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It Was Wrong To Label The LTTE As A Terrorist Organization

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas

Pitasanna Shanmugathas

Pitasanna Shanmugathas

The historical use of the word “terrorist” clearly indicates that the word is a political tool and is never used in its intended sense. According to political intellectual Noam Chomsky, if we apply the terrorism laws espoused by the United States against their own policies, we will find that the United States is the world’s leading terrorist state.

The United States has overthrown democratically elected governments in Latin America; destroyed Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War; destabilized the Middle East; conducts drone operations killing innocent men, women and children; the United States indefinitely detains individuals in Guantanamo Bay without due process, among several other egregious acts. The United States, despite committing such horrendous actions, is never labeled as a terrorist state.

The United States has used the word “terrorist” against Fidel Castro who sought to liberate his country by overthrowing a U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. The United States labeled Nelson Mandela as a terrorist, and only recently did Mandela get removed from the terrorist list. The United States labeled Saddam Hussein as a “terrorist” despite the fact that during the 1980s, the United States was providing weapons technology to Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile, the United States supports one of the most radical nations in the Middle East—Saudi Arabia, which has killed innocent women and children in Yemen, and continues to terrorize its own citizens through brutal forms of punishment and executions.

prabhakaranIf we look at India’s action in Kashmir, India unlawfully occupies Kashmiri land, and stifles citizens’ right to voice their opinion for independence. India kills Kashmiri leaders who oppose the actions of the Indian forces, and injures Kashmiri civilians using pellet guns. However, India is never regarded as a terrorist state even though the superpower commits terrorist actions both domestically and abroad.

Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs, made it his mission to travel to several countries and encourage foreign governments to proscribe the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization. This was completely the wrong approach. It should be acknowledged, first and foremost, that the LTTE did have legitimate grievances. However, the LTTE’s approach to tackling such grievances was immensely counterproductive and the Tamils are worse off now than they ever were before the civil war. Nevertheless, by labeling the LTTE as a terrorist entity it works to unjustly undermine those grievances.

When I interviewed Erik Solheim, the Norway-led peace negotiator between the LTTE and Sri Lankan government, he voiced disapproval of Kadirgamar’s actions. Erik Solheim cited that proscribing the LTTE as a terrorist organization caused foreign governments to disengage with Prabhakaran and the political leadership of the LTTE. Prabhakaran was the sole decision maker within the LTTE; as a result, direct engagement with Prabhakaran was a crucial factor in bringing a peaceful end to the civil war.

During the Indo-Lanka talks, Prabhakaran voiced frustrations against Rajiv Gandhi for undermining his authority and not directly negotiating with him. Subsequently, Prabhakran felt isolated and coerced by India and he lashed out and conducted an all-out assault against Indian Peacekeeping forces, and consequently innocent Tamils were the victims of the battle.

“If Prabhakaran had been able to speak with [leaders] in other nations from Europe, India, United States and other places it would have been a much better strategy,” Solheim stated. Due to the lack of direct engagement with Prabhakaran, Solheim stated, Prabhakaran’s views during the peace process were very narrow.

Anytime an organization is labeled as a terrorist entity, negotiations between the state and terrorist entity are automatically on an uneven playing field—where the superior power, along with its allies, attempts to undermine legitimate grievances. For example, legitimate grievances were undermined during negotiations between Israel-Palestine, with the Oslo Accords which scholars such as Norman Finkelstein asserted only worked to impose the Israeli status quo.

The breakdown of the peace talks and the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organization by the European Union, United States, Canada, and much of the Western world caused Prabhakaran to feel isolated and he resorted to conducting an all-out assault. Consequently, the civil war ended in a bloody manner with an estimated 40,000 civilians killed during the final stages of the war. Egregious human rights violations were committed by both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government during the final stages. The LTTE resorted to using its own civilians as human shields during the final stages of the war, with the LTTE shooting Tamils who fled rebel held territory.

Bob Rae and Erik Solheim, two individuals who played key roles during the peace process, stated that a good portion of the peace process was spent teaching the senior LTTE officials about the basics of federalism. LTTE senior leaders such as Thamilselvan and Col.Karuna were flown abroad to nations like France to learn about federalism. However, as acknowledged by both Bob Rae and Erik Solheim, this was completely useless because it was only Prabhakaran who was the sole decision maker within the LTTE.

A plausible reason why Prabhakaran blatantly rejected constitutional reforms such as the Indo-Lanka accord and the GL-Neelan package, and proceeded to kill those who proposed constitutional reforms was because Prabhakaran did not understand the necessity of federalism and ignorantly viewed separatism as the only answer. Erik Solheim, during my interview, stated that Anton Balasingham was an educated man who understood the value of federalism. This is clearly witnessed when Anton Balasingham, after Neelan Tiruchelvam’s killing, praised the original GL-Neelan package as workable and expressed regret over the missed opportunity for the LTTE to negotiate with the proposal. This is something Prabhakran never did. Solheim, furthermore, stated that arguments between Prabhakran and Balasingham were very common due to Prabhakaran’s narrow vision of the separatist ideology. If Prabhakaran had been directly educated on the principles and benefits of federalism, it could have paved the way for him to being more open to constitutional reforms as solution to the conflict.

