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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Northern Wanni reached tragically high levels today May 10th 2009 as a result of intensive artillery shelling and aerial bombardment by the Sri Lankan Armed forces.

According to medical sources at least 378 people were killed and 1122 injured as at 4.00 pm , Sri Lankan time today Sunday.

[May, 10, 2009-Mullivaaikkaal, pic: RHDS]

While this figure is based on the number of bodies brought to and number of persons treated for injuries at the makeshift hospital in Mullivaaikkaal, further casualties in their hundreds were also reported.

Dr. Veerakathi Shanmugarajah formerly of Mullaitheevu hospital presently attached to the Mullivaaikkaal temporary hospital said that there was intensive shelling from 5 pm on Saturday May 9th till 9.00 am on Sunday May 10th.

There were also reports of the exchange of fire between the Armed forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the night.

There was a lull for about three hours till 12.00 noon but thereafter sporadic artillery and mortar fire commenced.

There were also two air strikes by the Sri Lankan armed forces around 3.00 pm and 3.15 pm on Sunday.

There was a lull once again from 3.30 pm

Speaking to sections of the media at 4.00 Pm, Dr. Shanmugarajah said that up to that time 1122 persons had been treated for injuries sustained on Saturday and Sunday.

Of these the condition of more than 200 was very critical.

378 dead bodies were lying at the hospital premises at 4.00 pm on Sunday. Of these 106 bodies were those of children under 15.

The makeshift hospital is functioning in the premises of a school in Mullivaaikkaal east.

Dr. Shanmugarajah said that the ICRC ship that had arrived recently had brought medicine and materials for first-aid and surgery.

Despite this, progress in treating the injured was hampered by the lack of adequate personnel and also because a very large number of people had been injured within a short time.

The hospital was struggling to cope.

The ICRC had been informed of the emergency situation and the critical condition of more than 200 people.

The ICRC was making arrangements to send a ship to evacuate the injured persons on Monday May 11th instead of Tuesday May 12th as scheduled earlier.

Dr. Shanmugarajah also said that a number of persons injured were yet to be brought to the hospital. Also several hundreds of dead bodies were lying in various parts of the area.

The doctor working under extremely difficult conditions said that he could see about 15 bodies lying outside the hospital premises.

Injured people receiving treatment had told him that they had seen a lot of bodies in different places.

Dr. Shanmugarajah said that he had no knowledge of the number of tiger casualties. His figures were based only on the casualties brought to the hospital.

He further said that the people were dazed and shocked by the ferocity and intensity of the aerial bombardment and artillery shelling.

It was on May 8th Wesak day that the Sri Lankan Army reduced the size of the existing “safe zone”.

The zone is within the Karaithuraipatru AGA division of Mullaitheevu district.

The re-demarcated area was 2 km in length and 1.5 km in width.

This extended from the south of Karaiyamullivaaikkaal to Vattuvaagal north and encompassed Vellamullivaaikkaal also.

There was a large concentration of civilians in this area and it was officially proclaimed this zone was a safe zone.

Despite this declaration the shelling and bombing had affected a very large number of civilians existing amid horrible living conditions in this re-demarcated zone.

The shells had come from Mullaitheevu town in the South, Puthukkudiyiruppu in the north and Vatraappalai and Keppapulavu in the West.

The intense shelling was from artillery and heavy mortars, Multi-barrel rocket launchers,Rocket-propelled grenade launchers and from battle tanks and armoured cars.

The 59 division now under the command of Brig. Prasanna Silva was trying to move up in a northward direction.He was earlier 55 division commanding officer but given a fresh responsibility.

The 59 has reached the Vattuvaagal causeway that goes across the estuary of the Nandhikadal lagoon. The LTTE has reportedly blasted both ends of the causeway and set up defences under “Col” Lakshmanan.

The 58 division under Brig. Shavendra Silva was moving in a south-eastern direction further into the Mullivaaikkaal region.

Likewise the 53 division under Gen. Kamal Gunaratne was also moving further into the region in a north–eastern direction.

“col” Velavan of the LTTE was in charge of tiger defences in this front

The LTTE has moved the civilians into the middle at both ends in a bid to avoid a repetition of the April 20th operation in which more than a 100,000 civilians fled from the LTTE controlled area.

This was due to the Army reaching the “Bund cum Trench” defences of the LTTE. The people living within proximity to the bund were able to escape easily

Now the LTTE has moved the people inwards and keeps the area around its forward defence line devoid of civilians.

Apart from the announcement that a “safe zone” was declared the Sri Lankan government has also announced that “combat operations” have ceased and that “artillery fire and aerial strikes” had come to an end.

The Govt however has engaged in colossal deception and flagrantly violates its own “pronouncements” blatantly.

There has been constant shelling in which a large number of civilians have been killed and injured.

The 19 hour attack that occurred in two phases on May 9th and 10th were of terrible intensity not witnessed earlier. In addition there have been two air strikes.

The Govt continues to maintain that it is not shelling or bombing civilians. It says that it is not fighting the tigers but only engaging in a humanitarian operation to rescue civilians entrapped by the tigers.

Even as civilian casualty figures are reported in sections of the Tamil media official spokespersons like Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara and Cabinet minister Keheliya Rambukwella continue with unconvincing denials

With a small landmass being saturated with civilians , bombing and shelling results in the inevitable killing and injuring of civilians.

Though the Govt says only 15-20,000 civilians are there the UN and ICRC estimate it at upward of 50,000. The official district administrative figure is 165,000 while NGO estimates vary from 80,000 to 120,000.

Human Rights organizations have warned that shelling and bombing an area with the full knowledge that civilians could be victimized would amount to a war crime.

They have also warned that targeting hospitals amount to crimes against humanity.

[May, 10, 2009-Mullivaaikkaal, pic: RHDS]

Notwithstanding all these warnings the Rajapakse regime continues with its actions firmly and deliberately

The current intensification of shelling and bombing is seen as a prelude to a massive three-pronged operation to establish full control over what remains of tiger-controlled territory

Despite the continuous suffering of civilians the LTTE refuses to let the people move to govt controlled areas for safety.

Thus the helpless civilians are caught between a cruel government and a cruel liberation organization, both of whom claim to be fighting on behalf of the people.

Meanwhile the civilians get killed and injured almost on a daily basis.

It is a continuing humanitarian catastrophe.

[Slides from May 10th-pics by: RHDS]

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374 Comments

  1. The tiger websites are writing about this. But your blog tells the actual situation truthfully, accurately and effectively.

  2. Where is that heartless Prabaharan is hiding – shame on you! Why dont you give up yourself to save the innocent children, women, elders, fathers, mothers etc. Dont you realise that SLA wont give up their terror acts until you are caught?. Come out and give yourself up – save the people from salughter – PLEASE!!

  3. India should act. This is duplicity, this is a crime against humanity. India needs to intervene, i cannot believe how gentle the international community is being in the face of brash sinhala arrogance, strengthened by support from china. i have no sympathy for the LTTE, this is the time to surrender arms and save the lives of tamil civilians and build a united Sri Lanka, with responsible majority and minority communities

  4. Siri Lanken Armys are very dangers man, it was very very bad things to kill our brothers in siri lanka. I’m totaly desagree with what SL arrmy people harming innesont people

  5. Is this verified info or you just reproduce info coming from LTTE held area. Why we should believe this doctor’s claims? He could very well be forced or LTTE supporter.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: OH SHUT UP WILL YOU? I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL. THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINIOSTRY. EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO COUNTER – PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

  6. If governemnt forces actually did use ariel bombing of this sort, this war would have come to an end many years ago. And also if the governement kept quiet without taking action against terrorism, there would have been no Sril Lanka left for Sri Lankans – given the amount of weapons recovered from LTTE. One sided stories like this have been hot news for people for years now & at the last ouple of hours of defeat of LTTE the Terrorist – it had still not stop. Keep singing …

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    OH SHUT UP WILL YOU? I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL. THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINIOSTRY. EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO COUNTER – PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE.

    KEEP ON DENYING, YOU HEARTLESS CREATURE!

  7. What is going on? If Singhalese think they can massacre Tamils they are making mistake. International community must stop this carnage.Internatioanl community, Lankan Govt and LTTE must take necessary action to safeguard the innocent Tamils life.

  8. This is high time for LTTE terrorist to release the hostages and release to SL armed forces. The war will be fought to the bitter end no matter the colateral damages until the megoloamnainc Prabha is eliminated and LTTE is eliminated . This is the price Tamils have to pay for betraying the motherland and supporting a terrorist group.

  9. This shows how bias you are.SLA is saying LTTE is firing motors at civilians to get propaganda mileage.You are happy to go with LTTE version.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    OH SHUT UP WILL YOU? I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL. THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINISTRY. EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO COUNTER – PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

  10. Killing the cancer cells of the society –

    The inevitable death of the civilians is similar to the hair loss when people are on cancer treatment. It’s a very sad situation.
    Cancer usually kills the person altogether but I wish it shouldn’t happen in this case at all. Because for the past 35 years it is only the cancer which lived and enjoyed, but NOT THE PERSON.
    I think this is the time for the PERSON to live!!!!!!!!!

  11. Why complain? Tamil terrorists are delivering what they promised and TTWORMs supported for 25+ long PROFITABLE years? Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

  12. DBS,

    if you happen to talk to any one through Sat phone, please record and keep, we need evidence for WAR CRIME.

    Good Luck and Good work, My hands are shaking

  13. very sad about civilians..but i like to know how many tigers died same place

    ASK THE ARMY – DBSJ

  14. Do not worry Madam Sonia with world Tamil leader Karuna beside her in Tamil Nadu, has told the TN masses today at the rally, that if not for the Congress led coalition the sufferings of the Tamils in NE Srilanka would have been worse. She has also told that their coalition goal ( goal only if the goal post shifts , or refree blow the whistle for offside, she is not to be blamed ) is to win equal status for Tamils within unitary Srilanka.

    The above events are part of the process Congress has agreed or planned with Gotha -Sarath – Mahinda regime. Mahinda is sure and has claimed few weekd back that his regime willnever be helf responsible for war crimes even if they have the means to fight it of at IC level.

  15. I think LTTE cowardice in using (Tamil) human shields is reaching it’s tragic climax. The earlier Tigers are removed from the scene, the better.

  16. This is a war just like in Palastine-Israel.Why Prabahkaran wont allow the inocent people to leave if the tigers are brave and wont to fight.

  17. your numbers are too low. more than 1000 people killed
    by srilankan forces today.

    DBSJ RESPONDS: OH SHUT UP WILL YOU? THIS IS NOT A NUMBERS GAME.

    I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL. THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINISTRY. EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

  18. Dear D.B.S. Jeyaraj

    The LTTE are killing their own Tamil people from reports of the people who escaped the LTTE clutches, into the Govt held areas. The LTTE has killed over 300 people today and are blaming it on the military. Did you ever wonder why Prabakaran is not fighting but hiding and forcing children to fight for his dillusioned cause…

    I feel so sorry for the innocent Tamil people that LTTE are still holding hostage as Human Shields preventing the Military from wiping out the LTTE within 30mins of fighting.

  19. jeyaraj where do you get the numbers. r u trying to soft pedal the govt atrocities ? you come up with anumber in between ?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    OH SHUT UP WILL YOU? CANT YOU READ OR UNDERSTAND YOU IDIOT? WHAT SOFT PEDALING YOU FOOL? IS THIS A NUMBERS GAME FOR YOU?

    I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL.

    THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINISTRY. EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

  20. DBSJ,

    Is Tamilnet, Pathivu, and Pathinam telling the truth?

    How come your figures and account are the same as yours if they are lying?

    Or are you using them as your source too and adding your flacvor decorating theirs?

    I am confused, because the SLAF has not flown any bombing missions for over two weeks now, and Army accuses LTTE launching mortars on their own people.

    The UN Security Council meeting is in three days. Doesn’t it look like all these civilian killings and huge publicity is to gain attention of UNSC?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    YOU ARE NOT DENSE BUT YOU PRETEND TO BE STUPID.

    HERE READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE NEWS STORY AND PLEASE DONT REPEAT YOUR IDIOTIC ACCUSATIONS HERE AGAIN.EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE WITH THE HUMANITARIAN CATASTRPHE I DONT CARE BUT JUST DONT DO PROPAGANDA HERE.

    Dr. Veerakathi Shanmugarajah formerly of Mullaitheevu hospital presently attached to the Mullivaaikkaal temporary hospital said that there was intensive shelling from 5 pm on Saturday May 9th till 9.00 am on Sunday May 10th.

    There were also reports of the exchange of fire between the Armed forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the night.

    There was a lull for about three hours till 12.00 noon but thereafter sporadic artillery and mortar fire commenced.

    There were also two air strikes by the Sri Lankan armed forces around 3.00 pm and 3.15 pm on Sunday.

    There was a lull once again from 3.30 pm

    Speaking to sections of the media at 4.00 Pm, Dr. Shanmugarajah said that up to that time 1122 persons had been treated for injuries sustained on Saturday and Sunday.

    Of these the condition of more than 200 was very critical.

    378 dead bodies were lying at the hospital premises at 4.00 pm on Sunday. Of these 106 bodies were those of children under 15.

    The makeshift hospital is functioning in the premises of a school in Mullivaaikkaal east.

    Dr. Shanmugarajah said that the ICRC ship that had arrived recently had brought medicine and materials for first-aid and surgery.

    Despite this, progress in treating the injured was hampered by the lack of adequate personnel and also because a very large number of people had been injured within a short time.

    The hospital was struggling to cope.

    The ICRC had been informed of the emergency situation and the critical condition of more than 200 people.

    The ICRC was making arrangements to send a ship to evacuate the injured persons on Monday May 11th instead of Tuesday May 12th as scheduled earlier.

    Dr. Shanmugarajah also said that a number of persons injured were yet to be brought to the hospital. Also several hundreds of dead bodies were lying in various parts of the area.

    The doctor working under extremely difficult conditions said that he could see about 15 bodies lying outside the hospital premises.

    Injured people receiving treatment had told him that they had seen a lot of bodies in different places.

    Dr. Shanmugarajah said that he had no knowledge of the number of tiger casualties. His figures were based only on the casualties brought to the hospital.

    He further said that the people were dazed and shocked by the ferocity and intensity of the aerial bombardment and artillery shelling.

    It was on May 8th Wesak day that the Sri Lankan Army reduced the size of the existing “safe zone”.

    The zone is within the Karaithuraipatru AGA division of Mullaitheevu district.

    The re-demarcated area was 2 km in length and 1.5 km in width.

    This extended from the south of Karaiyamullivaaikkaal to Vattuvaagal north and encompassed Vellamullivaaikkaal also.

    There was a large concentration of civilians in this area and it was officially proclaimed this zone was a safe zone.

    Despite this declaration the shelling and bombing had affected a very large number of civilians existing amid horrible living conditions in this re-demarcated zone.

    The shells had come from Mullaitheevu town in the South, Puthukkudiyiruppu in the north and Vatraappalai and Keppapulavu in the West.

    The intense shelling was from artillery and heavy mortars, Multi-barrel rocket launchers,Rocket-propelled grenade launchers and from battle tanks and armoured cars.

  21. This is not unusual in a war situation. See what is happening in Pakistan & Afganistan. The west has not spoken a word about the sufferings of IDPs &children killed by the bombing. They infact encourage them to continue the attaks there.

  22. I beging to wonder whether there is a class struggle or elimination expending the lives of peasant class is accepted in the Tamil society or more over among the pro ltte diaspora, that prevent Velu from surrtendering or asked to be surrendered.

    There is als a concereted effort by the news wires to divert attention at this very time to avoid exposure f what is happening in Pakistan & Afganistan.

    Further, there diaspora seem not interested in the plight of those in IDP camps. The Catholic Church claiming mileage through UNCANEWS. They are blowing hot and cold with the same breath.

    Its time, everybody knew there are ging to be casualties unless Prabakaran & the hardcre surrenders.
    There is nothing called a no casualty arrests.

    NATO led by the US & UK are struggling and are unable to avoid mass casualties with all the sophisticated equipment at their disposal and are engage in arial bombings with 1000 pounders.

    Hence, what do you expect in Sri Lanka ??
    These terrorists need t be apprehended and the war to end soon as there are over 250K people to be resettled.

    Not only Dr. Shanmugarajah, even I too would make similar statements if I too happened to be serving in LTTE controlled area.

    it is unfortunate but inevitable though I too desist casualty innocent pesants.

  23. Dr ManmohanSingh the Premier of Ghandhi Dhesam is doing a lot to help the Tamils of SriLanka.
    What else can he do?
    He is helping them to attain Nirbana by supplying defensive weapons which will prevent them from going to Hell ,thereby daily liberating as many as possible!
    May the Almighty help him to remain the Premier in return!

  24. DBS,

    It is obvious LTTE has lost the war. But the sad part is, they (LTTE) will not give up till the last civilian goes down with them. I seriously do not know what they are trying to achieve here. Why? Just why are they still keeping the civilians with them knowing very well how they are going to end?

    The protestors here just don’t get it, do they? Why not one word to the LTTE to let the civilians go? By carrying the bloody LTTE’s flags and supporting the atrocities of Prabhakaran, they are only encouraging and motivating the LTTE to go on with holding the civilians against their will.

    The Pro LTTE is always condemning the GOSL of doing atrocities in the camps. But don’t this people understand the fact at least majority will still be alive within the GOSL camps than for all the civilians to die in the clutches of the blood thirsty Tigers?

    I hold the LTTE, Tamil diasporas, the Tamil Pro LTTE media, the Political analyst (for all the false information they fed to the diasporas) responsible for every life lost in the war. I just could not get it. Don’t they have any guilt feelings?

    People like David Poobalapillai, Nehru Gunaratnam, Q.Thuraisingham,Tam Sivathasan, Thiruchelvam, Ram Selvarajah, GTR, CTR, CMR, TVI, CTBC hosts all other PRO LTTE newspapers should tell the truth. Truth that the LTTE is loosing, they could not cope with the war, they are holding civilians as human shield. Please do not go on hiding this facts. You have all done too much damage by conspiring with the LTTE to spread all the false propaganda. Your hands are full of blood now. At least try to wash of your sins by telling the truth.

    DO NOT KEEP JUSTIFYING FOR THE ATROCITIES DONE BY THE LTTE.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, GET THE DIASPORA TO PRESSURE LTTE TO LET THE CIVILIANS GO.

    I just could not take it anymore. My family is within the civilians still held back by the LTTE forcefully. I don’t even know their fate now.

    My heart is so full of anger, anger on the Diasporas for feeding the Tigers!
    Angry with the GOSL for indiscriminately shelling and killing our people.

  25. I am a sinhalese and will support our armed forces always. How ever it is not acceptable endanger so many civilians. They should do a better job. After all all these civilians who get killed are fellow Sri Lankans.

  26. Terrible. Don’t be optimistic about the trapped civilians escape, unless GOSL save them. LTTE wants to throw them into fire and the GOSL want to save them and want to catch the criminals. Cease fire will not work as history shows.
    Find a better solution if you are a genius.

  27. all thease information comes from only one side.the LTTE and its propaganda network.the actual is yet to be verified. now anyway all who die are civilians because the LTTE is in civil clothes. and can a doctor in the zone give an independant report????definetely not.he just sends whatever the LTTE want him to.if he was so independant ,has he ever reported LTTE killing their own civilians just to blame it on GOSL?. daya master recantly revealed he saw about 200 civilians shot by the LTTE and photos posted on tamilnet blaming gosl shelling.where was this doctor then???????

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    THE DOCTOR SENDS REPORTS TO THE HEALTH MINISTRY AND ICRC. TECHNICALLY THESE ARE OFFICIAL REPORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE DOCTORS REPORT ONLY ABOUT BODIES AT HOSPITAL PREMISES AND OF PATIENTS TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL. THOSE ARE THE FIGURES HERE.

    I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL.
    THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINIOSTRY. EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

    WHY DONT YOU ASK THE ARMY TO RELEASE FIGURES OF THEIR OWN CASUALTIES,LTTE CASUALTIES AND CIVILIAN CASUALTIES?

  28. All these troubles just because of Prabakaran, He is so loving his life and family. He wanted to protect his life with the cost of entire tamils lives. Tamils in western countries also wanted to use propaganda to protect Prabakaran. Think about your own people insteard of this Malayali man.

  29. Dear DBSJ,

    It breaks my heart to see these pictures and read your account of events. I wonder what sort of solution is possible in these circumstances.

    I read every article that you write. I know you are one of the very few people who understands the situation clearly. With your intense knowledge, what do you think is the solution?

  30. .
    we can”t take it any more.
    Sorry Vanni people, we left you alone.
    This srilankan army monsters to kill you?

    Ratha kannerudan
    Nadai peenam

  31. this is the most ruthless movemant in the world.they dont mind shelling thier own people just to save one man.the LTTE doesn’t care a damn about civilians.nor does the tamil diaspora.prabakaran is just a selfish man who wouldnt mind killing all his people ,in the most gruesome way ,accept his family just to save himself.

  32. It is true that the LTTE and GoSL is mainly responsible for the plight of the Tamil civilians trapped in the “No Fire Zone”. But we should not forget that the majority of the Tamil civilians who lived on LTTE controlled area previously supported the murderous LTTE organization.

  33. 500,000 were killed in 3 months in Ruanda, no western country raised any eyelids; similar amount in Dafur, and no response from the western countries; are they going to bother about 50, 000 Tamils !!!!!!!!!

    West has no interest; no Gas, no Oil……….

    India is in control of this and no one else !!!!!!!!!

    I hope the Indian central govt. can sleep in peace; with the chennai corrupted comedians.

  34. I am too sad it is beyond imagination .

    What is clear here is Government is more interested in defeating Terrorists than safaguarding the Tamil people
    I do not trust the Government who is willing to kill their own people to defeat terrorists

    very very sad to see the tamils killed yesterday

    This is unimaginable There is no bloody excuse to kill people

    I understand There is going to be a debate Monday in the security council in Newyork city requested by French and UK external ministers( latest news)

    Lanka is in big big trouble now

    These are the scenario I expect in weeks

    (a) Most likely There will be a war tribunal and Rajabaksa brothers and Pirabakarn and Son will be arrested by International force to face the tribunal. If UN does not send Troops Europen Union along with US wil send troops to save the tamils and arrest Pirabakaran Gang and Rajabaksa Gang for war crimes
    They will have company with Noreiyaga ( former president of Panama) and Charles Taylor ( former resident of Liberia)in the prison

    Noriyega or Charles Taylor or former leader from haiti never thought even a second they will end up in a cell bt they were wrong
    I believe very much this will hapen to Pirabakaran and Rajabaksa Brothers . The all will be in jail cell in world tribunal

    (b) Economic Sanctions from West and also many western countries will send the lankan ambaseders to their home country and also bring their envoys from Lanka
    They will make sure no one from their respective countries visit Lanka as tourists

    (c) Madam Jayalaitha is playing a major role in Indian Politics now . If she contribute 40 seats to form the next Government thats it baby
    Lanka is a done deal She will send troops to capture Rajabaksa gang and Pirabakaran Gang for war crimes against Humanity She does not like both of them
    Lanka is a tiny island .
    The war will end within 3 – days if India go to War
    I do not think Eelam is a good option It depends on her decision and may not be popular among other parties her alliance ( comunist party or other regional parties)

  35. this is all tiger propaganda and also done by Tamil Tigers to stop government troops catching them.Tigers killed fleeing civilians and now release photos of their own people killed by them.In one picture they showed bodies lay next to a table saying that army shells killed them but on the table there are bottles standing without any problem.If you look carefully you can see there are many bottles standing on the floor and a refrigirator with a door with no scratchese at all.Please do not get cheated by Tamil Tiger propaganda because they never said truth about civilians.Why cant they let civilians go without any problem then?They are the most ruthless killers of Tamils and many Tamils know that.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    THE DOCTOR SENDS REPORTS TO THE HEALTH MINISTRY AND ICRC. TECHNICALLY THESE ARE OFFICIAL REPORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE DOCTORS REPORT ONLY ABOUT BODIES AT HOSPITAL PREMISES AND OF PATIENTS TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL. THOSE ARE THE FIGURES HERE.

    I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL.
    THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINISTRY.

    EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

    WHY DONT YOU ASK THE ARMY TO RELEASE FIGURES OF THEIR OWN CASUALTIES,LTTE CASUALTIES AND CIVILIAN CASUALTIES?

  36. Tamil diaspora to blame for everything for funding terrorism, tamil diaposa is so dumb and idiotic to go against GOSL, they should know that GOSL is duly elected govnt and so is the other countries in the world. These dumb uneducated tamil diaspora instead of protesting against GOSL if they protest against the Tamil tigers LTTE, they would have saved all these innocent civilian’s.

  37. I am sure you could ask your “buddy” Hindu Ram to intervene.

    DBSJ RESPONDS;

    YOU STINKING COWARD

    WHY DONT YOU ASK YOUR “GOD” PRABAKHARAN TO SWALLOW CYNAIDE INSTEAD?

  38. Will this rogue Mahinda and his henchmen do the same thing if this problem was in the South of the Country? Tamil people are killed like flies every day. Last two days alone more than 1000 people have died and several thousands injured. He says to the world that he is trying to save the people from Tiger’s clutches. Are these International communities so dumb and foolish to believe this mad man? He is worse than Hitler or Sadam. Sadam was also elected by his people democratically but he was acting like a Dictator. This fellow Mahinda is manipulating and holding elections to the provincial and local government councils to tell the world that the people are supporting to his war efforts. In the history of Sri Lanka, Sinhala majority had never acted in favor of the minority Tamils in sharing the power. Only a handful of dogs that were ready to betray the community for sake of getting some perks and positions were looked after by the governments in power in Sri Lanka. Tamils public were never treated well and taken care by the government’s right throughout from the time Sri Lanka was granted independent by the British. He is now shedding crocodile tears for the Tamils held in Tiger area. How can he kill so many Tamils in two days if his concern is to save them? Mahinda and his lieutenants’ are going to rot in hell very soon for all these atrocities committed against the innocent and helpless Tamils in Wanni. Only fault of there is because they are born Tamils by accident. At least now the world community should rise up and ask him to stop this killing at once. The other alternative is for the United Nation to send the peace keeping troops immediately to stop the killings and to provide much needed help and aid.
    To the people caught up in the conflict. They are being starved with out food, no medicine to treat them and not even a roof to protect them from harsh weather conditions in that part of the country. I appeal to the UNO and US and other Peace loving countries of the world to do some thing soon and quickly before all the people in that area estimated by the aid agencies over 100,000 are all perished in the coming days.

