- "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 !"
- How Prabhakaran went down in Nanthi Kadal – the last battleground by H. L. D. Mahindapala
- War on terror revisited - Karannagoda speaks out
- War on terror revisited: Prabakaran suffers irrevocable loss at Anandapuram
- The new threat-well-armed and trained Muslim youth rallying round Pillayan
- Ratha Regiment DPU leader killed
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)
- 263,907 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.
- Buddhism & The Saga of Coleman April 23, 2014Sri Lanka - Under which law did the Magistrate make the order to deport the lady tourist with the Tattoo of Lord Buddha?The following statement issued by the Asian Human Rights Commission, a regional rights body based in Hong Kong ( April 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) According to reports a 37 year old British nurse who arrived in Sri Lanka this Mon […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- On Leave From Imperial War April 23, 2014| by Ron Jacobs( April 23, 2014, Virginia, Sri Lanka Guardian) For those who were in the military and even those whose friends or family members were, the idea of going on leave brings forth thoughts of drunken revelry, family, friends and an almost certain regret when the leave is over. For most soldiers, sailors and the like, the regret is tied to the fact […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- We Cannot Still Ignore The Perils Of Intervention April 23, 2014Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and now Ukraine. Catastrophe follows where US and EU meddle| by Patrick Cockburn( April 23, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) ‘In the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of champagne,” said Paul Claudel, the French poet, dramatist and ambassador to the United States in […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Amateur Hour in Ukraine April 23, 2014| by Eric Margolis(April 23, 2014, Marbella, Spain , Sri Lanka Guardian) Here in Spain’s sunny south, you wouldn’t know that a new world war over Eastern Europe threatens. In fact, rumor has it that none other than Vlad Putin is house-shopping in this glamorous resort.Easter is Europe’s most important holiday. While churches are empty, restaurants, clubs and […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Did Canada give a rap on the knuckle to both Mahinda and Sharma? April 23, 2014| by Upul Joseph Fernando( April 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) International political commentators have come up with a highly probable reason for Canada's withdrawal of Commonwealth funds rather abruptly. They contend that it was a palpable snub to both Mahinda Rajapaksa and Kamalesh Sharma who are current Chairperson and Secretary General res […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Nice Suit And Empty Pocket Economics April 23, 2014| by Gamini Weerakoon ( April 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Many were the glorious predications made about 2014 for Sri Lanka in newspapers and TV during the festive days. One that impressed me most was on economics by a dapper figure from the Central Bank. Reading out in fluent Sinhala – what appeared to be complicated economics (Sinhalanomics?) to […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- An open letter to President Rajapaksa April 22, 2014Dear President,( April 23, 2014, Geneva, Sri Lanka Guardian) I am writing this letter to you, form the same flat, same room, with a computer placed on the same table you were sitting at, discussing a pending visit of a group of parliamentarians to study the federal experience in Europe. It was some ten years ago when you were the leader of the parliamentary […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Sri Lanka: Tweaking the Muslims April 22, 2014| by Col R. Hariharan( April 22, 2014, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Why Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa is tweaking the Muslim community, which by and large had been his loyal political partner?Since 2012 the Buddhist fringe organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has continued its attacks with impunity on individuals, institutions and businesses connected with Musl […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Afghanistan - Can 1996 Repeat itself? April 22, 2014( April 22, 2014, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) A following article wrote by late B. Raman in 2013 on the consequences of US withdrawal from Afghanistan in end 2014 is reproduced below. The points made by him including India’s options are still relevant. The only change if any is that the Haqqani network has emerged stronger thanks to the total support given […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Morocco's child rape victims and the law April 22, 2014Recently amended statute allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying underaged victims.| by Aida AlamiCourtesy: Al Jazeera ( April 22, 2014, Rabat, Morocco , Sri Lanka Guardian) Although the Moroccan government amended a law that forced 16-year-old Amina Filali to marry her rapist - and led to her suicide two years ago - human rights organisations say […]email@example.com (Sri Lanka Guardian)
- Buddhism & The Saga of Coleman April 23, 2014
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Swift, Silent & Deadly
Fear The LRRPThe LRRP has been very successful in covert operations against the LTTE terrorists in the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Its members were so successful in assassinating key LTTE figures that many LTTE leaders refused to come out of their jungle bunkers before the 2002 ceasefire was implemented. After the resumption of hostilities, it is believed that the LRRP units conducted operations in the LTTE held northern province too. The LTTE has accused the Sri Lankan Deep Penetration Units of launching attacks on LTTE leaders in their areas, although the Sri Lankan Government denies any involvement in these attacks. The teams have had success against LTTE leaders such as military intelligence leader Colonel Charls and many leaders. Other success have included observing LTTE training camps and calling in air strikes. The LRRP's successes and dedicated operators have garnered a fearful reputation among the LTTE. The SL Army commander Gen.Sarath Fonseka had recently acknowledged that LRRP units were used to beat the LTTE at their own game.It was later revealed that LTTE, who were masters at jungle warfare refused to engage in combat and withdrew from their positions instead of holding their ground because of these elite soldiers. SL LRRP unit falls under SF3 (Special Forces 3rd Regiment)they and SF1,SF2,SF4 & Commandos played a vital role in eliminating the LTTE including V.Piribaharan a.k.a Sun God a.k.a Supreme Commander of the LTTE. LTTE according to FBI is was the most dangerous terrorist group in the world.
Things you didn’t do
Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it?
I thought you'd kill me but you didn't.
And remember the time I dragged you to the beach and you said it would rain and it did?
I thought you'd say, "I told you so", but you didn't.
