- "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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February 24, 2014 රට වෙනුවෙන් ආබාධිත වූ සෙබළෙකු තම ආබාධිත දරුවා රැක ගන්නට ගන්නා වෙහස
January 17, 2014 විශේෂ බලකා ඉතිහාසයේ දිගම ප්රහාරක කණ්ඩය
November 20, 2013 නින්දවුර් (ඇත්තම කතාව)
October 17, 2013 Madras Café, Tamil Diaspora and TN factor – War on terror revisited
September 22, 2013 ප්රභාගේ අවතාරය පදුමන් දැන් නිදහස්!
September 22, 2013 නිදොස් කොට නිදහස් කළ ‘අහිංසක’ පදුමන්
August 28, 2013 කෝ අපේ උරුමය සිහල වීමද කරුමය…
August 28, 2013 කෙවිලියාමඩුව
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
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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)
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)
- 263,477 hits
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.
- Mr. President; Give Me Back My Country April 17, 2014| by NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA ( April 17, 2014, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka Guardian) When human beings refuse to be malignant, cunning, ulterior, reprehensible, sinister, vicious and felonious we can achieve great things together. We fought for years to find those assumptions on the ground. We articulated ideology to adopt and changed the attitudes that we have been li […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- A Bottle of Wine Throws a Premier Out! April 17, 2014| by Laksiri Fernando ( April 17, 2014, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) This is a case of ‘accountability and responsibility’ that all Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers, Ministers and all Members of Parliament or members of any such representative institution in a functioning democracy should abide by. The Premier of the New South Wales (State) of Australia, Barr […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Bringing a Nation into Line April 17, 2014| by Tisaranee Gunasekara“It used to be that reading papers - Made you stupid and even crazyOne wrote ‘Bravo! Very good!’ - Another ‘Pfui!’ The truth stayed hazy.Now you can save your dime - If you read one, you know what’s right,They say the same thing every time - Brought into line, brought into line.”A state-endorsed song in Nazi Germany ( April 17, 2014, […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- An Unholy Alliance Of Buddhist Terrorists April 17, 2014| by Tariq A. Al-Maeena( April 17, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Siddhartha Gautama, who became universally known as the sage Buddha, was born some 2,500 years ago in Nepal. He was a human being who became acutely enlightened in understanding life and explaining it in its simplicity. It is said that he once sat under a peepal tree for 40 days and nights […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- System Of Governance For Peace And Prosperity April 17, 2014Sharing Power is essential for Peace, Prosperity and Happiness with Democracy in our Country | by Sithamparapzillai Kathieravelu Letter to the Editor"Individuals have international duties which transcend the nationalobligations of obedience. Therefore, (individual citizens) have theduty to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."- […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Inducing Fear April 17, 2014| Editorial - Tamil Guardian ( April 17, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The killings of three Tamil men last week, who the Sri Lankan military claims were attempting to revive the LTTE, has spread terror amongst the Tamil population. The culmination of weeks of heightened military activity in the North-East, including mass arrests, interrogations and wide […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- U.S. Foreign Policy in South Asia: A Vision for Prosperity and Security April 17, 2014| by Nisha Desai Biswal( April 17, 2014, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) Thank you Ambassador Burns for that kind introduction, and let me say that it is a great pleasure to be here in Boston with you today. I had the pleasure of being in Cambridge a couple of years ago to address young Asian students as part of the Harvard Project on Asia and it’s wonderful to […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- FIDO and General Wes Clark in Ukraine April 17, 2014US Advisors on the Ground, Deadly Messenger| by John Stanton“Oh my God, I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it! You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”( April 17, 2014, Virginia, Sri Lanka Guardian) That’s the dialogue that accompanies the final scene of the classic movie Planet of the Ape […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Muslims Are An Integral Part Of The Sri Lankan Fabric April 16, 2014| by Pearl Thevanayagam(April 16, 2014, Bradford UK, Sri Lanka Guardian) If Tamils are portrayed as the oppressed minority think again. When I came to Sri Lanka on holiday from UK in 1981, I went to Wanni District with my mother to visit the Holy shrine of Madhu Matha, the miraculous Virgin Mary who is revered by all irrespective of religion in Sri Lanka.Thi […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Buddhism betrayed April 16, 2014| by Nalin de Silva( April 16, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I am not a western sociologist by any means, but an academic trained in the western sociological tradition could study what happened on the 14th of April this year when the Sinhala Buddhists "betrayed" Buddhism and did not engage in the usual Poya Day practice of observing the eight […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Mr. President; Give Me Back My Country April 17, 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.
