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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

At least 27 civilians were killed and 126 injured as fighting continued between the armed forces of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in areas of Karaithuraipatru AGA division in the Northern district of Mullaitheevu.

Dr. V. Shanmugarajah, displaced medical officer from Mullaitheevu hospital who is currently attached to the makeshift hospital in Mullivaaikkaal told the BBC “Thamilosai” that there were twenty-seven bodies lying at the premises by the evening of Friday May 1st.

[UN Satellite images indicate shelling in ‘no-fire zone’]

Some had died after being admitted to the hospital while other bodies were of those who had died prior to being brought to the hospital.

Among those killed were two pregnant women and the fetus in their wombs.

A further 126 persons had been admitted to the hospital for treatment to injuries sustained.

Among these was a young girl who had been injured on there separate occasions.

He further said there were reports of others being killed but their bodies were not brought to the hospital.

A number of people with minor injuries had received first-aid but were not admitted to the hospital.

The number of patients at the hospital had now exceeded 300 due to Friday’s injuries and also because around 100 of a batch designated to be transported to Pulmoddai by ship were yet at Mullivaaikkal.

Dr. Shanmugaraah said that there had been intermittent firing throughout the night of April 30th and morning of May 1st.

Several shells had fallen in the vicinity of the hospital also.

Meanwhile according to civilian sources in the besieged tiger territory both the armed forces and LTTE were firing at each other as hostilities continued in and around the areas wrongly described as a “no-fire zone (NFZ)”.

Artillery and heavy mortar fire was continuing to be directed at tiger positions in the so called NFF despite the Government announcing to the contrary.

Even though Colombo had proclaimed an end to “combat operations” to satisfy sections in India that a “virtual” ceasefire was in progress the security forces were engaged in the relentless operation to overcome the last stand by the LTTE in a 10 sq km war zone.

The position adopted is that troops are engaged in a humanitarian operation to rescue entrapped civilians held against their will as human shields and hostages by the LTTE.

The “fighting” is only because the LTTE is blocking such a rescue attempt.

Ironically many civilians caught up in the conflict zone are getting killed and injured each day as both sides fight claiming to have the interests of the civilians at heart.

One side wants to liberate the civilians from the army while the other wants to protect civilians from the army.

Meanwhile civilians get injured and killed.

The Govt through the ICRC continues to transport injured persons and caregivers attending to them by ship to other areas for hospitalization.

On Thursday April 30th , 355 civilians were ferried to Pulomddai in Trincomalee from the Vellamullivaaikkaal dock by “MV Green Ocean” flying the Red Cross flag while the Sri Lankan navy provided escort.

Those evacuated comprised 92 adult males, 149 adult females and 114 children.Of these 55 males and 54 females have been admitted for intensive treatment at the Padaviya general hospital and the Pulmoddai field hospital.

The civilian predicament is worsened by the acute shortage of food and essential items.

On April 2nd a shipment of 1100 metric tons of supplies were brought to the area.

Thereafter only 60 metric tons were brought in two shipments of 30 m on April 28th and 29th.

Because of the severe shortage many communal kitchens have been set up.

Large queues of men, women and children line up for long hours in these points to get kanji (porridge) and plain tea.

On the war front, the Navy continues to maintain a maritime cordon around the seas off the coastal areas under LTTE control.

Multiple naval formations consisting of Off – shore patrol vessels (OPV), Fast attack boats (FAB) , fast attack craft (FAC), Special boat squadron (SBS) and the Rapid Action Boat squadron (RABS) maintain constant vigil in the seas.

The sea tigers led by their special commander, Thillaiambalam Sivanesan alias “Col” Soosai continue to give battle to the navy and there have been several sea skirmishes.

The latest fight in the early hours of Friday May 1st resulted in three boats of the LTTE being destroyed. Two were explosive-laden suicide boats while the other had 23 mm guns mounted on it.

The Navy too suffered a big loss when twelve men including the second in command of the Special boat squadron were killed.

According to reports the SBS had been inveigled into a trap by the LTTE. A sea tiger boat at sea had been observed and encircled by the Navy. But when the SBS team boarded it an explosion was triggered off resulting in the deaths of twelve navy men including the Lt. Commander promoted as commander posthumously.

After this incident several naval vessels had also opened fire on suspected sea tiger positions on the coast. Heavy-duty 106 mm cannon had been fired constantly. This in turn aggravated the civilian predicament.

Meanwhile there was fierce fighting between soldiers of Task Force 8 and 53, 58 divisions and the tigers in the Valaignarmadam and Mullivaaikkaal area.

Some sections of the 58 and 53 have linked up in the Irattaivaaikkaal sector and are currently attacking a fresh three km “bund cum trench” fortification of the LTTE.

Task Force-8 also known as 68 division is confronting the LTTE on the north-west and west of the Nandhikkadal lagoon.

Soldiers of 55 division are attempting to move along the beach in a southward direction from positions in Ambalavanpokkanai.

The 59 division at Karaichikkudiyiruppu-Vattavaagal is also preparing for a northbound drive in Vattavaagal.

There has been no aerial bombardment for two days but on the morning of May 1st Mi-24 helicopters of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) strafed positions along the bund-trench and lagoon.

Meanwhile leaflets with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appeal to the civilians in the ‘no fire zone’ in the north calling them to leave the area has been air dropped, a statement from the President’s office said.

“I appeal to every one of you to come over to the cleared areas” states President Rajapaksa’s appeal in Tamil language.

Here is the text of the President’s appeal:

“I am aware of the tremendous difficulties faced by the civilians who are unfortunately still being held hostage by the LTTE in the “no-fire zone”.

“Your suffering is prolonged by this action of the LTTE who are holding you as a human shield for their own safety and security.”

“I appeal to every one of you to come over to the cleared areas.”

“My government will continue to give utmost priority to ensure the safety and welfare of each and every one of you.”

The appeal was puzzling because of the contradictory nature of the appeal. The President was stating that the people were being held as human shields by the tigers and then asking them to come over.

How this could be done was a moot point.

The appeal however increased anxiety as people feared a massive military operation to enter civilian dwellings was on the cards.

Excessive civilian deaths and injuries were feared.

[channel 4 UK-May 2, 2009]

There were reports of huge explosions in the morning of Saturday May 2nd in the area.

Further information is being awaited.

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89 Comments

  1. I was eagerly waiting for your report.Informative as usual. Thank You very much David Jeyaraj. Missed it very much yesterday.

  2. Your consistency is amazing. Jeyaraj you are slowly bringing me around to your opinion about the Govt

  3. A precise info – filled report in typical DBS style. Keep it up Jeyaraj and more power to your elbow

  4. Between the two devils and the deep blue seas!!
    What a tragedy!! Will this ever be echoed in History Books?
    Or will it be tarted as the order of the day and the best part of valour saying Justice prevailed. All for What???
    Two massive egos!! at what cost to life!!

  5. You are at it again. Aney why ? Mr. Jeyaraj

    I dont deny civilians are killed and injured by the army artillery fire but must you highlight it right now? Why cant you wait till the lTTE is wiped out and then do an “expose”?

  6. It’s a big sin. inocent people like civilians getting killed. pregnant women dieing. children wounded.

    Kauda mekata waga kiyanne? Aney Deiyane!

