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Hundreds of civilian casualties in 17 hour “blitzkrieg”

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Hundreds of civilian casualties were reported within the 10 sq km area controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) due mainly to a 17 hour long heavy fire “blitzkrieg” conducted by the Armed forces of Sri Lanka.

The “blitz” like intensive attacks commenced at 6.00 pm on Monday April 27th 2009 and continued for 17 hours till 11.00 am in the morning of Tuesday April 28th 2009.

[Air attack between mullivaikkal and Iraddaivaikkal-pic: RDHS]

Civilian sources from the afflicted area stated that after 11.00 am there had been a comparative lull with the exception of an aerial bombardment spree at about 1.00 pm.

The attacks consisted of intensive heavy mortar fire from positions in Puthukkudiyiruppu and Iranaippaalai to the north-west of the affected areas and long range artillery and multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) fire from positions to the west and south-west, between Oddusuiddan and Mulliyawalai along the Mankulam-Mullaitheevu road known as the A-34 highway.

In addition shells were also fired from battle tanks and armoured vehicles. Rocket propelled grenades (RPG’s) were also fired. Furthermore .50 caliber fire also occurred frequently.

According to civilian residents thousands of shells of different types were fired during the 17 hour blitz.

The firing was done with the intention of breaking down LTTE defences, destroying tiger structures and generally “softening” up the enemy target.

The LTTE also reportedly resisted fiercely by constantly firing back.

Since the tiny coastal strip of territory controlled by the tigers is saturated with thousands of civilians the intensive blitz resulted in causing much harm to civilian lives, limb and their scanty “property”.

The comparative lull that set in after 11.00 am enabled many injured civilians to get medical attention at the makeshift “hospitals” functioning in the area.

According to Dr.T. Sathiyamoorthy the displaced regional director of health services for Kilinochchi 204 patients were admitted to the injured patients ward at the Primary health centre at Mullivaaikkaal. 29 of them died at the hospital.

Dr. Sathiyamoorthy also said that the hospital premises had come under Shell attack resulting in the deaths of five persons who had already been admitted for injuries.

A medical staff worker had also been seriously injured.

According to Dr. Shanmugarajah the displaced medical director for Mullaitheevu more than 350 persons were treated at the district hospital temporarily housed in a makeshift location in Mullivaaikkaal. 37 dead bodies were also brought to the hospital.Six injured persons admitted to hospital succumbed to their wounds.

Apart from these two makeshift hospitals two “field clinics” were also functioning to provide first-aid to injured persons.These are manned by volunteers with training in first-aid procedures.

The field clinics were set up to provide elementary first aid to injured persons. Serious cases are taken to the hospitals.

It is reported that hundreds of people with minor injuries obtained first-aid at these field clinics. The injuries were mainly caused due to shrapnel.

At least 18 bodies were brought to the field clinics and were disposed of by personnel.

It is also reported that several other bodies of those killed were cremated or buried by civilians themselves.

Injured LTTE cadres were being treated by the tiger medical unit named after Thileepan who fasted unto death in September 1987.

According to defence related sources the LTTE makeshift hospital is housed near a Pillaiyar temple.

The area coming under the intensive blitz was mainly between Valaignarmadam Irattaivaaikkaal and Mullivaaikkaal.

Thousands of people moved further South and South-east during the lull to the Vattuvaagal region.

There was also aerial bombardment at about 1.00 pm on Tuesday 28th. The area targeted was Irattaivaaikkaal and Otraippanaiyaddi.

Soldiers of the 53rd division moving forward in the aftermath of aerial bombardment were able to reach the strategic Irattaivaaikkal (Twin canal) junction along the A-35 highway.

The Paranthan-Mullaitheevu road turns east after Puthukkudiyiruppu and then turns south again to Mullaitheevu town.

The 53 division commanded by Gen. Kamal Gunaratne has progressed about 2 km along the A-35 axis to reach Irattaivaaikkaal.

Fighting however has not ceased and the LTTE led by “Col” Velavan is reportedly conducting several counter-attacks here.

Meanwhile the 58 division led by Brig. Shavendra Silva has also made some significant military gains on Tuesday 28th.

Launching a twin-pronged frontal drive the 58 penetrated LTTE defences at two points south and south-east of Valaingarmadam.

This resulted in the Army being able to take over a 700 metre long “bund cum Trench” fortification of the LTTE.

The bund was around 12-15 ft in height while the trench was 10-12 ft in depth.

In a bid to foil the 58 division’s forward movement a “black tiger” suicide guerilla rammed an explosive laden truck into a military position.

Despite this incident soldiers continued undeterred.

An armour-plated LTTE vehicle was also discovered. Around nine bodies of tigers were also found at the bund.

In spite of a naval cordon there was some maritime movement by the sea tigers off the Mullaitheevbu coast on Monday 27th night.

In a sea skirmish one LTTE boat was destroyed.

The Navy however suspended its offensive operations on Tuesday to enable an ICRC ship reach the Mullivaaikkaal coast.

The ship returned taking 527 injured persons and their caregivers.

The ICRC ship also brought vaccine and syringes.

Also 30 metric tons of rice,oil and sugar were brought in the ICRC ship and unloaded. Another ICRC ship with 30 Metric tons of essential items is scheduled in the next few days.

Civilian officials however lamented that the supplies brought in were not adequate to remedy the severe shortage of food in the area.

As one official observed even if we get 60 metric tons and distribute it on per capita basis each individual can get only 500 grams of rice, 20 grams of oil and 20 grams of sugar because there are 165,000 people living in this tiny space.

The continuous restriction of food, medicine and essential items being supplied to LTTE areas has brought about a severe shortage.

The 17 hour blitz conducted by the armed forces has made the Government’s announcement of “combat operations” being ended a hollow farce.

Moreover the armed forces are continuing with intensive artillery, MBRL and heavy mortar fire.

Aerial bombardment also continues.

The Rajapakse regime’s international credibility is at an all time low.

After maintaining that only 70, 000 persons were in LTTE areas amd restricting supplies it proudly claimed that 110,000 had been rescued in four days.

Now it says only 15,000-20,000 civilians are there while the official administrative figures put it at 165,000 and NGO figures estimates vary from 80-120,000.

After denying consistently that it had been firing and bombing the so-called “no-fire zone” the Government admitted that it had in fact been doing so when it made the announcement about ending combat operations.

After making such a “confession” the Government has not hounoured its pledge at all by launching an intensive blitz of artillery and heavy mortar fire along with aerial bombardment.

The Government says that only 400-500 tiger cadres are left in “tiger-territory” now.

Yet it endangers the lives and limbs of thousands of innocent civilians through indiscriminate shelling and bombing to get at a few hundreds of LTTE cadres.The entire operation is being justified as being done on behalf of the civilians.

On the other hand the LTTE claiming to protect and liberate the Tamil people is holding thousands of civilians against their will in what amounts to a hostage situation.

The Tamil Diaspora demonstrates in foreign capitals with tiger flags and pictures of Prabhakaran without focusing on the civilian plight.

[We are still living-pic: RDHS-more pics-on Guardian UK]

This is the Tamil tragedy.

The helpless civilians are caught between both sides whose objectives are totally military-oriented.

The International community makes token gestures and engages in vocal assurances as the civilian predicament worsens.

A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in the Wanni!

I can be reached on
Email: dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com

103 Comments

  1. Thillaiyambalam says:

    Mr. DBS Jeyaraj

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing a truthful account of what is happening in the Wanni. My thoughts are with the poor civilians

  2. Bandarage says:

    You are too harsh on the Rajapakse Govt. It has to finish what it started and the International community can go to hell

  3. Gloria Abraham says:

    Thank you dear David Jeyaraj for this and yesterday’s post. Please keep us informed as best as you can. We trust you more than Govt and LTTE news. God bless you!

  4. Nehru. G. says:

    My praise to DBS for exposing Govt lies and propaganda. Thanks for telling world that GOSL forces are firing mortars and artillery and doing bombing also. Keep telling truth DBS as always

  5. April says:

    A decent Report. To add, may consider the Video Clip too.

    How about the Top LTTE leaders. Are they still there or they sneaked out ?

  6. anonymous says:

    Mr Jeyaraj

    If you let a comment be posted, why dont you post it without your edit.
    Arent you not being bit dishonourable while professing to be differentfrom others?

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Comments are released as far as possible as posted by the commentators even though some are trivial and without any merit. However some are either deleted or edited and released. There is nothing “dishonourable” in that as you put it. What is acceptable or unacceptable depends on my judgement. If I do not exercise this right this site will be hijacked by interested parties or abused by “trolls”.Those are the house rules. I am the host and commentators are guests. If this is not to your liking you always have the right to refrain from commenting. By the way where have I claimed to be different as you say. Also why dont you write under your own name instead of being anonymous? Those writing under their own names openly deserve a certain amount of respect as opposed to “anonymous” commentators.