- The sun smiles to itself April 17, 2014I am a ‘can’t do without and wish it was not so’ kind of entity to most, especially to those living in a tiny island called Sri Lanka. These days. I am right ‘above’. I have, for a few days at least, become a shadow-robber. Now this is not exactly an island of people that worship me. I am referred to in folk song and I there are expressions of gratitude […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- What next, a ban on laughter? April 15, 2014President Mahinda Rajapaksa knows how to smile. Everyone knows this, even those who erroneously think that his biggest strength is his affable nature and the ease with which can interact with people from all walks of life. He can make a joke and he can take a joke. As is the case of all leaders he has had his share of lampooning. Indeed, in the age of the i […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Ranil can win too and other tidbits April 14, 2014Ranil can win tooThe Sri Lankan cricketers secured a world title after losing 4 finals (2 in the 50-over format and 2 in the T-20 version). A string of defeats does not mean endless defeats. Victory is possible, the cricketers showed. Ranil Wickremesinge and the UNP can take heart. Perhaps Sanath Jayasuriya should be consulted. He might give a few tipsStop […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- How about celebrating the ’78 Revolution? April 11, 2014Ask those interested in Sri Lankan history what the year 1978 signifies and 9 out of 10 will say something about the 2ndRepublican Constitution, that pernicious document authored by JRJ that is largely to blame for most of our governance problems over the past three deacdes. This constitution came around the time that J.R. Jayewardene famously said ‘let the […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Re-visit and re-learn are as important as reduce, re-use and recycle April 10, 2014One of the most interesting things about staying with my grandparents in Kurunegala during school holidays was the opportunity to read back issues of the Reader’s Digest. The late nineteen seventies was still too early for me to see ‘propaganda’. I was more interested in the ‘light’ pages of the Reader’s Digest: ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine,’ ‘All in a D […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The sun smiles to itself April 17, 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.
- Sunday Leader omits Prof Wijesinha’s criticisms of Foreign Minister and the NGO Secretariat April 16, 2014The Leader omitted salient points in the answers given to the various questions asked. It may have felt diffident about carrying criticism of the Minister of External Affairs and the Head of the NGO Secretariat, but given how badly the incompetence of such individuals affects the country, it seems desirable to publish the interview in […]rajivawijesinha
- We Fell Into The American Trap – Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe April 14, 2014By Camelia Nathaniel Reputed for his outspoken nature Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe feels that the government has been too hasty in proscribing the Diaspora groups, and the Foreign Ministry has done nothing about the LLRC recommendation to build up positive relations with the Diaspora. Instead, Professor Wijesinghe said, in an interview with The Sunday Leade […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 13 – Transport for Children April 13, 2014At the debate on the FUTA demands arranged a couple of weeks back by Eran Wickramaratne, perhaps the most telling complaint made by the FUTA head was about children in a distant village clustering in droves before dawn to get the bus to a school far away. That anecdote seemed to have nothing to do […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 12 – Stakeholder Consultation on the Development and Protection of Children April 11, 2014Last week saw an extremely productive consultation on promoting the Rights of Children. Organized by the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, as decided at the meetings we have been holding over the last several months to better understand the problems and possible interventions, it was presided over by the Secretary to the Ministry of Child Development […] […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 11 – The Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Educational Reform April 10, 2014As indicated in the suggestions I advanced in these columns for Parliamentacy Reform, I had had no great regard for Parliamentary Consultative Committees as they function now, because they rarely contribute to policy making, which should be one of their prime concerns. An exception initially seemed to be the Education Committee, which way back in […]rajivawijesinha
- India has been absolutely consistent April 6, 2014Interview with Ceylon Today Q: India abstained from voting at the UN Human Rights resolution on Sri Lanka in Geneva,last week. Given that India had voted for the previous resolution in 2013, do you see a major shift in the Indian stance on the matters related to the international scrutiny on the Sri Lankan government […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 10 – Army support for rural education April 6, 2014In considering the crisis that has hit our education system so comprehensively in the last few months, I have begun to wonder whether we have not been the victims of our own success. We were doing extremely well with regard to mass education when we got independence 64 years ago, in part because of Kannangara’s […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 9 – The lack of guidance or alternatives April 3, 2014A friend from England who was visiting recently was surprised when someone of the same age, with a son doing O/Levels, just as her daughter is, was not deeply concerned about what the youngster would do next. I thought her concern excessive, until it struck me that Sri Lankans living in Colombo are as concerned […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 8 – Pre-Schools April 1, 2014The topic of education comes up at almost all Reconciliation Committee meetings at Divisional Secretariat level. I wondered whether this was because I am still thought of as an Educationist, but I suspect those who come to these meetings have no idea about my range of experience at all levels, and talk about education simply […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 7 – Coordination at Divisional Level March 29, 2014On August 24th the Secretary to the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs held a consultation on children’s issues which brought together the various agencies working on the subject in his Ministry, together with representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s Department and the police, as well as some Non-Governmental Organ […]rajivawijesinha
- Sunday Leader omits Prof Wijesinha’s criticisms of Foreign Minister and the NGO Secretariat April 16, 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.