  7. Mr Jayaraj, Is it correct that the 15000 or more people currently living in the uncleared area are Maha-Veer families who are willing to stay with the LTTE. This is aiding and abetting terrorism according to law; I presume it is not true.
    I think people are staying unwillingly; they may be coming from as far as Mannar. The LTTE no longer has any right to keep them. Because they only govern people of Mulliwaikkal (=Eelam) and not Mannar / PK / Killinochchi etc (i.e. Sri Lanka)

    I also do agree that, although LTTE rules 3km squared Mulliwaikkal, they also rule vast swathes of land else where in North America and Europe; strangely they also govern some white people.

    I am quite happy that there are people in those parts of the world, INCLUDING YOU who are not ruled by them and hold an independent view.

    The whole process has created a set of polarized fools, black or white, all or none, you or us. I wish that qualified Sri Lankans were more intelligent and wise as Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, Nelson Mandela or Manmohan Singh.

    We always have or had Idi Amin, Hitler, Mussolini and Robert Mugabe

    WHAT’S WRONG WITH SRI LANKANS?????

  8. More and more civilian casualties. Both sides are to blame but the govt should act with more responsibiity and patience

  9. today i saw the tamilnet and photo of a young father and a baby dead side by side sleeping on practically bare ground.. apparently they had died in their sleep.this image is difficult to get out of my mind.

  10. GOSL is all breaking its own promises given to the world for the nth time.

    It was said that there will be no bombing from the skies & now we see Helicopters are being used to bomb.

    It appears that Tamils & Sinhalese will be at war for long time to come

  11. Thanks DBS for your recent updates. Keep it up. When you write about LTTE’s human rights violations, all these people are very happy. Once you started to write State terrorism, they are now crying. Don’t worry. You are in a safe place, where freedom of express is existing. Best wishes for World Press Freedom Day, not for Sri Lankan Journalists who stay in SL. Why dont you write human rights violations at screening centers in Kilinochi area.

  12. DBS, I consider you as one of the genius journalists Sri Lanka is proud of. Having said that, I may not hold even with your ideas at all times. I see the sensitivity of a human soul, a profound journalist of our time, crying out at human misery. Human misery is not only on the “wretched of the North”. We all suffer the indignity of war. Please tell the world, the LTTE has to be stopped, and war has become necessary.

  13. I think most of the comments in the website are done by someone with bogus names to enhance the profile of the website. Reading the comments in all the articles clearly show that names are bogus and have been done to show Mr Jeyaraj is GOD

    DBSJ RESPONDS: This is a nasty attack that is not borne out by the facts. Anyone perusing this site can see for themselves the criticism levelled against me.Its all there.If some people appreciate me then that’s also there.

    Is there anything wrong in people being hearty in their approbation and lavish in their praise?

    Am I to be the target of attacks alone?

    Always brickbats and never a boquet?
    WHY?

    Should only the critical be given pride of place?

    Apart from exhibiting your colossal stupidity and enormous lack of intelligence You are insulting all those who post comments here when you say they are all bogus.

    You are most welcome to keep away from thhis site. Please dont pollute it anymore

  14. Welcome to the club Mangala Premarathne.

    By your own admittance you must be a bogus name too. Right?

    You are not a real person right?

  15. The latest after your post indicate the death toll after a second wave of Shelling is 63 Dead and 87 injured.

    This is a Daylight Massacre of colossal proportion.

    The deaf, the blind and the mute will remain the deaf, blind, mute and dump.

    All therse because they are Tamils.

  16. DBSJ, any civilian deaths are always tragic.

    But, the problem is more complicated as there must be some LTTE members who may be in civilian clothes. Also do you have any info on the injured civilians being transported in the IRC ship? I am sure some of these injured must be LTTE members.

    It appears that you collect information within the NFZ. Understanding that you are not even in the country, are you sure of the accuracy of them?

    I still believe stopping the war to allow civilians to escape is a very complex issue. This becomes more complex as some civilians may be staying there willinglly as they are believed to be Mahaveera families. What is the solution for them?

    As everything else, it is easier said than done.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    When I write about LTTE atrocities tiger supporters also challenge me saying that I am out of the Country and say that I am wrong. When I write about Army atrocities their spokespersons and supporters also invoke the same argument. Now you are also insinuating the same.
    Interestingly when I write negatively of the other side and positively of your side none of you raise doubts. I am hailed as being informative and objective. But when your side gets criticized then doubts are raised about my being not in Sri Lanka.

    I don’t know whether any journalist writing defence news is in the war zone. They all get it from Colombo. In this technical era distance itself is no problem if you know how to get the news.

    My greatest happiness is that newspaper editors in Sri Lanka publish what I write on Sri Lankan affairs from here. If Editors in Colombo are trust me and are confident that I am writing truthfully and accurately then I don’t see why people who cant even comment under their own names have to doubt.

    Please remember that I don’t hide behind anonymity or pseudonyms but write under my own name despite all the threats and intimidation and violence. That by itself is a statement.

    The greatest testimony to my journalistic credibility comes from the fact that my peers in Sri Lankan journalism are willing to publish in Sri Lanka what I write from here.

    By the way a good journalist can certainly write incisively from afar. Seymour Hersh who exposed the My lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians by American soldiers did not go to Vietnam to write the story. He got his information in the USA and wrote it. Reporters stationed in Vietnam missed it. Hersh was got the Pulitzer prize for his efforts. But here…………………………….

  17. I am a regular reader of your articles and I am a great fan of yours. Nowadays I am not willing to write comments. Some times I feels, is there God? Why all these happen in srilanka? What is the solution? If you read the most comments????

  18. DBS and Douglas Premaratne

    This is for DBS to know I have responded to D Premarathne.

    I don’t want to get into a contavacy, but I have been reading DBS’s contibutions for the last 20 years and to distort the ability of our counties intellect, journalists who have made us proud, is a person either with a hidden agenda or is a person with a blind eye.

  19. Though the Navy is saying it has a tight cordon, people are reaching India from the same place in small fibreglass boats ( few reached and few died)

  20. comment 9-shan
    read world history first.
    hitler killed 6 million german jews.
    stalin killed 10 million russians.
    polpot killed 1 million cambodians.
    saddam killed half million iraquis.
    rajapakse killed 10000 srilankan tamil civilians.

  21. Current situation: It seems that GOSL will not give up it’s target of wiping out the LTTE (Gotha’s comment to french FM) – the IC has failed to arrange any safe passage for civilians outwards; the LTTE will not surrender (at least until VP and Pottu are alive). The civilian casulaties are now 100’s per day, compared to tens a day a month ago. Photos from the conflict zone show increasingly people with injuries, disease, malnutrition and signs of starvation. The remaining living civilians are undergoing an agonising, slow and horrific death – it appears those who are ‘vapourised’ by the GOSL bombs are the ‘lucky’ ones, in that death is mercifully quick. We abroad watch all this with helpless desparation while Nanayakkara, Kohona et al deny bombing, heavy weapon use etc. Swine flu kills 15 around the world – plans spring into action to prevent and contain the spread. Why can’t the world have a R2P plan to spring into action while 10,000 die from the conflict with countless more injuries and pyschological trauma for life. I’m trying to encapsulate my thoughts on the situation to see ways out but can’t glean any glimmers of hope.

