- "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)
- 272,135 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.
- Action from the Richest Religion : Vatican can wipe out entire Third World debt & poverty July 29, 2014| by Shenali WadugeGive a man a fish and you feed him for a day;teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime( July 29, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Vatican City is a land locked state inside the city of Rom, Italy and governed by the Pope (Bishop of Rome). It is the world’s smallest sovereign on just 110 acres. The Pope is not only head of 2 […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Politician or Governor? July 29, 2014| by Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam( July 29, 2014, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) I read with interest the Sri Lanka Guardian article ‘We Must Fight For A Radical Change In Society’ based on the speech by Ms Tamara Kunanayakam, former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, to the United Nations. The question that came to my mind is ‘Is Ms Kunanayakam speaking as Sri […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Sri Lanka : A Failed Idea July 29, 2014| by Basil Fernando( July 24, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The idea of the executive presidency, as found in the 1978 constitution, is now a failed idea.Almost everybody agrees that it is a failed idea.The people who are maintaining it also know that it is a failed political idea, but it helps them to have extraordinary power and the benefits of such p […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Relevance of Freedom of Association in 1992 and today July 29, 2014| by Lakshan Dias( July 29, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), are the popular punching bag of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL), when its actions are challenged by any individual and/or organization. Name-calling, brandishing circulars to warn NGOs and now a draconian law to prevent them from raising public issues has […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- War Is Coming July 29, 2014| by Paul Craig Roberts( July 29, 2014, Washington DC, Sri Lanka Guardian) The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the “Western media,” have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win. European governments need to rouse themselves from insouciance, because […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Buddhist Vigilantes & Muslim Sex Predators July 29, 2014The specter of rapacious Muslim men, plotting a slow genocide of Buddhists through sexual conquest, is actually quite old in Myanmar.| by Patrick WinnCourtesy: The Global Post ( July 29, 2014, Bangkok, Sri Lanka Guardian) In the minds of Myanmar’s Buddhist extremists, Muslim men are constantly scheming for their women.There are plots to systematically seduce […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Malaysian Airlines MH17: Who Stands to Gain? July 29, 2014| by Chandra Muzaffar( July 29, 2014, Kuala Lumpur , Sri Lanka Guardian) The Russian military has released military monitoring data which challenge allegations circulating in the media pertaining to the MH 17 crash in the Donetsk Region of Eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014. Questions have been raised about Kiev military jets tracking MH 17, Ukrainian air traff […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- We Must Fight For A Radical Change In Society July 28, 2014| by Tamara KunanayakamFollowing article based on the speech delivered by the writer yesterday in Colombo ( July 28, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I’m here because I’m Sri Lankan, and I’m here because I’m proud to be Sri Lankan! I’m also here because separatism and partition will not resolve the problems that we face. I am convinced that only a people u […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Gaza crisis & Israel arrogance will boomerang sooner than later in US July 28, 2014| by Pearl Thevanayagam(July 28, 2014 Bradford UK, Sri Lanka Guardian) Bradford City Council raised the Palestinian flag and allowed commemoration by Bradford citizens in support of the dead and suffering Palestinians in Gaza. Muslims in Bradford belong to their third generation and they live peacefully with the Yorkshire folk. In fact their accent is more Y […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- The World Is Doomed By Western Insouciance July 27, 2014Don’t expect to live much longer| by Paul Craig Roberts( July 28, 2014, Washington DC, Sri Lanka Guardian) European governments and the Western media have put the world at risk by enabling Washington’s propaganda and aggression against Russia.Washington has succeeded in using transparent lies to demonize Russia as a dangerous aggressive country led by a new […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Action from the Richest Religion : Vatican can wipe out entire Third World debt & poverty July 29, 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.
- Hail All the Grandmasters of Bee-Essing! July 29, 2014Courtesy www.sunipix.com‘We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,’ US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters during the Thursday afternoon […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- The 'common candidate' drama July 28, 2014Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe, with permission from 'The Nation'People have short memories, some politicians like to think. But politicians themselves are people and the claim is eminently applicable to that category as well. Forgive-forget after all is par for the course in a profession about which it is said that there are no permanent enemies or […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Mathematically challenged NGO activists and other tidbits July 27, 2014Mathematically challenged NGO activistsThere are some 1400 NGOs registered with the NGO Secretariat. Various people, some from NGOs and some 'companies' which operate as though they are NGOs and indeed believe they are representatives of 'civil society' (are corporate entities also part of 'civil society' and do CEOs of top com […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Remember your grandparents, child? July 27, 2014'The greatest gift you can give your parents is to help them look after their grandparents,’ my father told me this about 19 years ago. At the time his mother, afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, could scarcely recognize anyone. It was not easy to take care of her for she had lapsed into a state where she could not match object with use and we all fre […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- A love note on eternal Tuesdays and recurrent Julys July 26, 2014I think it was Pablo Neruda who said that the saddest lines begin with the words ‘if only’. Come to think of it other people, poets and philosophers included, must have figured this out long before Neruda did; it’s just that I remember reading a poem by Neruda which makes mention of this truism. It is not just about love, though. Human beings are frail crea […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Hail All the Grandmasters of Bee-Essing! July 29, 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.
- “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
- The Oslo Forum and the Elephant in the room July 24, 2014I was privileged last month to attend the Oslo Forum, an annual gathering of those engaged in mediation and conflict resolution. I had been invited, along with Mr Sumanthiran, to debate on whether it was correct to talk to extremists. The concept paper referred in some detail to recent developments in Nigeria and Afghanistan, but […]rajivawijesinha
- Sri Lanka’s Relations with the Outside World – Changing Perspectives on South East and Central Asia July 23, 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
- The Care of Children 30 – Initiatives in the North for the young July 15, 2014Amidst a number of meetings of Divisional Secretariat Reconciliation Committees in the North last week, I also had a number of interactions with children, and with persons working with children. Two instances were serendipitous, but I was privileged to participate actively – and indeed exhaustingly – on one occasion. This was when I conducted, in […]rajivawijesinha
- A Presidency Under Threat 6 – Endemic incompetence and neglect July 14, 2014I have been quite critical of Basil Rajapaksa recently, which I gather has upset him. This led him to assume that I would vote against the government in the recent motion of No Confidence, which suggests how emotional he can be, with little comprehension of political principles. But I should be glad that he at […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 29 – National Languages input into Education July 9, 2014Last week the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Education met to finalize the Educational Policy reforms that have been discussed over the last nearly three years. Apart from myself, one member of the Consultative Committee and two other Members of Parliament had sent in suggestions, and a few others contributed verbally at the meeting. I have […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 28 – Automatic transfers and their impact on rural schools July 7, 2014After speaking at the Officer Career Development Centre on revolutionizing the Education System, I went on to my father’s home village, where his family had many years ago donated land for a school. Vijaya Maha Vidyalaya had developed over the years, with support sometimes from the family, most recently when one of my cousins arranged […]rajivawijesinha
- The current sorry state of Indo-Lankan Relations (and how our Ministry of External Affairs will make it worse) July 6, 2014A recent newspaper article on Sri Lankan relations with India suggested a level of incompetence that even I had not thought possible in our Ministry of External Affairs. The article described the Ministry as ‘virtually defunct’ but that is misleading. It is actually viral in its determination to destroy relations with India, and continuing to […]rajivawijesinha
- “Lest We Forget”: The Ethnic Violence of July 1983 July 29, 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.