  39. Is Buddha still laughing when the brutality reached its zenith ?
    Perfect way of practicing Buddhism.

  40. Will this rogue Mahinda and his henchmen do the same thing if this problem was in the South of the Country? Tamil people are killed like flies every day. Last two days alone more than 1000 people have died and several thousands injured. He says to the world that he is trying to save the people from Tiger’s clutches. Are these International communities so dumb and foolish to believe this mad man? He is worse than Hitler or Sadam. Sadam was also elected by his people democratically but he was acting like a Dictator. This fellow Mahinda is manipulating and holding elections to the provincial and local government councils to tell the world that the people are supporting to his war efforts. In the history of Sri Lanka, Sinhala majority had never acted in favor of the minority Tamils in sharing the power. Only a handful of dogs that were ready to betray the community for sake of getting some perks and positions were looked after by the governments in power in Sri Lanka. Tamils public were never treated well and taken care by the government’s right throughout from the time Sri Lanka was granted independent by the British. He is now shedding crocodile tears for the Tamils held in Tiger area. How can he kill so many Tamils in two days if his concern is to save them? Mahinda and his lieutenants’ are going to rot in hell very soon for all these atrocities committed against the innocent and helpless Tamils in Wanni. Only fault of their is because they are born Tamils by accident. At least now the world community should rise up and ask him to stop this killing at once. The other alternative is for the United Nation to send the peace keeping troops immediately to stop the killings and to provide much needed help and aid.
    To the people caught up in the conflict. They are being starved with out food, no medicine to treat them and not even a roof to protect them from harsh weather conditions in that part of the country. I appeal to the UNO and US and other Peace loving countries of the world to do some thing soon and quickly before all the people in that area estimated by the aid agencies over 100,000 are all perished in the coming days.

  41. this is so called humanitarian rescue operation. I believe in god onday this trio mahinda, gota and sarath will get hell before their natural death. .this curse will follow their family as well. god is great, allah u akbar.

    Arsan enru kolluwan, THEIVAM NENRU KOOLUM

  42. I feel really sad and helpless. Its like our people are trapped between to evils. Can anybody tell me what we tamils can do to stop this cruelty.

  43. Oh My God!
    Oh My Tamilannai!
    Nenju Porukkavillaiye!!!
    Intha Kodurangalai kaanumpodu…….

    Enna Tamilan uyir avvalavu kevalammanatha…
    Ketka naathi illayaa………….

    Kaduvale…..eppadiyavathu en makkalai kaappaartu…

  44. As Sinhalese and Buddhists we are totally against the harresment of Tamil civilience in these areas. We never wish to see any of these little kids, women or elderly poeple suffering due to this bloody war. We too feel so sad about the situation prevailing in the country. Not all Sinhalese hail the victories of war because of the sufferings of innorcent civilians.
    What the LTTE is gaining by keeping all these innorcent people with them to gaurd their leaders?? They should be allowed to come out ! The government should protect the civilians and treat them in a humanitarian way in camps.

  45. This innocents are sacrificing their lives as a result of LTTE’s cowardness to have human shield being unable to bravely encounter Sri Lankan forces.If they could dare to face the Sri Lankan forces before, why can’t do it today.If they say they are to protect Tamil people they should not take cover of these innocents.This proves that LTTE is just another terrorist organisation.They will defend as long as there are people and escape after betraying them. On the other hand, if SL Forces say they protect the IDPs, they should use another strategy to get the terrorists into their net, if they say they are one of the best armies in the world.Best armies should not kill innocents and be clever enough to identify real terrorists and fully eradicate them.In this case my heartfelt sorrow and sympathy towards the trodden innocents trapped between SL forces and coward LTTE basturds.

  46. SL gov. now knows that there will not be much pressure from international community specially after the US bombing which resulted in hundreds of Afgun civilian deaths. It is the same situation in Afganistan where Pakistan forces with the US and NATO support carrying on operations which reminds us the terrible civilian cost of war whom ever to blaim. Therefore, SL gov. going to finish major operations soon, specially before Indian elections.

  47. Those who feel the agony and pain because the innocent civilians are killed in the bombings, I say they are hyprocrites. It is not a genuine feeling from those who are enjoying life when the tigers are deliberately withholding the civilians. OR those supposed civilians are close relatives of the LTTE cadres.
    LTTE took up arms to fight the government forces and so they are fighting and lives are lost. So I do not understand the hue and cry. The people who supported the armed movement should have realised before they embarked on it.

  48. This is terrible. This is Wesak weekend. I am sorry for the innocent lives lost because of a man man and an army that is so insensitive.

  49. DBS, could you write about Ilanthirayan because there was a report that he was under custody for trusion charges. He came out to produce a radio interview and within 24 hrs he is reported to be killed by fire by SLA. What’s happening? Thanks.

  50. I thought they have stopped the animal sacrifice in temples long ago. Is this human sacrifice to Lord Budha for Vesak?
    Murder in the name of sinhala Budhism!!

  51. This is all rubbish….. who is this Dr …WHO. Ask Praba to surrender and face war crimes.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    THIS IS NOT RUBBISH.

    THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINISTRY.

    EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DENY A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

    WHY DONT YOU ASK THE ARMY TO RELEASE FIGURES OF THEIR OWN CASUALTIES,LTTE CASUALTIES AND CIVILIAN CASUALTIES?

  52. this is a terrible situation, however LTTE also might have shelled the civilian areas. since they are willing to sacrifice 20000 people lives it is not difficult for them.

  53. There is no god no justice in this world.

    All B*****T.

    I wish some one would drop an atom bomb on the poor civilians once and for all. At least they will not suffer this prolonged torture of shelling bombing and incarceration in camps.

    If I have my finger on the nuclear button I will nuke the Sri lankan tamil once and for all because there is no hope for a dignified peace with the singalese and LTTE’s chosen path of military means have brought the tamils to a dead end.

    Will please with the armed forces to use havy wepons instead of torturing innoce4nt civillians.

    Thanks

  54. Such barbaric acts are nothing new to SLA. As a kid growing up in south, I saw thousands of young Singhalese were burned in the name of JVP.

    Anyone who thinks Tamils can achieve any legitimate solution after is sadly mistaken.

  55. I call upon all good people of the world, especially the Sinhalese-Buddhists, Tamils, Muslims, Chritians, and all others to say a prayer so that this sad chapter in the island’s history is quicky brought to an end. This is a horrific event especially during this spiritual period of Wesak celebration. My heart goes out to these powerless and helpless people. I hope all those in powerful positions, both in GoSL and the LTTE look deeper into their souls to bring an end to this civilian carnage.

  56. Your repeted writing about accusing the govenment for the victims is baseless as you write nothing more than what BBC has been reporting these days. Why does the government need to open fire at the newly demarcated safe zone , why cant it be LTTE who lauch attacks using heavy wepons to avoid people moving to these places which is very possible as LTTe have always done this . The other thing is that you ,me and the whold world know that the civilian shield is the only bunker left with them and they do everything to avoid these people moving out. All the information you are writing here is based on the information gained from the LTTE sources and they can equally be rejected as one you reject to accept the government versen of the incident. So where does the truth stand ?But one thing is very clear to the whole world that the meserable LTTE is the main cause of the suffering of the civilians. Before I forget what does the Nadesen say about the civilians , he says they are not keeping them by force , which was proved wrong when about 200000 people moved out running. I am not defending the government , but one thing is clear that they have done everything possible to avoid civilians. Do you know today some foreign journalists were arrested ,do you agree on what they have reported about sri Lanka? So this is the situation today and each one is working for ones interest . Infact what lacked was the total pressure on LTTT by the international community to release civilians and they use these fabricated stories thinking that international community would come to survive them at the last moment . Tell me how can the international community be disturbed and moved in favour of LTTE? It is only the stories about shelling by the SRi lankan Army. So these are some of the sordit filthy propaganda activities which have always used the LTTE. I dont find fault with you , and may be your intentions are sincere but what is written ,what is released by media are not the whole truth as they also have their own interests.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    LIKE SOME TIGER SUPPORTERS WHO THINK THE LTTE CAN DO NO WRONG THERE ARE OTHERS WHO THINK THE GOVT AND ARMED FORCES ARE PURE AND FAULTLESS. SAD!

    THE DOCTOR SENDS REPORTS TO THE HEALTH MINISTRY AND ICRC. TECHNICALLY THESE ARE OFFICIAL REPORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE DOCTORS REPORT ONLY ABOUT BODIES AT HOSPITAL PREMISES AND OF PATIENTS TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL. THOSE ARE THE FIGURES HERE.

    I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL.

    THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINISTRY.

    EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE.

    WHY DONT YOU ASK THE ARMY TO RELEASE FIGURES OF THEIR OWN CASUALTIES,LTTE CASUALTIES AND CIVILIAN CASUALTIES

  57. Army reply

    Mortar locating radar indicates LTTE fired heavy mortars at civilians in new “Safe Zone”
    LTTE terrorists have fired heavy mortars targeting the civilians in the new “Safe Zone” using heavy guns mounted in the “Safe Zone” itself from morning hours today, 10 May, Mortar Locating Radar of Army confirmed.

    The sporadic mortar attack launched by LTTE terrorists were later intensified and by 10.20 AM, heavy mortars believed to be 81mm have been launched by the terrorists in a location inside the “Safe Zone” targeting densely populated area within the “Safe Zone” itself, mortar locating radar report issued from the Army said.

    It is believed that scores of civilians were killed while many others sustained injuries due to this deliberate attack launched by the terrorists to gain media mileage against government forces.

    Pro-LTTE propaganda machinery trying to mislead the international community and to tarnish the image of the government and the security forces by carrying out such brutal acts on innocent Tamil civilians held hostage

  58. Those who are saying that the tigers shold allow the civilians to go to SL controlled areas, should ensure their safety!!. I agree they have to go somewhere, but as everyone should have known by now, if they go to the concentration camps they are subjected to worse situations. Rape, murder, starvation, humiliation the list goes on…..If they are allowed to go where ever they want ie., their own village(even though it would have been in ruins), or to join their realatives or friends or to India. Several have undertaken the perlous journey and perished, or killed by our “benevolent “soldiers!! I am sure the civilians would be happy to even go to “Timbuktoo”, but not to the “concentration camps”. This is the sole reason they are remaining in the “danger zone”. Can anyone do anything about it and convince the STATE TERRORIST to concede to the request of the unfortunate people!!!

  59. Thanks DBSJ for your report….. I wonder where are the commentators who praised you yesterday for your report on diaspora saying DBSJ is unbiased which is true… but the commentators whom i am talking about are really biased and gone missing now….

  60. I have suffered from the brutality of LTTE for a long time and managed to escape from their terrible JAWS, But many of my family who apposed LTTE faced horrible death in the hands of them. Now they have come to an end. Let it be ended! At what ever the cost this has to be finished. This is a blessing for the entire world and more importantly for all Sri Lankans who have suffered enough. In a situation where civilians are taken hostage by terrorists this kind of things are inevitable. Look at the things the Combined forces have done in Iraq and what they are doing now in Afghanistan. They all try to minimize civilian casualties but sometimes things doeskin work exactly in copy book style. However as the American Commander have said “These reports are highly exaggerated” As usual all media people wants to be crowd pullers.

  61. If this is not Genocide then how can this be described? To capture the remaining ~500 LTTE, Rajapaksa brothers are planning to kill how many more Tamils? if LTTE is restricted to 2 square km, then why not carry out a surgical attack, why is aerial bombardment and shelling is required?

    DBS, im kindly requesting you to write an article to UN and IC calling for humanitarian action.

  62. Dear DBSJ——-THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

    Please, let me write this one to those who are waiting to comment about this article.

    Dear Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim, Burger…Indians, (all of you who respect the human rights)

    We all knew this was coming at a high cost. Are we still pretending to be sleeping or waiting for something more dramatic to happen???????

    BROTHERS, SISTER, MOM, DAD, GRANDPA’S AND GRANDMA’S ARE DYING (all humans) AGAINST THEIR WILL.

    Let us no more waste our time playing the blame game about who is responsible and who is not because we all know that Army is killing and the LTTE is accommodating. (If you are still arguing about the SL governments wonderful rescuing mission of the trapped people then “Go and take a dip in the Mahawelli” like DBSJ said once and please try not emerge from the water if you are still not convinced. Those who dreams about LTTE being the only reps for the Tamils freedom struggle, NO NO please tell them to fight like a real men first, placards would be nice if you want to take the message across the world.

    For those who lives in the South of SL and believes in a REAL political solution within a united SL, its time for you to show your support and build trust by demonstrating against the deadly rulers of the country. This will be greatly appreciated by the oppressed and wounded minorities in the long term. Also you want to put your mouth where money is.

    For those who are suffering (I doubt you have time to read this, in fact i pray that army shells wont hit your bunkers) , I would not be able to understand your pain and the suffering even though I lived in the WAR zone for number of years. I will tell you my heart is boiling and the worse part is not being able to carry your injured children to safety. Please forgive me, i say this with a heavy hear needless to say i am not the only one who could not resist shedding tears.

    Anyone who want to criticize people like me, do it so but please don’t turn your back on innocent people who are dying the worst thing is that they are getting killed having had nothing to eat for weeks.

    LET ME POINT OUT, NO ONE WILL GO UNPUNISHED FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

    “Don’t sit back and skip the news or stories that tell the of the afflicted, tortured, the raped, the abused, the murdered, the enslaved, the unjustly imprisoned…!
    STAND UP against all these! and defend the defenseless!”

    “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” -Psalm 82: 3-4″

  63. Tamil civlians from north to south need just basic physical security and there is no government or any armed or unarmed groups can offer that in Sri Lanka.” Kill a village to save it”.This is going to scar the many generation to come which Sri lanka can not get out.

  64. This is very bad news but to some extend expected based on the ground realities. I hope the poor civilians who are the real victims, have not died in vain. Only time will prove. The Sinhalese govt might want to kill the LTTErs but will have to make sure civilian casualties are to the minimum. But it seems they dont care especially at this stage of the fight…But One day they will have to pay the price…… The sinhalese should not be allowed to be at peace……( for killing the civilians) for generations to come.

  65. Dear DBS

    Thanks for the news updates. Please keep up your good work. The perpetrators (both direct and indirect) of this horrendous crime against humanity must be punished.

  66. DBS Jeyaraj,
    Do you really know this ‘phantom’ doctor who has isssued false claims over and over again, to tarnish the SL govt? He seems to be a favorite of Associated Press, AFP and other terror-supporting media. Now, are you also hallucinating?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    ASK THE HEALTH MINISTRY ABOUT DR. SHANMUGARAJAH.

    The News agencies quote him because he is an accredited official on the spot and gives out details of bodies at hospital or patients being treated.

    He is not trying to tarnish anyone but simply revealing casualty figures at hospital

    THE DOCTOR SENDS REPORTS TO THE HEALTH MINISTRY AND ICRC. TECHNICALLY THESE ARE OFFICIAL REPORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT.

    THE DOCTORS REPORT ONLY ABOUT BODIES AT HOSPITAL PREMISES AND OF PATIENTS TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL. THOSE ARE THE FIGURES HERE.

    I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.THE ACTUAL CASUALTY TOLL COULD BE MUCH MUCH MORE. THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL.

    THESE HOSPITAL FIGURES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ICRC AND HEALTH MINISTRY.

    EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

    WHY DONT YOU ASK THE ARMY TO RELEASE FIGURES OF THEIR OWN CASUALTIES,LTTE CASUALTIES AND CIVILIAN CASUALTIES?

    BY THE WAY YOU DID NOT ASK ME WHETHER I WAS HALLUCINATRING WHEN I WROTE ABOUT THE LTTE AND TAMIL DIASPORA. WHY NOW?

  67. So many naive people. The infromation posted by so much media including this one is not verifiable. If the NFZcis controlled by the tigers then the only information coming out can be from the tigers. So it is propaganda. If the tigers truely are fighting for tamils, then save the people trapped there. It is a pretty simple equation. If they want to fight, do so, but sit behind old ladies and babies. Personally I think they should eliminated along with al quada and other similar terrorists outfits. To those who support them – shame on you.

    DBSJ RESPONDS;

    IT IS VERIFIABLE FROM THE HEALTH MINISTRY TO WHICH ALL DETAILS ARE SENT

    MEANWHILE THIS SITE WOULD LOSE NOTHING IF THE LIKES OF YOU KEEP AWAY.PLEASE DO SO.

    EVEN IF YOU DONT SYMPATHISE FOR CIVILIAN PLIGHT I DONT CARE BUT DONT TRY TO DO PROPAGANDA ABOUT A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE GOVT AND LTTE

  68. DBSJ, As usual you are dicussing end results of one side without discussing cause or damage to the side.

    The truth is SLA cannot let terrorists get away because they are hiding behind civilians. Civilians are sacrifieced as lambs and sheeps by LTTE, not by SLA.

    LTTE is totally responsible for human carnage.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    As usual I am trying in my own humble way to write to the best of my ability the truth.

    This is not a thesis analysing the ethnic crisis but a report of the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe.

    In the process I am also questioning the official position of the Govt that claims it has ended combat operations and does not use heavy artillery and engages in aerial bombardment.

    Why cant you people look at a humanitarian problem as human beings instead of seeing it as pro or anti – govt or pro and anti – LTTE?

    Whats wrong with you all?

  69. At the end of the day, what kind of justice can one expect for these defenseless people murdered this way?

    Look at the perpetrators, VP on one side, Rajapaksas and their supporters on the other. VP will be dead if he is still in that area. He is paying/will pay soon the price for his crimes, past and present.

    When will the Rajapaksas and the SLA commanders, who unleash these unspeakable atrocities on the civilians, pay for their own crimes? The Tamil Diaspora should tell the world that they will have no truck with the LTTE, but be firm about seeking justice ansd relief for the civilians.

  70. Jeyaraj,
    You say, in your own words: ” I ONLY POST INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE IS CORRECT.” Your ‘beliefs’ could be correct or wrong.. So you have to look at both sides of the story before going on a rampage with words:

    You are an experienced war writer… go take a look at hese radar traces and see what happened.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    BELIEVE is different from BELIEF.

    I am NOT a war writer. But I write on this stupid inhuman war at times because that is the main issue in Sri Lanka now.

    I write under my own name. So I dont go on the rampage. Usually soldiers are the ones who go on a rampage.

    All journalists make mistakes. None are infallible. But one cant use that as a blanket argument to deny the obvious.

    The details given here are from official medical sources. They are about civilian casualties.

    Dont quote sites financed by the govt to do propaganda.

    As usual I am trying in my own humble way to write to the best of my ability the truth.

    This is not a thesis analysing the ethnic crisis but a report of the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe.

    In the process I am also questioning the official position of the Govt that claims it has ended combat operations and does not use heavy artillery and engages in aerial bombardment.

    Why cant you people look at a humanitarian problem as human beings instead of seeing it as pro or anti – govt or pro and anti – LTTE?

    Whats wrong with you all?

  71. Truth is coming out: What I cant believe is why the SL govt doesnt let more diplomats in to the war zone: (maybe they will, hereafter):

  72. The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
    Sunday, 10 May 2009

    MEDIA RELEASE –

    LTTE mortar fire kills fleeing civilians as another 1000 break out of captivity

    Top Defense sources in Colombo told the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva that over 1000 civilians broke out of the conflict zone at the Mullaitivu end over the last 24 hours. The LTTE sentries, initially overwhelmed, recovered and opened fire on the fleeing civilians.
    The sentry was then heard on intercepted radio communications calling the LTTE command centre for reinforcements. The LTTE responded with mortar fire which fell within the conflict zone. Around 250 were injured or killed due a combination of fire opened by LTTE sentry and mortar fire. However, more than 750 managed to make it out to safety.
    The doctors in the conflict zone were heard on intercepted communications saying that they had no facilities to treat the badly wounded numbering about 250.
    The incident was widely reported in the international news media which quotes a website well known as a Tiger disinformation outlet accusing the government forces of killing civilians. A health official who is in the Tiger controlled area was quoted by the BBC as having said that so far 378 civilian have been killed by shelling from the Sri Lankan army. Sources in Colombo said that the health official is in no position to give an independent account as he is virtually another captive of the Tigers.

  73. Loss of human lives like this is terrible. But the only way to stop this is for the LTTE to lay down the arms and surrender. Instead of that they are using the civilians as WEAPONS. Not only as shields, but the actual weapon against the GOSL. And the GOSL will not stop this as it is what the LTTE wants now and trying to achieve, and any ceasefire would mean a loss to the SL Army. The problem in there is that the SL Army is much more powerful than what it was before and it might not be possible even for the president or the defence secretary to stop them. And it might even lead to a military coup in SL.
    I do not think India would intervene in any sort of military aspect as it would drag the Chinese and the Russians in to it as well. There’s no way the GOSL going to run with their tails in between legs like they did in 1987. And t would mean a war between India and Sri Lanka.
    The best outcome for this is the total defeat of the LTTE as soon as possible.

  74. HELLLO,
    THIS IS NOT A CRICKET MATCH. STOP COUNTING . THESE ARE LIVES. YOU GUYS ARE NOT CARE ABOUT THE LIVES. STOP COUNTING.

  75. cry for the beloved country.

    the final conflagaration is happening – the ‘iruthipoor’ – it is devouring the wretched of vanni, the teenage tiger conscript with 2 hours training, the trained government soldier, the hapless tamil newborn, the tamil civilian imprisoned by the tiger edicts within ‘eelam’.

    the slogan chanted by all the tigers and followers is now true and happening – tamil eelam or death. the world (West) looks on – helpless and unable or unwilling to act. those in power who do have the ability to act (MR, VP, India, China, UN) are determined to win or lose in a blaze and take all with them to meet the dark king of the underworld (yaman).

    those trapped in the conflict zone are cursing those who brought them to this plight. they think it would be better if an atomic bomb is dropped annihilating everyone is a second rather than this horrible, miserable and slow slow death of a thousand cuts and burns.

    cry the beloved country.

  76. Stop taking sides or accusing each other. Feel for these people. Now a days I can’t stop crying. These children are dying and suffering without knowing why they are punished.

    Sinhalaese should be ashamed to have a leader like MR and tamils should be ashamed to have a leader like piraphakaran. I never believed in Ramayana story which says Sri Lankans are monsters not humans. After this, I believe the story of Ramayana. we are uncivilised monsters .

    People who justify/questions about numbers are not worth considering themselves as human beings.

  77. I will not say any more coments folks
    This is my last one

    Mark this

    If I am Rajabaksa of Lanka I will be peeing in my pants fearing of Indian elections
    Do not say It is impossible for 3rd front to form Government in India > It is possible
    Any thing can happen in Indian politics

    Madam Jayalaitha is making gains all over Tnadu.
    latest polls shows she will win atleast 35 seats of 40
    All her speeches are Anti Rajabaksa and Anti Srilankan Goverment She is gaining momentum in Tamil Nadu People love her
    If she contributes 35 seats out of 40 to form Central Government with 3rd front and become Prime Minister ( 5% chance)
    Rajabaksa is a dead meat No doubt on that

    What happens 3rd front join with BJP ( Hindu nationalist ) who are pro Hindu party
    Already Modi ( Gujarrath CM) and Advani ( BJP prime minister saying much needs to be done t
    o save Tamils in Lanka They are blaming current government for this crisis .

    If BJP or 3rd front form Government They will do justice for Tamils

    BJP and alliance are already making noise that Hindus are massacred in Lanka

    The present Government is friendly with Lankan Government . It does not mean next government ( If it is different than Congress) will have the same friendship It could turn 180 degrees opposite which means Rajabaksas ass could be f–ked upside down

    The point is Rajabaksa will be praying to his God Budha for victory of Congress now .There is a good possiblity Congress might form Government
    They are counting on the Northeren India seats
    Rajabaksa will be safe If congress I form Government That is not a good news for Tamils. Which means suffereings wil continue

    Pirabakaran murdered so many many people He is a ruthless psycho . He killed our beloved Rajiv Gandi also

    Rajabaksa ( Ravana) is kiling tamils indiscriminatly without Fear

    Both will be punished sooner than later

  78. [THESE NUMBERS ARE ONLY OF THOSE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL.]

    These doctors are under LTTE pressure to put blame on SLA.We all know what would happen to them if they claim motars are coming from LTTE areas.So your numbers obtained from these doctoes carry no validity.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Suit yourself you cold – blooded creature devoid of humanity. Human tragedies are only propaganda exercises for the likes of you

    Also keep way from this site. Shoo!Scat! Scram!

  79. yea, LTTE seems to be holding people against their will, but what happens to the people who managed to cross over and come to the government territory? young women are sexually abused and people disappear in the detention camps run by the government. from the smoke into the smother?

  80. On second thought I agree that Prabakharan being root cause of Tamil suffering must GO

  81. Hi DBS,
    They ARE now allowing reporters to the IDP camps and the perimeters of the No-Fire Zone. Would you like to take a free visit courtesy the SL Govt? You speak Tamil, and you would get a first-hand account of what these innocent Tamils who have long-suffered say.
    If you wish to visit, please reply to this or to my email (which I believe you may have access to through this comments blog). I can arrange it.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Wow ! you are something.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    I will not forget what happened to Lasantha.

    I dont need a govt sponsored trip to Lanka. why dont you ask Colombo to give visas to the 471 Journalists denied visas and give them free access to conflict zone?

    why dont you ask govt to invite deported Channel 4 crew back into the country and send them to war zone?

  82. Mr. DSB
    We need to eradicate LTTE terrorists though we feel so sad about those civilians. That is the fact; if not much more innocent civilians will die in future. Even Sri Lankan forces used heavy weapons; I strongly believed that they do not deliberately target the civilians. Mr DSB in your article under heading of ‘’Tigers, Tamil Diaspora and The Tamil civilians Plight’’ you mentioned tigers are locating their artillery and mortars in thickly populated places and engaging the enemy, thus bringing about inevitable retaliatory attacks. So what armed forces suppose to do? They have to destroy the tiger artillery positions. When people die they used it to pressurise the Sri Lankan government. I understand your feelings about the innocent people as I feel the same.

  83. DBS,
    You can help those innocent Tamils who are suffering by asking the Tamil expatriates to donate something. Right now, hundreds of thousands of SInhalese are donating to centers and Buddhist Temples, much needed clothes baby milk powder etc.

    But I must say, Tamil expatriates have labeled these poor Tamils who escaped the LTTE as traitors, and are not giving them anything.