  22. Mr. Jeyaraj, why are you against the Govt, this much, y[ou copy from diffrent websites (example 12 people got killed is directly copied from defencewire)

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Why are you whether I am against the government? Does it mean that writing about civilians getting killed and injured is being against the govt. Also is the defencewire against the govt for saying that 12 navymen were killed?

  23. .
    When the war is over, LTTE is gone.

    There are few who will remember LTTE’s killings.

    But 200,000+ people will remember Government’s bombings and killings, and they know the truth.

    Jews still remember Nazi’s.
    🙂

  24. Unfortunately this course of events had to happen for this to end. If India allowed this to happen back in 1987, lot more lives would have been saved.

  25. 1.Truth hurts so be it. Dirty laundry has to come out to into public to see the true nature of people of SL- be it Tamils, Sinhalese or LTTE , SL Gov. Dirtiest laundry is really comming from some of the comments here.
    2.I respect your comment #16 and I agee with you most, and respecfully disagree last line,
    LTTE was born out of SL state terrorism to stop SL then it went hey wire, now SL reportedly want to stop LTTE and committing worst crimes. Both are competing for crimes and overshadow its previus crimes.
    My view is battle has to come to an end, war has to be won by offering legitimate sustainable political solution.
    winners will be snhalese tamils muslims, may not me Tamil or sinhala hardliners.
    ( subjugated tamils may be forced into a political solution but I do not think sinhalese masses were prepared even for minimum- outcome of killing free media)
    3. DBSJ is one of the survivors of free media. Cherish and appreciate him. We may not agree with him sometime, so be it and truth hurts.

  26. Dear Sir,
    If the government want to shell the innocent civilians, they could have finish the war in no time. They are causing minimal harm to the civilians when compared with other similar offensives. Don’t you think LTTE is responsible for the sufferings of civilians? They do not allow civilians to leave their remaining territory. Is that because they care for civilians or purely because they want to use them as human shields. Don’t you believe the clear evidences where LTTE has killed several innocent civilians when they tried to go out of their area?
    Why LTTE want a cease fire? Can you guarantee that LTTE will not kill any innocent civilians in the south after any future cease fire?

  27. Very very simple sad, bitter truth that The Sinhala government is killing the Tamil people openly.Everyone knows that. With the thousands of killings,many thousands of secret killings,and forcefull disappearances currently happening in the liberated areas.
    Ranil questioned the fate of 3000 men and women surrendered to the army.
    Killing machine is very active.The persons who keep silence become a partner of this crimes.
    who is going to report those secret terrors?
    SriLankas humanitarian Rescue remind me a story of two farmers one is sympathetic; one is cruel.
    Once sympathetic farmer helped a wounded bird and it gave him a seeds of pumpkin. the seed later gave pumpkins filled with gold.
    other cruel farmer heard about it.so he went to the farm threw a stone to the bird.Bird fell .He took care of the wounded bird .It also gave him a seed.
    But the pumpkin filled with snakes and scorpions.

    SL government throw shells and wound and kill to bring Tamil people to its feet.Thereafter they are boasting they have saved the people.They may act as taking care of the people for the international opinion.
    But It will take some time for the seeds to grow. They will harvest worse thing like the cruel farmer ..definitely in the future.

  28. 10 Sri Lankans die on high seas

    Staff Reporter

    KAKINADA: Ten Sri Lankan fisherfolk have died of starvation on the high seas in the Bay of Bengal while fleeing the war-ravaged Mullaithivu.

    Eleven people survived and landed in a fibre boat at Uppada, near here, on Wednesday night.

    The bodies of the victims were thrown overboard. They had starved to death as no food or water was available in the boat. They planned to reach Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu but lost direction as one of them, who served as a guide, died, survivors said.

    Suffering from severe dehydration, the refugees are being treated in government hospitals here. They will be shifted to a camp near Rameswaram, said East Godavari District Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi.

    Mary Joseph Benny said she lost her husband Maria Das, two sons and a daughter during the ordeal.

    source : the hindu

  29. we wanna inform to all over world tamils are mother fuckers.and wanna get half of sri lanka and tamilnadu and part of malacia

    DBSJ RESPONDS: You are a crazy nitwit frothing at the mouth. You and your ilk dont belong on this forum. You are a miserable coward who cant use your own name or real e-mail to even post. The false name you have chosen indicates that you need that name to get the courage to even post this nonsense.

  30. DBS Anna,

    Can you please stop fabricating these stories? Are you listening to the Constable General of the LTTE Mr. Nadesan’s stories?

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Another namesake of LTTE leader. You guys should go see “Namesake” by Mira Nair. It’s amazing how many vocal warriors want to be wannabes of the LTTE supremo. Why dont you guys write as Fonseka or Gotabhaya for a change?

  31. DBSJ I think your replies to some of the bloggers are the mark of a man who relishes target practice against some of the halfwits who post on this blog such as Mr Premarathne in comment 24.

    I do not want to be a Sinhalese who wants to bear witness to this human tragedy under the aegis of lies, jingoism and propaganda as many Sinhalese abroad and in SL are happy to be manipulated into. If I have to witness this happen I want the full view of the truth.

    Keep up the good work.

  32. You ask,” The appeal was puzzling because of the contradictory nature of the appeal. The President was stating that the people were being held as human shields by the tigers and then asking them to come over.

    How this could be done was a moot point.?”

    The answer is;
    just the same way the other 100,000 plus tamil civilians crossed over to the gov area.
    Otherwise they will witness and bare brunt of the attack against the tigers.
    Some people here think the these assaults are carried out because it is the tamils that are invloved.
    Those who know the history will how sinhalese bodies drifted on the Kelani river during the insurgency in the 70’s.
    Liberation first then the rule of law.

  33. This doctor is a LTTE spokeman… so nothing much to get from him. If government forces to kill finish this off without thinking the civilians, one night is enough…

    SL army is suffering because of these civilians… otherwise Prabakaran is in the hell already

  34. Jay

    I am sad to read your articles anymore. You are gradually taking the curve of desperation with conflicting personalities as given below.

    Independent Journalist
    Biased Journalist
    Terrorist Sympathizer
    Terrorist supporter
    Terrorist activist
    Terror leader!!!

    You are a prisoner of your own identity!!!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I am so sorry that I have caused you so much of sadness. Anyway dont cry please. Speaking of being a prisoner of my own identity at least I write under my own name which of course is my identity then and now. But look at the false identity you have chosen for yourself. Chikkeyaa!

  35. Violence leads toviolence. I can not understand why the human race can not take lessons from animals minus the so called sixth sense peacefully coexisting in the wild world.

    if, instead of emotions, inteligence would lead man the generations to come will inherit a better world. God bless all living beings.

  36. Respect worthy Professionals

    Dr. V. Shammugarajah’s direct interview to BBC ‘Thamilosai’ as displaced MO in Mullaitheevu statement may be �accurate�. As a Professional MD his credibility should not be questioned. However, when a patient is dissatisfied on the diagnosed problem, he has every right to seek the second opinion of another Specialist of the Profession.

    As educated and intelligent human beings we must pay attention to the credibility of this Professional’s word of honour. The truth of the matter is Dr. V. Shammugarajah’s obvious concern about his patients present state of affairs; as they being his ‘thick and skin.’ Hence his prime factor is his loyalty to his patients now being treated.

    With highest respect to this devoted MO I wish to quote a well known Sinhala expression: ‘Consulting a True Light reader who happens to be the Mother of the Culprit.” ‘The expression is ‘like asking the suspected mother, who is the one responsible on the Committed Crime?’

