- "Only the dead have seen the end of wars." This Blog is dedicated in the name of all men of the armed forces , paramilitary and police force and innocent people trapped by the hell of this "Tamil Insurrection" - past ,present and future - who have valiantly fought for many years - and many who sacrificed their young lives - to keep this country under one flag and in order to keep "Tamil terrorist " at bay. And may it be noted that this site also looks sadly and in utter disgust at political regimes who have bickered among themselves for for the last fifty years since independence , and have played into the hands off the "Eelamist sympathisers " in trying to compromise the birth right of all Sri Lankans and have prevented all armed forces from eliminating the tamil terrorist and putting an end to this internecine "tamil Insurrection". "This is a bugle call for the people of Sri Lanka to pressurize the politicians of this country to keep political goals , election targets away and their petty political differences away to stamp down this insurrection once and for all - FOR THAT IS THE ONLY WAY FOR LASTING PEACE NOT THROUGH SELF DESTRUCTING PEACE RALLIES. Note:This blog is a collection of articles published regarding the Sri lankan conflict in different web based media that have been collected over a long period.I hope these articles will help one gain a better insight about this internecine conflict that plagues this country more almost three decades.
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September 20, 2014 ත්රිකුණාමලේ දී උපන් බිමේ අයිතිය අහිමි වූ සිංහල අනාථයෝ
April 30, 2014 අරාලි තුඩුවේ දී හමුවූ නාඳුනන සොල්දාදුවා
April 30, 2014 ස්විස් සන්තෝෂම් මාස්ටර්ගේ “රෙඩ් පයර්” මෙහෙයුම
April 30, 2014 විල්පත්තු කැලෑවේ දුටු ගෝත්රික නැටුම
About this BlogThis blog concerns the Sri Lankans fight against LTTE terrorism.LTTE is a ruthless terror outfit which fights for an ethnically pure, separate Tamil homeland for Tamils living in Sri Lanka since 1983. The outfit is well known for its extreme tribalism and nefarious crimes against soft targets specially the women and children. During its two and half decade long terrorist war against Sri Lankan people, LTTE has killed over 70,000 people mostly civilians in its ethnic cleansing raids, indiscriminate bomb attacks, suicide blasts, etc. LTTE is also in top of the UN's list of shame for using child soldiers in war. As a tactical measure the outfit uses only young female cadres and male child soldiers for the front lines.
මුගුරක් ඇවැසිතැන මුගුරක් ගෙන නැගෙනූ …
මුගුරක් ඇවැසිතැන මුගුරක් ගෙන නැගෙනූ
කඩුවක් ඇවැසිතැන කඩුවක් ගෙන කොටනූ
සංග්රාමයට නව ගුණ වැල ගෙන නොයනූ
සංග්රාමයෙන් පසු නවගුණ වැල ගනිමූ
කඩු දුනු හී තෝමර ඈ අවිගෙන
වියරු වැටී සතුරන් දිව එන කල
රණ බිම මැද එරමිණිය ගොතාගෙන
දසසිල් වී නව ගුණවැල ගනිමුද
කවුරුන් හෝ මගේ රට බිලි දේනම්
නොපනත්කම් ගිනිලා අහුලානම්
කුමටද උන් හා සීල සමාදන්
සටනින් තොර මුනිවත අවදානම්
- විශාරද නන්දා මාලනී
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The Eelam bubbleThe Tamil diaspora still talk of winning the "Eelam" war, of seeing "the light at the end of the tunnel of a mythical Tamil state" , even as six elite army divisions strategically lay siege to the Wanni heartland. As it is there is a light, that of a fast-approaching express train that would steam roll the "Eealm" myth to the sun baked Wanni floor forever.
Their sacrifice will not be in vain…."I am a Sri Lankan and I am free today because someone fought, bled or died in my place. I vow that as long as there is breath in my body that that their sacrifice will not be in vain."
Sri Lanka Conflict
- "It is the blood of a ordinary Soldier that make a country great and proud !"
