HAVE LTTE LEADERSHIP GOT THEIR
KNICKERS IN A TWIST?
By Prof: Hudson McLean
In a closed dogmatic dictatorial Command Structure, (eg: China, Libya,
Iraq, Iran, Cuba, North Korea etc), the few at the top are expected to
and perform the tango in unison. Not so with the LTTE Top Cats.
The roly poly VP, who was described by one of the top international journalists
as a leader without a neck or was it without a knack,
seems to have suddenly resigned to the prospect of Leadership From
And the Right Hand of LTTE does not seem to know what the Left Hand is
Whilst the Supreme Leader, who now claims, does not want the political
hot seat, and stated the following, We
have been fighting this underground war for the liberation of our people,
so we are not that concerned about our personal political life. I am not
that concerned about accepting a personal political role in the future,"
replied Prabhakaran with beguiling sincerity.
Sour grapes, ole fruit!
Is it because, VP is not without political ambitions, but scared to death
of the Indian commandos nabbing him, or does he simply wants to return
to barbarism the moment LTTE acquires some political status and stops
At the same historically failed Press Conference, the Doctor Death
Balasingham stated that, Our Leader,
Velupillai Prabhakaran will be both President and Prime Minister!
This is a potential future President and Prime
Minister on the run!
If that is the case, with VP hiding in the Wanni jungles and pulling
the strings from behind the jack fruit trees, who is going to be the singing
and dancing puppet?
Certainly the ailing Doc is not in a physical condition to implement
all the functions, both imaginary and real, with his long list of ailments.
For his Cardiac problems and Blood Pressure, there are no emergency medical
facilities near Wanni. The Kidney Disease which is as a result of his
Diabetes, might need constant Dialyses equipment. He has the necessary
(Norwegian) medicines in hand and Oxygen mask is at the ready, according
to well informed sources. Both UPS and DHL are standing by in Oslo for
any emergency deliveries, with the account paid for by the Norwegian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs. His Diverticular Digestive Disease problem may receive
a respite from the full fibre Dosai diet. But in that heat, the man may
not survive six months.
The total intellectual sum of the rest of the top LTTE terror brigade
is less than the total sum of all the properties of their Supreme Leader.
And that does not say much. But that is how a top terrorist guerrilla
command and security structure is built. The so called leadership
pyramid shows the tip of the top of it, and there is nothing beneath
that. All cadres with a degree of potential leadership quality, with the
slightest risk of political ambition, is rewarded with a bullet on the
back of his/her neck. By accident, of course.
We have also interviewed some of the top Tamil Diaspora and LTTE financial
supporters resident in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Italy as well as in
Norway, immediately after the collapsed Press Conference fiasco, April
10th. This day should be a part of the Sinhala New Year eve celebration
and should be declared a National Thanksgiving Day.
The consensus of opinion of the top intellectual Diaspora is that, It
was an anti-climax. A flop. An embarrassment. A disaster. When one
of my colleagues asked from several of the potentially capable Tamil intelligentsia
if one of them would consider stepping into the political shoes, if vacated
by VP, many of them went pale, or should I say a lighter shade of grey.
Many of them forecast that upon the demise of The Brains
Balasingham, the Supreme Leader will be legless and voiceless.
The vacuum will have no willing volunteers from outside the Wanni kingdom.
There is no other Tamil expat of any significance willing to or able to
fill that vacated space. Fear, is the prime reason. Potential international
political humiliation being the other.
And the Foreign Ministry of Norway has given a guarantee of immediate
political asylum to VP, his family and a handful of close supporters and
of course, all the moolah they can transfer into their favourite
Norwegian bank accounts.
The secondary reasons are many-; It is of the considered opinion of many,
after the Sept 11th, no sane, clever, educated, well healed Tamil from
the expat community is brave enough to pack his bags, get the family off
a nice cushy life in London, LA, Sydney or Bergen, plod into the wild
Tiger Den in Wanni. If and when things failed, (and things will fall flat,
after short but a bitter bloody battle) they know that they have reached
a destination of No Return.
This is why Ranil W. and his team must Jack
Up, be Firm and Confident. Otherwise, with the political demise of Ranil
W, Ranil just might have to find a quiet place in Australia. And Sri Lanka
comes a full circle with yet another Bandaranaike at the helm!
Now we come to the theoretical hilarity. Read on, the excerpt-;
"The three fundamentals are: a Tamil
homeland, Tamil nationality, and the Tamil right to self-determination.
If these demands are satisfied ... we will consider giving up the demand
for freedom," said Balasingham. Crucially, in a later response, Balasingham
went on to give his definition of self-determination. The theoretician's
official stance is that self-determination means "The right of our
people to determine their own political destiny. [Pause] It can also mean
economical and political autonomy"; and it can also involve "cession
as a last resort".
a Tamil homeland, Tamil nationality, and the Tamil right to self-determination
- These fundamentals are all available, this instant. But
NOT in Sri Lanka, but just a short walk across the Palk Straits.
In Tamil Nadu.
But the LTTE Tamil leaders know that they have neither Place, nor Status
in Tamil Nadu. And the Caste structure in Tamil Nadu, if the Supreme Leader
ends up in a Tamil Nadu prison, would place him within a very undignified
A similar parallel would be that , I as a Brit, I bring my entire tribe
to Nuwara Eliya and retain the British nationality and a British right
to self-determination, start waving the Union Jack with my Scottish
Tartan Clan colours imposed, outside the Grand Hotel Golf Course, right
on Sri Lankan soil.
The sun, the hot Jaffna sun, the giant jungle mosquitoes, leaches, despite
a dollop of Dosai and a drop of Arrack or a shell full of Sweet Toddy,
can do some nasty things to ones sense of logic. But not to that extent
that the entire LTTE leadership get their Knickers in a painful