Lies and Deceptions! Comical Alis of Sri Lanka by Richard Dixon
This article about the Srilanka was written by MR Richard Dixon and he can be reached at his mail
"I am not worried about the opinion of the Tamil people... now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion... the more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here... Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy."
J.R.Jayawardene, Former President of Sri Lanka - Daily Telegraph, 11th July 1983
Comical Alis of Sri Lanka
Young Tamil men and women are regularly taken in mysterious white vans, tortured, raped and sometime killed, while they are in custody. Tamils are forced out of their homes and lands and made to live in open fields and in barbed wired camps. Food and medicine are regularly denied to Tamils and they are a let to die of starvation and diseases.
Those who live in the open fields are bombed and killed daily in hundreds. So called Sri Lankan safe zone for Tamils has become the killing fields of Sri Lanka. The country that was called as a paradise on earth has become a real hell. Demons of destruction are dancing in the lakes of blood. Rockets, shells, cluster bombs, phosphorous bombs and other dangerous weapons are used by the Sri Lankan forces to kill innocent Tamil civilians. In order to hide the truth from the international community, Sri Lankan government has cowardly barred reporters and journalists from entering the safe zone.
Unexploded cluster bomb found in Vanni (Sri Lankan authorities claim that they only use light weapons)
Tamils are treated as infidels by the Sinhala Buddhist extremists. Although the extremists are only a minority among the Sinhalese, they have been successful in influencing politicians, military leaders and ordinary Sinhala people to incite racial hatred, violence and discrimination against Tamils for the last 60 years. Buddhist extremism has gone to the extreme levels that more than six thousand innocent Tamils were killed and several thousands have been seriously wounded just within the last three months.
While killing hundreds of innocent Tamils daily, some of the ministers from the jumbo cabinet of Sri Lanka, travel around the world with their dry clean suites to convince the world that they are wiping out terrorism. They deny all the atrocities that are being committed against innocent children and women. Sri Lankan government is spending substantial amount of money to spread false propaganda in the western world to justify their actions.
Only country in the world that regularly bombs and kills it's own citizens. Obviously, they are failing from their responsibility to protect the vulnerable
Cat that drinks milk with closed eyes think that nobody is watching. Sri Lankan government doesn't understand that they can't keep on fooling the international community as the images of the dying Tamils are regularly sent to all over the world via satellites. Wide screens in the west are beginning to show the video clips of children and women running for their lives from cluster bombs.
No matter what these Comical Alis of Sri Lanka tell the world, facts will always speak the truth. I have been listening to some of the comments that are being repeated by the mouth pieces of the Sri Lankan government officials but found real contradictions between the ground realities and their statements.
As I did before, I went on the streets of London and asked the Tamil people about what they think of these statements. There are more than three hundred thousands Tamils currently living in London and most of them have their closed relatives stuck in the killing fields of Sri Lanka. There represent the suffering masses in the so called safe zone and their views reflect the realities on the ground.
These are some of the controversial statements regularly made by the Sri Lankan government in the Western media. Are they really telling us the truth?
1. Sri Lankan forces are not firing into the safe zone
2 We are liberating the people of Vanni from the clutches of LTTE
3 We are facing a hostage situation here. This is just like how the Russians were dealing with the Bersian school hostage crisis.
4 We don't use food and medicine as the weapons of war
5 This is one of the greatest humanitarian operations in the 21st century
6 Many Tamils are living happily in the South of Sri Lanka
7 We are treating the IDPs well in the Camps
8 Some Tamil leaders are now joining us
9 We will destroy the LTTE completely
10 We have international support to defeat terrorism in Sri Lanka
11 Many Tamils prefer to live with the Sinhalese
12 These Tamil protesters in the west are trying to give a lifeline to LTTE, but they don't care about the innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka.
13 We don't have any racial problems in Sri Lanka but LTTE is the real issue?
14 LTTE has committed so many blunders and they are not the representatives of Tamils
15 There are only sixty thousand civilians currently living in the safe zone
16 Sri Lankan forces are one of the best in the world but LTTE are just Terrorists.
17 LTTE is a terror group like Al-Qaeda
18 What we have in Sri Lanka is an internal issue therefore we don't want any interference from the outside world.
19 LTTE uses violence therefore EU and the US shouldn't talk to them.
20 We wouldn't be winning this war without the help from India
21 We are fighting with the most ruthless Terrorist group in the world.
22 Ceasefire agreement with Tamils failed because LTTE walked out of it
23 We won't be able to talk to the LTTE unless they lay down their arms and surrender
24 Tamils are not the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka. They were brought by the British to work in tea plantations.
