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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Clarifies; The International Efforts To Rescue The Tiger Leaders In 2009

By Michael Roberts

Dr. Michael Roberts

Dr. Michael Roberts

I am deeply entangled in drafting an article entitled Saving Talaivar Prabhakaran, an effort that has involved several revisions and is now subject to further embellishments in the light of Mark Salter’s presentation of the Norwegian spin on events in the last stages of Eelam War IV.[1] A chance inquiry from a friend put me in touch with the former Defence Minister, Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Skype telephone on Monday 7th March (yesterday).

I was in pursuit of a specific piece of information relating to the Norwegian-cum-American exploration of pathways that could extricate the Tiger leaders from Sri Lanka,[2] while saving the Tamil civilians in danger. Salter tells us that in late February the Co-Chairs in Colombo mulled over the possibility of mounting “a sea-directed rescue mission” and “a high-level team from the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) headquarters in Hawaii” visited [Sri Lanka] to evaluate the logistics of such an exercise” (Salter 2015: 354). I wanted the date of this visit and other relevant details.Gota

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not aware of such an enterprise and responded to me by indicating that these military men could have been inserted into the island through Sri Lankan embassy channels.[3] However, he went on to highlight a key moment in the American efforts to extricate the LTTE command and halt the ongoing conflict. This was when Ambassador Robert Blake with whom he was on friendly first name terms as “Bob” called at his office [presumably in the Defence Ministry] one evening at 5.00 pm.

Blake had indicated that there were plans afoot to rescue the Tamil civilians trapped in the coastal NFZ by sending a ship. The conversation had then taken the following trajectory.

GR had been highly sceptical about the Tiger leaders agreeing to this idea and asked: how can one prevent Tiger personnel mingling with the civilians and escaping?

RB: Your people can be on the ship to monitor the process.

GR: What about India? Will the Indians agree?

RB: We will speak to the Indians.

GR had then alluded to Rajiv Gandhi’s attempt to force the LTTE hand and the outcome that emanated from this process as a foundation for an assertion to Blake that “the LTTE would never agree to such a proposal.”

RB: “We are Americans. We will teach them a lesson and even bomb them if need be.”

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, alas, could not recall on what day this exchange occurred, though he could remember the time and place. This is not surprising – for I find this specific form of memory lapse to be of increasing frequency as I age. In any event, we should be able to work out the date – in April 2009 I believe – when this important exchange occurred.22=WAR  ZONE- late April ICG

Rajapaksa indicated that he discovered that Blake had immediately proceeded to meet the Indian ambassador in Sri Lanka, Alok Prasad, that very evening. While he did not know what transpired there, it so happened that Prasad had a breakfast meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa the next morning. President Rajapaksa, taken by surprise by the tale of international plans of intervention, had phoned his Foreign Minister Bogollagama who had then phoned Blake.

When precisely did this conversation take place? Guided by the US embassy despatches released by Wikileaks, there are two possibilities in my mind: 10th April or 15th April.

One despatch[4] indicates that Blake met Bogollagama on the morning of 11th April to “discuss U.S. concerns about shelling of the civilian safe zone, and the ideas of a humanitarian pause and of a UN Special Envoy.” Blake had “pointed out that it was common knowledge the Tamil Tigers won’t let the civilians go. A better alternative, he said, would be for the GSL to allow a UN envoy to go in to the safe zone during the pause to talk directly to LTTE supremo Prabhakaran about terms for letting the civilians go and surrender of those LTTE cadres still in the safe zone” (Blake’s report to Washington).

After continuing to detail the further cajole and pressure that seems to be integral to big-power diplomacy, the dispatch notes that Blake told the Foreign Minister that “large civilian casualties would also have serious longer-term consequences for the GSL [so he had] sought Bogollagama’s personal intervention in raising these issues in the National Security Council meeting [scheduled for that evening].” The National Security Council announced a unilateral two-day ceasefire on the 12th/13th April to honour the local New Year ritual period, but did not abide by the US demand for a longer term.