Western nations needed to have directly engaged with Prabhakaran and taught him about what federalism was. Prabhakaran should have been flown out of the country, on diplomatic immunity, with Western leaders having directly engaged with Prabhakaran on the benefits of federalism. If Western leaders had directly engaged with Prabhakran in such a direct manner, the international community would have put immense pressure on the LTTE to accept a federalist proposal and LTTE front organizations could no longer state that Western governments were ignoring the grievances of the Tamil people

Nonetheless, this level of direct engagement with Prabhakaran did not occur.

Now that the civil war is over, in order to address the legitimate grievances of the Tamil people, the Sirisena government must further work to engage in negotiations with the Tamil political parties and devise a constitution that gives autonomy and devolutionary powers to the minorities while working to preserve the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka as a whole.

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    Gandhian Tigers:massive numbers of child soldiers and hundreds of suicide bombers. Hmmm masters of the suicide vests. Masters of truck laden bombs.

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      @ PinkLips

      When Tamil leaders performed Sathyagraha on Galle Face S.W.R.D Bandaranayaka send thugs to smash them ..when they entered parliament with blood soaked dress Banda laughed at them …

      .LTTE concept born at that moment sadly they emerged little late .

      Cheers

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      PinkLips

      I don’t condone LTTE for a moment for what they transformed into, maybe since 1987. At the beginning, they were the kind, focused on the objectives, caring for every one and caring even for Sinhalese,as some real victimized and affected ones by the SL forces, mainly by police force had joined the LTTE. When these types were majority in LTTE, it was a force to recon with and was on a path to achieve its grievances addressed. Note, VP was overseas. Since his arrival to SL, we saw their tactics changed, placing landmines in civilian populated area, terminating other groups killing and stock pile them in public while even their kith and kin watching, and finally did lay their hands on politicians. VP’s live was in grave danger when IPKF cornered him in peninsula, because of Mathaya he took refuge in Vanni jungles. Even there, he was not safer, but Balraj and his boss ensured his safety. Then we heard what he did for Mathaya.

      The other side of the coin and equally ruthless and cruel was SL forces and its politicians. The SL politicians helped LTTE in its recruitment by initiating and organizing 1983 riots, and acts like burn down Jaffna library. SL state isn’t a holy cow, they should be classified as a worst terrorist country. Just imagine if the politicians could bumped off popular people like Thajudeen, Lasantha and other media personalities just like killing flies what would the fate of an average family that lived in the proximity of a spot where LTTE buried their landmine on a night and successfully executed after a while without these people’s knowledge.

      In essence, if LTTE are terrorists, SL Govt is also equally or even worse terrorist, state terrorists. If Kathirgamar is still alive, he should have understood status quo without any shadow of doubt.

      Past is past, for now what we have got to be asking is have we learnt any lessons from what had happened since 1948?.

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    It is an total outrageous claim you are making. A military outfit whose only mission to establish an mono ethnic state based on ethane nationalism and maintain a facist control over its subjects and employ terrorist tactics can only be a terrorist organisation.

    Since you are using Karuna’s name, he later said the only thing he did during his overseas visits was shopping for weapons. And how easy for you to ignore the nature of the LTTE framework and its aims in its entirety.

    What you are doing with such a outrageous claim is a political violence against the Sri Lanka populace who suffered for decades in the hands of LTTE terrorism. I know a case where the LTTE try to use a small child with a bomb filled backpack to the primary school the little kid attend. If that is not terrorism I don’t know what is.

    You are mocking common sense and all logic with your argument that LTTE is not a terrorist organisation.

    The very western nations helped prabakaran develop the worlds largest human and arms smuggling network and import weapons and fundraise for there terrorist activities. To this day there network keep significant part of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora in there idealogical custody. So complaining the LTTE should been taught about federalism by the west is just a claim of ignorance.

    Legitimate grievances should be addressed, social reforms must be push forward against the caste baed patriarchy that put upper caste elites in total control over the lower level of the society. power should be given to people and not to ethnic or religious institutions. Reconciliation is to learn to live as part of one country and observe the history without seeing them with narrow minded glasses to satisfy racist politics. So any attempt to justify or glorify LTTE and there facist agenda is counter to the interests of all Sri Lankans who demand sustainable peace.

