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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Manipulating terrorism in S. Asia

By Janaka Perera

The resounding victory of the Sri Lankan armed forces in Kilinochchi stresses the moral duty of sane people in Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan to resist all forces hell-bent on destabilizing the South Asian region. Our troops have shown the way towards real conflict resolution. The fall of the LTTE 's so-called administrative hub is no doubt a cause of joy not only for Sri Lanka but also for countries like China and Pakistan which have always firmly stood by this country in its armed struggle against Tiger terrorism. Their governments - to which GOSL owes its gratitude - stand out as perhaps the only states that have never urged this island nation to "negotiate" with the intransigent Tigers and give "political solutions" to them.

South Asia is a region exhausted by insurgency and terrorism. They have been widespread here much before it hit the United States in a horrifying and dramatic fashion on September 11, 2001. S. Asian countries have been victims of one or more of various forms of terrorism, many of them manipulated by foreign powers. To the latter the LTTE are generally 'good terrorists' (though banned in statute books) because they do not attack the Western democracies. Small wonder since the Tigers have been receiving all the moral support they need from many a Western 'human rights' organization.

During a visit to Pakistan last month, a senior defence official there (who did not wish to be named) told the Asian Tribune that Sri Lanka is probably the South Asian region's first country to give birth to suicide terrorism.

"Suicide bombing is a phenomenon which perhaps started in your country. It was copied by extremists in our country and for the first time and Pakistan saw suicide bombers. We also noticed another feature alien to our culture. These terrorists used small children to slaughter captives (identical what the LTTE did to Sinhalas and Muslims in so-called border villages of Sri Lanka)"
Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan just as much as India are victims of terrorism. But to the U.S. and its allies what is important right now is India's case since it serves the Western agenda for the subcontinent.

There are hardly any calls from Delhi's U.S. Ambassador or any other Western envoy for "negotiated settlements" or "political solutions" in relation not only to Islamic militancy but also the many insurgencies that have plagued the Indian Union over the past several decades.

The country is facing terrorism, violence, ethnicity, regionalism and separatist movements in Assam, Mizoram, Gujarat, Manipur, Punjab, Kashmir, Tripura and Nagaland. Among those spearheading the violent campaigns are the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), Mizoram's Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF), the National Socialist Council of Nagaland and the Darjeeling Gorkha Maobadi Sangthan.

On these issues it is the military option that is receiving tacit approval from the West.

Yet when it comes to Sri Lanka, Ambassador Robert Blake and the rest of the Western diplomatic community never tire of calling for either 'negotiated settlements' or 'political solutions' – both terms now hackneyed. And these calls will no doubt be vigorously repeated in the event a Mumbai-type attack occurs in Sri Lanka – because we are not India.

The Pakistani news columnist Rai Riaz Hussain writing in The Nation (Dec.4) states: "Planned attacks against Muslims in the name of 'reverse terrorism' have created new faces of terror in India, completely ignored by the West."

As for the Norway, few Sri Lankans will be surprised if Oslo – if it gets half the chance – makes Velupillai Prabhakaran an honorary citizen there on a recommendation by 'Peace Facilitator' Eric Solheim.

It is now sometime since these Western neo-colonialists formed fifth columns in Sri Lanka in the form of dubious anti-war crusaders that include the National Christian Council, the National Peace Council, Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Tamil National Alliance, Foundation for Co-Existence, the Free Media Movement, sections of the United National Party and some media companies all of them dedicated to belittling, condemning, undermining, ridiculing and scoffing at the anti-LTTE military operations and the Sri Lankan security forces.

Speaking on the Independent Television Network (ITN) on Friday, National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa said:

"It is not only the LTTE leaders who are spending sleepless nights over the fall of Kilinochchi but also their sympathisers here in the South. They who have been kissing Prabhakaran's rear are obviously troubled by the armed forces victory. So we must make sure that they all go to everlasting sleep."

What is required today is a common Sri Lanka-India-Pakistan Front to combat terrorism in all its forms and expose the hidden hands behind them. South Asia uniting against Western manipulation is the only way out of the current predicament.

- Asian Tribune -

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