I don’t know. As I said, the latest evidence I saw, which was a video showing one particular leader alive in custody and later dead, is sort of incontestable evidence that there was foul play in relation to some captives at least. So, if then one extends that to this story of dozens who were said to have been surrendered and then executed, I think there is very compelling circumstantial evidence to show that it happened. But evidence coming out is one thing and having that evidence presented, tested and assessed to obtain a proper judicial conclusion of that evidence is quite a separate matter.

What do you think about the regrouping of the extreme Tamil elements, the LTTE in different forms? I could see some of that in poetry because there is some fantastic poetry indicating very strong sentiments out there. We can see this happening all the time in different parts of the world and in India, for instance in Tamil Nadu, we have very strong supporters of the LTTE. What do you think is the possibility of this movement regrouping and assuming a different form? What do you think is the future of the whole ideology that was behind the LTTE?

The ideology has been given a fertile ground on which to thrive as a result of 2009. I don’t think the LTTE has just melted away. I think precisely the same LTTE elements play out in the diaspora, a lot angrier, a lot more convinced of the arguments that they always made about genocide in Sri Lanka. I think there is a vastly increased sense of anger out there. Their ability to wage a war in Sri Lanka has been absolutely crushed. I don’t think they have that ability at all.

Instead, I imagine what they are doing now is that they are turning their attention to soft forms of undermining the government in Sri Lanka. One way is through encouraging the international investigation and the so called war crimes trial. Another way is in using relatively sophisticated propagandising, and reaching out to the media and government representatives in countries where they are based. And it ought not to be a surprise given what went on in Sri Lanka in 2009.

I think that one of the arguments that I make in the book is that a lot of the wind might have been taken out of the sails of this resurgence of activity, but if there had been an acknowledgement of what happened at the end of the war, if there had been a frank investigation that said: look this was a terrible war, very bloody, this is what happened, this is why it happened and this is our defence of that position, it would have helped the reconciliation considerably.

If there had been a genuinely good intentioned effort to settle differences between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, the moment was in 2009. They could have said: look a lot of civilians have died in this unavoidable war, we bear our unfortunate responsibility, this is what happened. If there had been a full and frank discussion in Sri Lanka on what had happened, the position would have been different. But since the end of the war there has been a consistent, clever and rather cynical covering up by the government. And that has only served to enrage the LTTE remnants and inflame the Tamil diaspora which supports them. I don’t think I am any surprised. I think that only makes the case stronger for an international investigation.

About six months ago Firstpost interviewed Pathmanathan, the LTTE’s financial and arms man. He appeared to be justifiably pro-establishment and had said: we have to move forward, forget about the past etc. Do you have, at any point in time, any inkling as to what was his role and how he was brought back to Sri Lanka? Also, any idea about his role now and what happened to all the money and assets that he was supposed to handle?

I really don’t have any idea. I wish I knew. It’s an interesting and rather fascinating facet of the collapse of the LTTE, but I really don’t know.

They must have been sitting on a lot of assets.

I imagine so, they must have been sitting on a lot of money, a lot of intelligence and a great deal of expertise, and I think a complex and very smooth running organisation. But, it was centered around a small number of some very competent people and with the death of the military leadership and with the sweeping up of some elements of the diaspora it has been weakened.

But I don’t think it by any means has gone away. Here in Australia, I look at the Armenians, I look at the Assyrians, I look at the Palestinians, at the Jews and Bosnians. Everyone has their historic memories and they pass it on from generation to generation. They don’t just fade away. I am meeting with the Armenians and looking at them – and although it is almost a 100 years after what happened in Turkey, for them the wrongdoing is still fresh.

It may not have been a good thing. It may have been a marvelous thing if they had got on with their lives and forgotten what could have changed years ago. But the reality is that these memories are passed down from generation to generation. So I don’t think that’s going to go away or disappear for the Tamil population.

Whether it is going to matter very much for Sri Lanka in the future is really an open question. I think its not going to matter because the facts on the grounds have changed considerably and it will continue to change considerably. But I doubt that the anger that exists in the Tamil community would disappear for many years to come.

I am curious about the heroes of the book, for example the Bangladeshi UN security specialist. Where are they now, what are they doing?

People tend to disappear and get on with their lives. Going through some experience like that in Sri Lanka has a very profound effect on all the people who were involved. People want to forget about it, partly because they don’t want to deal with it, partly because they want to just go away and lick their wounds. A number of people they will carry it with them for a number of years.

Are you also going through the same emotions? I am reminded of the experience of Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire who was the Commander of the UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda during the genocide in the early 1990s. His riveting account of what happened in Rwanda in his Shake Hands With The Devil was a mechanism to deal with his anguish and depression.

I think so. It doesn’t leave you. A part of it is left inside you, that is normal. This idea that people who go through awful events somehow heal themselves and get on is patently absurd. We are formed by our experiences, we are changed by our experiences.

It was a very intense effort. I collected materials and wrote at the same time. I didn’t do much when I was in Sri Lanka and it all happened when I was in Australia. So, it was just a solid 11 months before I delivered the final text, including three months for editing. It was an emotionally and physically demanding period. I am still getting my legs back after putting myself there.

I didn’t do it out of some desire to write a book, but I have to say that despite being a very costly exercise personally on a whole number of fronts, I still haven’t regretted one moment, my decision in sitting down and writing the book. I am glad I did it.

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121 Comments

  1. These PPL have there own agendas.

    They think that white or western way of thinking is GOD.

    Just think about…..

    Libya…

    Iraq….

    Afghanistan…..

    Sudan…..

    Now Iran….