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      “Since you are using Karuna’s name, he later said the only thing he did during his overseas visits was shopping for weapons”

      yes and Gota put him in the plane with false passport to do more shopping

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    No Mr. Shanmugathas,

    Prabakaran was an angel and LTTE was indeed wrongly called a terrorist organisation.

    Adolf Hitler was a living god. He is in heaven at this moment with Prabakaran. Just like Prabakaran he too wiped out innocent human beings to fulfill his fantasies.

    You must be at least 20 years of age. So you probably remember only Prabakaran’s blown off face full of crap eaten by maggots.

    Get a life.

    JP/USA

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      Even polpot s organisation was then not called as terror organisation.

      Even they and their like minded like Gadafi, Sadam etc were intially called fighting against the freedom or ethinic cleansing.

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      @ Jay Patheby

      But we will call Veera Puran Appu as national hero ..British record called this murderer as TERRORIST .

      Can you show Prabaharan `s death certificate ….where were you till 2009 May .hiding under bed ?

      Cheers

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    What United States or any other so called powerful nations on earth does is not material in determining who and what the LTTE is. How many civillians and amongst them Tamils were killed in cold blood? It is estimated that nearly 10,000 Tamil civillians were killed simply because the LTTE did not like them. The author of this article justifies the killing of people who proposed constitutional reforms (that includes Neelan) because of lack of understanding of political needs and the ignorance of viewing separatism as the only solution. MY FOOT! In the civilized world there is no justification for cold blooded killing. The writer, who displays considerable knowledge in the attitudes of Prabhakaran and Balasingham should be aware that even Prabhakaran detained Balasingham and his wife Adele for a considerable period of time in the Vanni hideout. The writer talks of “direct education” of Prabhakaran and blames Western Nations in not doing so. GOOD GOD! Does the writer seem to tell us that Prabhakaran is a lamb! No. He made it clear to his theoreticians that they can proceed with the theory ONLY TO BUY TIME and for him to be practical in preparing the LTTE to fight with all kinds of weapons.

    The writer goes on with his harangue to say western nations should have flown Prabhakaran out of the country on diplomatic immunity. Even Rajiv Gandhi got Prabhakaran to his feet “flown on immunity”. What happened? Rajiv met his end in Siriperumpudur being another victim of Prabhakaran. AFTER THAT, does the writer think that any nation worth its salt would welcome Prabhakaran? No way. Any man with an ounce of common sense knows that Prabhakaran could have killed even Erik Solheim in down town of Oslo if the latter really crossed the path of the former.

    I can write more to shred the article to pieces. But I need not waste that amount of time. This article clearly raises the anger and dismay of all average folks who believes in some degree in ethnic and religious harmony anf thereby driving them to take extreme attitudes. Hence clearly this is a blow to all of us who want to promote amity. That is the damage done within the country.

    Western intelligence agencies are no fools. They know what is best for themsleves. They would have noticed that this is yet another article appearing in the electronic press trying to white wash the LTTE. Removal any proscription only makes it easy for the nefarious activities in the west conducted by the LTTE aparatus in that area. Certainly they don’t want another secret arms dealer or drug runners about the place. Above all they are aware that such a move would increase the availability of prohibited drugs amongst school children in the west. Furthermore they are aware that the economy of the middle managers of nefarious operations would be boosted by the de-proscrition of the LTTE.

    To the writer I can appeal not to insult the intelligence of the average because that would be against the interest of the writer himself.

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      Prabhakaran was an egregious human rights abuser. This is without question. I even state in the article that the LTTE’s actions were counterproductive and led to the deaths of many Tamils. However, the main argument of the article is that the use of the concept of “terrorism” is a political tool and it is hypocritical. Many countries and entities commit egregious human rights abuses. However, the term “terrorist” is only reserved for “rebel groups” Is America not a terrorist entity for its brutal overthrow of a democratically elected Chilean socialist leader in 1973, its other coups in Latin America, and the Middle East? Is India not a terrorist state for its invasion and occupation and killing of dissidents in Kashmir? Prabhakaran was an egregious human rights abuser who forcibly recruited children to fight in the war, killed dissidents, forcibly expelled Muslims, used his own civilians as human shields among other violations. But the main argument of the point of this article is why is the term terrorist only reserved for non-state entities? And why are countries and superpowers immune from their horrendous actions? The term, itself, is a political tool and to that extent it was wrong to label the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. Actions committed by the LTTE were egregious human rights violations. This is without question. I NEVER justified the killing of Neelan Tiruchelvam. Neelan was a hero of mine and his killing was atrocious. I even mention how Balasingham expressed regret over the LTTE’s missed opportunity to negotiate with the GL-Neelan package. This is something Prabhakran never did because he was largely an uneducated man who had a narrow vision.. and his vision was separatism.