It is therefore possible that Robert Blake’s meeting with Gotabaya Rajapaksa occurred on the 10th April. But Blake also reported on a meeting with Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself on the 15th April where

  • [he] “pressed Rajapaksa to have the military exercise restraint and not enter the safe zone by force”; and where
  • Rajapaksa “outline[d] a strategy in which the Sri Lanka forces would attempt to take territory to get closer to the safe zone so that they could better broadcast messages;” and where
  • “the Defense Secretary also repeated that the GSL would be willing to offer amnesty to all LTTE fighters, save Prabakharan and Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman.”[5]

The 15th April was also the night when Vijay Nambiar, Chef de Cabinet and UN Under-Secretary under Ban Ki-moon, reached the island to have a series of meetings designed to explore ways of ending the conflict in an “orderly and peaceful way.” [6] This step was, in fact, a move signaled by Blake on the 10/11th April and indicates the degree to which the UN bureaucracy were the lap-dogs of US policy – thereby presenting a halo of peaceful internationalism to those in the world who are gullible.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa had another revealing insight on this issue, all the more powerful because it came out of the blue incidentally during the course of some other issue within our chat. Nambiar, he said, was someone who tried to “secure another life for Prabhakaran.”

It seems to have been at this point, in mid-April 2009, that whispers about the Norwegian/American rescue plans entered Sri Lankan media channels (whether from Bogollagama’s ministry or Sri Lankan military sources is not certain). These burgeoning tales alarmed the US Embassy. When a Western reporter phoned the embassy, the alarm bells within were such that he was immediately asked to come in and chat. He found that the US officials believed that they faced “a non-permissive environment”[7] confronting any forceful intervention – a form of American-speak which is as precise as pin-point accurate. USA had learnt a lesson from the disastrous international consequences and humiliations arising from its military sortie in Somalia in October 1993 – since immortalized in the film Black Hawk Down.[8]

Gotabaya Rajapaksa indicated that very few people were cognizant of Bob Blake’s chat with him and its matter-of-fact amiable tenor. When I inquired if Blake’s approach had been a “threat,” he responded: “not at that time.” He added: Blake had no clue regarding the military aspect of any rescue operation. In other words, Rajapaksa implied that Blake’s nous about battlefront circumstances was minimal.

That sort of analytical failing, I add from my engagement with Eelam War IV and its repercussions,[9] has been a major problem in addressing the knotty issues arising from that war. The vast majority of activists, including high-profile commissioners, making assessments about the war have been desk intellectuals and drawing room lawyers without first-hand or even vicarious comprehension of warfare and its intricacies.

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY from Michael Roberts

2015 “The Realities of Eelam War IV,” 27 October 2015, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/the-realities-of-eelam-war-iv/

2014 Tamil Person and State. Essays, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications, 2014

2014 Tamil Person and State. Pictorial, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications, 2014

2014 “Generating Calamity, 2008-2014: An Overview of Tamil Nationalist Operations and Their Marvels,” 10 April 2014, http://groundviews.org/2014/04/10/generating-calamity-2008-2014-an-overview-of-tamil-nationalist-operations-and-their-marvels/

2014 “Inspirations: Hero Figures and Hitler in Young Pirapāharan’s Thinking,” Colombo Telegraph, 12 February 2012, http://thuppahi. wordpress.com/2012/11/26/velupillai-pirapaharan-veera-maranam/… rep. in TPS: Essays, 2014: 69-89.

2013 BBC-Blind: Misreading the Tamil Tiger Strategy of International Blackmail, 2008-13,” 8 December 2013, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/bbc-blind-misreading-the-tamil-tiger-strategy-of-international-blackmail-2008-13/#more-11221

2013 Congestion in the “Vanni Pocket” January-May 2009: Appendix IV for “BBC Blind,” 8 December 2013, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/congestion-in-the-vanni-pocket-january-may-2009- appendix-iv-for-bbc-blind/

2012 The Torture Scene in “Killing Fields” and Gordon Weiss,” 9 January 2012, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/the-torture-scene-in-killing-fields-and-gordon-weiss/

2010 “Killing Rajiv Gandhi: Dhanu’s Metamorphosis in Death?” South Asian History and Culture, 2010 1: 25-41.


[1] See Mark Salter, To End a Civil War. Norway’s Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka, London: Hurst & Company. 2015, espec. pp. 340-78.