  7. Methail says:

    The Rajapakse regime�s international credibility is at an all time low.

    After maintaining that only 70, 000 persons were in LTTE areas amd restricting supplies it proudly claimed that 110,000 had been rescued in four days.

    Now it says only 15,000-20,000 civilians are there while the official administrative figures put it at 165,000 and NGO figures estimates vary from 80-120,000.

    After denying consistently that it had been firing and bombing the so-called �no-fire zone� the Government admitted that it had in fact been doing so when it made the announcement about ending combat operations.
    –DBSJ-
    For the above i dont blame Sl Govt. Because of India and with their request Sl Govt has acted in this manner.
    Why don’t DBSJ criticise India.

    Eitavan irrukka ampapai een noovaan.

    Sinhalease are better than paarpaniya Indians.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:People like you are ready to blame and criticise each and every person or entity for the tragic plight Sri Lankan Tamils are in now. But you all are conspicuously silent about the individual and organization primarily responsible for the Tamil predicament today – Velupillai Prabhakaran and the LTTE. “Eithavanirukka Ambai Novanen”?

  8. CHDS says:

    DBS your article concentrates on the govt’s role and the immense harm being caused in the so called safe zone. You are right beyond a doubt. However this is a 2 sided story, so I think in order to give an accurate account, you should aim your pen at the LTTE autocracies as well. Why are these civillians being held as human shields and why is’nt the IC giving this more attention?

    If Saddam had a human shield around him during his last days, dare I think what the US would have done. Considering the state of Afganistan and Iraq today, I think they would have done this same thing the SL govt is trying to do; destroy the enermy and then think about the concequences! God bless the Tamil People – the hardship is are going through is unimaginable.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: How many times have I written about the LTTE holding civilians and not letting them go? This short piece is about how the armed forces are continuing to bomb and shell despite announcements to the contrary by the Govt. Even in this I have referred to LTTE but do I have to keep on writing about the LTTE in a piece about the Govt’s actions? This is not a thesis but a blog on a specific theme. In any event the democratically elected government claiming to rescue civilians has to be held to a higher standard than an organization described as “terrorist”. The USA’s abominable conduct in Iraq is not the yardstick by which other acts should be measured. I hold both the Govt and LTTE responsible for the plight of the poor civilians. The killing and injuring of civilians for whatever cause or reason cannot be condoned or rationalised. One can “explain” but not “justify”. Call me old – fashioned or someone unable to see the “larger” picture but that’s what I believe in and that’s what I am and will be

  9. mohamed hamid says:

    Dear DBSJ,

    it is true that civialians are traped by ltte and sl armed forces, but we have to realise the tamil population in these traped areas has to make the only choise posible that is to come to the liberated areas, and the gosl has to take care of the liberated people with the aid of foreign countries and give a political package, the tamil diaspora can help in a big way by working with the gosl, this is not a thing where you look for winneres becouse we are all loseres in this war.

  10. Jonath Brown says:

    Srilanka butcher Tamils not only in So called SAFE ZONE(Slughter Zone) but also all Tamil areas including the CONCENTRATION CAMPS where Srilanka lock so called LIBERATED TAMILS and killing them while rapng the girls to death daily according to news reports and German HR Activist who visited there directly.
    These Srilankan atrocities ONLY JUSTFY the SEPARAION OF EELAM .

  11. Ravana says:

    The West dropped 2 atomic bombs to make Japan surrender. What is all this nonsense about civillian casualties?Why doesn’t the Tamil diaspora ask that murderer to surrender ?

    If the first priority is the Tamil nation then surrender under these circumstances is a MUST.

    Building up an adequate rights group later, specially from abroad can be done.

  12. citizensl says:

    “DBSJ RESPONDS:People like you are ready to blame and criticise each and every person or entity for the tragic plight Sri Lankan Tamils are in now. But you all are conspicuously silent about the individual and organization primarily responsible for the Tamil predicament today – Velupillai Prabhakaran and the LTTE. ”
    Thank you very much for your comment….this is the main fact that the blind diaspora has forgotten. they keep funding this monster and the monster goes around killing tamils and keeping them hostage (not to mention the ethnic cleansing of muslims and genocide of sinhalese)
    a simple bit of common sense and humility from the tamils in the mid 90s or early 00s and the tamils could have achieved so much.
    now look what funding the sun god has given the tamils. refugees in toronto, IDPs in the wanni, human shields in the “safe zone”
    what a shame-the diaspora funded the monster now the tamils are reaping what they sowed.

  13. Nilambare says:

    Your report as you say is about the suffering of civilians. But, DBS, what exactly is the solution?

    Wars kill people, and when it is the innocents, it is really harsh specially that is not due to any wrongs of theirs.

    What I really find difficult to understand, and at times really amusing, is the actions of the Tamil diaspora. Not a single protest of theirs has picked up the need for the LTTE and Prabakaran to bring to account. This is the problem. If these protesters really need credibility (their genocide stories etc) they need to criticise the LTTE, and being its strong supporters they don’t do it. Funny still, they know very well their sons and daughters never will join LTTE and fight in the front line. It is the helpless, poor, innocent Tamils’ children who are being taken away by the LTTE. Tamil diasporas happily accept that.

    Prabakaran will get respect the day he himself comes as a suicide bomber, not sending a brainwashed son or a daughter of someone else. If not, he can send his own wife, daughter or son as the next suicide bomber. Tamils fail to understand that this will never happen.

  14. LM says:

    When GOSL declare “NO-FIRE” zone, they were expecting civilians to be go there but not LTTE leaders. Now entire world knows, that LTTE is hiding behind civilians.

    LTTE is not only using innocent civilians as human shield but they kill and burn them if they try to escape from the area. They also send their suicide carders to kill innocent people

    Fact of the matter is during a war there will casualties, but I don’t think GOSL is killing innocent Tamils purposely. But LTTE dose.

  15. satwa gunam says:

    @citizen

    It does not matte what tamil dispora wants or dbs wants. Nobody in the world is going to support this type of armed madness and one upman ship of ltte.

    India must ask sl to give permission to send aid for the civiilian and also must ensure it does not fall in the hands of the ltte. It is high time india start assisting the civilians as already ltte is contained to a 20km strip. Remaining areas must open up for aid and camps for reconstruction.

    SL must allow funding by indian tamil donors / tamils all over the world for starting the economy back

  16. Alex says:

    The great shame is that despite all the suffering nothing really changes…the Vanni civilians lived under a Tamil military dictatorship (the LTTE) now they are living under a Sinhala military dictatorship (the army).

    PS the diaspora are the diaspora because of being chased out of Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese reaped between 1991 & 2006 what they sowed in 1958 & 1983, the LTTE are now reaping what they sowed between 1991 & 2006, and the Sinhalese will again reap (perhaps in 10 years time) what they are sowing in Vanni.

    Plus ca change, plus ne change pas (the more things change the more they stay the same)

  17. Jaffna Tamil says:

    Even when Mahatma Gandhi was felled by a depraved character, the West was not as disturbed as it is by the impending end of Prabhakaran, the maniacal killer.

    Only carrion-seeking, drooling hyenas stand to gain from the survival of Tigers

  18. PeaceDove says:

    Hi DBS,

    How come you get to know this level of detail from Canada?

    I seriously doubt that the SL trrops will deliberately kill civialns.

  19. Ramesh Pathirana says:

    Dear DBS,

    I’ve been a keen reader of your articles for some time and natural follower of ethnic crisis in OUR country. According to my assessment your articles are balanced though it has touch of pro-Tamil sentiments.

    We live with Tamils in Colombo. I have quite good number of Tamil friends too. Generally they lead a normal life, except difficulties they undergo due to intense checking at the different places than Sinhalese, which can be unavoidable given the situation of the country and also keeping in mind number suicide bombs that went off killing many thousand civilians.

    According to my thinking, Tamils have become real minority in SL now than earlier and they were granted reasonable solution in 13th amendment. What sort of genuine grievances SL government should address to pacify Tamils, considering the fact that separate country or federalism is a far cry now?

  20. Surya says:

    Dear DBSJ
    thank you for the writing. But I would like you to write more about a post LTTE scenario than digging last few days of the LTTE. As you and most Sri Lankans know that the terrible thing happend to Tamils in SL is the LTTE. Why we have to give importance to a terrorist outfit just make us miserable and immerce hardships. We need to focus on a a viable solution for the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka where Tamils are equally treated. We as knowledgable people should work hard for it.

