September 3, 2008
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel!
They say that Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel! In my opinion, Patriotism is the last and only refuge of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as he is clueless as to how to manage the economy. The only bait he can dangle at the majority is a few military victories that seem to be endlessly won in the government media! No independent reporting is allowed and the Tamilnet was blocked a few months back for obvious reasons.
Mahindas Sri Lanka today, is similar to Hitlers Germany! Hitler was a vegetarian and a teetotaler, but he killed over 6 million Jews! Members of the Sihala Urumaya and most Buddhists are vegetarian and teetotalers, BUT many Tamils have been killed since Independence in the name of suppressing 'Terrorisim'! In the JVP uprisings of the 70s and late 80s...many Sinhala youth were also killed by their own kind!
Cellular services were suspended sometime back in Jaffna by the SLA. Today Tamil telephone users at all Communication Centers in Jaffna have to complete a form issued by Sri Lanka army before they take foreign calls.
Hitler forced the Jews to wear the 'Star of David' on their arms to identify them as Jews!
Now the GOSL has forced Tamil residents in Jaffna to carry a special document of identification issued by the security forces, in addition to the national identity card provided by the Emigration and Immigration Department.
They say that the pen is mightier than the sword, and it has been proved correct over and over again! In Sri Lanka over 12 journalists have been killed in the last 2 years, many of them were Tamil journalists! People tend to kill the messenger when they don’t like the message!
They crucified Jesus Christ for preaching about Love!
They shot Mahatma Ghandi for speaking about equality!
And they shot Martin Luther King for speaking about justice!
But how many can they kill…and for how long?
The Government keeps talking about patriotism and how people should join hands to defeat terrorism! Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
Given below are a few famous quotes that hopefully will jog the minds of the blind patriots of Sri Lanka!
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
~ Julius Caesar ~
"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
~ Hermann Goering ~ Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II
"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think."
~ Adolf Hitler ~
"All propaganda has to be popular and has to adapt its spiritual level to the perception of the least intelligent of those towards whom it intends to direct itself."
~ Adolf Hitler ~ Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"), Vol. I
"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the state."
~ Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels ~ Hitler's propaganda minister