    I say to Gordon Weiss “”””””””” Go To Hell With Your Preaching”””””

  2. I think he hits the nail on the head when he says:

    “I think that one of the arguments that I make in the book is that a lot of the wind might have been taken out of the sails of this resurgence of activity, but if there had been an acknowledgement of what happened at the end of the war, if there had been a frank investigation that said: look this was a terrible war, very bloody, this is what happened, this is why it happened and this is our defence of that position, it would have helped the reconciliation considerably.”

    How very true. We Sinhalese might regret one day that this was not done, right after the war was over in 2009.

  3. What about his claim that 40,000 civilians killed. Seemed to have gone soft on that one. He claims that Tamil people will have a grudge against the Sinhalese for ages to come. He will also have to take some responsibility for this because he made the wild claims that 40,000 civilians died because his own personal animosity with the Sri Lankan government. This was picked up by Amnesty international, HRW and ICG. They seem to have gone soft with this number as well.

    He claims that the Tamil people are angry. This may be partially true (especially with the diaspora). However, there are many Tamils living in Sri Lanka who is very happy that the LTTE is no more although they might not be happy how it was accomplished.

  4. Very illuminating interview.Thank you for posting it Mr.Jeyaraj. I am yet to read the book but now I want to do so and will.

  5. Yes Mr Weiss. I liked your book and was conscious of its even-handedness in dealing with the LTTE and as well as the Govt. But what shook my confidence in you was your ganging up wth Tiger groups during the last CHOGM in Sydney. I think that was a very unwise move on your part and damaged your credibility

  6. This man played along with SL govt when working for UN in Sri Lanka. Now he ‘is talking a different language to make the west happy

  7. I admire the courage of Gordon Weiss and unfortunately he is a principle centered person which is why he cant work in the UN. You need to be a crook and one of those people who can speak Utter Nonsense (UN) Ban Kick Moon. Can someone kick that guy Ban Kick Moon.

  8. First of all sinhalese people come out and realise how barbaric they are. From the time of the independent they keep on butchering tamils and encroaching tamil lands and properties. They always have a small percentage of ill informed well looked after tamils with them to show case but in reality they simply suppress. It is the centre of discussion whenever any two tamils meet. I heard several times that Tamils and Sinhalese were cohabiting happily and peacefully. No the truth is Sinhalese were peacefull and happy untill there were some form of retaliation.

    More than any thing JHU pointed out in parliement that in total 9878 sinhalese and muslims were killed by LTTE. The truth is atleast 10% of them were killed by the government proxies. Apart from that through out history there were several single days Tamils were killed more than 10,000. No one can get the actual number because it is always sinhales who kills as well as do censess. The offical statistics of 83 riats is 1,235 deaths but the true casualities in several single cities alone exceed this.

    I dont know when would the barbarians would at least realise what they are doing and be ready to listen what realy un intimidated Tamils say.

  9. The Sinhala-Buddhists are the worst hypocrites in this world.
    They migrate to the Western countries because they are not happy in Sri Lanka.
    The Sinhala-Buddhists are very happy in Australia, England, France, Germany, Norway, Italy, Canada and USA.
    They’re happy in almost every Western country that is not Buddhist but Christian, and whom do they blame.
    Not their country (Sri Lanka), Not their Religion (Buddhism), Not their leadership (Sinhala-Buddhist government), Not themselves (Sinhala-Buddhists).
    They do not blame their own (Buddhist) country that they left because they were not happy.
    THEY BLAME THE CHRISTAIN WESTERN COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN.
    And they want to change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the country they came from, where they were unhappy.

    Try to find logic in that!!!

  10. Every Sinhalese and Tamil by now would agree that settling a conflict by amicable means is far cheaper and superior than through waging `a costly war.

    Factually the Tamils would never ever be able recover power either economically or militarily.The Sinhalese by losing all of their major western trade partners would also suffer immensely economically.

    The Tamils will always look for opportunities to regroup which means major portion of the island’s depleted revenue resources would have to be allocated to military.That leaves very little of the economic pie to maneuver the rest of the society’s needs.

    A wise man would make peace and not war. Vote for the peace at the next general elections to live and let live!

  11. I really appreciate. Gordan, you have done a good job during a war of no evidence. Journalists were not allowed and still even after 3 years of “peace” if you are critical, you will be abducted.

    This poor folk still believe in their state. All these main actors are not ready to come to a ethnic solution or a compromise, buddhist clerus included

    They sell this beautiful country to China, India and to global companies everyday filling their own pocket.

  12. Sinhala Buddhists would have certainly liked to live in Japan if Japs spoke English. None would have chosen a Christian Country first.

    What about Asian/African muslims then? Why dont they choose an Arab country?

  13. Pasqual!
    You are so great man! How do you able to speak like that? Do you think by your mouth? Though, I always try to defend the armed struggle in general and the LTTE in particular, some times I find it hard to defend the LTTE in some aspects because, some little thing I have inside my head is not cooperating to do like that. But, you and most of your people? You people are really wonderful man. One day, if you decide to sell your non-used brain, please let me know.

  14. “If there had been a genuinely good intentioned effort to settle differences between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, the moment was in 2009. They could have said: look a lot of civilians have died in this unavoidable war, we bear our unfortunate responsibility, this is what happened. If there had been a full and frank discussion in Sri Lanka on what had happened, the position would have been different. But since the end of the war there has been a consistent, clever and rather cynical covering up by the government. And that has only served to enrage the LTTE remnants and inflame the Tamil diaspora which supports them. I don’t think I am any surprised. I think that only makes the case stronger for an international investigation.”
    _____________________________________

    What other things were needed, if the Srilankan government and the Sinhalese had thought about the above fact. Anyway, it is true, to do some thinking, people need some substance inside their heads. These people heads are empty.

  15. Gordon Weiss, your perspectives are spot on. (and this from a Sinhalese).

    Hardliner Rajapakse had a Golden opportunity at the end of the war. Had he shown some humility, some compassion or even concern we would not be in the place we are in now. I completely agree with what Gordon says..

