- "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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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
August 28, 2013 කල්ලතෝනින්සේ පාරට වැටෙන කෙවිලියාමඩුවේ සිංහලයෝ!
August 28, 2013 තමිල්නාඩු පී. එම්. කේ. පක්ෂ නායකගෙන් පිල්ලේට සංදේශයක්
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)
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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.
- In Search For That Elusive Solution December 8, 2013| by Gamini Weerakoon ( December 9, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) For weeks on end the cry of ‘CHOGM’, ‘CHOGM’ has been assailing our ears and annoyingly it is continuing. In the mornings as we wake up, those glib news readers on TV are working themselves up to a high pitch on CHOGM, probably under the delusion that the very existence of the Sri Lankan […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Killing the IGBO pilot to prove loyalty December 8, 2013| by Osita Ebiem( December 9, 2013, New York City, Sri Lanka Guardian) While the pogrom against the unarmed and defenseless Igbo civilians was going on all over Nigeria starting from July, 1966, when some vengeful and misguided northern army officers kidnaped and murdered the Head of State Aguiyi Ironsi, the heinous mayhem soon turned into some sort of proof […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Mandela: Saint or Sinner? December 8, 2013| by The New Liberty ( December 8, 2013, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) With his failing health and impending 95th birthday Nelson Mandela is once again at the forefront of world attention. The world is bracing itself for the inevitable news and the world’s press are jostling for position outside his hospital to report that news. Barack Obama stated this weeken […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Mandela, Ethics & Emancipation December 8, 2013| by Dayan Jayatilleka “... I have always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot...” (Mandela, 1964)“We in Africa are used to being victims of countries wanting to carve up our territory or subvert our sovereignty...” (Mandela, 1991)( December 8, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The great Sri Lankan editor and Newsweek columnist Tarzie […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- The Essential Mandela December 8, 2013| by Tisaranee Gunasekara“In the 20th Century he was one of the few who, in contrast with those who made it infamous for fascism, racism, dictatorship and war, marked the era as one that achieved some human advancement…. Nelson Mandela belongs to the world”.Nadine Gordimer ( December 8, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) In 1993, as South Africa hovered in a […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Let Freedom Reign; The Death Of A Truly Great Man December 8, 2013| by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena ( December 8, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Touching the bars of the cell within which the late Nelson Mandela, who passed away this week aged ninety five years, was imprisoned on Robben Island was an unforgettable experience some years ago. The claustrophobic spaces within which Mandiba, as he was known to his people, spe […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Some Lessons from Mandela for Reconciliation December 7, 2013| by Laksiri Fernando “Of all the people I have met, he was by far the greatest.” – Malcolm Fraser ( December 7, 2013, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) Nelson Mandela is no more, but his legacy would hopefully inspire people, particularly the young, for some generations to come all over the world, including Sri Lanka. Some years back, I was delighted to see the t […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Truth And Reconciliation Without Whitewash December 7, 2013THE MESSAGE OF NELSON MANDELA TO SRI LANKANS( December 7, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) With the passing away of Nelson Mandela the world has lost one of the greatest and most extraordinary human beings of modern times who showed that change that improved the lives of all around was possible. As the first post-apartheid era President of South Africa, he […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Shifting The Battle Field December 7, 2013| by Ali Sukhanver( December 7, 2013, Islamabad, Sri Lanka Guardian) The recent brutal killing of Molana Moavia, a leader of Ahl-e-Sunnat-wal-Jammat in Lahore is a proof that the terrorists have now planned to shift their battle-field from other cities of Pakistan to Lahore, the Provincial Capital of Punjab. Though the law enforcement agencies of Pakistan ar […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Death the only punishment for Blasphemy December 7, 2013| by Xavier P. William( December 7, 2013, Karachi, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Federal Sharia Court has ordered to remove the life imprisonment from the section 295C of the Blasphemy laws and death sentence be the only punishment in 295C.Justice Fida Hussain heading the panel heard a contempt of court petition, filed by Advocate Hashmat Habib. The Federal Sharia […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- In Search For That Elusive Solution December 8, 2013
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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 long walk never ends December 7, 2013The world’s most respected and loved elder statesman has passed on. Nelson Mandela for reasons that do not require elaboration was the one and only person who deserved the epithet ‘Global Citizen’; he did not belong to South Africa alone, he belonged to every continent, every country. He was grandfather, father and brother to the entire global family.The e […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The Yogarajan Reconciliation Proposal December 7, 2013Those who lecture Sri Lanka on what is best for the country and the people, claim that accountability and justice are necessary and non-negotiable preconditions for reconciliation. Never mind their moral authority to pontificate there is truth in this position. ‘Forgive-and-forget’ is easy to say but hard to obtain. It is the same for the aggrieved, whe […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- There will always be a bell to save you* December 6, 2013My older daughter, Mithsandi, is a dreamer. In fact years ago I named her ‘Made of Dreams’. Her little sister Dayadi came into this world saying ‘Cuddle Me’. I called her ‘Made of Love’ and when I informed her of this name-change, she said ‘Appachchi mama made of love nemei, mama bird of love’ (I am not ‘Made of Love’, I am ‘Bird of Love’). She would have be […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Notes to a doctrine of un-walling December 6, 2013Colombo today is far more wall-less than it used to be three years ago. It has been a gradual and deliberate process. Colombo is now re-landscaped, looks prettier and more livable. A lot of money has been spent on roads, pavements and such, but if the ‘livability’ factor has been enhanced by one thing, it is the decision to bring down walls. It was all s […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Murali is transparent, accountable and reconciled December 5, 2013Pic by Sandra Mack of Ketikatha CreativesIt was the 22nd day of the month of July in the year 2010. Galle was the venue of the first test between Sri Lanka and India. India had avoided innings defeat but was ahead only marginally with 9 wickets down. For fifteen overs and 2 deliveries, much of the cricketing world waited and watched with rising anticipatio […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The long walk never ends December 7, 2013
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.