[2] Also note Selvarasa Pathmanathans or KP’s,,role and specific inputs — D. B. S. Jeyaraj, “KP’ Speaks Out. An Interview with Former Tiger Chief, Vavuniya: NERDO. 2011.

[3] This in itself raises more questions than it answers. Who did these military men tap and discuss possibilities with?

[4] See Blake dispatch 413 of 11 April 2009.

[5] See Blake dispatch 418 of 15 April 2009.

[6] See Blake despatch 425 of 16th April 2009.

[7] I am not free to divulge this source.

[8] See BBC 2013; Pflanz 2011 and Bowden 1999.

[9] See the Bibliography and also Roberts, “Ambassador Blake in Never-Never-Land: Misreading LTTE Capacity in Early 2009,” 26 August 2015, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/ambassador-blake-in-never-never-land-misreading-ltte-capacity-in-early-2009/

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    Thanks for sharing. The games people play eh! Thank heavens for Gota.

    This kind of article need to accompany details how the LTTE was formed.

    Year 1977 – TULF declares war And this Convention calls upon the Tamil Nation in general and the Tamil youth in particular to come forward to throw themselves fully into the sacred fight for freedom and to flinch not till the goal of a sovereign state of TAMIL EELAM is reached. – TULF

    Year 1980 – Indians arming of Tamils India – began to give support to Sri Lankan Tamil parties and Tamil militant groups from 1980 onwards – (page 15) “there were media reports confirming the fact that from 1981 onwards India had provided training, weaponry and logistical support to Tamil militant groups” (page 23) – Assignment Colombo by Dixit

    Year 1983 – War begins – goons who had lists of Tamil addresses went around causing mayhem. LTTE sympathizers had been doing the rounds of Tamil houses for many months prior to the pogrom, collecting money for their cause. Prabhakaran’s dissatisfaction with the disengaged Colombo Tamils was well known. … the uprising was immediately hijacked by parties (most probably of the LTTE) who had the Tamil-household lists, to intimidate those non-conforming Tamil homes who did not contribute to their Eelam cause. http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2013/03/the-1983-black-july-pogrom-and-police.html

    – 1977 TULF declares war. Over 68% Tamils in the north and 32% Tamils in the East endorses call for war.
    – In 1980 India started pumping resources and training the the Tamil war machine.
    – Both TULF and India would have known the need for military recruits. Recruits came from Colombo in 1983.

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      Could Michael Roberts ask Gotabaya to come out with the truth about the following to enhance his credibility :

      1. The help given by USA, India, China, Pakistan and other countries in the last stages of the war.
      2. Denying food and medical supplies to Tamils in the war zone.
      3. Deliberate bombing and shelling of declared safe areas.
      4. Not permiting foreign correspondents to witness the war.
      5. Use of chemical weapons and cluster bombs and from which countries they were imported.
      6. Allowing wounded people to die without medical aid, especially those with evidence of injuries suggestive use of banned weapons.
      7. Disposing of dead bodies in sulphuric acid and from which country were the sulphuric acid barrels were imported.
      8. Killing of surendering Tamils as agreed.
      9. Not permitting anyone including the area MP,to enter the war zone, so that they could unearth dead bodies from mass graves.
      10. Incarcerating Tamils after the war to cover up the truth.

      Half truth is as bad as lies. Coming out with one and remainnig silent about others, shows that there is an attempt to cover up the truth. Truth is an important factor for reconciliation, and as long as the truth is not going to come out, there is no hope for reconciliation.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam:
        I couldn’t agree with you more!
        This toady is emerging from what seems like a short-lived retirement as one of the “respectable” apologists for what the Rajapaksas are and what they did.
        We should have more contempt for “educated” people like this than we do for the “Sinha Le” tuk-tuk drivers.

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        MR and GR specifically maintained that there were about 75,000 civilians in Vanni what 360,000 plus got out (after all the deaths). Was it not a delebrate plan to ‘cleanse’ the area?

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          Lack of information

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            sachooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

            “Lack of information”

            What is the difference between you and a knife?

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            Sach”ithananthampillai” you lack intelligence, credibility, honor, respect, all good.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

        Some of your comments are very dumb.