    “…I think that one of the arguments that I make in the book is that a lot of the wind might have been taken out of the sails of this resurgence of activity, but if there had been an acknowledgement of what happened at the end of the war, if there had been a frank investigation that said: look this was a terrible war, very bloody, this is what happened, this is why it happened and this is our defence of that position, it would have helped the reconciliation considerably….”

    Instead of this what we saw was the disgracefull chest beating and partying by the worst dregs of Sinhala society. Parties for Bollywood costing 800 million, Record breaking kiribath parties, parades, monuments to the glorious victory etc.. All while the disposessed languished in Menik Farm.

    I would have been more comfortable with the decision to pursue this war to the end if a public offer based on fairness and equality was made to the Tamils prior to the final series of military operations. An offer to give extensive powers to a proportionate piece of the country. (Not the N&E merged super state Tamils want that leaves nothing for the Sinhalese and Moslems). With right on our side, the final push could have been justified even if it caused this many casualties as it would then have been the only choice.

    This is why I believe the Rajapakses are ultimately STUPID as well as VENAL and UNSCRUPULOUS. They had it all and threw it away. Now let them stew..

  16. More than 500 years WHITE Christians in our country as RULERS. Because of that people in India or Sri Lanka must bow down to the whites always?

    Language problem is the legacy of the WHITE CHRISTIAN rule. They need it always to black mail Sri lanka.

    Godon Weiss was dismissed by his employer Ban Ki Moon and it has nothing to do with Sri Lankan government. LTTE-Aussie connections are very strong. From Adele Balasingam to Bunker Jegan and Weiss are few examples.

    Weiss is still unable to explain this “40,000” or the sources of 40,000 which is a propaganda tool to LTTE goons everywhere!

  17. Barbarians: That is a good word for propaganda. if we go little bit deeper into the “Tamil Liberation”, we can find how TAMIL people were killed by Tamils.

    LTTE killed Tamils on daily basis. LTTE killed more than 2000 TELO cadres in a week. Later the same LTTE killed more than 900 Tamils from EPDP during the so called Norwegian-UNP brokered “PEACE” era.

    LTTE eliminated all individuals who did not support them. Amirthalinga, Yogeswaran(Mr & Mrs), Annamalai, Vijayaananthan, Gnanachandran and hundreds of others. That list is longer than the riot victims!

    When we compare the riot victims and the Tamil liberation murders, TAMILS better qualify to be the best Barbarians!

  18. “If there had been a genuinely good intentioned effort to settle differences between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, the moment was in 2009. They could have said: look a lot of civilians have died in this unavoidable war, we bear our unfortunate responsibility, this is what happened. If there had been a full and frank discussion in Sri Lanka on what had happened, the position would have been different. ”
    The SL governemnt missed a golden oppurtunity to get a political solution implemented soon after the war instead of gloating over their victory. The root cause of the war could have been eliminated with a political solution and brought considerable amount of investment to the country Sri lanka would have been the recepiant of all the investment instead of Mayanmar
    when the Sinhalese youth get to know this truth they would curse the Rajapakse family for the lost oppurtunities because of their selfish reasons to get relected they squandered the future of the next generation
    Namo namo matha

    Nathen

  19. Weiss is an absolutely bias man. He has written a book to allege many a war crime that is said to have caused by Sri Lanka during its war to eradicate a 30 long years of terrorism. However, the man has been completely deaf and blind on many a war crime that his own country, Australia and it’s staunch ally, the US had committed in many very many counties on different pretexts.

    Only last year, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Mohamed ElBaradei had levelled serious allegations of war crimes against the US and its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is an accepted fact and many a Western journalists said; over 800,000 people were killed and millions were wounded in Iraq. And, more or less similar numbers have been killed and wounded in Afghanistan. Yet, neither Weiss nor any International Human Rights outfit is interested in writing a book about it. Why?

    How could he. Not just him, none of his forefathers had attempted to write book about set-up court hearings, cosy imprisonments and quick pardoning of the murderous of that well known massacre ‘My Lai’ in Vietnam in 1968 where 500 young, old and sick Vietnamese civilians were raped and binatted.

  20. The world is changing rapidly wait and see what is going to happen in Asia as they say
    either you fight it or embrace it ( I MEAN THE CHANGE)

    nathen

  21. He is the man. He did what Eric Solheim or any other countries unable to do with Srilanka.
    He was really spoken from heart to avoid over 40,000 civilian deaths and still speaking to
    bring justice and compensation for the victims and their relatives. Brave heart!

    UN should have to be proud about him and shame about their inaction.

  22. Most of the people, whether they are Sinhalese, Tamils or any other ethnic group migrates mainly on financial or security issues. No one selects a country to live because that particular country is Christian, Islamic or Buddhist. So what you are wiring is pure rubbish.

  23. I think Weiss man has forgotten about the treatment given to Aboginies by Australians in their own country. Why don’t you write about a book on that too?

  24. Gordon W happened to be Aussie (a Jewish Aussie not Christian) while he was posted as the UN Spokesperson for Sri Lanka. Just because Adele (who is unable to set foot in Australia) was born Australian, only a fool could conclude that there’s some Australian conspiracy here.

    How horrible is that we argue over whether it’s 40,000 or 4,000 or 4? each one is a human life and there’s evidence showing that a govt was responsible for killing its civilians.
    M. Sivananthan, while I wont argue against your anti-LTTE sentiments, how will you feel if your family was among those innocent civilians brutely killed? Whether an authoritarian govt is run by Gadafi, Mugabe, Al-Assad or Rajapakse, they must be brought to justice.

  25. 2011 CHOGM was not held in Sydney. However, I agree that it wasn’t very wise of Weiss to be associated with pro LTTE groups. He must remain neutral to have his words to have any value.