  21. harindra says:

    Dear Nilambare,

    Of course, Prabakaran will not send his family to war zone. What about Mahinda? Will he? Will you? Will I send my family there to get blasted? Will anybody cheering abroad send their family to actively participate in ongoing clashes?

    We all needs our families to be safe. Even that costs our own life.

    Do not criticize them for not putting their family in a trouble.

    I hope you understand.

  22. Chammika says:

    Sri Lanka is definitely going through the darkest period in her history, whatever the reasons and justification or otherwise be for her current predicament. In the name of all civilians and combatants who have sacrificed their life and limb, let us all (Singhalese, Tamils and Muslims) resolve to build a better tommorrow for our children. A tommorow bereft of today’s suffering and the conditions which gave rise to that suffering. A better tommorow in which all can live as equals and with dignity. Many are the benefits that our future generations could then reap. It is dream most Sri Lankans have and one to which the Tamil Diaspora too can contribute immensely.

    A Singhalese Buddhist from South

  23. SR says:

    A really sorry state of affairs indeed! I can’t buy this argument that there will be civilian death, but that is justified as long as it is for a good cause! Unfortunately, this seems to be the thinking of GOSL.
    This may be acceptable, when there are no other options and the death & destruction can not be avoided. BUT in this case, death and destruction can be avoided, that is a fact! Forget the past, what Sinhalese did to tamils and vice versa, how LTTE floundered previous ceasefires etc .etc. all this is irrelevant. Are there civilians dying? YES, then there is a responsibility on the part of the Government to stop such deaths. There is no point in calling the LTTE to allow the civilians to go, they will never do that. As a matter of fact, there is no point in asking them to do anything, because they are a terrorist outfit!
    MR may have done a good job with the war till date, but I think he is losing his way; yearning for blood of VP & remaining LTTE leaders. But then who is to say what, today even the UNP has jumped in to the same bandwagon.

  24. Roshan says:

    This shows DBSJ’s ability to write truth without fear or favour. When he wrote about LTTE atrocity many Tamil guys attacked him as govt supporter. Now as he is exposing how govt lied about shelling and bombing innocent Tamils the Sinhala guys are attacking him as tiger supporter. Not to worry DBS about these misguided people. I dont know why you give space for these joker comments. You can use your right and edit them out or amend them. Carry on DBS with your impartial writing. The majority is with you

  25. AJITH pERERA says:

    Dear DBs Jeyraj

    It sitrue so many civiliabs are affected. But we need to put an end to this LTTE mess. Once the LTTE problem is finished we can talk of a reasonable political solution.

    These Civilians are being kept as human sheilds by the LTTE. If they have so much love for their so called liberators, why do they do this. You must be more vocal in your criticism of the LTTE. You only highligt the weakness of presided Rajapakse.

    Mree mentioning that LTTE is wrong is not enough. you must write a lot more about the fact that these people are being kept agaist their wishes by the LTTE.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Ajit , please dont give me advice without having read the numerous articles I have written. Before you rush to criticise and advise me you should take the trouble to at least read what I write. If you dont have the time to read them fine but dont start admonishing and advising. Not only you but many commentators tender unsolicited advice about writing this and that or not writing that and this after just reading one article on a particular subject. It is also not my task to reply to each person and point out my past writings

  26. Arun Dante says:

    LTTE people are still telling lies to the World. Listen to Daya Master and George Master your leader praba’s former friends confessions. And also what renegade Karuna has to say about all of you and your leader. Karuna, Dayamaster, George master full LTTE then. Now changed colours and blackguarding LTTE and Praba

  27. Salalihiniya@hotmail.com says:

    Fuck off you bloody terrorist! What do you get out of this? A refugee visa to somewhere?

  28. herath says:

    Why not ask LTTE to surrender.Then the killing will be over.

  29. Bros says:

    From Valveddithurai to Karaiyamullivaikkal. That is how the history of LTTE will be written. LTTE’s history doesn’t our concern here. Ours is the plight of the hapless people.

  30. Mullaiyan says:

    The GOSL wasting the fire power killing the innocent civilians where LTTE are detained in an open detention center(some 10square miles) with regular supply of food and medicine. I cannot confirm whether the regular supplies to include arms and amunitions.
    LTTE are adamant that the people are with them by heart and supporting their cause (?) and feeding them(fed by GOSL).
    This is a different kind of battle I ever learned. The GOSL deliver the food supply in the morning and then shelling the same people later in dark hours and causing a carnage.

  31. krishna says:

    Wonder why the two LTTE Leaders( Daya Master and George) handed over themselves to SL Government didn’t talk about Air Raids or heavy artilary, shelling? Why they only talk about that LTTE tried to stop them by treatning to kill them ?Do you think SL Government has brainwashed them (like Pirabaharan do to human suiciders) within 2 days? Think twice before you do something! I’m in the side of innocent tamil people ! But definitely not with savage LTTE murders ! You can fool someone for sometime but remember you cant fool all the people all the time! THE TRUETH WILL BW OUT SOON!

  32. Razik says:

    I have always enjoyed reading your articles. Despite attempts to put you on one side or the other of the conflict you are clever to present the facts and figures. I miss you in our national papers. When are you going to write to Daily Mirror again?

  33. tam says:

    Salalihiniya (comment 23)

    god bless you

  34. tam says:

    Salalihiniya (comment 25)

    god bless you

  35. nandasena says:

    All the commentators are asking why Tamils do not critisize Pirapaharan. Have the sinhalese ever critized the Sinhalese politicians, sinhalese Prime Ministers from the time of Independence? Especially after violence openly perpetrated against the un- armed Tamil civilians? If they had done this continuously we would not have come to this plight. Even now the sinhalese have issues with MR & Co. but when it comes to violence against Tamils, they welcome his Genocidal policies. Sinhalese will reap for their collective silence one day. Some of them are not only silent, but have become his “cheer leaders”

  36. Torontonian says:

    DBS, blood is thicker than water, so obviously you have Tamil blood in you and you wanted to , in someway sympathize with the innocent Tamil civilians being killed and injured by the horrible shelling and bombing.

    Oh, by the way, how come you always write about SL stuff, India is in utter turmoil, people are starving to death, there are so many other issues, don?t you think, it’s better if you focus your energy on them rather than trying to meddle with SL affairs..

  37. Nehru. G. says:

    Salalihiniya (Post # 27)

    You display your uncouth mentality here by your ranting and raving. You must be one of the 1983 july mob that killed innocent Tamils

  38. Shiranthi. R. says:

    Well said Roshan.

    You have understood DBSJ very well.

    Congratz DBS. Keep it up

  39. Ali says:

    Jeyraj

    it is not only the Sri Lanka govts credibility that is at an all time low but that of India and UN and NGO’s and LTTE and UNP and JVP too .

  40. Ranjan Perera says:

    DBS, your response to #12 is spot on. I am a Singhalese guy living in Toronto and I have many very close Tamil friends. All I hear from them is to blame everyone else but the main person responsible for this mess. It is the fault of GOSL, Rajapaksh, India, RAW, Sonian Gandhi, the list is endless. No one talke about LTTE’s role.

    I have been following your articles with great interest and I commend you for your focused, clear, and impartial writing. I wish there were many more like you to write for us.

  41. Shiranthi. R. says:

    To the coward who wrote as Salalihiniya@hotmail.com

    You are a disgrace to our Sinhala community. We know who you are.Dont you ever show up at our house anymore

  42. Exiled patriot says:

    Sri Lankans are tired of being cowed by LTTE suicide bombers blowing up innocents in the south and then being deceived by them in peace-talks. Sinhalese have already paid a heavy price for not addressing tamil grievances in a timely manner. Tamils on the other hand, continued to fund, support and justify and genocidal, ruthless organization who they knew were not fighting a just war. Well, there is a price to everything. So please, don’t dare say anything about MR regime. This is a fight to finish the LTTE. Lets talk about tamil rights and those of the others in sri lanka once this menace is exterminated.

  43. tam says:

    (Comment 21). harindra

    thaks for telling the fact & reality.
    my understanding was from your comment

    VP = MR
    we can’t criticize MR or VP for “not putting their family in a trouble”

    can’t we criticize both for sending other kids & protecting theirs
    if i’m wrong let me know

  44. Compassion says:

    Unfortunately the some or most in the majority community in SL thinks it is ok to kill innocent civilians in thousands to kill hundreds (in their own account) of LTTE hardcore.

    Have they realised that GOSL has not said a word about their plans as after defeating the LTTE what they are going to offer Tamils?

    This is the concern many TAMILS have. So defeating LTTE alone will not bring Peace & Prosperity to SL.