    We Sinhalese in the US and Canada have started over 20 donation centers for these people ( our website: http://www.futuresrilanka.com/index.php )

    You can help. Please inform the world about this.
    Thanks,
    Regards.

    (EDITED)

  84. when and how this will end? I lost all my hope. If the IC don’t act now, when they will act. Another Rwanda is in the making. War criminals should be brought to International criminal court.

  85. This is the feeling all over Tamil Nadu and oter parts of South India

    ck the speech by Jayalalitha

    I do not agree with Eelam but need to send Indian Troops to Lanka to save Tamils from Rajabaksa ( Ravanas)

    If South Parties join with BJP it could happen

    Mahida will scratch his balls( little chillie) after a month hiding in a curve

    Hindu

  86. The GOSL is sowing the seeds for future conflict. Do they think that Tamils will forget this massacre and live peacefully in a united Sri Lanka? While Tamils are being killed for their identity, the Congress and DMK tell us that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces have stopped combat operations due to their “tireless effort.” This is the greatest betrayal by Tamil leaders in living memory. When is Tamil Nadu going to grow a backbone?

  87. Hi DBS
    You and most of the commentors are saying that LTTE should leave the people from there custody. But we should better understand..something.
    1.that people who left the LTTE custody are they safe?
    2. Whats guaranteed that people fled from LTTE will have better life?
    3. Importantly most of them staying with LTTE now is families from LTTE members. Will SLA give them new life?

    Answers for the above questions are absolutly “NO”.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The people are fleeing LTTE held areas. They are voting with their feet.

    The people want to live first. If one has the right to life only other rights can be enjoyed.

    Now Balakkumar

    Please stop this tiger propaganda

    The LTTE is killing and injuring and whipping with Panammmattai the people who want to leave.

    Are you saying that the tigers are doing this fo0r the good of the people?

    The IDPs are telling aid workers ” we have problems in the camps but we are better off as we are safe”

    This is the reality

    There is a humanitarian tragedy going on and the LTTE is party to it but you and numbskulls of your type are doing propaganda for the tigers

    Shame on you !

  88. DBS,

    “Gvt says….
    It says that it is not fighting the tigers but only engaging in a humanitarian operation to rescue civilians entrapped by the tigers.”

    Who in the Gvt has said that it is not fighting the tigers?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    THE PRESIDENTIAL SECRETARIAT ISSUED A COMMUIQUE THAT ALL “COMBAT OPERATIONS” HAD CEASED. IT WAS FURTHER CLARIFIED THAT HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE

    Now Nilambare

    If you have anything worthwhile to post please do so. Otherwise please dont waste my time and your time.

    I am not here to quibble with nit – pickers like you. Time is valuable and I dont want to squander it replying to such queries.

  89. If this doctor treated 1122 injured people with in a couple of hours he would be so tired with no time to eat even. How can he submit a report also at the same time

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Trying to be too clever by half eh?

    You moron , Have you not heard about something called medical staff and personnel and other doctors you idiot?

    The Dr. laments that they are struggling to cope with this human tragedy and you heartless creature you are trying to be a smart alec!

    People like you who treat humanitarian tragedies as comedies are witless demons.

    Where is your humanity you pandithaya?

    Why cant you be a little humane in the face of a colossal humanitarian catastrophe and not display your crass insensitivity?

    You should be ashamed of yourself for being devoid of humanity and laughing at the suffering of others.

  90. DBS,
    Watching this unfolding, I remember how in the Vietnam war a US general said that they had to destroy the villages in order to protect them. I can only say “god save the civilians”. That is their only hope. As a previous poster wrote, Cry My Beloved Country. What did we do to deserve this?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Ranjan for your words. I really needed it.Some of these commentators are so insensitive. What keeps me going in the quest for a united, pluralist, egalitarian Sri Lanka are people like you. God bless!

  91. When people question what’s happening in the war zone the govt says “Shut up you are out”. When people question how reliable his information this writer says. “Shut up! you idiot! how dare you question anything I say. you idiot”. In LTTE held areas no body can even question anything. The tragedy of a nation has created a lot of ego maniacs.

    It indeed is a ttragedy to see all the lives that get stolen every day (civilians, fighting youth on both army and tiger sides). They are all dying just because of a few hardcore ego maniacs on both sides.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I am not proud of calling an idiot, idiot.

    But when the news item I have written is so clearly expressed how do I deal with guys who ask me whether this is correct and charge me of doing tiger propaganda?
    Instead of deleting them I accommodate their stupidity and point out that they are stupid

    So what?

    I write under my own name and you guys question my credibility?

    So what do you think? I submit to these morons meekly?

    If you wanna attack me go elsewhere and do so. But you cant do that here.I accommodate al diverse viewpoints but not ones insulting my integrity and credibility. Understand?

    You all are most welcome to stop reading me. The loss is not mine

    Dont use psychological terms you dont know about

  92. This has to be work of Tigers. Army is not that stupid to mass murder so many civilians so close to the TN elections. Only people who are capable of such babaric acts are Tigers. For them killing 50,000 people for their cause would not be such a big thing.

    This is a well planned tactic of the Tigers. Expect much more casualties tommorrow and day after tommorow as TN elections start. This is all in the name of making Jayalalitha win. I feel very sorry for the innocent civilians.

  93. DEAR DBSJ
    I THINK THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BOX.YOUR RESPONDS CLEARLY SHOW WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF.YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE ON THE PROPAGANDA NETWORK , ON THE LTTE PAY TICKET. A TIGER IS ALWAYS A TIGER EVEN IN SHEEP CLOTHES.TRY SELLING BEETLE.CAUSE YOUR PAY MAY NOT COME ANYMORE.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The only cat that’s out of the bag is the revelation that you are an idiot and a moron and a jackass. It was just the other day people of your type were praising me for my impartial writing. Now because I report the deaths and injuries caused to innocent civilians I am on the tiger network and getting paid by LTTE.

    Aney! nikang yanda!!

  94. DBS ignore these idiots plenty of Tamil and Sinhalese people doing something for those who eascaped and those trying to escape. Thank you for your honest wititng in the face of all this lunancy.

  95. I don’t know much about you but I am sure you are an experienced reporter. One thing I have done in my career is to teach hundreds of students, guess what, pschology! But I know just enough to know that what I know today and what I percieve as truth today is subject to change.

    Yours truly
    The Idiot

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I am very sorry.

    Please accept my apologies.

    Yes the river that we are in now is not the river we stepped into a minute ago!

  96. The human tragedy that is unfolding is truly sad. This obviously the price of armed struggle regardless of the cause or justification. The wheel always turns a full circle. The task before us, Sinhalese and Tamils, and all Sri Lankans is stop this cycle of violence, NOW!

    The images of human suffering serves also remind us of everyone else who was killed, maimed or displaced during last 30-some violent years.

    I think it is important that the Tamil Diaspora understand an important fact in the current context. The armed struggle for “liberation of tamils” waged via its proxy organization, the LTTE, is lost. Further outcries for separatism or radical solutions to tamil grievances in Sri Lanka will drive the Sinhalese further away from a posture of reconciliation. The political and the social situation in Sri Lanka is vastly different from the way it was in 1970’s and 1980’s when the rebellion began. It is time to move forward and reconcile. If the South African Blacks under Nelson Mandela could reconcile with Apartheid Whites, any other two parties of conflict should be able to also.

    I think tamils like you have an important role to play in the future peace making.

    Keep Writing!

  97. This whole saga is so sad that innocent civilians are dying.

    If anything, If there is ONE thing people unanimously agree as a result of this whole saga spaning for 30 years: That one thig is:
    How much Prabakaran love his life. Are there anymore proofs needed? Where is his cyanide?

  98. I know you are not going to post this but rad carefully what you said.

    “If you wanna attack me go elsewhere and do so. But you cant do that here.I accommodate al diverse viewpoints but not ones insulting my integrity and credibility. Understand?”

    I think Channel 4 guys had been told something similar by Gotabaya before they were deported. “If you wanna tarnish SL’s image, you can’t do it from here (i.e. in sri Lanka). Do it from somewhere else”.

    I hate to judge Gota’s lack of emotional inteligence. But I still wouldn’t call him an idiot.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The key words are insulting my integrity and credibility. I will not allow anyone to insult me in my own home and get away.

    Trying to equate me with Gota is called the fallacy of false analogy in logic

    Once again I tell you,

    If you find me obnoxious and repulsive please keep away. The choice is yours.

    But if you are my guest then you do have to abide by house rules and above all basic tenets of civility.

    Disagreeing or holding different views are all right but you just cant attack or vilify me on my own blog and question my integrity and cast aspersions on my credibility.

    I could easily delete such comments and no one will be the wiser for it. But I am accommodating them and responding directly in order to drive a point home.

    If I find that its pointless then such comments will be disallowed totally.

    Then everybody will be happy and there wont be any need for me to be uncharacteristically rude and harsh to my fellow humans on this blog

    By the way your comment is not being posted here because of your first sentence. So please dont try that trick here.

  99. Hi DBS,

    This is a private note to you!

    I’m a very fond reader of your articles. You have some fantastic sources of info from the ground, your flow of writing is clear, balanced etc etc… All good.

    However, I understand that you too being a tamil is sensitive to the plight of the sandwitched tamil civillians. But my point is the way you reply to some bloggers is too demeaning, arrogant and simply put is not good for an esteemed journalist like you. For example, don’t use the words like ” shut up! “, ” your stupid ” Your are a moran ” and many words like that…

    I trust you do understand that your reputation gets a severe beating among the ordinary readership like me. Neither such harsh replies by you does any good for the resolution of the conflict ?

    So I wish you all the best & courage to continue writing through your arfticles of brave, informative and critical analysis devoid of slang. Thanks DBS.

    Channa.

    DBSJ RESPONDS;

    Thank You Channa

    I am aware of this and as I have said before I am not proud of retorting harshly and rudely and perhaps arrogantly.

    Maybe I should simply delete some insulting comments altogether instead of trying to respond in a manner that is totally uncharacteristic of myself at a personal level

    Or maybe scrap the comments section totally.

    It is becoming a waste of time and as you say casts me in a negative light

  100. Cruelty in display.. Elephants are fighting in a small room to liberate a mouse but it is crying leave me alone, I can take care of myself, do not kill me.
    All we can do is to help the survivors now and think of the Hague later.
    Please visit this site IMHO ( international medical health organization) which has a good track record in helping people in North & East.
    Contribute as much as you can afford and disseminate it to your family and friends. This is another way to vent our feelings.
    http://theimho.org/

  101. comment 6 indian

    you are asking the wolf to look after the sheep. india is the one who is putting pressure on silanka to finish this off before election results. you may be right only if bjp comes to power.
    after the election i think sonia and rahul will be in danger.

  102. Dear JBS.
    Thanks for the factual information. I am a buddhist and always trying to live in Buddhist way. It appears to me that, what is experiencing in vanni is look like a camouflaged tribal war while hounding of tigers.Final results would be a heavy toll of casualties of Sri Lankans caught up in a war which they are not resposible and no side could claims a victory except inflaming an indefinite anger among victims of the war which would lead to a another war someday.That is why lord Buddha said “Nahi Verena Verani” .Realising the transient nature of life and all worldly phenomena, the Buddha has advised us to work out our deliverance with heedfulness, as ‘heedfulness is the path to the deathless’. It is therefore a path, a technique which may be verified by all irrespective of caste, colour or creed.

    I cannot imagine the number of would be casualties of chlidren,mothers, fathers when strongmen parade after the capture the last bastion.If they are human they cannot look back and see what happend.

  103. What wonderful way of praising the philosophy of Lord Buddha.
    Sri Lanka is the only place true Buddhism is practiced not just by the monks but also the Government leaders.
    Bless indeed the triple Gems!

  104. NAM

    This is not the time nor place to probe me and/or goad me.

    The issue of civilians getting killed and injured is a fact.

    This is all that is crucial now

    When the time comes I will try and address the issues you’ve raised.

    But for now the fact that matters is civilians getting killed and injured and how to stop it.

    Thank You

    DBSJ

    Sorry but I’ve deleted your post entirely.

  105. Hello DBS,

    When reading your responds to he so called propagandists, I could notice your anger. So many times I saw and read the Canadian General who had happened to witness the Rwanda massacre, had to be treated for nervous breakdown.
    What happened to us? Why we all are weeping now? What mistake we had made other than asking for equal rights. Is that a crime? Why the IC is treating us like this. Do you believe that really they can’t stop this massacre?

  106. In journalism the writers report.

    It is the readers to decide between the truth and the lie.
    The writers are not any different than readers.
    Questioning the writer’s intergrity is the stupid thing to do. Don’t ask when you know the answer you are going to get.

    Not everything that is written is the truth or vice versa.
    The facts remain somewhere in between.

    If what we read in the media on this subject was true, by now we would have seen some action.

    The fact is there are and will be civilian casualties. Unfortunately they are tamil innocents trapped in the tiger den. My heart goes to them and I pray for them.

    Now the tamil diaspora will probably organise even bigger protests in the streets of UK,Canada etc to express their soildarity with the dead tamils. Is this the right thing to do?

    I hope the monster will make the good use of cyanide soon.

  107. Tamils In Lanka should never ever feel They are alone
    Tamils In India will be with them
    Mahinda the SOB will pay the price soon for the crimes commited against innocent people
    Ravana can run but can not hide
    BJP , ADMK all are saying the same thing

  108. Those who “invented” , “promoted” and “helped” LTTE are responsible for all Tamil civilian deaths!

    Tamil Diaspora thought that the International Community are Really helping them.

    However in their hour of need, IC is no where to found!

    IC has taken the Diaspora Tamils for a grand ride!

    Indians tell tamils that they are not ALONE, However all Indian Politicians take Tamils a Football… they play Pandu with Tamils!

    Tamils best option is to reconcile with SINHALESE!

  109. it’s unbelievable how a first generation malayalee guy could take all sri lankan tamils on a wild goose chase
    en masse to satisfy the ego of the worldwide tamils ending in the utter destruction of North Eastern SL tamils. an entire ethnic sect has been reduced to rubble. what is truly ironic is that thalaivar is actually a malayalee from kerala & an adopted sri lankan tamil.

    NO WONDER HE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO REGARD FOR POOR TAMIL KIDS.

    104. Ranjan ‘s question –
    Cry My Beloved Country. What did we do to deserve this?

    how about supporting an uneducated mono ethnic murderer while cheering the deaths of educated tamil leaders? tamils got impressed & carried away by thalaivar’s senseless violence which was directed freely at all & sundry. so they brought it upon themselves. does that answer ur question?

    TO INDIANS WO SHOOT THEIR MOUTHS OFF – two timing indians have to answer for every drop of sinhala, tamil & muslim blood spilt here. get real !

    BTW INDIANS ARE SO SCARED OF CHINESE IT’S TRULY COMICAL. the chinese have invested too heavily in SL to simply let go. that’s the ONLY reason for india’s hands off policy.

    if not for china sri lanka would be teaming with IPKF today. china stands in the way of india.

  110. I think the Tamil civilian deaths are much more than reported by DBS.

    However I blame those deaths entierly on the LTTE and their supporters. LTTE is using those civilians as a shield. There is no doubt abut it!

    I also note the Doctor’s plight in NFZ.

    If you inqure about the IDP camps in vavuniya, most of the doctors look after those Tamil IDPs are Sinhalese!!!

    There are hundreds and thousands of Sri Lankan Tamil Doctos working all over the world. However no Tamil doctor wanted to go to Vavuniya.

    This is the ground situation. Everybody is talking about the Tamil Civilians. No body is ready to do something for them!

  111. nothing can stop tamil nadu being gobbled up by pro LTTE factions. the worldwide tamil struggle will shift from sri lanka to tamil nadu where it truly belongs. sri lanka was nothing but a poor substitute who paid a heavy price courtesy of india.

    so india will soon reap what it sowed.

  112. Kombuwa

    Quote: Those who invented , promoted and helped LTTE

    It was Sinhala Chauvinism nothing but its Chauvinistic nature helped and nurtured the LTTE.

    Don’t turn your back

  113. Hey

    Thanks for your blog. I have not agreed with you in the past but I realise you have a difficult job to do. Which ever way you write you get castigated. Difficult job. So well done. Also anybody who disagrees should always remember that this is an important service to us all despite our diffrences.

    WE have all got to take stock.

  114. Jay!!!

    It is very sad to see you becoming very personal in your articles.

    EDITED

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    PB,

    Sorry but I have to delete the rest of your comment. Nothing personal, right!

    By the way when are you going to change your pseudonym?

    It’s revolting and an insult to our readers

  115. April
    it’s people like you who invented this mess. It’s idiotic tamil nadu Sinna Dorey mentality which people like you preached that put all those innocent people in north in danger while you lot help yourselves to the comforts of the west. There was never a “Sinhala chauvinism” but the you privileged lot under the British rule who wanted to control the north and east like Maharajahs. When you couldn’t do it you gave life to a monster who lead your fantasy freedom fighter. get a life, leave the Sri Lanka to Sri Lankans, may it be Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim. You are no longer a Sri Lankan.

  116. Doctor is LTTE ,You are LTTE, Tamil Net is LTTE and all you guys are singing from the same page in a well orchestrated “LIE” ….. Good show before the Security council Meets …. Brilliant !!!………. But the days are numbered for your lies !!!….. let alone Praba’s Fate !!!… Good Luck for lying for 30 years … A job Well done !!!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Brilliant!

    All Tamils are LTTE. How about Douggie, Amman and Pillai?

    Bohoma Isthuthi!

    Hooray for KURE!!

  117. Yes Mr Jeyraj, Its tragic for us too in the South. But there is nothing we can do other than providing rations for the IDP’s. which we have done already and hoping to continue. I hope all this will come to an end soon and Tamil people of Sri Lanka will be able to live with dignity thereafter, like the way they live in Colombo among us now! I am eagerly waiting until that happens so that we’ll be able to go back to the glorious sixties when we were neighbours who trusted each other so well!

  118. Dear Mr Jeyaraj,
    I have read your article with interests and I am more puzzled than ever about your unpredictable behaviour cum writing.

    (EDITED)

  119. You say your information is based on the hospital reports and it is impossible to veryfy these casualies were caused by the shelling of the govt. or the motar launch by LTTe. The point is not what the govt or theLTTE say but what you say. When you report these incidents you give the impression that you are bias. Iam like you really worried about the plight of the civilians , Iam not only worried about the civilians shelled by the govt but also the shooting at the fleeing civilians by LTTE, sucidel attacks of LTTe targeting innocent tamils, these events should also be pararally reported along with the unverified sheling . You yourself see how your fans who really regard you as a great writer been disturbed and a little disappointed by your recent writing. You are also aggressive in your responces and this indicate you are also shaken. Leave other people to report events based on unverified reports and write to us something more than that.

  120. Kombuwa, Tamils will look after their own affairs. Are you deaf, dumb and blind? This is what we have been telling all these years! The response from your Govt. is organized pogroms against the Tamils in 1958,1977,1983 and then it became every day affair there after. Let your rapist, murderous army and the rabid Defence Secretary, get out of the Tamil homeland first.

    P.S Don’t tell that you will never allow seperation!! You have admitted sepertion when you said “most of the doctors look after those Tamil IDPs are Sinhalese! your Govt. has accepted seperation the moment they bombed the Tamil areas.(no Govt. bombs its own people)The moment they withheld food and medicine to the Tamil areas they have forsaken the authority to Govern them!! The moment your Govt. insisted that Tamils should show a reason to be in Colombo or any other areas, you have accepted that Tamils are from a different country!!!! The moment your govt. imposed visas for a Tamil to go from one town to another you have accepted seperation(eg. for a Jaffna person to go to Colombo) Ha! Ha!

  121. the solution to this tragedy is simple….the tamil terrorists need to let the tamil civilians go instead of imprisoning them and blowing up tamil civilians trying to escape.
    what a shame that so many tamils have to suffer so that one man the “sun god” of the tamils can escape.
    the tamil terrorism over the last 30 years has bought them to this stage….at least now how about letting the tamil people (that the terrrorists claim to fighting for) go.
    all the sun god needs to do to help these people is to let them go.

  122. It amazes me that when something like this happens how quick some people are to point fingers, give out labels and choose sides.

    As a ‘Sinhala Chauvinist’ I choose the side of the innocent civilians who got shelled yesterday.

  123. Dear DBSJ
    I love your column and the way you analysis the situation in the North of Sri Lanka. Do you think the Tigers would let civilians to leave the war zone or lay down their arms if Sri Lankan government agreed to ceasefire a pause?. The government paused the offensive against Tigers twice within last 2 months. The Tigers did not allow single civilians to flee the area. I feel so sorry for the suffering of civilians within the no fire zone. The time has come for the Tamil diaspora to denounce the Tigers.

  124. DBSJ, if you are a reporter, you should keep tyhe emotions at bay. I am not saying you should not be a human being when you are a reporter, but your defensive posture puts a questionable tone even to the original report to which people are responding. Let people write what they write.. the people you really care about (for whom you presumably write) will know what to make of thise jackass comments. We hardly even finish reading them – that’s why the pagedown button was put in by the keyboard manufacturers.

    Just respons to the sensible posts, and we’ll all be wiser!

    Anyway, on a related note – even though you do reporting work, you also do op-ed pieces. You do write opinions of your own. And some are analytical – at least an attempt is made. Why don’t you write a piece on what you think the solution should be. We can then filter any new developments through the solution strainer and see what could be the most sensible path to progress (of course, only if the solution is sensible). Reporting on atrocities commited by both sides is all well and good, but does not provide readers with a reference point – it’s neither here nor there. Of course, all of us will have our own solutions in mind.

    -p

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank You

    Point taken

  125. Jayantha,

    Government never Paused, Period.

    LTTE is not going to Pause either, Period.

    We need EXTERNAL INTERVENTION TO SAVE THE TAMILS.

    I am not DBS but your assumption that Government paused is nothing but farce.

    They only pauce for few hours when ICRC is there to pick the rubbles and flesh left by the Cluster bombs and chemical bombs.

  126. Chnna post 113

    DBSJ

    I share the same view. I can understand your frustration, helplessness and anger.

    All Tamil feel the same way. I do feel the same way, I cursed people those who brought these to our Tamils. What can we do? Both LTTE and GOSL are not willing to amend their ways. They become crueler day by day.

    I hope that MR and Brothers Co will have their time in the International Criminal Court of Justice one day.

  127. Thanks for this DBSJ;
    I have said this before, I think GOSL has really crossed the line and are taking the country in to a very dark patch! I may or may not be true (only history will prove).
    End of the day poor civilians (including many kids) are dying, those who advocate; “it’s sad but for a good cause”, can you guys be so insensitive because all this could have been avoided. There is no point in even talking about LTTE, because one can not expect anything better from them, afterall they are a terror outfit!!
    LTTE is gone and finished, I really doubt whether VP et al are even in this small patch of land. But GOSL is calling for VP’s blood like a modern day Shylock with callous disregard for civilians, c’mon these are part of our people and our country!
    It is time for all Sri Lankans, if we have a conscience, to call for a ceasefire. Value of life is only to that person, no one has the right to take anybody’s life.
    Lets hope something good will happen very soon!!

  128. DBJ
    Ltte terrerist all over the world. So SLGOV Have to think about civilian if they are democretive. Otherwise the world have to reconise SL as a tererist Government. Most of the Sinhaleese are Terrerist minded they dont allow to give any solution to Tamils. God have to save Tamils. Because Tamils have suffer out of safety ZOne aswel

  129. As you’ve mentioned in your respnse elsewhere, the best and the longer term solution for this problem is for Prabhakaran to take Cyanide and die and let the people live.

    I am already burdened with a heavy heart and angry at the plight and the helplesness of the civilians in Vanni being kept at gun point by the so called ‘liberators’, ‘war heroes or maaveerar’ etc. My blood boils more when I read comments like that of Balakkumar (#101), a typical Tiger lunatic who assumes he knows what is best for the people than the people themselves. These weeds must be rooted out of the Tamil and Western societies (wherever they live) and send back to the Vanni to join their heroes Prabhakaran & co in place of the Tamil civilians held at gun point.

    I am angry at SL Govt for the use of heavy artillery, but I also believe if the roles were reversed and Tigers were in commanding position, then they would not have hesitated to kill not hundres but thousands to finish the final lap.

    I never paid much attention to Karuna, but his comments that Prabhakaran was a coward and never came to the battle front and always stayed at the base seems very plausible looking at events now. Prabhakaran’s exploits were in Goebbels style proaganda in demonising every potential threat and ambushing unsuspecting victims – whether the ‘first political assasination’ in North-East (Alfred Thuraiappah); or the slaughter of unsuspecting young boys from East who were in Jaffna to train with other militant groups; or the murders of numerous Tamil intellectuals and moderates. The sooner he is captured or killed, the sooner the Tamils can pick up the pieces, or what is left of.

  130. Tamils wanted to carve out a separate Country for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    However those who wanted that did not like to toil for their own idea.

    Hence, ther separation struggle was “out sourced” to a part time smuggler Velu Pille, who started his carreer as a bank robber.

    The little snake Velu was fed by the Tamils who wanted “more”…

    And the snake grew… in to an anachonda… and started to engulf all those who opposed him…

    Velu killed many Tamil leaders fearing that they will make trouble for his leadership among the Tamils.

    Shamelessly, Tamils backed the convicted killer, thief and smuggler as their Thalaivar!

    He killed Rajeev Ghandhi thus making India indifferent to Tamil cause!!!!! Thalaivar killed Amirthalingam, all TULF MPS, Neelan Thiruchelvam and Kathiragamar!

    Thalaivar created his own dynasty…

    Now his life cycle is at the end phase. Velu is not going to go down easily.

    Thalaivar’s goons all over the world INSISTED that the Tamils live in the western world demonstrate against the GOSL waving the Tiger flag.

    By doing that Thalaivar managed to brand those Tamils as TERRORIST supporters!

    Now Thalaivar is hiding behind the Tamil Civilians. The co-latteral dame for the civilians are high. Perhaps 1000 odd people died since last firday.

    Yet, Thalaivar has not give up his struggle to live, sacrificing Tamils!