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        As I said before whatever others do is not material. The action of the LTTE is enough to be judged who and what it is and any average normal man would definitely call it a bunch of terrorists for all the cold blooded murders it committed (in some cases mass murders by exploding bombs in populated areas)and not reduce it to an egregious human rights abuser.

        I respect the right of freedom of speech of the writer but through that process he should not throw sand in the eyes of the ordinary folk. I repeat that articles of this kind definitely makes it difficult the task of those who try to build bridges across ethnic and religious divide.

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          Common Sense ,

          “As I said before whatever others do is not material. “

          then what is it? fairy tale and dwarfs?

          It’s job of thirisanno on both sides.

          You have no brain so you do the shape shape.””who try to build bridges across ethnic and religious divide. “”

          you are like jellyfish on the small boys back like lynching that the forces did to Tamil women to break the camels back like muslim waha be la..

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            What mattered here is the white-washing of the LTTE and for that purpose it is said that if US could do it and be without the label terrorism why cannot the LTTE. Each one has to assessed and labelled by their own deeds. If Zorro took the trouble to read the previous comment of mine he would not have quoted me out of context.

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              “What mattered here is…2 wrongs don’t make a right”

              yup.

              Lankan Authority got Rajiv (Nevill K -when I saw him around miday 3 days later was still a very frightened man 3 ash trays full of silk cut)
              What he said is what all his staff know.

              RAW kept it’s promise- they got Lokka- werewolf and diced meat.
              2 wrongs don’t make a right mate- you are right mate

              War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” – Bertrand Russell
              30 years of left governance SL.

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              Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises.
              You will find that one of them is wrong.- Service in Denial.

              The west can’t please all of the people all of the time.

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          If you want to apply the terrorism laws as they are to be intended both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE are then terrorist entities. It should be acknowledged that even as late as the 1990s the Sri Lankan government was noted by Amnesty international among other agencies as being one of the most notorious nations to conduct the largest number of enforced disappeares. In addition, shouldn’t Premadasa be regarded as a terrorist for providing weapons to the LTTE. And shouldn’t the Sri Lankan government be regarded as terrorist for killing thousands of Sinhalese civilians in an attempt to squash the JVP rebellion. The Sri Lankan government also shelled hospitals and used cluster bombs as stated within UN reports. In addition the Sri Lankan government is also accused of killing Tamil politicians. The LTTE then is also a terrorist for forcibly recruiting children to fight in the war, killing dissidents, forcibly expelling Muslims, using his own civilians as human shields among other violations. If you accept then that actions committed by both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE fall under terrorism then that would be a fair statement. But the use of the word terrorist is not even handed.

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            Your mission: “White wash the LTTE”. For that you qoute misdeeds of others. Remember the old saying “TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT”.

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              I cited to you the misdeeds committed by both the LTTE and Sri Lankan government. If you bother to look at my previous articles, I have been extremely critical of the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government. I even criticized the TGTE leader when I interviewed him for not apologizing for the crimes committed by the LTTE against Tamil people.
              I take the position that both the LTTE and GOSL committed egregious human rights abuses. But if we apply the international terrorism laws against the LTTE and Sri Lankan government: we find that both the LTTE and Sri Lankan government are terrorists. I have never called the Sri Lankan government a terrorist and equally I do not call the LTTE a terrorist but both GOSL and LTTE committed egregious human rights abuses and there must be accountability.

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                I cited to you the misdeeds committed by both the LTTE and Sri Lankan government.

                Adai kutti puli_paddai-

                Saṃsāra,Saṃsāra,Saṃsāra.

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              At least he has a mission, but he puts out his reasons in a logical way. You?

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        Pitasanna Shanmugathas ,

        you are still a little boy who was rolled over by steam roller ans the war gave you the opportunity to see and live in colder climates. Keep your feet warm.

        This is without question. I NEVER justified the killing of Neelan Tiruchelvam. Neelan was a hero of mine and his killing was atrocious. I even mention how Balasingham expressed regret over the LTTE’s missed opportunity to negotiate with the GL-Neelan package. This is something Prabhakran never did because he was largely an uneducated man who had a narrow vision.. and his vision was separatism. “

        . The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall.!!

        Neelan was soft spoken, lived in our borough and his profession was Bittara Rakena Civil Lawyer and Constitution 14 years for a land dispute case- (the constipated constitution of lanka). good money little name many owners lose their properties to civil lawyers- are you one??
        When Pillai a judge said we respect Neelan it was same as Wiggie saying something to the effect of VP your hero? to JT’s.

        Do you kill a mocking bird that sings??

        The dirge that they all sing at truth’s funeral is: `I am entirely right and you are entirely wrong` It is entirely immaterial what truth they bury, but it is essential that they do the burying.