        YOu look like one who passed the Jaffna Style Advanced Level examination and gone to the university and not because of your brain.

        Mostly those are the people who are very anti-Sri lankan.

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          Jim Softy,you are sadly mistaken.
          I had my entire education at Royal College Colombo and sat for the Advanced level in the English medium together with Sinhala students and entered medical college solely on merit.
          When reading your comments, it is evident that you are the one who is lacking any intelligence.
          If you have guts, please come out with your true name.
          It is better to speak out the truth and be damned as a traitor, than to utter falsehoods and be praised as a patriot.

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            Dr.Gnana,The trouble with your questionaire and truthful answers to it is that you expct the answers to be what you think the truth is and anything else is either half truth or totally false.
            The same goes for the know it all dutch bugger!

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              NAK
              I thought the Dutch were chased out by the British. So, one escaped??

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        Dr. Gnana – expecting Gotabaya to “come out with the truth” would be like asking his brother for a list of their crimes!

        These guys are serial liars and would say anything to get us to believe they are as pure and innocent as new born babes.

        Roberts should know that whatever they say in their own favor should be taken with a ton of salt – just don’t expect the rest of us to believe their crap!

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        Gnana means wisdom? But this is utter ignorance or hatred,

        1. The help given by USA, India, China, Pakistan and other countries in the last stages of the war.
        This should include the help given by India to LTTE and other terrorist groups to sabotage Sri Lanka and take it under the hegemonic wing of India.
        When Jaffna was under imminent attack by the LTTE after the fall of Elephant Pass camp India only offered to evacuate the Sri Lankan soldiers, which would have allowed the LTTE an easy walkover. Only Pakistan helped SL at this critical moment.

        2. Denying food and medical supplies to Tamils in the war zone.
        “The GoSL in September 2006 established a consultative apex body (Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA) to provide humanitarian assistance. It convened from October 2006 on 28 occasions to deal with crucial policy and coordination issues. CCHA was iii chaired by the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights with representatives from Ministries of Nation Building, Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services, Health, Education, and Foreign Affairs. Commissioner General of Essential Services (CGES) and the Government Agents of the districts of the Northern Province together with Mr. Robert O. Blake (at that time the Ambassador to United States and President of Co-chairs to the peace process), Representatives of the EU Presidency, Ambassador to Japan, UN Resident Coordinator, all Heads of UN Agencies, Heads of ICRC and ECHO were also represented.. Throughout the conflict, all basic and essential services (including health and education) continued to be provided to all affected communities. The Government Agents of the Northern and Eastern districts, ensured the presence of the GoSL and acted as an easy point of contact for civilians to access state services. “
        The records of quantities supplied are available for reference by any interested party.
        It was the LTTE which shelled supply convoys and ships.
        The LTTE was in full control of the war zone and was the occupation force. According to Geneva conventions it is the responsibility of the occupation force to provide the essential needs of the civilian population. The only service that the LTTE provided was to grab the bulk of the supplies provided by the GOSL.
        Could the Dr Wise( Gnana) disclose who paid the salaries of the public servants and medical personnel in the war zone?

        3. Deliberate bombing and shelling of declared safe areas.
        Even Darusman Committee concedes at para 97 of their report that positioning of mortars and other artillery among IDPs by the LTTE often led to retaliatory fire by the SL military.
        At para 177 .it is stated ….. The LTTE fired artillery from the NFZs, in proximity to IDP populations, and fired from or stored military equipment near IDPs or civilian installations such as hospitals. They did this even though they knew that it would provoke a response from the SLA and that any retaliating artillery would cause harm to civilians. Sometimes they fired from among civilians before quickly moving away, leaving the civilians on the receiving end of the return fire.
        This is what University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) said in their Special Report No. 32 of June 2009.
        In conclusion, the civilian casualties after 19th April need careful research. Speaking of averages is meaningless and of a hidden massacre is misleading. Such an expression immediately puts the government forces in mind. We know that on the May 14th and May 17th night, the LTTE was to a large extent responsible for civilian deaths. When an organization fell apart in that manner, one section joined the civilians and escaped, another section feeling abandoned by the leadership and facing certain death from a Government that did not want to accept surrender”.

