Germany calls Hitler comment by Lankan monk “plain stupid”

Germany has called the recent comment made by a Buddhist monk linking former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and notorious dictator Adolf Hitler as “plain stupid” and irresponsible.

The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jorn Rohde said that he fully agrees with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s condemnation of the “outrageous remarks” made by the Venerable Venduruwe Upali Thera about the need for a Hitler in Sri Lanka.

“The remarks only demonstrate that wearing a robe does not prevent individuals from issuing irresponsible and plain stupid statements. We need more democracy- not less- all over the world,” the German Ambassador said.

Under Hitler’s leadership and racially motivated ideology, the tnen German Nazi regime was responsible for the genocide of at least 5.5 million Jews and millions of other victims whom he and his followers deemed Untermenschen (sub-humans) or socially undesirable.

Hitler and the Nazi regime were also responsible for the killing of an estimated 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war.

In addition, 29 million soldiers and civilians died as a result of military action in the European theatre. The number of civilians killed during the Second World War was unprecedented in warfare and the casualties constituted the deadliest conflict in human history. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. Thanks heavens for this Ambassador

    As far as that so called ‘Anunayaka’ is concerned all we can say is:

    Budu Ammo !!!

    What education does this Anunayaka have to blast forth on politics? Did he go to school or university and study political science, or social studies, or principles of good governance or history or geography or science or mathematics or economics or law or accountancy or art, or even English Language to get a world view outside the frog’s well? NO. Obviously he has not even studied the Teachings of the Buddha which includes ‘Metta’ or ‘Loving Kindness’. The barbaric atrocities of Hitler and other Fascist Dictators is the exact opposite of Buddhism. If this had been a Catholic or Anglican Priest he would have faced strictures or even dismissal by the Pope of the Archbishop, but in Sri Lanka the Mahanayakas keep quiet, and are complicit in incitement to mass murder .

    Why are Buddhist priests so remarkably dense on worldly matters? This is because little boys as young as 9 or 10 (novices) are handed over to temples by destitute parents when they are too young to decide anything, least of all whether being a priest is what they want to be in life. Children of rich parents are never handed over like that. Whether to be a priest should be a decision taken in adulthood. The little boys in the temples grow up learning Buddhist texts on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path (if that) and anything else the loku hamuduruwo decides to teach the abitththaya at his leisure. That is all. When the kids grow up they often find that being a real priest and actually practicing the Teachings of the Buddha is too hard and they are unqualified to find any other jobs, so they stick on in the temple and in the robe, not to practice the Noble Teachings of The Buddha, but for the free board and lodging. They are then all over the place except in meditation. They are in politics, in street demos, in parliament, and some, go out at night in civvies for laymen’s pleasures. The number of young priests on Facebook is a telling indictment of the practice of Buddhism today in Sri Lanka

    That pathetic state of education and intelligence in this country explains why are people arguing about Hitler and Churchill. This is about the future of Sri Lanka. Hitler was just one example of Fascist rule. Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt wrote about common factors in Fascism after studying fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had many elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. Here are some of them – to compare with Sri Lanka in the recent past and now:

    1) Powerful and Continuing Nationalism: Fascist regimes make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia.

    2) Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights: Ruler = Country. He owns the country. Opponents of the Ruler can be tortured, summarily executed, assassinated, imprisoned with cooked up trials. Courts are a tool of the Ruler.

    3) Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause: The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities, or miscellaneous foreigners

    4) Supremacy of the Military. Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding. Soldiers and military service are glamourized and military personnel, as long as they are loyal to the Ruler personally, are exempt from the laws of the land .
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    5) Controlled Mass Media. Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives.

    6) Religion and Government are Intertwined. Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion.

    7) Labour Power is Suppressed. Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed. NO STREET DEMONSTRATIONS WHATSOEVER

    8) Obsession with Crime and Punishment. Under fascist regimes, the police and military are given almost limitless power to enforce laws on a selective basis

    9) Rampant Cronyism and Corruption. Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

    10) Fraudulent Elections. Elections in fascist nations are a complete sham and are manipulated. Fascist regimes also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

    Sri Lanka seems to have eliminated a lot of these since 2015, though some aspects still linger. Hopefully things like the RTI and an independent judiciary and police will eliminate the remainder over time, if given the chance and not sabotaged by uneducated priests .

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