It was Hitler’s Propaganda Minister Goebbels who having learned the value of propaganda from Mein Kampf said ‘if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it’.
‘It must confine itself to a few points ..; repeat them over and over again’. It was General Sir Patrick Howard Dobson later Military Secretary when Commandant of the British Army Staff College Camberley (1973) who said that if Goebbels had TV Germany may have won WW2. Having heard of the first but probably not the second, UK’s Goebbels 4 TV (G4 TV) is trying to prove that Goebbels the Nazi was right. It is too late to act about the second statement. G4TV is the lavishly funded propaganda arm of the GTF, the self appointed successors of the terrorist LTTE. The funds are from the blood money of poor Tamils in SL and black mailed Tamil refugees over seas.
No longer does SL fear a red sky in the nights and in the mornings. After having lost 100,000 citizens killed in 30 years, there are no tears for the LTTE or their supporters in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka lost 7,000 troops in the last 3 years of its conflict. The combined total of troops of the IC killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan after over 10 years of war is 6,000. So what is G4 TV trying to prove?
Prudish manoeuvres of the G4:
G4 TV while showing people dying on TV, a macabre business normally excluded for viewing by any TV group less G4, wishes to be seen as being prudish too. It covers up the private parts of the dead with ever so squeamish sensitivity while steaming alleged killings and rapes on TV right into people’s homes at night!. The thrust of the G4TV is with Goebbelsian skill to challenge the UN figure of 7,000 civilians killed in the final stages of the war and no reports of atrocities with a concocted guesstimate figure of 40,000 and shocking atrocities allegedly committed by the SL forces. Does the figure include LTTE dead? Are there names for these people and where were they buried? Curiously Gordon Weiss formerly of the UN in SL who for reasons that can be guessed, supported the G4TV view, admitted when challenged in Australia at the recent launching of his book on the conflict ‘The Cage’ that the total could mysteriously now be 10,000. Should he or G4TV be taken seriously?
G4 also very cunningly shows its ‘balance’ by repeating what everyone has known for 3 decades. That the LTTE was also guilty atrocities.
Pound of flesh:
G4TV however does not call on the SL government to investigate and punish those responsible as it should have if there have been proven transgressions but instead implores the International Community (IC) to take just three of SL’s leaders to task circumvent the nuances of established law. That is its intention-to engage white eyes to turn the clock back and give the LTTE/GTF another chance to terrorise SL. The GTF like the LTTE, cynically and cleverly manoeuvred picked unsavoury politicians and media in the IC, knowing that mercenaries will fight under any evil, filthy, blood stained flag without any moral or legal restraint, albeit with prudish reluctance. G4 slipped up when it criticized the UN’s BK Moon about a ‘whistle stop’ visit to SL at the end of hostilities. Moon rejected and rebuffed it. For G4TV, Moon after all too does not belong to the white eyes club.
Surrender of LTTE Police (Gestapo) chief P Nadesan:
Nadesan then a Sri Lankan police sergeant and his Sinhala police woman wife are alleged to have supplied detailed sketches of the Jaffna Police station for the devastating LTTE attack on it in 1985.Both decamped to join the LTTE. He first fought with the LTTE cadres and was later appointed LTTE Police (Gestapo) chief which organized executions. G4 refers to him as an (innocent) civilian and says he died suddenly draped in a bed sheet!
Versions of battle reports:
It was US Defence Attach‚ Lt Col Lawrence Smith’s remarks at the recently concluded Defence Symposium that short circuited the terrorist supporters here. Col Smith shot across Maj Gen (Retd) Mehta’s bows and said ‘we need to examine the credibility of those (surrender) offers before we come to conclusions’. He went on to say that as in other combat situations ‘battlefield reports in SL were also received from second, third fourth hand sources leading to conflicting reports on a particular situation’.
