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ScoMo Wins Government in Australia

May 19, 2019

It was close to midnight Eastern Time in Australia when the opposition leader Bill Shorted took to the stage to concede defeat in the federal election. What was expected to be the unlosable election was lost. They was no swing to the opposition Labour Party across the country, despite opinion poll after opinion poll claim some kind of groundswell. Early in the night it was obvious that all the campaigning was producing zero traction across the nation. Suburban working class seats that were tradionally the heart land of Labour voters in New South Wales were falling to LNP Coalition government. Queensland was a disaster for Labour. By 8.30pm, just two and half hours after polls closed, it was obvious that the Labour Part were not receiving any major swing in their direction.

Jubalent expectation died quickly in the opposition and was transformed into a somber mood of defeat. They knew what was coming and only held out hope that as counting in the western states came there might be a few gain to flip the result or at best create a hung parliament. No such hope came as the people of Australia decided that the status quo of the current government was far better than the risk of change. The election that was reputed to in the bag for Labour was over.

The Liberal National Part Coalition did have one significant loss with the defeat for the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to a new commer independant. His defeat was most likely due the carpet bombing campain run by a whole range of cashed up activist. Mob like Getup poured millions of dollars and thousand of voluteers with the objective of taking Tony Abbott down. The campaign against Tony Abbott was ugly, dishoest and even violent. Obscene posters were erected, his posters were torn down, feases was sent to his office, Getup had to pull one of its ads that portrayed Tony letting a person drown and finally, one of his election staff being stabbed. Ironically, it is likely that the intense campaign against Tony Abbott drew so many resources from Getup that they little left to campaign in any other seat. Thus enuring that the effort to defeat Tony Abbott cotributed to the LNP victory. National Party member, Barnaby Joyce, went so far as to thank Gettup for wasting their resources in this way.

The counting of vote was going through the night as the official number of seats are yet to be known. If Scott Morrison gains 76 seats then he will have a majority government and won’t have to make grubby deals with a gaggle of greedy inderpendants.

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Sri Lankan Easter Attack Update:Bio attack-next phase of terrorist attack?

April 29, 2019
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Sri Lankan Easter Attack Update:Bio attack-next phase of terrorist attack?

Media in Sri Lanka report that the next planned phase of terrorist attacks might have been chemical weapons.

Editorial Comment:

The report claims to have seen quantities of sulphuric acid but all I saw in the video were large containers of Nitric Acid.

Since I have worked in explosive manufacturing I think that should point out that Nitric Acid is one of the raw components in the manufacture of high explosives. Explosive manufacture is often referred to as Nitration because of the use of Nitric Acid. eg: Nitro Glycerine, Nitro Cellulose etc.

This make me a little skeptical about claims of chemical attacks.

Moving forward after the Sri Lankan Bombing

April 27, 2019

Moving forward after the Sri Lankan Bombing

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For the last week, since Easter Sunday, I have had a constant stream of contact with friend and inlays from Sri Lanka.  Of greatest concern were my wife’s relations who we knew frequented the St. Sebastian Church in the Negombo area.  I am very familiar with this church and St. Anthony’s in the middle of Colombo and fully understand how popular these places are.  My wife’s first cousin, who we have travelled extensively around Sri Lanka with, just happened to be in Colombo for a funeral and as a result did not attend St. Sebastian’s on Easter Sunday.  Another two cousins we were not so sure about.  For two days my wife tried hopeless to find out whether they were okay.  Eventually we did receive a message that even they had attended the Easter mass at St. Sebastian’s church in the Negombo district when the bomb went off they avoided injury.  One cousin, who was sitting close to where the bomb went off, left the church to take his child outside to the bathroom just moments before the blast.  His brother had already decided to be outside the the main building, under the wide veranda of the church, because it was so hot and inside.  As a result he avoided being injured or worse.  Unfortunately, yesterday morning we received word that one of my wife’s second cousin’s had been killed in the blast.  I met this lady several years ago at a shop that she owned in Sri Lanka and as a result can sense that the senselessness of this terrible crime.  The loss must be devastating for her immediate family.

I was informed by another friend in the area that one of the main problems with burying the dead is that there are not enough coffins available yet.  In Negombo, there are a few coffin makers who would struggle to keep up with the sudden demand.  Coffins are traditionally hand made in Sri Lanka and take some effort to craft.  However, some funerals have already taken place.

