- "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 16, 2014 ද්රවිඩ සන්ධානය ට අවශ්ය වී ඇත්තේ යළිත් ලේ වැගිරිමක්
November 16, 2014 විග්නේශ්වරන්ගේ වෙඩි උන්ඩය
November 10, 2014 හකීම් මේ යන්නේ තවත් කළු ජූලියක් ඇති කරන්නද?
November 2, 2014 නෙදර්ලන්තයේ ගිගා බයිට් 6000 ක සෙල්ලම
November 2, 2014 ඩොලර් වපුරා දේශපාලනය කළ රාඡ් රාජරත්නම් හෙවත් මිස්ටර් “බී”
November 2, 2014 ඉස්ලාම් මූලධර්මවාදයේ ආසියානු බලපෑම
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)
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)
- 283,371 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.
- Finally, A Way Out November 23, 2014| by Tisaranee Gunasekara“If the people fail to defeat the insane dictatorship of Mahinda Rajapaksa at this point, there will be no turning back for Sri Lanka.”Anura Kumara Dissanayake ( November 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The opposition has cleared, spectacularly, the first hurdle in the presidential race. The honours of that victorious engageme […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Going Beyond Political Game-Playing November 23, 2014| by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena Courtesy: the Sunday Times ( November 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Four short years ago, it would have seemed quite unbelievable that esoteric concepts such as ‘an independent judiciary,’ ‘the Rule of Law, ‘the 17th Amendment’ and ‘abolition of the Executive Presidency’ would be tripping off the tongues of Sri Lanka’s […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Will Tamils help electing Mahinda again? November 23, 2014| by Helasingha Bandara( November 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Prabhakaran’s infamous boycott at the 2005 election backfired and paved the way for Mahinda Rajapaksha’s emergence which did not help the separatists’ course. The country as a whole benefited from the boycott that time as MR played the lead role in vanquishing Prabhakaran and his murder […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Sri Lanka: Battle lines drawn November 22, 2014| by Manik De Silva ( November 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The battle lines are drawn and the country now knows that after months of agonizing debate, discussion and, if truth be told, manipulation, the SLFP’s long-serving general secretary, former Health Minister Maitripala Sirisena, will be the so-called common opposition candidate against Presi […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Tamil must be more widely used for true national integration November 22, 2014| by Eran Wickramaratne( November 23, 2014,Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) During the colonial period the Sinhala speaking people were disadvantaged by the obstacles to communicate in their mother tongue. After independence and the adoption of the ‘Sinhala Only’ policy we disadvantaged the Tamil speaking people. This country has remained divided primarily due t […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- A historic defection and a political thunderbolt November 22, 2014| by Rajan Philips( November 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The defection of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, the Minister of Health and the SLFP General Secretary, from the Rajapaksa government is historic and momentous on several counts. As a political party, the SLFP is not unaccustomed to defections. The founding of the party itself was the result of th […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Special Video: Barbaric Tyrannical Rajapaksa & his Clan Disrupts the TV Channel November 22, 2014Following news story published by the Sirasa TV, an independent Television channel based in Colombo( November 22, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) We wish to inform our viewers that they can inform their friends and relatives currently watching our channels on Dialog and Peo TV that they can also watch our channels on UHF and VHF frequencies.And viewers ca […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Maithripala Sirisena: An Excellent Choice November 22, 2014SOCOND EDITORIAL | by Nilantha Ilangamuwa“O, let my land be a land where LibertyIs crowned with no false patriotic wreath,But opportunity is real, and life is free,Equality is in the air we breathe.”( Let America Be America Again - by Langston Hughes )( November 22, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The 48-day-game has started. The ruling tyrant is in a dil […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Sri Lanka: The beginning of the end of a distorted era November 22, 2014| by Nilantha Ilangamuwa ( November 22, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Are we, as a nation, capable of hauling ourselves out of this calamity? Do we have the hidden political morality to change ourselves? Can we come up with a strategy to do what really needs at be done at this crucial time?Regardless of the degree of devastation, any country can arise f […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- A short profile of honourable Maithirpala Sirisena November 22, 2014| by A Special Correspondent ( November 22, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Today is a historical day in Sri Lankan politics. A battle begins between the forces of nepotism and democracy, between the family dictatorship and freedom and equality. Every Sri Lankan knows how MR controlled the entire government department and how MR destroyed the SLFP party. […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Finally, A Way Out November 23, 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.
