Your thoughtful note has provoked this set of comments — comments that range far and wide. I will. of course, welcome your reactions and hope that others will chip in with both comments and data. Michael
One: Note this segment in Ameer Ali’s important essay: ” The Islamist creep was manifested in several ways. For example, the cry Allahu Akbar announced the opening and close of every public gathering organised under the banner of SLMC. Quotations from the Holy Quran and the Prophet’s Hadiths added a tone of religiosity to political speeches. Even hand clapping in some instances was substituted by shouting Allahu Akbar to appreciate a speaker’s oratory.” One can speculate that Ameer Ali is writing as a Sri Lankan Australian first and a Muslim second ….. But the point is the inside information conveyed by that observation — data which our Muslim MPs and others have not conveyed to their non-Muslim colleagues — perhaps not having grasped the implications of Wahhabism for inter-communal life in Sri Lanka.
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DBS Jeyaraj, in Daily Mirror, 2 May 2019, where the title is “Battle of Sainthamaruthu Zahran’s family members dead in Sainthamaruthu skirmish between security forces and Islamic State terrorists”
Sri Lanka’s security forces have engaged in many battles and armed confrontations during the long war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The military defeat of the LTTE in May 2009 brought an end to the conflict. Thereafter for ten years, the country has been experiencing peace and relative tranquillity. The armed forces too were confined to barracks most of the time as there was no enemy to combat. The Easter Sunday suicide bomber attacks on Churches and Hotels on April 21st shattered this blissful situation. Sri Lanka was in peril and once again the sacred duty of guarding the nation beckoned to the armed forces after the guns of the Tigers were silenced a decade ago.
- The firing went on for about three and a half hours from 7.30 p.m. to 11 P.m.
- fifteen bodies consisting of six men, six children and three women were found amidst the wreckage
- One came outside & threw bundle of 5,000 notes in the air As the currency notes scattered the youth shouted out
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Jake Wallis Simons in Daily Mail, 25 April 2019 …..
- Wealthy brothers Inshaf and Ilham Ibrahim bombed the luxury Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday terror attack
- Suicide bomber brothers were the sons of a millionaire spice trader and were privately educated in Colombo
- Their attacks claimed the lives of at least 41 foreigners, including eight British holidaymakers – three of whom were children
- As police raided their £1m mansion in an exclusive neighbourhood of Colombo, Ilham’s pregnant wife Fatima blew herself up, killing her three children and three officers
- Inshaf, a successful businessman, owned a copper factory thought to be where the suicide bombs were made
- At least 321 people were murdered in the massacre, 45 of them children, while more than 500 were injured
- Chilling footage shows Ilham and an accomplice bomber attack the Shangri-La while guests had breakfast
- Second clip earlier showed different bomber patting a girl on the head before launching attack on a church
- ISIS has claimed responsibility and released footage of the fighters swearing allegiance to the jihadist grou
Suicide bomber brothers Inshaf Ibrahim (left) and Ilham Ibrahim (right) calmly walked into the luxury Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels on Easter Sunday morning and detonated their vests, killing guests having their breakfast
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Jeffrey Gettleman, Mujib Mashal and Dharisha Bastians, in New York Times, 22 April 2019, where the title is “Sri Lanka Was Warned of Possible Attacks. Why Didn’t It Stop Them?“
The confidential security memo laid it all out: names, addresses, phone numbers, even the times in the middle of the night that one suspect would visit his wife.In the days leading up to Easter Sunday’s devastating suicide bombings that killed at least 321 people in Sri Lanka, the country’s security agencies had been closely watching a secretive cell of the National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a little-known radical Islamist organization that security officials in Sri Lanka now say carried out the attacks and may have received help from abroad.
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