Prabhakaran Confined to a Bunker Waits in vain for US or India to Intervene
Sunday discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune
Garrison town of Thunukkai has fallen to the armed forces, so the Asian Tribune reported. Prabhakaran now seems to linger inside a bunker waiting in vain for USA, India and someone else to intervene. There will be none. The political vacuum he succeeded in creating doomed him. He bumped off Alfred Duraiappah, A, Amirthalingham, Neelan Thiruchelvam, Lakshman Kadiragama, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and all the Tamil moderate leadership ruthlessly. His evil wizardry in marketing terrorism was his own booby trap that swallowed him as his options for negotiations dwindled. Now he is battered, cornered and seemed as if he is at the end of a shortened tether.
Prabhakaran hoodwinked the international outfits for far too long. But no wizard can package deadly contraband till kingdom come. Living at his wits end, only international pressure pushed and shoved him towards a negotiated solution. He could not shift to the political track; there was none to go to.
The weight of his multi-fanged paraphernalia with its suicide squads, child recruitments, credit card embezzlements, bank-robbing banditry, extortion guises for fund raising, and paid fifth columnists inside and outside Sri Lanka collapsed under the weight of its own immoral terror project.
Columnists who wrote glowingly about Tiger prowess are equally guilty as Prabhakaran for foisting a myth that LTTE is invincible. Those across the Palk Strait wrote of Prabhakaran the “wizard” every time his goon squads made a stealthy raid somewhere. Remember! The glorified accounts of the raid on Anuradhapura air base that covered acres of news print on Sunday morning. Time and again they scooped Tiger wizardry. Some even feigned threats for writing such inane stuff, thinking that government would come after them. The Sri Lankan government fortunately did not want to waist its breath on such hapless disinformation sources. Times reveal that the armed forces are at the entrance to Kilinochchi now.
Sri Lankan security forces have coordinated their multiple formations brilliantly. Commandos have been used in lightening strikes in tandem with conventional operations and our forces maintained a very high degree of morale despite fierce fighting. .Their air raids were devastatingly deadly.
If the LTTE had had a worthwhile political wing with a popular appeal, no vacuum would have been created in the North and the East for others like Douglas Devananda, V. Muralitharan alis Karuna and Sivanesathurai Chanthrakanthan alias Pillaiyan to fill. He opted for undiluted terror. He was trying to wade off torrential rain with a broken umbrella. Balasingham and Tamilselvam were mere puppets dancing to Prabhakaran’s tune.
The Rajapaksa government, which Prabhakaran thought would be easy fodder for his cunning machinations (that was why he asked Tamils not to vote for Ranil in 2006), took the battle straight to Vanni, knowing that LTTE's political ‘Achilles heel’ was the battle front. No freedom fighter worthy of that title would venture to fight it to a finish unless he had sufficient ground forces and weaponry to practice what he preached. Ultimately, Prabhakaran fooled himself more than he fooled the international outfits with his rhetoric. To lose militarily without a political action plan tantamount to suicide-a practice he promulgated with uncanny design. The oft repeated axiom that those who preach by the word shall perish by it, has not become archaic yet.
Prabhakaran’s scan respect for the lives of his own cadres, hence his wanton murder of thousands of innocent victims struck a deviant, destructive and despicable chord needing a longer analysis some other time. Those made to die for a cause which the leader himself knew was unattainable and not within reach even in its wildest dreams, was a treacherous act not worthy of a human being.
Prabhakaran made one big blunder when he assumed that India would throw its weight behind him like in 1987. There are no grounds what so ever for anyone to intervene because there is no scope for negotiations without a political apparatus. He exhibited hallucinatory traits to even think that the friends of the LTTE would intervene now. A cranky old attorney has now being hired to fight things in US courts or vilify the Defense Secretary of Sri Lanka. Futile is the only word that can describe that attempt.