        LTTE was prepared to sacrifice as many civilians to justify their desperate case for a Human Disaster calamity that they expected would bring international intervention.

        4. Not permiting foreign correspondents to witness the war.
        Bullshit. What was Muralidaran Reddy of The Hindu/ Frontline? Please read his An eyewitness account of the last 70 hours of Eelam War IV which gives a real eyewitness account of what he himself saw.http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2612/stories/20090619261200900.htm
        How about Tamilnet? There was not a single report from your Tamilnet on your wild allegations of use of Chemical weapons and other banned weapons or disposing of dead bodies in sulphuric acid barrels.
        Dr Wise/Gnanam should read the report of the AAAS commissioned by Amnesty International and Human Right Watch of USA immediately after the end of the war, on graves, mass graves and artillery sites.
        Fact of the matter is people like Dr Gnana does not want reconciliation which will prevent more of their tribe migrating as discriminated refugees to the West.

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          vichara:

          Just a simple question to your long winded garbage. If you and indeed SL are riding on a clean slate and as Mahinda Rajapaksa would have it in his mantra “zero civilian casualties” plus his overwhelming and outpouring humanitarian gesture where his soldiers carried the human charter in one hand and the gun in the other, there should be no apprehension in allowing a free and an unimpeded investigation as the UNHRC wanted. If you are confident with your convictions, this matter could have been resolved long ago and could have move on. But what we are witnessing is concealment and outrageous lies. Are you on for the game?

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            jan,
            No outside investigations by UNHRC or any other, period!
            This was an internal conflict and there were no outside interference by any entity to stop the murderous terror the LTTE unleashed on citizens of SL. Why interfere now?

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              Eusense:

              So, you have been sleeping on trees all this while. Even that cousin of ours has some grey matter.

              India supported SL with what it termed “defensive” weapons and logistics. Pakistan, China and Russia supported with overwhelming arms and logistics. Then there was the US. Your idea of an internal conflict defies logic when all these big powers were nosing into the laps of SL, or was it vice versa? And what makes you think that your “valiant” soldiers could have done without all the help from these countries?

              How many people did Prabhakaran murder? How many thousand did the SL regime murder? Well, your salutary concern that Prabhakaran directed his terror against SL citizens is laudable but aren’t those thousands of civilians murdered by the SL regime also citizens of SL? Please come out of your skull and use at least a little of the grey matter that the creator so grudgingly has given you.

              Honestly I feel so tired dealing with so many dumbs. Instead asking why the UNHRC is interfering in SL, the pertinent question is why did SL become a member of that body? Why it did not walk away when resolutions were trained against it? Instead, it solicited the help of countries to support it but simply it lost? Then again why did it co-sponsor the last resolution? You see, I have to explain to a kindergarten kid. Are you people so dumb?

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                jan
                You are relying too much on the UNHRC. Think of another path. Otherwise you will be disappointed! Look at Israel. What UNHRC resolution are they obeying?
                Try to grow up!

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            Jansee,You people have been deceived over and over,when will you come to your senses and realize that.

            Today UN Human rights commissioner deliver a statement in Geneva and tommorow you’ll see that it is not what you expected from him.
            In coming September the US will propose another resolution letting Sri Lanka off the hook altogether and allowing a all local invetigation and dropping war crimes charges.
            At least then if you realized that you have been used to get what ever the US and west wanted and got and you have been dumped. We all can get on with our lives while putting to rest all this bullshit.

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          vichara

          “When Jaffna was under imminent attack by the LTTE after the fall of Elephant Pass camp India only offered to evacuate the Sri Lankan soldiers, which would have allowed the LTTE an easy walkover. Only Pakistan helped SL at this critical moment.”

          That is what Hindians wanted you to believe.

          Anton Balasingham told a public rally that Hindians were constantly in touch with him during that period of uncertainty. Hindians clipped his ear so hard he convinced VP to stop wherever they were.

          Hindians drew a line on Elephant Pass sand and told LTTE in no uncertain terms that if LTTE were to cross the line they would come down on LTTE like a ton of bricks.

          LTTE had no choice but to stop where they were.

          Vichchu

          You ought to wide open your eyes and sharpen your ears to find out what has been happening where it is happening.