  37. Your news is the best and very balanced and reliable. Please keep it up. We dont have many people amoung among us to tell the truth to the word. Your’s has a highest respect and value to the people the people who are now following keenly the events that are unfolding in Wanni now.

  38. Your news is the best and very balanced and reliable. Please keep it up. We dont have many people amoung among us to tell the truth to the word. Your’s has a highest respect and value to the people who are now following keenly the events that are unfolding in Wanni now.

  39. No reporters can go to the are of cinflict, No communications available. How is that Mr,Jeyarajah is giving a visual account. ridiculous. Is it the Satilite view produced by the UN. Dr. Shanmugarajah has contacted the BBC, I suppose.

    If Mr. Jeyarajah has been to the are of conflict, can he ask Prabaharan to release those civilians.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Aney Sellam, epa me sellama!

    Do I need to go to the conflict zone to ask Praba to release the civilians? Cant I do it from hereas I have done so many times in the past? Anyway is he still in the conflict zone , do you know?

    I doubt whether you will understand but I am copying the response to another comment here. Try reading will you without any sellama?

    HERE IT IS

    When I write about LTTE atrocities tiger supporters also challenge me saying that I am out of the Country and say that I am wrong. When I write about Army atrocities their spokespersons and supporters also invoke the same argument. Now you are also insinuating the same.
    Interestingly when I write negatively of the other side and positively of your side none of you raise doubts. I am hailed as being informative and objective. But when your side gets criticized then doubts are raised about my being not in Sri Lanka.

    I don’t know whether any journalist writing defence news is in the war zone. They all get it from Colombo. In this technical era distance itself is no problem if you know how to get the news.

    My greatest happiness is that newspaper editors in Sri Lanka publish what I write on Sri Lankan affairs from here. If Editors in Colombo are trust me and are confident that I am writing truthfully and accurately then I don’t see why people who cant even comment under their own names have to doubt.

    Please remember that I don’t hide behind anonymity or pseudonyms but write under my own name despite all the threats and intimidation and violence. That by itself is a statement.

    The greatest testimony to my journalistic credibility comes from the fact that my peers in Sri Lankan journalism are willing to publish in Sri Lanka what I write from here.

    By the way a good journalist can certainly write incisively from afar. Seymour Hersh who exposed the My lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians by American soldiers did not go to Vietnam to write the story. He got his information in the USA and wrote it. Reporters stationed in Vietnam missed it. Hersh was got the Pulitzer prize for his efforts. But here…………………………….

  40. I think the SL goverment has more responsibility to protect the Tamil civilians than the LTTE. However, to put things in perspective, the SL government have killed more civilians than what it seems the LTTE may have. If LTTE is a terrorist group then SL gorverment is a terrorist organization that is supported by India or what? Only a Tamil know what is to feel like a Tamil. Freedom is something that you have to fight for, you can’t not buy it.

  41. DBS said

    ” The appeal was puzzling because of the contradictory nature of the appeal. The President was stating that the people were being held as human shields by the tigers and then asking them to come over.

    How this could be done was a moot point.”

    Ok Mr. right, you tell me how you can rescue the civilians from these barbarians through a ceasefire for which you have been preaching in all your articles just like your masters, sudda fellows, in order to give a lifeline to LTTE. This is what I find puzzling. At least the president is trying to save the civilians while you try to save LTTE to fight for another day

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Another wannabe firing away in the name of the tiger leader. Looks like you havent understood anything of what I write. Right?

  42. Carry on with your fantastically written and balanced articles DBS and try your best to keep us updated regularly. You are one intelligent Tamil that truly care for the ordinary Tamils caught up in this war.

    Dont listen to pathetic comments from extremists sections of Tamil and Sinhalese side. They are only making feeble attempts to cover up war crimes by LTTE and SL government.

  43. It’s very interesting to know that Ranil Wickramasinghe has ask the Government of Sri Lanka a question regarding the disappearances of nearly 3000 people form the camps setup by the government for the people who have been fleeing from the war zone. I believe he got this information from the visiting foreign ministers from France and Briton. This is exactly what is happening to those people who have sought protection from the Army. This government is cheating the world and killing thousands of young boys and girls after they crossed over to the so call safe areas. Now look what is happening in the East. He did the same thing there and took over the province about more than two years and had and elections to got his stooges to run the Provincial government. Very often we hear some boys and girls are kidnapped and later killed and their innocent body’s are dumped on the side walks or in abandon wells if the ransom money not paid.

    All the families there are now living in fear if they have small children at home. Some parents are so worried they are not sending their children to schools. It appears these atrocities and committed by the Para Military personnel who have been armed and trained by the government of Sri Lanka. What is happening to the whole world? Why UN, US, European Union, Canada, Australia and all the other peace loving people of the western world are silent? How can they allow this to happen? Why can’t America and United Nation make some constructive decision and send some peace keeping troops to North and East of Sri Lanka and rescue the people and set up a separate state and help the people to resettle them in their own land and to start a new life with out any interference of the this ruthless and inhuman Mahinda’s regime.

    This is the only way people of North and East (Eelam Tamils) will get justice and peace in that part of the country. This can be done with the help of the international community. This is the only way the Tamils in Sri Lanka can live with respect and dignity making up their own destiny and live as human beings. If the Western countries do not come forward and help this poor innocent people they may have to live the rest of their life like animals herded in a cage. Sri Lanka will do every thing it wants to annihilate the Tamils in Sri Lanka. They will kill, torture, rape the women, take away their lands and make them to live like slaves in their own country under the name of Buddha.

  44. This present war will drag on like this till 13 may when the election in India will be over…. as Tamil Nadu will be in the last phase and will go to polls on that day.

    So news of a high civilian casualty/Bloodbath or Prabhakaran’s death etc will polarize the voter against DMK -Congress Party vote. So the Lankan army will sit it out till then….ie No large scale attack.
    The Congress Party is already under pressure. It does not want to reduce it seats in the Parliament. Each single seat counts at this stage.It is maybe moving towards a hung Parliament as voting percentage has been less due to a Strong heat wave blowing across INDIA [ upto 48 Degree].

    At the same time Congress will also kept the door little open in case M/S Jayalalita wins strongly and it may need her support to form a government at New Delhi.
    I think the the 2 Envoys from India who went to Sri Lanka recently [ 26-27 April] did not achieve much. It was more to cool tempers in Tamil Nadu. India in 2009 do not much leverage over Sri Lanka like before. It is just watching the situation as it unfolds in the war theatre. It does not want refugees to land in India. At the same time it cannot arm twist Sri Lanka. Its not the only power there.
    It is afraid of other powers gaining influence in Sri Lanka that is why it is not taking a very strong stand.

    I Think that after May 13 the Lankan army will go for full thrust attack…Whithout caring for Civilian refugees…..if the LTTE Defences have not collasped by it self before this date.
    Till then the Lankan army will keep up the pressure on LTTE.
    It will make a thousand cut on the Civilian & LTTE .ie slow bleed to death. Like continious mortar/Shell attacks.
    I also suspect that since LTTE top people have nothing to loose except thier life..they may during any final battle try to get the maximum number of thier civilians killed so as to Create a Genocide publicity….for the world to see…to continue thier struggle by a new group for the new generation .i.e become martyrs.

