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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2791

Sri Lanka will remain a paradise- LOST

Donald Jayantha Gnanakone , a Sri Lankan Tamil, now resides in Los Angeles, USA writes in response to an article written by Rohana Gunaratne, one of the readers of the Asian Tribune as “Sri Lanka will remain a paradise- LOST”

“Rohan Gunaratna's article is totally misleading and inaccurate. It is nothing but wishful thinking of the Singhalese and the West. However, it is ideal for the readership of Asia Tribune, “wrote Jayantha Gnanakone.

In his letter to Asian Tribune he wrote, “As for the LTTE and the Tamils they never promised anything to anybody. They only promised an Eelam or something very close to it. If not for the Tamil quislings and betrayal of many they would have acheived that long time ago. Tamils certainly are their own enemies, as we can clearly see now, with the quisling groups, journalist, Karunas, Devananda's, Anandasangaree's, Mahathaya's, and others who cooperated with HRW, Geneva Call, and other agencies.”

When writing about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam he wrote, “Nor have they been dependent on Foreign Aid. Receiving 20 per cent aid to the NE does not mean, the Tamils received that aid.

Most of that went to the Muslims, and Sinhalese and the GOSL infrastructure in the North and East. Tamils did not get even 6 pc of the aid in the entire North and East Province which is totally insufficient. Thanks to the US and GOSL the American Red Cross did not spend even 1 dollar, out of the 2.5 Billion dollars they collected in goods, services and cash. I have that confession in writing from the American Red Cross. Tamils or the LTTE have not guaranteed the safety, security, comfort or safe passage of the Singhala occupying forces. They will monitor the GOSL and the international community to deliver what they have promised, in action. Sri Lanka will remain a paradise- LOST. “

The verbatim reproduction of Donald Jeyantha Gnanakone’s letter to Asian Tribune is given below:

To Asian Tribune -

Rohan Gunaratna's article is totally misleading and inaccurate Why the EU did ban the LTTE?. It is nothing but wishful thinking of the Singhalese and the West. However, it is ideal for the readership of Asia Tribune.

Until they realize what the real problem is, the war and bloodshed will go on for another 23 years or more. Sri Lanka as a nation and Island will become one the worst failed states in the world. It is just a matter of time.

1. The ban is mainly for the US/EU, and possibly India to benefit from the strategic resources and assets of the N-E. Mainly Oil, Gas, Mineral Sands, and Ports and Air Ports, including the Palk Straight/SSCP.

2. LTTE has never been, nor ever will be a Terrorist Organization and a threat to the other nations except for Sri Lanka. Even the Rajiv Gandhi incident even if it was the LTTE being responsible, is related to an internal matter of 10,000 Indian troops raping and killing in the N @ E for several years.

3. It is naive to think that the BAN is going to bring the Tamils to the negotiating table in Norway. It is strange that Rajapakse and his extremist has not even a murmur of protest about the location being Norway, or the facilitators being from Norway, or SLMM from Scandinavia. Not a hum about WHITE TIGERS from the Singhala extremist like GUNARATNA, MAHINDAPALA, KOHONNA, DHANAPALA, KOTAKADENIYA, OR GODAGE. They are all quiet like a church mouse.

4. The ban has woken up the sleeping and complacent Tamil diaspora. Singhalese or the IC cannot steal the money from the Tamil doaspora. 1 million Tamils less a few quisling like .........
You be my guest and make the guess. Tamil diaspora will support the Tamil LIBERATION struggle in whatever legal means from all 190 countries and within Sri Lanka. Any amount of bans will not prevent or stifle the support for the Tamil cause. The sooner the Singhalese realize that the better for the 17 Million SInghalese in the Island.

5. Soon the amount of Foreign Aid, Investment, Soft Loans, Credit Facillities, will be reduced, and Insurance costs and financing costs will increase.

6. Tourism and FDI will drop. There will be a reaction to the BAN from the 1 Million Tamils. ANOTHER BOYCOTT. and this would have a serious monetary repercussion and consequences. It might even cost the country 10 to 100 million dollars a month, in goods and services, including exports and Sri Lankan Airlines.
UNP leadership knows of the BOYCOTT which was discussed in June/July 2005.

Tourist are not visiting Afganistan, Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Rwanda or East Timore. So why should they visit Sri Lanka. The Indian Stock market is performing very well for so many years, with the Indian currency appreciating unlike depreciating in Sri Lanka by 10 per cent PA. Why should the foreigners invest in CSE? Already the big blue chip companies are investing in Maldives, Bangla Desh, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and East Africa and generating employment and revenues there. Aitken Spence, John Keels, Hayleys, Carsons, Hemas, Malibans, Euro Lanka, amd many more publicly quoted companies.

7. The Singhala extremist can enjoy the bitter fruits of the BAN, and Mahinda Chintana, and I have not said a word about the loss of lives, defense expenses, injuries to both armed forces and civillians as well as the Tamils. The medical expenses will also increase 100 fold, with the unwarranted loss of life, limbs and property.

8. the IC is not going to be fooled by the Singhalese. They very well know that LTTE is not a TERRORIST organizations. At a recent congressional hearing Donald Camp from the state department was defending his position when the congressional member compared Prabhaharan with George Washigton. So the discussions and debates in the US Congress has already begun. The STate department are now talking about discussions with the LTTE with some conditions placed on their future activity. So it is only a matter of time my friends, and LTTE is fighting the Singhala enemy on the land, sea and air of the North East, as well as the whole Island has become their battle field, at the time and place they choose in the next 23 months or years.