Someones got to do It"someones got to do the things no one else wants to do and sometimes,those who make that choice will pay the ultimate price for it".(Johnny "Mike" Spann)
- ත්රිකුණාමලේ දී උපන් බිමේ අයිතිය අහිමි වූ සිංහල අනාථයෝ
- දිඹුලාගල නා හිමි ඝාතන සිද්ධිය – “හාමුදුරුවන්ට වෙඩි වැදුණෙ නෑ ඔළුවට කෙටේරියකින් කෙටුවා”
- 23 Sinhala Buddhist organizations reveal the ‘truth’ about clashes in Aluthgama
- උතුරු පළාත් සභාව කියන්නේ කුණාටුවක් මම ඒ මැද්දෙන් නැව පදවනවා
- අරාලි තුඩුවේ දී හමුවූ නාඳුනන සොල්දාදුවා
Smell Of VictorySmell that? Napalm, son. Nothing in the world smells like that.I love the smell of napalm in the morning.One time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one enemy body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory. Someday this war's gonna end. Apocalypse Now(1979)
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Give to those who have givenThey died for something that may be trivial to many. A piece of high ground on a salty sand dune, or a landing area in a landmine filled beach, or simply protecting a cadjan bunker in some remote corner of the island. But when dusk settles on this protracted war, every sacrifice these thousands made will have a reason and purpose. We should pay tribute to all our fallen heroes who gave their today for our tomorrow.
- Thunderclap September 22, 2014| Editorial, Tamil Guardian( September 22, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The eyes of the world were on Scotland last week, as the Scottish people voted in a historic referendum on independence. The majority of Scots (55%) chose to keep their homeland as part of the United Kingdom with the promise of more devolved powers, turning down the opportunity to s […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Boko Haram Leader ‘Killed’ September 22, 2014Reports and comments from military sources suggest that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram has been killed in battlePhoto: busstopnews.com( September 22, 2014, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) Shekau, famous for his rambling speeches in videos he posts to taunt the Nigerian government and military is said to have been killed […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Where is the wisdom of our fathers? September 22, 2014| by Philani A Nyoni( September 22, 2014, Harare, Sri Lanka Guardian) I look around and all about me is dust, it has swallowed up the giants of our infanthood. We are the men now, this is the future and history is behind us. One day this land shall look upon some for guidance and leadership.Where is the wisdom of our fathers now? Kwame Nkrumah (21 September […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- How India should deal with new Chinese duality September 21, 2014Modi can be both deft and firm on foreign policy issues. He seems aware that engaging with China helps him get a better deal with the US and Japan even while he puts pressure on Xi when he shakes hands with Obama and Abe.| by Raj Chengappa( September 21, 2014, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) India had never quite seen a Chinese President like Xi Jinping in th […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- UPFA victory in Badulla based on manipulations: Upcountry Tamils September 21, 2014( September 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) More than 50,000 Up Country Tamils from Badulla and Moneregala districts in Uva Provice were not able to cast their votes in the Provincial Council elections held on Saturday, say Upcountry Tamil activists in Badulla. The narrow victory of UPFA in Badulla district is a manipulated victory, they said. The rul […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Uva Election: People Are Ready to Kick Out the Rajapaksas Clan September 21, 2014| The following statement issued by the United National Party( September 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The first salvos of a freedom struggle that eventually brought down imperialist rule in Sri Lanka were heard in the far corners of Uva-Wellassa nearly 200 years ago.Resonating that same heroic spirit, that yearning for freedom and justice, the marc […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Uva Results Not Rosy for the Government September 21, 2014| by Laksiri Fernando ( September 21, 