    Worst thing is some so called Tamils still justify and support Thalaivar and LTTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  131. Hi Jay,
    the story may be true. but who is responsible for this brutality. the LTTE. you wrote an article recently “please let my people to go”. I am repeating the same phrase to MR Prabaharan,please let our people to go. don’t holding them as human shield. I used to suport the LTTE before but I know now this man is not a human. he is a brutal beast. if he is a real freedom fighter then he shloud allow the people to go and then to fight with SL army. I don’t think president Rajapakshe is an Angel either. but this is what Prabaharan wanted. he wants to kill his own people.no one can do anything about this. But LTTE has no right to talk about the tamil people. Prabaharan already sold the tamil people to Rajapaksae for 180million rupees.

  132. Dear DBSJ
    Please do not loose your temper. Remember that you are a good reporter and we are awaiting eagerly to read your next article. As Premila of Sydney, You should keep the emotions at bay and write a piece on what you think the solution for this terrible problem.

  133. This is just terrible. Reading all this is very disturbing. I cannot imagine the plight of the civilians going through all this without proper food and water in the heat inhaling all the smoke and in great physical/emotional pain. I pray that their suffering ends soon. It is very hard to digest these pictures. Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I am really wondering what Prabakaran’s wife will be thinking right now. Did she really love this animal or was she brain washed like the suicide bombers or was she forced to put up with him like the innocent people now used as human shields or is she an animal just like him. God only knows.

  134. There is no denying that a terrible human tragedy has occurred. How accurate the casualty figures is irrelevant here. What we need to know is whether there is any way of verifying whether this was really caused by goverment troops or by the LTTE or whether these people fell victim to some sort of crossfire between the SLA and the Tigers?

  135. BEWARE OF SCAM. ( Vision8 )

    Vision8 and the SO called donation are simply selling Srilankan Products ( their own business)

    THE ONLY RELIABLE ORGANIZATION THAT IS DOING SOMETHING IS MSF ( Also known as Doctors without Borders)

    http://www.msf.org ( sometimes difficult to get the site)

    http://doctorswithoutborders.org/

    DBS,

    you should not let some scamers use your site for their own business.

  136. So much deaths !

    NO

    these are cold blooded murders !

    who did these? I don’t know.

    whom to blame ? I don’t now

    SL Army ?

    They will say LTTE used them as human shield in place of sand bags and fired from behind. And Army keep on killing. They are trained to kill so will never miss an opportunity come across.

    LTTE ?

    they will say SLA bombed, used cluster ammunition and all banned substances etc to kill Tamils ‘discriminately . ( LTTE cadres are spared)

    Tamil Diaspora ?

    They will sing GOSL is engaged in genocide in connivance with Indian Govt.

    International Community ?

    they will say we are disappointed with GOSL and will request LTTE to be rationale !

    INGOs ?

    they will say they are still counting the bodies and finding out each body’s religion to understand our collateral lose in investment made in Srilanka.

    I don’t know who is actually behind this massacre.

    But I suspect or I would blame those who generously contributed for Prabhakaran’s growth and never tried to make any checks when giving cheques.

    Those people has to answer for these deaths who comfortably lives in foreign countries and send money to a megalomaniac who annihilated anyone who had a different opinion than his.

    Those people are responsible who holds banners of LTTE in London streets and send money to LTTE but never uttered a word against their beneficiary or made request to their beneficiary to release the civilians from their hold or at least to move away from civilian areas to avoid catastrophe like this.

    Why ?

    May be the diaspora still believe that by saving Prabhakaran at the cost of thousands of civilians they can still pursue the Eelam war. The diaspora may be still thinking, a tragic human catastrophe will turn things into their favour.

    I pray to God for the imminent death of Prabhakaran for the sake of thousands lives and to see a green united Srilanka than RED Srilanka.

    Hearty condolences to those ldied
    and
    deep sympathy to who parted their limbs, loved ones, health, money , pride … everything due to this bloody war….

    with tears,

    Pramod.

  137. Yo! Jeyaraj,

    You are a mere morsel trying to make a noice about a lost battle, lost culture and a community destined to be erased from the Sri Lankan soil.

    To sum up the predicament of the Tamils today!!!!!

    – Ajith Boralugoda

    (EDITED)

  138. Dear DBSJ,

    This is Sivaji (Comment.5). Apparently another person is posting comments (Comment 25) with the same name. So I change my name from Sivaji to Sivaji_K from now on.

  139. Comment #45.
    Martin Thomas,

    Quote: Will this rogue Mahinda and his henchmen do the same thing if this problem was in the South of the Country?

    Martin, yes! Eeven all the other past governments of Sri Lanka haven’t distinguished between Tamils or Sinhalese, when in comes to a national issue. A cancer was recognized as a cancer and was treated accordingly. Remember the armed uprisings of JVP against the ruling governments in 1971 (SLFP) and 1987-89 (UNP)?

    An estimated 15,000 Sinhala youth recognised as insurgents were killed in 1971.

    The JVP murdered probably thousands of Sinhalese people and crippled the country with violently-enforced “hartals” (general strikes) during the 2 years from 1987-89. The then GoSL ( UNP) although won a decisive military victory there were credible accusations of brutality and extra-judicial methods. The murdered were Sinhala youth too, like in 1971.

    All these insurgencies ended when the government forces capturred and killed Wijeweera and his deputy in November 1989 in Colombo. That was the end of the militant JVP.

    Interestingly the present GoSL, is on a similar misssion, to kill Praba and his deputies and the chances are that they will succeed and end Tamil militancy in a very short time.

    Talk yes, like the JVP now does, but guns no!

    As you see, the GOSLs of Sri Lanka haven’t and will not distinguish between ethnical identities of terrorists when it comes to the integrity of Sri Lanka.

    Got it?

  140. Dear DBS,

    Please do not waste your valuable time and energy on reponding to these idiots as this will only encourage them to repeat the nonsense more! By the way, it reminds me a story: A saint was trying to help a drowning scorpian from the water and every time he trys to help it with his bare hand, it kept on stinking the saint. He had no choice other than to let him drop back in the water on each attempt. In the end, the saint got fed up and asked the scorpian “why on earth you are doing this? don’t you understand that I am only trying to help you?” The scorpian innocently replied “I am only scorpian! what do you expect!!”. Moral of the story is don’t help the morons as they are all morons.

    Wish you well:)
    Ravi

    DBSJ RESPONDS;

    Thank You Ravi

    Many have sent me e-mails with the same kind of advice. I thank them all. Yes I will adhere to that and save a lot of time, energy and space on this site

  141. I am amazed that people justify this mass murder of Tamil civilians by the GOSL by blaming the LTTE .

    Vision8 (above and website: http://www.futuresrilanka.com/index.php ) seems to be a Gamini Dissanayake type.

    Gamini Dissanayake (after the 1983 pogrom): “Who attacked you? The Sinhalese. Who saved you? The Sinhalese.”

    Vision8 (now): “Who bombed you and made you orphans homeless and destitute? The Sinhalese. Who is going to feed you and house you now? The Sinhalese”

  142. Please LTTE LEADER (TERRORIST LEADER NOT TAMIL LEADER) LET PEOPLE ESCAPE FROM THIS TRAGIC WAR ZONE , WHY YOU KEEP THESE INNOCENT PEOPLE FORCIBLY, SHOOTING ON THEM WHENEVER THEY ARE TRYING TO GET OUT……????

    (EDITED)

  143. Dear DBS

    If this was done by LTTE as army claims what will be your next action ????????

  144. It is evident that the casualty figures are taken from a Government Doctor who has been trapped inside LTTE controlled area. One can reasonably conclude that
    1. The doctor has reported this information to Ministry of Health and ICRC and he has the due responsibility to report the true situation at the hospital. Therefore, one should not doubt the civilian casualties in this military conflict between GOSL and LTTE.
    2. The doctor has reported the truth but NOT the whole truth. He has not reported who caused these causalities. The same doctor when interviewed by BBC Tamilosai said that there is much civilian causality with gun shot injuries. When asked whether these are due to shooting by LTTE he said that he did not know. He also said that he is not aware of the fact that civilians are trying to escape from the war zone. So much so regarding the freedom of speech exercised by the doctor within the LTTE controlled area.
    Sri Lankan armed forces only know ‘the torch earth policy’ to win this war against equally brutal LTTE. It is evident from the way they re-captured all those areas that were under the LTTE control. Knowing this policy LTTE continued to retreat throughout this war. Therefore, the final strategy of LTTE for its survival is to hold the civilians as a shield so that civilian causalities will slow down the forward march of Sri Lankan army.
    The most important aspect of this article is to highlight the human catastrophe unfolding in this military conflict. None of us have any control over GOSL to force a ceasefire with LTTE but some of us are in a position to appeal to LTTE on account of the same blood and flesh of the Tamil people to evacuate the civilians from the war zone which I think is the only way to avert the impending human catastrophe.

  145. There is no point in arguing who is shelling/harming the civilians. ( Although I deplore tiger tactics of using civilians as human shields, war tactic and and last weapon of their survival. I also doubt that GOSL would resort to shelling just before TN elections! There’s something fishy!)
    I can remember how meanly the pro LTTE people commented when civilians are killed in south by tiger bombs saying that Sinhalese deserve it and IC should keep away since Tigers are going to win the war & create ealam. Now the very same people do the opposite.
    When we say there is no military solution, it applies to tigers as well. They should give up arms.
    Buddha said, ‘Nahi verena verani’, you can not win through hatred. He also said, ‘Aththanan upaman kathwa, nahaneiya na gathaye”- Put your self in victims shoes and abstain from killing/hurting.
    So if I were detained by the tigers like these civilians what would I do? May be praying that someone come and rescue me. I pray that our army can do that without any colatteral damage.
    Whether it is 1000 lives or 1 life doesnt matter, all of these people including our valiant soldiers and misguided Tamil youth are dying and Mother Lanka must be weeping for all of these beloved children. We have to save every life.
    I am sorry that we are born at this era to witness such tragedy for last 30 years.
    I am praying all gods to save the lives of all people by guiding all warring parties to peace at heart, so they can realize the best way to end fighting in a sensible manner.

  146. Thanks DBS once again giving the detail description given by the DR.

    What will happen to this DR. if SLA eventually captures the area?

    I was listining to CP 24 last night and read from various reports where the GOSL representative denying his report and balming him to be LTTE supporter or he is being pointed a gun to tell. One if he is pointed a gun by the LTTE why is his count lower than the LTTE count?

    I also know first hand that ARMY came in with 3 buses to one of the Vavuniya IDP center and has taken all the young people ( 3 bus loads) and till now parents don’t know where they were taken, whether they are alive or not.

    Please bring this to the readers. Civilians are the casulty from both side.

    GOSL in their propaganda they say it is a Humanitarion Operation. If it is they will treat the ones who have come to their side well. Unfortunately the treating well takes place for few minutes for the camera.

    Also LTTE is not innocent.

  147. Dear DBSJ,

    I notice that you seem to get very annoyed when people question you, so I am including this preamble to say I mean no disrespect to you personally, and wholeheartedly condemn attacks against civilians. As you say, whoever was reponsible for the atrocities, the sheer horror of the civilian plight is mind numbing, and wholly unacceptable, be it one person who died, or a thousand.

    I would very much like however, to get to the bottom of who is responsible, for the simple reason that if there is deliberate targeting of civilians, the perpertrators should be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by local and international law.

    I think there are two issues, did any shelling actually take place, and if so, who did it. You cite reports by hospital workers to which you lay strong credence, which seemed to be less credible to some readers. I think the fact that the Government has also recently come out with the claim that civilians were shelled (by the LTTE) seems to unequivocally point to the fact that some such catastrophe did take place.

    The second question is of paramount importance, would you not agree? If it was the Army, clearly this fact needs to be highlighted, and investigated carefully for there to be any sort of credibility for the government claims of rescuing civilians in their ongoing operations. However what if it was the LTTE as the army claim, shelling civilians in order to gain international sympathy? Currently we have two versions of the story, and I for one have no trouble believing the LTTE is capable of such genocide in order to save their cowardly skins. The point is, if it indeed was the LTTE, what’s the point of any sort of ceasefire? They will just regroup, and find the optimal way of maximising civilan casualties and minimising their own.

    I understand that you have no way of knowing with any sort of certainty, but the tone of your article seemed to indicate that you tended towards the thesis that it was the army doing the shelling. Just wondering whether you had any thoughts, or perhaps conversations with people on the ground, that led you to this view, if indeed you do hold this view.

    By the way, I too would add to those voices that advise ignoring purely offensive and inflammatory posts. The average reader is perfectly capable of recognising them for what they are, and I assure you, casts aspersions on their integrity and intelligence, not yours.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear Dinesh

    Thank you for this comment and yes Thank you also for the advice about the manner in which I have responded to some comments

    As I have said before I am not proud of those responses , being rude and harsh , as they are most uncharacteristic of the real me

    I have decided to respond differently to particular comments in a bid to avoid unnecessary “confrontations” with certain types of people

    Just one thing I dont get annoyed when people simply question me or disagree with my viewpoint.

    What irritates me is the way in which they make those comments and queries. So I also respond angrily.But enough of that.

    About your main question.

    It is a fact that the LTTE has also been firing on civilians trying to escape their clutches. They have used firearms but I have not got any reliable information so far that they used mortars. This does not mean they have not done so.Also they do fire at the army from within civilian dwellings inviting retaliatory fire harmful to the civilians

    As for the army shelling, yes, I do have very reliable independent confirmation that the Army is indeed shelling. I used Dr. Shanmugarajah’s name for this story because he had already gone public talking to various news agencies and the BBC. But I have independent confirmation from others whose names I cannot mention for obvious reasons.

    Maybe this is one reason leading to my getting irritated when people challenge me about my sources of information or accuse me of being tiger. I have to protect my sources so I have to keep mum.

    Those of us who have lived in the north – east know from where the shells are coming. There is a whistle like sound that precedes it.Immediately people take cover. If and when you are able to see the shells falling and exploding one can determine the direction from where it comes. One cannot know the exact spot where a mortar is located but the general area can be gauged.

    In this incident the shells came mainly from Puthukkudiyiruppu, Keppapulavu, Vatraappalai and Mullaitheevu town area. It is the Army that occupies these places now. The LTTE is confined only to coastal strip.

    I go to extra trouble (breaking rest despite being diabetic) and expense to verify facts independently. Very often my facts like casualty numbers are much lower than the figure put out by LTTE media. I am regularly accused by tiger elements of deliberately underplaying the damage done.

    It is therefore irritating to see people accuse me of being a tiger propagandist or govt propagandist for simply trying to write what I BELIEVE is the truth. There could be errors but the intentions are genuine and when that is challenged I flare up .

    I am quite certain that a large number of the shells that fall on civilians are fired by the army.

    What angers me is the shameless denial of the govt that they are firing and the untrue statement that they have stopped firing artillery and mortars.

    The only thing I agree with the govt position is that they can bring about terrible and tremendous destruction if they went on shelling and bombing in full force. As Sarath says they can flatten the area in as few hours

    But the limited area is so saturated with civilians that even when they fire at tigers or tiger positions , people will inevitably get affected. The tigers going about in civilian dress does not help either.

    Dinesh, I have stated again and again that the people are trapped between an army claiming to liberate them and an LTTE claiming to protect them.

    What saddens me is the partisan attitudes of some people seemingly devoid of humanitarian feelings. How insensitive some are in disputing facts or blaming others without any sympathy for the victims.

    Anyway Why I support a humanitarian pause is simply this

    The LTTE is boxed in now. The armed forces are right on top and if the naval cordon is effective there can be no sea escape either.

    So why cant the Army sit it out for a while instead of trying to plunge in?

    The International community says that a humanitarian pause is essential to negotiate with the tigers and get the people out. Whether this will work out is a matter of speculation. But it is worth giving a try. Every possible opportunity to save lives must be grasped and explored. I cannot see the govt risking anything by going in for a humanitarian pause.

    It is very possible that the LTTE will not agree and everything will collapse. But a responsible govt trying to unify the country cannot simply pre-judge the issue. It MUST TRY.

    The govt gave pledges to the UN on this and are now defaulting

    What Colombo does not see in its triumphal mood is that a stron case can be made against it for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Firing on civilian saturated areas with the full knowledge that harm could be inflicted on civilians is a serious matter.

    I have often opposed the charge of genocide against the govt. While civilians are getting killed I argue that it does not constitute genocide. But I must say the action of killing and injuring civilians while rejecting a humanitarian pause does indeed have genocidal elements.

    I think I’ve rambled but once again Thank You very much

  148. Time has come for the Tamils – those who don’t subscribe to LTTE – to forcefully speakout for an UN intervention AND DENOUNCE LTTE.

  149. Hi Jay,
    we need to help the IDP people.could you please let me know how we can assist them financially.if you know any reliable organisation please make me to contact. in that case I will give my real contact details to you. you don’t need to publish this whole comment . I can ask my friends as well.
    thanks

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I dont want to recommend any particular organization. But I am sure you and friends can identify a suitable one

  150. I am disappointed by the tone of your replies.

    (SLIGHTLY EDITED)
    I appreciate your feelings maybe hurt at this particular juncture, but that is no reason to vent all your anger at the commentators? you should appreciate all the replies. They post comments because they care, if somebody asks stupid/contradictory things to your thinking don?t bother replying? JUST IGNORE?..

    I agree with you Nalin – DBSJ

  151. Dear DBS,

    Thank you for these articles and for continuing, diligently and scrupulously, to file your reports as you always have done, in the teeth of everything that is going on. Your contributions are especially valuable now because so many who should know better, trying to counter one position or another, are writing weasel words they will surely regret in time.

    Those of us that have been reading you over the years, or like me have read your journalism in old newspapers/ copies of the LG etc in the library, know you are above petty partisanship and know the authority your words have, and that is enough.

    One thing though, please keep the comments section open, and please continue when possible to respond. Your responses contain your outrage and act as a call to our consciences. “All that you have done to our people is registered in notebooks” as the poet wrote. That applies of course to both the LTTE & state …

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH THUSHARA -…… DBSJ

  152. People, don’t blame the LTTE. As you Sinhalese say that they are a terrorist Organization, why are you expecting them to release the civilians?
    Now the Question is not weather the LTTE release or not, but as a elected democratic Government (If that still holds) what is your responsibility? Can the GoSL justify in anyway what they have done and doing to the civilians?
    Why the GoSL is so shy on allowing the UN?
    Why the GoSL is so shy on allowing the international community in evacuation process?
    Because the GoSL is guilty in all way. GoSL will suffer for its acts in the future. That is for sure. If they kill 10’000 Tamils they should be prepared to scarify 10 million Sinhalese.
    That time is not far from today!
    Load Buddha left the palace, Sri Lankan Bikkus rule the parliament!

  153. thre is a lot of disputing of the figures by either parties. I thnak DBS for trying maske sense of it within his capacity.
    If thre is claims and counter claims the only honourable thing to do
    is to let indepemndent witness. The war in SL is one of the few wars in the world conducted without independent witnesses.
    The LTTE has repetedly said they are willing to have them
    But the GSOL has repeatedly denied them
    What is the government trying to hide?

  154. Dear DBSJ,

    I can assure you with authority, MANY of your facts on how the casualties were caused are far from truth! When i say this I mean it and I have verified it beyond any DOUBT to my self from reliable sources. Due to obvious reasons cannot reveal my full identity, because i have a responsibility to protect the lives of some of my very very close colleagues. Its not that i am scared!

    Please re-verify your sources. I am a careful and enthusiastic reader of your articles. Therefore i thought i owe this piece of advice (I am sure you will humbly accept my 2Cents).

    I wish you good luck in your career and hope you will learn .

    Thank you!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear Kogulan

    Thank you for your comment and no it’s certainly worth much, much more than 2 cents.

    I have deleted your comparison with another WRITER for obvious reasons.

    But I will be very happy to get your input on this matter and IF necessary make corrections.

    Can you please e- mail me the facts as soon as possible

  155. Shan Bharath ,

    Now you eelamists don’t have guts to say you are eelamist.Just pretending a Indian.You ask any North Indian and come to know how many of them have pleasant feelings about TN.

  156. DBS,

    Re. Comment #132 and your salutation. A US writer who came with those millionaires last week gives us a new
    Sinhala word for thanks – Is2T. Saves time/space and is cool (the lingo of the now generation)

    ISS

    Thanks for the tip but I prefer the old fashioned way……….. DBSJ

  157. If you live in Sri Lanka, you will realise how much the people in the South care about Tamil civilians. In the tough times they go out of the way to collect food, medicine, clothes, and water for the displaced. They do it with full heart. It shows the difference between the hatred that LTTE created towards mainly Sinhalese in the Tamil mindsets and the attitude of Sinhalese towards innocent Tamil civilians. LTTE destroyed many generations of Tamils for nothing.

    Now itself also they keep them against their will and bomb them to get international sympathy. UN Security Council meeting is few days away, and LTTE focusing on creating the maximum carnage to get the right attention. They also mobilize the naive Tamil diaspora community to go along with their campaign.

    Recently, the SL military found 381 mortars filled with White Phosphorous. This shows why LTTE made a big noise blaming military using White Phosphorous (it is to hide LTTE’s own use of them). Now LTTE are using the same type of mortars against our own to suit with the UN Security Council Meeting. We fall into their well-orchestrated campaign.

    How come a Doctor say where the shells coming from when they were fired from 1 or 2 km away and in hiding? We should ask the question, why should Sri Lanka government fire shells/mortars at civilians, knowingly that it would create heavy international backlash against them?

    The escaped civilians tell that LTTE was shelling and firing at them. The surrendered LTTE cadres tell that LTTE was shelling and firing at civilians. The UAV footage shows that LTTE firing at civilians at point blank. The Army Fire Control Radar shows LTTE firing shells within the No Fire Zone.

    When all the evidence point to the shelling the civilians to LTTE, we still conveniently ignore it to blame the government following the LTTE tune. When are we going to open our eyes and getting out of LTTE mind prison?

  158. Dear DBS,

    All these time news from news agencies end as “this civil war has killed more than 70,000 people.” There was no sympathy from any one. But now 1000 possibily more have been killed in a single day.
    How many more Tamil people needs to die in this way to get the WORLD to say enough is enough.
    If SL government can’t ptotect it’s own citizens and even worce killing them in thousonds, UN must send a strong signals to SL to stop this war.

  159. All those who lament about the casualty figures: why don’t you ask the GOSL to let the free media to the NFZ? You dont want to allow media, meantime you cannot accept the figures govt officials? Commentor No33: If the Govt doctor from the NFZ is claiming figures under LTTE pressure, how a person can say daya master is not under army pressure?

  160. Firstly Prabhakaran has missed many golden opportunities in the past by not being flexible duirng the peace process. The latest blunder was the Presidential election boycott.

    He was seeking equal parity of miltary power after cowardly decimating sri lankan intelligence and few failed high profile suicide attacks during the CFA.

    Having stocked tonnes of weapons he asked for war. He got it and he got it tight and did many miscalculations.

    Today he is cornered by a force which does not stop for anything in its path! Its adamant to tear his dream apart!

    With this we have poor tamil civilians stuck. Was was the LTTE formed?? It was for the benefit of Tamil civilians and what have they got for the last 30 years??

    Now the question is what will the minority in SL do after the war when a political package is NOT delivered as promised/?? Start another armed conflict???

  161. Dear DBSJ,

    You have done your sacred duty of bringing the human bloodbath to the rest of the world that has been respecting you and your writting for more than 30 years.

    The creatures that are trying to hurt you in this blog, doing so because those have long way to go before being civilized.

    So, Please ignore all these creatures and sustain your highly elevated respect among human being.

    Anpudan,
    Kuna

    Thangal Anbukku, Arivuraikku Mikka Nandri Kuna -……….. DBSJ

  162. In any situation it is sad to see the Civilan deaths. If SL government Gives a ceasefire what will happens?
    1) Will LTTE let civilians to go?

    2). What will happen to Pirabaharan and Pottu Amman? Any Tamil Dispora think either India or SL will pardon them?

    3). If SL Army circled the area there for 3-months without firing a single bullet, will it end the problem? Will Tamils get a solution?

    Pirabahara is a dead man walking. He dont care about any civiilians. He want to live another day.

    That is why he send his family to outside orld and let others kill

  163. I wish the government did more to protect its own civilians. There is no point in asking a terrorist organization to release hostages. According to government estimates there are only 20,000 civilians and it should not be such a difficult task to rescue them when the government is still boasting the realease of more than 180,000 civilians last month. Does the government want to rush it before the TN elections in its attempt to wipe out remaining members of LTTE?

  164. These people are kept in the safe zone by ltte. How can GOSL punish these people.
    If GOSL has decided to kill these people do it with one big bomb, don’t kill them every day with starvation and injuries.

    LTTE= GOSL. Now GOSl can fit to qualify as terroist organization.

  165. As you say the casualty figures can be much higher. If the government is interested in establishing the truth it will allow the independent journalists into the camps and ‘safe zone’ to verify the claims made by both parties. If it cares about Tamil civilians it will allow humanitarian aid and workers in. If it respects international law and order it will allow UN team in. But if its aim to to wipe out Tamils it will go on denying food and medicine and bombarding them day and night.

  166. In the history of Ceylon /Sri Lanka there has never been any reasonable and just solution tabled by the Sinhalese leaders. Democratic leadership of the minorities signed two agreements with the Prime Ministers and both were sabotaged by non-parliamentary violence staged by Sinhala Buddhists of all persuasion. 13th Amendment was demonstrated to be a failure by the elected Chief Minister, Varatharaja Perumal in 1989 because the executive powers and financial control of the Provincial Council (N-E) was vested by the Sinhalese leader at the Centre.

  167. Hi DBS ur articles always appear impartial. Don’t feel like u need to criticise either the ltte or sl army cos if u lay the facts bare, as any journalist should do, it is up to the reader to make the judgement! Any how, all the best! Moreover, please try to refrain from producing harsh comments to the reader’s criticisms. It makes ur excellent articles look less valid to the neutral’s eyes.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Mayooran. Yes I intend following the advice of yours and some others about comments

  168. DBS,
    I just wanted add some thoughts on the blocking of the highway by the Tamil/LTTE protesters yesterday night in Toronto. I work in a downtown office and I spent the whole day explaining to my fellow Canadian coworkers what is happening in Sri Lanka and in Toronto. I must tell you that people are very angry about the way the protesters are behaving. I don’t know who is planning or not planning these things, but they are slowly losing all sympathy in Toronto. People shoudl read the coments of ordinary Canadian sin the Toronto newspapers today.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I agree. Yesterday they tricked a lot of people who were in a procession and suddenly diverted them to Gardiner up the ramp. They were entrapped. Many persons were perched precariously and ran the risk of falling down. They put women and children up front to prevent Police from taking stern action. Virtual human shields. They claim everything was spontaneous and there are no responsible organizers for authorities to “talk” to. More demos of this type are in the pipeline hums the grapevine. They are doing irreparable damage to themselves ,the community and their “cause”.