25 LTTE is using the civilians as human shield and they are not letting them to leave
26 LTTE is still forcefully recruiting under age children
27 We have liberated the majority of civilians from LTTE and now we are prepared to receive help from the international community to look after the IDPs.We will still not allow Journalists to go into the Safe Zone.
Sri Lankan forces are not firing into the safe zone
Although, reporters and journalists are not allowed into the war zone, there are still ICRC, local aid organizations and other Christian charities working among the people. Deaths, that are taking place in the war zone are regularly documented with picture and video evidences and transmitted via the satellites to the outside world. Several web sites are regularly blogging and journaling the war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Father running to save the life of his child
Sri Lankan government will not be able to escape from the crimes, it is committing against the innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka. Many Tamils who live outside Sri Lanka have lost their loved ones in the hands of the Sri Lankan forces. Evidences documented from the eye witnesses, fully suggests that Tamils are killed in hospitals, schools, tents, bunkers and open grounds by the rockets and shells fired by the Sri Lankan forces. They are also using cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs against innocent civilians.
We are liberating the people of Vanni from the clutches of LTTE
You can't just separate the LTTE from civilians. These civilians who are stuck in the war zone are mostly the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children of those who are fighting at the front lines. Liberating the civilians from LTTE is completely an illogical statement. Tamils who lived with LTTE in Vanni all these years had more freedom than the ones who live in the other parts of the country under the Sri Lankan government.
Our friends and relatives in Vanni lived happily under the civil administration ran by the LTTE for six years. LTTE looked after the people well. They built colleges and hospitals. They built orphanages. They trained the youth in various fields. They respect all the religions therefore people had the freedom to worship in Churches, Temples and Mosques. They encouraged the school children do well in their studies. Crime rates were very low in Vanni. There was no corruption. Women were given the equal opportunities in every area. LTTE was running a secular government just like the ones in the Western countries.
But the Tamils who live in areas that are controlled by the Sri Lankan government live in fear of abduction and torture. They have no freedom of speech. Churches are burned and Pastors are killed very often. Sri Lankan government is even trying to bring an anti conversion law to lock up Christian pastors in jails. Not just the Tamil journalists but even the Sinhala journalists and politicians who support the Tamils in their struggle are also kidnapped and killed.
Some Tamils did choose to go into the barbed wired camps run by the government not because they have any trust in the government. Sri Lankan government is deliberately preventing food and medicine reaching to the needy in the safe zone. Civilians are killed daily by bombs and shells. Some Tamils think that they might probably survive longer and get treatment for their wounds if they go and live in the camps. Many have later regretted of making this choice as there are reports of rape and murder in these notorious camps.
Trying to force the Tamils from the land of freedom into the land of bondage is not liberation. Sri Lankan forces are not liberating the Tamils from LTTE but they are just wiping out Tamils.
This is not a war of liberation but genocide in the disguise of Humanitarian operation.
We are facing a hostage situation here. This is just like how the Russians were dealing with the Bersian school hostage crisis.
This is another fabricated lie. The whole situation has been purposely created by the Sri Lankan authorities with a hidden agenda. They are pretending to the world that they are involved in a humanitarian mission to rescue the Tamils from LTTE. These people never lived as hostages in the first place. They lived happily and they didn’t need rescuing.
Few months ago, fifty thousands Sri Lankan forces rounded up three big cities in the Vanni region with Tanks, Multi Barrel rocket launchers and all other heavy weapons. They started moving towards the inner core and kept shelling towards civilian areas, seven days week, twenty four hours a day, in order to capture and kill few hundreds of LTTE leaders and destroy their military capacity.
People started moving away from the borders, fearing that they would get killed by the bombs and shells. Sri Lankan Air Force was using cluster bombs to destroy hospitals, schools, churches and temples inside the cities so that they could kill the LTTE cadres that might be hiding in these public places. They ended up killing only the civilians. Hospitals could longer be used to treat and care for the wounded because buildings had all been destroyed.
Killing fields of Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan government stopped sending adequate medicine and food for the people and the reason given was that they were preventing the LTTE members from taking the food and medicine for themselves. Some people were managing to escape the war zone but they were sent to barbed wired camps in Vavuniya.
People were hiding inside the bunkers throughout the day. Sri Lankan government suddenly declared a safe zone in a tiny strip of land and asked everybody to move into the new zone. So people were moving in and started to live in tents . They are not protected from the rain, sun and the shells pouring over them.