The ball is not in the Tamil court. The ball is in Rajapakse and his extremist supporters court. They need to come up with the Federal solution (Not a Unitary), and unconditional and irrevocable sharing power (Not devolving), as well as disarming all quisling groups. IC now have to walk the walk, since they have finished talking the talk. They need to act, firmly with the GOSL, as they do not like to be fooled all the time that the President is a woman of peace (Like Chandrika) or man of peace like Rajapakse who is prepared to walk that extra mile. Vanni is a long way, and he better tie his white sarong and start walking. The whole world is watching.

The IC also has guranteed the safety of the Tamils in Colombo and Trincomalee. Now that they have a hands on policy, the whole world will hold them accountable for the safety of the Tamils from Singhala racist mobs, or Air Force pilots bombing innocent civillians and their homes, as well as their places of worship.

Such pilots might be personally responsible for their war crimes, or Navy Captains shelling innocent civillians. This is international and humanitarian law my friends, since no Singhalese has been ever prosecuted to the murder amd mayhem of July 1983 or the several high profile cold blooded murders recently. The international community has demanded that GOSL acts, and we all would be watching for future actions and the extra mile the Singhalese will be called upon to walk.

9. Take a good look at Assistant Secretary Boucher's statement in Colombo as most of the racist reporters have mislead the Singhalese and the whole world.

Boucher has admitted that Tamils have legitimate grievances, and GOSL needs to provide an immediate Federal solution. He has accepted that Tamils have an homeland, entitiled to one, an dshould self govern. He also has said that your favorite Tamil group needs to be disarmed and so is the other quisling group, the EPDP. (Immaterial if they are even member of the Rajapakse cabinet).

Rajapakse's lies are not going to continue to work for ever. 6 months is too long, and implementations of the CFA is a must, as far as Fishing, Farming, Vacating homes, and disarming are concerned. Wait till the GOSL goes around the begging bowl, for aid, as despite the good Tea and Rubber prices, the Oil prices at 75 PB, is killing the economy. Their defense bill will go through the sealing for 2006-2007 as the armed forces are panicking and purchasing anything and everything. 25 year old coast "Cutter" cannot protect anything, including the Galle Face.

As for the LTTE and the Tamils they never promised anything to anybody. They only promised an Eelam or something very close to it.

If not for the Tamil quislings and betrayal of many they would have acheived that long time ago. Tamils certainly are their own enemies, as we can clearly see now, with the quisling groups, journalist, Karunas, Devananda's, Anandasangaree's, Mahathaya's, and others who cooperated with HRW, Geneva Call, and other agencies.

Nor have they been dependent on Foreign Aid. Receiving 20 per cent aid to the NE does not mean, the Tamils received that aid. Most of that went to the Muslims, and Singalese and the GOSL infrastructure in the North and East. Tamils did not get even 6 pc of the aid in the entire North and East Province which is totally insufficient.

Thanks to the US and GOSL the American Red Cross did not spend even 1 dollar, out of the 2.5 Billion dollars they collected in goods, services and cash. I have that confession in writing from the American Red Cross. Tamils or the LTTE have not guranteed the safety, security, comfort or safe passage of the Singhala occupying forces. They will monitor the GOSL and the international community to deliver what they have promised, in action. Sri Lanka will remain a paradise- LOST.

The Singhalese editors who write "venemous" editorials fuelling the fire of hatred, will reap the bitter fruits of such writings for their fellowmen and women. After all we all will reap what we sow.

Otherwise, they will only end up like their favorite "proverbial monkeys". They all are very familiar with it. Without undermining the CFA and peace, and promoting the extremist, they will serve the Singhalese well by promoting rational thinking and conduct towards peace.
What a disaster and a calamity for the Island.

Maybe they should read the success stories, of Singapore-Malaysia, Hongkong, Dubai, and many tiny countries like Switzerland and Norway. Singhalese are trying to make Sri Lanka a BIAFRA.

PRABHAKARAN IS NO COLONEL OJUKU or KARUNA, or Mahatthaya.

Tamils rights, aspirations, and expectations in the North and East cannot be dictated by carreer diplomats from the ivory towers of Washington or New York, without comprending the actual problem.

Strangely, US officialls are learning quickly, and even Mr.Boucher has admitted publicly, that Tamil aspirations has to be recognized and acheived via the negotiating process sans violence. Of course, IC does not realize if LTTE were not carrying arms and ammunitions, which the IC doesn't realize most of it came from two soverign nations and one Indian state of Tamil Nadu. GOSL and GOI provided the arms and weapons either willingly or unwillingly, when a Billion dollars of arms fell into the hands of the LTTE when Elephant Pass, Mullaitheevu, and Vanni army camps fell. GOI also left millions of dollars of arms behind when they were chased out by the GOSL, and the Tamils, and LTTE "violence", which the international community conveniently refers to as "Terrorism". For the US and Europeans, Ho Chi Minh and Chou En Lai, and General Giap were also terrorist 3 decades. Against an armed enemy, violence is a necessity, and history will prove itself correct. Nelson Mandela did not give up or agree to give up violence as he spent 27 years in white jail, and US and Europeans turned a blind eye on the black leader while he rotted in jail.

Donald Camp, Assistant Sec. Boucher and others in the state department and EU/UK are very familiar with President Thomas Jefferson's statement 230 years ago.

THE TREE OF LIBERTY.

What signify a few lives lost in a century or two.
The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time,
With the Blood of Patriots and Tyrants..

Donald Jayantha Gnanakone is the brother of Charles Gnanankone and he is married to a Sinhalese lady Sharmalee Fernando, alias Gunawardene alias Gnanakone.

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