2014, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) When looking at the results of the Uva Provincial Council (PC) elections, there are two main conclusions that emerge very clearly. First is that the unity within the opposition United National Party (UNP) has tremendously uplifted the voter confidence for that party against the ruling Un […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Uva: The Slap and the Signal September 21, 2014| by Tisaranee Gunasekara“Now near enough.”Shakespeare (Macbeth)( September 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Uva is an electoral slap in the face for the Ruling Family, a clear sign that the Rajapaksa magic has begun to wane. The Rajapaksas scraped through in Uva, with an unflattering, uncharacteristic 51.2%. This lacklustre performance is post-18th Am […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Taking A Long Hard Look At Our ‘Barbarism’ September 21, 2014| by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena Courtesy, ‘Focus on Rights’ The Sunday Times( September 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The twin elements of a properly functional judiciary and police distinguish a democracy from barbaric regimes. Surely there can be little argument about this fundamental principle. But Sri Lanka fares ill on this unyielding measure. W […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Police bashing: Wisdom in retirement September 21, 2014| by Rohan Abeyawardena (Rtd. DIG)Courtesy, the Sunday Times, September 07, 2014 ( September 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I read Kishali Pinto Jayawardena’s Focus-on-Rights article in the Sunday Times of August 31 with added interest as she has taken up the case of the Police Department.At a time when the media and lawyers are making it a favourite […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Thunderclap September 22, 2014
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Swift, Silent & Deadly
Fear The LRRPThe LRRP has been very successful in covert operations against the LTTE terrorists in the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Its members were so successful in assassinating key LTTE figures that many LTTE leaders refused to come out of their jungle bunkers before the 2002 ceasefire was implemented. After the resumption of hostilities, it is believed that the LRRP units conducted operations in the LTTE held northern province too. The LTTE has accused the Sri Lankan Deep Penetration Units of launching attacks on LTTE leaders in their areas, although the Sri Lankan Government denies any involvement in these attacks. The teams have had success against LTTE leaders such as military intelligence leader Colonel Charls and many leaders. Other success have included observing LTTE training camps and calling in air strikes. The LRRP's successes and dedicated operators have garnered a fearful reputation among the LTTE. The SL Army commander Gen.Sarath Fonseka had recently acknowledged that LRRP units were used to beat the LTTE at their own game.It was later revealed that LTTE, who were masters at jungle warfare refused to engage in combat and withdrew from their positions instead of holding their ground because of these elite soldiers. SL LRRP unit falls under SF3 (Special Forces 3rd Regiment)they and SF1,SF2,SF4 & Commandos played a vital role in eliminating the LTTE including V.Piribaharan a.k.a Sun God a.k.a Supreme Commander of the LTTE. LTTE according to FBI is was the most dangerous terrorist group in the world.
Things you didn’t do
Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it?
I thought you'd kill me but you didn't.
And remember the time I dragged you to the beach and you said it would rain and it did?
I thought you'd say, "I told you so", but you didn't.
Do you remember the time I flirted with all the guys to make you jealous and you were.
I thought you'd leave me, but you didn't.
Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie all over your car rug.
I thought you'd hit me but you didn't.
And remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was formal and you showed up in jeans?
I thought you'd drop me. But you didn't.
Yes, there were lots of things you didn't do.
But you put up with me and you loved me and you protected me.
There were lots of thing I wanted to make up to you when you returned from War.
But you didn't.