    What is the best & lasting solution now…..After hearing from all side…Tamils & Singhalese alike.[ I am neither….i come from North india.. Presently working in Middle East]. I think the only way out from the present mess is to Change the constitution of Sri Lanka from its present Unitary system.
    The best chance for both is equal right for Tamil language and culture.All discriminations should be removed and the Tamil Diaspora should Frankly say that if our rights are taken care off we will not Demand a seperate EALAM.

    I think the Singhalese extremist should accept Tamil rights and they should not be afraid as they have demography on thier side. They should not believe that tamils will dominate them.
    If this is done quickly in the next 2 years then peace will be everlasting.

    This is my view ..if you all think that i am naive then what can i do …i am not an expert in Sri Lanka….Best of Luck to All….

  45. The best way to minimize civilian casualties (and combatant casualties on both sides as well) in the long run is to finish crushing the Tamil Tigers in the last 5-sq.-Km. area that they have left as soon as possible. If Sri Lanka can’t bag the LTTE supremo now after getting him cornered on a postage-stamp-sized sand bar, then this conflict will continue for another 25 years. However, remember the Principle of Proportionality: “The incidental harm caused to civilians or civilian property must be proportional and not clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage
    anticipated by an attack on a military objective.”

    In other words, the prospect of ending a war that has already caused 70,000 dead can justify a lot of collateral damage in order to finish the job. Look what my country did to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WW II 9 months earlier than planned and saved the lives of millions on both sides by sacrificing 120,000 Japanese (most of whom were civilians). People are still debating the morality of that one, but sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two evils. Good luck, Sri Lanka!

  46. The civilians in the so called “No-fire Zone(NFZ)” requires neither liberation nor protection if both armies leave the area. The president’s message should have simply said “Dear Citizens, the “No fire Zone” has become the “New firing zone”, please leave the area immediately, otherwise you will be perished”

  47. Dear DBS,

    I am told you are out of the country now. So how come you get such detailed information about the SL defence operations as well as Tiger operations, things that happen in the NFZ etc. I think to bring credibility to your articles, you must include the sources.

    For example, when you say a doctor in the NFZ said something, can you provide some details about this person – e.g. is an LTTE sympathiser, or written under duress etc

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I would love to quote sources directly but for the fact that some security forces personnel will be in real bad trouble.Others will be in danger under this ruthless Rajapakse regime or tyrannical tigers

    When I write about LTTE atrocities tiger supporters also challenge me saying that I am out of the Country and say that I am wrong. When I write about Army atrocities their spokespersons and supporters also invoke the same argument. Now you are also insinuating the same.
    Interestingly when I write negatively of the other side and positively of your side none of you raise doubts. I am hailed as being informative and objective. But when your side gets criticized then doubts are raised about my being not in Sri Lanka.

    I don’t know whether any journalist writing defence news is in the war zone. They all get it from Colombo. In this technical era distance itself is no problem if you know how to get the news.

    My greatest happiness is that newspaper editors in Sri Lanka publish what I write on Sri Lankan affairs from here. If Editors in Colombo are trust me and are confident that I am writing truthfully and accurately then I don’t see why people who cant even comment under their own names have to doubt.

    Please remember that I don’t hide behind anonymity or pseudonyms but write under my own name despite all the threats and intimidation and violence. That by itself is a statement.

    The greatest testimony to my journalistic credibility comes from the fact that my peers in Sri Lankan journalism are willing to publish in Sri Lanka what I write from here.

    By the way a good journalist can certainly write incisively from afar. Seymour Hersh who exposed the My lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians by American soldiers did not go to Vietnam to write the story. He got his information in the USA and wrote it. Reporters stationed in Vietnam missed it. Hersh was got the Pulitzer prize for his efforts. But here…………………………….

  48. LTTE’s last straw is the international pressure on SL govt to stop the war on them. So they will do ANYTHING to get the international attention and to make the Tamil diaspora to continue their activities in foreign capitals.

    The firings in the north of Mullaitivu is only killing the Tamil civilians and not the LTTE. This is really surprising.

    Like SLA , the LTTE is also not concerned about the Tamil civilians.

    So, it is equally probable, as claimed by the SLA, that these firings on the Tamil civilians are done by the LTTE to create world sympathy towards the Tamils and to achieve R2P.

  49. comment 52-jeff

    for your information the ltte supremo has left. your thesis is wonderful but do you think this is a western country. ltte supremo gave the job to rajapakse by stopping the tamils voting for ranil. rajapakse in return has allowed him to escape. now rajapakses debt to him is settled.read what the army commander said. he said nobody can leave throgh the land, only throgh the sea. so that is what is called boxed in in an asian country. enclose 3 sides and leave open one side.

  50. Shanker, # 58,

    I agree with you, those people who make comments without knowing some basic military facts thinking, surrounded means, completely encircled.

    Even in Puthukudiyirupu, what happen was SLA was lucky that some top cadres were there to prepare an offensive move.

    Once the ferocity was detected, SLA in fact moved back a mile or two and my sources are telling that FOUR SHELLs from the Southern part ( possibly 59th division) was fired and after that all went silent.

    These Four were believed to be either some chemical or gas producing shells or Thermobaric weapons ( I am not the expert)

    It was Amuthab who was guarding the rear who git killed that pave the wave to have others encircled.

    Looking back of all the pictures,likelihood of VP to be in the beach is slim to none.

    There are some well known ( I refrain from naming) cadres/ leaders are not in the pictures are some where else digging the whole.

    # 45, Sellam, UK

    I thing it is you based on your writings, have advised the SLAF to Carpet bomb the Killinotchi in AT blog.

    No wonder DBS has identified your motive.

    Decades ago, when police in London arrested a Drunk, the sarcastic cop gave a report to the courts that ” in his Alcoholic circulation, I find some Blood.”

    Here I should tell about you people that ” in a Venomous circulation, there may be some Blood”

  51. DBS is a journalist.He derives info from the sources he trust.whether it supports LTTE or the Govt.is another question.But compared to many sites, this site is informative and more neutral.At times it may hurt people of differant leanings.But it is important that a journalist must endevour to give true reports to the best of his ability.I see he is doing it.He can’t go to the so called No fire zone like any of us.

  52. comment 52 jeff

    further to my comment in 58 i would also like to add something
    if there was 1000 white americans living in hiroshima and nagasaki would harry trueman have given the order to drop the bomb? we all know the answer to that dont we.
    in srilanka we are talking of rajapakse bombing his own countrymen. that is the difference. or maybe i have made a mistake in referring to tamils as “own countrymen”. if 5000 sinhalese were in the safe zone will he still shell and bomb?
    you seem to be the george bush type who goes around bombing everywhere(except US or a white country} and a redneck like you would definitely not have voted for obama.what goes around comes around they say and now that you have lost your job and your house and your investments, you have enough time on your hands to look at what is happening all over the world and blog your 2 cents worth. even though we are hardpressed for time we are blogging our 2cents worth because it is our country and we are worried. every civilian killed is going to make it harder to implement a political solution because everyone will be baying for revenge and blood. and because as i pointed out earlier it serves no purpose because the tigers can escape whenever they want throgh the sea.