The other problem is the embargo on social media that the government had imposed for security reasons. This has left many people in the dark about the status of their loved ones.  Curfews and heavy security have been enforced as precaution.  New that I receiving directly from Sri Lanka indicates that the atmosphere in Sri Lanka is tense.  The population was mentally unprepared for this sudden shocking attack after nearly ten years of peace.  Nor did they expect it to come from a minority group who had not expressed any major grievances.  The whole problem become more complicated when you consider international sponsorship, meaning that the objective of the terrorist has little to do with domestic issues.  Just murderous masters from overseas plotting to kill people that they have never met or know anything about.  It is the very definition of callousness. 

For the Muslim communities living in Sri Lanka this a wake up call.  Deep within their midst are extremists and radicals who have been plotting and planning mass murder in their name.  If the cannot route them out then they will suffer the same fate that Tamil population did when the LTTE declared war.  The innocent bystander will be caught in the cross fire.  And just like the LTTE, the radicals will target decent within the Muslim population ruthlessly. The most dangerous enemy to a civilian Tamil during the recent civil war was the LTTE who, murder their Tamil rivals; alternative community leaders; recruited their children as soldier and terrorised their Diaspora in western havens.  Peace and freedom or war and slavery to a caliphate.  Those are the choices.

Christians, in particular Catholics, were targeted precisely because of their faith.  As a tiny minority in Sri Lanka they are totally exposed to random terrorist attacks from well organised fanatics.  There is no justification for these suicide blasts and there had been no antagonism between Christians and muslims in Sri Lanka.  Suggestion that the attack was retaliation for the attack in Mosque in New Zealand that killed 50 muslims are a stretch.  There is no link between what happened in New Zealand and Christians living in Sri Lanka.  In fact, the attacker called himself and eco-terrorist, whatever that means?  The sophisticated nature and shear size of the co-ordinated attack would have taken months to plan, longer to resource and even longer to recruit the willing suicide bombers.  The motivation to kill large numbers of civilians existed long before the New Zealand attack that took place just a month ago.  At best this justification is just tacked on as a dot point to deeper and darker motives.

The immediate ramification of the emergency are still being felt, with high security throughout the island, random discovery of explosive laden vehicles, arrest of suspect and the discovery of a suicide vest factory yesterday.  Security services are warning that further attacks are likely and as a result Sunday masses have been suspended until further notice.

Right now Sri Lanka is in danger of defending into mindless terrorist violence.  How quickly its shuts down this threat will determine its future.

Breaking News: Suicide Bomb Factor Raided by Police in Sri Lanka – Video

April 27, 2019

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Sri Lanka Police have raided premises in the east of Sri Lanka where suicide bomber vests were being manufactered. The factory was in Samanthuria, which is on the east coast of Sri Lanka, had 150 sticks of explosives, 100,00 ball-bearings and larg quantitues of raw chemicals for explosive manufacture. They also found a drone camera and detonators. Amongst the find was an Islamic State flag.

The police were allerted to site when an explosion took place. A shoot out took place when the police arrived but there have been no reports of casualties yet.

Video of the Suicide Vest Factory

Editorial Comment:

Hopefully this is the actual factory used by the terrorists.

Sri Lanka Bombing: Death toll now stand at 321

April 23, 2019

https://www.boston25news.com/news/breaking-news/sri-anka-explosions-easter-sunday-blasts-at-churches-hotels-kill-more-than-200/942041770

Sri Lankans do not deserve to killed in Churches or Hotels. And why it happened.

April 22, 2019

I was contemplating writing a post to celebrate the ten years since of the end the Sri Lankan Civil War soon. It would have talked about the benefits of peace; the wonders of safety and security for the population; the freedom to live without fear of suicide bombers and the contentment that the horrors of terrorism had been eliminated from the island.  I was so happy to have a 25 year burden taken away from a population that did not deserve to suffer endlessly and could hardly cope with endless cycles of violence.  It would have been a story of the triumph of peace over war.  Yet all that changed yesterday when bombs targeting Catholic Churches and hotels suddenly exploded across the island.  Make no mistake  Sri Lanka was just issued a bloody declaration of war by a group of people who had no qualms about killing helpless innocents who prayed in churches to celebrate the holiest day of their year.   Yet that was not enough for the monsters who planned this terrible crime, they wanted to teach some people staying at hotels that they too were fodder for their death machine.