Safe zone that has become the most dangerous zone in the world
Sri Lankan forces had recently reached the borders of this tiny over populated Safe Zone and had started to use heavy weapons on innocent civilians. People are now getting killed in thousands. They are making the people to starve. They let them to die with their wounds because people don't have access to proper medical care.
Now the Sri Lankan government is telling the world that they are involved in a massive humanitarian operation to save the innocents from few LTTE members. They take some of the wounded people, children and women and release the video clips to the media, in order to convince the World that they are really caring for the innocent civilians.
Mother is trying protect her baby from exploding shells
Sri Lankan government is killing its own people in thousands not because they want to capture the LTTE leaders but to eliminate Tamils from Sri Lanka.
What is the outcome of this operation? More than 300000 people have lost their homes and livelihoods. More than 6000 innocent Tamils have lost their lives. More 20000 are injured and many of them had their limbs amputated. Those who have so far managed to escape the war have been sent to barbed wired concentration camps.
All that the Sri Lankan government has now done is that they have made Tamils all over the world to strengthen their struggle to free their brethren from oppression. Tamils will never be able to trust the Sinhala Buddhist governments.
We don't use food and medicine as the weapons of war
According to the reports coming from the medical sources in Vanni, thousands of people could have been saved if they had the necessary treatments and medicine. Doctors still have to amputate hands and legs without anaesthesia under the trees. Caesarean operations are done without pain relief. Many are dying without antibiotics.
Civilians are treated in open grounds, Surgeries are carried out without anaesthesia
People are shelled and killed even when they are lining up to collect food for their babies at the hospitals. Recent reports suggest that children are dying of malnutrition in Vanni. What else the Sri Lankan government has to say about these horrific crimes?
This is one of the greatest humanitarian operations in the 21st century
This is one of the greatest jokes by a democratic government who is wiping out a race from the face of this earth in the disguise of humanitarian operation and liberation.
As part of the so called humanitarian and rescue operation, Sri Lankan forces surrounded an area that is much bigger than greater London and bombed and destroyed all the hospitals, schools, orphanages and old people homes. They destroyed farms, fruit trees and the cattle belonging to the people who have lived there for years. They dropped cluster bombs and killed so many thousand innocent people including children, women and old people.
Wounded mother is still determined to feed her hungry baby
They forced people into starvation and made them to live in tents and bunkers for months. All this was, according to them, just to catch or kill few hundreds LTTE fighters that are living among more than three hundred thousands of innocent Tamil civilians.
After bombing the whole area and causing so much devastation for more than three months, these comical Alis are telling the world that they facing a hostage situation there. What kind of lie is this. Just because they barred the reporters and journalists, they expect the world to believe their fairy tales.
The man who is leading the military operation had said to the Canadian media recently, that Sri Lanka is the land of the Sinhalese, and Tamils can only live under their mercy. Unfortunately there is no more mercy left in the hearts of these military leaders so they have decided to eliminate Tamils in the disguise of a greatest humanitarian operation.
Many Tamils are living happily in the South of Sri Lanka
Tamils living in any parts of Sri Lanka, live under the fear of intimidation, torture, rape, abduction and murder. Tamils are subjected to random arrests in the south of Sri Lanka and they are kept in prisons indefinitely without any charges. Tamils in Sri Lanka are treated like how Nazi Germany treated the Jewish people during the Second World War.
One of the main reasons why Tamils come to Colombo is because they use this as a base to leave the country. Passport office, high commissions and visa offices are located in Colombo. Colombo has the only international Airport in Sri Lanka. It is not always easier for people go abroad within a short period of time, therefore Tamils sometime have to live there for few years in lodges before getting the opportunity to leave the country. Tamils are sometime taken away from these lodges and forcefully sent to the North in buses by the Sri Lankan government.
The second reason for some of the Tamils living in Colombo is because most of the head offices of the government departments are located in Colombo. Those Tamils who work at these head offices have no alternatives but to live in Colombo. Tamils who live on Colombo never consider this city as their real home.
Most of the homes, schools and hospitals in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the Sri Lanka have been totally destroyed by the war. Sri Lanka has dropped more bombs in the Tamil land than the ones that were dropped during the Vietnam war. Most of the areas are no longer habitable because of land mines and unexploded bombs. Tamils living in the North and East are still murdered in masses by cluster bombs and shells.
Although Tamils are randomly arrested and taken away by security forces in the South, Government doesn't use cluster bombs and shells in these areas. If they were to use these weapons in the south, the would end up killing the Sinhala civilians as well, which they will never do.
