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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2732

Sri Lanka: War against Terrorism towards a new Dimension

By - Leel Pathirana

“Sri Lanka has become the world's greatest Learning Lab for Countering Terrorism”
By-Dr. Peter Leitner, President-Counter Terrorism Research Center and Professor National Center for Bio Defense of the George Mason University, US

After the three decade of the Sri Lankan LTTE separatist war which claimed more than one hundred thousand lives, since Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse assumed the office, war against Terrorism has taken to a new Dimension of targeting ‘Big Cats’ of the LTTE hierarchy.

The Government of Sri Lanka and the people are now confident that all three forces can eliminate the LTTE separatism before long and restore lasing peace in Sri Lanka, where all the nationalities can enjoy right of living in any part of the Country. Defense secretary Mr.Gotabhaya Rajapakse and General Vladimir Moltenskoy at the Defense ministry. (Photo: defense.lk)Defense secretary Mr.Gotabhaya Rajapakse and General Vladimir Moltenskoy at the Defense ministry. (Photo: defense.lk)

The Government is now under discussion of banning the LTTE, if they continue large scale attacks in the future. It is reported that President has stated, “one or more attack, we have no option”

It is really evident that November 26th aerial bombing around Jayanthi Nager in Kilinochchi, has done a massive destruction and made the LTTE leadership to suffer. LTTE leader has suffered minor injuries according to Journalist Mr. DBS. Jeyraj, and later various news reports also confirmed that he is injured and since the Tiger leader is already suffering from diabetes, his condition has got worsened and the LTTE is making attempts to evacuate him to a foreign country for further treatment.

The organizational structure of the LTTE has started to collapse and this issue reached to a high degree when their Head of the Political wing was killed by SLAF air strike. They have faced repeated dilemmas and now they have enemies within.

Integrated Military Intelligence of the Government is now exact on their sources of information, analyzing, approaching and targeting the enemies. Sri Lankan Navy could blow up the huge LTTE vessels carried arms in the international waters. Destroying almost ten vessels was a major loss to the LTTE for their future war against the Government and which could lead to loose the morale of their cadres and the Tamil Diaspora in the Europe and in the Middle East.

After killing of their Head of the Political wing SP Tamilselvan, Tamil diaspora in Europe and the Middle East have lost total confidence over the LTTE’s capability, whom they pledged for a homeland for them on their every annual Hero’s Day discourse by its leader. Now they have to face another problem of further funding to the LTTE’s warfare. After Europe, the second largest Tamil diaspora are employed in the Middle East, and most of them are doing under wage labor jobs or odd jobs, from which they are reluctantly compelled to remit 25% cent of their monthly salary to the LTTE warfare. The LTTE has directly sent some laborers to the Middle East for, work-and-send-money for them basis.

International Support to the Government

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse’s recent visit to Islamic Republic of Iran made him as a strong and determined Head of State with principle. This trip made somewhat earned the irritation of the US. Subsequently US highlighting human rights issues suspended their military assistance to Sri Lanka.

Russian Federation, Czech Republic, Pakistan, and India have come forward to assist Mahinda Rajapakse Government to provide military assistance to eradicate terrorism.

Russian delegation to Sri Lanka led by General Vladimir Moltenskoy’s recent visit was a great success to the country. Gen Molpenskoy, a veteran combat General in the Russian Army was formerly the operational commander of the Russian Forces in Chechnya.

Pakistan has increased its annual military assistance loan by US 31 million dollars. This will increase the total annual Pakistani assistance to US 80 million dollars. Sri Lanka being a good ally of the Pakistan the recent action taken by the Sri Lankan Government of conveying their opposition to the Commonwealth leaders meeting of Kampala suspending Pakistan as a member, was rightly looked with gratitude by Pakistan by Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharaff.

India has also offered US 100 million-dollar credit-line to Sri Lanka for the procurement of military supplies from India mainly to strengthen the Sri Lankan Air Defense System. Technical Team from Czech Republic had arrived in the Island to service and completely overhauls MBRL (Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers) they provided to the Government earlier according to a Sinhala language newspaper.

When look back to the history of the war with terrorist, it seems like previous regimes fought a conventional warfare without targeting the ‘Inner Core Leaders of the LTTE’ or there must have been various reasons where politics were involved. People forgot the war with the terrorism and only they saw sealed caskets were coming in to the villages. Why we lost the War then? This question yet to be answered in the future.

Meantime I would like to pose a very simple question from the international community. Which is, if the International community is expecting a lasting peace in Sri Lanka, this is what unfolding before their eyes now?

Liberating the entire East after almost 27 years under the jackboots of Prabakaran with very limited civilian casualties, isn’t it a major victory to be discussed, celebrated or to be rejoiced? Government is on process of building up infrastructure of the entire East and has earmarked reserved billion of rupees, for the resettlement programs of the (IDC) Internally Displaced Civilians, reopening schools, improving government transport facilities, providing better health care, electricity, water and sanitation facilities etc…

Also new Police stations have been opened up for people’s protection and facilitate for their day-to-day livelihood in order to build the confidence in their midst.

Background of the 2005 Presidential Election Campaign

Mr. Rajapakse’s victory in November 2005 was a very significant one in Sri Lanka’s political history after 1956. His Victory could make a turning point of the Sri Lanka’s 25 years old separatist war.

He is today considered the second ‘Nationalist Leader’ after late Mr. S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake. He is the first President to rise from the south. Even though he hails from a popular political family, he is not the same aristocratic class as the Bandaranaike dynasty that led the SLFP since it was founded in 1952.

Mr. Rajapakse’s role on Labor union and also Human Rights activism played a major role during the JVP’s second uprising in 1987-89, in lobbing for human rights and somewhat his clandestine trip to Geneva has made him the image of a Human Rights Activist and Working Class Hero

He rose strongly at the 2005 presidential election addressing various nationalist and socialist forces by signing a series of agreements such as Mahinda Chinthana. His main objective was bringing a lasting peace to the country. Despite his narrow margin victory over Ranil Wickramasinghe at the election, he managed to stand out as a Man Of Common Masses despite certain media labeled him as a Sinhala hard-liner.

- Asian Tribune -

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