  26. At the end of the day its all about money. People from all walks of life make money from the destitute situations others are in. It happened after the tsunami and this is another case.

    However, what is pertinent and true is that there was a loss of civilian life both during the 30 year war and during the last stages.
    The people in the south was bombed murdered and hacked while people like Gordon Weiss watched. Maybe he would write a book called ‘The Long haul’.

    It is my view that the Pro LTTE elements want to potrait a war that lasted a six months where mostly tamils got killed and not the prelude to it which lasted 30 years.

    Channel 4 documentary was also on the last 6 months.

    So I ask were these same do gooders asleep when canage was let loose in Sri lanka for 30 years by the LTTE, funded nurtured by western and australian Governments and the greater tamil diaspora?

    A lot of people talk about a golden opportunity in 2009 for reconciliation after the war. The persons writing are not in the driving seat. What does one do with displaced?
    Why were they displaced? were they allowed to move to safe area by the LTTE? or were they herded as human shield?.

    Lets agree war was dirty for 30 years, both Sinhalese and tamils suffered.
    Weiss book covers only a part.

    The war is over. Its upto us to grab the peace and rebuild our lives.

  27. Tiger,
    How can the Tamils make peace, when this Govt. tells something and do something else quite contrary.
    Take for instance the TNA-Govt. dialogue going on for almost a year.
    Various members of the Govt. make various statements and lie to the International community.
    The President has openly stated that he will lose the support of his electorate if he gives any concessions to Tamils.

  28. I received same wording in an email about month ago..
    Hello Sivakumar, don’t copy ideas from people… write in your own words..

  29. Gordon W is simply trying to earn few $ from diaspora and a fiction book. At lease he is trying as no one wants to hire him with the broken track record.

  30. Looking at ASIAN countries and human rights , political corruption and under development I tend to think that it may be good to have a WESTERN invasion . after all all those criticise western world and write a lot of negative things about western world get their freedom in western world .

    can they live in those asian countries and write about them without expecting a white van.

    I do not say west is 100% better but they are better than our so called ASIANS.

    we would have been tribes if there was no clonisation .

  31. You are equating Tamils with LTTE. Your argument only implies that all the Tamils are in favor of LTTE, which is not true.

    LIkewise ettappan was a tamil that doesn’t mean that all the tamils are ettappans.

  32. Ranjan, Toronto

    So you migrated to the West due to Financial or security issues. In other words you were not happy in Sri Lanka because you had Financial or security issues. Then why do you people, the Sinhalese criticize, condemn and bad mouth those Western countries where you went looking for happiness (to solve your Financial or security issues) leaving your country where you were not happy?

    Don’t you think you Sinhalese are the biggest hypocrites???

  33. How much you get paid by LTTE, to prove this disclose all personal income and expenditure on publising the book

    No one should belive his lies because he was fornmer UN spokesman

  34. Ranjan, Toronto

    The Tamils or any other ethnic group that migrated to the West do not criticize, condemn and bad mouth those Western countries but the Sinhalese do. Most of the Sinhalese who write in this blog live in the Western countries and they are bashing the same Western countries where they went seeking for happiness. They are expecting the Western countries to behave like their country.

    Try not to be a hypocrite Ranjan.

  35. WHATS THIS BOOK ALL ABOUT? SIMPLE IT SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN IN ONE PAGE- JUST HE
    Gordon Weiss WOULD HAVE SIMPLY FINISHED IN ONE PAGE- THAT HE WAS A PAID STOOGE OF THE LTTE DIASPORA IN AUSTRALIA.

  36. I would like to clear one issue on G.Pramod Kumar’s last question on Ruwand’s genocide.

    What happened in SL in 2009 January -May was completely different from Ruwanda.

    Even bringing up that comparison is very unfair.

    Gorden weiss is a wise man. He is avoiding many controversies. He is only justifying one thing the anger or the actions of LTTE remnants and their supporters in the diaspora.

    I wish GoSL is confident enough to invite him to SL to see the ground situ in the N&E at the end of 3rs of war.

    It will be very interesting to think what GW would write in his next book (after his visit of course)!

  37. Hi Guys, one thing surface from your comments that Sinhalese are not using their brains to achieve an outcome that helps Tamils to live in this country peacefully and happily. They have been brainwashed by the current blindfolded power hungry political thugs. The way forward is to accept the mistakes, reconcile and provide incentives for Tamils to make them feel as part of united SriLanka. Everyone knows that you can’t heel their wounds, at least make them feel safe and happy in their own home.

  38. Yes, it should have and could have happened if not for people like weiss messing it up.
    If there were atrocities by the forces it should have been addressed as such instead of trying to take the president and the defence secretatary to the hague.
    Most of the statements made by this man as UN spokesman in colombo were nothing more than gossip and later were discliamed by UN.From the start he was planing for his book and he made a name for himself.Before Sri lanka Wiess was just a nobody.Thanks to Sri lanka he is making something out of his miserable life. Even if it is selling other peoples misery.

  39. Treatment given to Aboginies by Australians is already known to the whole world and many have already written about it but the treatment given to Tamils by Sinhalese has still not reached every nook and corner of the entire world. We need many people like Weiss who can expose to the entire world what the Sinhala-Buddhist Barbarians did to the Tamils.

  40. First casualty of any war is TRUTH…Here in SL thats always the case and it is utter foolishness to pursue that path.

  41. Mate, are you on drugs?? Majority of the Tamils have migrated to Western countries seeking Asylum. Majority of the Sinhalese have left the country seeking employment, mainly to middle east. Gets your facts right…

  42. Well in that case the only option we have is the full ethnic integration of the North. Otherwise we will always be under the threat of the diasspora terrorists. The diassporans are not willing to let the eastern, sothern and centrals tamizs live in peace and harmony within Sri-Lanka so lets fully ethnically integrate the North. Afterall the LTTE etnically cleansed 400,000 muslims from the North, all of them need to be re-settled.
    Thank you for defining the only option that Sri-Lanka has left.