Military History- accounts of battle:
It is well known that accounts of battle even by participants change after a few hours. The first foreign reports (two months later) of May 2009 were that these surrender dramas were eye witness accounts of media men. It is well known they would have been comfortably and wisely positioned some considerable distance behind assault troops. The informants were then hurriedly changed to be SL soldiers. They were all supposedly in possession of mobile phones with cameras. Were we to believe that troops while fighting for their lives had allegedly turned out to be not only capable of assorted ‘war crimes’ but also possessors of expensive mobile phone/ video cameras who had the inclination, time and nerves to take photos of ‘war crimes’ while implicating themselves. They allegedly also had a mercenary habit of later passing along what material they had recorded to ‘LTTE’ marketing directors /bribe givers/collection officers from the GTF. These were then allegedly circulated to foreign media.
Mobile phone fable.G4 amended version:
It now appears from G4TV ‘channels’ lavatorial night show presenters that the incriminating scenes were ‘shot’ by an unnamed ‘very senior army officer’. Did they believe he being on the spot would film ‘alleged’ atrocities in which he himself would be found complicit being on the spot? If so what was the reason for G4, advised by ‘expert war crimes lawyers’ not to implicate him in the alleged misdeeds too?
Intention of G4 TV channel:
The thrust of the presenters of the ‘footage’ aired on a G4 TV channel was that 3 SL leaders had to answer for alleged ‘war crimes’. Coincidentally but not surprisingly that is what a former army commander says too. Curiously no mention was made of the former Army Commander as though that man had ceased to exist. This was another attempt to divide the leaders so that they could be taken out separately later.
Spurt by Birt:
A Burt, a squirt eyeing the main chance to collect Tamil votes had the temerity to say that SL should respond soon or Britain may have to ‘revisit’ SL. SL’s thoughts went back to 1818 and 1915. This comes from a man who supported the launching of the criminal war in Iraq and is now supporting the daily day and night bombing and killing of inhabitants of Tripoli. The world even if it will be Oriental in future, will like to see who faces war crimes charges first.
Is the Queen responsible for UK forces crimes? :
Logically it was as though if war crimes were to be levelled against the UK for acts in Iraq and Afghanistan the Queen as C in C would have to answer with her Defence Secretary. Would it mean that the UK Chief of General Staff and his commanders on the ground even though they are finally responsible for the conduct of their soldiers are not? In the British Army the oath of allegiance is to the Queen and the forces serve her and not the government. Yet in what way would the Queen ever be made to answer? If that was even suggested, the G4 TV team would be charged with treason.
‘War without witnesses’:
According to the mouth piece of the GTF, G4 TV and its Haw Haws, SL’s war was one without witnesses. Yet they admit that over 300,000 Tamil hostages alone leave aside the nearly 150,000 soldiers and the public servants including doctors and Government Agents were present during the last stages of the conflict. They are not considered eye witnesses! G4 insists that the absence of white eyes of the UN and such INGOs like the ICRC in the closing stages of the conflict was because SL did not want witnesses. Is it their inference then that what allegedly happened thereafter was deliberately planned by the highest authority in SL? They castigate the NFZ because this was something the IC, NATO, USA and UK never thought of. They go berserk on the so called ‘zero civilian casualty’ policy. Did the white eyes lot (UN etc) not vacate the free fire zones (FFZs) out of self interest?
Wars without witnesses:
Can G4TV deny that Northern Ireland was out of bounds for foreigners during the ‘Troubles’ which was actually an insurrection? Who obliterated Tanuf near Nizwa with incessant aircraft bombing raids in Oman in the 1960s pre Sultan Qaboos? In fact the later Oman insurgency which officially lasted until 1985 was hidden not from the world but from the British public too, like most of the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya. Why?
G4 says that no media people were allowed to cover the war. Did SL not have many embedded media, all non white eyes, present in the Wanni from so many local TV Channels? What the IC wanted were white eyes only. However black eyes from the 3rd world were never tolerated anywhere that the white eyes were fighting.
Siri Hewavitharne, a former BBC hand now a SL Australian and an expert on the subject after careful analysis says that the G4TV videos were concocted. G4 refuses to accept his opinion or even to quote it-that G4 has shown false images? Is the opinion of an expert with a SL background to be immediately rejected? Is the G4 racism?
