What more proof is needed?
THE ink on our editorial of Wednesday
was hardly dry when the vile Tiger terrorists struck again - this time
Although the LTTE attack on the Galle naval base was successfully
repulsed by the Navy, which destroyed some three out of five Tiger
boats, the LTTE spilt innocent blood once again, snuffing out some lives
and injuring scores of persons.
If bloodletting on this scale does not underscore the murderous and
evil intentions of the LTTE, what would ? It claims to be abiding by the
CFA but goes on the rampage, spilling innocent blood and wantonly
destroying everything of worth on its path.
As we said in our editorial yesterday 'a deed most barbaric and
cowardly' was unleashed by the Tigers when they killed over 100 anarmed,
off-duty naval officers in Habarana recently.
We ended our editorial by calling on the world community to do
everything possible to take the Tigers to task and to hold them
accountable for their heinous, dastardly acts of unspeakable horror.
We know for a fact that the civilized world is raising its hands in
horror at these demonic deeds of the LTTE. This is appreciated but what
good will such well-meaning gestures achieve if the Tigers continue with
their destructive behaviour?
Obviously, verbal pronouncements of outrage just would not do.
Concrete, punitive action needs to be taken by the international
community to bring the Tigers to heel. We call on our Co-Chairs in
particular to do just that without further delay.
The special peace envoys of Japan and Norway are here and we hope
they have seen for themselves the callous disregard the LTTE has for
world opinion and the peace process in this country.
Even while waxing lyrical about a negotiated settlement, the Tigers
take more and more lives with ruthless dexterity. Does such conduct
reflect a commitment to peace ?
Since the US led the way in the West in proscribing the LTTE on their
soil, many other countries have followed suit.
We are happy about this but much more has to be done to impress on
the Tigers that the world community means business when it says that the
LTTE should down arms, renounce terror and give negotiations a chance.
The Tigers are not moved by well-worded exhortations and moral
They would only be impressed by biting, punitive actions which hurt
their vital interests gravely. Such action has to be collective,
concerted, rigorous and consistent.
For instance, not only must the Tigers be thrown out of all countries
which denounce terror and swear by democracy, their front organisations
too must be fatally crippled and their assets seized. All Tiger
activists and their front men should be thrown behind bars and brought
Nothing short of such punitive, firm and consistent action by Lanka's
friends would bring the LTTE to heel and help stamp terror out of Sri
Today, the US has won many supporters around the world for its 'war
on terror'. This is primarily because the world realises that the US is
correct in what it does. Terrorism, in other words, can never be
condoned or justified. It is an evil which must be wiped off the face of
If so, the LTTE must be brought to heel by the rest of the world
because the LTTE is one of the most adept practitioners of terrorism.
The world should not be accused of double standards on this question.
If the democracies of the world do not want terror organisations on
their soil, the same goes for Sri Lanka.
These democracies are obliged to help Sri Lanka to be rid of LTTE
terror. The world must have the courage of its convictions to act
against the Tigers.