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At last count, there have been 207 people killed as a result of these co-ordinated bombings.  Some estimate say that between 400-600 people have injured.  This is the largest deliberate attack upon civilians in Sri Lanka for more 10 years. Even throughout the civil war I am struggling to make comparisons. The blast at the Central Bank Colombo and the bombing of the bus stand in central Colombo are two example of carnage on this scale.  However, most of the attacks by the LTTE were limited in to killing dozens rather than hundreds of people. In the case of the Central Bank in Colombo, it is widely accepted that bomb was prematurely detonated before reaching its likely target in the Fort District.  Targets by the terrorist in most cases were selected for their strategic and psychological importance.  Train stations, buses and the International Airport were aimed at intimidating the population and  inflicting economic damage to the tourist and financial stability of Sri Lanka.  At the early part of the Sri Lankan conflict the LTTE did target Buddhist religion sites when in 1985 the LTTE burst into the Temple of the Sacred Bodhi tree in Anrudapura and gunned down dozens of Buddhist monks as they prayed.  Another major direct attack on religious site was in the earlier 1990’s when a truck laden with high explosives was detonated out side the Temple of Tooth in Kandy.  Few people were killed in this second bast but the Temple of the Tooth was damaged.  In both cases the motivation of the attack was designed to stir up rage to the point that Buddhist people would rise up and take revenge upon the Tamil population like what occurred in the 1983 pogrom.  In the later case government officials and leader warned people not to be provoked into giving the LTTE their propaganda victory by rioting.

In the Civil War Christian and Catholic site were rarely, if ever targeted.  This was because ethnic Catholics are comprise of large numbers of Tamils and Sinhalese.  It would have been a PR disaster for the LTTE to target Tamils as they prayed in churches and would kill any ethnic sympathy for the LTTE shared with Catholic Tamils.  Even at the height of the Civil War both the government forces and the LTTE were so terrified of losing Catholic sympathy that they avoided letting the famous Madhu Church for being destroyed in the crossfire that they deserted the area.  Nor has the LTTE ever directly targeted foreigners. The bottom line here is that the attacks on Easter morning 2019 do not have any hallmarks of a typical LTTE terrorist action.  It comes across as action of an organisation who cares more about secular and ideological differences than ethnic ones.  Targeting hotels was ideological but targeting churched is in the realm of a holy war mentality. 

Make no mistake, there is a plan here.  To co-ordinate six explosions in churches and hotels requires sophistication, careful planning, logistics, weapons and explosive, and a large quantity of money.  Nothing could happen unless there were finances to by the material for the explosives.  Planning would have to have taken weeks, if months, and the secrecy of the those involved was paramount. 

The Sri Lanka of 2019 is a very different environment than the Sri Lanka of 2009 when the Civil ended.  The LTTE are a dead organisation with no ability to revive its long term object of separatism.  Its armies are defeated and it leaders decimated.  Their overseas propaganda and fundraising units are splintered and fighting over the last scraps of an imploded empire.  No one is charge and as a result they are in complete disarray.  They no longer have the resources to plan and carry out attacks of this nature.  This attack has come from a new direction, but where.

10 days before the attack there were security report that churches were going to be targeted by a radical Islamic organisation.

“Sri Lanka Blasts Live Updates: 156 dead, over 500 injured in six explosions on Easter,” Economic Times, April 21, 2019:

* “A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” said the alert.

* NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalization of Buddhist statues.

 

Two of the attacks have been confirmed as being carried out by suicide bombers.

It has also been announced that Sri Lankan security forces have 7 suspects in custody.

Editorial Comment:

On personal note, as you would expect there have many calls to Sri Lanka from my home.  

Of greatest concern were cousin of my wife from Negombo whose regular parish church is St. Sebastian where one of the attacks took place.

One cousin said that they happened to be attending a funeral in Colombo at the time of the blast.  Otherwise they would have attended St. Sebastian’s.

Another two cousins of my wife did go to the St. Sebastion’s Easter mass at the time of the attack.

One was sitting at the front of the church when he took his sone out to visit the bathroom moments before the blast.

The other cousin his brother decided to stand outside because the church was so packed and hot.  As a result both narrowly missed death and injury.

Breaking News: Several Churches in Sri Lanka have been bombed.

April 21, 2019

Breaking News: Several Churches in Sri Lanka have been bombed.

Video after the blast at Kutuwapitiya Church


http://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/Explosions-in-Kochchikade–Katuwapitiya-and-Colombo/155-165645

A friend in Sri Lanka reports that 4 Churches have been attacked. New media is reporting that 3 churhes and 3 hotels have been targeted.

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