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    What a garbage of an article is this. Fly prabakaran to foregien capitals dine him with world leaders and teach him federalism? Why go through that trouble ?. We just killed him. Good riddance terrorist prabakaran. Problem solved. :)

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    Sirisena Government should not follow the same line of total denial as the previous racists regime observed . The effects of the oppression was the Elam war 1 2 3 and 4.

    Freedom is the very essence of Democracy.
    The outcome of oppression brings back the Hate , Smokes from guns , destruction ect,ect, ect.

    The inflow of war Machines under the pretext of War and Terrorism will annihilate this small Island.
    Politicians and War mongers will be all out to get Rich quick.
    Who suffers most the people and the country.

    Discrediting the recent protests in the North is like giving in to TOTAL RACISM CIRCUS AGAIN.

    Sirisena government should be aware of the perils they will face as the result of THE TOTAL DENIAL OF THE TAMILS GRIEVANCES.

    Ofcourse he will have to answer the Racists and the Racist Prelates who always drums up the Buddha Sasana War Smokes.
    The country is at the JUNCTION UNDER SIRISENA GOVERNMENT CRYING OUT TO MAKE WRONGS RIGHT.
    HE HAS THE BEST CHANCE WHICH HE SHOULD NOT IGNORE.
    Which comes First the Country he took over with the Promise of treating all equally or otherwise.??

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      The minorities always want more and more. They always have grievances. They have been in every cabinet since 1948. They have been the kingmakers, the UNP & SLFP depending on their support, but still they want more. They want ‘traditional areas’ for themselves alone, as well as the freedom to live anywhere in the country. And still they want more….and use their position as minorities to cry discrimination.

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        Taraki

        “The minorities always want more and more.”

        Please sir, I want some more

        Watch this clip, it sums up what you mean by more:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4iEdMMjqdA

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          “”Please sir, I want some more”

          Kings Cross and further upstream Pentonville Prison.

          Loot boy Loot- Great Expectations-

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    Sorry to say, but this article is complete garbage. Never read more irrelevant facts contradicting the title and the ending. Any group or individual taking up arms against a government or a nation is 100% a terrorist organization.

    For close to three decades the country was at war because of one psychopath who thought he had all the answers. In the end it served him no better. And as a country we suffered. I think the writer is more in denial than stupid. Anyway any person who believes the group who invented suicide bombing and killed more than 100,000 people is not a terrorist group, then that person must immediatly subject himself to a medical evaluation.

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    How convenient, so this is just a technical problem that LTTE was called terrorists? Before 911 west called them freedom fighters, had HQ in London, was there any difference? Forgot all his atrocities done (mostly against Tamil people)? Only thing correct in this story is Prabha is the only one made decisions.

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    Pitasanna Shanmugathas

    RE:It Was Wrong To Label The LTTE As A Terrorist Organization.

    Your terrorist is my Freedom Fighter, and my Freedom fighter is your terrorist.

    So, we have two definitions.

    Did LTTE terrorize people? Yes. They terrorized the Tamils, the Sinhala and the Muslims.

    Did the Sri Lanka state, dominated by the Para-Sinhala terrorize the Para-Tamils? Yes, they did.

    Did the Sri Lanka state, dominated by the Para-Sinhala ethnically cleanse the the Para-Tamils? Partially, they did from the South.

    Did the LTTE-Tamil “state”, exclusively dominated by the Para-Tamils ethnically cleanse the the Para-Sinhala and Para-Muslims from the Northern Provence? Yes, they did.Is that a war crime? Yes.

    So, we are talking about the DEGREE of Terrorism by LTTE and the Sri Lankan State. So, where do you draw the line?

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      I agree with you totally, Amarasiri. To go a bit further,
      1. Did not the Sri Lankan state exterminate thousands of unarmed Sinhalese in the JVP uprisings?
      2. The JVP is generally not called terrorist. Why?
      3. People who help terrorists are also guilty of terrorism. So President Premadasa was a terrorist when he supplied weapons to Prabhakaran.

      I wish some of the patriotic commentators would READ the article first before trashing the writer.

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        old codger,

        The JVP is generally not called terrorist. Why?”

        Because sinhala buddhist are living the dream of Mahawamse Bestiality breed and hunting like hyenas.
        Swollen Hegel Heads with No brain- like Jelly fish with a sting.

        Ancient China had bestiality breed too and these half man half tiger were hounded by folk. Later things changed with philosophy leading to human dignity.

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    This writer is speaking poppy cock when he says the LTTE should not have been labeled as a terrorist organization.He chides Kadirgamar for the ban.He is feigning amnesia.The world wide ban on the LTTE came about after the horrendous killing of LK and not when he was a alive. Of course LK would have been the happiest man to see the ban in his life time for his crusade for a united Lanka was his dream
    Solheim naturally hated the elequoent LK because he was the man who stood between Solhein and a very possible Nobel Prize.Ofcourse Solheim’s glory would have been at the expense of a divided SL and also the end of the freedom of the innocent Tamils themselves.Remember how Tamils were shot on lamp posts at the slightest show of decent towards Prabhakaran?So 2009 May 19th saved the day for the poor Tamils too.
    Unfortunately the idiotic and murderous Rajapaksa who won the war miserably failed to win the peace with a meaningful form of devolution.Thats another story.All that nothwistanding the ban on the LTTE should and must stay.

