Wake-up call to the West
Just when some sections of the West began to believe
that they could go soft on the LTTE and its operations abroad,
two vital news reports have emerged to shatter this complacency.
One is the news that some pro-LTTE propaganda of Chennai origin,
headed for Canada, has been seized by the local authorities in
Colombo. The next is the information that LTTE inspired
extortion rackets are thriving in the Netherlands.
These are wake-up calls which the West could ignore only at
its peril and at that of the world. The West and the rest of the
world cannot really fall into a slumber over the LTTE in the
belief that it is over and done with. Nor can they continuously
cling to the misconception that the LTTE, which in the view of
some is an underdog, could be ignored as being ineffective now
and as posing no dangers to law and order.
To be sure, the Tigers, as a military force, are no more in
Sri Lanka, although anyone in this country would be naive in the
extreme to believe that Eelamism was dead and buried along with
this LTTE fighting machine. The two news reports just referred
to are two bits of evidence of the flourishing nature of the
LTTE ideology and of its consequences for law and order here and
abroad. These developments could be merely the tip of the
iceberg. The fact is that Eelamism and its defenders are very
much up and about, both locally and internationally, and they
are, indeed, working surreptitiously but at a hectic pace to
regroup and to get back into contention once again. So-called
transitional governments have also been set up.
May be all this is not news for the Sri Lankan authorities,
but the West in particular would do well to sit-up and take
notice and do something about it, without further ado. To the
credit of the Lankan state it must be stated that it has not put
down its guard against the LTTE, even as it marks the second
anniversary of the crushing of the LTTE war machine in Northern
However, the degree of naivete of sections of the West over
the LTTE and its doings is illustrated graphically - among other
things - by the controversial Darusman Report which seeks to
pillory the Lankan state but lets the Tigers off the hook with
While Darusman and his team were feverishly and complacently
filing their 'horror story' against Sri Lanka, the 'Tiger rump'
has been apparently busy, not only reorganizing the LTTE's
terror structures abroad but also putting their financial
machinery in place with the intention of getting their
anti-Lanka moves into top gear once again. The torment being
visited on the 'Dutch Tamils' is just one bit of proof of all
Let not the backers of the LTTE in the West descend to the
position of molly-coddling their Frankenstein monster. The LTTE
poses a clear threat to law and order in the West and this fact
must be countenanced by the relevant governments. All hell could
break out in the West if the LTTE is not hunted by its law
enforcers and put down for good. Besides, it is plain to see
that the Tigers who are outlawed in many of these countries are
back at their money-raising effort. It will be only a matter of
time before they intensify their drug and human-smuggling
machinations and operations.
However, those sections of the West who have been enamoured
of the Tigers have been really in a state of somnolence and the
Darusman Report is one proof of this. While it is plain to see
from the Report, that the panel has been stretching every sinew
and nerve to frame Sri Lanka, the LTTE has been attempting to
get its act together under its very nose.
This is utter stupidity on the part of the LTTE's backers in
the West. While the Lankan state has only been exercising its
legitimate right of defending itself against an internal enemy,
the panel, while ignoring the nonchalant violations of
International Law by the high and mighty, is looking with scorn
at Lanka's efforts at successfully quelling terrorism.
This could, indeed, be a case of rank envy and an attempt to
needlessly victimize a law-abiding state. As we have said over
the last few days, Sri Lanka must unrelentingly take its case to
the world. It must stand tall amid these attempts to humiliate
it and constantly expose the hollowness of the claim that Sri
Lanka is wanting on any score.
If attempts to victimize Sri Lanka are to be wrecked
completely and exposed as baseless, the issues facing all our
communities have to be redressed systematically.
This is a task the Lankan state can no longer postpone. For
starters, as we have pointed out, the recommendations of the
Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission have to be
implemented on a fast-track basis.
Meanwhile, the completely laughable nature of some of the
contentions of the Report need to be exposed by the Lankan
state. It could be seen that the Report has had great difficulty
trying to even pinpoint the exact number of casualties, the
conflict in its last stages claimed. How, then, could any
serious allegations be levelled against the Lankan state and its
The Lankan External Affairs Ministry would need to do more to
enlighten international opinion on the grave dangers posed to
the world by the so-called LTTE rump.
There needs to be a kind of no-holds - barred opinion-moulding
effort by it since LTTE sympathizers' minds need to be disabused
on an urgent basis.
Besides, the inherently contradictory nature of moves by
sections of the international community to take a soft line on
the LTTE, while taking-up and supporting the Report against a
law-abiding state, needs to be highlighted. Untiring efforts
need to be made to defuse these anti-Lankan manoeuvres.