- Maithripala: King in Waiting or Ranil's Pawn? November 22, 2014Early days. Remember that. Keep in mind also that in a 40-day run each day counts and that ‘early’ can quickly bleed into ‘late’ and ‘too late’. That said, let’s consider Maithripala Sirisena’s press conference on Friday November 20, 2014 where he announced he would be the ‘common candidate’ of the Opposition. ‘මෛත්රී පාලනයක්’ [‘Maithree Paalanayak,’ me […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- "Kasurige Kolama": more than a collection of laughs November 22, 2014Former Editor, Silumuna, Karunadasa Suriyarachchi (better known by his byline 'Kasuri') passed on recently. This is a review of a collection of his widely read column in the Irida Divaina, 'Kasurige Kolama' written ten years ago and published in the Sunday Island of April 18, 2004. Posting by way of tribute to his skill as a writer.Kasu […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Still looking for that secret passage?* November 21, 2014Many believe that the world is made of secrets. One reason for this is that we are not born knowing everything. There’s so much we don’t know. The moment we recognize this, we start getting curious. We want to know stuff. We want to know the names of things we encounter for the first time. We want to know what’s special about these things. We want to k […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Heroes and heroism are great but… November 20, 2014This is the eighth in a series of articles on rebels and rebellion written for the FREE section of 'The Nation'. 'FREE' is dedicated to youth and youthfulness.A hero is someone who does something totally unexpected, something that no one even imagines of doing and something that can even cost the person his life. Some heroes live to tel […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Name-calling is a fun game November 20, 2014There are governments and each of them has an Opposition. There are strong governments and weak ones. Likewise, the Opposition is sometimes strong and sometimes weak. Very weak. Regardless of relative strengths, it can safely be said that they need each other. They need each other not for the text-book reason of critique being a necessary part of streaml […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Maithripala: King in Waiting or Ranil's Pawn? November 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.
- Equity for children through quality education November 21, 2014Sri Lanka has every reason to be proud of its record on education, in comparison with those of other countries in the region. But we should also remember that we had a similar leading position many years ago, and others are catching up. Indeed other countries in Asia have forged ahead, so we really need […]rajivawijesinha
- The need for the systematic encouragement of social integration November 19, 2014Speech of Prof Rajiva Wijesinha In the Votes on the Ministries of National Languages and Social Integration, of National Heritage and of Cultural Affairs, considered in the Select Committee During the Committee Stage of the Budget Debate, November 19th 2014 Mr Speaker I would like during this Committee Stage of the budget debate, as we […]rajivawijesinha
- Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Happy (Part 3) November 18, 2014Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Happy (Part 1) Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Happy (Part 2) The failure of politicians in the North who were close to government to command any respect led in turn to the forces having […]rajivawijesinha
- D S Senanayake’s critique of free education without variety November 17, 2014Speech of Prof Rajiva Wijesinha On the votes of the Ministries of Higher Education and Sports During the Committee Stage of the Budget Debate, November 17th 2014 Mr Speaker, I am happy to speak on the votes of these two Ministries, which are both in their different ways so vital for the development of this […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat – 25 International conspiracies and our own goals November 15, 2014When I read of, and hear, the President expressing concerns about an international conspiracy to destabilize his government, and topple him, I feel immensely sad. One reason is that what he fears is not entirely without foundation. The idea was put to me, quite politely, by the head of the Sri Lanka desk at the […]rajivawijesinha
- Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Happy (Part 2) November 13, 2014Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Happy (Part 1) This did not mean it was not sincere about reconciliation. Basil I think honestly believed that rapid development of the North would make everyone happy. Certainly he seems to have been surprised when the election results were announced, and winning less […]rajivawijesinha
- Moving Forward: India and Sri Lanka November 12, 2014Text of a presentation by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha At the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata At an international seminar held on November 6th and 7th 2014 on An Appraisal of India’s Neighbourhood Policy: Way Forward In the period leading up to the victory over the terrorist Tigers of Tamil Eelam […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat – 24 Destroying International Relations November 8, 2014I was quite flattered recently by a mention of one of my books in the review by Michael Burleigh of Talking to Terrorists by Jonathan Powell. Powell, incidentally, had been a few years junior to me at University College, as was the current British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who is of a very different political […]rajivawijesinha
- Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Happy (Part 1) November 7, 2014During the conflict period, relations with India had been handled not by the Foreign Ministry, but by three trusted confidantes of the President. These were his Secretary, Lalith Weeratunge, and two of his brothers, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa. These two, both younger than the President, were neither of them Ministers at the time (as […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat – 23 Information Gaps October 29, 2014In my student days I had a great friend who simplified Wittgenstein into the theory that people simply created their own mythology. That was a satirical idea, used about the more obsessive amongst us, but I fear it is the most suitable image for what is now happening in government. And the saddest aspect of […]rajivawijesinha
- Equity for children through quality education November 21, 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.