- "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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May 11, 2013 ලයන් එයාර් මහා අපරාධය
February 27, 2013 Shocking politico-military miscalculations : War on terror revisited
February 27, 2013 The TNA factor : War on terror revisited
February 27, 2013 Manhunt in Dimbulagala for leader of armed robber gang
February 27, 2013 Shavendra’s lecture to Marines irks US Embassy
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.
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)
- හමුදාව මරන්න මිසයිල ගැහුවත් මියගියේ අහිංසක දෙමළ වැසියන් වීම ගැන කනගාටුයි
- ලයන් එයාර් මහා අපරාධය
- Shocking politico-military miscalculations : War on terror revisited
- Eelam War II: LTTE takes upper hand at the onset :War on terror revisited
- ‘චැනල් 4 රූපවාහිනියට මා කළ අභියෝගයට අද වන තුරු ප්රතිචාරයක් නැහැ’- මේජර් ජනරාල් ෂවේන්ද්ර සිල්වා
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.
- The Agony of Peace May 19, 2013| by Tisaranee Gunasekara “To change masters is not to be free” Jose Marti (eddosrios.org ) ( May 19, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The photograph2 is iconic; Alavi Moulana, 83 years old and an SLFP veteran of 52 years, bending down and kissing the hand of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. That picture is revelatory of the current Lankan reality at multiple […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Sri Lanka retreats to the dark city May 19, 2013| by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena ( May 19, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) As lights are dimmed over Sri Lanka following prohibitively crushing electricity hikes, the enveloping darkness is menacingly symbolic of the crisis which our society is facing. This is even as the politically privileged siphon off massive amounts of money for useless extravaganzas, […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Lost in a literate-designed-world May 19, 2013| by Andrea Arzaba ( May 19, 2013, Mexico City, Sri Lanka Guardian) Eight o’clock at night. An indigenous community in central Mexico surrounded by verdant mountains. The moon is set brightly yellow, as it became the only light to illuminate the small houses spread across the large hills. Tomasa ran across the grasslands with her slippers in hand. Barefoot, […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Without Russia, World War II Goes On May 16, 2013| by John Stanton ( May 16, 2013, Virginia, Sri Lanka Guardian) Most Americans are ignorant of Russia’s incredible contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany and Japan. Americans can barely remember the details of World War II and worse still they do not want to be bothered with more than a cursory review of the details, subtleties and chance that WWII was. […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- The Spectre Haunting the Rajapaksas May 16, 2013| by Tisaranee Gunasekara “Never will tyrants freely consent to the extirpation of servitude….” Thomas Raynal1 ( May 16, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Of all the spectres the Rajapaksas fear, Oppositional-unity would arguably be the most terrifying. The Rajapaksas began getting jittery when it became evident that the May 15th demonstration against the e […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Working Towards Reconciliation Or Separation May 16, 2013( May 16, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The recent actions of the Sri Lankan government and the statements made by their chauvinist components makes one wonder whether the Rajapaksa State is moving towards reconciliation or is it working out a strong case for the justification for separation. The Bodu Bala Sena protected and patronised by the Rajapaksas […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- A history unlikely to be repeated May 16, 2013( May 16, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The standardization policy introduced by Sirimavo Bandaranaike's United Front Government was aimed at addressing a higher education issue that caused worry to the majority community Sinhalese – the low number of university admissions at that time. But Bandaranaike's attempt backfired, strongly so, when a […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- In the security of Sri Lanka May 16, 2013POLICY magazine (Vol. 29 No. 1, Autumn 2013), Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, Australia | Dr Dayan Jayatilleka interviewed by Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe ( May 16, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) In Australia, Sri Lanka continues to dominate headlines about allegations of war crimes and the influx of asylum-seeking refugees, but comparatively little […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Las Vegas: Sin City May 16, 2013| by Romer Cherubim ( May 16, 2013, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The thought of Las Vegas, U.S.A. conjures up in the minds of many a holiday-maker, riotous