- "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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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
April 30, 2014 විග්නේශ්වරන්ගේ චින්තන පෙරළිය
April 30, 2014 ටී.එන්.ඒ. සහ දෙමළ ඩයස්පෝරාව මතගැටුමක
April 30, 2014 නෝර්වේ රජය මුල්වරට එරට කොටින්ට එරෙහි වේ
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)
- 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
- ස්විස් සන්තෝෂම් මාස්ටර්ගේ “රෙඩ් පයර්” මෙහෙයුම
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)
- 274,493 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.
- Organization Is the Weapon of the Oppressed August 22, 2014Ferguson, Mobilization, and Organizing the Resistance!| by Ajamu Nangwaya Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.– Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed( August 22, 2014, Missouri, Sri Lanka Guardian) The rebelli […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed The Underrated Saudi Connection August 22, 2014| by Patrick Cockburn[This essay is excerpted from the first chapter of Patrick Cockburn’s new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, with special thanks to his publisher, OR Books. The first section is a new introduction written for TomDispatch.]( August 22, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) There are extraordinary elements in the presen […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- We Know The Cruelty of Isis – But All Too Little About Who They Are August 22, 2014Now President Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink?| by Robert Fisk( August 22, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) For centuries, governments told their soldiers and their people to “Know Your Enemy”. The problem with the Isis “Caliphate” – and it is a big problem for President Obama after journalist James Foley’s […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Everything You Know About Hamas is Wrong August 22, 2014| by Tim Holmes( August 22, 2014, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) Alright, not everything. And no, not you, smart-arse. Still, it’s been alarming to be reminded over the past month just how delusory much western public conversation on Hamas is. A common perception is that Hamas are in essence recalcitrant fundamentalist extremists, hell-bent on destroying Israel […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Wholesome Australians August 22, 2014| by Gajalakshmi Paramasivam( August 22, 2014, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian) In Australia, the issue of Asylum seekers is a legacy inherited for better or for worse by the Abbott Government from the Howard Government. That is the way of the subjective system. If we are to measure our performance in this issue democratically – we need to use merit basis on t […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Badulla heats up - UNP office in Uva Paranagama attacked August 21, 2014( August 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) An election office of the United National Party (UNP) in Galahagama, Uva - Paranagama, was attacked around 3 am today. The office, situated near Dharmaraja Vidyalaya, Galahagama, was established in a section of a vegetable shop owned by RD Ariyadasa. A three-wheeler that was used by the UNP office was set on fi […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Rajapaksa Security; Lankan Insecurity August 21, 2014| by Tisaranee Gunasekara Terrorists resemble one another: state terrorists, respectable members of government, and private terrorists, madmen acting…. in the name of various gods, whether God, Allah, or Jehovah…. How much longer will we ignore that fact that all terrorists scorn human life and feed off of one another?Eduardo Galeano (How Much Longer?)( Augu […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Increasing Problems of World Refugees: An Empathy Needed August 20, 2014| by Laksiri Fernando ( August 20, 2014, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) There were two court hearings in Australia and Sri Lanka on last Thursday (14 August) and Friday (15 August) respectively that drew our attention to the legality or illegality of refoulement (sending back) of asylum seekers to the countries that they have fled from. None is conclusive yet. […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Can Swamy change Modi's policy on Sri Lanka? August 20, 2014| by Upul Joseph Fernando ( August 20, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) When the Congress Government of Dr. Manmohan Singh was in power in India, a regular visitor to this country was N. Ram, Editor of the Hindu. He was granted exclusive interviews by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The close connection between Ram and Mahinda was built up by the tireless eff […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine August 20, 2014My plea to the people of IsraelArchbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.A child next to a picture of Nelson Mandela at a pro-Palestinian rally in Cape Town A child next t […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Organization Is the Weapon of the Oppressed August 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.