  169. Hi DBSJ

    Do you have any ideas of how to tackle the immediete problem i.e. remove the civilians from the warzone?

    Regards

    Vijayaraghavan

    Vijay, Please read my response to Dinesh on this site – DBSJ

  170. Dear DBSJ

    I am happy that you wrote about our innocent peoples’ plight in your blog. Although, I don’t agree with your views (most of the times) I really continuously read your articles. But one thing please understand that when you write against LTTE all these Sinhalese appreciated you and you were a great writer. But when your writing hurts them eventhough it is true, you became a lier. Do you think we can get any justice from these people. Please don’t write anything which helps Sinhalese in future

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear Ananthy

    I dont write thinking this is against or for the govt or LTTE. Hard as it may be for you to comprehend I treat issues on an issue by issue basis and write what I BELIEVE is the truth. If it is perceived as being favourable or unfavourable to one side or the other that just cant be helped.

    Getting whacked for writing the truth is something that goes with the territory I suppose. Anyway I must tell you that this is not confined to SOME Sinhalese alone. SOME Tamils too praise me when I write something I like and attack me when I write something they dont like. Anyway NO Sinhala person has assaulted me in front of my wife and broke my leg and head

    But you will also notice that there are a very large number of people both Sinhala and Tamil who appreciate my writing and openly state so. They form the silent majority who express their thoughts in a limited way here. The vast majority of our people, Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Up Country Tamil , Burgher and Malay and all other smaller groups are decent people. I believe fervently that a united, pluralist, egalitarian “new” Lanka would evolve in the future but we must work towards that inctead of blaming the “Other” continuously

  171. From these comments I can see how we are hatred on
    each others. There was a day when I was in Colombo
    with my Sinhala friends amongst with Tamil friends.

    Why are we fighting each others now? It doesnt make
    any sense though. It is a tiny beautiful Island which we
    need to protect. As a Tamil,

    I studied in Colombo without any problem during
    1980s. My meternity mom is from Jaffna and my
    paternity is from actual Colombo.

    Apita randu karanda mukuth neh. Mage yaaluvaage
    thaathe mage thaatha thamai. Mage yaaluvaage nangi
    mage nangi thamai. Api okkama eka rata jivithaya. Ei
    theng api randuvenda onai?

    Naangal ellaam oru thaai makkal, naangal sandai pidippathil entha oru arthamum illai. Let us forget the
    past. Lesson well learned, enough is enough. Be that
    tiny island a beautiful nation, please!!! I BEG!

    -GaneshKumar.

  172. Dear DBSJ,

    There is total media blackout in India(especially on english and north indian newspapers) and they haven’t reported the current massacre in NFZ. They normally just reproduce whatever mentioned in the defence.lk and MCNS sites.

    (EDITED)

    Regards,
    Tamil from Kanyakumari

    DBSJ RESPONDS: Please direct your questions at the managements of the media concerned. Also please ask the pro – tiger media as to why they are blacking out news of LTTE atrocities against the Tamil people.

  173. Sivajai Wrote # 186 : Recently, the SL military found 381 mortars filled with White Phosphorous. This shows why LTTE made a big noise blaming military using White Phosphorous (it is to hide LTTEs own use of them). Now LTTE are using the same type of mortars against our own to suit with the UN Security Council Meeting. We fall into their well-orchestrated campaign.

    Dear Sivajai, if the GoSL is doing right thing, first they should allow independent media to the war side. No one in the right mind any longer willing to believe the GoSL propaganda ( this does not mean they are listening to the LTTE)

    Had this been a Sinhala rebel group, ( unlike selectively targeting and killing youths in 1988-1990) would your government use Cluster bombs, aerial bombs and Chemical bombs ? The answer is simply NO.

    It is too late for any correction for the GoSL to do, what is left here is External Intervention and save the rest of the Tamils from both protagonist, Period.

    let them run the camps ( External forces- UN)

    By the way, I don’t agree with garddiner blockade but this seems to have worked for the Canadian Government ready to talk, Wonder

    “Addikumel addi addithal Amiyum Nakarum”

  174. Dbsj,
    You mentioned you have contacted few people in CSZ.

    (EDITED)

    Your Information and assumptions are incorrect -……… DBSJ

  175. comment 125 shanthi

    iam intrigued by yur statement that pirabaharan is a malayalee from kerala. what is your evidence. i know that MGR and jayalaitha and Nambiar are malayalees from kerala, but this is the first time i have heard what you say.i hope you are not trying to make a bigger polsambol from india or wherever you are, because we are already a motley crowd here.

  176. Dbsj,

    (EDITED)

    Most Journalists will rely only on sources whose credibility they are sure of -………… DBSJ

  177. comment 125 shanthi

    iam intrigued by yur statement that pirabaharan is a malayalee from kerala. what is your evidence. i know that MGR and jayalaitha and Nambiar are malayalees from kerala, but this is the first time i have heard what you say about pirabaharan. i hope you are not trying to make a bigger polsambol from india or wherever you are, because we are already a motley crowd here.
    glossary of terms:polsambol-a srilanka paste mixed with various ingredients resulting in nice hot powder like substance creating sometimes violent repercussions in stomach.

  178. DBJS

    THIS SHOWS HOW PROFESSIONAL YOU ARE..
    (EDITED)

    Dave, Beetle is an insect, Betel is “bulath” -………….DBSJ

  179. LTTE is taking the Tamils worldwide for a ride again and again….

    Tamils block the roads and public places…. they put women and children at the front.

    Now the western people understand what Tamils did to Sri Lanka.

    Tamils wanted nothing but destruction of Sri Lanka. They used LTTE to do that and the LTTE used Children for their dirty war!

    Today the next generation of Tamil kids go grocery shopping for the LTTE in western capitals.

    I think VeluPulle is a secret agent of the Sinhalese!

  180. you wrote”…I believe fervently that a united, pluralist, egalitarian new Lanka would evolve in the future but we must work towards that instead of blaming the Other continuously…”

    Thanks for speaking your mind. Specially when it is coming from a member of the tamil community.

    We need hope for our survival.

    I am with you on this.

  181. Dear DBS I have only one question for you, UN, state of Sri Lankan government.

    (EDITED)

    It seems DBS out of touch with Sri Lanka for long time which makes him hallucinate !!

    (EDITED)

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Palan, you equate me with the UN and the Sri Lankan govt and pose a number of questions under the guise of ONE question.

    Normally I should feel flattered at being on par with the UN but then you also say I hallucinate.

    So I dont think I should even try to answer you because after all I hallucinate.

    My suggestion is that you forward your questions to the LTTE which helped elect Mahinda Rajapakse.

  182. When is this senseless war going to end?
    Prabhakaran, savior of Tamils, please save the tamils by taking your cyanide soon.
    Is he still there? I read somewhere that he might have escaped to Malaysia and he has the strength to carry this on for another 20 years.
    DBSJ – can you confirm if he is still there or escaped?

  183. Dear DBS

    Do you think their is a Possibility of UN or International peace force (Non Indian) coming to save the lives of those caught in this 4.5Km. This will save the lives from who ever is killing the innocent and also release the civilians fm both.

    Also based on your information is the area held by LTTE is only 4.5Km can so many live in that small area ? Wont the killing rates go up ?. International community should think in this line. Also why don?t you provide your thinking what will be the situation of Civilians and LTTE and the Government after 4.5Km is taken by the SL forces

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The chances of UN intervention as you suggest are extremely remote at the moment. China and Russia will veto any such initiative. Secondly India will block external intervention in Sri Lanka

    I dont want to speculate about the future as much would depend on how the finale to this tragic drama unfolds. How this phase “ends” will determine the future to a very great extent

  184. How many more have to die for the LTTE to release the civilians from their clutches.
    It is hightime that even if the people do not want to leave the war zone the LTTE shall chase the civilians away towards a relative safety.

  185. Dear DBS,

    I read your reply to a poster

    “I have often opposed the charge of genocide against the govt. While civilians are getting killed I argue that it does not constitute genocide. But I must say the action of killing and injuring civilians while rejecting a humanitarian pause does indeed have genocidal elements.”

    – Should we not call a spade a spade? Must we wait for all the genocidal elements to be satisfied? Even if we disagree on the role the LTTE is playing, the government as a state actor cannot be allowed to get away with this. Not now! Not ever!

    Is it not in the best interests of all Tamils and other peace loving Sri Lankans that we label this act of cowardly carnage what it is.

    Could we not agree on this one point? Could we not unite on this one note?

    As to your sentiments on those who occupied the Gardner. Whom are we to judge what some of them are going through. Frustration leads to non-coherent thoughts and actions. These people feel like shouting and venting but no one listens. At least now, people are listening. They may not like us but the attention is growing. I hope with this, that the mainstream media scrutiny of the GOSL and its actions [as you have helped to expose in this article] and their IDP camp plans are better scrutinized .

    Most of the world knew of Rwanda because of the genocide. Before the genocide, noone cared.

    I would rather be known in Toronto as part of the community that hassled a few commuters for a few hours than as part of a community that cried foul after the genocide of its own people had finished !

  186. TO Ranjan 198:

    Setting up the people against the authorities is the trade mark of the LTTE. LTTE had done this between the civilians and the Sri Lankan authorities. This had happened with the IPKF also. By shooting the IPKF from Jaffna hospital and Navaly church the innocent civilians were set up against the IPKF by the LTTE. The same pattern is being tried here. Had you watched the video clip where cycles were thrown at the police, you would have notice that how hard they tried to create a scene yesterday.

    I fear that law abiding Tamils are slipping the slope in Canada by being silent on these protests!

  187. Dear DBS Jeyaraj
    I have been reading your articles for the past five years. They are impartial & excellent. Apart from a journalist, what do you ,being as tamil, expect from Sinhalese? We tried both non-viloent and vilonet ways, but did not work. Do you propose any other ways to get justice?

  188. This a question to Nakeeb M Issadeen

    When you question in line with GoSL of the only reliable source inside the “war zone”, with the same breath, why not ask the GoSL to allow Journalist to go and report

    I guess you are one of them if I am not mistaken.

    I agree and in fact every one agree that people from the war zone have to be evacuated out, but in the same breath, you are not ( I guess I don’t have the answer too) giving the option for those people to move around, do their business, enjoy their freedom if in fact they were ‘RESCUED’

    At the end all the pundits are placing all those people “from frying pan to fire”.

    When GoSL is accusing LTTE and LTTE is accusing GoSL of human rights violation, it is hilarious and reminds me Pot is calling the Kettle Black”

    Its look like both UN and US are going to just watch the “match” fight to the finish.

    For the LTTE, they have nothing to loose as they lost all they had and expecting them to listen is one in a trillion chances.

    On the other hand, GoSL is fast loosing all they have gained and in no time the history will write, Srilankan Army has won battles after battles but at the end, they lost the war.

    I often wondered who is really running the government,

    Is Mahinda or

    Goatabaya. or

    Sarath.

    Also, if any one who has experience in the war field can differentiate the motor fire and artillery fire based on the direction of explosion and the sounds. It is not hard to differentiate the direction of the fire.

    Also there is a thing called long range gun fire. The Bullets travel in a path of Arc. The question is where did the bullets come can only been answered by the victim themselves. This is where, we need independent observers and Journalist. Not the Embedded ones.

  189. [ Do you think their is a Possibility of UN or International peace force (Non Indian) coming to save the lives of those caught in this 4.5Km. ]

    Yes…

    The UN will send the SL Army contigent who are in Haity to rescue Tamils :))))

    When will Tamils learn that the world is NOT bound to save them?
    When will Tamils learn that no IC member truely cares about what happens to TAMILS????

    Best option left for Tamils is to reconcile with Sinhalese and live as ORDINARY citizens in Sri Lanka!

  190. Dear DBS
    Your only source is the doctor.He is another captive like many other innocent tamil civilians.We live in a modern world .Cant we get more concrete evidence.If you had folowed tamilnet you could have seen many such stories.
    They clearly inflate figures.They want to show the world that large number of tamil civilians are dying and stop the war.Therefore if you are of capable of re assure your data from independant party it will add credibility to your report such as sattelite pictures.However I dont beleive Army intentionaly directed fire against civilians .They resonably treat well those who come to their protection.so why they delibarately kill civilians.But there is possibility of killing civilians when army is trying to capture strong point ofltte.But we are told that last earth bund of ltte at karraimulliwaikkal has been captured.So why do need so fire power.So my assumption is these figures are higly exegarated and unreliable figures.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dear VP

    Kindly spare me the tedium and agony of replying again and again to the same old arguments and queries presented in new forms.

    Please read my response to DINESH on this website . I just dont want to go round and round the mulberry bush. Please! Please!!

    About getting concrete evidence. Two questions

    Have you thought about asking the Govt to allow independent journalists into the war zone in order to collect the concrete evidence you require?

    If you do get CONCRETE evidence that the Army was mainly responsible are you willing to condemn the armed forces openly and boldly?

    Just another question to you.

    Do you have sympathy for the civilian victims and if so does the quality and quantity of your sympathy depend on who the perpetrators of this crime against humanity were?

  191. SLA has now changed the target from V.Prabaharan to Dr.Shanmugarajah, they are shelling the hospital with total impunity with the Tacit support of US, UN and India.

  192. April #223,
    I agree that the reports from the war zone are sketchy without an independent verification but what is clear is that a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding as the war progress further.
    I can see that you are quite uncomfortable with the civilian population within the war zone moving from the control of LTTE to Government control area. In spite of all human rights violations reported within the ‘detention’ centres the major distinction here is that Tamil civilians can live now to fight for their rights tomorrow where as in the LTTE controlled area there is no guarantee for their lives. Therefore, your analogy ‘from frying pan to fire’ is not correct.
    I will not accept that LTTE has no responsibility towards the lives of Tamil civilians living under their control. If you say that ‘LTTE have nothing to loose as they lost all they had and expecting them to listen is one in a trillion chances’ then the whole Tamil people who supported LTTE throughout this struggle should put their heads down in shame for encouraging LTTE to hold the civilians continuously to be killed by Sri Lankan army.

  193. April- Comment 223,

    I don’t agree with you that LTTE has nothing to lose as they had lost everything.

    Prabakaran is everything to LTTE.

    LTTE would listen if IC can promise something to VP such as safe passage, political asylum and so on.

    What they are fighting for now? If you can arrange this, they would listen you.

  194. DBSJ is a tiger in sheeps clothing; there’s no doubt about it. This man’s so-called unbiased humanity is something always supports LTTE, not anti LTTE’ers. Here the govt means not anyone from mars, but the body represents anti LTTE’ers.

    We believe govt and we are anti-LTTE’ers and if tamil civilians suffer today that’s because of them had been supportive of terrorists. However, govt should rescue them from terrorists, but not by doing what LTTE and pro-LTTE’ers want it to do at the expense of youth in the official army which is not a terrorist group like LTTE.

    DBSJ you are a shame… you should have been sent to where your collegue gone. Bloody cunning terrorist.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Actually the shameless ones are those who kill civilians through artillery fire and then deny that they were responsible and the vocal warriors who write under bogus names to websites justifying civilian massacres.

    In another sense getting attacked by people like you is really a badge of honour. It would indeed be a shame for me if you ever praise me. Dont ever do that. I will die of shame.

    Finally I dont know what you mean by “you should have been sent to where your colleague (you missed an “a” there)gone”

    Are you referring to Lasantha Wickrematunge?

    If so were you one of the motor cycle cowards who killed him?

    Come clean , will you?

  195. My point is this man. We have suffered enough because of bloody LTTE war and we, I mean the majority of SL want this war to end desperately. You have no idea how grievences have been built up in a major part sinhalese whose family members, relatives died directly or indirectly because of the war initiated by LTTE.

    (EDITED)

  196. I never seen anywhere in the world any Tamil Association or Organisation requestin LTTE or to Prabha to release the innocent civilians and face the Army with so called LTTe dcarders. Who will belive the luy Civilians are staying with us accoding to Nadesan?

  197. Enough is enough for we were calling for tamil grievences to answer.. It is now sinhalese grievences too that have bulit up increasingly thanks to LTTE murderers and their supporters. DBSJ’s brand of journalism only sees his side of the story while the major concern is on the other side now.

    Don’t tell us how even normal tamils went after LTTE because of the fear or fanship towards them. They most reap what they sow. This human shield was not built overnight; Most of them ran into human shields.

    We in the south have been seeing all these drama for last 30 years while our innocent youth get killed and civilians from/to work get killed by terrorists while you so-called unbiased journalists preach peace to us.

  198. Hahaha DBJ,

    You are a “Bias creature” created By LTTE and UNP…they are not innocent civilians they are the people who feed the LTTE ghosts….so nothing to worry about them..i feel shame on you and i do understand your feelings coz your “mongsters” days are ending

    “My days are ending”? Why are you part of an assasssination team”? – DBSJ

  199. It has been reported that whenever people, who are concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, try to bring the issue to the UN certain countries with vested interests in Sri Lanka block it. One of the countries is China and we know the communists rats well. That is why the mother nature is punishing them. Today it is one year since more than 59,000 people died of an earthquake in Sichuan. I felt sorry for them at that time. But right now I think the god punishes retrospectively. That is divine retribution. So Tamils we are going to witness more tragedy befalling all those people who supported the GOSL in their brutal persecution of the unarmed Tamils. That’s they way god punishes people.
    God bless the Tamils of Si Lanka .

  200. 223. April fool,

    get a life & grow a brain.

    according to ur grand theory unembedded (foreign) jounalists can predict the trajectory of bullets & mortars. embedded local guys cannot.

    foreign jornalists have inbuilt radar. that’s why they immediately blame GOSL after looking at victims.

    so what all armies can do in future to counter enemy fire is hire a few foreign journalists. (unembeded). they can save millions in complicated artillery detection devices.

  201. DBSJ (response re #173): “… So why cant the Army sit it out for a while instead of trying to plunge in?”

    Perhaps this is “1983” all over again: a matter of teaching the Tamils another unforgetable lesson!

    Whatever the failing of the LTTE, this sort of thing was bound to happen once it was clear that the SINHALA forces had gained the upper hand over the TAMIL LTTE.

  202. Now the Health ministry of Srilanka denies the existence of any Dr.V.Shanmugharaja in the zone.

    I am really confused.

    Not because of the veracity of doctor’s reports or about his existence.

    But confused in not being able to understand who actually leads in this war of propaganda. LTTE or GOSL ? at what cost ?

  203. Now the Health ministry of Srilanka denies the existence of any Dr.V.Shanmugharaja in the zone.

    I am really confused.

    Not because of the veracity of doctor’s reports or about his existence.

    But confused in not being able to understand who actually leads in this war of propaganda. LTTE or GOSL ? at what cost ?

  204. DBSJ,
    The reason why the SL govt and SLA have not agreed for a humanitarian pause is they are not sure what the action of the new govt in India will be after 20th of this month. So, they want to finish of the dirty job before that. As for war crimes, even if charges are brought in in future (which is anyway remote), the scapegoats will be lower level field commanders and not the higher ups in the political and military establishments. Look at what is happening to the war crime charges on the Israeli army for the recent Gaza actions. That’s why the govt is very cleverly saying that they have stopped the use of heavy weapons and if tomorrow someone brings the charges of war crime they would simply say, “we our instructions were clear but the field commanders violated those orders and acted on their own” . It’s a good strategy.

  205. DBS,

    Many discussions were there about your reaction to some of the comments by readers.

    I read your article as well as all your replies to various comments.

    Your reply to Karan Murugavel was cut and pasted in few other blogs also and it was very touching.

    My request to you is to allow all publishable comments whether in favour or against but react wherever you feel like.

  206. There is another report that is now published on the BBC as headline news saying Mullavaikal hospital was bombed AGAIN this morning, killing 45 civilian injured and desperate civilians who were there seeking treatment after yesterday’s atrocities. This is after the government addressed the accusations of civilian atrocities yesterday.

    This is a deadly serious matter. What could the government gain deliberately shelling a hospital twice, especially when the floodlight of international opinion is cast on precisely these acts in the ‘”No-Fire Zone”. The Rajapakse regime has everything to lose compromising its moral credibiltiy, especially in India where so much opposition is building in the upcoming election.

    Is it conceivable that even the Sri Lankan government government can do something as blatant and heartless as this?

    DBSJ, you have enormous journalistic credo, but can we be absolutely sure this Dr Vardarajah isn’t being manipulated by the LTTE to give false accounts of events in the safe Zone?

    If this is true, then all Sri Lankans must agree that these deaths are no longer collateral damage. And that this is no longer a war but war crimes.

  207. I read a news article saying that Prabhaharan has ordered the disabled cadres to get ready for an all out suicide mission.

    What the hell is this?

    Dear DBSJ, Dont you think those who morally and financially support Prabhaharan be mercilessly slaughtered first.

    They are the northern upper class people who have migrated either to a foreign country or living in Colombo

  208. Someone asked the origin of Prabhakaran. I would like to share what I know .. may be true.

    Prabhakaran’s father Velupillai hails from south Kerala. Mr.Velupillai migrated to Srilanka decades back and married to a Sri Lankan tamil woman there.

    An aged old lady said to be blood relative of Late Velupillai is still alive in Kerala with a proof of the connection to the LTTE chief. That is an post card letter written by Velupillai and posted in Sri Lanka addressed to this old lady.

    By the way, I understand that Prabhakaran trusted only one person in this world or let to have influence over him. That was MGR. Late MGR had good command over Prabhakaran till his death – I believe. Prabhakaran visited MGR on the way to Delhi to get his opinion regarding India SRilanka agreement .
    Prabhakaran was stubborn in not accepting the agreement even though pressured by Rajiv Gandhi and other raw officials. Later MGR was summoned from Chennai in a special aircraft to Delhi to hammer Prabhakaran.

    If MGR lived long enough, things would have been much different. Most likely -no Rajiv assassination .. etc

  209. Someone asked the origin of Prabhakaran. I would like to share what I know .. may be true.

    Prabhakaran’s father Velupillai hails from south Kerala. Mr.Velupillai migrated to Srilanka decades back and married to a Sri Lankan tamil woman there.

    An aged old lady said to be blood relative of Late Velupillai is still alive in Kerala with a proof of the connection to the LTTE chief. That is an post card letter written by Velupillai and posted in Sri Lanka addressed to this old lady.

    By the way, I understand that Prabhakaran trusted only one person in this world or let to have influence over him. That was MGR. Late MGR had good command over Prabhakaran till his death – I believe. Prabhakaran visited MGR on the way to Delhi to get his opinion regarding India SRilanka agreement .
    Prabhakaran was stubborn in not accepting the agreement even though pressured by Rajiv Gandhi and other raw officials. Later MGR was summoned from Chennai in a special aircraft to Delhi to hammer Prabhakaran.

    If MGR lived long enough, things would have been much different. Most likely -no Rajiv assassination .. etc

    My posting is irrelevant to the thread topic.

  210. Dear DBSJ,

    Many thanks for your long and detailed response to my question above. I completely understand your frustration and anger when people just pass comment ignorantly, without understanding your involvement and depth of analysis. Maintaining a blog is a difficult thing, but allowing diverse points of view, as you do, and taking the higher road in the face of obvious mudslinging only shows you in a better light, let me assure you.

    With regard to the callousness shown by many on both sides, I think its a combination of being unable to put themselves in somebody else’s shoes, and a slow erosion of empathy due to a litany of atrocities over 30 years. I hate the LTTE with a vengeance; I think one of the saddest ironies of our history is that the International Community, perhaps occasionally well meaning, but more often through apathy and a laziness to investigate the true facts, supported in the name of equality one man’s bid to wade through slaughter to a throne. However I think of an elderly man or woman caught now in the NFZ, or a child, or simply some parents trying desperately to protect their children, and my mind buckles with the sheer horror of it. I don’t see how it is their “fault” in any way, that they are in that situation. I see instead the misery of a thousand years in their faces. The people who directly bear a share of the responsibility are of course the Tamil diaspora, the people who funded the LTTE to buy arms, even when their instrasigence, megalomania and selfishness were painfully apparent, and who even now are trying to enact some sort of continuation of their existence, to continue the killing. As DBSJ pointed out in another post, what have the LTTE done for the Tamil people?

    I think it is time for the Government to accept, even if the western world says otherwise for political expediency and votes, that they are the sole protectors of the Tamils. However difficult it is, they have to treat every life as the most precious thing, and the whole world will look up to them for providing the lead in fighting terrorists who hide behind children, and old men and women.

    I do understand their frustration though. This is a task that no army in the world has been successful at; not the Americans, not the British, not the Israelis. And the hypocrisy and dichotomy with which the situation is reported is breathtaking. Human Rights Watch for example, think nothing of bandying about terms like genocide and ethnic cleansing in chastising the government, but completely ignore atrocities commited by the LTTE. How can anybody lay credence to anything they say? And the US says the “whole world is disappointed with the Government of Sri Lanka”, and there is an “unacceptably high level of civilian casualties”. So what is acceptable? The number they killed last week in Afghanistan because the Taliban used civilians as human shields? What a joke.

    However the SL government has to rise above this, and understand they are responsible for Tamil civilians, and nobody else.

    Thank you Dinesh -……. DBSJ

  211. Thank you DBS. I guess a lot of people are feeling very down at the moment unable to make sense of these murders…..Genocide or fratricide?

  212. Bloody hell, i can’t believe our boys used arti,MBRL on highly populated areas. bloody idiots we had everything in controll, why ruine every thing by doing somthing like this. we didn’t need to soften up before major intrusion not on this scal. They know better, to protect the civilians should have been their #1. i’m sad to hear about so many innocent deaths, totally unnesssory.

  213. #232 comment.
    The view is not an isolated one, it is the firm view of present SL regime and its chauvinistic supporters. You don’t have to be LTTE supporter to be a Tiger, but just disagree with SL Gov. action. In other words all Tamils are tigers and can be killed. This is called Genocidal intent and will lead to total genocide. I am sure world is reading it but they are paralyzed as usual.
    You will see the undertone in latest article from Ambassador Dyan Jayatilake- Seven lesson on how to fight the globalized tiger-visit tamilweek.