          All strategic decsions were made and implemented outside this island not inside Gota’s head.

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          Dear Vichara or more correctly Vikhara,

          I worked as medico-legal officer in the war zone and I am thus a medical witness to atrocities committed by Srilankan armed forces on non-combatant Tamils, which needs to be brought up.

          War crimes on Tamils was not individualistic but institutional, it was not sporadic but wide spread, it was not committed only on the orders of higher ups, but also by the rank and file.

          This is the reason why Sinhalese are not willing for fair inquiry to be conducted by independant panel. Except a few fair minded Sinhalese, rest of them want all these to be covered up.

          If you are so sure that chemical weapons were not used or mass murders did not take place, why are you not willing to allow an independent investigation to ascertain the true picture.

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            If you are an eye witness to all what you claim why you did not testify at the Dausmann inquiry of which the out come could have changed drastically.

            The Darusmann report negated its own report by stating that”conclusions mentioned in the report have not been verified”

            Even now you can come forward and expose what you have seen if you have seen as you claim.

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              “The Darusmann report negated its own report by stating that”conclusions mentioned in the report have not been verified”

              There is no such thing as Darusman report but it’s official title is:

              Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka

              Please stop being a clever dick.

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            Cool story, bro :D

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        gnana,
        Wars are dirty and terrorist wars are even dirtier. Are you accusing that the items you list were carried out by the GOSL? (The sulfuric acid story is new!) What happened to raping Tamil women, which is missing from your list?? Who cares whether it is half truth or full truth? Sri Lanka had to be saved from a brutal group of murderous terrorist who murdered over 100,000 civilians and terrorized our citizens for over 30 years! Imagine if this war was not ended in 2009. How many more lives it would have cost us? and how much would have it cost us financially? I consider any Tamil civilian and a soldier who died or killed at the end of the war as our heroes. If not for them many thousands more will be losing their lives on a daily basis.
        What did you think when you were supporting and funding this terror war? Did you expect a bed of roses and an elam at the end?? Did you write against suicide murdering by the LTTE? As I have been saying million times, terrorist wars are where you fight an enemy who is unidentifiable. Either you surrender and hand over the country to the terrorists or keep fighting disregarding collateral damage. That is what the US did in Iraq and Afghanistan and now doing for ISIS.

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      Vibushanam, you racist mongrel. LTTE was formed as an answer to Sinhala Buddhist racism. From the day this beautiful country got independence to 1977, the Tamils were slaughtered by your cousins. Why don’t you add that information to your chronology of events you made up in your empty head.

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        LTTE was born only as a result of racist caste minded tribal tamil politicians in their quest for gaining Sinhala homeland…

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          sachoooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

          What is the difference between you and a knife?

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            Hey Native,your leader vanniyalaththo is asking for a ‘ministry pojja’for the veddha folk. Would you be interested?

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          Sach”ithananthampillai” what did you mean by this? LTTE was born only as a result of racist caste minded tribal tamil politicians in their quest for gaining Sinhala homeland…?

          First of all you meant something else and messed up the sentence. Then I realized you lack intelligence. 2nd of all Sinhala homeland? hahahahaha………….Tamils are there to stay. So suck it up and move on. Also when did this become a Sinhala land? This land belongs to the Veddahs. We all took it from them!!!

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        TFN
        You are disgracing and making all Tamils fools by saying “LTTE was formed as an answer to Sinhala Buddhist racism”.
        Were the LTTE Tamils such stupid to raise arms against a legitimate government and expect to win an Elam? Even as you say the Tamils were slaughtered (don’t know by whom, but the LTTE killed more Tamils than Sinhalese),the smart action should have been negotiations, negotiations and negotiations!

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          Nuisance, legitimate government? Bloody racist joker. What legitimacy did they have when government ministers burnt down the entire Jaffna town including the world renowned Jaffna library, sat on the side lines and watched while Tamils were slaughtered in 4 different riots, government soldiers murdered and raped innocent Tamil men and women in the north and east. Have you ever lived under the tyranny of these bastards in army uniform………………I have and finally we ran away as we could jot take it anymore. So shut the f&*& up if you have not gone through this menace.

