Cease-fire and peace talks -
let us not be complacent but be vigilant
'President, Only One Lanka'
Everyone seems to be happy that there is peace in the country. If peace
is achieved with dignity, without division of the country, then that would
be the best thing to happen to our country. However, unfortunately it
seems that the government, as well as the public in the South, are thinking
that the other party involved in the peace talks, ie. The murderous terrorist
organisation, the LTTE, is also genuinely interested for peace.
It was the former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher who stated
that there should be no dealing with terrorists as they cannot be trusted.
The recent activities of the LTTE in stock piling weapons on a massive
scale, recruitment of new cadres, and the statements of Prabhakaran and
Balasingham at the Press Conference are all signs that they have a hidden
agenda to use the peace process to create the Ealam. In the guise of establishing
political offices (as provided by the infamous MOI) the LTTE have already
infiltrated into the government-held areas in the North and East (LTTE
already calls these areas as the 'Thamil Ealam'), but our forces are not
authorised to go to the LTTE held areas! 'Time' magazine reported that
only 3 weeks ago (after the cease-fire) a shipload of weapons was transported
to the LTTE from Cambodia. It is noted that at least four more successful
shipments of armaments have recently occurred. Then, there is the recent
gathering of the sea tigers in Trincomalee. These are all signs that the
Government should be vigilant and be ready for any action by the LTTE
to divide the country (especially when the LTTE is well known to have
broken previous cease-fires).
The most important thing to bear in mind is that the LTTE are using
the cease-fire to create the Ealam. Earlier they knew that it would be
more difficult to create the Ealam by war. For the LTTE the problem is
that their numbers are very small compared with the Sri Lankan military.
The MOU has made it more easier for them now to create the Ealam (and
that is going to happen very soon - perhaps even early next year!).
One should not remember how the Israeli navy recently caught a Palestinian
armament shipment when that ship was in international waters. No one raised
a voice against Israel because they had the legitimate right to stop shipment
of armaments against their state (even though the ship was in international
waters). It is the Sri Lankan government who is shivering with fear to
arrest such ships (mind you recent LTTE ships were detected within the
Sri Lankan territorial waters!). We can certainly arrest those LTTE cadres
who deal in weapon imports as the MOU does not apply to activities on
Like the LTTE we too must extensively recruit new forces, train them
and above all strengthen our military hardware (especially the airforce
and navy). It is ludicrous to sit and wait saying that if we do these
things then international opinion will go against us.
The international community will fully support us (especially the USA)
for fighting against the world's most gruesome terrorist force (more fearsome
than Al Quaeda). The LTTE is known to have links with Al Quaeda as well.
It was only last week that the US Ambassador in Colombo warned the LTTE
against importing arms.
The reality is that the international community cannot simply understand
the government's naive, child like statements and such toleration of a
most barbaric and ruthless terrorist group, which even killed our country's
head of state. Any other country would have taken advantage of September
11 incident, mobilised international support and gone on a massive scale
military operation against such a gruesome terrorist group. Amongst other
crimes against humanity it has committed, the LTTE has stabbed and split
open the bellies of pregnant mothers, grabbed infant children from their
mother's arms (some when being breast fed by their mothers) and smashed
them onto the ground then killed and raped thousands of innocent women.
Because these atrocities were committed against innocent Sinhalese Buddhist
villages in the rural marginal areas no one dares to talk about these
incidents. Even the present and past government leaders have desperately
tried not to give any publicity to such atrocities and the newspapers
have been warned against reporting them. But the villagers in those areas
know exactly what has happened. The saddest thing is that these incidents
plus the bombings in Colombo and other area are going to continue unless
the LTTE is annihilated.
Our leaders must be shrewd and skilful to obtain international support
in order to defeat the terrorists militarily because there is no doubt
that the peace talks are leading towards the creation of the Ealam. Our
leaders must meet the influential leaders around the world and obtain
pledges for military support for when war breaks out. Support from Mossad
and CIA is a must if we want to fight an intelligent war and win it.
We should not be too mindful of India as Sri Lanka is an independent,
sovereign state. Our leaders must be brave enough to tell India that it
is they who fostered and created this terrorist menace and that we should
be allowed to solve it ourselves, without their undue interference. The
best thing is to keep India abreast.
All countries have their own problems to deal with and they are not
worried about Sri Lanka. Once the separate state is created it will be
those very western countries and organisations (such as Amnesty International,
Human Rights Watch), of whom the government is now very scared, who will
recognise the Ealam. Thus, our government should continue with its military
It is quite a shame that the leaders of our country in the last decade,
include the present leaders (except President Premadasa) have shown such
cowardliness in relation to pleasing western governments on the separatist
war (and other matters). We should not be too concerned about losing foreign
aid for operating a just and fair war (we do not believe that foreign
aid will be cut any way) because the most important matter at hand for
any country is its sovereignty and territorial integrity. All other issues
are subservient to that (there is no purpose of buying expensive furniture
for a house when that house has been destroyed).
Our leaders must learn a lesson from Ariel Sharon, the Israeli leader,
how thy effectively tackle the international opinion, to their advantage.
Rather than giving positions to their un talented friends and cronies
the leaders must appoint suitable and efficient people to key positions,
especially as government spokespersons on the issue of ethnic war.
Our leaders must understand that Norway is biased towards the LTTE and
the MOU signed is a clear indication of this. It is ludicrous that some
terms of the MOU are governed by international law since only disputes
between states are governed by international law and the LTTE is not a
state, but a group of terrorists. The MOU compels Sri Lankan forces to
vacate camps before 01 August 2002 if the camps were previously schools
and temples. As the military have no where else to go they may retreat
to the South, thus leaving with the LTTE those areas that they secured
after sacrificing thousands of young soldiers. Even other Tamil military
groups who bore arms and fought against the LTTE (although they were on
our side) were also disarmed by the MOU!
Our leaders must bear in mind that at all times they have a paramount
duty and a responsibility to preserve the unitary structure of this country.
Mere statements by the leaders to this effect are not enough. Real action
I will not be surprised if (or when) the LTTE secedes (as hinted by
Prabhakaran) it will be Norway who will first accept them as a separate
The creation of the Ealam as enunciated in the Pongu Thamil map encompasses
a much larger land area than previously claimed (edging over areas of
Negambo, Anuradhapura, Polannaruwa and Hambantota) will require another
war to break out and it will be the final war (mother of all wars). As
we have been complacent and not ready this war will result in the loss
of thousands of armed forces' lives as well as a Rwanda/Congo style massacre
of thousands of innocent Sinhalese (men, women and children) who live
in the marginal villages of the north and the east. Once this has happened
our now brave leaders may flee the country, probably seeking sanctuary
in Norway. It will be our future generations who will curse us for stupidity
again becoming tricked by the LTTE in agreeing to the division of the
mother Lanka, which existed as one country for over 3,000 years as gallantly
safeguarded against previous Tamil invasions by such Great kings as Dutugemunu
Vijeyaba and Maha Parakramabahu etc.
The creation of the Ealam will later lead to another armed insurrection
for secession in the hill country to create the Malaynadu. I believe we
may be able to defend the creation of a Malaynadu for sometime but that
war in the hills will help Prabhakaran, Balasingham, T Chelvam, Karikaln,
Pottu Amman et al. to stabilise and consolidate their newly founded country,
the Tamil Ealam. So in this era of peace talks, please, let's not be complacent,
but be vigilant. Let us be prepared for the inevitable war again to be
initiated by the murderous Prabhakaran, in order to safeguard the unitary
status of our beloved country and the lives of its innocent thousands
of people of all communities.