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      This is not me

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        Hello CT editor some one is posting under my name

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        You are dumb stuck about your stalker lover nirmalan/shani?? to say lucky you??
        it takes long to be you. we don’t temple till breaks because it is common.

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          so you are the culprit

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            [Edited out]

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        Yes it is. You have seen the light at last.

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          no I can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.
          it’s obscured by Sinhala racists.

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      Rajash or Rajesh,

      You seem to have seen the light on the road to Damascus, or to Jaffna.

      Cheers!

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    Pitasanna Shanmugathas

    Young man you wanted to say something intelligent however ended stupider than when you started.

    “It should be acknowledged, first and foremost, that the LTTE did have legitimate grievances.”

    I was told LTTE (devoted to Tamils cause whatever that may be) did not have any grievances other than to take orders from the Psychopath,his Khmer Rouge commanders and other b***s carriers.

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      “”Young man you wanted to say something intelligent however ended stupider than when you started. “2

      Wise old Owl of the newsroom

      A wise old owl lived in an oak,
      The more he saw, the less he spoke
      The less he spoke, the more he heard,
      Now, wasn’t he a wise old bird?.

      cheers mate!!

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    Hi
    I completely agree with you about America and its allies particularly Great Britain. The current situation of the Tamils is mainly due to Britain’s failure to recognise the Tamil Nation as an independent state but through Donomore and later through Solbury constitutions subjugated the Tamils to the Sinhala Nation when they left Sri Lanka. It is the responsibility of Britain to enforce that Sri Lankan government devolve powers to the Tamils ,not under a unitary but a United Sri Lanka. Will Britain do it is another question mark. Prabaharan did not have the political wisdom to achieve freedom for the Tamils. He could have but he behaved like a dictator,killing all Tamil leadership and those Tamils who voiced against him. It was wrong. Arafat did not kill any of his people when he fought for his land and state although there was opposition to him. It was a disaster to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi , whatever circumstances, for the ultimate result was that India gave full support through intelligence,advice and even manuel help to Sri Lankan armed forces to defeat the LTTE which act was an ill will. There were 18 countries participated in the act against the LTTE, mainly India,Pakistan, China, Great Britain and United States whereby over 70,000 innocent civilians were murdered. LTTE too has to take its fair share in their disaster as they should not have placed the civilians as human shield. Their idea was baseless .They thought that if they were among the civilians, the Sri Lankan armed forces will not use high tec weapons and chemical weapons. But they were wrong. The UN failed, the international community failed and now the Tamils have lost hope.

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    Sorry, your smile is not a patch on Ms Oosha SriSkandarajah. So I wont read it !!

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    Have u gone mad kid? LTTE was the most cowardly bunch of lunatic terrorists. Clearly you need to take a reality check before writing stupid articles.

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      @ Kaush

      He He He

      To silence these cowards there were 34 nations helping Modaya government with chemical weapons from poverty India

      Why your card board Sinhala army fought over 30 years with these COWARDS?

      cHEERS

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        Vut to do Hora? SLA could not hide behind women and children no?

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          @Taraki

          This is the excuse Sinhala Card Board army gave to Sinhalese over 30 years .

          The Sinhala Card Board army massacre all all fully documented over 40 years .

          Cheers

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          Taraki

          “Vut to do Hora? SLA could not hide behind women and children no?”

          Sri Lanka couldn’t.

          However, weren’t the Sri Lankan armed forces hiding behind VP’s fat bump for a considerable period of time? You couldn’t remember 1988/1990, could you.

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          And the best your patriotic Rajapaksas and the army commanders to do was to clean them all indiscriminately, and you are very proud of them?

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    A middle level Tamil Public servant told me yesterday that she feels left out in meeting attended by Sinhala and Tamil public servants, which are conducted in Sinhala. No translation is provided for the Tamil public servants. The meetings end with an expression of regret.

    She said that reconciliation will not materialize if this scenario persist as the Tamil public servants come out insulted after
    attending these meetings.

    Are the President , Prime Minister ,Former President Kumaratung and ministers Mano Ganeshan and Swaminathan, unaware that Communication and mutual understanding are fundamental to reconciliation. Tamil and English are also national languages and have to be given legal recognition.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      But men like you who were with the LTTE when times were good Are a disgrace and are still causing the disgrace for the world of Tamils which is 70 million.