  214. If army kills innocent not myself but whole south vehemently condemen such killings.What benifit we get by killing innocent people.We want to live in harmony with tamils not to kill them.As you live in sri lanka long time you should know the mindset of majority of sinhalese.You know ltte better than me.It is you who wrote that how you were haarassed by writing against the ltte.In such circumstances how one could rely the reports of dr shanmugarajh who lives under the control of ltte.It is well known that tiger sympathisers have aceess to Ms hilary clinton.State department should have the satalite images of through pentagon.Ask them to release it. Arguments will be over in minutes and colombo has to stop the attack.Those country’s who have sufficient evidence and do not produce them to the world are responsible if any civilians casualties actually happen.I regret to reitarate that merely rely on one person is not sufficent to put such charges.Many tamils do not want see any good things done by army.They live in foreign countries and shed crocodile tears for fellow tamils in sri lanka.Those who try so ardently to stop the war donate nothing for IDPs in camps. The diaspora have no value of them. They have value only if they are killed they can make big noise .So what i can beleive this is such story.Any way war is brutal.I do not want to mention you how the army crushed the JVP revolt.Civilians deaths are part of the war.It is wrong only if someone done it intentionaly.DBS you just mention casuality figures.YOu should have asked your source why did they did .Did the ltte attack artilery fire being among the people .why did they did it.I am not blindly defend army.If you have good evidence you can stop the war.It happened bosnia.It happened in southeren sudan.See the treatment of IDPs in vanni .It is exampalary to the world.So why the government involve in such nasty thing bringing world condemnation.You have to produce viable scenario if some resonable person belive it.you have written so compassionately on behalf of the tamils.Therefore I would like to know did you make any contributionfor vanni tamilsand if not why.In the case of independant corespondant’s I have not seen such.Everybody have some agendas.Western journilist always try to push up images of their countries.They always try to run down countries like sri lanka.They think always people in countrioes like sri lanka tyrants and they have the all good qualities.They come with a negative mind and wriete negative things .Therefore sendind independant coreespondant s is not good solution .

  215. From the latest news that is coming out indicates Srilankan Army has resorted to one of the worst and coward act of “gallantry”

    Killing the most vulnerable civilian after starved them for days

    Killing the patients after already injured them in an open field

    Targeting the Hospitals ( I guess they are trying to kill the only remaining doctor for exposing the “Gallantry soldiers of Srilankan Army”)

    What ever gains the SLA and GoSL have achieved has been wiped out in three days.

  216. Shankar(comment 208)
    Let me answer that question for shanthi,
    prabhakaran’s father velupillai was born in Kannanallur village in Kollam district, which of course as you know is in Kerala. He came to Sri Lanka in his 20’s and married a Sri Lankan tamil girl……
    Interesting isn’t it, just like Hitler, he is not one of the people he’s leading!
    Another interesting thing, don’t you think he should ask for a piece of India , since he is not a Sri Lankan by heritage?

  217. The local missions are very active in inhuman ways. Please see the petty comments they make in the dailies.

    There is no time for unwarranted comments or columns at this point of history.
    Thank you

  218. Regarding Ranjan’s comments #198;

    I too work in the downtown Toronto. Unlawful blocking of Gardner expressway, displaying ‘tiger’ flag, and VP’s portrait will not sit well with Canadian public, and authority.

    Similar to some of the Tiger tactics (suicide bombing, employing child soldiers, and holding public hostage) these unlawful actions of the some section of Canadian Tamils, hurting the Tamil cause, and undoughtely will help Sinhala regime in power.

    Like LTTE, some of fellow Tamils hurting the Tamil cause with their stupidity. In a way, some Diaspora Tamils actually making it impossible for western governments to even meet the Tamil representative thus helping Rajapakse criminals.

    LTTE brought Rajakpakse criminal gang to power, and now, Diaspora helping them escaping the international scrutiny. We ought to be wiser.

    Regards,

    Suresh M

  219. DBSJ,

    You are advocating “Independent Journalists” to go into the NFZ.

    First, will say we found these rare species to go into the NFZ.

    How do they verify whether the shells came from Army or from hidden LTTE positions?

    Or will they also have to report what LTTE given them as the accurate information as their own findings?

    I think it is better to locate some “Independent Observers” (if we could find any) at Army Fire Finder Radar installations, UAV Control Centers, in the Beechcraft etc than locating them inside NFZ/CSF. Also some Independent Observers can interview some of the surrendered cadres and rescued IDPs to get more insights. However, they may not be able tell the observers who fired the shells into Civilian Safe Zone, unless they were at the site of firing having a direct sight on where the shells land.

  220. DBSJ,

    Do you rule out any possibility that LTTE was firing mortars and artillery at their own captive people to suit their PR agenda?

  221. Dear DBSJ,

    I have been a reader of your articles. I always read them with keen interest because you try your best to present unbiased information – neither Pro nor anti of anyone – which is impossible to find from Government or any TAMIL MEDIAs.

    As a Tamil who was born and raised in Vanni I can feel the sadness of most Tamils because I too have lost relatives and there are others whose fate is not known.

    The pain I feel for the suffering of the people back home make me feel SO SICK and TIRED of Tamils here trying to defend the atrocities of both the SL GOV’T and the LTTE. I was listening to a English talk show on radio yesterday on the internet where David Poopalapillai (shameful Candian Tamil Congress) and Consul General Bandula Jayasekara were being interviewed. Both were lying thru their teeth of each other’s war crimes and mistakes. It was so ridiculous to see how BJ denying crimes by the government and DP defending the other offenders of Tamils. I don’t know how the host felt like but it was like talking to two brick walls from left and right.

    I have had enough with the Tamil diaspora trying to portray LTTE as the only hope and that LTTE is NOT responsible for any carnage. I honestly fear that misguided by their parents the younger generation of Tamils are becoming more radicalized in their view about the conflict. This will add further insults to the injury. It is one thing to stop the goverment from causing further carnage, it is another thing to stop these diaspora Tamils from putting the Tamils’ lives back home in further danger. Enough is enough! How do we empowered them???

    Regarding the highway hijacking the other day, the real plight of the TAMILS back home have now sadly been lost to their irresponsible and unlawful protests. The way they used childrens, women, and elderly as human shields was strikingly similar to LTTE’s coward tactic of taking cover. Further, it showed their utmost disprect to the laws of the country who welcomed them as refugees and let them live peacefully. What is worse? The so called organizers further issued statement/rhetoric to medias that there “will be” more of such illegal protest. It is soon going to backfire NOT on these comforatbly-living Tamils but on the ones who are fighting for their lives back home.

    I am no journalist or political expert, but my humble opinion is that unless all ethnic groups especially Tamils, Sinhalese, and Muslims reach out to each other in a civilized way and reconcile the errors made by all, there will be no permanent solution to the conflict. I still have hope in the goodness of human spirit. At the same time, I feel disheartned by the behaviour of most expat Tamils. Instead of leveraging the opportunity they have in Canada to reach out to the Sinhalese, they are being more hostile towards them and label the entire Sinhala society as ‘murderers’ ‘thugs’, etc. I fear this will cause permanent rupture between Tamils and Sinhalese. They effectively want to burn the bridge completely, it seems. As a fair-minded decent human being I fail to understand why these Tamils seem to have lost their sense of justice, sense of fairness, and above all their moral sense.

    What is worse is that the Tamil leaders and parents here are encouraging the younger Tamils to blindly follow fascism that the so called ‘sole’ rep has
    wonderfully taught (or brainwashed) them of.

    Oh God save us all!

    Nanriyudan.

  222. When I read all the comments,what I can see is everyone here are biased to either side.No one want to talks about how to get rid of this mess.Bieng a sympethisers, war mongers and patriots never allowed anyone to see the truth and reality.All the views must be eliminated to see the reality and future endeavours of our nation.We are in a critical junction in our history.We have to choose either existence or destruction.The path to build a modern nation will be totally depend on a peaceful solution.

  223. My friend forwarded me this site a few days ago. I don’t agree with you on everything. I agree with my friend on 1 thing – Wonderful writing. I searched the web for pictures and videos of you. I could not find even one. I would like to put a face to this website.

    Will forward this site to my friends. Worth taking a look at atleast once. I am going to keep coming back for more. I like all the comments by the readers and the way you reply to them.

    Keep up the good work Mr. Jeyaraj.

  224. Mr. Jeyaraj, my comment is not posted here, what happened?
    Do you only post what you want to see? Why?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Your impatience is obvious. Do you think I sit at this computer 24 hrs of the day releasing comments as they come? Besides I do HAVE the right to delete or edit or reject a comment if necessary. Your comment was released along with some others just now.

  225. YOUR HYSTERICAL OUTBURST IS COMPLETELY DELETED. PLEASE DONT WASTE YOUR AND MY TIME. I SUGGEST YOU TAKE A BREAK AND RELAX BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO EMOTIONAL TO EXPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS RATIONALLY

  226. Yes, I guess I was impatient. My bad. Sorry Mr. Jeyaraj and thanks for posting my comments even though they had nothing to do with the article above.

  227. Heyy DBS!
    I agree that Gvt. shuld not kill people tamil or sinhalees or muslim
    But why this LTTE still fighting ? They lost everyting and now they are trying to loose themselvs with innocent tamil people. This is a nature of the war . If we can stop this thats the greatest thing in this world . I can remebr when LTTE bomb Colombo how 100s of innocent Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people died. Who ever kill people thats a tragidy. I think Midia should disclosed how many LTTE fighters include to this figurs as no one knows where is injurd LTTE fighters.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    If the LTTE discloses details of casualties the media will certainly report it. Likewise if the Armed Forces reveal their casualties that also will be reported by media. I think you should ask both sides to be open about casualties

  228. Please stop the blaming game people. After read all these comments, I don’t understand one thing. There is no value for human life.

    Most people are talking about who did it. Nobody talk about how to stop this. I lost number of relatives in last 3 months alone. Whoever did it. It is wrong.

  229. RS Wickramasinghe ,

    24 H before the Hospital was hit, I predictably send messages to few leading Tamil sites and cautioned that SLA will attempt to kill this Doctor by hook or a crook.

    My prediction ( worse night mare came true).

    What I didn’t realized is, there are two doctors one use to run the Puthu Matalan Hospital also now with the same hospital.

    Killing the Administrative Officer and few staffs indicate, there certainly no denial of the incident, but as without any independent media ( the blame falls on the GoSL as they deliberately preventing this).

    At this point, UN office has quoted that these medical officers figures are consistently close the the reality and they have verified with their own sources.

    Only thing I can do at this time or any right thinking people can do is expect the UN to intervene,

    Please go to the CNN online poll and vote what is right for your heart. We have reach a point that anything and everything to throw and save the rest of the people and PEACE to prevail.

    http://internationaldesk.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/11/monday-poll/

    Thanks

    Nam

  230. shanthi krish

    You should read something about “how to be a Journalist”

    Journalist need not to go to the war front.

    All they need is to free access to interview the victims, inspect the cleared areas where the shell marks and talk to the doctors who treat those patients .

    They don’t have to carry Fire finder in their ” Pockets” as you suggested.

    The free access to the talk to the people and some soldiers are all the GoSL need to allow.

    Next time Don’t make yourself an exception of MAY FOOL, instead make your self a Mayfair.

    No offence, only Newton’s Third law.

  231. DBSJ,

    Please write your next article instead of wasting your time and energy in replying to stupid and insensitive comments.

  232. To Pramod 249 =

    If MGR lived long enough, things would have been much different. Most likely -no Rajiv assassination

    but MGR assasination.

  233. The next and final Eelam war will be fought from outside of Sri Lanka. It will be fought by the second generation, by the diasporas, with their political and economic powers in their new land instead of bullets and bombs like their forefathers did.

    What the SL govt wanted to achieve, it failed miserably, the Tamils are now even more powerful, more educated, more prosperous and for the worse, even more angry. Until the GoSL proves it is genuinely there to solve the grievances of Tamils, I can assure you this fire will keep burning.

    Nambungal Tamil eelam naalai pirakkum!!

  234. I think it is pretty clear that the days of the LTTE are numbered. Even if they hang around, they are not going to be a viable force any more.

    It is high time for moderateTamils to become the representatives of the Tamil people. The time is now. Tamils need to start negotiations with the GoSL. They need to formally request the Tigers to let the civilians leave the NFZ.

    The Diaspora are supporting the LTTE and protesting along with them b/c they have no other means of expressing their anguish.

    I hope all the moderates will take leadership and marginalize the LTTE. Tamils need people like DBS to be the true representatives of them.

  235. DBS
    I look upon holocaust deniers as morons and some of the commenters here are no different….they can’t simply accept what is being reported.

    By the way, I am begining to like your fiery responses as well.

  236. #278 comment.
    I appreciate your sincere comment. I too think DBSJ can be a true representative for tamils but there is a caveat. Lasatha was killed by GOSL , branded as a tiger supporter for dissenting against GOSL. DBSJ is no different. We need him and his contribution to the society is valuable. So I object to your suggestion. It is very difficult to find a person who is not a pro tiger by GOSL standards. Sorry there are people- Karuna, pillayan, Douglas ( moderate Tamils by GOSL standards), Mahida can talk to them over Kiribath/thoasi and tea. Even Anadasangary may not qualify.
    See how difficult it is.

  237. This is a response to Posting 278 by Ashok.

    Ashok,
    I dont agree with your comment about the LTTE or about the moderates entering the political mainstream. The fundamental political problem was never solved when the moderates tried to solve that long time ago. (Eg Banda-Chelva/Dudley Chelva). Even now it is not too late to solve these problems by having a constructive negotiation with the so called moderates and put forward a solution which is acceptable to the majority of the Tamil people. Will the SLG do that?
    LTTEs Days are numbered? I dont think so unless the SLG recognise the legitimate rights of the Tamil people it will be a burning and ongoing issue (Especially after killing so much of people) for the generations to come.

  238. DBS,
    Sri Lankan TV stations are now showing video clips of a hospital that the few days ago was claimed to be hit by government heavy weapons killing some 60 odd people. As the video shows, the hospital is completely intact, not even a single tile displaced on the roof. Army apparently has just moved into this area. In addition the TV reporters who are at the scene is saying that the stuff left over when the LTTE retreated from this place apparently shows that the hospital was used by the LTTE carders and not by civilians. That also raises the question that LTTE is giving preference to their people over the civilians. Have you seen this video clip and do you have any information to verify these claims by the government?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    No I havent seen this clip. At the time that I am writing this the army has not occupied the makeshift hospital housed at Mullivaaikkaal east childrens school premises. This is the one that was hit by shells.

    In todays (Tuesday) incident only one shell fell but since it was crowded the shrapnel was enough to kill 47 and injure 55.

    If the army has indeed taken over a hospital used by the tigers it could be the one at Nattankandal. The Thileepan medical unit may have utilised the premises.

    But one has to be wary of claims by the army also. It is quite possible that things could be set up also. I will not give much credence to a govt and army that blatantly denies civilian killings and injuries. Lets wait and see.

    Anyway history is written by the victors and at present the army is victorious. So it is t5he victor’s version that will dominate discourse in future

  239. More evidence, evidence and evidence

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/12/sri-lanka-eyewitness-civil-war

    Eyewitness Sri Lanka: ‘This is too much to take. Why is the world not helping?

    Yesterday a shell was reported to have hit a temporary hospital in the so-called no-fire zone in north-east Sri Lanka, killing 47 people. Vany Kumar, 25, works at the temporary medical facility in Mullaivaikal East primary school, which is caught between government troops and the last remnants of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). Here, in a telephone interview with the Guardian, she describes life on the front line.

    This is really a disaster. I don’t know really how to explain it. At the moment, it is like hell.

    Most of the time we live in the shelter. There is not enough medical equipment, so it is really difficult to treat people. Food is a problem as well. There is no food at all here, there are no vegetables and no rice, they just eat whatever they can find, that’s all. The hospital is located in a primary school so there is only one room. We just try our best to achieve what we can.

    I was in the office working [when the shell hit]. It was definitely a shell, there is no doubt about that. I was about 20 metres away, and I was sure that it landed inside the hospital, so I went to the shelter. I got the news from the doctors that there were people injured and dead. There was constant shelling so I couldn’t leave the shelter.

    For us, shell bombing is just a normal thing now. It is like an everyday routine. We have reached a point where it’s like death is not a problem at all. No one has any feeling here now, it’s like everyone says, “Whatever happens, it happens.” That’s it, that’s the mentality every single person has here.

    The most terrible thing that I have seen was when a mother had a bullet go through her breast and she was dead and the baby was still on the other side of the breast and the baby was drinking her milk, and that really affected me. I was at that place where it happened.

    There is just too much to take. Children have lost parents, parents have lost children, it’s just a common thing now.

    [The shelling] is definitely coming from the government side, that can be sure, because it is only a small area on the LTTE side and from the sound and from the distance I can surely say it is from the government side.

    I don’t care about the government, I don’t care about the LTTE, my concern is the civilians because through all these problems they are the people affected.

    The government or the LTTE, they have got to do something, and if not, I can’t imagine what will happen next. Both parties have got to have a ceasefire. I think the international [community] has to either come into the country or get both parties to stop the fighting and start thinking about the civilians living here. Every single person living here asks why the international [community] is not doing anything.

    I really want to come to the UK but I don’t know. I’m talking to you now, but maybe tomorrow I’ll be dead.

  240. agree with you Nam

    We are all human beings Every human being should feel sad about the loss of human life

    Our beloved Babuji ( Mahathma Gandhi) said If one man goes without food we will fight for it

    in this case we lost so many many precious life

    I like to remind what a famous Pastor Niemolar
    said once
    First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    I pray to God for peace and also I pray to almighty to make sure justice done
    which means Rajabaksa brothers and the govt officials who gave permission to this massacre should be punished I believe one day there will be a UN tribunal and these scums will be held responsible for this crime
    I am against Terrorism Period whether it is LTTE or State of Lanka

    I do not agree Madam Jayalaitha saying elam is the only option NO
    Better to keep North and East under Tamilnadu
    Lanka failed its people over and over and over again

    This is my opinion forgive me If I am wrong

  241. This is a terrible tragedy! What loss of life. I pray that further loss of life is minimised.

    Given the track record of the LTTE and the intense nature of the conflict there was bound to be much death and suffering as the struggle against the LTTE came to a climax.

    The use of civilians as human shields has made the suffering of the population much worse and brought them directly into the firing line. It is fortunate that over 100,000 managed to get out previously. The longer this final battle drags on the weaker the civilians become due to the lack of adequate supplies of food and water, poor sanitation and health care. The longer this drags on, the more the casualty figures will rise.

    There is no point in making appeals to the LTTE. We should have learned that by now. They stopped truly caring for Tamil civilians a long time ago.

    The Army on the other had needs to act responsibly to minimise civilian deaths. The reality of war is that civilian deaths are inevitable. We can only hope that these deaths are minimised and the duration of their suffering be shortened as far as possible.

    Has the Tamil community in Sri Lanka been well served by the LTTE? The answer has to be NO. Much of the Tamil nation hitched their political aspirations to the murderous LTTE and its fascist methodology. All who anointed them sole representative bear some responsibility. You are now reaping the whirlwind.

    Where do the future aspirations of the Tamils in Sri Lanka now lie? It is important to now support the remnants of Tamil politics that can help deliver a just solution to the political aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Beyond the conflict it is important that the remnants of the Tamil polity come forward so that the Tamil community can fulfil their needs are equal citizens within the nation of Sri Lanka.
    Let there never be another conflict such as this to resolve the aspirations of any ethnic group in Sri Lanka. I hope that one day politics in Sri Lanka no longer needs to be based on ethnicity.

    For now, I hope the suffering of the civilians ends.

  242. I do not know what to write, seeing the plight of the innocent souls. This is the beginning of the end of united Sri lanka. First physical security , all other idealistic progressive thinking is secondary.

  243. CBC Radio today (May 12) interviewed DBS on the current situation in Sri Lanka. You can listen to this interview at this link. He is being interviewed in the Part 1 of the interview. Most likely the interview will be available at this link until tomorrow when it will be moved to the archives to make room for tomorrow’s programme.

    http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/latestshow.html

  244. Dbs Lokka ,

    Are you in deleting mode?

    Not quite Dude! No deleting mode but when necessary deletions are made.-………… DBSJ

  245. God God help these people

    I am not goin to WRITE any more

    I BELIVE DOCORS STATEMENT

    I AM A CHISTIAN I LOVE JESUS MORE THAN ANY ONE

    I AM SAD MY PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED

    MY PRAYER IS RAJABAKSA BROTHERS AND ALL THE SCUMS WHO APPROVED MASSACARING 2000 CIVILIANS WILL BE BE KILLLED OR PUNISHED BY WORLD UN TRIBUNAL SOONER THAN LATER

    I WILL COME TO THIS SITE ONCE IT IS DONE

    THERE IS NO EXCUSE JUSTICE SHOULD PREVAIL

  246. Evidently the one of the Co-perpetrator of this crime against Humanity Gotabaya has told next 24h will be crucial.

    That means, from 1000 to 10000 more will perish.

    International community love to see fight to the finish and then will come with

    Packages, promises and prosecutions

    Will the lost souls return?

    Will the dead parents of orphans return?

    Will the wound of the war heal?

    Will the country be united?

    Certainly not

    The International Community with Two axes have collided and made mockery.

    The 21st century Afghanistan was created.

    Axis of Evil mind set (China, Iran, Libya, Pakistan and Russia)

    The Axis of Imperial Mind set (USA, UK, India and Japan)

    The images, Videos and peoples screaming voices will be played over and over again, the real and relentless TERRORISM is going to Engulf the tear Drop to have a permanent tears in the near future.

  247. Raghavan – Post 281

    Are you an alien or something? Which world you live in?

    Tamils moderate leaders were given 25 Yrs i.e. from 1958 to 1983. During these years, Tamils were second class citizen. But they had food, clothes and roof over their head.

    Mathanamutthas (People like you) thought that Moderates Tamils leaders achieved nothing, we have to support LTTE. LTTE too given 25 yrs. LTTE transformed Tamils from second class citizen to slaves of Sri Lanka.

    You say LTTE days are not numbered.

    Why you think so? Are you going to Vanni to join LTTE and fight the war? Do you plan to get your family to join LTTE?

    I am sure you expect the poor Tamil kids to fight the war for you.

    Mathanamuttha wake up!

    LTTE can’t even launch a small attack on SLA in Jaffna, Bati or Trinco. What it means to you? There are no /few LTTE members in those districts. That’s why they can’t launch grenade attack on SLA.

    Wash your rusted brain before write anything like this.

  248. SL Army has caputred the KareiMulli Vaikkal School, where LTTE put up their Makeshift Hospital today(13th of May)!

    No more Hopitals stories for LTTE!

    Poor Diaspora has to “invent” another cock and bull story to hoodwink the IC now!

  249. comment 249pramod and comment 258 sam

    thanks for clearing up pirabaharans origins. in comment 210 i have given the definition of polsambol. now i am working on definition of acharu.
    why do tamils want malayalee and half malayalee leaders.(MGR,jayalalitha, pirabaharan}. is it the looks. are we so bad looking.
    sam you are right about hitler. i have read the rise and fall of adolf hitler. he was Austrian, born in a village just on the border with germany. is someone writing the rise and fall of pirabaharan?
    another who fascinated me was Nepolean. he was also not french but a sardinian. he also lost it all.
    what is common in these people. after they achieve initial success they lose their head. they dont listen to anybody and begin to think they are infallible.

    glossary of acharu-half tablespoon malayalee pickle mixed with 3 tablespoons of portuguese fonseka,shavendrasilva, jagathperera. for flavour add 3 tablespoons of indonesian spice rajapakshe and top it with lots of pandaranayakkar pepper.when the aroma comes everyone get out fast.

  250. Tell me was there any war which did not kill anyone, which did not hurt anyone, which did not suffer anyone I feel sad about civilians but think about from government and SL army side what they can do if they want to win this war. LTTE is using civilians as a sheild. LTTE is shooting to army covering to civilians.

    I know civilians are suffering but longer this war go on longer they would suffer. Even SL army stopped fighting now they would suffer under LTTE. Finishing this war quickley is better for everyone.

  251. Kombuwa,

    You look like havinf some pleasure and enjoying the massacre and Killing.

    According to your same source, the last siting of VP was March 26th.

    We may see either Target missed or Missed target.

    Sorry pal, world rotate in a cycle.

    The next cycle will be seen in Hague.

  252. The GOSL claims that it is ‘rescuing’ the Tamil civilians held as hostages and human shield by the LTTE.

    The GOSL is also killing and maiming those very same Tamil civilians in huge numbers.

    Is that what genuine rescuers do???

    The GOSL claims the LTTE are helplessly cornered and are about to finish them off, therefore there should be no pause else the LTTE regroups.

    But if we are to believe the GOSL where will the LTTE regroup? SInce they are surrounded where could they get any more arms from? etc.

    So it is is obvious that this is about killing and maiming as many Tamils as possible as collective punishment and warning. As Sarath Fonseka said SriLanka belongs to the Sinhalese!

    Who really believes that all of the LTTE are trapped in that tiny area?
    Surely only the most gullible who believe the GOSL propaganda.
    Certainly the LTTE in the area are putting up considerable resistance, but that doesn’t mean that they are the only remaining ones.

    When the Indian elections are over the whole political scenario will also most probably be completey changed.
    So the SINHALA GOSL are killing as many TAMILS as they can as warning and revenge – just as they did in 1983 – before things change.
    As Gamini Dissanayake(?) said in 1983 all the Tamils can be finished off before India can save them! So now too it seems the whole point of the carnage is to kill as many Tamils as possible before things change.

    Likewise I suppose that the LTTE who are outside the area being attacked now will resume after and if the Indian election results prove favourable – they are also waiting for change. But they have now learned the lessons of politics and I expect a different strategy and different tactics.

    Unfortunately the GOSL (SINHALA EXTREMISTS) as can be seen by their present actions still seem to believe that the TAMILs must be and can be beaten down and forced to submit to a SINHALA-Sri-Lanka.
    And this too is exaclty the same mentality that existed in 1983!

  253. Shankar,

    Jayalitha is Tamil you fool.
    Prabakarans father is also Tamil. There are Tamils in Kerala moron.

    If we use your way of classifying people, MGR becomes hill country Sinhalese. He was born in Kandy.

    Prabakaran is 100% Tamil racially ethnically culturally. Using labels like half Malayalee is meaningless and is not an intelligent angle on understanding anything

    Give up on this childish sideshow of analysing racial origins. We are all mixed including Sinhalese, but still 100% human being. Perhaps the people of Tamil Nadu have realised this.