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            TFN
            You are confirming that you and a few tamils that joined the LTTE are fools. Negotiate. If failed negotiate again and again.
            What did you gain by raising arms against the government? Over 100,000 Sinhalese/Tamil lives and a wiped out generation of Tamils???

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      Vibhushan,

      “This kind of article need to accompany details how the LTTE was formed.”

      Year 1948 – Citizenship Act. Disenfranchisement of plantation Tamils under the guise of them being Indian Tamils.

      Year 1956 – Gal Oya Pogrom. Over 150 Tamils dead through a combination of decapitation, burning and stabbing.

      Year 1956. The Sinhala Only Act.

      Year 1958 – National pogrom. Estimates of Tamils dead vary between 300 to 1500.

      Year 1974 – Police brutality during the World Tamil Research Conference in Jaffna. 9 dead and 50 suffer serious injuries. It set the stage for the killing of Duraiappah by the Tamil New Tigers (the successor to the Tamil Manavar Peravai and the precursor to the LTTE). The Tamil Manavar Peravai was inspired by the 1971 JVP insurrection.

      Let me leave you with an excerpt from the book Learning Politics from Sivaram by Mark Whitaker:

      ‘But this is just like your typical Sri Lankan intellectual. Because this problem has nothing to do with the LTTE. It started long before there was an LTTE, in the 1950s, when Pirapakaran was a fucking kid.’

      Who’s fooling whom Vibhushan?

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    The more we write and dig into the history of the LTTE war, the longer it is going to take to bring the two communities(Singhalese and Tamils) to live together peacefully in Mother Lanka.

    When the present government is trying to solve the problem, why don’t you write about the future than about the past history?

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      “A dog returns to its own vomit” Very apt. Since the end of the war, the former and the present government did and is doing much to have a normal life for the people: education, health, construction, agro and fisheries etc. But there are far too many people both in the country as well as abroad who will not cease to seek vengeance.

      One hypothetical question: If the MR and co. return to power what then? Even now the “Yahapalanaya” has many problems and is not very popular. The more we shake the ship the more difficult it becomes for My3 and Ranil

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    Thamilan’
    When the truth comes out you want everyone to duck under the cover of ‘reconciliation’ until the 40,000 unknown civilians-war crimes brigade of liars bring in the Eelam through the back side!

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    Dr.Michael Roberts,has taken great pains to portray Gotabaya in the positive sense.
    The role of Gotabaya,in the last stages of the war,was spelt out earlier by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka!
    Would it be in the realms of objectivity,to have a skype telephone chat with Gotabaya,and declare this is what had happened in the last stages of the Eelam WarIV?
    There appears to be much more than meets the Eye!

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      Money talks. Nothing new to Sri Lanka.

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    Come on, how reliable is a comment from GR as data for research?
    On a previous occasion this author tried to tell us how many people died in the last stages of the war. His methodology was as follows: Muthu said X, Naren said Y and Nadesh said Z. So the number killed must be (X+Y+Z)/3.
    Back to grad school, Roberts!

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    Did Gota order killing of surrendering tigers general Shavendra?
    No comment?

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      janaka
      Who cares who ordered? Tigers are famous suicide bombers. If I was a soldier and any tiger coming towards me with a white flag won’t be trusted. It is either my life or the terrorist’s life. You know which one I will choose!

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    These are serious allegations against UN, US , Indian and other diplomats. During this time I guess Gotha was a US citizen I guess. I’m not sure how Gotha
    acted during the war. I mean he acted like an American or Srilankan or both ?

    I’m sure there were other diplomats from countries like China, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, UK, Norway, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, South Africa & other African and Middle Eastern countries who were in SL and fully or partially aware of what was going on in the final stages of the war.

    Therefore best approach is to get UN fully involved and the international Justice system to both complement & supplement the Sri Lanka internal Justice system. Regional & International players were involved and were engaged with both GOSL & LTTE.

    This way the real accountability, reconcilliation and unity can be achieved faster and SL will develop fast into another first world Asian country.

    Thanks Michael Roberts for advocating for the necessity of Internal Justice system to supplement and complement the SL justice system.

