Now that the war is over, carrion crows are perturbed. The decimation of the LTTE has shocked them beyond measure, as no longer can they exploit the conflict, which was their Eldorado for nearly three decades. They also came to believe their own lies of Prabhakaran`s immortality and invincibility to such an extent that they cannot still come to terms with his ignominious end. How could the Sun God be found dead in a swamp?
When the government initially could not support its claim of Prabhakaran`s death by producing his cadaver, LTTE backers, thinking that their leader`s remains would never be found, claimed he was alive and safe. After Prabhakaran`s body was identified and subsequently displayed on TV, they insisted that a DNA test be conducted to prove his identity. If they had carefully studied the facial expression of LTTE spokesman Daya Master upon seeing the dead body he was required to identify, they would have known that the corpse he was staring at was surely that of his boss Prabhakaran. He looked aghast!
Why should the government unnecessarily burden itself with DNA tests on Prabhakaran`s body? The armed forces have accomplished their mission and decapitated the LTTE. Bodies of all key LTTE leaders have been identified and displayed. The government`s job ends there. Now it is up to the `disbelievers` to prove, if they ever could, that Prabhakaran is not dead. If they think what was shown was not Prabhakaran`s body but that of a doppelganger, they ought to produce proof of Prabhakaran`s existence, if any, the way they did after the tsunami disaster amidst speculation that he had perished in the killer waves.
Ironically, in trying to contradict the government, Tiger sympathisers are only insulting their dead leader. For, the implication of their claim is that Prabhakaran sacrificed the LTTE s rank and file as well as his trusted lieutenants, left his own son Charles Anthony to his fate and ran for his dear life! This, he did, going by their argument, having bankrupted the LTTE. Do they think their leader was such a shameless coward to run away like that?
Poor Prabhakaran would spin in his grave, if he knew the kind of adverse publicity given to him posthumously by his followers! Tiger backers should ask themselves whether their dead leader deserve such affronts.
Strangely, no one was demanding that DNA tests be done on Prabhakaran or his identity established by some other method prior to the signing of vital agreements with him such as the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord and the CFA `02. Were they signed by a look-alike of Prabhakaran? The CFA at issue was signed purportedly by Prabhakaran in camera . Was it ever established that the person who signed those documents was Prabhakaran and no one else? It may also be that the IPKF was chasing the wrong man in the Vanni in the late 1980s, while Prabhakaran was relaxing elsewhere, maybe, say for argument`s sake, in the refuge of Colombo as President Premadasa`s guest. (The UNP and the LTTE were on a honeymoon at that time).
The same goes for bin Laden. The US-led forces may be in pursuit of that terrorist`s double wreaking as they do havoc on Afghanistan unnecessarily, while the man they want is living in some other country.
So much for identifying terrorists!
Even after decades of Elvis Presley`s death, it may be recalled, there were Elvis sightings reported from a number of American cities. Similarly, there may be Prabhakaran sightings. David Miliband might bump into the swashbuckling LTTE leader in the streets of London in the dead of night. Solheim is also likely to experience such sightings in Oslo.
While some LTTE sympathisers are refusing to believe that their `Sun God` is dead, others are girding their loins to take on Sri Lanka on the human rights front. They are reportedly planning to press war crime charges against some Sri Lankan government leaders and military high rankers. At the forefront of this campaign is British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. His consternation is understandable. He pathetically failed to save Prabhakaran and the LTTE.
However, Miliband has embarked on a project which will open a can of worms for Britain vis- -vis its tough anti-terror laws and involvement in America`s war on terror which has resulted in a plethora of war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is also incriminating evidence against Britain that the LTTE funded its terror campaign here with funds raised mainly on the British soil.
Adele Balasingham, an LTTE leader responsible for having abducted thousands of underage girls and turning them into cannon fodder continues to operate from Britain.
The present Labour government doctored intelligence dossiers to create a casus belli by misleading the world into believing that Iraq had WMDs. That war has churned out tens of thousands of civilian deaths and all the Labour Party bigwigs have the blood of innocent Iraqis on their hands. Britain was also involved in the first Gulf War which left over half a million Iraqi children dead. It should also take the blame for the present spate of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and in the Swat Valley, where over one million people have already been displaced and hundreds of civilians killed.
If the British government carries out its threat of pressing charges of war crimes against Sri Lankan leaders, there is enough ground for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to say, `After you, Brown and Obama!`
What would Miliband say to that?
It is time the Tiger backers including Miliband, Kouchner and Solheim the unholy trinity? stopped behaving like headless chicken and realised that the LTTE is a thing of the past however harsh and bitter the truth may be.
They should give up their anti-Sri Lanka campaign which is doomed to fail.