Thoppigala and military agony aunts

  • 7 Jul 2007 05:43:53 GMT

    When Gen Ashok Mehta, was commanding in East of Sri Lanka in late 80`s Thoppigala was not that strategically important. However during last 13 yeras LTTE has developed it to a strategically important place for this war. Most of their attacks were planned and implemented from Thoppigala. Therefore, his claim, the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was not interested to destroy Thoppigala is not valid to today.

  • 7 Jul 2007 06:28:55 GMT

    Mehta wants to keep a base in thoppigala, may be reluctant to accept Indian Army`s commitments. SL Military doing the job to clear all LTTE interests from East.

    As written LTTE has developed a lot from 80`s to now and things looks different at ground level.

    Simply this comment a whistle to Keheliya Opponents.

  • 7 Jul 2007 07:41:45 GMT

    [It is strange why former Indian military heavyweights who possess a wealth of battlefield experience don`t offer their expertise to their motherland and help her battle terrorism on her soil effectively, without expending, if not dissipating, their energies and time on commenting on their neighbour`s conflict.]

    It is not strange at all. The interests of the Indian ruling class do not lie in destroying the LTTE but in managing the conflict in Sri Lanka in a way that serves their strategic interests. It is only a regional version of the game the imperialist powers play.

  • 7 Jul 2007 13:37:43 GMT

    Its gonna go down ppl. SLA is delaying the final push not to make the mistake they did in the past.

  • 7 Jul 2007 14:38:44 GMT

    Ever since when India knew what`s good for SL? These Chapathi boys are not in the same league as the SLA and we are a small but a formidable outfit, that`s why the LTTE is on the run.

    Thoppigala is packed with mines and booby traps which LTTE laid for months knowing that SLA are coming.

  • 7 Jul 2007 15:02:21 GMT

    This was the cause for the failure of IPKF. Thoppigala has strategic important to LTTE. Do you agree to that point? That is why it becomes important to SL troops.

  • 7 Jul 2007 17:43:23 GMT

    [ the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) only destroyed the LTTE facilities there and did not want to occupy the terrain. ]

    This is the Indian general`s view. The same view was expressed on the importance of Vanni or the danger of army`s streching too far to get trapped by LTTE. The SLA must have learned a lesson by retreating from Vanni, but, learning lessons is not a virtue of SL rulers or SLA.

  • 8 Jul 2007 02:04:12 GMT

    This article is no different than any other.It is astonishing to see the number of so called militery experts comming out with their versions of thoppigala battle.Every one has their own steriotype, a window through which they focus the ongoing conflict. It is hard to see a singly Analyst who had set a side their allegiance to any religion,politics,ethnicity & reporting isuues with a true spirit of Media freedom.It`s plain and simple.GOSL is trying to occupy Thoppigala for a political reason, IPKF did not occupy it for a political reason but LTTE is withdrawing from Thoppigala for military reasons.One does not need to know rocket science to understand, with military superiority an elected government would enjoy, if LTTE resort to conventional warfare for a prolong period in thoppigala, it would be digging its own grave. Free from any political compulsion gives them freedom to determine their military stratergies soley from a military perspective alone.They are well aware when the forces spread across all over the East the manpower to engage in sucessful operations in the North is limited. When LTTE intensify attacks in the North Government will be under the same political compulsion to re direct its forces to north. This will create a vacum in the East where LTTE will be able to walk in and occupy the places which were liberated with so much men & material loss.This has Happened many times in the past.So the test of time for GOSL military lies a head. How far they can hold on to this politico/military gains.

    LTTE is not under any political compulsion to prduce results instantaiously.This is where GOSL failed miserably & LTTE was able to sustain & evolve into a semi Conventional force with the passage of time. Ample examples can be sighted from history of ealam war.When Jaffna was captured every one was made to believe that coflict is nearing end.When killinochi was conquered it was told the end is within reach.During Jaysikurui every one was made to believe that going to Jaffna by land was just a matter of time.But the confilict is still going on and it is becomming more and more ferocious by the day.

    SL politicians are, as always do, talk before they think. Its a mockery to compare GOSL forces with Mighty Indian forces.As I pointed out earlier they did not do it for a polical reason.If thoppigala is so strategically important to GOSL,a question arises why it was not captured in the past. Does that mean for the past 15 years the GOSL forces were comandeered by less efficient Commanders or the forces under their command lacked the capacity to engage in such an endevour. That would amount to a gross betrayal of those security personnel who sacrificed their precious lives in the battle front.

  • 8 Jul 2007 02:54:27 GMT

    [a question arises why it was not captured in the past.]

    That is one of the reasons why LTTE has been able to occupy East until today.

  • 11 Jul 2007 03:27:38 GMT

    So many experts war strategists write to this website with solutions how to win the. Some from Srilanka and some who are ex-pat Sri lankans live in a safe distance away from the carnage but still no end in sight. Numbers get kill from all sides are adding up. This remind me of cheeky explanation for the word expert I read some time back. X IS A UNKNOWN QUANTITY PERT IS A SQUIRT YOU GET UNDER PRESSURE. That`s sums up the experts on this web site.One thing World wide web has given to all the crack pots and no brainers the freedom to degrade other humans and promote there bigoted ideas with out any consequences.