  254. Is dbsjeyaraj.com another tamilnet

    “Is DNP de Silva really stupid or pretending to be stupid”-……….. DBSJ

  255. #295 acchcharu recipe – amendments to clarify:

    Recipe for Sri Lankan Achcharu:

    Half tablespoon Malayalee (Kerala) pickle (VP Tiger Brand)
    Mix with 3 tablespoons of Portuguese Fonseka, Shavendra Silva, Jagath Perera.
    For flavour, add 3 tablespoons of indonesian spice Rajapakshe (3 BROTHERS BRAND) and top it with lots of Pandara (Pandya) Nayakkar (Bandaranaike) pepper.
    When the aroma comes, everyone get out fast.

  256. Hi DBSJ,

    You have deleted the link I posted .

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please do not post links from the defence ministry, army, navy, airforce, national security and others from govt propaganda organs here. If people want they can always go to them directly and see. We dont encourage links to Tamilnet, lttepeacesecretariat, sangam, tamilnation and all other tiger and pro – tiger websites also. We may slip up here once in a while but generally try hard not to let this be a conduit for govt or tiger propaganda.

  257. DBSJ — Thank you for your coverage.

    I am disapointed that too many folk are caught up in the accuracy of the actual number of dead and injured people rather than focusing on this human tragedy and finding a solution. This includes the SL government (challenging the numbers presented by the UN).

    One death is still too many!

  258. Rajiv,
    While I agree with ou that even one death is too many, it is also important to know the accuracy of the numbers and who is really responsible.

  259. Protect Soosai because he is popular among people. Killing him would damage the org he said. Soosai was saved but today heard over radio ordering shoot at fleeing civilians.

    The solution to the problem is surrender of LTTE and its leader.

  260. N2,

    Agree with you, I see there is urgency in GoSL to kill as many Tamils as possible.

    Also the amount of arsenals they are using for a relatively small area with “200” hard core tigers left shows that something is not right.

    Gotabaya not only making mass burial in the coast, but also making more and more Widow and orphans in the south.

    To sum it up, history will write, Sarath and Gotabaya Duo, the Great Warriors (arm chair) have relentlessly won battles after battles but at the end, they lost the whole war.

  261. Ranjan

    You are contradicting your first line with second line.

    Dont pretend that you care others

    You can fool one but not all

    RWK,

    If an unavoidable death in the war is call collateral Damage, but deliberate shelling on a Hospital , where the GPS location was just given by the ICRC is GENOCIDE and War crime.

    Even Hitler spare the Hospitals, Gotabaya and Sarath are going to be the worst war criminals of the 21st Century.

    Even the mighty Radovan Karadić of Bosnian war criminal couldn’t escape the wrath of the Delayed Justice.

    JUSTICE WILL BE DELAYED BUT NEVER DENIED.

    I PERSONALLY MAKE SURE THAT ALL MY ENERGY TO FOCUS ON GETTING THESE BEASTS PUT BEHIND BARS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.

    EVERY TAMIL DIASPORA I KNOW IS WILLING AND WAITING TO FUND FOR A JUDICAL FUND IF AND WHEN NEEDED, YOU ARE NOT LOOKING THOUSANDS BUT MILLIONS.

    REST ASSURED

    FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THIS TOPICS, HELP YOURSELF

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_responsibility

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Criminal_Court

  262. I can not understand the fact that why many of you consider a report claim to be coming from a Doctor using a LTTE Satellite Phone to be as truth nothing but the truth.

    Civilian deaths should be avoided at all costs and they should be brought to safety somehow.

    But when all the other sources points the finger to LTTE spun lies and death/injuries to own people, still we keep blaming GOSL.

    I urge everyone to look at the latest Rupavahini or ITN news clips showing no damage to the claimed be shelled hospital that 64 killed (according to the doctor).

    How can we jump into conclusions, when there are contradictory evidence?

    Propaganda is propaganda and we should have a balanced and open mind!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Your assumption of how information is reaching some journalists is all wrong. Please dont make motivated, dubious comments here. Please dont try to make this a forum for your counter – propaganda. I am having doubts about who you actually are.

  263. DBS,

    I think you are wasting time and space with Some of the Scums on the earth

    check the IP address and some one can figure out, may be you can post the IP address instead of names

    Please focus of getting this slaugter stopped first before answering who did it,

    DBS you should delete the # 308 for all goodness.

  264. April
    If you are referring to my post (#282) I don’t know what your problem is. I mentioned about a video clip that is available on the web for anyone to see, if true, will refute the claims made by some. The salient point here is the words “if true”. I know pretty well that both GOSL and LTTE have and will resort to most outrageous propaganda to further their respective claims. If you are under the impression that in this whole mess, GOSL and Singhalese are the devils and poor LTTE are the knights in shining armour desperately trying to save Tamils, well that is your misguided prerogative, but I don’t subscribe to such fantasies.

  265. Sivaji,

    If you just wake up, just an FYI,

    There are no hospital out there.

    It is called Makeshift Hospital

    In Simple English, the Mullaithivu DHS ( Dept. of Health Service- if you don’t know the meaning) has been serving the people of War victims ( both Deliberate and collateral damage) because there are conscientious people out there who care the people unlike you and likable.

    It was a school and more than 80% of the patient are sleeping under tent outside the “Stone building”.

    By doing so, the premises of the hospital has become the part of the hospital.

    Even Kotte Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital with all the luxury equipment has 1001 beds but this simple school building turned hospital is catering for over 1000 injured people with least equipments and staffs.

    First your Government killed 1000s

    Then for letting the world know, they are trying to kill the Doctor and the staffs

    Even today, Your “Coward” army had shelled the same school ( may be I should call this a school for your sake) and killed 47 people including the Administrative officer of the hospital and an ICRC worker.

    You cannot hide the pumpkin in a plate of rice.

    you have too much of TV time, get some reading here

    http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/05/08/sri-lanka-repeated-shelling-hospitals-evidence-war-crimes

  266. DBSJ,

    I’ve been reading your articles for a long time and have to say I admire your true journalistic approach youve maintained steady. I am a Tamil Canadian who spent most of my adult life in Canada and in many ways fall into the ‘successful immigrant story’ category.

    I am curious, suppose the tigers are vanished off by the army , what do you think tje future holds for the Tamils? I know you don’t have a magic ball, but as a journalist who has covered this conflict for almost as long as I’ve lived (I am 30 something), I am curious to hear your thoughts.

    Also, what do you suggest young Tamil Canadians like my self should be doing in times where we are seeing our brothers and sisters be murdered cold blooded by the govt in masses (not block the highways, I know that already!)?

  267. @ shankar
    Velupillai’s roots in Kerala reported by some news papers may not be true. Because the old lady refers to a R. Velupillai as her uncle who migrated to Srilanka but Prabhakaran’s father was one T.Velupillai.

    # 299. RS Wickramasinghe writes …
    “We are all mixed including Sinhalese, but still 100% human being.”

    But we are not even 50 % humane .
    Many racial & communal riots proved it 100 %.

  268. No country or army in the history of the world has ever or will declare any cessation of hostilities short of surrender by the enemy, particularly when it is on the cusp of victory. In two addmittedly short ceasefires, the civilians were simply rounded up more effectively by the LTTE and it was only in heated battle that the escapee numbers increased

    One solution is perhaps for the IC’s, co-Chairs or whatever, India included, to offer ironclad guarantees that the in the event of a humanitarian ceasefire being declared by GOSL, the LTTE will not be given respite or refuge unless it surrenders

    Other than something unlikely like that occuring, the intransigence of the LTTE and the current heady optimism of the GOSL both feed each other with terrible consequences for the civilians. As for the diaspora LTTE’rs, the less said about them, the better.

    I would be interested to know that in the face of Black Tiger ‘sleepers’ being sent in among escapees, what would be a suitable and acceptable alternative to the IDP camps that so many people seem to resent .

  269. Many are trying to understand which is more evil – LTTE or GOSL by micro scoping the death toll and source of information.

    If you happen to learn what has been happening in this tiny island for the past four decades or at least what was happening between LTTE and GOSL you would know how to get the actual figures.

    If LTTE claimed that GOSL shelled to death 2000 and GOSL countered it by saying 300 died due to LTTE firing . Then the actual toll could be 2000+ 300 =2300.

    In truth both sides has evolved to become so cruel and brutal to make such results.

    Likely no other place on earth had witnessed this number of political assassinations, political drama, human right violations, attack on journalists etc.

    I am not critical of any nation or its people but wondering why hatred , violence and corrupted politics has become so consistent culture of the people who enjoyed power to decide the destiny of this tiny beautiful island.
    One side is pursuing single point agenda at the cost of its own blood and through all wrong methods and the other side is deliberately avoiding telling the public how bad the problem really is and using all bad political and military means to counter it.

    There is no end to the sufferings. It seems

  270. Guys we are watching cricket match
    don’t need to count.
    every hit is a six.
    VP is the bowler.
    MR is the batsman.
    every ball is a tamil.

    fun, fun, fun. have drinks…

    Our hearts are only blood pumping equipment

  271. comment 299 wicremesinghe.

    COMMENT DELETED

    DBSJ EXPLAINS:

    Shankar

    I am not preventing you from responding to the above (#299)comment. I will also not prevent that commentator (#299) from responding to you

    The reason for deleting this comment was due to unacceptable vulgar, abusive language being used. You have let your emotions get out of hand. If you will kindly re-phrase your comment in non – abusive language and avoid attacks of a personalised nature and send it back, it will be posted in due course. Thanks

  272. comment 299- wickremesinghe

    my dearest wicks

    i greatly admire you for your statement”we are all 100 per cent human beings”.
    how i wish the our former illustrious leaders too had the same view. there must have been some little bit of deviation from that noble view for us to land in such a mess dont you think.
    i have read your previous postings and greatly admire your courageus and fair and intelligent comments and greatly admire you for your simplicity, fortrghtness, your ability to analyse problemsto its rootcauses etc.
    do you not think that the present problems are due to racial issues being in the forefront of politics and not a sideshow as you claim. dont you think we should tell as it is that there is no pure race as such, and put these in the backburner where they belong.
    as for jaya and piraba i am going only by what i read. you may be right, but who cares any way.

  273. It turned out; Gaza people may be indirectly helping the Tamils who are in the same situation

    It turned out, West has to compromise (behind the scene) to have both China and Russia agree to some form of (nine paragraph) statement only after the west agree to have ISREAL on the agenda for its aggression on the Gaza.

    I sincerely hope the UN will follow up on this issue.

    I also hope some of the Diaspora will use Diplomacy rather than stupidity to move forward and think forward.

    Stay alive to fight another day (of course non violently as the world opinion is on our side now and dont ruin this achievement with some stupid red flags)

    I sincerely hope we should not let those short sighted people step out to the streets. (May be they can have an animal with its kitten which would be more symbolic of caring than roaring on a white background for a change and for their satisfaction) Certainly not with Guns, bullets and bayonet

    The mills of the Justice will slowly grind but surely we will see some actions.

    UN also said, it has only 33% of the expected pledge to run the “Concentration camps” and many countries are backing out to support

    Srilanka is also in the UN’s human rights agenda for the first time

    Obama for the first time came out and talk about the Srilankan issue

    All of the sudden, the International community has woken up and as I said, GoSL has won great many battles and are in line to lose the war.

    I hope there may be some light at the end of the Tunnel for the people of Tamil Nation especially the one in Vanni.

    I sincerely hope, we will have some UN direct intervention rather than half baked intervention and leaving those Tamils in the hands of their Co-Killers.

    We need Diplomacy, Diplomacy and Diplomacy.

  274. Shankar,

    Thankyou for your magnanimous comments. I overstepped in calling you a “moron” or a “fool”. I apologise.

    It is my belief that this conflict runs deeper than constructions of race the British left and were very much in vogue at the time the colonial era ended.

    If you look at the actions of the State, you will see that it is has politically and militarily suppressed the Sinhala people as well as the Tamils not once but twice, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and a similar diaspora of Sinhalese out of Colombo.

    Perhaps the fact that Sinhalese and Tamil rebellions coincide over the same period (1970’s onward mean they share the same root, and “race” is only the ”garb” of differentiating the reasons for both examples of violence?

    The reality is a generation of Lankans came of age during the difficult years of the 1970’s (oil shocks, stagflation, famine) when society nationally and globally could not meet deal with a rapidly expanding population of baby-boomers People in that time lived in a climate of want, from l food (which was rationed to education (in shortage relative to demand), to land and jobs. These are the same issues that Tamils and Sinhalese started fighting over, but they are also things Sinhalese people were also fighting itself the rural masses of the south vs the anglicised elites of Colombo. I suspect Tamils as well were divided similarly within their feudal society.

    The pie was not only shrinking, it also had to be divided among many more mouths.

    In a climate like this, people start looking for reasons why their share of life is diminishing. Paranoia and jealousy can take root. Groups believe or can be convinced that another group has or is unfairly taking more of their share of the pie. Ideologies that were in vogue globally at the time that exploit poverty and a sense of exclusion from the spoils of society, such as communism and ethnic nationalism gain currency in such a climate.

    By the time the ruling politicos in Colombo realised how acutely this problem had grown among the young rural sinhalese masses, democracy was almost overthrown. This was the ”71 JVP uprising. The ground had shifted beneath their feet. The center could not hold.

    The same problem was evolving in India at that time.

    So the next step is taking your share of the pie to keep my shrinking share stable. Sinhala only was really an attempt to disenfrachise Tamils from their share of Government jobs. Standardisation started as a attempt to give Sinhalese a greater share of education. Colonisation was an attempt to give sinhalese rural masses land. None of these would have happened or happened as violently if the population of Sri Lanka HAD NOT doubled in the 30 years after independence. The country had not developed fast enough to accomodate so many new aspirations. Political mistakes, corruption etc undoubtedly added to this failure.

    But history has shown that the above intiatives were just political eyewash to win votes and none of them really became entrenched features of the state. But in the climate of want of te 70’s where the government was struggling to manage the avalanche of aspiration from underneath these actions translated into real racial fears for the Tamils, especially young men that felt they were being discriminated against racially. Militancy and terrorism grew quickly from this anger. By that time it was too late for compromise.

    Demography also shows that societies which have the highest ratios of young men to older people are also prone to terrorism. This is true from Palestine to Pakistan. It was true in Sri Lanka in the early 1970’s and 1980’s.

    So Shankar with this in mind ask yourself three questions.

    1. Are the roots of Sri Lankas problem really racial, colonial, political or even economic…or is it something else…demographic?

    2. With the era of globalisation in the 90’s, the particular success of mutlethnic societies all over the world in creating opportunities and wealth, and the advancements and opportunities opened up healthcare and technology that allow societies to control their own fertility and feed themselves, do we live in the same world as the 1970s where people feared their share of the pie was shrinking? Was it not this new international climate that led to the ceasefire of 2002?

    3. If this is true cant we put the past behind us and live together in one Sri Lanka?

  275. comment 323 wicremasinghe

    wickey

    i aree with all the facts you have given. you have not uttered any untruths. but i still feel that you have missed somthing. the same factors you mentioned were there in india and singapore. how come they did not have violent reactions like this. many multiethnic societies faced the same demographic pressures that you mentioned because at that time it was a global phenomenon, but there societies were not torn apart like this. I believe lee kuan yew and nehru were not subjected to bottom up pressure from aryans and chinese that swrd, sirimavo and jr were subjected to by the sinhalese. that is why it is important for people to understand their origins and realise how stupid it is to make such a big fuss about the so called pure race that they think they belong to. some of the twits still think they came from the lion. they might take a pilgrimage to see the red sea parting again.
    in conclusion i agree with all your facts and also agree that they contributed to the present crisis. where i differ is that the race factor was always there in a big way due to lack of education and not understanding properly who they really are. this created too much pressure on weak leaders even resulting in one{SWRD} being shot when he tried to reverse the divisive process he had started.

  276. comment#316 Fool, your comment makes more determined than before to have Eelam for Tamils. You and rest of Sinhala modayas , are very racist.

    Sivanesan, the way in which you have commented shows clearly that racists are there on both sides . Also it illustrates the make believe many Tamils are living in -……………DBSJ

  277. sivanesan,
    Im a frustrated Tamil. Thamilanin madamaiai kolutha virumpum thamilan.
    Your racism blocked your brain power form understanding my sarcasm.
    Search for the truth. Speak for justice. Fight for rights. Revolt against oppressor (Sinhala MR and Tamil VP..)
    srilanka need to find a long lasing solution.. eelam can be one of that.
    Tamils have to wake up first for their own well beeing.

  278. sivanesan,
    I�m a frustrated Tamil. Thamilanin madamaiai kolutha virumpum thamilan.
    Your racism blocked your brain power form understanding my sarcasm.
    Search for the truth. Speak for justice. Fight for rights. Revolt against oppressor (Sinhala MR and Tamil VP�..)
    srilanka need to find a long lasting solution.. eelam can be one of that.
    Tamils have to wake up first for their own well beeing.
    one more thing
    “sinhala modayas” and athi puthisali thamilanum emmai enkay niruthiyollarkal partaya en anputh thamila

  279. dbs
    comment 324 was not mine.that was capital S. my name starts with simple s. iam known as simple shankar.

    Not to worry shankar with a simple s, that one came from another computer …………DBSJ

  280. Shankar,

    I believe the difference between problems in Sri Lankan and India and Malaysia is that both countries at that time did not have large neighbour willing to arm a dissenting militancy thus completely shifting the balance of power away from the State.

    I am not talking about the politicians in Delhi as much as I am talking about state politicians in Tamil Nadu. MGR gave some 50 crore to Prabkharan in the 80’s. On one occasion he had 20 crore(!!!) loaded into a white van from his personal residence for Balasingham and Ragu? to take to Prabakaran. They stayed up all night counting the money.

    Prabakaran later gave MGR an AK-47 and a tutorial on its use. MGR kept it under his pillow as he lay lying on his deathbed.

    This allowed them to go on a spending spree in the arms bazaars of Lebanon.

    Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. The support of MGR was the watershed moment in transforming the Tigers from a bunch of boys with rusty weapons supplied by Delhi to an outfit with arms more advanced than the Sri Lankan armed forces.

    This is also why the support of Jayalitha for Eelam, as MGR’s successor is no joke. Yet Sarath Fonseka calls the politicians in Tamil Nadu ”a bunch of jokers”. Sinhalese people need to understand that just as we got India on our side, we need to keep Tamil Nadu on our side to keep peace in Sri Lanka. Yet many are too blinded by patriotism to see this.

    Without this support and the successes that came with it, the Tamil militancy may well have petered out by ’87 as it did with most of the other militant groups like PLOTE.

    The dismemberment of Pakistan into Bangladesh occurred because the Indians shifted the balance of power in favour of Bengali nationalists. Likewise the support of India toward the GoSL in recent years following Rajiv Gandhi’s death has been decisive in creating the imminent defeat of the Tigers.

    We are now seeing India experience its own problems with Islamic militancy and terrorism. Why? Because Pakistan is willing to arm and protect one. I suspect there are factions in the Pakistani military who are still vengeful over what happened to East Pakistan in 1971.

    There are many smug Sinhalese who see this as karma.

    Malaysia and Singapore never had to contend with an unfriendly neighbour, so a cycle of violence never grew out of control there, though there is a strain of paranoia in the ruling Malaysian establishment about Tiger nationalism taking root among the destitute Tamils there.

    So my argument remains that demography is the cause of the conflict , racism is the catalyst. What I add is that, regional nationalism from Tamil Nadu galvanised it into what it became in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

    In today’s global world the conflict is an anachronism and an unsustainable one with the US War on Terror. The Tigers should have seen the writing on the wall in the 1990’s with the change in global condidtions. It seems Balasingham saw it at and argued for a need to change direction, but not Prabakaran and his cyanide capsule acolytes. Why? Now things are a million times worse for the Tamils of SL.

    As a person who loves experiencing different cultures and feels enriched by the idea of diversity in SL, in particular the rich traditions of the Tamils, I am especially saddened by what has come to pass.

  281. An excellent analysis by Wickramasinghe.

    There is another factor and that is the effect of colonialism on the rise of Sinhala nationalism. Faced with a colonial power that constructed myths of the superiority of its own culture, it was natural that the colonized also produced myths about the validity of their own culture. Thus the modern Sinhala nationalist movement which basically started with Darmapala, was a necessary reaction to British cultural chauvinism.

    The grass roots Sinhala nationalism that Bandaranaike opportunistically took the head of in 1951 was aimed against the old colonial legacy and the English language. Sinhala only was not aimed against Tamil but against English, and it’s because of this, together with the fact that the Tamil elite were all English speaking, that meant the position of Tamil wasn’t really considered in the movement (thus the hastily-made patch ups over ‘swabasha’). Tamil was basically collateral damage in a war between the new Sinhala elite and the old colonial elite.

  282. This is for Ananthy (post #200). I’m Sinhalese and I support what Mr. Jeyaraj has written. The truth is the truth and sometimes it hurts.

    The SL government has to do a better job of trying to protect its own citizens. As an elected (albeit by the LTTE) government, they have a responsbility to behave better than a declared terrorist organization.

    Mr Jeyaraj,

    Do you really think that a humanitarian pause would be possible without letting VP escape or re-group? If so, might it be better if this pause were for a fixed time?

    Thank you.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    It was described as humanitarian pause instead of humanitarian ceasefire only because it was for a limited time – frame. It was rejected and the armed forces are currently engaged in military operations to seize the tiny strip. As expected and feared civilians are getting killed and injured in very large numbers now. The unfolding humanitarian catastrohe is reaching epic proprtions

  283. Dbs i love the way you respond to thepropagandist.yet a note to all who propagate genoside,we will not rest until all who are involved in crimes againt humanity are brought to book no matter to which side they are on

  284. I agree with your comment Singhe.

    For all the moral relativists (motherlanka and LTTE fanatics ) remember this:

    The scale of slaughter that is unfolding in Mullaivakkal has never been witnessed in Sri Lanka’s violent past.

    This is no longer a war you support. it is now a war crime.

    Evil only prospers when good men do nothing.

  285. A few other points on the theme of demography that I believe have changed the raison d’etre of this conflict since it began in the 1970’s.

    -600,000? Tamils have migrated to Colombo in recent years. The war ironically has made Sri Lanka even more multiethnic and cosmopolitan, and therefore more difficult to divide viably

    – Sadly the exodus of Tamils out of SL has reduced the proportion of non-Indian origin Tamils to 5%-10% of the population. It has been claimed that in 10-20 years time they will be 1.9% of the population.

    -Most of the people who pay taxes (western province residents) in Sri Lanka voted for peace in 2005 They were also disenfranchised by voterigging in key areas, Yet they pay for the war. Most of the people who voted for the war (outstation provinces) do not pay taxes.

  286. LTTE is firing artillery at civilians so they die. LTTE is shooting at civilians so they die. Less than 50 civilians have died this whole year as a result of army’s damage. Army is saving the civilians, LTTE is massacring its own Tamil people. Diaspora keep helping them (to kill its own people!)

  287. I hate Tamils anywhere in the world. Sri Lankan Tamils are the worst. They are the worst than wild beasts.

  288. Is there any evidence though, DBSJ, that the LTTE will let people leave if there’s a pause. During the last pause they press-ganged the civilians into building earth defences, and no civilians escaped at all.

    Strangely enough the only time civilians have been able to escape is when the government had the LTTE forces engaged in hostilities, five thousand yesterday and the massive 100,000 exodus last week.

    The splurge of LTTE support and Tamil separatism in the last few weeks has made it highly unlikely the government will change its present policy. When it sees thousands demonstrating under LTTE flags, and the media and internet full of diaspora Tamils requesting the decriminalization of the LTTE, negotiations with it, and announcing their undying support for Eelam and the LTTE which they have promised to continue to fund ad infinitum, then it has every reason to be suspicious of any request for a pause.

    And just as bad is the effect on the LTTE. The massive show of support for it makes it feel it is still going to save itself as long as it keeps the civilians hostage.

  289. Sadly the exodus of Tamils out of SL has reduced the proportion of non-Indian origin Tamils to 5%-10% of the population. It has been claimed that in 10-20 years time they will be 1.9% of the population.

    The figure is around 8-9% Lankan Tamils and just under 5% plantation Tamils.

    I always find it amusing that the defenders of Tamil rights airbrush the plantation Tamils out of it, as if they didn’t matter. Every now and then you’ll find maps of Eelam that include the Central HIghlands, but they might as well live on a different planet as far as the diaspora goes. And let’s not mention the Tamil-speaking Muslims who are only mentioned when their numbers are necessary to fabricate a claim to the Homeland of the Tamil-speaking peoples.

    The figure of 1.9% you give is simply pulled out of somebody’s rear end. There is greater immigration of Tamils than non-Tamils mainly because they have the family and contacts and also the possibility of claiming political asylum. However the desire to emigrate for economic reasons is a pandemic in Lanka and affects all ethnicities equally.

    One thing is clear and that is that separatism will not solve the problem of the two-thirds of the Tamils who live outside of the North-East, and will meet massive opposition from the Muslims and Sinhalese who now make up the majority in Eastern Province. Even the stress on federalism has meant that the problems of those that live outside the North-East have not been addressed.

    Most of the people who pay taxes (western province residents) in Sri Lanka voted for peace in 2005 They were also disenfranchised by voterigging in key areas

    No, they were disenfranchized by the LTTE boycott. And it is absurd to think that the majority of those who voted for Mahinda voted for a resumption of the war. I would have said that even the majority of JVP voters were against a resumption of the war. What happened was that the LTTE by consistent provocations left Rajapakse with no choice. There were many who were pleased with that turn of events, but to suggest that a vote for Mahinda in 2005 was a vote for war is absurd. And if you think people in outstation don’t pay taxes you sorely misunderstand Sri Lankan fiscal policy. The majority of taxes are indirect taxes on consumption. Do you think that those in outstation don’t use ballpoint pens (taxed at 100% at one time), drink beer or arrack, buy petrol, have fridges or TVs in the house, use a mobile phone?

