- "Only the dead have seen the end of wars." This Blog is dedicated in the name of all men of the armed forces , paramilitary and police force and innocent people trapped by the hell of this "Tamil Insurrection" - past ,present and future - who have valiantly fought for many years - and many who sacrificed their young lives - to keep this country under one flag and in order to keep "Tamil terrorist " at bay. And may it be noted that this site also looks sadly and in utter disgust at political regimes who have bickered among themselves for for the last fifty years since independence , and have played into the hands off the "Eelamist sympathisers " in trying to compromise the birth right of all Sri Lankans and have prevented all armed forces from eliminating the tamil terrorist and putting an end to this internecine "tamil Insurrection". "This is a bugle call for the people of Sri Lanka to pressurize the politicians of this country to keep political goals , election targets away and their petty political differences away to stamp down this insurrection once and for all - FOR THAT IS THE ONLY WAY FOR LASTING PEACE NOT THROUGH SELF DESTRUCTING PEACE RALLIES. Note:This blog is a collection of articles published regarding the Sri lankan conflict in different web based media that have been collected over a long period.I hope these articles will help one gain a better insight about this internecine conflict that plagues this country more almost three decades.
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February 24, 2014 රට වෙනුවෙන් ආබාධිත වූ සෙබළෙකු තම ආබාධිත දරුවා රැක ගන්නට ගන්නා වෙහස
January 17, 2014 විශේෂ බලකා ඉතිහාසයේ දිගම ප්රහාරක කණ්ඩය
November 20, 2013 නින්දවුර් (ඇත්තම කතාව)
October 17, 2013 Madras Café, Tamil Diaspora and TN factor – War on terror revisited
September 22, 2013 ප්රභාගේ අවතාරය පදුමන් දැන් නිදහස්!
September 22, 2013 නිදොස් කොට නිදහස් කළ ‘අහිංසක’ පදුමන්
August 28, 2013 කෝ අපේ උරුමය සිහල වීමද කරුමය…
August 28, 2013 කෙවිලියාමඩුව
About this BlogThis blog concerns the Sri Lankans fight against LTTE terrorism.LTTE is a ruthless terror outfit which fights for an ethnically pure, separate Tamil homeland for Tamils living in Sri Lanka since 1983. The outfit is well known for its extreme tribalism and nefarious crimes against soft targets specially the women and children. During its two and half decade long terrorist war against Sri Lankan people, LTTE has killed over 70,000 people mostly civilians in its ethnic cleansing raids, indiscriminate bomb attacks, suicide blasts, etc. LTTE is also in top of the UN's list of shame for using child soldiers in war. As a tactical measure the outfit uses only young female cadres and male child soldiers for the front lines.
මුගුරක් ඇවැසිතැන මුගුරක් ගෙන නැගෙනූ …
මුගුරක් ඇවැසිතැන මුගුරක් ගෙන නැගෙනූ
කඩුවක් ඇවැසිතැන කඩුවක් ගෙන කොටනූ
සංග්රාමයට නව ගුණ වැල ගෙන නොයනූ
සංග්රාමයෙන් පසු නවගුණ වැල ගනිමූ
කඩු දුනු හී තෝමර ඈ අවිගෙන
වියරු වැටී සතුරන් දිව එන කල
රණ බිම මැද එරමිණිය ගොතාගෙන
දසසිල් වී නව ගුණවැල ගනිමුද
කවුරුන් හෝ මගේ රට බිලි දේනම්
නොපනත්කම් ගිනිලා අහුලානම්
කුමටද උන් හා සීල සමාදන්
සටනින් තොර මුනිවත අවදානම්
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The Eelam bubbleThe Tamil diaspora still talk of winning the "Eelam" war, of seeing "the light at the end of the tunnel of a mythical Tamil state" , even as six elite army divisions strategically lay siege to the Wanni heartland. As it is there is a light, that of a fast-approaching express train that would steam roll the "Eealm" myth to the sun baked Wanni floor forever.
Their sacrifice will not be in vain…."I am a Sri Lankan and I am free today because someone fought, bled or died in my place. I vow that as long as there is breath in my body that that their sacrifice will not be in vain."
Sri Lanka Conflict
- "It is the blood of a ordinary Soldier that make a country great and proud !"
Someones got to do It"someones got to do the things no one else wants to do and sometimes,those who make that choice will pay the ultimate price for it".(Johnny "Mike" Spann)
Smell Of VictorySmell that? Napalm, son. Nothing in the world smells like that.I love the smell of napalm in the morning.One time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one enemy body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory. Someday this war's gonna end. Apocalypse Now(1979)
- 260,785 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.
