Fair Dinkum responding to an EMAIL CIRCULAR sent by Victor Melder, 20 September 2023 ….. bearing this You-Tube ………………
I gather some Sri Lankan sent it to him with the question, “Are you pro=Indian or pro Chinese?” which is an unfair question because it is framed in such a way as to create and reinforce division, and doesn’t allow for the possibility for one to be both, or to be neutral, or to consider the possibility that Sri Lanka should engage with both India and China when it is in their interests to do so, without interference.
I would say Sri Lankans should be pro-Sri Lanka and then at the next level down, regard India and China as partners, as SL should do with all countries.
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In responding to an email note from the Trinitian MOHAN SAHAYAM re another Trinitian TRAVIS SINNIAH, I proceeded to search for my articles on the role of Commodores Wasantha Karannagoda and Travis Sinniah in identifying and sinking the LTTE’s (illegal?) merchant navy supply ships way out in the Indian Ocean and sinking them in 2007 (a central element in defeating the LTTE).
These are some of my chance FINDS.
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An Observer in a Black Sea Resort Town
Here is an Ukranian propaganda film showing well-fed soldiers, wearing clean uniforms, who haven’t seen fighting, in a pristine location, with each soldier putting their forefinger to their mouth indicating “keep silent”, somewhat reminiscent of a British WW2 propaganda poster that reads, “Careless talk costs lives”. The quietness of the location in the film is emphasised by the sounds of birds and gunfire in the distance.
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