    What you sow you reap.

    VP is reaping what he sow.

    Make no mistake.

    MR, GR & SF will reap what they sow.

    The celebrating mentality of the south is the reflection of how they feel about the tamils.

    This is what birthed LTTE in the first place. Government not taking any action against the people who killed tamils in 1958 to 1983. Making them 2nd class citizens. Preventing university admission on merit alone.

    Have you my southern brothers who have written above forgotten these.

    DBS. Please continue. May the good Lord give you good health and long life.

    For now I can only pray for the safty of our people and the sprit of wisdom & compassion to fall upon the Leaders of both side to do the right thing to protect the people. Killing brings more hatred.

    It is not the tamils who birthed LTTE

  45. shankar says:

    comment 5-april

    prabhas son charles anthony i think left some time ago after he got injured. he is 24 years and is groomed to take over. will be a good military leader.strong rumours are that prabha has left. knowing the man i cannot imagine him taking unnecessary risk waiting till the last moment. when he was just starting his career in m&m and had a meeting with other tamil militant organisaion leaders(who were all eccept the EROS one subsequently killed by him} when the lights went out due to a power cut, and came on again everyone was surprised prapha was in a corner with his pistol drawn. a man with such self preservation skills is going to allow the army to trap him indeed. ha.ha
    pottuammon and soosai are still there directing operations.
    glossary: m&m-murder and mayhem

  46. Eeasan says:

    Krishna (post # 31)

    Are you stupidly naive or just trying to be too smart?

    After being in Army custody can Daya vaathi and George Aiya tell the truth about shelling and bombing and be alive?

    Or will Govt allow them to tell the real truth openly?

  47. mo says:

    Hi Every one
    I urge my fellow citizens specially Tamils live in EU and North America please collect money and send medical items, food, tents etc via the Sri Lanka government sources such as embasseies to the IDPs. This is not the time to support LTTE or disagree with the government, these people desperately needs you help. I do understand your helpless and desperate situation, end of the day we all human should live side by side with the peace. Please do consider people suffering, arrange asap. I am not a Tamils, but I am an Sri Lankan live in EU and when I see people suffering I can not take it.

  48. Lal Jay says:

    DBS
    You may very well remember that they promised to bring this “Blitz” to Colombo when Ealam War IV starts. It is a twist of fate that so called Blitz is now in their back yard. It is good that you are there to cry out loud now, but by any chance if it was in Colombo even you will have different views.

  49. SAL-A-LIHINI-YA says:

    Shiranthi

    That was not me. It was an impostor using my mail as name.

    DBS that was someone else. Not me. Sorry for what happened.

  50. SAL-A-LIHINI-YA says:

    However bad the LTTE is the soldiers must not intentionally harm civilians. Styop the indiscriminate shelling and bombing

  51. April says:

    # 45

    Thanks.

    I suspect that there is an exit plan for the militants but HWOK.

    When in Thopigalla ( Kudimbimallai) every one said, Tigers are cornered and they made the exit not just from East but came all the way to North.

    When a group led by Victor went to A.Pura in 1985, they made the exit back to Mannar with only one dead

    SLA commander was treating this as a Match without water break thinking this will re-energize the Tigers.

    I think after the fall of Paranthan Junction, Top leaders have made Plan A, Plan B and Possibly PLAN C.

    I don’t think many here realized that People cannot be subjucated and sustain peace. These are two sides of the coin and you cannot see both at the same time ( excpet using a mirror). One has to always face down when the other was fully visible.

    For all the readers who doesn’t have HEART

    Quotes from and Australian Physician Prof. Raphael inWhen Disaster Strikes”.

    “However, the greatest death and destruction, loss and grief, dislocation and relocation, are associated with the man made disasters that have occurred through warfare. The slaying of man by man in either direct combat or through sophisticated weaponry bring cruel mutilating injuries and sudden untimely violent deaths. Such deaths bring little opportunity for the healing process of physicians or the healing rituals of grief. And, of course, warfare destroys the house and habitants, the livelihoods and even lives of many noncombatants.. Mankind’s capacity to create psychic trauma through war, to create horrifying forms of warfare, has increased exponentially.”-

    Yes we are witnessing this Horrific CRIME OF THE NEW CENTURY.

    Those Heroic Doctors who stay with the people deserves NOBEL prize.

    If NORWAY and SWEEDEN can offer this to those Physcians, this will be an open indictment for the war crime commited by the GOSL

    HWOK= he who only know.

  52. Asoka says:

    If Prabakaran kills the tamils escaping No fire zone, it is for his good cause of making a seperate country. In the same sence same people might get killed in the government’s good cause of wiping out killing innocent sinhalese in Colombo and rural areas.

  53. Torontonian says:

    DBS
    Just to express solidarity with you. I know some Sinhala patriots will get angry with you for what you write but dont worry about it and just keep on telling the truth

  54. Dave says:

    You are just another LTTE. Tell your boss (Prabakaran) to Surrender before he is killed then all the tamils will be in peace.

  55. Konnapu Bandara says:

    DBS, old chap, why are you giving these blood thirsty terrorists a free pass.?

    Cheers!

  56. Jason says:

    LTTE is firing shells towards civilians to discredit GOSL and hoping they would able to get a ceasefire.

  57. Ravi says:

    now prabhakaren murder must surender.

    Only few ltte helper protesting with ltte flags in europe citys
    most tamils are forced to protest other wise they are afread LTTE wil make problems to them.

    PRABHAKARAN AND LTTE ARE RASSTS they are not freadem fighters,

  58. Sri Lankan says:

    The TRUTH about the whole issue in Sri Lanka

    NO question about it, the ruthless terror organization of Tamil Tigers (LTTE) needs to eliminated ASAP. The world should remember that they have killed many democratically elected leaders of the world. As well as 18 years ago the genocide they have committed against Sri Lankan Muslims. They gave the Muslims to vacate northern area of Sri Lanka (Jaffna area) within 24 hours from their homes and business without allowing them to take their valuable possessions. Just like the Tamils, the Muslim also lived in the northern and eastern part of the island for centuries. Some of these displaced Muslims are still living in the refugee camps. This ruthless terrorist Tamil Tigers (LTTE) DID NOT wanted peace at all; they wanted the whole Sri Lanka for them selves under there hands. When the LTTE was powerful, they could have come to some sort of a settlement with the government, but they did not. Currently they are holding there own people as a human shield on this conflict. Once the world look at there Eelam map, the world will see LTTEs agenda. The rest of the world also should be informed; in Sri Lanka, there are two different types of Tamils are co-existing, Indian-Tamils, and northeastern area Tamils. Most of the Indian Tamils work/have there businesses and make there living in the southern part of this beautiful tiny island and co-existing with rest of the population (Sinhalese and Muslims) peacefully. Northeastern area Tamils with a different cast is the one who wanted a separate state. Northeastern area Tamils consist of less than 5% of the island population. Both Indian and northeastern area Tamils are 12%14% of the island total population, however northeastern area Tamils wanted two third of the island land which they wanted control it as Eelam. They know very well that majority of the islands population will reject their unfair demand, & they kept on fighting. SL government did the RIGHT thing by fighting back; if the government did not fight back; it is very clear to the majority of islands population (Sinhalese, Indian-Tamils, Muslims, and some of northeastern area Tamils) will suffer the un-imaginable horrifying future in their homeland. Either them or rest of us is the only solution on the table for now. I also wanted to point out to the rest of the world not all the northeastern area Tamils are supporting LTTEs agenda, and most of the successful educated rich northeastern area Tamils live in the southern part of the Sri Lanka.
    In case if Sri Lankan government decides to give self-control of some of the land to Eelam Tamils, are we going to divide the leftover of this tiny island between Indian-Tamils and Muslims? In addition to that, northeastern area Tamils who are currently living in the southern part of island, are they going to go back and live in the Eelam land? I do not think so. The only solution is ONE Sri Lanka for all the Sri Lankan regardless of there ethnicity. Once the conflict is over, the government of Sri Lanka should educate and implement the islands majority and the minority citizen population to live with peace and harmony respecting each other, to prosper on this beautiful island in the near future.

    Toronto, Canada

  59. Kuna S says:

    As a a very concerened Thamilan, my sincere appreciation for your selfless service of setting light on Sri Lankan government’s well planned genocidal and Multi faced act. towards the total annihilation of Thamil race from that tear drop nation.

    Eventhough the IC are well aware fo this, making it reinforced from well known journalist like you will definitely, with high hope, make them move a bit.