This is the third reason why some Tamils choose to live in the south. Because the probability of getting killed in the North and East is much higher than in the South. This doesn't deny the fact that Tamils still live in fear of abductions, random arrests and extrajudicial killings in the south as well. In the past, many times Tamils living in the south were killed in Thousands and their properties were burned.
We are treating the IDPs well in the Camps
Those who come out of the safe zone are kept like prisoners in the barbed wired camps. People are not allowed to meet their relatives. Young men and women are filtered out and taken for questioning, but many of them don't return. Diseases are spreading inside the camps as the people don't have access to clean water.
Tamils are forced out of their own homes and made to live in barbed wired concentration camps
Many Tamils in these camps suffer from severe depression. Sri Lankan government very often conduct some pre arranged staged tours for the foreign diplomats and give a completely a wrong picture to the outside world. They will not be able to play these games forever
Some Tamil leaders are now joining us
Few Tamil politicians have joined the ruling government just for personal and selfish reasons. Tamil people don't support such politicians, but see them as betrayers of their own race. What such politicians speak doesn’t reflect the views of ordinary Tamils in Sri Lanka. These hypocritical leaders can be compared to some of the Jewish leaders who deny the holocaust and western youth who join Al-Qaeda to become suicide bombers. We are so sure that the Western countries have now identified such leaders therefore they will not treat them as the representatives of Tamils.
We will destroy the LTTE completely
LTTE is a tangible manifestation of the disappointment and frustration from the Tamil community that has been oppressed for so many years. Unless the genuine grievances of the Tamil people are dealt with, the voice of the oppressed will be heard louder and louder.
The idea of destroying the LTTE itself shows that the Sri Lankan government and its strategic partners who are supporting this war, haven't understood the longing of the Tamils. LTTE fighters that are defending their territory are not supernatural beings but mere mortals. The way how the Sri Lankan forces are using cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs to kill the innocents in Vanni, they might even end up destroying the whole region with all the living and non living things, while the international community sit adamantly and witness the genocide of Tamils on their wide screens.
If they succeed in killing everybody in Vanni, Will this quench the burning fire in the hearts of the Tamils to fight for their freedom? Everyday the innocents are dying, more and more Tamils both in Sri Lanka and overseas are beginning to commit themselves for a just and true cause. Masters of this war are sowing the seeds for a bigger conflict in the future instead of finding a solution through peaceful means.
Child wounded in chemical attack
Sri Lankan government may succeed in legally banning the four letter word LTTE and the tiger flag in all the countries of this world. Will this stop the Tamils from continuing their fight to have their rights to live without the fear of torture, murder, rape and intimidation? Why can't the war mongers understand the reality that they will never be able to suppress a genuine struggle for freedom with sophisticated weapons?
If you force a little boy into the water and try to stop him from breathing, the boy will use all his strength to fight back to come out of the water so that he can breathe. Today, Tamils in Sri Lanka are denied the rights to live, therefore it is a natural instinct to fight back. As long as the oppression continues, we Tamils will fight back with all that we have to free our people from the murderous regimes of Sri Lanka.
LTTE is not just few hundreds Tamils who carry guns and rocket launchers. LTTE has now evolved into a people organisation that is supported by millions of Tamils in Sri Lanka and overseas. It is no longer an armed group that you can defeat them with weapons. If the Sri Lankan government were to get rid of LTTE, they would have to kill most of the Tamils in Sri Lanka and overseas which is not all a feasible option though they might succeed in killing the Tamils in Sri Lanka if the international community don't intervene.
Instead of wasting money and efforts in killing the Tamils, Sri Lankan government should listen to the Tamils and give them the freedom to make their choice.
We have international support to defeat terrorism in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is now slowly breaking it's ties with the West because they don't like to be criticized for the worst human violations in the country. They are now maintaining close links with China, Iran, Libya, Pakistan and other countries that have poor records for human rights.
Killing fields of Sri Lanka are functioning well with the help of cluster bombs, phosphorous bombs and other chemical weapons that are freely given by these countries. Sri Lanka also receives financial support from their current allies.
Partnership with like minded States
China is backing the war because eighty percent of the oil and minerals for China is transported via the seas of Sri Lanka. China has no enmity with the Tamils but they want to keep the Sinhala politicians happy so that they can secure their interests in the Indian Ocean. Pakistan is giving weapons in order to compete with India in the region. Iran wants to find a new friend in Sri Lanka. Countries that are part of the free world are now alienating themselves from Sri Lanka.
