After the DONKEY is caged
Jeyaraj, in his blog has described in "vivid" details the arrest of KP, the shadowy leader responsible for building the LTTE's clandestine overseas network. The same was appointed as the new leader (Chief secretary/secretary general) of the LTTE.
Mr. Jeyaraj alleges that KP has been nabbed in Malaysia in a "CIA" style operation and has been whisked to Colombo via Bangkok.
Though details are scanty there is reason to believe that Sri Lanka with the aid of “intelligence officials” from other countries had accomplished the feat of seizing and transporting KP from Kula Lumpur to Colombo. It is also assumed that the exercise amounted to an “extraordinary rendition” on the lines of what the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had been doing in the aftermath of the twin towers assault on September 11th 2009.
Manning the LTTE's outposts in the international arena, KP was very resourceful and well connected. He had the capacity to summon powerful diplomats to his feet. He was the perfect "white-collar terrorist" if ever there was one, managed to remain quite at large, for so long, despite having a few Interpol red-tags pinned on his head and it required the expertise of the Sri Lankan intelligence units to outsmart him.
It had become obvious that KP was using Malaysia for key LTTE operation s for quite some time. In recent times KP’s presence in KL became noted after the Norwegian envoy in Colombo went up to Malaysia to meet him. Another person who confessed to meeting KP in Malaysia was the “disgraced” Lt. Colonel from the Sri Lankan army in custody for alleged LTTE links. Senior UN officials had also contacted KP in Malaysia.
It is the view of Mr. Jeyaraj that the last rays of hope for "peace" in Sri Lanka has vanished with the arrests of KP as he was "seemingly" committed towards a "non-violent" campaign to achieve Eelam.
There is jubilation in many circles that the last of the great tigers has been caught. But in another sense KP’s arrest could be a major setback to the cause of peace. Though KP had not abandoned the Tamil Eelam goal he wanted to do away with the armed struggle. KP’s stated ambition was to transform the LTTE into a democratic, non-violent organization.
Contrary to that, IMHO, the capture of KP, by the Sri Lankan authorities in Malaysia should make the clandestine operatives of the LTTE who are scattered around the globe to think twice before attempting to cause unrest in Sri Lanka The likelihood is very high that they too are being watched, especially after KP spills the beans. LTTE, as it has become quite evident, was the primary obstacle in the journey towards achieving lasting peace.
After all, if anyone out there pinned their hopes on this international contraband trafficker to present the Sri Lankan Tamils a lasting solution for their woos, it should really be due to hopelessness.
However, one can hardly expect anything better from them, having chosen a "donkey" to lead them towards self-determination.