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    Michael Roberts,
    What are you trying to spin from a screen shot from an Interactive Presentation War Crimes in Sri Lanka http://www.crisisgroup.be/flash/sl/sl.html

    Instructions on how to view the presentation is given in the above link.

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    What happens in Sri Lanka is Tamil Genocide.

    The Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, defending the NPC’s genocide resolution as democratic and timely, emphasized on the need for the war victims to prepare themselves to gather more evidence in order to strengthen the OHCRC’s OISL report to be released in September this year. He also added that an internal investigation with the OHCR’s supervision, unlike the local investigations in the past, is essential to ensure a constructive UN investigation into the alleged war crimes in the country.

    More on this can be found at https://www.ceylontoday.lk/89-85436-news-detail-sumanthiran-defends-npcs-genocide-resolution-says-war-victims-should-be-prepared-to-give-more-evidence.html

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      Anpu: “What happens (sic) in Sri Lanka is Tamil Genocide.”
      Wrong. What happened was an attempt at mass suicide. Fortunately most Tamilian Sri Lankans did not go along with it.

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    I think it is Wittgenstein who said (of Bertrand Russell I presume) that when Mathematicians get old they become philosophers. I wonder what Historians become when they grow old – yarn spinners I suppose!

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    Michael Roberts,
    did the Gota tell you how much they paid to LTTE to save F King family and their cronies.
    And how much they looted from Tamizars during the War and After the War

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    The untold story of what happened in the closing days of the war, is here.

    http://white-flags.org/

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      Cool story, bro :D

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      justice,
      Why do you think the terrorist did not think of these possible consequences before they started their despicable carnage?

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    Dubious Jeyarajah quotes Michael Roberts. Michael Roberts quotes Dayan. Dayan quotes Dubious. This was games going for some times. Now Michael Roberts is quoting the zero casualty fame Brother Prince. “Addida Sakkai”. Come on man! That guy and his brother has been crying about UN electric chair until Secretary Kerry took a call for him and when they received the call they ran out of the Temple Tree House. Do these guys have any shame to twist stories like this?
    I think when they crated the saying in Tamil” Vara Vara Mamiyar Kaluthai Maathiri” (When the time passes Mother in Law is Become more of donkey) they must have been thinking of Michael Roberts. Not just struggling to flex Ambassador Blake’s telexes, even fixing Bother Prince’s talks. Is it too hard for brother prince all these Michael Roberts Mahavamsa to the International Court or at UNHRC? Then why is so?
    Vije Nambiar was sacked from UN after his games with Myanmar. Now this guy is trying to say Vije Nambiar was trying to save somebody. This guy’s courage is from Mary Colvin is dead. But I am sure one day her works will come out and put Puttu Kaddi in Michael’s mouth to shut it up.
    These days Brother Prince is too busy forming a new party for Ayyaa. That is why he has hired Michael Roberts to bring out the hidden top, top, top… secret.

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      It is the same game with Human rights watch,Amnesty international,UN (Darusmann,pillai,hussain) Ect.
      They quote each others lies to justify their lies!!!

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    USA has so many CEOs, CFOs….and who run and make profitable big multinational Companies in the USA. Indian Govt has so many politicians who are pro-USA and are CIA. It is all for money.

    Gota Would have the Sri Lankan President If Other Rajapakses were not there.

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    Roberts is standing on very shaky ground relying for his “facts” on a discredited pathetic liar. He is relying on a pirate who when question by BBC on Lasantha’s murder remarked, “What is one life”? What then you make of Roberts who pins his theory on a discredited liar and murderer? His pride of privy to information is as good as relying on a monkey to look after your possession.

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    Justice.

    Thanks.
    Dr.Michael Roberts has been caught with his pants down as per white-flags.org
    Strange,he was a respected figure whilst at Peradeniya,and I had interacted with him as a student:Besides he was also a Rhodes scholar.What the hell is he doing at his age-close to 80,trying to whitewash the Rajapakses.
    Burt,as per his comment above says Money Talks!

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    Actual facts, as opposed to things pulled out of one’s you-know-where, are very unpalatable to We Thamizh :D

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    Surely, of all persons Roberts was able to find only Gothabhaya who like the devil cites scripture for his own purpose. Bensen

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