  43. “The way forward is to accept the mistakes, reconcile and provide incentives for Tamils to make them feel as part of united SriLanka. Everyone knows that you can’t heel their wounds, at least make them feel safe and happy in their own home.”

    Nice thought Hussain (funny how we don’t get comments like that from tamils), but as long as the diasspora terrorist threat remains the security and safety of the country has to come before everything else.

  44. Shame on you for calling you a sinhalese or srilankan,

    think of every srilankan living in peace today,think about the past and about
    all the parents who fears for there children who goes to school or when ever they go out of there homes.not only in the north even in the other parts of srilanka this was the situation,any one who ever lived during the time of LTTE will never speak like you or even agree with the Writer of Cage.and this article tell us the LTTE is going to start another war and that the Writer is so sure that even the Tamils in Srilanka will help them if so.which mean he wants another 40,000 Tamils( as he claims-and false ) and 100,000,000 Sinhalese ,Tamils ,Muslims should be killed so they can happily say see whats happening in srilanka.today we all are living in peace trying to build up the communities. its Hilarius to call Sinhalese barbarians. then when the LTTE killed many thousands of Muslims while praying inside a mosque for what cos they refused to leave there home land.there where many many children mind you.if you really want to help Tamils or srilankans please please for god sake write a book about how much Srilanka Suffered because  of LTTE.and how many innocent civilians were killed for over 30 long years.why talk about just 1 month of war…cos they are sad the LTTE was defeated.and finally the war is over and Srilanka is blooming,i a simple Muslim girl in srilanka is writing this comment because i am shocked to see all this comments written here.All i am asking the west to leave us alone and all the Tamil brothers and sisters come to srilanka feel the difference be a part of us and help your own community to rebuild there lives which they lost cos of LTTE.thank you

  45. all the parents who fears for there children who goes to school or when ever they go out of there homes.not only in the north even in the other parts of srilanka this was the situation,any one who ever lived during the time of LTTE will never speak like you or even agree with the Writer of Cage.and this article tell us the LTTE is going to start another war and that the Writer is so sure that even the Tamils in Srilanka will help them if so.which mean he wants another 40,000 Tamils( as he claims-and false ) and 100,000,000 Sinhalese ,Tamils ,Muslims should be killed so they can happily say see whats happening in srilanka.today we all are living in peace trying to build up the communities. its Hilarius to call Sinhalese barbarians. then when the LTTE killed many thousands of Muslims while praying inside a mosque for what cos they refused to leave there home land.there where many many children mind you.if you really want to help Tamils or srilankans please please for god sake write a book about how much Srilanka Suffered because of LTTE.and how many innocent civilians were killed for over 30 long years.why talk about just 1 month of war…cos they are sad the LTTE was defeated.and finally the war is over and Srilanka is blooming,i a simple Muslim girl in srilanka is writing this comment because i am shocked to see all this comments written here.

    All i am asking the west to leave us alone and all the Tamil brothers and sisters come to srilanka feel the difference be a part of us and help your own community to rebuild there lives which they lost cos of LTTE.

    thank you

  46. Ettappa Nayakkar was a Telugu and not a Tamil.

    All the Tamils are not LTTE but all the LTTE are Tamils. LTTE killed Tamil people more than in any “riots”.

  47. First of all tamil people come out and realise how barbaric they are. From the time of the independent they keep on butchering singalis and encroaching muslim lands and properties. They always have a small percentage of ill informed well looked after singlses with them to show case but in reality they simply racisum. It is the centre of discussion whenever any two singalse&muslims meet. I heard several times that Tamils and Sinhalese were cohabiting happily and peacefully. No the truth is tamils were peacefull and happy untill there were some form of retaliation.

    More than any thing JHU pointed out in parliement that in total 9878 sinhalese and muslims were killed by LTTE. The truth is atleast 10% of them were killed by the tamil proxies. Apart from that through out history there were several single days tamils+muslims+singales were killed more than 10,000 by ltte. No one can get the actual number because it is always tamils who kills as well as do not trust censess. The offical statistics of 83 riats is 1,235 deaths but the true casualities in severalevery cities alone not exceed this.

    I dont know when would the barbarians would at least realise what they are doing and be ready to listen what realy un intimidated Tamils say.

  48. More importantly , though hated by the Tamils, the ‘Sinhala Buddhists’ have a beautiful island and they plan to keep it for themselves and only share it with patriotic Muslims whom they consider brothers and any others who are happy to live with them. Sinhala Christians who are far better than the ‘sinhala buddhists’ have been living with them in the same island and even intermarriages have been taking place. Tamils on the other hand who are far far superior to Sinhala ‘high cast and very very high cast’, ‘clever and very very clever’, educated and very very highly educated dont have a country of their own and are still looking for a homeland. We wish them good luck and pray to God that they may be granted a homeland, perhaps in Canada.

  49. Chuti BOSS,

    I have written in my own words, it is my original idea that someone has sent you by email. You better tell the person who sent you the email not to copy other peoples ideas.

    By the way what is wrong in copying other peoples ideas???

    Even the university Dons in Sri Lanka are copying other peoples ideas.