Many Tamils prefer to live with the Sinhalese
Tamils have gone through real hell in the hands of the Sinhala racist governments all these years. All that we desire is to live with freedom and dignity in our traditional homeland without being oppressed by another race.
There are many peace loving Sinhala people in Sri Lanka. Several academics, human rights activists, journalists, and professionals from the Sinhala community are supporting the Tamils in their struggle for freedom. Some Tamils even tend to intermarry with the Sinhalese.
Tamils were killed and their properties were burned in Colombo, This was long before LTTE came to the scene (1983)
This doesn't mean that Tamils can live safely in the Sinhala areas. Many times in the past, Tamils were killed in thousands and their properties were burned by Sinhala Buddhist extremists. This has been going on for more than 60 years.
These Tamil protesters in the west are trying to give a lifeline to LTTE, but they don't care about the innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka.
We Tamils who live in the west have loved ones dying in the killing fields of Sri Lanka. We are doing a sensible thing by protesting on the streets of Western cities. Western countries always give respect for the voice of the people. These countries know that millions of Tamils living in the foreign countries represent their own flesh suffering in Sri Lanka. Tamils believe that the greatest democracies in the West will definitely come for their rescue.
Two hundred thousands Tamils protesting in London
You can't separate LTTE and the people who live in the safe zone. These people have lived under the LTTE administration for more than six years. Most of them have their loved ones fighting on the front lines. Every one of them has contributed towards the freedom struggle. In theory the civilians in the safe zone are indeed part of LTTE and you can't separate the people from LTTE.
We are fighting to save the lives of the innocents who are killed by a brutal Sinhala regime. Screams of the dying Tamils are not reaching to the far away lands because the Sri Lankan government has deliberately banned the media. We have become their mouth pieces so that the voice of the oppressed can be heard loudly.
We don't have any racial problems in Sri Lanka but LTTE is the real issue?
This doest need much explanation. You can look back the history and see what happened to the Tamils all these years in Sri Lanka. LTTE came to the scene only thirty years ago after Tamils realised that they couldn't get freedom through democratic means. Tamils are being persecuted for more than sixty years. Dealing with the root cause is always the sensible way to resolve a problem than fighting with the symptoms.
LTTE has committed so many blunders and they are not the representatives of Tamils
LTTE didn't fall from the sky. They started with few members more than thirty years ago and they have now evolved into a people organisation that is capable of running a civil government for Tamils. They have proved it by doing it.
Nobody can deny that LTTE has also made few mistakes. They have acknowledged it. Even the mature governments in the West sometime make mistakes but that doesn't disqualify them from governing the people. What is right and wrong can't always be defined in absolute terms because not everyone knows the bigger picture in which some of the decisions were made by LTTE.
Just because LTTE made few tactical mistakes in the early stages, you can't just write them off. Tamils never stopped supporting the LTTE. LTTE is the only Tamil liberation group that has never deviated from its strategic objectives which is to get a separate state, so that Tamils can live with freedom and dignity without fear and intimidation.
Millions of Tamils, who have been protesting in the great cities of the world, is a proof that Tamils trust in LTTE but not in any other groups that work with the Sri Lankan government.
There are only Fifteen Thousands of civilians currently living in the safe zone
Sri Lankan government has been deliberately lying to the outside world about the number of civilians within the safe zone. Three months ago there were around 350000. 190000 have already left the safe zone which means there are still 160000 left there. But the government is telling the world that there are only 15000.
This brings real fears in the minds of the Tamil community that the Sri Lankan government is going mass murder Tamils and tell the world that they haven't done anything. There are reliable reports that the Sri Lankan forces have used chemical weapons against the rebels and civilians recently and killed more than six hundreds just in a single day. Sri Lankan forces had even burned all the bodies of the victims therefore this has raised a real suspicion among the Tamils about the intention of Sri Lanka in lying to the world about the number of people in the safe zone.
Sri Lankan forces are one of the best in the world but LTTE are just Terrorists.
Compared to the Sri Lankan forces, LTTE has got a much disciplined conventional force that complies with Geneva conventions. For example LTTE always treat the fallen government fighters with respect. But the Sri Lankan soldiers very often make fun of the fallen LTTE fighters.
In one particular instance, the Sri Lankan forces paraded the naked bodies of the women LTTE fighters in a busy Sinhala town. The world knows very well how the Sri Lankan forces were blamed for raping the women in Haiti while being engaged in the UN peace keeping mission.
