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Liberators hiding behind women and children

Tuesday, 16 September 2008 - 11:16 AM SL Time

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The LTTE launched its armed struggle over two decades ago vowing to protect civilians. But, today it has come to such a pass that it is shamelessly taking cover behind people. When Prabhakaran promised a final solution through war in his heroes` day speech of 2005, a few days after the induction of the present President Mahinda Rajapaksa, one may have thought he was equal to the task. Then, he threw down the gauntlet at Mavil Aru and dragged a wavering government into war. The rest is history.
The Defence Ministry order that all the INGOs as well as the UN agencies withdraw from the LTTE-held areas has compounded Prabhakaran`s fears. Time was when the LTTE rode roughshod over INGOs, which had to keep their local staff indoors for months on end to prevent them being forcibly conscripted. But, today the situation has changed. The LTTE is prostrating itself before INGOs pleading with them not to leave Kilinochchi. It is organising protests against the pullout of the UN. Civilians have also been banned from leaving the LTTE-held areas.

What has happened to the roaring Tigers? Is this how Prabhakaran so portentously promised to fight the final battle?

Unable to face the on-going military onslaught, the LTTE has begun recycling its old ruses in a desperate bid to mislead the international community. A pro-LTTE website has claimed that a UN pullout from Kilinochchi will pave the way for a catastrophe similar to the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Unfortunately for the LTTE, the world is better informed and au fait with it tricks.

As any tyke is aware, there is a world of difference between the situation in Rwanda in 1994 and that in Sri Lanka at present. Who is going to believe the LTTE`s claim that the armed forces have taken so much of trouble to go all the way to Kilinochchi to commit genocide?

It is not being claimed that the armed forces and police have a spotless track record. There have been excesses on their part and their human rights record should improve. But, never have they been accused of genocide or even an attempt at that. They have cleared the Eastern Province, helped rekindle democracy there and marched through many Tamil villages in the Wanni up to Kilinochchi but there has been no allegation of genocidal violence against them. There are about 35,000 troops stationed in the Jaffna Peninsula with a large Tamil population but in that part of the country, too, there has been no such allegation.

Instead, it is the LTTE that has resorted to low intensity genocide during thepast two and a half decades. It has committed over 200 massacres in various parts of the country and ethnically cleansed the North of the Muslims and the Sinhalese. It is deliberately targeting civilian buses and trains.

What the LTTE sought to achieve through such violence was a backlash of the magnitude of 1983 pogrom against Tamils. But, its repeated attempts at triggering communal violence came a cropper and it was denied an opportunity to gain a turbo boost for its terror project both locally and internationally. The end result has been that it is left with neither volunteers nor international support.

In 1995, it may be recalled, the LTTE, unable to defend Jaffna, engineered an exodus by issuing a false warning of genocide and used civilians as a shield to flee to Kilinochchi. The people of Jaffna were told that if they stayed back, the armed forces would massacre them. The people surely did not believe the LTTE but they had no choice. They fled as they knew if they defied the LTTE orders, they would be dead. However, before long, the displaced people rebelled and returned to Jaffna. They have been living there ever since without fear of genocide. Above all, the majority of Tamils are living in the southern parts of the country.

The LTTE has manifestly failed to pull the wool over the eyes of the ordinary people, who have chosen to flee to the government controlled areas. The LTTE has had to block their movement so that it will have enough people to use as a human shield for the final battle for Kilinochchi. Why doesn`t the LTTE allow civilians to decide whether to escape or stay back? That is the only way it can prove its claim that people are with it.

The UN has reportedly assured the government that it will withdraw from Kilinochchi in spite of speculation in some quarters that it will act in defiance of the Defence Ministry order. The UN is without an alternative to a pullout, as there lingers the danger of the LTTE using foreign aid workers, too, as a human shield. It is incumbent upon the international community to pressure the LTTE to let go of civilians in its clutches. If the LTTE is given a choice between releasing civilians in Kilinochchi and having its activists deported from the western countries, Prabhakaran will have to fall in line.

Now that the INGOs and the UN agencies have been allowed to congregate in cleared areas among the people fleeing the LTTE, they can provide a better service without their funds and assets being seized by terrorists. Their operations will also be transparent and there will be less criticism against them. Most of all, the taxpayers of foreign countries funding their projects will know exactly where their money goes. They will be relieved to know that they are not sponsoring terrorism indirectly any longer.

Prabhakaran should be ashamed of hiding behind helpless men, women and children. Having plunged the country back into war like a hero, he should prove that he is man enough to take on the military on his own.

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LK Information  16 Sep 2008 12:32:20 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Vp don't have the balls. But he is up to something for sure.
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LK Information  16 Sep 2008 12:36:14 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Well planed IC job on ethnic cleansing coming to an end.
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LK Information  16 Sep 2008 12:57:27 GMT  Report for Abuse  
But he is up to something for sure.

Sure. He will start wearing a Bra-Bomb too!
Problem wii be the size.
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LK Information  16 Sep 2008 13:09:34 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Before liberating others Liberator has to be liberated. So LTTE is correct to have human Shields.
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LK Information  16 Sep 2008 13:37:49 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Lies lies lies...ltte never do any of these bad things.. they are saints... racist gosl and their coolies making up lies to discredit ultra innocent tigers :) :)
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LK Information  16 Sep 2008 16:25:24 GMT  Report for Abuse  
I can just imagine .....
Velu the hero hiding behind our Tiggy!!!!!
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LK Information  16 Sep 2008 18:40:01 GMT  Report for Abuse  
I thought the struggle was for tamil people.

Now they want tamil people dead first!

They tried to hide behind 40,000 tamils in Varakai but they braved mud, rain, jungle, animals etc to come to govt. areas.

The so called die hard, black tigres, highly trained, committed, cyanide capsule carring, fierce tigres are now hiding behind women, children, old and the infirm...

How pathetic.....

Remember even brutal Saddam used westerners as human shields but his own Iraqis.....

Even animals protect young from danger......but not the LTTEr's

What curse have fallen on tamils to be born in LTTE areas... !
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LK Information  16 Sep 2008 19:09:20 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Please will the 35000 Sinhalese troops in Jaffna stop hiding behind civillians and assemble in the Jaffna stadium so that the LTTE can finish them off? The author must be a moron.
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LK Information  17 Sep 2008 13:04:26 GMT  Report for Abuse  

Why are you so stupid. SLDF in Jaffna Peninsula are not hiding behind Tamils. Truth is LTTE is not strong enogh to fight agains SLDF
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LK Information  20 Sep 2008 00:09:02 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Vp don't have the balls. But he is up to something for sure.

We don't want to suggest things for LTT.

LTT did not invent new techniques. they perfected techniques used else where.

Reflecting on LTT's past record we can think what would LTT do when they are cornered and nothing else to do.

SLA, SLN, SLAF and GOSL should take precautions on that.
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