- Has anyone seen Sarath Fonseka September 22, 2014Has anyone seen Sarath Fonseka?This Uva election has been dubbed as a testing of the waters for bigger elections, such as the Presidential. This is why the ruling party and the main opposition party, the UNP,were so very vocal...or 'louder than usual'. The JVP also made , but they've not been loud-mouthed or uncouth. Disciplined. But what […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The "drought": Its politics, profit, disempowerment and history September 21, 2014Lunugamvehera, Hambantota looked no different in 2001 to this image, taken this year [Pic courtesy Sunday Times.] A different drought, a different part of the country, a different time. This was written thirteen years ago almost to the day. Some of the issues remain.People have stories. Places too. If a man’s life is a short story (and it need not necessa […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- When foreign correspondents had a ‘bad-sole’ day September 21, 2014Facts are sacred, comment free. That’s the line. In the year 2014, however, it seems that nothing, not even the most tragic of stories or the dullest of dull reports of dead markets, can escape capture and subjugation by King Entertainment. Tragedy is newsworthy only if it has entertainment value. Similarly, that which is dull or dead can be sold if properly […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The unity-deficit in the United National Party September 20, 2014Photo-op 'unity' is easy-peasy [Pic courtesy Sunday Times]Two major factors wreck unity. Ambition is one and the other is ideological differences. The latte could include disagreements over strategy. In Sri Lanka, today, ideology is clearly a non-factor when it comes to the integrity of the major political parties. People break ranks for other […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Academic pawns in political chess games September 19, 2014Elections bring out the worst in people, we are compelled to conclude. Perhaps, following from that oft-quoted quotable-quote ‘power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely’, both power-aspirant and power-holder are either corrupt or are just a shade off corruption that a touch here and there is too tempting. Naturally, incumbents, having tasted pow […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Has anyone seen Sarath Fonseka September 22, 2014
Silent Heros – The LRRPs’"Stealth, bravery and a commitment to duty, these were the attributes of the men of the Sri Lankas' Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols (LRRPs). Going deep inside LTTE held enemy lines, danger was their watchwood & Military Skills was their only protection."
Victory Day : Lest We Forget
It was on the night of the 19th of May and dawn of 20th 2009 that Sri Lankan rid itself completely of the plague known as Tamil terrorism and became a country where there is freedom of movement for all.
Let us remember those that gave their lives to make this a reality and remember all the misguided LTTE youth who died in vain with compassion.
- A Presidency Under Threat – 17 Endless Electioneering September 17, 2014Recently, at a Consultative Committee in Parliament, one of my colleagues remarked that there was no need of any opposition given my own contribution. I had been critical but what my colleague, from the Gampaha District, failed to understand was that I had criticized neither policies nor action. What I had been objecting to was […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat – 16 Paranoia against efficiency September 10, 2014Recently I took part in a seminar on Rights and Development, arranged by the Law and Society Trust. That organization used to be bitterly critical of government, but under its new Director, Mala Liyanage, it seems to be trying to go back to the more balanced perspective of Neelan Tiruchelvam. He founded it, but after his […]rajivawijesinha
- Narrative iii-Last Stages of the War; A Private Sector Perspective September 8, 2014Presentation at the Colloquium of MARGA & CHA : Re Narrative iii-Last Stages of the War; A Private Sector Perspective Let me start with a paradox. This is an extremely impressive book, but I find it woefully depressing. It has been put together, according to the introduction, by three patriots who are also strong adherents […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat – 15 Public Relations September 7, 2014Much has been reported recently about the various Public Relations firms government – or rather elements in government, since it seems that there has been no Cabinet approval for these ventures – have hired to raise our profile in countries which seem hostile to us. There have been a host of such firms in the […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat 14 – 13th Amendment Inhibitions August 28, 2014I had a bizarre experience recently when I had to attend what is termed Standing Committee B of Parliament, which deals with legislation. This was in connection with the Vasantha Senanayake Foundation (Incorporation) Bill which I had sponsored. The experience was rendered worse by the Minutes which I received subsequently, which bore no relation to […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat – 13 Political and Administrative Units August 21, 2014An opposition member noted that