  60. Mullaiyan says:

    JHU and JVP(part of GOSL) come to street to make protest the official visit of British Foreign Minister and his French counterpart. What can you say about these racist politicians attitude towards western diplomats? These are the countries who banned the LTTE and were very much appreciated by these gangs, these are the same diplomats now realised some thing not right in the Island and wanted to offer their expertise advise to stop these violation against the ordinary civilians. If the attitude of these local politicians does not change then by Vesak, no European ambassodors will be residing in the blood stained (barbarian) Island. Buddhism may disappear and Rajapaksm with dangerous weapons take control.

  61. sam ratnayake says:

    Dear Mr DBS,

    I have tried to read as many articles as possible written by you since 2006, as I have come to believe you are honest and impartial in expressing your views.
    I am a Sinhalese from Central SL and have suffered due to the long “ethnic problem” in SL, but I must admit my suffering pale into comparison with those who have died as a result of LTTE suicide bombs or Tamil civilians who have greatly suffered and continue to suffer as the fighting drags on.

    My opinions are based on my life’s experiences hence I support the governments relentless determination to eliminate the LTTE threat. I also believe that as a consequence many innocent Tamil civilians are caught up in the fighting and suffer greatly, paying the ultimate price in death or going through endless hardships without any hope of having a life anywhere near normal anytime soon.

    The “fashionable response” proposed by many observers seems to be “declare a ceasefire, negotiate with LTTE as there is no military solution to this long lasting conflict”. Before I give my two cents, I must admit I, too is an observer. While I agree with the latter part of the proposed solution, I do not believe it is possible to negotiate with the LTTE. I am sorry we cannot negotiate with suicide bombers, we just have to eliminate them. But that leaves me with the other part – Find a political solution. But how? Many past proposals have failed because of Sinhalese opposition just as much as LTTE intransigent. But I believe President Rajapakse is or hopefully will be uniquely positioned to push through the reforms necessary to find justifiable solution. Why? He is likely be very popular and might end up with the necessary legislative arithmetics. Will he have the courage to do the right thing? I hope so. But he is only human and might not choose the right path. So it is up to you and others who have managed to stay impartial and have thus gained credibility to start thinking what kind of future we want to build in SL if and when the LTTE is no more.

    As for me, I already started. I have donated a small sum of money to buy provisions to be distributed among the IDPs in SL. I have already alerted to the charity organization to which I belong to that I wish to become a foster parent for two deserving kids from the North who have suffered from recent fighting. I know, all this is a drop in the ocean. But a journey start with a one step at a time.

  62. Torontonian says:

    No point in shouting at Govt. It’s going to go on doing what its doing

    best advice for all of us , let’s eat some Dosa, masala wadai, indian buriyani, and go to sleep,

    What else to do?

  63. R Maran says:

    No one cares for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    Diaspora fiddles while Vanni burns and hundreds of people are being killed. They carry the flag of LTTE and picture of Prabakaran who is main cause for the destruction and death of our people. They don’t stop there; even they called LTTE as sole representative of Tamils. Is this the time to determine who is the sole representative of Tamils? Total disgrace, do they have any concern for the Tamil people. I just can’t understand can’t they see what the IC tell about LTTE? They blame India, US, UK , Norway and the whole International community. No one put the blame on LTTE. Are they brainless idiots?

    If LTTE had allowed people to leave, all these death could have been avoided. Most of the people in Vanni have relatives and friends in other parts of N&E. LTTE kept them as human shield hoping that when People got killed , they make politics out of this.

    I watched the interview that was given by Thaya and George masters. George master seems to be well educated and knowledgeable person , articulate himself very well. As I am from Vadamarachi, I know Thaya master. He worked tirelessly for LTTE for more than 25 years. Now, LTTE simply abandoned him just like curry leaf.

    I hope that Traitor Prabakaran will pay for his all sins this time.

  64. Sapumal says:

    DBS,

    Thank you for yor information.But we are fully aware of consequences in this war. What I dont understand is why all those Tamil writers and commentators blame on Sri Lankan govt. and sinhalese? Still scared to put the blame on LTTE! It is sad to see all those civilian deaths and casualties.However dont forget that the damage LTTE has done to our people and economy. This war already killed almost 100,000 people.If we let this happen at present there will be no end. It will pay way to another 100,000+ in the future.Somehow we have to finish this.For that there will be price to pay.Piraphaharan is the main accuse in this saga.If he let these people to move out and face the situation with his heroic reputation, there will be no such suffering for people. I feel we have to remove this cancer from our motherlands body and we all have to work hard to achieve lasting peace, prosperity and justice for all childrens of mother Lanka!

  65. Dinesh says:

    Dear Mr Jeyaraj, Throughout history, the last known man to perpetrate such horror on human beings is Hitler himself. Some of the crimes against humanity that Prabakaran has commited out weighs what Hitler did to Jews in the Concentration camps. Such as taking babies and smashing bodies againt coconut trees, burning people alive, Mass killing of soldiers who has surrendered to the LTTE, Horror beyond what is imaginable by any standard.

    Rajapaksa Govt promised both Tamils and Singalese both, that he would eradicate terrorism once and for all. So in the persuit of peace by eradicating Terrorism, if there are few casualties, then Unfortunately without sounding unkind, war must still be waged upon the LTTE. As both Tamils and Singalese deserve to live in a country without terrorism and without the suppression of Tamils.

    Daya Master and George Master who surrendered to the Security forces have started to spill the beans on how attocious the Killings done by LTTE on thier own Tamil People. I ask on All the Tamils from around the world to stand up againt LTTE babarism and to Unite this small but beautiful Country. I belive that Sri Lanka will be free of LTTE terrorism in the next 3 weeks. God protect the innocent civilians who are stuck as Human shields in the Middle.

  66. Manichandra R, Colombo says:

    This is very sad..I cannot stand to see children and innocents dying like this. That monster VP needs to be hanged for his crimes against humanity. but as a Sinhalese i agree with DBSJ on this article, that his report is on how the civilians are suffering. This report is NOT about who is to blame..It is silly to argue about what the US did; US did it against people it hates and were outsiders. For them killing Iraqi Arab Moslems was just collateral damage. These people are not EElamists. They are Sri Lankan people and are of the same color as the Sinhalese. We cannot make the lame US did it excuse. But it is war and it is a horrible war for the innocents being held as hostages by a cruel man and a maniacal diaspora who in some cases are third generation Canadians and British and Australians who have never seen Sri Lanka but have been brainwashed into hating every Sinhalese. Their money is the cause of blood. But GOSL needs to be far more sensible. I know they care enough to protect everyone fleeing, but they should surely force the British and the French and Americans to demand that VP surrender.

  67. Manichandra R, Colombo says:

    Attacking DBSJ is silly. He has always condemned the fascist racist Tigers. For that he almost paid with his life and had to leave Canada and its mariyakadey low class Tiger Tamil Thug goons. He was saying that it is the innocent civilians that suffer as a result of the Tigers holding them hostage and the GOSL not getting help to relieve them. It is probably a Catch-22 situation because VP is looking for a bail out.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Thank you for your comment but just to set the record straight. Despite the LTTE attacks on me personally I have never left Canada. I’ve been here writing

  68. Liyanage says:

    I condemn the aerial bombardments and the use of heavy artillery by the government even after making the announcement that it would put an end to those. I have been critical of LTTE so far in my responses but I am not impressed with indiscriminate attacks by the forces. I agree with the writer, a democratically elected government should never carry out such attacks. The government must protect its own civilians and it is imperative for the government to win them right now especially when they are dissatisfied with LTTE for holding them as hostages.

  69. Martin Thomas says:

    CHDS | April 29th, 2009 at 12:41 am
    DBS your article concentrates on the govt’s role and the immense harm being caused in the so called safe zone. You are right beyond a doubt. However this is a 2 sided story, so I think in order to give an accurate account, you should aim your pen at the LTTE autocracies as well. Why are these civilians being held as human shields and why isn’t the IC giving this more attention?
    I have an answer for your question CHDS, why should the people on Wanni move out of their homes. Who is trying to displace them and make them homeless people or trying to take them to barbed wire fenced prison camps. The people in Wanni have all the rights as citizen of the country to live there. Please tell your president to leave them alone. To get at VP he doesn’t mind killing innocent and helpless by using the heavy artillerys and bombers. What a shame you can not give protection to your own people. Will your president bomb and shell the people if they are from the south? Say if some terrorists are operating from there. Will he send his army and air fore to kill the people in order get the few terrorist there? Can you give an honest answer to this?