In 1987, India justified its direct interference to take the LTTE off the hook trying to create a political solution through an alternative to war against terrorism and the LTTE was forced to accept it. But before long India realized the LTTE was not for any political solution and resorted to war at the slightest provocation. Peace talks became a pretext for going to war later.
Today, the LTTE has demonstrated beyond any doubt that it is too stubborn, fool-hardy and intransigent to accept a reasonable solution. Worst still, nor can Prabhakaran accept any of the solutions, so far offered to him including federalism, because his own hardened cadres would revolt, they are too brainwashed and blinded to accept anything except to fight to the bitter end. Eelam has been solidly etched across their foreheads so far too long.
Prabhakaran tried a unilateral truce attempt recently which Rajapaksa government did not want to touch even with a barge pole. So Prabhakaran is in a soup, rather an empty cave. The four bunker walls separate him now from an ignominious end. Norway is no where to be seen. According to American jargon it is “No way! Jose (pronounced hosay).
- Asian Tribune -
Given below the lists of the Parliamentarians killed since 1975 by the LTTE. This list has already appeared in the Asian Tribune -
1. 27 July 1975 - Alfred Duaraiyappah, MP and mayor of Jaffna.
2. 25 May 1981 – A. Thiagarajah MP for Vaddukoddai
3. 03 September 1985 - V.Dharmalingham MP for Manipay
4. 03 September 1985 - K.Alalasundaram MP for Kopay
5. 13 November 1987 - Abdul Majeed MP for Muttur
6. 12 February 1988 S. Nadarajah (Poddar) former Member of Senate (Sri Lanka’s upper House of Parliament) from 1967 till 02 October 1971
7. 13 July 1989 - A. Amirthalingham National List MP
8. 13 July 1989 - V. Yogeswaran MP for Jaffna
9. 07 May 1990 - Sam Thambimuthu MP for Batticalao
10. 19 June 1990 - W.K. Yogasangari M.P. for Jaffna
11. 15 July 1990 - M. Kanagaratnam MP for Pottuvil
12. 02 March – 1991 Ranjan Wijeratne MP & Minister
13. 23 April 1993 - Lalith Athulathmudali MP& Minister
14. 01 May 1993 - R. Premadasa MP and President of Sri Lanka
15. 24 October 1994 - Gamini Dissanayake MP, Minister & Presidential Candidate
16. 24 October 1994 - G.M. Premachandra MP & Minister
17. 24 October 1994 - Weerasinghe Mallimarachchi MP & Minister
18. 24 October 1994 - Ossie Abeyagunasekera MP
19. 31 December 1994 - Karavai Kandasamy MP for Vavuniya
20. 05 July 1997 - A. Thangathurai MP Trincomalee
21. 20 July 1997 -MRH Mahroof MP for Trincomalee
22. 15 July 1998 - S. Shanmuganathan MP for Vavuniya
23. 06 October 1998 – Kanagasabai Rajathurai MP for Jaffan
24. 29 July 1999 - Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvan National List MP
25. 02 November 1999 Atputharaja Nadarajah MP for Jaffna
26. 07 June 2000, C.V. Gunaratne MP and Minister
27. 16 September 2000 - M.H.M. Ashraff MP & Minister
28. 07 November 2000 - Aslie Nimalan Soundaranayagam MP elect Batticaloa
29. 20 October 2004 - Kingsley Rasanayagam MP (elect) for Batticaloa
30. 07 February 2005 - Chandra Nehru MP for Batticaloa
31. 13 August 2005 - Laksman Kadirgamar MP & Minister
32. 25 December 2005 - Joseph Pararajasingham MP for Batticaloa
33. 21 August 2006 – Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah MP for Jaffna District
34. 01 January 2008 – T.Maheswaran MP for Colombo District
35. 08 January 2008 - D.M. Dassanayake MP and Minister died on a claymore blast
36. 06 March 2008 Parliamentarian K.Sivanesan MP for Jaffna district was killed due to a claymore mine explosion in Vanni.
37. 06 April 2008, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle MP and Minister was killed in a bomb blast in Welliweriya