- The bravest women in the world March 8, 2014Amnesty International is a global movement of over 4.6 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom.International Women's Day - 8 March( March 8, 2014, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) Today, on International Women’s Day, We’d like you to meet the bravest women in the world.They are the Malalas you’ve never heard of, women wh […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Geneva, India, and American Imperialism March 8, 2014| by Izeth Hussain( March 8, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) At the moment of writing I have not had access to the full text of the US Draft Resolution on Sri Lanka that has been presented at the UNHRC Meeting in Geneva. But the most important fact about it is known: there will be no meaningful action of any sort at the present stage, and there will be su […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- British criminal investigative mechanism out of reach for Sivayogam Trust March 8, 2014| by KurukshetranNagendram Seevaratnam What is in the bag?( March 8, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Following publication of the translation of the London based Thesam Tamil newspaper news ( English translation published by the Sri Lanka Guardian) about Sivayogam Trust in London, further serious violations by the former international head of the LTTE fin […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Crimean Shock Waves March 8, 2014| by Ron Jacobs ( March 8, 2014, Virginia, Sri Lanka Guardian) Recent events in the Ukraine have taken center stage since the Russian parliament passed legislation approving the deployment of more troops into the Crimea. The rationale is simple: to defend the Russian fleet that makes port in the Black Sea. This is Russia’s only warm water port and has been a […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Obama Comes Out Against Self-Determination March 8, 2014| by Paul Craig Roberts( March 8, 2014, Washington DC, sri Lanka Guardian) The White House Fool has repeatedly declared erroneously and foolishly that it is “against international law” for Crimea to exercise self-determination. Self-determination, as used by Washington, is a propaganda term that serves Washington’s empire but is not permissible for real peop […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Indictment of African leaders by ICC should be taken by Sri Lanka as warning signal March 8, 2014| by Pearl Thevanayagam(March 08,2014, Bradford –UK, Sri Lanka Guardian) Sitting Presidents are not hauled up before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and other atrocities and this is the norm in advanced counties. But two African leaders, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and Congo militia leader Germain Katanga have been indicted. African […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Journalist in Exile Visits Sri Lanka for the First Time in 25 Years March 7, 2014D.B.S. Jeyaraj’s Journey HomeMarianne David Interviews DBS Jeyaraj for DailyFTPix by Dushiyanthini KanagasabapathipillaiIntroduction( March 7, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Forced into exile 25 years ago and compelled to stay away in order to stay alive, journalist D.B.S. Jeyaraj always dreamt of returning to Sri Lanka. That flame of hope flickered occa […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Universities – for better or for worse March 7, 2014| by Gajalakshmi Paramasivam ( March 7, 2014, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian) I write in response to the letter written by the Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Association (JUSTA) published in Sri Lanka Guardian under the heading ‘Woebegone: Rejection Of Hoole’s Application’I identified with many parts of Professor Hoole’s reactions and responses through m […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Nigeria National Conference And The Self-Defeating Clause Of The No-Go-Area March 7, 2014| by Osita Ebiem( March 7, 2014, New York City, Sri Lanka Guardian) Nigeria just like the United Kingdom of Great Britain is a country of loose union of various ethnic peoples with diverse and evidently irreconcilable and mutually antagonistic cultures and religions. The Nigerian union was put together by a foreign power (the Great Britain during the colonia […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Bring up the bodies March 7, 2014Creeping towards an international inquiry into war crimes| by Economist ( March 7, 2014, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) Evidence of past atrocities keeps turning up in Sri Lanka. Last year 154 bodies were unearthed from a mass grave behind a hospital in Matale, in the centre of the island—victims, in all likelihood, of an uprising by Marxist rebels in the 19 […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- The bravest women in the world March 8, 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.