pleasure whether it is in casinos or lap-dancing clubs. However, the city has much more to offer than this superficial view. I found this out on my most recent trip. Passing through Customs at the first po […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- How to make miracles May 15, 2013| by Dayan Jayatilleka ( May 15, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I didn’t need a map to get there. Elmo had helpfully sent a Google Earth graphic together with the invitation. The location was St Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, just off the road down which my maternal grandparents had lived. Captain Elmo Jayawardena, aviator, master mentor of pilots, award […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- The Agony of Peace May 19, 2013
- Death Penalty for Rape July 4, 2012By Shenali Waduge No one has the right to take away the innocence of another and in the case of a child, punishment for such an offense needs to go beyond the present practice of filling prisons with these offenders or giving them bail to commit another such offence. Revival of capital punishment is a [...]suranimala
- Can the TNA be trusted with the administration of the Northern Provincial Council? July 4, 2012By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka The provincial elections–the ones scheduled to be held as well as the one that isn’t—are the subject of political comment. Three are to be held ahead of schedule, resulting in a dual criticism. One is that they are untimely and the other that they serve solely the interests of the ruling [...]suranimala
- Foreign intervention July 4, 2012By Nalin de Silva There are pundits in Political Science and other Social Sciences who claim that at present sovereignty of a country has a different meaning and that so-called human rights are more important than sovereignty or words to that effect. It is said that the international relations have changed and that any country [...]suranimala
- Harry J. & several others released on personal bail July 4, 2012Business tycoon Harry Jayawardena and several other Directors of Melstacorp Limited were released on a personal bail of Rs.2 Mn each by Colombo Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne today for allegedly violating of Section 51 (2) of the Securities and Exchange Commissions act.suranimala
- Police raid Sarkozy’s home and offices July 4, 2012Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s home and office were raided by police investigators on Tuesday, according to Le Monde. His lawyer’s offices were also raided. PARIS – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s home and office were raided by police investigators on Tuesday, according to Le Monde. His lawyer’s offices were also raided. The raids are [. […]suranimala
- Construction of northern expressway to begin this year July 3, 2012President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant officials to call tenders for the construction of Northern Expressway before the end of this year. At the progress review meeting of Kandy District Development Committee held in the President’s House in Kandy, the President has informed that plans have already been drawn for the first phase of [...]suranimala
- එදා 79% ක් වූ මෙරට බෞද්ධ ජනගහණය අද සියයට හැට එකක් දක්වා පහත බැහැලා – මහාචාර්ය ඉඳුරාගාරේ ධම්මරතන නාහිමි July 3, 2012චානක්ය ජයගොඩ විසිනි. මා කුඩා කාලයේ ලංකාවේ බෞද්ධ ජනගහනය සියයට 79 ක් සිටියා. 2012 වසරේ පැවැත්වූ සංගණනයේදී එය සියයට 61 ක් බව දැනගන්න ලැබුණා. ඊළඟ ජන සංගණනයේදී බෞද්ධ ජනගහණය සියයට 51 ක් විය හැකි යෑයි මහාචාර්ය ඉඳුරාගාරේ ධම්මරතන නාහිමියෝ පැවැසූහ. සමස්ත ලංකා බෞද්ධ මහා සම්මේලන ශාලාවේ ඉකුත් 2 වැනිදා පැවැති අයථා හා කූට උපක්රම මගින් [...] […]suranimala
- Heading towards eelam war IV July 3, 2012War on terror revisited: A passage through a political minefield By Shamindra Ferdinando Having won the Nov 17, 2005 presidential poll with a narrow margin, President Mahinda Rajapaksa felt that nothing could be as important as political stability. He knew that political uncertainty would stand in the way of tackling the LTTE. He wanted to [...]suranimala
- Canard of traditional homelands of Tamils: dismissing it outright is long overdue July 3, 2012By Asada M Erpini Lankaweb carried an illuminating essay by A Denis N. Fernando, Fellow National Academy of Sciences, which had appeared in Island on 01 July. The write up presented valuable information that should be circulated far and wide by the Sri Lanka government and all Sri Lankans who love their country. The myths [...]suranimala
- Back to the future 1991 again in the corridors of power July 3, 2012By Amulya Ganguli IT’S now or never for Manmohan Singh. Unless he shows the courage to push through the economic reforms and not succumb yet again to Sonia Gandhi’s pressure to go easy on them, the country is doomed. The economist in him has to be assertive, therefore, perhaps for the first time, vis-à-vis the [...]suranimala
- Death Penalty for Rape July 4, 2012
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.