  53. As a Sinhalese reading DBSJ’s articles for last few years I can vouch for every Sinhalese reader/commentator here he is more independent than most Journalists I knew of. I have read his articles exposing LTTE’s murderous tactics and he got beaten up for that in Toronoto I think. (I read that too). It is unfair to criticize him when he expose GOSL. I respect him more than journalists like Jeremy Page, Marie Colvin or Frances Harrison who do not know much about the problem in Sri Lanka and write really damaging and biased information. On that account I must say DBSJ is even handed. I recently told one of my Tamil friends that Most Tamils now supportive of LTTE
    1. Because of civilian casualties
    2. Because of loosing LTTE as a force.
    He stopped sending email to me now.
    I know there are lot of anti LTTE Tamils but that does not necessarily mean they are supportive of GOSL. That support should be earned by treating them equal citizens of Sri Lanka and treating them with respect and dignity they deserve. If the Sinhala commentators here cannot grasp that – Get ready for another 30 years of war.

  54. Today Al Jazera applogised for showing the distorted photos obtained from Tamilnet after military experts confirmed they were fake .Headline news kept repeating today at AL jazeera who to their credit admited litteraly that they were taken for a ride by the LTTE (Tamilnet)

    Al Jazeera showed how the photos were manupilated, they pointed out many things such as Unbroken line of bottles in the “bombed” hospital.No bullet pallets in the hospital refrigirator just next to 2 “dead bodies”.Building next to the “hospital” with no bullet pallets or damage from “explosion”.The entire LTTE lie were exposed by military photo experts

    This noble act of Aljazeera is most welcome & should be followed by so called journalysts/media Organizations rather than falling to LTTE properganda.In fact Airing the fordged photagraphs were very unprofessional of the self proclamied journalists which shows their capability…or lack of it.

  55. Gayan,

    Those “Military Experts” in Colombo who analysed and then posted in the Aljazeera litteraly thing that the all the people are fools.

    Of course the Aljazeera has to publish what ever the Colombo is giving.

    Here is my Point and I thing DBS should publish the photo as this is going to be one of the Evidence in the future.

    1) When Artilary hit, it all need one shrapnel to kill a person depends on whether the person is standing or sitting.

    2) Shrapnel is a piece of metal or ball get a speed of sound or even more that travel once the high detonator explode the high exposive material. it is the Blood loss and in some cases, it pierece the heart, lung and brain.

    3) As SLA has stated, there is not need of bottles in the lower level of this picture needs to be hit.

    Look at the blck board behind the picture,

    Since the Shrapnel travel upwards from the point of impaction, the stuffs on the grouds and lower level tends reamins the same except a shock wave that passes push the materials ( it create a vacum and air move in)

    This is the reason Military lye flat on the ground to avoid the shrpnel injuries.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/pic.html?path=/img/publish/2009/05/02_05_09_hosp_03.jpg&width=1024&height=768&caption=The makeshift Intensive Care Unit (ICU) sustained damage in the attack. Two dead patients. The makeshift ICU has been setup inside a class room of the school building.

  56. I have seen in the western countries when their cat or dogs fall sick they take the animal in the car to the vet to treat them. Here in Wanni people are being killed like flies everyday. Small makeshift hospitals run by the few medical staff are being bombed and shelled. What is the western world doing? Aren’t their life’s more important than the cats and dogs? Please use your power to do some thing for these people. Force your government to do something for the helpless people in Wanni. Japanese trouble shooter was visiting Sri Lanka recently . He was saying Sri Lanka government is a democratically elected government and he can’t stop the government from fighting against the LTTE. Does he know that Sadam Husain also had elections and chosen by the people, so do Iran. Can the western world equate the elected government of Sadam and Iran to the western democracy? Same here Sri Lanka is a terrorist government, democratically elected by defanchising half a million people just to show the world that they are democratically elected government. This is a biggest farce and mainly to deceive the international communities. Mahinda’s democratic government is worse than Iraq’s or Irans. There they never bombed or shelled and killed its own people. Where is justice? Can the world and do some thing about what is happening in Sri Lanka, and stop Mahinda and his armed forces from killing the innocent people. Please doing something immediately before its too late.

  57. “Dave | May 2nd, 2009 at 9:41 am
    This doctor is a LTTE spokeman… so nothing much to get from him. If government forces to kill finish this off without thinking the civilians, one night is enough…

    SL army is suffering because of these civilians… otherwise Prabakaran is in the hell already”

    If that is the case and you can not believe the doctors version of what’s happening in Wanni, why don’t you give free access to the journalist and foreign NGO to go there and report the truth to the public. Are you doing this because you are trying to hide something from the people and you are getting angry that the world has come to know the truth?

  58. Can any one please explain

    How the government forces kill people in the hospital?

    I am in deep shock . Who gave the permission to bomb the hospital

    This is a big news all over the world

  59. I am wondering whether The government is trying to kill the civilans it is terrible

    Rajabaksa brothers will be and should be prosecuted as war criminals under the international LAW along with Pirabakaran

  60. Sri lanka will never find a political solution and peace will continue to be elusive. Srilanka is a illeberal ballot democracy (pseudo) where people are illiterate when reading demogougery politics.
    It is no way prepeared to deliver liberal secular democracy to be fair to its minorities, even to sinhalese themself. ( certainly it will try a few psedo political solution)
    leave alone political aspiration of tamils.
    it will serve the interest of politician, military leaders, mahasanga,and buddist supremist. IC is completly paralysed the way they did with Nazi Germany running upto WW2.
    LTTE is just a distraction. SL is fascist regime, was in the making 1948, now a monster and not going to stop with Tamils.

  61. I live in USA a moderate

    As an Indian I believe in Peace Peace Peace

    I am against violence and terrorisim

    Again I am in deep deep shock to see how innocent people are killed by Sinhalese Army . It is unimaginable .

  62. # 70 is not my comments.

    Nam ( DBS, please don’t post any one with different IP address) Any how no harm done to my postings.

    The answer to the question is

    ICRC gave the GPS location of the hospital so that SLA suppose to avoid shelling.

    Since SLA knew very well, they executed the Shelling.

    In war, to subjugate the people militaries use

    1)Cutting the food supply
    2)Deny the medical Help
    3)Deny freedom of movement
    4)denied information.

    SLA is doing every thing it can and # 2 is what it did.

  63. apologize Nam a mistake Namasakar

    Again As a christian I pray pray to almiighty for peace
    As a human being I am ashamed to be a human being to see inncent people die in hospitals ( Even Hitler was against it If you read of Hitler he did not want to touch hospitals and libraries)
    What a shame
    God Have mercey mercy give peace peace

    we live short Why are we killing each other
    Are Srilankans like Hutus and Tutsis like Rwanda

    God Help

    Dogs are better than us matter of fact I have a d og named Jimmy a mini dachshund ( Jimmy carter) who wil never kill or bite any one who will barkof course

    I will not write any more I will ask Jesus every day from now on for Peace peace

  64. Hi DBS,

    As you know the LTTE is now in civiies. So I think when the Army shoots LTTE cadres in battle, Mr Nadesan (Constable General of Eelam) counts that as civilan casulaties and reports to Al Jazeera and the BBC. Would you agree?

    Shehan

    DBSJ RESPONDS: NO Shehan

  65. The government knows very well that their is a life for them after the war and it is not that stupid to tarnish it?s victories image by killing the hostages taken by the LTTE in the NFZ.