      You are different tamils according to `nurse anpu` the apron string supplier copy paste. While you Dr (Vet) shows thermometrs up the raear of humans too.

      stupidity of the village lingers in your blood.

      Even at Madras the billboards are in English of tamil words.

      everything in this world is moving- Latin was taken away from western syllabus 1960 by the church though it is always referred to at UK SC. Because the kings of England knew Latin not English for well over 100 years and constitutional parts are still in Latin.
      sinhala does not have a proper dictionary even on the web and it is translated by tamilcube- are we being duped.

      it time you became muslim and spoke tamil at home tiger rump in soul.

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        Not only was Rajasingham with the LTTE when that seemed advantageous, but he was quick to jump ship to MR when at the first signs the wind was changing.

        Laughably, he went on to propose that all Tamils ought to be force-fed Sinhala and conversely all Sinhalese be force-fed Tamil, as the only solution to have national unity! So, why now this “Madras has billboards….” argument?

        Did the “middle level Tamil Public servant” finally open the eyes of this “high-level” (what-ever that means, vet-degreed, self-proclaimed mind-reader?!

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      RN
      My take is person in public service should be proficient in both languages. That is why I took Tamil proficiency exam to practice my profession. What public service can a Sinhalese render if working in the north? Similarly, what public service can a Tamil provide if working in the south?
      The bottom line is public servants of both ethnicity should learn and be proficient in both languages.
      This is nothing to do with reconciliation, it is common sense!
      If reconciliation is name of the game, it should be that both ethnic groups are encouraged to learn both languages.

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      Dr.R. Narendran,

      Why go that far. Have you ever heard the speeches
      made in Colombo in English or Sinhala by our own Tamil ministers, translated into Tamil language. They feel shy to keep a Tamil trans-
      lator on the stage. At least the President’s speeches and speeches
      from Tamil ministers should accompany with translations as they rep-
      resent the Sinhala & Tamil communities, as done in many other countries
      He has already said at the UN session that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country and it does not take him much more time to say Sri Lanka is a Sinhala country and translations,I suppose,not required as minorities need not know what is spoken. Your friend, the Tamil public servant,is dead correct in saying that reconciliation will not materialize in this country as long as anti Tamil activities ,are carried out under the very eyes of the current govt.,like erecting Buddha statues and Temples in places in the North where there is no sizable civilian Buddhist population to maintain these temples,unless preparations are under way to carry out illegal & unauthorised colonization.
      This could be a secret plot hatched to grab those lands under the name of religion so that people do not make a hue and cry and after a period
      of time when temples are not maintained and poojas not held, due lack of worshippers , individuals, could claim ownership, thus silencing the people by threats saying it is temple land,and the govt.if approach
      -ed ,will say “Thaccath na thannathna’ quoting its a private matter.

      Keeping the armed forces in the same strength in N/E which is a colossal waste of public money, doing no work and being a hindrance to the free movement of people and despite drainage of public funds, and a nuisance to the public, the govt. wants to keep them, which is
      a provocative decision. Under these anti Tamil activities ,who will venture out to build reconciliation as the majority wants supremacy
      and rule by use of force.
      The only reconciliatory work, the govt. has done so far is to get the N.A sung in Tamil language to the empty chairs after audience vanished after the event is over and Tamil N.A.is never sung along with the Sinhala version at the start of an event. TNA, which believes in
      ‘silence is golden’ philosophy, little realise that they are taken for a right royal ride by the Govt.There is a school of thought emerging among the Tamils that Mr.Wigneswaran CM. NPC may have the right potential to become the leader of the Tamils as he has guts and know
      -ledge.

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    “Prabhakaran should have been flown out of the country, on diplomatic immunity, with Western leaders having directly engaged with Prabhakaran on the benefits of federalism.”

    The LTTE was a cult. Prabhakaran was the leader. To be an effective cult leader, you have to be a master of manipulation. Prabhakaran excelled at this. He manipulated the Tamil diaspora into contributing millions to fund the war machine (by using sophisticated propaganda), manipulated Black Tigers into blowing themselves up as necessary, and manipulated various Sri Lankan and Indian political leaders into having “peace talks” so he could buy time to regroup his forces. He also exploited the caste system in the North to bring women into the LTTE.

    The central theme of the LTTE cult was Tamil Eelam. To change the theme from Eelam to federal would have undermined the entire belief system. It would have done damage to VP’s reputation as the cult leader. The manipulation would not have worked as well as before. Under a federal state, the LTTE would be disarmed. Seen as weak and powerless, you would have had mass defections and cracks in the organizational structure. No more money from abroad, who wants to contribute to an organization that can’t defend itself?