  50. Gordon Weiss can write , write , write…&.. write.. all nonsense till cows come home,.. …or till his coffer fills with $…
    According to him 40,000 died, how many LTTE’rs ? Zero?
    Most probably, (if his 40,000 deaths to be taken seriously) then 39,900 LTTE’rs should be among them.
    UN, UNHRC, War Crimes Tribunal & Chinese /Indian role in Sri Lanka etc., (either true or false.)
    How come one country, whether valid or not, selected in isolation & taken to task? because it’s tiny?
    How about USA protecting Israel , more than 20 times in during last 20 years USA vetoed resolutions condemning Israel at UNSC.? US open backing (financially, militarily & politically) of non ending Israel’s crimes against Palestinians / forcible occupation of land , from 1967 to date is justified? because Israelis are, after all came from Europe & white skinned. that’s O.K.
    How about killing dozens of millions of Red Indians, Aborigines when whites conquered (robbed) American land (now USA & Canada ) & Australian land from original owners of land ? Justified , because now they are rich & white skinned, European, Christians did that., that’s O.K. ,because they are the owners of this World.
    Please note ,gone are the days White Supremacists ruled the world.

  51. Other than the Veddhas all others in Sri Lanka are migrants. The Sinhalese came from India, Buddhism came from India. How come the Sinhalese-Buddhist migrants from India become the owners of Sri Lanka???

  52. “TAMILS better qualify to be the best Barbarians!”

    Are you talking about yourself and people of your ilk???

  53. Wonderful man you are Mr.Gorden Weisss. Why dont you make a through research of Austarlian Aborgins make a resonable research and make a good book about it rather than depending on well documented terrorist money. Atlease write a book how well they are taken care of by your country without any discrimination and disrespect.

  54. DBS; I have read the book and I intend to read it again. Have bought a copy for a freind and hope to pass a couple more around. I am neither Pro LTTE nor am I anti Sinhala Bhudist. The book reveals to us what has happened to a country which had so much promise. It is a must read for all who miss their Country of birth.
    Please stop hating each other; there has been enough blood spilled.

  55. I got so sick of what f…… Sivakumar said on 18th. Mate, understand we irrespective of Sinhala, Buddihists, Hindu Tamils, Christian Tamils or Sinhala people left SL for f…… economic reasons in the first instance. I know some left after July 1983, including couple of my close friends, because f…… racial attacks. So do not f… generalise matters. Be f…… truthful and talk real.

  56. DELETED…………..DBSJ

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please stop using the “F”&write your comments.I have no objection to your views but I dont want your prefacing each sentence with an “F”

  57. Chuti, may be you should set an example and spew your diatribes about your “Western Masters” in your own thoughts instead of taking the ideas and words from the state media personnel.

  58. “Please note ,gone are the days White Supremacists ruled the world.”

    Mr Gordon Weiss is of European Jewish origin – The very ones the White Superamists wanted wipe out.
    Thats why his family fleed and came to Australia.

  59. kodage,
    How can the singalse make peace, when this TNA. tells something and do something else quite contrary.
    Take for instance the TNA-Govt. dialogue going on for almost a year.
    Various members of the TNA. make various statements and lie to the International community.
    The TNA has openly stated that TNA will lose the support of THEIR electorate if he gives any concessions to MUSLIMS+SINGALSES.

  60. Mr Sivanathan!
    I do not want to defend the LTTE here, for the killings you mentioned. In -fact, it is the year 1986, which changed my mind, of us Tamils going it alone for a full separate state. I fully supported the 1987 agreement. In my view, we should have accepted the Indo-Srilankan pact, and India as a guarantor we should have left the fighting to India against R Premadasa, Buddhist-monks, JVP and the Sinhalese. That way, we could have even gone up-to a full aseparaate state, without losing many Tamil lives. In my opinion, JR planned to destroy the LTTE by using India, thinking after the destruction of the LTTE by the Indian forces, he could backtrack from his agreement with India, using international pressure(cold-war was still on). If he had actually planned like that, it could have made Tamil-Eelam became a reality. But, Premadasa intervened and spoiled his plans. But still, If we had stayed with India, India could not have left us at the mercy of these BARBARIANS.

    But, the way you are describing the LTTE as heartless animals, I could not agree. Do you know what the Tamils problem is? Every-body wants power. Everyone thinks, he is more qualified than the other. We Tamils all are selfish bastards. Nearly everyone of us is ready to go anywhere, do anything for our own selfish reasons. We have no principles. So, those things had to happen.

  61. The NGO and UN community (close knit) in SL has a good life. They usually have party’s and drink well into the night and swap stories about primitive natives (both Tamil and Sinhala) and how superior they are. They spend heaps on money at various beach resorts. Some of them have local girlfriends/boy friends. They believe that they are doing a great service to SL by being there. Gordon Weiss is pissed off that the SL government kicked him off from SL and he is out to get revenge (how dare these ignorant natives kick me out) and also now he wants to make money from the book.
    But where do they get the money from? Either from western tax payers or charitable donations from the west. These guys are usually highly educated liberal guys who are sponging off the western tax payers. The have a god complex (they believe they are god or close to god) who know everything. The SL war was a god send for them. Last thing they wanted was the war to end.

    Look at Haiti. Apparently the NGO’s collected 10 bullion dollars after earthquake. The local Haitian population has got less than 5% of this. Everything else was used up by the NGO’s. The western governments don’t want give aid to third world countries directly because of corruption. The NGO’s also push this line for their own benifit. Instead they give to NGO’s which they use for their life style.

  62. Dear Roshan

    My point is Srilankans (all communities) do not treat tamils like Ausies treating Aboginies, now and then. All Mr. Weiss was doing is a commercial act. To sell his books to tamil diaspora. He does not give a damn about you or anybody else.

    If he is really wanted to write about people, who are really suffering, he should write something he is seeing in his own country. After all charity begins at home. Isn’t is.

  63. Because they are the ones who lost their loved ones in front of their eyes!! They are the people who were driven from village village for two years, starved, tortured, bombed, shelled, imprisoned without charges and don’t even know whether loved ones are dead or alive!!!

    They are the people who were kept behind bars, with the two legged DEMONS guarding them armed to the teeth!!! They are the people who could not defend the rapists and robbers as they are the same sadists who were guarding them arms and with the tacit support of the Govt. to do whatever they like!!