Do you remember the time I flirted with all the guys to make you jealous and you were.
I thought you'd leave me, but you didn't.
Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie all over your car rug.
I thought you'd hit me but you didn't.
And remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was formal and you showed up in jeans?
I thought you'd drop me. But you didn't.
Yes, there were lots of things you didn't do.
But you put up with me and you loved me and you protected me.
There were lots of thing I wanted to make up to you when you returned from War.
But you didn't.
- When the law is ‘plaything’… April 23, 2014The gains made by the Democratic Party (DP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) at the recently concluded elections for the Southern and Western Provincial Councils, along with modest performances by the ruling party and the main opposition party as well as a relatively lower voter turnout can be read in many ways. One explanation has been dissatisfacti […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Farbrace’s crossover does not diminish but empowers April 22, 2014The resignation of Paul Farbrace, some say, has plunged Sri Lanka Cricket into crisis. That’s interesting. First of all there’s this question: when was Sri Lanka Cricket ever not in crisis? Sri Lanka has enjoyed unbelievable success over the past two decades and one is compelled to say it is not because of the cricket authorities but in spite of them. So […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- He sang a few songs fought the good fight April 22, 2014He was quiet, most times. Courteous but quiet. The only time he was not quiet was when he sang. The man could sing. And sing and sing. He could not be stopped and he would not stop. He sang long after the alcohol was consumed and after the alcohol had consumed the consumers. Late into the night. I was one of the privileged few who sat with ‘Witha’ and […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Elizabeth writes to Stephen Harper* April 21, 2014Dear Stephen,It is not often that I write to my subjects, especially those who live a considerable distance from our fair shores. I make this exception today because I wish to express my undying gratitude to you. As you would probably surmise, this is about your decision to suspect Canada’s funding to the Commonwealth. I applaud your self-righteousness in […]email@example.com (Malinda Seneviratne)
- Wisdom drops from Narammala April 20, 2014About four kilometers from Narammala when traveling towards Giriulla, there’s a promising cement road that quickly slips into nondescript dirt track. Less than a kilometer on this road, there’s a temple. By the temple is an even more humble path. It leads to the house of D.G.S. Karunaratne, development officer, organic farmer, political activist and philo […]firstname.lastname@example.org (Malinda Seneviratne)
- When the law is ‘plaything’… April 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.
- Response of Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha to The Island April 21, 2014April 17th 2014 The Editor The Island Dear Sir I write with reference to the article by Shamindra Ferdinando, to which he kindly drew my attention, which appeared in your columns on April 16th. While I am grateful to him for drawing attention to a period when government had dedicated agencies to deal with such […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 14 – Formulating Policy, Ensuring Practice April 18, 2014The more one studies the 13th amendment to the Constitution, the more one realizes how completely potty it is. I am not sure though whether this lunacy is entirely the fault of J R Jayewardene, even though I have little doubt that his is the primary responsibility for the failure to consider principles at all […]rajivawijesinha
- Sunday Leader omits Prof Wijesinha’s criticisms of Foreign Minister and the NGO Secretariat April 16, 2014The Leader omitted salient points in the answers given to the various questions asked. It may have felt diffident about carrying criticism of the Minister of External Affairs and the Head of the NGO Secretariat, but given how badly the incompetence of such individuals affects the country, it seems desirable to publish the interview in […]rajivawijesinha
- We Fell Into The American Trap – Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe April 14, 2014By Camelia Nathaniel Reputed for his outspoken nature Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe feels that the government has been too hasty in proscribing the Diaspora groups, and the Foreign Ministry has done nothing about the LLRC recommendation to build up positive relations with the Diaspora. Instead, Professor Wijesinghe said, in an interview with The Sunday Leade […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 13 – Transport for Children April 13, 2014At the debate on the FUTA demands arranged a couple of weeks back by Eran Wickramaratne, perhaps the most telling complaint made by the FUTA head was about children in a distant village clustering in droves before dawn to get the bus to a school far away. That anecdote seemed to have nothing to do […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 12 – Stakeholder Consultation on the Development and Protection of Children April 11, 2014Last week saw an extremely productive consultation on promoting the Rights of Children. Organized by the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, as decided at the meetings we have been holding over the last several months to better understand the problems and possible interventions, it was presided over by the Secretary to the Ministry of Child Development […] […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 11 – The Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Educational Reform April 10, 2014As indicated in the suggestions I advanced in these columns for Parliamentacy Reform, I had had no great regard for Parliamentary Consultative Committees as they function now, because they rarely contribute to policy making, which should be one of their prime concerns. An exception initially seemed to be the Education Committee, which way back in […]rajivawijesinha
- India has been absolutely consistent April 6, 2014Interview with Ceylon Today Q: India abstained from voting at the UN Human Rights resolution on Sri Lanka in Geneva,last week. Given that India had voted for the previous resolution in 2013, do you see a major shift in the Indian stance on the matters related to the international scrutiny on the Sri Lankan government […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 10 – Army support for rural education April 6, 2014In considering the crisis that has hit our education system so comprehensively in the last few months, I have begun to wonder whether we have not been the victims of our own success. We were doing extremely well with regard to mass education when we got independence 64 years ago, in part because of Kannangara’s […]rajivawijesinha
- The Care of Children 9 – The lack of guidance or alternatives April 3, 2014A friend from England who was visiting recently was surprised when someone of the same age, with a son doing O/Levels, just as her daughter is, was not deeply concerned about what the youngster would do next. I thought her concern excessive, until it struck me that Sri Lankans living in Colombo are as concerned […]rajivawijesinha
- Response of Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha to The Island April 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.