  290. LTTE terrrorists must stop killing civilliance & let them to come safe places , Velupillai Prabhakaran is the real terrorist & he was the terminator of the all tamils, he is responsible for the lives of innocent children , He is not the only leader of the Tamils. The world should understand that & LTTE didnt want to go for a peace from the beginning, Velupillai Prabhakaran killed the very important people who did something for the people as well as the country , Velupillai Prabhakaran killed not only the sinhala leaders but also the tamils starting from Alfred Doraiappa wha was the governer of Jaffna at that time … this is the end of the Velupillai Prabhakaran ,

    this is for you Mrs.Clinton , I request you to come Sri Lanka & see the reality without commenting from far away.. come & talk to tamils who survived from LTTE terrorism ,

  291. LTTE is THE most farouches, cunning and above all most stupid terrorist group in the world so far.. they were never the safe passage for sri lankan tamils( of cause not for those who spending their healthy wealthy lives in western countries ).. in time and again they have proved it… they always ended up shedding blood evry time they could have ended up in a peaceful solution… they carried out brutal, ruthless attacks on all the nationalities in Sri Lanka.. It is a well known trueth.. having that knowledge no one in a conscious mind would believe that govt forces are carrying deadly attacks of civilians.. specially when the LTTE and PRO LTTE sympathizers are the people who are giving this a massive propaganda..
    people in a conscious mind would believe that LTTE is killing the people who are turning back on them and trying to flee to govt control area.. because that’s what they are doing.. that’s what they have been doing for more than 25 years.. killing all those who turning against them.. Terrorizing the whole Sri Lanka
    that is the truth.. because govt war is not against Tamils.. its against Tamil tigers.. terrorists… what you all should talk loudly about is how to get civilians trapped with LTTE to safety and how to reestablish their normal life with left for them.. instead of discriminating the govt acts for rescuing the trapped civilians
    LTTE should be eliminated.. that is must.. otherwise no one in the country is safe… it is about to finish now.. all the LTTE sympathizers protesting carrying LTTE flags will have to find some thing else to do…!

  292. All that is right, Pirabaharan is responsible for the plight of vanni people but there is no 1% truth in Sinhalise people feel for those vanni people.

  293. comment 342 ravi

    the sinhalese i speak to are very sorry for what is happening to the people. they say the the modus operandi of the armed forces frm kilinochi onwards was to shell and bomb the ltte positions and for the army to move forward. now in the last stage they have been stymied by the civilian factor. adopting previous strategies seems counterproductive and only plays into the ltte hands. reading tamilnet where the ltte is pleading with the international community to save the civilians is laughble. the only time in the world where hostage takers are pleading with the world to save the hostages. why dont they just let them go.this has become a soap opera stuff. added to this the gotabayas stupidity in not allowing international observers is only helping the ltte in its propaganda that the civilians dont want to leave. india too is pouring fuel on the fire by trying to finish it off before the election results. this is srilankas problem and srilankas people and the government should just tell india to butt off. i believe the govt should take the following steps
    1. from now on allow international observers and press to report back freely everything happening. i believe this will be cunterproductive to the ltte.
    2. stop bombing and shelling if it is going to result in civilian casualties. if the govt feels that by denying heavy weaponry the army casualties is going to increase then let the army progress at its own pace without putting pressure on them.
    3.allow food and medicine into the safe zone.
    4. concentrate on blocking all areas of escape including the sea for the ltte.
    5. wait patiently for events to unfold. every additional week will be intolerable for the ltte with irate civilians round their neck. unlike traditional hostage takers they are in the absurd position where they cant threaten to kill the hostages if their demands are not met.

  294. Mr Jones,

    In answer to your arguments.

    -My point about taxation was this: Western Province residents pay a far greater proportion of the national revenue base than outstation residents. They also overwhelmingly supported the UNP manifesto for Federal State solution. People who have to shoulder paying for the war do not support it.

    -Mahinda clearly rejected a Federal State in his election campaign and ran the same line that brought Chandrika an election majority in Parliament in 2004.

    -You are right, the Tigers played a pivotal role in Mahinda’s victory. But the fact remains that a large chunk of the electorate supported him. Where were they concentrated?

    -As I understand there was deliberate vote rigging in key Western Province areas such as Wattala to disenfranchise the large concentration of pro-UNP voters there.

    -As for the projected figure of 1.9%, that was based on a op-ed piece published in the newspapers by a Central bank official a couple of years ago. Whether this claim is true I cannot verify, but the point remains there has been a great reduction in the proportion of Tamils in the SL population in the last few years.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Just to add, I think this 1.9% figure was first stated by NU Jayewardena in the late nineties as part of a letter published in “The Island”. It was a response to Justice Krishna Iyer of India who wanted Tamils to be given full autonomy

    NU was a former Central bank governor. He is also the maternal grand pa of Tourism minister Milinda Moragoda.

    What NU said was of three points

    1. Sri Lanka population will stabilise to zero growth in 2025.

    2. The rate of Tamil migration and population growth rates indicate that Tamils will only be 1.9 % in 2025.

    3. 1.9 % is a “manageable”minority. A manageable minority need not be given autonomy

  295. 342 ravi

    Allowing international to the IDP camp is very good until they see whats correct but they should not go beyond that because they do not come in favor of the general public or in the sense of humanity, its only because they get pressure or paid by LTTE sympathizers… after all they are the reason why LTTE has become so powerful..
    if you still believe that army still shelling the NFZ and air force is carrying out bombing.. well i wonder why people are still following LTTE propaganda…
    with in few hours the all the LTTE fat headed pigs will be wiped out from the face of the Sri Lanka… and people in Sri Lanka will have the chance to find their solutions peacefully…!

  296. Hi D.B.S.
    Good
    At least you agreed army bombed not LTTE

    I have not “agreed” to anything and you have misunderstood everything……… DBSJ

  297. NU was a former Central bank governor. He is also the maternal grand pa of Tourism minister Milinda Moragoda.

    But he’s a lousy demographer. There will probably be more emigration from Tamils than Sinhalese because they have more contacts in desirable countries, but I can hardly imagine it happening at the rate necessary to reduce the Lankan Tamil population to a quarter in less than twenty years. And of course the Plantation Tamils are invisible to him.

    Western Province residents pay a far greater proportion of the national revenue base than outstation residents. They also overwhelmingly supported the UNP manifesto for Federal State solution.

    The Thai yellowshirt argument. These outstation peasants don’t vote for what’s good for us, so they don’t understand democracy.

    And your statement is palpably false. Ranil scraped a 3% margin Colombo, and lost in all other Western Province districts.

  298. Did he lose because there was massive rigging in those other Western Province districts? I think so.

    You can live in denial of facts about Tamil emigration. You are a lousy commentator. The truth is your miserly surmising cannot deny the reality of what has happened to the Tamils.

    The plantation Tamils are not invisible. But clearly they are a different demographic with a different roots and history to the Northern and Eastern Tamils, and identify with a different political leadership.

    The outstation areas are an enigma for me. Clearly they are giving their sons and daughters to fight Rajapakse’s war, perhaps in numbers other provinces do not. That sacrifice is admirable. But I am unsettled by one thing, Sri Lanka’s consumption based tax system has made the cost of living of basic necessities for those same residents unbearable. How easily has their poverty and want been manipulated by false political ideologies over the decades with devastating consequences?

  299. You can live in denial of facts about Tamil emigration. You are a lousy commentator. The truth is your miserly surmising cannot deny the reality of what has happened to the Tamils.

    Al that’s proved is that you are both ill-tempered and ill-mannered. I haven’t got to hand the estimated figures for the population of the LTTE-controlled territories that were not included in the 2001 census but the total for Sri Lankan Tamils is I believe around 8% of the population. There is no trend of immigration for the community that suggests it will descend to 1.7% in sixteen years. I suspect the 1.7% figure was based on the abnormal immigration in the aftermath of July 1983. It is clearly totally irrelevant now.

    But clearly they are a different demographic with a different roots and history to the Northern and Eastern Tamils, and identify with a different political leadership.

    As you pointed out in a post further up there have been demographic changes and in fact many of the problems of the plantation Tamils are also problems of the Lankan Tamils (lack of access to certain branches of government such as the police and armed forces and lack of Tamil speaking government staff or translators). As for the political leadership we are actually seeing a sea change in that with Mano Ganeshan we are for the first time seeeing a political party that encompasses both Plantation and Lankan Tamils (though admittedly for now the Lankan Tamils are almost exclusively Colombo based).

    And let’s not call it ‘Rajapakse’s war’, when it was Prabakharian that planned and started it.. Recruitment to the armed forces is fairly limited geographically, because in Lanka, as elsewhere the armed forces are what you join when you can’t get any other job.

    And I find your talk of ‘outstation’ admirable. One has visions of a retired Roman magistrate looking out the gate of his walled city in trepidation of what the barbarians out there will do.

  300. You can live in denial of facts about Tamil emigration. You are a lousy commentator. The truth is your miserly surmising cannot deny the reality of what has happened to the Tamils.

    Al that’s proved is that you are both ill-tempered and ill-mannered. I haven’t got to hand the estimated figures for the population of the LTTE-controlled territories that were not included in the 2001 census but the total for Sri Lankan Tamils is I believe around 8% of the population. There is no trend of immigration for the community that suggests it will descend to 1.7% in sixteen years. I suspect the 1.7% figure was based on the abnormal immigration in the aftermath of July 1983. It is clearly totally irrelevant now.

    But clearly they are a different demographic with a different roots and history to the Northern and Eastern Tamils, and identify with a different political leadership.

    As you pointed out in a post further up there have been demographic changes and in fact many of the problems of the plantation Tamils are also problems of the Lankan Tamils (lack of access to certain branches of government such as the police and armed forces and lack of Tamil speaking government staff or translators). As for the political leadership we are actually seeing a sea change in that with Mano Ganeshan we are for the first time seeeing a political party that encompasses both Plantation and Lankan Tamils (though admittedly for now the Lankan Tamils are almost exclusively Colombo based).

    And let’s not call it ‘Rajapakse’s war’, when it was Prabakharian that planned and started it.. Recruitment to the armed forces is fairly limited geographically, because in Lanka, as elsewhere the armed forces are what you join when you can’t get any other job.

    And I find your talk of ‘outstation’ admirable. One has visions of a retired Roman magistrate looking out the gate of his walled city in trepidation of what the barbarians out there will do.

  301. Recruitment into the armed is what you do when you can’t feed your family because you can’t afford to pay the taxes slapped on basic necessities like dhal. Not so long ago the SL armed forces recruitment was as sucessful as growing green tea in Jaffna, and deserters were wreaking violence as paid guns in Colombo’s underworld.

    One has visions of you with your head up Rajapakshe’s rear end. You agree with everything I write except my criticisms of his government which has left democracy and the economy in shambles.

  302. You know Wickramasinghe, you give new meaning to the word ‘yakko’. Except even the biggest ‘yakko’ in outstation has better manners than you have.

  303. Well then I am a yakko angry about the uncertain future created by this regime, unwilling to buy the sloganeering propaganda that conceals otherwise. In the best genteel traditions of your name, your veneer of manners conceals the perversion of your head being up the rear end of those in power.

  304. Insults aside, do you really think this government will offer a settlement to the Tamils, because that would mean giving up the political advantage this party has enjoyed since its inception which is electorally gain among the demographic of the impoverished masses by playing to the gallery of sinhalese nationalism.

    Even now in his speech from the throne, Rajapakshe talks of a settlement founded on “Buddhist principles”. How ominous does that sound to people who belong to other religious groups?

    What if Barack Obama invoked Christian principles and the Kings of the Crusade such as Richard the Lionheart in talking of political settlement in Palestine with the Muslims?

  305. You may not have noticed Wickramasinghe but I have made no comment on the virtues or not of the Rajapakse government.

    The first time I pointed out that the 1.7% figure for Lankan Tamils in 2025 didn’t appear to square with the 2001 census figures. The second time that your claim of a massive victory for Ranil in Western Province didn’t correlate with the 2005 election statistics. The only other things I have objected to is your claim that those all or most of those who voted for Mahinda wanted war (which goes against every conversation I had with those who did vote for Mahinda), and that ‘outstation’ voters are somehow more ignorant or extreme than those who live in Colombo.

    The idea of a ‘settlement’ to the Tamils seems hopelessly vague. If we are talking about devolution I would actually hope not for some time; there are no Tamil interlocutors in the North and East around at present, and the last thing we want is a repeat of the fiasco in Eastern Province. Do you really want the TMVP to be in charge of the police force?

  306. I THINK THIS SOO SAD FOR TAMIL INNOCENT CIVILIAN WHO SEVENT THE PRABHAKARAN KILLER. BUT WE ARE SRILANKANS AND MUST BE HELP NOW THIS PEOPLE TO MAKE THIER LIVES. AND LONDON TAMIL TIGER SUPPORTERS MUST BE UNDERSTAND TRUTH AND SITUATION. THEY MUST BE HELP THAT PEOPLES NOT STRIKES. I THINK IT NONSONS

  307. I think the figues square fully with the census. That was taken 9 years ago, alot of demographic change is possible in that time. I have heard officials in the government say the (non-Indian) SL Tamil population today has been unofficially enumerated at 5% of the population, meaning there has been further decline since the census. Let us not discount NU Jayawardene’s analysis as a senior official.

    Apart from opposing my claims, it is really not clear what you positive claims you make, or what you think are the answers are to any of the problems in Sri Lanka apart from being anti-LTTE. Are you and all your friends fencesitters?

    I think the solution to preventing groups like the TVMP from dominating the polict is to set up a transparent, accountable system with good checks and balances and limits on power. If PC elections in the East were a fiasco and the TVMP now runs riot, that is because the Rajapakse brothers have ordained it so as to maintain central power. One cannot blame Karuna and the other quislings as you do for a situation that has been handed to them on a platter through more state sanctioned election rigging and violence, as we saw in the ’05 election in UNP areas.

    I believe a federal setup would end this conflict permanently, and would have as you keep pointing out an extremist like Prabhakaran did not rig the election for Rajapakse. Now that Prabhakaran is defeated does it make it any less the long term solution to the Tamil Question?

  308. I have heard officials in the government say the (non-Indian) SL Tamil population today has been unofficially enumerated at 5% of the population, meaning there has been further decline since the census.

    It has been officially enumerated at less than 5% because the population of the Vanni has not been taken into account. May annoy you but Colombo 7 dinner-party gossip is not data.

    through more state sanctioned election rigging and violence, as we saw in the ‘05 election in UNP areas.

    Which exists in your imagination as far as the 2005 Presidential election goes.

    I believe a federal setup would end this conflict permanently,

    There was no chance of a federal setup whilst Prabakharian was alive, and seeing Rajapakse was voted on an anti-federal setup there won’t be one now.

    Discussing a federal setup whilst both the North and East is in such a mess is fairly fatuous. As a long term solution there is the question of financing which you get with every federal setup. But there is also the question of the two thirds of Tamils outside the North and East, as well as the Tamil speaking Moslems. A federal setup does nothing to solve their problems.

  309. “It has been officially enumerated at less than 5% because the population of the Vanni has not been taken into account. May annoy you but Colombo 7 dinner-party gossip is not data.”

    First you said the 2001 census put the official tamil pop at 8%, now you say the official figure was 5% because the Wanni Tamils were not counted. Jonesey, you seem to have a hard time keeping your facts straight. My Colombo 7 dinner parties are matched by your too many Rajapakse yakko rallies, come out with addled half-baked-patriot-Mervyn-Silva-brains.

    As for 2005 election irregularities please refer to the following published on the government’s own propaganda website.

    http://www.asiantribune.com/oldsite/show_article.php?id=2874

    I keep hearing the good people of Wattala tell me the same story. How do you know better?

    If Rajapakse does not countenance federalism (i.e effective devolution), there may yet be more terrorism. It is even more important now at the outset to have a clear goal for people in the north and east to work toward if reconstruction is to be successful and of course for the Tamil Diaspora to contribute constructively and not support terrorism, along with Tami Nadu.

    This is what the International community would also like to see and what it was prepared to finance during the 2002 peace talks. I suggest you find Erik Solheim’s interview the last week to Al-Jazeera when he talked about the proposal put forward.

    Once again Jones, I make my bones, lots of dispute, lots of negativity but no positive ideas for how to win the peace. Jonesey is on the fence or up Rajapakse’s tailpipe.

    Methinks deep down you are man deeply cynical about Sri Lankan politics, hence your general disagreeability. No-one wants to keep with up with such a Jones.

  310. deep down you are man deeply cynical about Sri Lankan politics

    Dead right. Something to do with following the facts. Unlike you I don’t take a Pollyanna pill every day that makes me believe every half-baked cliche that comes from failures such as Solheim and Ranil.

    First you said the 2001 census put the official tamil pop at 8%, now you say the official figure was 5% because the Wanni Tamils were not counted. Jonesey, you seem to have a hard time keeping your facts straight.

    Facts are perfectly straight. The 2001 census didn’t count those in LTTE controlled areas. Adding the estimated figures for those areas to the figures included in the census you get a figure around 8%. It’s what I said in the first post but your posh Colombo school doesn’t seem to have done a very good job of teaching you how to read.

  311. Jonesey my dear, like many Sri Lankans I meet you too are man drowning in shades of grey and the high culture of a sinister moral relativism that has all the sway in Sri Lanka today, one given tacit support by previous liberals like yourself because of your all consuming obsession with the LTTE. I read your tirades against finge loonies in the Indian establishment with a sense you have nothing intelligent to say about the mainstream loonies in SL politics.

    There is a a direct parallel with Bush and Rajapakse. Bush rode to victory on the back of unprecedented need for security and war euphoria fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq but left office with a reputation as a monster who pandered to the kind of worst racist heartland religious bigotry, with the economy in shambles, a failed war, and the traditions of American democracy in disarray and discredit .

    Rajapakse is a monster for what his regime did last week to the trapped Tamils both qualitatively and quantitatively it has no precedent with what has gone before in Sri Lanka and undermined the GoSL’s governments moral credibility as superior to the LTTE.

    There is a clear need in Sri Lankan politics for a transcendental Obama figure, perhaps a bilingual half Tamil, half Sinhala Southerner, highly educated both in SL and abroad, who can rally the best desires for tolerance respect and magnanimity in all communities. Ranil is perhaps not that figure (more like John Kerry in ”04), but beyond the tired half-baked cliches and lies about his supposed weakness, unelectability, growing LTTE power during the Ceasefire etc etc, I believe there was a genuine attempt by the UNP to break with the politics of the past in SL. The political future of Sri Lanka will have to draw on those traditions.

    Jonesey, I would also suggest you read the census again. The 5% all island figure is an accurate enumeration that compensated for the fact the Wanni population was less accessibile to demographers.

    You are a tired old man who has retired to sitting on the fence.

  312. Although Kim il Sung is dead in North Korea, he is considered as alive for propaganda purposes. His son Kim if Jong became the new ruler and Jong named his son as the successor.

    This is what LTEE leader wanted to do in Sri Lanka. His business model is to exploit innocent Tamils to achieve his goal of eternal leadership for his clan. For LTEE he is still alive to exploit the innocent. What a covered not to take his pill but to kill the people who went ahead of him.

  313. Ranil is perhaps not that figure (more like John Kerry in ”04), but beyond the tired half-baked cliches and lies about his supposed weakness, unelectability, growing LTTE power during the Ceasefire etc etc, I believe there was a genuine attempt by the UNP to break with the politics of the past in SL. The political future of Sri Lanka will have to draw on those traditions.

    Rubbish. It was Ranil who blocked Tiruchelvan’s constitutional reforms. He didn’t wish for a break. The ceasefire was negotiated because his business backers were losing money. Once they were back to making money again he didn’t give a piss about the fact that the LTTE was using its new found access to government areas to murder all the moderate Tamil opposition there. There was an unwritten agreement that as long as the LTTE stuck to murdering Tamils the GOSL would not rock the boat.

    Jonesey, I would also suggest you read the census again. The 5% all island figure is an accurate enumeration that compensated for the fact the Wanni population was less accessibile to demographers.

    Hopeless aren’t you. All you have to do is type ‘Sri Lankan Census 2001’ into Google and click the first entry you see. The ‘Sri Lankan Tamils’ enumerated made up 4.37% of the census. You will also see this information:
    In Jaffna, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts, no enumeration was done. * In Mannar District, out of 5 D.S. Divisions only one was enumerated partially. In Vavuniya District, out of 4 D.S. Divisions, one was enumerated completly and 2 were enumerated partially. In Batticaloa District, out of 12 D.S. Divisions, 5 were enumerated completely and 6 were enumerated partially. In Trincomalee District, out of 11 D.S. Divisions, 7 were enumerated completely and two were enumerated partially. The data are not included for these districts due to incomplete enumeration.

    The Sri Lankan census department issued the figures without giving any estimation for the districts not enumerated (a very foolish decision in my opinion that has resulted in numerous international sources quoting the 4.37% as the real figure). The estimated population of Jaffna for 2001 is 541,000 nearly all of whom are Sri Lankan Tamils and would need adding to the census figure of 738,000 and that is before one adds the nin-enumerated Tamils in Wanni, Muttur, Batticaloa, and Trincomalee.

  314. Just to give you an idea how much a loser your hero Ranil is look at this Daily Mirror article.
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=49690

    It’s a make or break point in Lankan politics and the leader of the opposition is thousands of miles away meeting the unknown mayor of some middle-sized nondescript city whilst campaigning in a foreign country for a complete unknown in an election nobody in that country gives a damm about.

  315. this all is fuck of ltte plz lie tel plz check our tamil plz life is good now..don’t tell fuck of.

  316. this all is fuck of ltte pplz lie tel plz check our tamil pplz life is good now..don’t tell fuck of.

  317. This is the neutral (Yes I am prod that I am neutral) who asked you a few questions after reading another article. I apologize you for having asked such a few questions without reading all your articles. However, I still feel that you should have NOT deleted my questions and rather should have put your reply below without deleting the original questions.

    I am not a provoker or a hecker, but may be mistaken; I see the mistakes on both sides and I do not cover up any.

  318. “Just to give you an idea how much a loser your hero Ranil is look at this Daily Mirror article.”

    Jonesey my dear, you need to move beyond this false dichotomy of winners and losers mentality in comparing Ranil vs Mahinda’s approach to the Tigers. The International community would never have lent the financial and diplomatic support that proved crucial to defeating the LTTE last week, unless there was a sincere effort by a government to find a negotiated settlement. Rewind to 1987 when, after JR’s insincere, procrastinant negotiations in the APRC and with the militants at Thimpu led to the complete thwartment of his military strategy after India intervened with their infamous Paripuu drops.

    If Mahinda had started a military campaign without a sincere diplomatic venture the IC would have ended it in outcry, condemnation, intervention and possible sanctions. Ranil’s diplomacy and Mahinda’s militarism are two sides of the same coin. The former had to precede the latter. To label Ranil a “loser” is unfair, shortsighted and overly hysterical. Let us also not forget which party held the Presidency ipso facto the Defence portfolio and with it, a share of responsibility for ensuring the security of Tamil leaders killed by the LTTE during the ceasefire.

    Let me also say from all the dinner parties I attend in Colombo 7, NO-ONE in the business community wanted to see anything but lasting peace. No-one except those perhaps in the biggest business of war.

    I think only a simpleton (or a Rajapakse war sycophant) couldn’t see that this trip is designed to give an account of democracy’s decline in Sri Lanka to the only friends who can bring the present regime to heel after its human rights abuses both in the South and the North. At a time like this it is an important valid maneuver.

    As for the census, let us not quibble over numbers you or I do not have access to or classifications of Tamils. The point is clear there has been a major demographic marginalisation relative to other groups in SL, come of that what may including perhaps bitter diaspora.

  319. As for the census, let us not quibble over numbers you or I do not have access to or classifications of Tamils.

    Yes we do; they’re two clicks away.

    You’re correct about how Mahinda would never have been able to defeat the LTTE without the previous work of Ranil (though sincere is never a word I would have applied to him; you appear to be forgetting it was he who sabotaged Tiruchelvan’s plan for devolution to the Tamils). Paradoxically Prabakharian destroyed himself because he couldn’t handle peace. It was the ceasefire that resulted in Karuna’s defection, which was by a long shot the greatest cause of the LTTE’s defeat, and it was the LTTE’s bad faith in the peace process that gave the Lankan government international support. All the international goodwill the Lankan government had in 2005, as a result of Chandrika, Ranil and Kadirgamar, has now evaporated, but as India doesn’t have any intention of invading that is irrelevant.

    Solheim’s and Ranil’s ‘peace process’ had been shown to be a ridiculous failure by 2005. By sticking to it, apparently as late as only a few months ago according to you, Ranil lost all credibility. At present he is the main reason Mahinda will win any election. Plenty of people don’t vote for the SLFP because they are enamored of Mahinda; they vote for it because the alternative is a joke.

    The Uncle in the Uncle-Nephew Party has long gone and is rotting in hell. But we are stuck with the nephew, and the way things are going the UNP is going to lose the P for Party as well as the U, and all it will have left is the nephew.

  320. Ah yes Jonesey that old chestnut about the Uncle Nephew Party. How about those 4 horseman (and their lackeys) of the apocalypse come straight from the maws of hell to shed the blood of innocents, Rajapakse bros & Co?

    Ranil and Solheim’s peace process had to become a ridiculous failure before any of the international players could be convinced that war was the last best and only option. This is why after losing the election Rajapakse waited a year, enduring a string of violations attacks assassinations and provocations before launching the offensive that destroyed the LTTE. Ranil cannot be blamed for that, though he is and the UNP is paying a dear political price for that perception.

    The military triumph also does not change the fact that the 2002 political solution of federalism is the best way of permanently silencing Tamil terrorism and calls for Eelam and convincing the Tamils that the Sinhalese are magnanimous people. The war has also seriously eroded Sri Lanka’s macroeconomic stability and its reputation among its main trading partners and benefactors.

    More importantly it may be have ended in unnecessary humanitarian tragedy whose principal actors may yet be called to account for crimes against humanity. The coming months will determine what legacy all those bombed shelled and starved lives and families will have for real peace.

    “Plenty of people dont vote for the SLFP because they are enamored of Mahinda; they vote for it because the alternative is a joke.”

    I think rather than looking for individuals on either side of the political spectrum to blame, the fault lies with a rotten (poltical) culture that produces rotten politicians. Sri Lanka needs culture change. The circular paradox is that culture change requires those individuals to create change. Is Mahinda that figure? Why am I cynical?

  321. Correction that should read “after Ranil losing the election Rajapakse waited a year””

  322. Your analysis is quite right.

    But you keep on forgetting that Prabakharian had no intention of accepting federalism, even if Ranil could have persuaded the South to swallow it (and considering he organized the boycott of Chandrika’s reforms in 99 he would have had a hard job explaining the volte-face).

    And yes the war was a disaster, and Lanka would have been better continuing with the defacto Cyprus like parrtition that the peace process had rapidly degenerated into, but you can hardly blame Mahinda because the LTTE restarted it.

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