    You are calling the diaspora “terrorist” What do you call the successive Sri Lankan governments who orchestrated several anti Tamil POGROMS and killed several thousand innocent civilians by bombing, shelling, starving and torture?

  64. Yes indeed chaps, how dare these immigrants criticise their masters? These jumped up brownskins should be taught their place. Now boy, Sivakumar, fetch me my slippers!

  65. So according to your argument, just because I live in the West I can not criticize the governments? If that is the case, why did Canadian Tamils massively criticize the inaction of the Canadian government in May of 2009 by blocking highways and roads?

    Apply the same argument, no immigrant to US can not say anything bad about US policy in Iraq? No immigrant to UK can talk about racial discrimination that exist there?

  66. As a first time author, poor Gordon only gets around 8% per copy of his book sold, may be even less. So don’t be envious Ray!

  67. Kodage and mahath-thaya,

    We can argue about how to resolve our ethnic issues but in the meanwhile our country will go down the drain. If anyone, only our government could enforce a resolution but they don’t seem to care as they go on amassing wealth by crooked means. It is the common man, be it Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim who would feel the pinch in years to come, when they go out to buy commodities.

  68. “They are the people who were driven from village village for two years, starved, tortured”,
    Most probably by LTTE. because those poor, innocent Tamils were not allowed to leave Terror outfit & kept as the Human Shield.

    Even those Tons of Food sent by “Sinhala” GOSL for poor Tamils trapped were forcibly taken by “Heroic” LTTE.

  69. Were you born yesterday Mr. Sivakumar? You cannot change the history of Sri Lanka. It belongs Sinhalese who have always been lived in harmony with the minorities and showed respect to all the other religions atall times. Buddhism is a philosophy discourage violence embrace peace. History says your (tamils of Sri Lanka) passion have always been destruction, killing and invasion. You guys are the pioneers of introuducing suicide boming to this entire world. Sinhalese (who were also Buddhist, Christians, Chatholics and other denominations), muslims, burghers have been tolerating the killings, massacres (killing of innocent unarmed villages, pregnant women, children, elderly people), suicide bombing for the past 30 years which was thankfully ended.

    Innonce poor tamil low cast people suffered from your own people and the war. You guys took advantage of the war and sought comfortable life in the westeren countries. Why didn’t you all choose to go to Tamil Nadu your home land instead which is the closest.

    Sinhalese do not have any problem with the Western countries or Christianiy. The problem is the Western Countries do not want to recognise Sri Lanka as a one country with many minorities with equal opportunites, but supporting, funding terrorists to divide the country for their personal gain – sell weapons and make money.

    Be realistic Sivakumar – We are not going to live forever. Be good to everyone whether Westerner, or Asian – show compassion not hatred.

  70. Gordon Weiss created the myth of 40,000 civilian deaths, which fabrication helped his Tamil Separatist friends to further their false propoganda. This man doesn’t want to understand that, Sri Lanka had a “zero civilian casualty policy” and NOT the impossible to achieve “Zero civilian casualties”. He now talks of “sinhalisation” of the North (copying the Tamilnet racists) but not a word about the “Tamilisation” that went on at break neck speed through evictions and genocide of non-tamils in the last three decades under Prabakaran, as well as in the past two centuries by the Dutch and the British. One must ask whether this man’s continual lying to help separatist propoganda is of any benefit to himself?
    Reconciliation cannot even begin unless past injustices are corrected and all citizens given equal rights to live wherever they wished. Reversing the recent forced Tamilisation of the North and other parts by the Tigers, should be the goal of any future SriLankan Government.

  71. The Sinhalese who came from India in a boat and occupied Sri Lanka are the one and ONLY race in this entire world who believes that the majority race in a country are the owners of the country and the minority race in a country are stateless.

  72. Ranjan, Toronto

    “So according to your argument, just because I live in the West I can not criticize the governments?”

    Now, please do not twist the subject. The above is not the context in which I was arguing. I am talking about the so called Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) Patriots (bloody hypocrites) living in the West and bad mouthing the West, accusing the Christian West with a conspiracy against Sinhala-Buddhists and Sri Lanka.

    These Sinhalese came to the West because they were not happy in Sri Lanka and at the same time they are badmouthing the white countries while dying to stay in them. I don’t know why the so called great Sinhala patriots don’t want to give up their citizenship first and go back home for good.

    The Sinhalese are happy to beg from the white masters and bad mouth them. That is the typical disgusting Sinhala character. The Tamils won’t bad mouth the people who help them in anyway. That is the difference.

    I agree that the majority of Tamils came to the West as refugees fleeing from Sinhala state terrorism. Today, we are equal citizens in the countries where we live. I know so many Tamils who are making more money than the white people.

    “If that is the case, why did Canadian Tamils massively criticize the inaction of the Canadian government in May of 2009 by blocking highways and roads?”

    It seems like you have no clue about the country you are living. The democratic protests, blocking highways and buildings to grab attention of the officials and public is the great Canadian way. There are many Canadians who followed these methods of protests long before the Tamils. Maybe you should learn the history of Canada and Canada’s great democratic traditions before blabbering about Tamils.

    I know the Sinhalese cannot understand or appreciate the democratic traditions, all they know is the Sinhala white van justice system.