  70. Helaya says:

    DBS Jeyaraj

    I think you are trying to be a kind of a hero among Tamil Diaspora by talking only civilan casualties.You always included tiger casualties with civilian casualties. If you are so accurate why don’t you differenciate those casualty figures. You have the same intention as LTTE propaganda to produce fat ugly lies.I dare you to expose murderous LTTE atrocities. If you are so concerned about the civilians why don’t you tell the LTTE to lay down arms and surrender in order to protect civilians. Daya Master and Geogre has said LTTE killed hundreds of civilian who tried to escape from LTTE.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: You are a racist ignoramus who rushes to comment without havving either read or understood all what I have been writing about in the past or what I’ve written now. Please google and read what I’ve been writing about civilians and LTTE before doing a jumping jackass act. In any case I doubt whether you have the capacity or inclination to comprehend let alone understand

  71. WIJE - kwijethilleke.yahoo.co.uk says:

    DBS :you are very clever at diistorting the truth. you blame SL army and govenment for killing innocent tamils and notsupplying eonugh food in the remaining NFZ.. you have deliberately omitted the harrowing tales of escapees from LTTE captivity. : They had to BUY the basic food (distributed free by SLG) from LTTE at exorbitant prices;Several hundreds of refugees in NFZ who tried to escape have bee killed and many more were beaten or maimed by their avowed saviour, LTTE; Yet you complain about aerial bombardments in NFZ which did not happen.Most of themwere injured or killed delibertely by LTTEand others from collateral damage. This is literally cannibalism., not barbarism Yet you did not mention a word about it. You are a clever TIGER in impartial journalist’s clothing… but like your leader you hav no shame.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: WIJE

    Go and read what I’ve been writing before attacking me. I think you are a moron who doesn’t deserve to have your tirade posted here. It is accommodated here only as an exhibit illustrating the depths of your ignorant depravity.

  72. Ali says:

    DBSj

    I am shocked at what is happening in Wanni. Thanks for exposing truth. Keep it going

  73. sridhar says:

    The ongoing operations to flushout Talibans are in full swing .The media was allowed to ground to report
    But in srilanka no one is allowed in Governments attacks in vannni.
    International community wake up….to stop lanka genocide

  74. Tamil Victim says:

    1) Salalihiniya@hotmail.com comments
    Tamil odeans beware, he is trying to provoke and if you respond directly, he can collect your information. Next time when you visit SL, you will be tortured to death.

    2) SL government, SL forces and Sinhala people worried about Tamil people and their lives? This is the 20th centuries biggest lye. They hate anyone and everyone who stand up for Tamils. If US supports they angry with US. If Norway try to mediate they very angry with Norway. Caring for Tamil people is just a ploy. They just want to destroy the LTTE, then they can continue with the destruction of Tamils property, land and lives unfettered.

  75. Roshan says:

    DBSJ,
    you’re a completely unbiassed journalist whose only objective is to tell the truth regardless of consequences. Brilliant!

    Dont give in to racists on either side

  76. yours truly says:

    DBSJ writes about “blitzkrieg” conducted by the Armed forces of Sri Lanka.
    Back in 2005 LTTE was palnning the “blitzkrieg” on the government controlled terretory.
    Where was DBSJ back then to write about those?
    It is so unfortunate many tamils in the diaspora do not understand that time has run out for the eelam dream and it is time to pressure the LTTE leadership to release the remaining tamils.

    Instead they protest in the western countries to pressure the SriLankan government.

    Does this mean LTTE is not the sole reperesentative of the tamils?

    Are they willing to sacrifice the remaining tamils for the lost cause by leading them deeper in to misery?

    DBSJ RESPONDS: I’ve been writing years and years yet you have the stupidity to ask me this rhetorical question. Just go and read my articles before squeaking like a fart before shit.

    You say that LTTE was planning a “blitzkrieg” in 2005. But that never happened! So how do you expect me to have written about a tiger “blitzkrieg” that never happened? But the Govt “blizkrieg” happened and is happening despite denials. So thats what I am writing about.

    As for LTTE being sole representatives I have been one of the few Tamils who has been consistently challenging the tigers on that. But then you guys never read do you?

  77. Sam Perera says:

    DBSJ,

    There are some allegations by the reader Ali that you changed his comments to something totally different. This is a very serious allegation and if it is true, you certainly put your journalistic integrity at risk. Please respond.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Dear Sam Perera

    I am responding to your query on behalf of some other persons allegation only because you are one of the few people who comments on this site under your own true name (short form of Samantha)and genuine e – mail.

    I have posted several comments from someone called “Ali”. In fact I have even responded to one comment. I do not know whether it is one person or different persons who are posting under the name Ali. All that I know is that I am posting those sent as Ali.

    Some others are also complaining that posts appearing under their names are really not theirs. A few like this “ali” charge me of distorting their so called original comments.

    I am already hard – pressed for time and would hate wasting that valuable commodity tampering with the stupid , inane comments of “ali” and those of his/her ilk. Particularly because the comments posted by these people are just irritants and a nuisance. These people who do not have the guts or honesty to write under their own names simply waste my time and space with their jocular antics. These are what Blog owners describe as “Trolls” who spoil the comments section for most readers.

    If people like “ali” (which also means eunuch) will write under their own names then others cannot use that name. When people use pseudonyms to post a comment then anybody can use the same “name”. There is no stopping that. I do not have the time or inclination to check these comments (some of which – not all – make me want to puke) and see who sent which and which guy is the real Mccoy and who the fake is. And As Clark Gable told Vivien Leigh in “Gone with the wind” movie “Frankly my dear, I dont care a damn.”.

    Having said this let me come to your indignation about my journalistic integrity and all that.

    Please keep in mind that I POSSESS and will EXERCISE when I deem it necessary the right to edit or delete a comment. This has nothing to do with journalistic integrity or freedom of expression and all that.

    Let me excerpt a response I made to some “Anonymous” commentator on this very same blog who also complained about editing.

    This is what I said -
    “Comments are released as far as possible as posted by the commentators even though some are trivial and without any merit. However some are either deleted or edited and released. There is nothing “dishonourable” in that as you put it. What is acceptable or unacceptable depends on my judgement. If I do not exercise this right this site will be hijacked by interested parties or abused by “trolls”.Those are the house rules. I am the host and commentators are guests. If this is not to your liking you always have the right to refrain from commenting. By the way where have I claimed to be different as you say. Also why dont you write under your own name instead of being anonymous? Those writing under their own names openly deserve a certain amount of respect as opposed to “anonymous” commentators.”

    So dear Sam Perera this is my position on my right to edit or delete comments.

    Also let me tell all commentators that while I welcome constructive criticism I am not going to let nasty elements use my own blogsite to attack me unfairly or vilify and slander me. You have no right to do that and if you disagree please take a hike.

    Now let me also state that while many comments posted here are constructive and interesting some are actually “bovine excreta”. This disappoints me greatly.

    Also some simply want to challenge me for trivial reasons. Many who have not read an iota of all what I have written extensively annoy me greatly by asking me to explain my position on this and that and by accusing me of not having written on this and that.

    How many times am I to keep on explaining myself and asking you to read my past articles.

    I think its rude and insulting for you guys to attack me and question me without even bothering to read at least some of my earlier articles.

    I am seriously thinking of simply deleting such insulting comments.

    I am also thinking of banning the “racist” comments by the vocal warriors of the Diaspora.

    Finally let me conclude by saying that it was with reluctance that I started the comments for this blog. It has been my experience that many “Sri Lankan” commentators are incapable of utilising this medium decently and productively.

    The ideal would be to allow an unmoderated comments section. It would also save me time and energy. But this is not possible and that’s really sad

    My plans for this blog were hopeful at the beginning. Here is an excerpt from my inaugural blog on this site -

    Another integral part of a blogging is reader comments.There will be a comments section. But bitter experience necessitates some monitoring. That’s the sad part of the blogosphere.

    I will welcome your comments but you do not have to post for the sake of posting or confront me or each other.

    There will be many readers who will definitely have more knowledge about or fresh insights into the subject matter of the respective blogs.

    Please share your knowledge and perspectives. Let’s make it informative and interesting.
    The idea is to have an amiable conversation not an indecent confrontation.

    I think I’ve said enough for now.

    Blogging is an evolving art. A blog is a creation – in -formation.

    So let’s progress together in the coming days and learn from each other.
    My heartfelt gratitude to my loyal readers.

    I invite you all to embark on a new blogging journey along with me.

  78. Exiled patriot says:

    DBSJ,
    Keep up the blog. I liked the piece on Theepan. I am Sinhalese and fanatically anti-LTTE but I recognize that Theepan was a worrior-soldier fighting for his people. In the end, we have to commemorate all those who died in this war but it gets all grey when you consider the suicide bombings and assassinations.

  79. yours truly says:

    comment 76. yours truly
    Well, Well,Well.
    Thanks DBSJ for the reply.