White Flag -cover for treachery:
It is worthwhile to remember that ‘enemy’ carrying ‘white flags’, the universal symbol of surrender have time and again in battle used the white flag invariably too late in the day in order to save themselves. Often it is to deceive their opponents, conceal real intentions and launch surprise counter attacks, inflicting hundreds of casualties. SL troops had been victims of such subterfuge for 30 years and paid for it dearly. They remembered towards the end of the conflict, the devastating suicide attack by a LTTE woman cadre mingling with female Tamil hostages being screened by the troops. Twenty people mainly women soldiers were killed. They would not risk repetition this time knowing that they were dealing with a group that had made treachery its calling card.
G4TV said that the ‘refugees were ‘starved’. Obviously they had not looked at the very video they screened that showed extremely well fed ‘refugees’ about an inch or taller and at least 10 pounds heavier than their soldier carers.
Treachery (bogus surrender offers) dealt with:
When Allied troops cornered Germans in an open field in Normandy in WW2 the Germans came out with white flags only to have those behind them open fire on the Allies. After the first incident the Allies knew how exactly to deal with German offers to surrender. In Sicily when some Italians in a pill box from where they had been firing at the British thought better of it and showed a white flag the Brits ‘tickled ‘ them with a few bursts of a machine gun. The Italians jumped back into the pill box and fired back. They were not taken prisoner. Does G4 want to know why?
When General von Friedberg C in C German Navy and Gen Kinzel on behalf of FM Keitel and Admiral Doenitz who had taken over after Hitler committed suicide came out to Luneburg Heath in the Westphalia Plain to surrender all the German forces in the British Sector to General Montgomery on 3 May’ 45 their offer was accepted. Why? Should the SF forces accepted the ‘offers’ made by every Tomilchelvan, Dikaran or Harendran? Or even Nadesan?
Interestingly the US Attorney General (AG)had stated that had Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden even offered to surrender it was unlikely it would have made any difference to what happened in Kakul Pakistan that day in May 2011. SL’s AG would never say anything like that.
Massacre of SL captives:
G4 must have forgotten LTTE massacres of SL troops after capture. Moralising on the norms of surrender has to be a sick joke when applied to the LTTE. There was an eye witness of the LTTE massacre of 30 SL POWs at the tail end of the war (May 2009) who in a Canadian court (May 2011) admitted he was a member of an LTTE ‘execution squad’ but said he did not fire personally! Was the LTTE execution squad at work used to show the perpetrators as the SL Army?
Such cunning, diabolical propaganda gimmicks were mother’s milk to the LTTE. A total of nearly 1,000 captured SL troops were executed in the very same Mullativu and over 500 in the Pooneryn battle. They were SOPs for the LTTE that even an illiterate could not know. There was also, while peace talks were in progress, the murder of 600 policemen ordered to surrender by the government on a under taking of safe conduct to Ampara made by the LTTE. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour was less diabolical. Who trusted the LTTE?
Have SL citizens forgotten how the LTTE after the massacre of 130 worshippers at the Sri Maha Bodhi at Anuradhapura abducted unarmed policemen. While travelling in a van to Wilpattu they kept stabbing them until they all died -in order to practice stabbing Sinhalese! Is some one crying over what happened to the LTTE? Are Nazi ghosts active in the UK? Do people forget what happened to Special Forces soldiers that were captured after an ambush in the East during Eelam 2? They were tied to trees and had their eyes plucked.
Well known civil war massacres:
During civil wars, massacres were the norm as in USA (over one million died) and Britain. In the former the Southerners shot all Blacks captured. Would G4 care as the killers were not black? In Britain’s civil war the massacre at Bolton (May 1644) Drogheda and Ulster (the estimates- long before G4TV and Weise were from 16,000 to 200,000 killed) were the worst. India and Pakistan prefer not to remember the massacres at partition in 1947 when nearly a million died.