  73. When you people go back to the La la land in India from where you came please drop us in Tamil Nadu on your way.

  74. I usually read and don’t contribute but felt compelled to add my two cents.
    I agree that many thousands did die in the final days of the war; this was indeed tragic but an unavoidable necessity. I know this sounds macabre but we have to see it as collateral damage, the same way I see the thousands of innocent Sinhala youth killed in the 80’s during the JVP cleanup.
    This ruthlessness was a pattern repeated before by Sinhala on Sinhala, this is the only way we as a nation can claim to have wiped out two terrorist organizations successfully………..through sheer brutality.
    I agree wholeheartedly that post war civilian management in the North was poorly handled but with the Tamil diaspora clamoring in the West for a resurgence of the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Government will be absolutely idiotic and reckless to de-militarize the North.
    Towards the end of the fighting, the international pressure on the government was reaching a crescendo, the Rajapaksa’s knew that the opportunity was fleeting to end this thing for once and for all, India was backing us for finality, the brothers were aware of the long term consequences to them personally by going all-out and aggressively engaging the LTTE amongst civilians. They had the guts and the dangly parts between their legs to push forward.
    They may invariably be condemned as international pariahs for what they have done for us who live here in Sri Lanka, but they will always have the eternal gratitude of very many people such as me for carrying the cross on our behalf and ridding our nation of these vermin.

  75. So when Tamils protests, it is “democratic protest”. When Sinhalese protests, it is bad mouthing the Canadian government.

    For your information, blocking major highways by putting women with children in strollers on them is not “democratic protest”. That is child abuse. Canadian pretty much know that.

  76. What about the Europeans who came to new world in boats and then proceed to wipe out the natives and occupy their land? What about the whites who went in boats to Australia and wiped out the Aboriginals?

  77. Has Mr Gordon donated any profits to the poor in the North, either directly or through his pals in the Diaspora?.

  78. Ranjan, Toronto

    There is a Sinhala saying, when you ask a person where are you going, the reply was ‘coconut in my bag’. I am wondering if it is a Sinhala saying or it is part of the Sinhala culture because most of your comments are matching the above phrase.

  79. “So when Tamils protests, it is “democratic protest”. When Sinhalese protests, it is bad mouthing the Canadian government.”

    Again out of context.

    Where are you going?
    I have a coconut in my bag.

  80. Indians will kick all the troublesome Siri lankans out of there Lata land & tamil nadu !!

    Let the siriLankans lick their wounds by themselves !!

  81. There are no happy people in this world. Sinhala, Buddhist, Tamil, Hindu, Christian, Muslims and others, where ever they stay, Sri Lanka or else where, would never be happy. That’s the nature of human beings. Do you expect if the Tamils get a home land or Eelam, will they be happy? Not at all. They will be more unhappier than now.

  82. All you guys are side tracked and having a go at each other.

    Mr. Gordon should solve the problmes faced by the Aboriginal people of Australia before he try to solve the problems in other countries. What about the black deaths in custody ?. Has any one convicted ever for any black death in Australia ?. Look at the amount of racism in Australia. An Indian man/student cannot walk down the road, they get bashed. Indisn taxi drivers get bashed almost every week in every big city in Australia. At this very moment there is a big debate going on in the media about how racist Australians are. So Mr Gordon, there are big skelitons in you cupboard.
    You should be staying back home and have a go at your own Govt. to solve those problems. Have you ever been to any Aboriginal settlements in Australia. They are worst off than the poor Tamils/Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. Alcohol was introduced to them by the white man to destroy them and now it is a big problem in those communities. These people were poisoned by the white man to wipe them out, but still they survived.
    Mr Gordon please get a copy of ‘The last Tasmanian’ and have look how they hunt down the innocent Aborogines. They shot them like dogs, but Aussies love their dogs. In fact Australian dogs are having a better life than the Aborogines.

    Well I can go on and on and this blog is not enough to write the inhuman treatement
    meted out to the Aboroginal people in Asutralia by the white people of Australia even today. Therefore, Nr Gordon please have a good look at yourself in the mirror before pointing your finger at Sri Lanka. Remember when you point one finger at Sri Lanka, four fingers in your hand point at yourself.

  83. Good on ya DBSJ for deleting comments made with profanities. Mr Sri Lal Perera should be able to express his opinion without any abusive language.

  84. “Lets agree war was dirty for 30 years, both Sinhalese and tamils suffered”.

    The war was not for 30 years. The “war” started soon after the British left. LTTE was the CREATION of the successive TERRORIST STATE ORGANISED POGROMS and intransigent attitudes towards the Tamil people and PHYSICAL ABUSE of innocent Tamils starting from 1956!!!

    The physical abuse of innocent people, especially young men and women and forgotten promises continues to this day!!!

    Thanks to people like Gordon Weiss at least a fraction of the atrocities committed by the STATE TERRORIST are being brought to the attention of the world. The whole world knows the truth about the TERRORIST STATE of SRI LANKA, but keeps quite in their own interest!!!

  85. Marusira, why don’t you solve the Sri Lankan problem before passing judgement on Australia? If Sri Lankan govt had solved the problem or looked after all its citizens as equal, this problem would not have risen and Gordon Weiss would not have written the book!!!

    First of all question your beloved Royal Family’s unlawful deeds and their governance of the country with the help of drug addicts and sadistic security forces. Let all the extended family of the Royal family declare their ill gotten assets!!!Try to get rid of the “White Van” first!!!

  86. I did not see any question to Mr.Weiss on the 40000 he said was killed that created so much controversy. Mr.Weiss had an opportunity here to firsthand explain how he came to that figure.I would have thought that would be the first question that the interviewer would have asked if he was indeed an impartial one.This huge gap would only give credence that this was an interview where it has been agreed by both parties,the interviewer and Mr.Weiss on the type of questions to be put forward.I have the highest regard for MR.Weiss who stuck his neck out for a beleagured people,but he should be now brave enough to face a hostile interviewer instead of stage managed soft ones like these.

  87. as for him whingeing that he is damned by the establishment in srilanka,what was he expecting,a deshamanya?

  88. You are a deamon Mr. Weiss. Now you change the voice to get some opportunity from anti LTTE side. People like you who entirely depend on dole-project-dole cycle always do it.

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