Sri Lankan army that is trained to kill
In recent days there are very reliable reports that Sri Lankan forces are making the Tamil civilians to walk naked at the check points for few hundred meters. Sri Lankan soldiers are also involved in looting jewellery and valuables from the Tamil homes in Vanni and then selling these items in the South. How can such military be the best in the world?
LTTE is a terror group like Al-Qaeda
In reality, it is the other way round. Al -Qaeda and Sri Lankan terror regimes have many similarities. Al Qaeda are Muslim extremists who terrorize people in the name of Allah. They treat the non Muslims as infidels. Sinhala Buddhist extremists treat Tamils as infidels the same way how Al-Qaeda treat the westerners.
Form of Buddhism that preaches violence and hatred against Tamils
Muslim extremists use Quran as their source of hatred and the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka have a holy book called Mahavamsa, a book with controversial writings, full of hatred towards the Tamils. Sri Lankan governments backed by the Sinhala Buddhist extremists have been killing Tamils for more than 60 years because the Buddhists in Sri Lanka delight in eliminating Tamils.
Sinhalese believe that they doing something great by following the hatred teachings and stories from their holy book. This book is very specific to Sri Lanka and not used by Buddhists in other countries. Buddhism in Sri Lanka is not the peaceful one that is preached by Dalai Lama in Tibet. One of the former prime ministers of Sri Lanka was assassinated by a Buddhist monk.
What we face in Sri Lanka is an internal issue therefore we don't want any interference from the outside world.
Sri Lankan government twists its tongues depending on what they want to achieve. It was indeed an internal issue but the Sri Lankan government has demonised the Tamil struggle by telling the world that Tamils are terrorists and they had links with Al-Qaeda. They did false propaganda all over the world by spending so much money to suppress the liberation struggle of Tamils.
They convinced the world that Tamils were terrorists and launched the 'War on Terror' game with the blessing of some countries. They are using this as an excuse for killing the Tamils in thousands.
As the international community begins to object what is really happening, the government of Sri Lanka now turns around and say that it is an internal issue. What is happening in Sri Lanka should be now seen as an international issue. China, Pakistan, Iran and Libya are fuelling the fire and have artificially strengthened the military muscles of Sri Lanka.
They are doing it for their own strategic interests and Tamils have become worse than animals in their eyes. China not allowing the Sri Lankan issue not being discussed in the Security council itself shows why this should now been seen as an international issue. UN should use the “Responsibility to Protect” act to save the Tamils from total annihilation.
LTTE uses violence therefore EU and the US shouldn't talk to them.
Sinhala Buddhist governments have been mass murdering Tamils for more than 60 years. They use abductions, extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, torture, murder and rape to eliminate Tamils. When the Tamils tried to defend themselves through democratic means, Sri Lankan governments always responded with more and more violence.
Tamil rebels took up arms to defend the innocent Tamils from the racist regimes. EU and the US are now beginning to see the impure motives of the Sri Lankan government. It is not the Tamils that are violent but the Sinhala governments who bomb and kill the innocent Tamils are the real offenders.
When Hitler killed the Jewish people, the free world declared war on fascism. UK, France and the US fought against the Nazis and brought freedom to many. Buddhist Sinhala regimes in Sri Lanka rule Tamils with the rod of terror. State terrorism backed by the racist Sinhala Buddhist leaders is taking the lives of so many thousands of Tamils every year. Defending the Tamils from this terror is not violence but it is a struggle for freedom.
If some nations have a policy of not speaking to those who use violence, they should stop speaking to the Sri Lankan government and start to listen to the Tamil community who are the real victims of state Terror.
We wouldn't be winning this war without the help from India
We Tamils from Sri Lanka maintain much closed ties with the people of India. More than 65 million people in India speak the same language we speak. Tamils in India have been protesting against the war in Sri Lanka for months.
However, there are few elements in the ruling party of India are backing the war in Sri Lanka for various reasons. Although China, Pakistan, Iran and Libya are supplying most of the arms, India is the one providing all the intelligence and moral support to the Sri Lankan authorities.
In this aspect, we agree with what the Sri Lankan masters are saying. Sri Lanka can't be fighting this war on it's own without the support it gets from India.
Prolong silence of the co chairs, during this war has raised doubts that they also have a role in this war. Sri Lankan authorities asked the UN, Foreign NGOs and Media to leave the Vanni region before starting this ugly war. They barred aid workers, reporters and journalists so that the world wouldn't know about the use of chemical weapons and cluster bombs. But nobody raised their voices apart from making few empty statements.
