Mahinda needs to clarify JHU`s war stance - UNP

  • 16 Sep 2005 22:45:33 GMT

    War mongering

    Sinhala extremist all monks` party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Treasurer H. M. G. B. Kotakadeniya`s call for `war` illustrates the policies of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).

    With such extremist Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) policies, as a Buddhist, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksha?s collaboration with the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Buddhist sangha, clearly demonstrates to what extent, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksha cares about Buddhism and his greediness to the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) vote bank.

    I wonder how presidential candidate in this calibre, who is a power hungry, lacks vision and courage is going to solve the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.

  • 17 Sep 2005 00:34:12 GMT

    In Sri Lanka, the LTTE have waged a mix of conventional and guerrilla warfare against the security forces and civilians since 1984. Their violent struggle can be divided into four phases: (A) 1984-87 (B) 1988-99: against IPKF (C) 1990-94 (D) 1990-2001. Terrorism or the use of terror as an adjunct of military operations came easily to the LTTE. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in this war. It is estimated that LTTE have lost nearly 17000 fighters. The rest are civilians ? Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. One of the greatest military accomplishments of the LTTE was the capture of Elephant Pass in 2000 which sent shivers down the spines of the Sri Lankan military. They could not capture Jaffna, otherwise Eelam would have been a matter of time. There is a ceasefire on the ground since 2001 and it has held out against the background of the Norway-facilitated Sri Lankan peace process.

    Terrorism has been the LTTE?s favourite weapon. They have targeted mainly the Sinhalese civilians. Their suicide squads ? Black Tigers including Sea Tigers and Black Tigresses ? are employed on land and at sea. The fine art of the willingness to die in an act of collective murder was perfected in the land of Ravana and Ram. No one has forgotten the legendary Dhanu whose fatal embrace felled Rajiv Gandhi when she detonated the garland explosives strapped to her body. The LTTE?s record in human bombings and suicide attacks is unsurpassable. They have accounted for one president, one former prime minister, two defence ministers, one future president, one Chief of naval staff, a couple of generals and scores of rival Tamil leaders. President Chandrika Kumaratunga who lost an eye on one such attack came within a whisker of death. The suicide attack on Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh was masterminded by the LTTE. Dhanu is the one and only case of an exported suicide bombing. By the end of 2001, the LTTE had carried out 173 suicide attacks but only 70 per cent were successful. Most of these have been filmed. The most stunning and spectacular was also the most recent against Colombo?s Katunayake airport last year when they demolished 50 per cent of the country?s military and 55 per cent of their commercial fleet of aircraft. It was this attack that convinced the Sri Lankan establishment that LTTE was not defeatable.

    The Sri Lankan military could never shape an adequate response to the LTTE?s terror war and suicide attacks though they did check their conventional assaults. Like the Israelis, they followed the strategy of attacking at source. But they were unsuccessful, sometimes for political reasons, mainly for operational inadequacies, despite the creation of covert, deep-penetration teams to get the LTTE leadership in the Wanni jungles. Their Special Forces could not penetrate LTTE intelligence networks and, therefore, failed to prevent the suicide bomber from reaching Colombo despite saturating it with troops. It was simply violence and terrorism fatigue faced by both sides, most of all the bombings by the Air Force and artillery of civilian areas that has led to the ceasefire and peace talks which are a pre-9/11 event.

  • 17 Sep 2005 04:00:10 GMT

    It is not a good seen for a mature political party to get hundred of mikes and reporters and a speaker telling the others faults regularly. Now it has become the habit of UNP. Instead party should say their policies. This is something like OPADUPA or KELAM saying.

  • 17 Sep 2005 04:26:19 GMT

    Now that government is going to lower the concent age for girls to have intimacy to 13, hurray for all the child molasters. What else in the pockets of CBK party. How about putting Mervin Silva as Minister of Childrens affairs. Shame on Nimal for talking this bull. How could JHU let this happened in so called buddhist country. This is not west. Don`t forget it.

  • 17 Sep 2005 07:27:23 GMT

    UNP candidate has demonstrated his ambition for Sri Lanka. Thye are

    1) Illegal MoU

    2) Ask US, UK, to de proscribe LTTE from their book

    3) Their leader lying to the wider public and by email to me on a direct question before the General Election.

    4) Killing some innocent person in Batalanda housing complex

    Mis-management the fragile economy in Sri Lanka while the UNP leader was the Prime Minister

    5) Paying Paskaralingan lots of money for what? to keep him in employment in Sri Lanka. A figure in Rs 1.0M a month have been mentioned plus living accommodation in a five star hotel

    Etc Etc

    Where as MR has not done any of it

    YET

    But he has signed with JHU a paper of understanding.

    Most will take that to be better than what UNP has done

  • 17 Sep 2005 12:23:48 GMT

    AnuD,

    Your posting (Cut and pasted from some magazine) is not relevant to this thread?

    You are supposed to discuss about the news that MAHINDA NEED TO CLARIFY JHUs WAR STANCE.

    YOU AND OOPSE ALWAYS ACT LIKE THIS

  • 17 Sep 2005 12:26:37 GMT

    Absolutely no need.

  • 17 Sep 2005 13:17:10 GMT

    UNP`s solution is a federal state. I think most people do not accept it. You can devolve power within a unitary state (India). I think Mahinda has a better chance of winning.

  • 17 Sep 2005 13:49:00 GMT

    Thanks Priyalal.

    But your reference says there are arguments regarding the nature of Indian constitution.

    Anyway If a unitary state can devolve power to regions, ther is no need of stressing for a federal state. Normally federal states are formed to unite already seperate countries according to my knowledge.

  • 17 Sep 2005 14:00:16 GMT

    UNP again and again displays their bankruptcy by talking untold facts by the opposition.Amillion dollor question for UNP pandits!

    WHERE THE HELL DID JHU MENTIONED THAT THEY ARE FOR WAR?????