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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

A War of Deception

[b]A War of Deception[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]“Force is decisive. But it is equally important to have the psychological
something which the animal trainer needs to be master of his
beast. They must be convinced that we are the victors”.[/b][/i]
[b]Hitler[/b] ([i]Nuremberg documents – PS 739[/i])

The Tigers are engaged in a mind game – and their target is the Sinhala majority in the South. With increasing attacks on the Armed Forces in the North and the East, big enough to receive news coverage but not big enough to get a military or even political reaction, the Tigers are subtly but surely trying to create the impression of an impending war. The objective cannot be hard to guess – create a fear psychosis in the South and compel a majority of the Sinhalese to vote for total and unqualified appeasement as the only way to keep the guns silent and the South safe from bombs.

The threat would have been credible had it not been for the Karuna rebellion, the tsunami devastation and the increasingly hostile international climate. True the Tigers work according to their own brand of logic which is often very different from the normal, but that does not mean that they are entirely stupid or completely ignore the objective conditions. The prospect of international condemnation may not keep the LTTE from opting for the path of war again (especially if other factors are favourable) but the Karuna rebellion is quite another matter. Because of the loss of their power and influence in the East, the Tigers are unlikely to risk a war in which it will have to face combined strength of the Sri Lankan state and the Eastern rebels, who are likely to make a common cause against a common enemy.

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