    All those who cry ?genocide in Sri Lanka” owe me an explanation, how the government plans to bring this job of ?genocide? to a finish, with the rest of the 3 million or more Tamils, of which the majority of them living in the ?Sinhala South?. Or please tell me briefly what the GOSL is trying to accomplish by killing – even if only – those Tamils in the NFZ.

    One has to be a little cautious before believing every word what this V. Shanmugarajah said. He is in the no-fire zone under the controll of the LTTE and it is very well possible that his statement was made under duress. When a gun is held at ones head, one does not have much of a choice.

    This comment of mine comes 3 days after this article was written. Lots of information giving a more comprehensive picture regading the killed civilians have surfaced in this time. It is not only the doctored pictures of the Tamilnet for which Al Jazeera publicly excused, but many other evidence too has come to light.

    Check for instance this aerial footage and see for yourself how the LTTE is shooting at it?s own human shield. It is in 5 very short clips.
    http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20090502_Video

    Dr. Shanmugarajah might have intentionaly or unintenionally also have said a little truth. Could it be the ones that he mentioned that died ?after? admitting to the hospital were LTTE cadres, who were brought for treatment that got injuired fighting with the army, while the others who were already dead were of of civilians shot by the LTTE ? As we all know, the LTTE cadres have now shed their striped uniforms and are in civils. So wouldn?t all these dead be ?civilians? to the gullible International community and first class propaganda to the LTTE?

    Please Mr. Jeyaraj, their is no need to dramatize the suffering of the LTTE hostages by writing ?Among those killed were two pregnant women and the fetus in their wombs.? Suffice to say that civilians were killed. Pregnant women are civilians too and carry their fetuses in their wombs just like all other mammals.

    I don?t buy this story of a Navy Team of 12 persons boarding a suspected LTTE boat to inspect it. For God?s sake, this is after all a boat and you don?t need to send 12 men, all at once to inspect it and surely not a Lt. Commander too! Give me a break please! The Srilankan Navy might not be able to match the intelligence of the superior Tigers, but surely they can?t be that naive too. Can you give me a hint what your source of information was? Thank You!

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Despite the Govt aanouncement that “combat operations” have ended and that heavy artillery is not being used the reality is that both the security forces and LTTE are using artillery and heavy mortar fire. Several CIVILIANS in every sense of the word are getting killed and injured.

    The government through the good offices of the ICRC is regularly transporting injured civilians to Pulmoddai and from there to other places. Many of these civilians have injuries from shell and shrapnel. The armed forces are giving every assistance to these injured persons in getting treated.The seriously injured are warded at govt hospitals and a large number of “Sinhala” doctors, nurses and other medical staff are attending to these people who are easily identifiable as civilians

    Let us not forget that a UN document allegedly leaked to the media revealed that 6,000 civilians were killed and 13,000 injured between Jan and April.

    Let us also not forget that these people were all living in areas designated as a No fire zone” by the govt. The govt maintains an official position that it is not firing into the zone. Defence spokespersons say no civilian is getting killed . Thats the official position but the inconvenient truth is that civilians are getting killed

    Moreover the govt which denied the use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardment constantly indirectly admitted to it when it officially announced that it would not be doing so

    The govt says it has a zero casualty civilian policy but the reality is that civilians are getting killed and injured. This does not necessarily mean it is intentional. I have never subscribed to the charges made by some Tamil sections that genocide is taking place. Thats utter rubbish. But civilians are getting killed and injured. One cannot deny that

    It is true that LTTE is also in civilian garb and are getting killed and injured but the Shells fired cannot distinguish between “tigers in civils” and “civilians”. They cannot selectively tasrget tigers alone. Besides the coordinates of the hospital are with the authorities.

    As far as I know the LTTE runs a medical hospital for its cadres in the Natankandal area. Its named after Thileepan. One does not know whether seriously injured cadres are being brought to Mullivaaikkaal. If so the medical staff will have to attend due to the Hippocratic oath and also due to tiger control

    But we have heard of many well – known LTTE seniors being injured but to date none of them have been out of that zone for treatment.

    The doctors working in those areas are doing so under great difficulty. I have the greatest respect for their service and dedication. Please dont cast aspersions on them to bolster your hypothetical arguments

    The BBC Thamilosai sometimes broadcasts live interviews from civilian victims or family members. Its sheer agony to listen to those. As far as I am concerned the BBC has a lot of credibility.

    As for the Foetus and pregnant women what I wrote was only a sanitised version. Apparently the injuries had split the womb and revealed the foetus. Thats what I wrote in a mild form

    The suffering of civilians is very real and it is terrible when you people try to deny it under the misguided notion that the Govt can do no wrong or that these must be covered up to safeguard the govt.

    This is what supporters of the LTTE did and look at the mess they are in now

    I am only writing what I think is the truth gleaned from what I think are credible sources. It is the truth which will set us all free someday

    About navy deaths incident truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Just because you dont know about it or you think it is improbable dont think it has not happened. I am writing all these under my own name despite the dangers and problems involved. I will not be risking an erosion of my credibility by writing non – truths deliberately.If you do a diligent search you will find proof of the incident on defence – oriented websites run by pro – govt elements themselves

  66. A lot of people are asking what the West isn’t doing in this situation. Read this to find out what they are doing.
    http://www.island.lk/2009/05/04/editorial.html

    It is time that we start thinking as sri lankans, otherwise tamils and sinhalese will keep fitighing for few more generations. Other communities can join as well. For whose benefit ? Your guess is as good as mine.

  67. DBS,

    I think you ought to write the life and times of some Tamils in the South.

    The registration, re registration and double ID, mid night parades, White van abductions and arbitrary arrest are these consider normal life and live with peace and dignity of any human any where?- Some thing is not right here, either the thinking of some Sinhalese people or ……

    How on the earth any one can claim when they were uprooted due to war, high security zone, denial of farming and fishing left with no other place to go other than to move to south in order to stay in touch with their kins abroad who support the family consider they are living in peace in the south.

    Have anyone see the living conditions where in a 10 x 10 room crowded with 3-4 people paying Rs 20000.00- 50000.00 rent yet have the they have no future.

    This is call Peaceful living ?

    Since many comments here try to re-instate the same facts when it is in fact a concocted fact, I thing DBS you have a topic to write.

    Even if they live in peace, let those pundits read what Kusal Perera Wrote…

    The SLFP was purely elected by the Sinhala mass and Tamils did not give mandate to war.

    By the way DBS, in a war, we can call some unavoidable damage as Collateral Damage, but deliberate shelling on Hospitals and No fire Zone whether or not a retaliation is amount to GENOCIDE.

    This is what I am trying say in my many posts.

    I agree one thing and I have tried to get my message to some influential that the current protest by many spontaneous and good hearted people have been hijacked by a different cause Tamil Vs LTTE. ( Only thing is this may be an indication that each Western Government may have to worry in the future, an unwavering support base for the LTTE)

    They have one point that I should accept that changed the equation. ” The TERROOR listing”

    Srilanka was able to subdue all the norms of Humanity, Human rights and rules of engagements only , I said only because LTTE was listed as Foreign terrorist group.

    I have lived in the middle of war, slept days in side the trench to avoid SLAF’s random Aerial Bombing ( my neighbors house was flattened and my house’s roof was collapsed from the bombing), narrowly escaped from Shelling ( 10 sec. delay of passing a location where it was hit by an artillery by the IPKF and killed a man in front of me), the experience is unique.