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 96 – Answering allegations intelligently December 8, 2013As pressures mount in Geneva, my bemusement increases at our failure to answer systematically the many charges made against us. I had long pointed out that the criticisms made were by and large untenable, but there were certain incidents which required to be investigated further. This view, based on close observation from the vantage point […]rajivawijesinha
- Political Machinations 19 – A multiplicity of Ministers December 7, 2013In getting ready material for the consultations I have been having with the young people concerned about constitutional reform, I finally counted up the number of Ministers we have. In fact the figure comes to less than 100, far fewer than the number of Ministers President Jayewardene had in his heyday, with far fewer Members […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 17 – The relative lack on interest in Local Government December 6, 2013I was quite flattered recently when I was told by a former public servant, for whom I had the greatest regard, that I was probably the first politician since S W R D Bandaranaike to be so interested in Local Government. I am not sure that this is quite correct, not only because I am […]rajivawijesinha
- International Relations and Security 18 – German Foundations November 29, 2013I referred some weeks back to the games being played by various individuals and institutions in Colombo with regard to the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, the political foundation of the German Free Democratic Party. This is a member of Liberal International, though its Liberalism is generally more concerned with free market economics, and does not have […]rajivawijesinha
- English as Liberation November 28, 2013Keynote address by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha 26 November 2013 - at the National RESC Conference – 2013 On the theme ‘Supplementing ELT Through Language Arts & Theater’ I do not tend these days to accept invitations to speak in the fields of Education and English Language Teaching, but I was pleased to accept this one, largely because […]rajivawijesinha
- The significance of the Commonwealth and its Heads of Government Meeting November 25, 2013The meeting in Sri Lanka in November 2013 of the Commonwealth Heads of Government provides a great opportunity for our government. This can be summed up in one word, Engagement, which Sri Lanka has not been very good at over the last few years. The principles of engagement, which we need to understand, are very […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 95 – Legislation and multiple perspectives November 22, 2013Last week saw yet another example of the slow erosion of systems that makes justice so alien a concept for our people. In Parliament we received yet another Bill cointaining amendments to a previous Bill. It will be taken up only later, so I was not surprised that the original Bill was not available, since […]rajivawijesinha
- Political Machinations 18 – Youth ideas about Constitutional Reform November 21, 2013A group of young people, including a few politicians, have been working recently on suggestions for Constitutional Reform following the appointment of the Parliamentary Select Committee. The brief of that Committee is wide and, even though efforts were made to hijack it, and turn it into a vehicle to amend the 13th Amendment, the Chairman […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 16 – Increasing the responsibilities and powers of local authorities November 18, 2013After nearly 100 meetings at Divisional Secretariats, with the participation often of Pradeshiya Sabha representatives, I am more than ever convinced that the future of this country lies in strengthening local government institutions. However, if they are to do more, they also need to consult the local citizenry. At present there are no formal structures […] […]rajivawijesinha
- International Relations and Security 17 – Inductive Processes November 13, 2013I was finally spurred, by the enormous effort made by a few expatriates to take a careful look at the casualty figures for the conflict, to try myself to put together some figures systematically. Long ago I had made some estimates, based on the details I had got from Tamilnet as well as on figures […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 96 – Answering allegations intelligently December 8, 2013
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.