Co Chairs have never expected so much of civilian causalities. Recent statements by Hillary Clinton about the post LTTE scenario and her disappointment with the Sri Lankan government for dragging this war and causing so much pain to the civilians give a clear indication that Sri Lanka was given the ahead for this war but was not given the permission to kill so many innocent civilians.
Sri Lankan government backed by the Buddhist extremists have used this opportunity to kill innocent Civilians in a mass scale to carry out their racist agenda. They have won this War not that they have eliminated LTTE but they have succeeded in killing thousands of Tamils and made them refugees in their own land. They have been doing this successfully for the last 60 years.
We Tamils believe that the US and other western countries have now understood our struggle for freedom after hearing the loud voices from the Tamil Diaspora. As Hillary Clinton has indicated, Western countries are now very disappointed with the Sri Lankan government, firstly for causing so many civilian causalities and secondly for doing a false propaganda in the west to demonise the Tamil struggle in order to launch a war against innocent Tamils.
Sri Lanka won’t be looking for any more help from India and the western countries once they have fulfilled their hidden agendas. Money and weapons that are pumped from China and Iran will keep the Sri Lankan rulers happy.
However, Tamils in Sri Lanka will continue to be friendly with India and the West and we trust that the western nations and India will save the Tamils from annihilation.
We are fighting with the most ruthless Terrorist group in the world.
When a step father is abuse the children for a long time, the children will eventually begin to fight back. One child may cry, another one would shout to protest and the one of them might one day take a hammer and hit him back on his head after years of abuse. If the social workers blame the child who is a real victim and to support the step father, he will continue to abuse and even start killing the children.
Sri Lankan government who is like a step father for Tamils has managed to convince the world to tie the hands of the Tamils so that he can continue to abuse them. Nations have now started to realise that they have been deceived by the Sri Lankan government.
What we are seeing in Sri Lanka is like a step father who is taking revenge on a child who had the guts to fight back. Sadly, it has taken quite a long time for many countries to see the real picture. But it is still not too late for the Nations to save the Tamils.
Real terrorists are not the Tamils but the Sinhala regimes who use their holy book called Mahavamsa to back their cruelty and injustice against Tamils.
Ceasefire agreement with Tamils failed because LTTE walked out of it
Sri Lankan government was putting a big show and pretending to the world that they were talking peace with tigers but in reality they were not willing to deal with the grievances of Tamils . For instance, Tamils requested the Sri Lankan government to withdraw its armed forces from churches, temples, hospitals and schools that are in the North and East. They wanted this to happen to create a suitable atmosphere, so that both parties can talk about the important issues.
Sri Lankan government was instead bringing more and more troops and arms to the Tamil areas for future battles while talking peace with Tigers. Sri Lankan government not showing any genuine commitment was the main reason why the ceasefire came to an end without any fruitful results.
We won't be able to talk to the LTTE unless they lay down their arms and surrender
LTTE took arms to defend the innocent Tamils from State terrorism. Tamils are sacrificing their lives not just for fun but they have legitimate grievances. Fighting for survival and freedom is a basic human instinct.
Tamils never trust in the Sinhala Buddhists governments. They have come a long way in their struggle against State oppression. It is completely irrational and illogical, that Sri Lankan government expects the LTTE to lay down their arms and surrender.
Tamils are not the inhabitants of Sri Lanka. They were brought by the British to work in Tea plantations.
Tamils in Sri Lanka are there for more than two thousands years. They always lived in their own nation until the British put them together with the Sinhala kingdom during their rule. Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka represent the traditional home land of the Tamils. They have their own culture, traditions and language. Tamils had their own constitution, rulers and kings. Tamils who work in the tea estates of Sri Lanka are different from the Tamils who live in the North and East of the country. It is the up country Tamils that were brought by the British, not the ones living in the North and East.
When Sri Lanka became independent, the majority Sinhalese were made to rule over the Tamils. As a rule of democracy it is the Sinhalese that come to power in each election as they are always the majority. The political party that oppresses the Tamils become more and more popular among the Sinhalese. Power hungry Sinhala leaders have tortured the Tamils all these years. Now they are doing false propaganda with lies and deceptions to deceive the international community to justify the mass murder of Tamils.
LTTE is using the civilians as human shield and they are not letting them to leave
If the LTTE is stopping the civilians how come several hundreds of elderly and the wounded are taken by ICRC ships every week? The fact of the matter is that many civilians who are stuck in the safe zone are the loved ones of those who are fighting on the front lines. These people know that they would have to endure torture and rape in the hands of the Sri Lanka forces if they ended up leaving the zone.