    I consider I am lucky to be alive to this date.

    Besides all these did I tell you that just being a Tamil spending time with my father’s work area in the west ( Puttalam), I have been taken to fourth floor locked up, beaten up?

    I guess, DBS you have been there once, I may be wrong.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Yes I was held on the 4th floor for investigations to see whether I had committed any offence. This was the reason given by the CID. the real reason was to prevent me from writing about the Indian army killing and injuring civilians in Jaffna. I had to leave Sri Lanka after I was released

    I have also escaped being killed or injured by aerial bombardment and strafing miraculously in Jaffna.

    But in Canada Tamil goons supporting the LTTE assaulted me in front of my wife with baseball bats and rods and broke my head and leg. Later the WTM goons terrorised Tamil shopkeepers into not selling the weekly I was editing. They prevented the advertisers from giving advertisements. I had to stop the paper. Even now I get threatening calls and dirty emails regularly from so called tiger sympathisers.

    Yes I have been there but I have also been here. And to me both sides are tweedledum and tweedledee. Neither side can claim moral superiority. Nor can we argue that victimisation is from one side alone.

    Yes there are many problems facing Tamils living in the South. Yet many see life there as lesser of two evils. The haranguing acccounts of how LTTE treated Tamil civilians is terrible. The people in Jaffna have many problems but they do not want the LTTE to come back

    There is no point in attacking one side and arguing for another side. The Tamil people need a durable peace and freedom from all gun toting groups. They need proper rule of law and a life where the Police and Armed forces will not suppress or curtail them. For that?

  68. Nam, DBSJ
    we are living with horrible experiences and many story to tell , seeing the jaws of death, humiliation in universities, personal loss life and pride, leave behind the land we love, suffering from PTSD etc. ( I was one of the few people survived traveling in a minibus in jaffna came under heavy strafing from SL helicopter gunship)
    my father took the ship in 1958 as refugee from Colombo to Jaffna and I repeated after 25 years in 1983.
    I made sure my son does not have to repeat the bad habit. out of SL.
    we still have the hope for the people seen the worst yet and they will be free from all fear and persecution one day to pursue their own happiness.

  69. Hello Mr. Jeyaraj, I’m new to your blog, and have not posted before. Its always an interesting read, I’m interested to know how you seem to have so much information of the what is going on in the North.

    I would like to know who these ‘doctors’ are that you quote so often. since they are working in the area is it not possible that they are also spreading LTTE propoganda.

    Also I would like to ask you, since there is a lot being written of the humanitarian issue and the lives being lost, what are the alternatives.

    I will not dispute that there are deaths caused by most sides, but what in your opinion are the alternatives. I think you wil have to agree that the LTTE must be brought to justice, they have commited countless crimes against people of all ethnicities. As such there should be no room for negotiations with them, they should play no part in political negotiations. Any sort of political settlement should include Moderate tamils. I hope you will accept that there is no way to protect all the civilians and defeat the LTTE with zero casualties. Do you think that you are demeaning the sacrifices of the GOSL by highlighting the ‘alleged’ killing of civilians.

    I would also like to ask you why you think there are so many pro LTTE bloggers posting on this site. WHy do so many defend the LTTE when they have caused more suffering to the tamil people that anyone else.

    Another point, I fully understand your concerns regd the GOSL and Mahinda and CO. alot of share that view, but would it not be in the true spirit of unbiased journalism to state that MR has done what no leader has been able to do, I think this has not been appreciated enough by journalists all around the world.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Please go and read my earlier articles and responses to some comments. Please google and read all my articles available.These will answer most of your questions. How many times do I have to answer repeated ill – informed queries?

  70. keri demala wesige putha
    keri demala huththige putha
    keri demala amma hoka
    kalu demala

  71. What every decent minded person should note is the influence of the tamil diaspora in this conflict. This conflict was funded by tamil diaspora along with fraudulent activities of LTTE. It’s the diaspora that provide money to KP to purchase arms from Cambodia.
    So please stop this crocodile tears and blaming SL Govt:
    SL is a sovereign state, no sovereign state would allow a bunch of psychopaths to dictate terrorist terms. There is a significant neglect of duties by all previous SL administration for mishandling and allowing this to get out of proportion and even profiteering from this miserable war. Sadly VP killed many, many innocent tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims, he should be brought to justice.
    Forget the opinions of western countries, so far all they have done is provided arms, technologies to LTTE. To name the countries Norway, Chezckolslavakia, UK, Germany, Canada, these countries have a heavy responsibility for the plight of innocent people in Sri Lanka

  72. Tilak de Silva,

    You are right, Srilanka is a sovereign state,

    But you failed to mentioned that Eelam is another sovereign state in the same Island call Ceylon.

    Quote : Forget the opinions of western countries, so far all they have done is provided arms, technologies to LTTE. To name the countries Norway, Chezckolslavakia, UK, Germany, Canada, these countries have a heavy responsibility for the plight of innocent people in Sri Lanka

    Which planet are you living ?

  73. Comment #77.
    Dear Mr. Jeyaraj,

    I do not want to drag on this discussion. But can we agree not to see this NFZ as a NFZ anymore? The NFZ was declared by the GOSL for the safety of the civilians. But the moment the LTTE cadres encroached on to it, it is no more a NFZ though we continue to call it that.

    One can compare the current situation to a hijacked plane with hostages taken. When one sees it in that context ,then the rules of the game change accordingly. You know what I mean.

    Thank you for your time to address some of the points that I’ve raised. I’m looking forward to meet you again soon, on your website with a new article of yours.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    That’s not correct too. There is really no basis to this so called No Fire Zone. It was after the LTTE started moving people to the coastal strip to prevent 55 and 59 divisions from moving south and north respectively that the GOVT simply “Declared ” this as NFF. If you are really keen to know then please read my piece on the tpic on this site. Otherwise dont waste my time with responses like this

  74. Tamils are the worst kind in the world
    It is a curse that we were born next to South India where these Tamils came. These Tamils are worse than Animals.

    THIS “COMMENT” IS RELEASED WITHOUT EDITING TO ILLUSTRATE THE RACIST ATTITUDE OF CERTAIN PEOPLE – DBSJ

  75. Whay are you lying. Army is taking precausions to save civilians. They are taking so long to capture the area because of civilians. Otherwise it is a three minute job for them. Don’t lie. Prabakaran is the person who is killing innocent people and he is the blood sucker of tamils

  76. MexDF.Independient.Press report:

    “An astrologer from Argentina,Don Zodiac Guille has already sent an e-mail to Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa imploring to liberate his collegue, Astrologer Chandrasiri BANDARA saying: Please, MERCY for Chandrasiri, Dear President Mahinda Rajapakse, because his relate is maybe an error.

    Don Zodiac Guille is the chairman at World Wide Parapsychological Association and asked all newspapers from Asia to publish his petition to Sri Lankan President.

    Argentine horoscope builder also says: If the President is a Sagitarian. I know about his generosity but also his bad temper. I describe this in http://www.zodiacguille.com.

    I feel that Chandrasiri will be free as soon as his Excellency reads my e-mail, I am an ordinary man but I know for staying in prisonSo I begg to the MEDIA in Asia to publish my petition.

    Astrologer Don Zodiac Guille has recently predicted the civil-military rejection for the President in Honduras but also said: “President gets back power…”

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