Who accepts surrender offers said to be made on behalf of the enemy? Rudolf Hess flew 900 miles from Berlin to Scotland with a peace offer during WW2? Hitler condemned him as a traitor (jackal?) The Brits imprisoned him. He died in 1987 after serving a life sentence in Spandau jail in Berlin as a war criminal. Would this have been the fate of Nadesan if he offered to surrender? Count Bernadotte (IRC-now ICRC- Swede not Norwegian) was asked to broker peace between the Allies and the Axis powers in WW2. He told Schellenberg on his way out from Germany ‘the Reichsfuhrer no longer understands the realities of his own position. I cannot help him anymore. He should have taken Germany’s affairs into his own hands after my first offer’. Were there no similarities with the position of the LTTE and the Nazis even if no one was willing to visit Prabakaran in Mullativu to talk peace? Who could or did guarantee safe conduct? Were any of those siding with the LTTE, such as Solheim and Westborg trustworthy? Could the SL forces have accepted their ‘offers’?
The actual situation in the Wanni at the close of the conflict appears to have been completely forgotten by the scavenging G4/GTF ‘channels’. It should be remembered that the LTTE was holding over 300,000 Tamils hostage, not including captured SL servicemen and a few black mailed MPs of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The LTTE used the hostages in a unique way that no other armed group or terrorists with any semblance of a code of honour would ever have done. The Russians dealt with hostage situations in Breslan and Moscow in an extra ordinary way. The Irangate hostage rescue left only one terrorist survivor.
The LTTE leader had vowed he would die fighting. What people had forgotten was that he also said that if his goal of ‘Eelam’ was not possible it was better for all the Tamils to die. He tried hard to ensure his ‘vision’ was put into practice. Did his cadres obey or disobey his death wish?
The LTTE were surrounded, protected and concealed by compulsorily drafted hostages aka ‘human shields’. Those who formed the ‘shields’ had been forced by brute and wanton use of force including murder to provide body cover to the LTTE. Thousands of Tamils were shot at and killed when they attempted to escape including in one case a ‘Rosa’ bus load of 42 crippled ex combatant Tamil girls as stated by Kumaran from PKP and corroborated by Pulendran from Chavakachcheri as seen in the video in ‘Ground views’. However according to Goebbels 4TV this too was done by the SL forces!
Comparison with Nazi death camps:
These human shields could be compared to survivors of Nazi extermination or death camps like Auschwitz and Treblinka or concentration camps like Belsen and Dachau even if off Landi Kadal there were thousands of Tamils and not millions of Jews killed. The LTTE police had taken over duties akin to that of the Nazi SS camp guards. Every time a No Fire Zone (NFZ) was declared by the government the LTTE moved its hostages into it, making cynically sure that if the government forces attacked them there, the innocent Tamil hostages would be the first to die. The G4TV canard is that the SL government tricked, duped and enticed the hostages by declaring NFZs and when the hostages got into them, shot them! Repeatedly! Were the hostages also raving lunatics by then? The SL forces were faced with a dilemma with time running out. Hostages were being killed by the LTTE even as the stock of food and medicines were running out. The decision was between saving the hostages and killing the LTTE. The 300,000 hostages were first inveigled to escape. There after the forces took care of the last LTTE redoubt.
Liberation unhinges the hostages:
When news of the approach of a liberating force reaches those confined in such death camps as of the LTTE they hostages are capable of acting with extreme prejudice to the guards. At Dachau the inmates battered the Nazi SS guards and in some cases cut off their limbs even as the liberating troops came in. Did something like this happen in those last fateful days/ hours before the troops got to the hostages? Does G4TV know? The probability of such events has been ignored in the fog of war that enveloped the Wanni. Knowing this, the near bankrupt G4TV beneficiaries of the GTF treasury have stepped in with their concocted versions of the end of the conflict. They should know that if there were violations of any laws, the SL forces would investigate and take legal action whether the violators are friend or foe -as it has done before, following international practices.
Identifying the LTTE cadres:
The LTTE has a variety of uniforms and many of them operated in plain clothes like Nazi volkssturm battalions or as volks grenadiers. The sick were drafted into ‘stomach’ and ‘heart’ (problems) battalions. The inmates of the ‘human shield’ alone knew fully well who the LTTE were. Their vengeance would have very selective and merciless when they were liberated. Enemy forces operating in plain clothes and in the uniforms of friendly forces often died suddenly.
