Outlaw the LTTE
We hope the world community would draw
the correct inferences from the dastardly LTTE mortar attack in
Batticaloa at the time of the arrival there of a delegation including
the US and Italian ambassadors and Disaster Management and Human Rights
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.
While it is a relief that no lives were lost, although scores were
injured, it is with the utmost vehemence that we condemn this attack on
a party which included both a Cabinet Minister and the representatives
of two major, foreign governments, who were under the care of the Lankan
What should be understood by this brazen violation of international
norms of conduct is that the LTTE would stop at nothing in the pursuit
of their evil ends.
Whereas foreign governments and their representatives should be
respected and given the utmost protection, such considerations do not
enter the demented minds of the Tigers.
The conclusion is inescapable that they do not care in the least for
anything which is considered precious and vital by anybody anywhere,
leave alone the international community and its institutions.
An attack - physical or otherwise - on the ambassadors of any country
or state is considered an attack on the country concerned. This is seen
as an inviolable principle in the relations among states. However, for
the LTTE, these are matters of absolutely no significance. They would
destroy and savage anything to gain their heinous ends.
This is reconfirmation of the view that the LTTE sees nothing as
precious and worthy of protection. More significantly, this disturbing
episode is proof that the LTTE could never be considered trustworthy.
They are out to destroy anybody or anything in pursuit of their aims
and should be treated as such. What should be learnt by the governments
of the world is that the LTTE should be absolutely outlawed,
marginalised and hunted down.
The world community should collectively carry out this task at hand.
Besides, it needs to be considered that the delegation subjected to the
attack was on a humanitarian and developmental mission. They were to
attend a development parley which was to bring the fruits of material
growth to the Batticaloa district.
Apparently, in the perverted reasoning of the Tigers, development to
Tamil majority areas is something to be avoided like the plague. If this
were not so, they would not have attempted to disrupt the development
meeting. Here too we have another example of the mindlessly destructive
behaviour of the Tigers and why they need to be outlawed by the world.
They are all out to destroy everything that is considered precious by
the world and need to be stopped in their tracks. Besides, they could
not care in the least for the community they are vociferously claiming
to fight for.
This needs to be understood by the world and the Tamil community. The
State is the only source of succour of the Tamil people. The Tigers, on
the other hand, are relentlessly working against their interests.
Shades of authoritarianism to the fore in UNP
Now however, having seen the UNP Constitution I
can understand the cosy relationship that was built up between
Prabhakaran and Wickremesinghe. Unlike in the days of D S Senanayake
and his successors as UNP leader, Wickremesinghe is now leader for
life of the UNP, in terms of a change he introduced in 1995.
Impressions of the Galle Literary Festival
I detected a note of sadness and nostalgia for
the lost Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in Kadirgamarís contribution. He was, as
ever, passionately steadfast in his assertion of the rights of the
Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka while underscoring the oneness of all
Sri Lankans. Blackerís stance was opposite to that of Kadirgamarís.