    I have being reading your articles since then so I know you did not write about LTTE “blitzkrieg”, because you had nothing to write about.

    But my point is, Had this “blitzkrieg”ever happened be it by LTTE or be it by SLA as you say, which side would you like to be on.
    Had the tables turned, today the tamil diaspora would be celebrating in Scarboro, intead of protesting in the streets of Toronto and Ottawa.

    Am I right or Not?
    These are the facts no matter how bitter they may be.

    It may be my stupidity to ask these silly questions but i must admit that I am thankful for the artcles you wrote.

    Cheers!

  80. Niran says:

    Dear Exiled Patriot, (comment 42)
    “Lets talk about Tamil rights once this is all over……”

    Is’nt this the same argument that the “Sun God” of the Tamils used. Murder, torture, ruthless surpression of dissent, everything is permitted or tolerated for the ‘greater cause’. Mankind has used this same argument right through history, in recent times – Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot …. the End justifies the means Someone I think wrote in the Tamil Week that the Sun God and the regime of MR were two sides of the same coin. What is the liberation we promise the Tamils ? The liberation of the “Delipihiya dosthara”. The lies, the corruption, the flaunting of absolute power under the cloak of ‘the wish of the majority’ ?, the thieving of public funds by assorted politicians ?

    I am a domesticated ‘patriot’. Our family over the last 25 years or more has braved the risk of suicide bombers, JVP murder threats (for going to work , listening to the radio…….) only rarely thought of running away, although at times we wished we had. We are consious that our risks are nothing compared to the Sinhalese living in the border villages, the Tamils in combat zones, the combattants on both sides.

    We have choosen to live in this country alongside the Tamils, the Muslims the Malays, the Burghers,, Cannot everyone to be treated alike, so that all can live in peace with dignity ?

    Two bloody southern insurgencies, one horrendous war in the North east, several progroms against Tamils. this is the sad history of Independent Sri Lanka.

  81. R Maran says:

    DBSJ,

    I read all your writings.

    I always forward your writings to my circle of friends. I realised that you are only Tamil journalist who tell the truth. You are impartial and tell the truth without fear. In this process, you may offend lot of people at various point of time. I know people like you are very rare commodity in this world.

    Trust me, there are many people admire you. I do pay a price for being truthful and honest. Many of my friends do know how LTTE /GOSL manipulating the humanitarian crisis for their own benefit. They don’t want to talk; simply they want to lead peaceful live.

    We fight for what believe in. We ought to have thick skin. When people attack us left, right, front and back, just brush it off.

  82. shankar says:

    dbs
    you are getting flak always from both sides. the truth is always unpalatable to many people. they dont seem to understand that an honest journalist has to write the truth. maybe they are doing their jobs in a dishonest way and expect others to follow suit. your srengh of character shows when youpublish all these critisms.
    i noticed recently your articles are becoming more frequent. i believe that is because you are worried about an impending catastrophe that could have lasting consequences for this beautiful country of ours.
    i am sure your writing in some way at least contribute to avoiding unnecessary sufferingin the future, so plese go on.

  83. LM says:

    Dear Tamil Victim,

    Do you think LTTE is/was looking after Tamil people?

    If so,

    a. Why did they kill Lakshman Kadiragamar (he was the former foreign minister)
    b. Why did they kill Rajiv Gandhi
    c. Why did they kill Mahattaya (2nd in command in LTTE)

  84. Murugan says:

    It is one thing to treat us as outcasts and third rate citizens.

    But what you are doing now is just rape.

  85. Umith says:

    So what should be the government handling of the current situation be? The best solution would be for LTTE to renounce violence and join the democratic process. But we know by experience it wont happen. Can the International community including India, UN guarantee that LTTE will renounce their military campaign for separate state if the government stop the current offensive for the sake of civilians? Will LTTE at least release the civilians trap in the NFZ? NO. Will the government be able to implement any devolution of power proposal within a united framework of Sri Lanka while LTTE exist? NO. Can a moderate alternative Tamil leadership emerge while the LTTE exist? NO. LTTE can not be influenced by Intl national community or tamils. It’s direction is decided by one or few people in power. It has only one goal Tamil Elam and understands one language that is violence.Under these circumstances I don’t see an alternative action for the government other than continue to eliminate the LTTE. It’s unfortunate that this result in high number of civilian casualties, but is there any other way to tame the LTTE? I hope those people that criticize the government actions also present a practical alternative solution to current military action, that will bring peace to Sri Lanka.

  86. ONE Sri Lanka ALWAYS says:

    The LTTE have murdered more Tamils than any other group on earth! So who’s cause are they fighting for?

    LTTE use children as soldiers… CHILDREN!

    No other organization in the world does this.

    Prabhakaran will rot in hell for all eternity but in the mean time I hope he rots in a Sri Lankan jail first.

  87. Exiled patriot says:

    Commnet 80.
    Niran,
    I didn’t it mean it in the way you paraphrased my comment, i.e. about talking about tamil rights. The problem is that as much as aggression by an elected government is frowned upon, we can not support or condone any form of terrorism in the name of struggle for liberation or freedom either. Tamils are guilty of commission here. They supported a movement that committed terrorist acts in the name of liberation. There is no arguing that. It is time now that we all get together and destroy the this beast you created so we can discuss our grievances like a civilized people…Sri Lankans.

  88. Cg says:

    As you correctly stated that Diaspora had not been focusing on the innocent people instead saying “stop the war and we want Tamil Elam”. I don’t quite get it, I do have some Tamil friends who participate the protest every single day when asked what you were asking British government to do … “push the SL government to stop the war” and they had completely forgotten about the innocent people, I feel really sorry for those people who are struggling to find their meal in order to survive rather than there sq mile but the Diaspora is only interested in their ruthless leadership. Only God knows, why?

  89. Lalith K says:

    Daya master and George master seems very stable in their speech as well as and can not see any fear among them. Therefore the words of them can be considered true facts beyond the doubt.

    Tamil disapora need to listen to them and understand the reality rather blindly becoming partial to LTTE.

  90. bandarage says:

    Aney Lalith Malli

    Why are you so naive?

  91. Anna says:

    Dear DBSJ
    I have been reading your articles for a long time. Your reporting is very balanced. Continue in what you believe.
    LTTE was not created by the Tamils but the Sinhala hard core politicians created it for the intransigence of the major community in Sri Lanka in not accommodating legitimate Tamil aspirations. Now that the LTTE is almost gone the Tamils will undergo hardships at the hands of the Sinhala politicians/security forces. The hardships the Tamils will undergo will be very frightening.
    In 1983 a Tamil man was dumped in a boiling tar barrel. It was so frightening that my parents with my sister and brothers left Sri Lanka soon after 1983 and they never visited me since then.
    I am not saying that the LTTE/VP are saints but they started well and their modus operandi changed as time passed.They were brutal in some of their actions. How about GOSL? Successive GOSL are also equally culpable for treating the Tamils inhumanely.
    Whether we like it or not the gap between Tamils and Sinhalese have widened so much that it is like oil and water. It will never mix. With problems in our neighboring countries destined for greater destruction (and who knows Taliban might get their hands on nuclear facilities) Sri Lanka will have a very bleak future. At least now the LTTE must release all the people who want to get out but the International Community should ensure the welfare of all such people.
    God bless South Asia.

  92. Shan says:

    DBSJ

    I read but have never commented.

    Can I suggest you indicate that a comment has been edited if you do edit for obvious reasons.

    I think bloggers and your readers deserve that courtesy.

  93. wajira says:

    I was following your blog, but didnt leave any comments before.

    Trust is something you need to earn it as you cannot force someone to trust you. I think taking a decision to see what you write is unbiased is always debatable.

    If you comment on someone, can you please mention that you edit or change the text. In my view that is the honorable thing to do as otherwise, it can be viewed as praising your own tail.

  94. N2 says:

    DBSJ: “The Tamil Diaspora demonstrates in foreign capitals with tiger flags and pictures of Prabhakaran without focusing on the civilian plight.”

    Good article, BUT you yourself know that the above is NOT tentirely true!