- No words for the laughter and tears August 23, 2014ROBIN WILLIAMS ( 1951-2014)Some knew him as an actor. Some as actor and as stand-up comic. Some knew if on and off the set. Looks like few knew him at all. And yet Robin Williams is ‘family’ to millions. This is why news of his death saw an outpouring of grief. This is why news of suspected suicide was heartbreaking. He came to Sri Lanka as Mork. Tha […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The miracle of cricket August 22, 2014No Arjuna, Aravinda, Sanath, Murali or Vaas. No problem. It has been an incredible run. The word can be used considering how quickly Sri Lanka became a force to reckon with after achieving test status. The word ‘incredible’ is apt for many other reasons. Just check the records chalked up by Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans over the past few years. Sri Lanka is […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Angelo Mathews read Mahela like no one did August 20, 2014Mahela retired. Had to happen someday. He’s been around long enough. He’s done the hard yards. He has the stats to show for it. He has the moments. The accolades. And they will continue to come for a few days. Then there will be the ‘distraction’ of the ODI series and the forget-all-else biggies, the World Cup. He will duly reflect on his future in […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- මිහිරිම කාලය හා “මිහිර“ මතකයන්! August 19, 2014'මිහිර' මංගල කලාපයේ මුල් පිටුව අවුරුදු කීපෙකට කලින් යමෙක් මට යෝජනාවක් ගෙන එන ලදි. “ලියන්නකෝ ඔයාගේ ප්රථම ප්රේමය ගැන“. අපොයි ඒක මහ අමාරු වැඩක්. ඒක ආදරය ගැනවත් ආදරවන්තයින් ගැනවත් ලියන්න තියෙන අපහසුවක් නොවෙයි. මුල්ම කොටස කොතනින් පටන් ගන්නවද කියන එකයි විසදගන්න අමාරු. අවසාන ආදරයත් ප්රථම ආදරය ම වෙනවා කියලයි මට හිතාගෙන උන්නේ. ඒත් ඒ යෝජනාව මං පිළිගත්තා. […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- ‘Don’t frame me!’ pleads a US soldier August 19, 2014Folks, I know that in the end I am dispensable. I know this because I knew that I was dispensable at the very beginning too. The rich don’t fight. The poor do. They must. The children of those who make the big bucks from selling weapons (of mass destruction and otherwise) don’t fight. Not in the trenches anyway. One or two exception, sure, but by and l […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- No words for the laughter and tears August 23, 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 – 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
- The American Contribution To The Current Crisis July 31, 2014The request to write an article on US Policy towards Sri Lanka in 2008/2009 came at a timely moment, for I had been reflecting in some anguish on the crisis that the Sri Lankan government is now facing. I believe that this crisis is of the government’s own creation, but at the same time I […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka’s Relations with the Outside World – Post Conflict Reconstruction in Sri Lanka and the International Community July 30, 2014A couple of years back one of the more thoughtful of our career Foreign Ministry officials tried to put together a book on Sri Lanka’s international relations. This was an excellent idea in a context in which we do not reflect or conceptualize when dealing with other countries. However it turned out that hardly any […]rajivawijesinha
- “Lest We Forget”: The Ethnic Violence of July 1983 July 29, 2014In July 2008, when I was head of the Peace Secretariat, I published a volume entitled ‘Lest We Forget’, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ethnic violence of July 1983. I had wanted the President to preside over a meeting to express regrets, but he did not think this appropriate at the time. However […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat 8 – Law and Order, Transparency and Pluralism July 27, 2014I have been mostly away for some weeks, but that is not the only reason I did not talk about the appalling violence that occurred in Aluthgama almost a month ago. I was waiting, because I hoped that this would be a turning point for the Presidency. I hoped that, in reacting to violence that […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat 7 – Educational Mishaps July 25, 2014Apart from its failure to pursue Reconciliation with determination and coherence, perhaps the saddest failure of the current government has been with regard to Education. When the Cabinet was being formed in 2010, one of the President’s friends who was pressing hard for me to be appointed Minister of Education was told that they had […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat – 13 Political and Administrative Units August 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.