- Development without human capital will be stillborn or deformed May 20, 2013SUBTERRANEAN TRANSCRIPTS[This article was first published in the Daily Mirror, April 30, 2010]Jehan Perera is not talking about the LTTE. He’s not even talking about the Tamil National Alliance. No, not even about Douglas Devananda. He’s talking about a man called Tissa Vitharana. That’s how much federal-hope has shrunk these days. It is even evident in D […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Faith and healing May 20, 2013Not all diseases are known. Not all known diseases have cures. Then there are ailments of the body and ailments of the mind, cures for the latter being more elusive than those for the former. Both body and mind are vulnerable. The environment is full of disease causing matter, which become potent when the elements conspire to generate certain configuratio […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Vesak! May 19, 2013The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is alleged to have warned that those who do not adhere to the BBS’s preference with respect to how Vesak should be commemorated will be caned. The BBS finds the festivities associated with Vesak, especially the frills, the color, the play of puppeteers and other kolam objectionable. Instead, the BBS advocates a deeper engagement wi […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Gemunu Wijeratne’s ministerial recommendations May 12, 2013The President of the Private Bus Owner’s Association, Gemunu Wijeratne, has demanded that the Ministry of Private Transport Services be taken off C.B. Ratnayake. He wants President Rajapaksa to handle it himself. Wijeratne, moreover, has opined that only the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urband Development, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has the backbone t […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The garrisoning of the Indian Ocean May 5, 2013A leaked draft MoU between the governments of the USA and the Maldives indicates that plans are afoot to set up a US military base in the Indian Ocean. While the US Embassy in Colombo has pooh-poohed the said document as a ‘Status of Forces Agreement’ (SOFA) of the kind that exists with respect to some 100 other countries, and that there is no intention of […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Development without human capital will be stillborn or deformed May 20, 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.
- The need to communicate coherently in Sri Lanka and abroad May 19, 2013Based on a talk given at the SF training centre in Kilinochchi – Part 1 A few weeks back I was asked to speak at a workshop arranged by the Kilinochchi Special Forces Commander on ‘Information Operations and Civil Affairs’. It seemed an excellent initiative, and the concept paper sketched out several areas civilian administrators […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 77 – Youth perspectives on bringing government closer to the people May 18, 2013Join us in calling on His Excellency The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to limit the size of the Cabinet to 20, with no more than 20 Cabinet Ministers and no more than 20 other Ministers of Junior Ministerial rank. You can sign the petition by clicking […]rajivawijesinha
- Using the armed forces productively and sensitively May 17, 2013The need to train productively and continuously Having written for nine months about children, I thought of moving to another topic that seems to me equally important in the current context. It is also possibly of greater topical interest. And though I believe the care of children is of crucial significance, and that we must […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 76 – Principles for Educational Progress May 16, 2013Daily News 7 Jan 2013 At a regional consultation last week on educational assistance, I was immensely struck by the assertion of one participant that programmes should aim at ‘making the classroom more joyful’. Sadly, that is not seen by many educational administrators or trainers as important. The result is that teachers do not focus […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 75 – Guarding against Gender Based Violence May 15, 2013I was privileged, at the end of November, to attend a workshop arranged by a group of women’s organizations looking into Gender Based Violence and related issues. It is chaired by the head of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, which I found had been assisting with police training. This is extremely helpful because, […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 74 – Eastern Muslim problems May 14, 2013Join us in calling on His Excellency The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to limit the size of the Cabinet to 20, with no more than 20 Cabinet Ministers and no more than 20 other Ministers of Junior Ministerial rank. You can sign the petition by clicking […]rajivawijesinha
- Ideas for Constitutional Reform 10 – Ensuring greater coherence about legislation May 12, 2013I referred earlier to the need to strengthen Committees of Parliament so that they can provide better inputs into legislation, but recent experience indicates that there is much more that should be done to ensure better legislation for the country. I have realized now that we are perhaps the weakest country with regard to formal […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 73 – Legal clarity with regard to empowerment May 9, 2013Join us in calling on His Excellency The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to limit the size of the Cabinet to 20, with no more than 20 Cabinet Ministers and no more than 20 other Ministers of Junior Ministerial rank. You can sign the petition by clicking […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 72 – Functioning with precision in English May 8, 2013A wave of problems with regard to Human Rights has swept the country recently, most tragically the events at Welikada. The resolution to impeach the Chief Justice has made it clear our constitution has deficiencies with regard to ensuring the independence of the judiciary while also promoting accountability and transparency with regard to judicial decisions. […]rajivawijesinha
- Ideas for Constitutional Reform 9 – Promoting consultation in Parliament May 6, 2013
- The need to communicate coherently in Sri Lanka and abroad May 19, 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.