    The diaspora ARE focussed on the civilians.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Oh Really! if the demonstrating sections of the Tamil Diaspora were really focused on the civilian plight then how on earth would they be carrying placards of Prabhakaran and flags with the roaring tiger? Why are they shouting slogans “Our leader Prabhakaran” and “LTTE Sole representative”? If they were really concerned about the civilian plight and want international governments to intervene why are they carrying symbols representing an organization that has been proscribed as a terrorist organization by those governments? Why did the demonstrating Diaspora keep quiet when the Tamil people were being displaced from place to place earlier and was galvanised into action only after the LTTE began getting boxed into shrinking space? While condemning the govt for shelling and bombing civilians and not allowing ebough food and medicine to go in (Quite rightly) why are the demonstrating Diaspora not condemning the LTTE for preventing civilians who want to leave by force? If the Diaspora was only concerned about civilian plight then should it not be equally hard on the LTTE? why are the demonstrating sections of the Diaspora not condemning the LTTE for conscripting children and for shooting and punishing those civilians trying to escape? Is this what you call being focused on civilian plight? If the Diaspora was concerned about the civilian plight alone then why is it antagonizing the governments and law – enforcement authorities of host nations by confrontational agitation? Is this how you get them to help the civilians? Are not these activities actually being counter – productive to the Diaspora’s professed intention of enlisting international support for civilians? I am not saying that the Diaspora is not concerned about civilian plight. Many are genuinely concerned. But as usual they have let the LTTE hijack these protests. Their efforts will not yield expected results.

  95. N2 says:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    DBSJ: “The Tamil Diaspora demonstrates in foreign capitals with tiger flags and pictures of Prabhakaran without focusing on the civilian plight.”

    Good article, BUT you yourself know that the above is NOT entirely true!

    The diaspora ARE definitely and clearly focussed on the civilians.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Oh Really! if the demonstrating sections of the Tamil Diaspora were really focused on the civilian plight then how on earth would they be carrying placards of Prabhakaran and flags with the roaring tiger? Why are they shouting slogans “Our leader Prabhakaran” and “LTTE Sole representative”? If they were really concerned about the civilian plight and want international governments to intervene why are they carrying symbols representing an organization that has been proscribed as a terrorist organization by those governments? Why did the demonstrating Diaspora keep quiet when the Tamil people were being displaced from place to place earlier and was galvanised into action only after the LTTE began getting boxed into shrinking space? While condemning the govt for shelling and bombing civilians and not allowing ebough food and medicine to go in (Quite rightly) why are the demonstrating Diaspora not condemning the LTTE for preventing civilians who want to leave by force? If the Diaspora was only concerned about civilian plight then should it not be equally hard on the LTTE? why are the demonstrating sections of the Diaspora not condemning the LTTE for conscripting children and for shooting and punishing those civilians trying to escape? Is this what you call being focused on civilian plight? If the Diaspora was concerned about the civilian plight alone then why is it antagonizing the governments and law – enforcement authorities of host nations by confrontational agitation? Is this how you get them to help the civilians? Are not these activities actually being counter – productive to the Diaspora’s professed intention of enlisting international support for civilians? I am not saying that the Diaspora is not concerned about civilian plight. Many are genuinely concerned. But as usual they have let the LTTE hijack these protests. Their efforts will not yield expected results.

  96. Oshan says:

    As a Sri Lankan I truly feel sad for the civilians in the Wanni. They are helpless victims. I hope the LTTE surrenders or allows the civilians to leave.

  97. duminda says:

    Tamil diaspora is responsible totally for the plight of civilians today, because they funded, breed supported LTTE which is a brain child of tamil diaspora.

    why dont you request tamil diaspora to be concerned abount their own brothers and sisters???

    (EDITED)

  98. Tilak de Silva says:

    Civilian suffering weather Tamil, Sinhalese or Muslim is intolerable. When SL is dealing with a psychopath funded by the tamil diaspora suffering is inevtable. The one time glorious mighty tamil diaspora is now reduced to damaging Sri Lankan web sites, is that all they got now.
    Let me remind them that their one time elam map is now obliterated by the diaspora.All you so called intelligent, doctors (UK GPs), professionals languishing in foreign jails should understand, Sri Lanka will never, never be devided. Your forefathers made several attempts, psychopaths of your generation tried and miserably failed, you are withdrawing with your tiger tails between your legs, atleast allow third, fourth tamil diaspora generations to live in the world without your hatred.

  99. N2 says:

    DBSJ thank you for your response.

    Do you really believe that the IC is impartial and of good will, and if the Diaspora Tamils focussed solely on the horrendous plight of the civilians rather than distract and antagonise with LTTE symbols, then the IC would act?

    If the powers of the world wished to they could instantly stop the war by pulling the plug on the GOSL (militarily and financially). Any sanctions (or even threat of sanctions) would force the GOSL to rethink the strategy of taking the kind of collective revenge they are now engaged in.

    But the IC powers only produce wordsand lots of crocodile tears!

    The reason the Tamil Diaspora ALSO displays LTTE symbols is not necessarily out of love for the LTTE, but because they are seen as the sole hope.

    You can see how the Tamils who ‘escaped’ are put into concentration camps. And individuals are then taken away on suspicion never to be seen again.

    It is not entirely clear whether the LTTE are indeed preventng civilians from leaving or whther the civilians fear the GOSL forces and mostly refuse to leave.
    They are caught between a rock and a hard place.

    But if as the GOSL says the LTTE are cornered and about to be finished off why don’t they slow down and stop the bombardment? Why this vengefulness against Tamil civilians under the pretext of fighting the LTTE?

    And do you think the IC does not see what is really happening and cannot stop it?

    So that is why the Tamil Diaspora are also supporting the LTTE.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Now you have shifted position.Earlier you said Diaspora is focusing on civilian plight. When I pointed out that it was not so you are saying that there is really no point in appealing to the IC and that is why Tamils are supporting the LTTE.

    If so then why on earth are you demonstrating and appealing to the IC?

    Also the IC has no sympathy for the LTTE but it does have for the affected Tamil civilians. Dont try to say that IC is against the Tamils. No it is not.

  100. Fran says:

    It is no secret that LTTE used tctics of terrorism on its own people and other community so did the succesive governments. It was well known fact SL terrorism existed prior to LTTE’s which I do not have to eloborate. ( I personally witnessed In Jaffna from pre 1983)
    SL always had an excuse to punish innocent Tamils since 1958 as “they were provacated” by “tamil demand”, now LTTE is the reason.
    (It is like a woman was raped as the man was provocated by her miniskirt)
    I still feel the tamils( including all minorities) should further the struggle non violently with the help of progressive sinhalese. I may be fantasizing, even if it does come true, it may not lead anywhere as this is not Gandhi agaist qeen of England. I have no reason to believe that SL will give up terrorism even if LTTE give up or Tamils turn complete non violent again.
    SL/ Buddist Hardliners will consider anyone against their own agenda an enemy/terrorist/unpatriotic and will not hesitate to use state terrorism as they did always.
    DBSJ I always value your opinion and you saw all facets of Sri lankan experieces, please shed light on it.
    Thank you

  101. N2 says:

    DBSJ thanks for your response.

    DBSJ: “Now you have shifted position …”

    No shift at all. It is in the wider context of the anti-Tamil Sinhala extremist agenda that the LTTE must also be included. The present wanton and vengeful murder of Tamil civilians must be seen not as a temporary aberation due to the war but as a syptom of Sinhala extremism.

    About appealing to the IC. The point is not about appealing to the better nature of politicians and the Western power holders at all. You are absolutely right there is no point in doing this.
    but on the other hand politicians depend for their livelihood on being elected to power and cannot afford to be seen as the cold and callous people that they mostly are. The point is to raise public awareness. That is the pont of the demonstrations.
    That is what also stopped the Vietnam war and the horrors inflicted on the Vietnamese civilians.

    You are right also that the powerful of the IC have no sympathy for the LTTE, but neither do they have any concern for the Tamil civilians (or even the Sinhalese for that matter). Their concern is firstly and solely the control of the Indian ocean areas.

    The powerful of the IC are neither for nor against anyone: they are only for themselves and will present a face of being for someone if they can use them, and be against them if they are in the way. This is the plight of the Tamil civilians now: they are seen as in the way of the ICWestern power’s grander plans.

    That is why they must be embarrassed into action as with the Vietnam saga.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Such an attitude and approach is self – defeating. Demonstrating in western cities on this basis is not merely shooting yourself in the foot but in the head

  102. N2 says:

    DBSJ: “Such an attitude and approach is self – defeating. Demonstrating in western cities on this basis is not merely shooting yourself in the foot but in the head”

    But, can you suggest any other way?
    You know it is impossible to appease the Sinhala extremists.
    And you know that the West/IC powers are only concerned for their interests.
    You also know for example that some Canadian politicians are more concerned to shoot the messenger (LTTE flags etc.) than respond to the the message of the plight of the Tamil civilians.

    The attitude taken must be one of speaking the truth and taking action acording to the truth and exposing the truth.
    That’s what worked with Vietnam, Abu Ghraib etc.
    (And in the process those heartless self-seeking politicians will be exposed to the benefit of a better future for all.)

  103. AmPahn says:

    Hi everyone. I’m new here so I just wanted to say hi

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