recently there had been much speculation in the corridors of Parliament about the manner in which funds were being allocated for development. I had realized something unusual was going on, because during Reconciliation meetings in the North I had been told about massive amounts being made available to individual Members […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat 12 – The Tragedy of General Chandrasiri August 20, 2014I have a great affection for General Chandrasiri, and indeed great admiration too. This began when, in 2008, he invited me to be the Chief Guest at the Future Minds Exhibition he had organized in Jaffna. The other principal invitee was to be the Bishop of Jaffna, someone else for whom I have both affection […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat 11 – Insecurity and Incompetence August 5, 2014The last few weeks have seen much agitation about Non-Governmental Organizations, with threats to introduce new legislation to control them more effectively. The whole exercise seemed to me absurd, since existing legislation is quite enough to prevent abuse. If it is not working, it is because the personnel involved are incompetent, and even much stronger [… […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat 10 – Promoting Alienation August 2, 2014I was privileged, a couple of weeks back, to attend the release of the Northern Education Sector Review Report at a ceremony held at Vembadi Girls School. I had last been at Vembadi in 2008, when the then Commander of the Special Forces in Jaffna, General Chandrasiri, arranged what was termed a Future Minds Exhibition. […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat 9 – Responsibility, Transparency and Accountability August 1, 2014An enormous step forward was taken recently by Parliament, the first with regard to Parliamentary practice since COPE decided to establish Sub-Committees so that it could try to cover all the institutions that came under its purview each year. I can take some credit for this step too, since the Secretary General kindly informed me […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat – 17 Endless Electioneering September 17, 2014
Nineteen ’til I Die
"Last night it rained. And I stood under my parents’ porch and smoked. The deluge of water on the tin sheeting drowned out everything — traffic, the neighbours, the sound of the TV. Just me and the rain and the dark, like it had been on that first night in December 1990. I stepped out from the porch, and the rain put out my cigarette in an instant. I spat away the shreds of tobacco and let the rain soak me. Remembering them, as I have done a hundred thousand times in the last eighteen years.
I can remember the ridged steel flooring of the Y-8′s cargo bay like it was yesterday, digging into my arse as I sit packed in with my platoon, flying to Palay.
I remember the smell of wet sandbags on that first night on the FDL at Elephant Pass. Looking out into the black ink beyond the perimeter. Here be Tigers.
And the ten-man patrols through knee-deep water, trying to be quiet. “Kata vahapang, huththo,“
The hot, dusty days and wet, rainy nights. Mosquitoes. And being tired. So tired. Every day. All the time.
Sharing cigarettes and melted Edna chocolate on Christmas Day. Tang instant orange mixed with warm, brackish Jaffna Peninsula water.
And contact. Finally. What we’d lived for, longed for, suffered for. What we’d watched in movies and read about in books. Contact. Sex for virgins. With red tracers. And the elephant sitting on my back, squeezing the breath out of my lungs as I tried to hold my rifle steady. The hammer roar of 7.62-mm fire, gunflashes blurring the distant, running figures.
None of us were over twenty, most eighteen or nineteen. Ariyaratne, the section commander, and Dias, the machine-gunner; our parents, old men of twenty-four. Combat veterans of the Sinha Rifles. The hard core.
And the killing. I remember every single one. The blood, the eyes. The smell. I remember Rohantha getting hit by the .50. I remember the sixteen-year-old bayoneted girl with the long plaited hair come loose. I remember kneeling at a tube well and washing the crusted blood out from under my finger nails.
Down time. Sitting in abandoned tin buildings in the Saltern Siding. We’d strip down to OG shorts and slippers and our Death By Bullets T-shirts. We never talked about victory, about killing Prabha, or defeating the Tigers. Our personal goals were to survive, to do well, to not let each other or our regiment down. Sura talking about the XT-250 he wanted to buy. Husni and Sanjeeva talking about girls. Dias and I cleaning guns and talking about optics.
I thought I knew them all very well, but now I realize I didn’t really. And now, sadly, I can’t recall their faces in detail. And sometimes I have to think hard to remember all nine names.
Well, it looks like it’s over now. And I wish those guys were here to see it. I wish we could all go out for a drink and talk about EPS and catch up on our lives. But it’s too late for all that. It all took too long. I wish they were all in their thirties, like me. Maybe they’d have wives, and children, or not. I wish they could walk down the road and be offered kiri bath by the trishaw drivers. I wish they were alive."
For Section 2, Recce Group Charlie, 6th Sinha Rifles.
KIA, July 1991, Elephant Pass.