There were few isolated incidents that Sri Lankan armed forces that were standing outside the safe zone had fired at the Tamil civilians and killed them. They had even orchestrated suicide bombs using the paramilitaries working with the government forces. They finally blamed this all on LTTE. There also use the paramilitaries to shoot at the civilians escaping the safe zone
Sri Lankan authorities very often force the refugees in the IDP camps to talk against LTTE when they are interviewed by foreign media. If the Sri Lankan authorities want to convince the world about these issues and if they have nothing to hide, why can't they let the reporters and journalists into the safe zone? LTTE has been pleading with the international community to send the reporters and journalists to the war zone for several months.
Tamils are dying inside the safe zone, outside the safe zone and all over Sri Lanka. LTTE is also not standing just within the safe zone but they have the combatants both in the North and East of Sri Lanka. The hype about finishing off the LTTE within the safe zone is drama played by the Sri Lankan government to wipe out Tamils from Sri Lanka.
LTTE is still forcefully recruiting under age children
During the cease fire period, the LTTE fully complied with the international laws by making sure that cadres are above 17 years old. In recent months, many Tamil families have been completely wiped out by this dirty war.
16 years old boy, who witnesses his whole family being killed in front of him by the bombs dropped by the Sri Lankan forces, will not wait till he is 17 to fight for the unborn Tamil babies in the wombs. Times are difficult for the Tamils that even 16 years olds are also now joining the LTTE and they are doing a very sensible thing.
The enemy is using dangerous chemical weapons against ordinary Tamils. LTTE has been so patient and still believing that the Nations would intervene and bring a political solution for the Tamils.
We have liberated the majority of civilians from LTTE and now we are prepared to receive help from the international community to look after the IDPs. We will still not allow journalists to go into the Safe Zone.
When the Asian tsunami struck the shores of Sri Lanka, many thousand Tamils died in the Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan government took money from foreign donors and spent most of the aid in building houses and roads in the Sinhala areas. They built more than the required number of houses in some of the towns in the South. But they completely ignored the people in the Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka. Thousands of tsunami victims from the Tamil community still live in refugee camps.
Now the Sri Lankan government has created a man made disaster and starting to look for aid from foreign countries. If the aid is channelled through this murderous regime, they will again use the money to build bridges and roads in the Sinhala areas and buy mansions for corrupt politicians. Tamils in the barbed wired camps will again end up living there for years.
There are also fears that many of these young people will be taken away from the camps for questioning and they might end up in torture camps and mass graves. When the Sri Lankan military did a similar operation in the Northern part of Sri Lanka several years ago, thousands of Tamils were taken for questioning. Many of them were killed and their bodies were dumped in mass graves. The same military commander who was responsible for these atrocities is now overseeing the barbed wired camps.
Donor countries should work hard to get the Tamils back to their own homes and farms instead of giving the money to the Sri Lankan authorities. Innocent Tamils will be used like the beggar children on the streets, for the corrupt Sinhala regimes to exploit
These Tamils who have been sent to the barbed wired camps are mostly fisherman, farmers and professionals who lived in their own homes and lands and had enough wealth even to educate their children in foreign countries.
Just like how Mugabe created an artificial famine in Zimbabwe, Sinhala Buddhists politicians backed by the religious extremists have orchestrated a man made disaster to destroy the lives of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
They will continue their atrocities with lies and deceptions unless the international community intervene and stop it.
It is time that we should stop listening to the Comical Alis of Sri Lanka and to start listening to the ordinary Tamils to find out what is really going on in Sri Lanka. We live in lands that give respect for the voice of the people and not to the voices coming from few arrogant leaders who are being responsible for the death of thousands in far away lands.
Civilised world has turned a blind eye towards the suffering Tamils in Sri Lanka. They have lost their lands and homes. Tamil people have lost all their livelihoods. Many have lost their loved ones. They are being killed and wounded in thousands by a murderous regime. They are raped, imprisoned and tortured. Thousands of Tamils are left to live as orphans, widows and mentally retarded in barbed wired concentration camps. Their voices are silenced. Who will hear the voice of the oppressed? Who will go for their rescue?
It is time that the Nations should get together and protect the Tamils from annihilation. It will be too late, if we keep on waiting until millions of skulls and bones appear on our wide screens. Rwanda and Kosovo are being repeated in front of our very own eyes therefore we should act now.
Tamils in Sri Lanka should be freed from State oppression and given the rights to live without the fear of torture, rape, murder and intimidation.
Let Tamils decide their own destiny!