- Freedom of expression and walls (regime-made and self-made) March 8, 2014The walls are coming down in the City of Colombo. This is one of the more apparent elements of the improvements that we see in the city’s landscape. It has provoked an interesting response from an academic, I was told: mardanaye thaappath e vidihatama kadanavanam hondai (it would be good if the walls of repression are similarly dismantled). This academic […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The first love is also the last, what do you say Hiran? March 8, 2014Yesterday my friend Hiran Kulatilake sent me a short note. He wanted me to write about ‘first love’, about the pivithuru palamu pema or the pure first love and comment on the bihisuni bindunu pema the tragedy of a love that’s over. I tried to remember where I had first encountered the term ‘first love’ and realized that it had nothing to do with heart, he […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Looks like you’ve got some problems over there Manmohan Bhaiya* March 7, 2014There’s a sick man in South Asia and it is not Sri Lanka. I checked. Here are some sobering facts. There’s a sick country in South Asia where 10.8% of the labour force is unemployed. In this sick country, a full quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. This country has an infant mortality rate of 47.57 deaths per 1,000 live births. Close t […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Do you remember your kindergarten teacher? March 7, 2014I got a call around 5.00 pm on November 24, 2010. I was ‘cordially invited’ I was told to the launch of Judge C.G.Weeramantry’s memoirs; well, the first volume, titled ‘Towards One World: The Sri Lankan years’. Galle Face Hotel. I went. I saw. I heard. Was humbled. Wickrema Weerasooria made a speech, rolling out the anecdotes with finesse. He introduced […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The credibility and incredibility of India March 6, 2014Do we know how India will vote on the anti-Sri Lanka Resolution? Manmohan Singh says his experts are studying the document. Yeah right! Here in Sri Lanka there are no prizes for predicting India's position. And yet, right here in Sri Lanka, there are people who conjure the Indian gonibilla at every turn. So it's good to return to India, in the […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Freedom of expression and walls (regime-made and self-made) March 8, 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.
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 30 – Promoting responsiveness to local needs February 10, 2014As I shall be away for a few weeks, I thought it best to bring this series to a close. I have tried here to discuss the need a. for Parliament to be strengthened, through better use of Committees so that its legislative and oversight functions are treated seriously b. of streamlining the Executive and […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 29 – Ensuring an effective Executive February 9, 2014As I have noted, the Vasantha Senanayake proposals that have been sent to the Parliamentary Select Committee are to form the basis of the discussions the Marga Institute is facilitating to promote consensus. The most innovative of the ideas put forward in the memorandum submitted to Parliament is the suggestion that we accept the logic […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 28 – The need for Electoral Reform February 6, 2014Last week the Marga Institute held a discussion on several sets of proposals that had been forwarded to the Parliamentary Select Committee looking into ‘Political and Constitutional Measures to Empower the People of Sri Lanka to Live as One Nation’. After much animated discussion, it was decided to work with the set of proposals put […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 27 – Police Grass Roots structures February 5, 2014Soon after I had written last week’s column about improving protection at local levels, I found a structure already in place that was based on a similar idea. This was in relation to the Community Policing that that present Inspector General has instituted. His determination to establish mechanisms for this is in line with the […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 26 – Improving Protection at local levels February 4, 2014I had intended to return this week to better coordination at local levels, to promote necessary and desirable actions with regard to the vulnerable. I will use the term protection to cover this, but I should note that it requires not only reactions to situations where suffering has been inflicted, but also positive measures to […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 25 – Assessing Parliament January 28, 2014While I continue to believe improving consultation as well as efficiency at local level should be the most important priority for government, I will interrupt the discussion of appropriate mechanisms for this briefly, to look at a very interesting initiative that was publicized recently. This was the launch of a website called http://www.manthri.lk which gra […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 24 – Local consultation and coordination January 26, 2014I was pleased to find last week a Divisional Secretary who had already put in place consultative mechanisms at village level. I have been suggesting these at other Secretariats, where I found an absence of systems to ensure attention to what people needed. Though some Secretaries seemed to take the ideas on board, I fear […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 23 – Pursuing Principles at Consultative Committees January 20, 2014Parliament excelled itself last week when it cancelled three Consultative Committees (of those I had planned to attend – there were others too that were cancelled). The third of these, which I think a vital Ministry though not many others share my views, that of National Languages and Social Integration, was cancelled on the morning […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka Rights Watch 102 – Civil Rights and sincerity January 16, 2014In the last column in this series, I will look at the Civil Rights Movement, which was founded in 1971. In discussing its contribution to Rights, and the manner in which Rights can be most productively promoted, I will also talk about one of its founding members, Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe, whose 86th birthday it would […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 22 – Suggestions for constitutional reform and strengthening grass roots decision making January 14, 2014Earlier this month the Liberal Party sent some suggestions for reform to the Parliamentary Select Committee meant to recommend solutions to current national problems. They are based on a vital principle that should be followed in all discussions, namely that we should try to assuage the fears of others rather than seek to assert one’s […]rajivawijesinha
- Strengthening institutions and organizational capacity 30 – Promoting responsiveness to local needs February 10, 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.