Terrorism is a suicide pact:
It was General Sir Frank Kitson, regarded as the expert in counter terrorism in UK in the 1970/80s who said that once a terrorist kills he knows his life in forfeit to the state and accepts that his act (terrorism) is one of suicide. There was no way that the end of the LTTE, that had legally forfeited the lives of its cadres to the state when it took up arms, would be otherwise. However they did not commit mass suicide and make their end legendry. They died trying to escape.
The LTTE instead spurned many offers to surrender made by SL, banking on spurious, speculative manoeuvres allegedly being made by the IC and UN. They paid the price in a way that stunned all, including SL that believed the LTTE would stand and fight to the end. Whose is the responsibility for their deaths and that of the ‘civilians’? GTF?
Legal position of LTTE:
Interestingly however had the LTTE leaders especially been captured, they would have all been charged with crimes that carried the death penalty (though executions have not been carried out in SL for over 40 years). In a way the IC by not being able to come to the rescue of the LTTE saved the SL government from lengthy legal processes as for Osama (USA) and Wijeweera in SL. But was justice served if not done? Will Zarqawi be done away in the same style too? SL refreshingly rehabilitated over 10,000 captured/surrendered terrorists. Something that no other country has done before. Think of the IRA in Belfast and the Good Friday Accord that ‘ended’ the ‘Troubles’. What happened? Last Friday (24 June 2011) the Irish were creating major ‘troubles’ again. Forget Iraq and Afghanistan.
Murder, rape and prudes:
It is well known that the LTTE bled captives to death to replenish their stocks of blood. There is now an allegation that the SL soldiers had indulged in murder and worse at the end of the war. It was about this same force that one of its virulent detractors (Gordon Weise) at his book launch said that the SL troops even when under fire risked death and injury by clearing and marking pathways for the Tamil hostages to escape from the clutches of the LTTE.
Did a few of them then suddenly lose their balance, morality, discipline and humanity that they had shown all along and become guilty of atrocities as portrayed in the G4 TV videos? Would those G4 pictures more suit the actions of the LTTE with its well known SOPs for dealing with captives and expertise in psychological (huge lies) warfare and propaganda? The LTTE had been killing the hostages for some time until the very end. Does G4 know how many thousands o does it think they were a handful? It was a British PM Baldwin quoting Kipling who said that the media had ‘tremendous power but no responsibility- the prerogative of the harlot’. How apt for G4TV.
SL Army inquiry is on:
The SL Army is in the process of inquiring into possible misdemeanours of the army during the conflict. G4 TV and GTF can certainly give evidence. Many people in SL will come forward to ensure their safety if they do come as they want to know what G4TV would have done in the circumstances of the biggest hostage rescue ever. One that shames attempts by the IC in Bosnia etc. If there have been violations those responsible who ever they are/were, will surely be dealt with according to Military and National laws as appropriate. The army will not hide anything or shield anyone. IC take note.
Salute Lt Col Lawrence Smith:
It took Lt Col Smith the US MA to lead the SL fight back. He exposed the limitations of those who wished to blacken the name of the SL forces. What were the egg heads, million dollar budget PR firms and others doing? This is not the first time Col Smith has stood up for SL. The government of SL should reciprocate his bold gesture. It would not be too much for a start to offer Col Smith honorary SL citizenship and also make him an honorary member of every Armed Forces officer’s mess especially of the infantry.
The country has a great affection and esteem for its armed forces. The people will not forget the 25,000 servicemen who sacrificed their lives and many more who were disabled to preserve the integrity of the country and liberate it from a 30 year terrorist scourge. SL will remember the nearly 50,000 civilians from North to South who was killed by the LTTE and the 300,000 hostages rescued. The skies are not red with LTTE tracer bullets anymore. This time the fight is for good governance and against crime and corruption especially so that families of those who died and the disabled who bore the brunt of the war can know that their sacrifices have not been in vain. G4TV and its patron GTF will no doubt have a ‘tryst with destiny’ soon.
(Ministry of Defence – Sri Lanka)