    

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    It ia pointless exercise to suggest, had LLTE was not designated as a Terrorist outfit things would worked out better. It was correct to postcribe the LTTE as a Terrorist outfit because they used terror against civilians and killed many of them. They went to the extent of slashing the stomachs of innocent and pregnant Sinhala women. They killed with joy Sinhala women and children who were at sleep. Does that not qualify the LLTE to be described as Terrorists?
    The final outcome is justifiable though some claim as many as 40,000 Tamils may have died. Tamil cheer squads and hamburger fasting supporters of the Terrorists are responsible for any Tamil civilians deaths.Besides, those who want to take the lives of others should be prepaid to forfeit their own lives. Too bad some find the defeat too humiliating! The mistake was not to have crushed Tamil Terrorism at the outset.

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    when you kill the former prime minister of india,what are you?NGO?

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    Sri Lankan govt should allow LTTE to be active Sri lankan North and let the Tamils to meet the challenge.

    Only thing is if LTTE try to penetrate to South, they should be looked after for good.

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    So you want to name it after your mother?

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    Well enough is enough. We do not have to re write history . We do not consider Hitler a matre .Prabhakaran was one of the most Ruthless terrorists in modern history . To suggest otherwise is lunacy . Shame on the editors for publishing nonsense.

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    Well, well, well. This is both sad and dangerous.

    I quote: “A plausible reason why Prabhakaran blatantly rejected constitutional reforms such as the Indo-Lanka accord and the GL-Neelan package, and proceeded to kill those who proposed constitutional reforms was because Prabhakaran did not understand the necessity of federalism and ignorantly viewed separatism as the only answer.”

    According to this childish author, when you don’t understand constitutional reforms or federalism you kill those who advocate them! That is not terrorism but ‘a plausible reason’! But the Federal Party was formed in 1951, why go to France to teach federalism to Prabhakaran?

    And this is the leader, according to the author, Bob Rae and Erik Solheim acknowledged as the ‘sole decision maker within the LTTE.’ What a tragedy! What a poverty of knowledge! This is only one instance of justification of terrorism by the author among many.

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      You are spot on Sir,

      these Teenage writers are no better to that Gonthadipila or Buruwanshe. They just feel to add their thoughts, just becasue they believe their hearsay could be the best.

      Prabakaran is no knowledgeble about Federal or any similar systems so as Rajakashe men and every their supporters.

      Like average germans even today far from understanding that Psychologists could help understanding some problems of the children or the society in general, even if Americans even appoint a psychologist per family for solving family conflicts.

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      Dr. Laksiri,

      I disagree with you completely. It is true that Pirabharan did not believe in any solution from Sinhala Governments other than seperation. I think he came to this conclusion because Sinhala governments always cheated Tamil political leadership during the peace time. The so called proposals and even the Indo-Lanka accord and Chandrika proposals, Oslo LTTE-Govt accord all came at times when LTTE was stronger than Sinhalese Military. There was no sincerity and even now I don’t think the current move to change the constitution with a half baked solution will succeed. I doubt the current political enviornment and interpreting Wigneswaran’s speech as Terrorist policy by both Government and Joint opposition is to find an escape to put the blame on Tamils. I don’t know whether you listened to his speech and if you can tell which part of speech is “Terrorist speech” in compared to the speech of Joint Opposition.

      I am not justifying Terrorism by Srilanka or LTTE. I am not justifying for Seperation. But can you guarantee that the constitutional change with a federal solution that is acceptable to TNA and the Govt will happen within this parliament.

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        How can even anyone with a litte brain expect Prabakaran to know Federal or any other systems that could resolve the ethinic problem.

        His cause is started, as an IRC would go against anyone he would feel are against him – it is just a problem accompanying from his childhood. But however, there were more of them came together to build up a facist group later. So was the case with JVP too.
        Had the sociologists or law makers been aware of these problems fo the society, nothing like LTTE or the like groups would emerge.

        In western countries, there still exist SKIN heads dominated mind sets, like NPD of Germany too or the like minded thought bearers in Denmark or Switzerland too, but most of them control them by focus the issues as psychological social problems of the society. The kind of social fractions remain then as the very tiny minority.

        In lanken society, be it nothern or other areas, the cast system dominated in 70ties and 80ties.. unlike it is the case for youth of the current day.
        We have never been known to some surnames … that come to public today .. in those days. Tamil srilankens focused on their caste more than the sinhalese counterpart did. Once I met some families in Germany, they did not want to eeven say hello to other tamils just because they were coming from lowest class.. but sinhalese, would not do it in that same manner… today, no matter if you are Ranasinghes or .. even lower.. you have the right to claim same right inthe modern society.

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        ajith

        prabhaharan did not want federalism because he did not want elections.

        he was another fidel castro.

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          How do you know that Cuba does not hold elections? far fairer than Lankan modoyas’ elections

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            karikala chola

            at grassroots level maybe,but has castro ever asked the cuban people whether they want him to continue as their president.if prabha got eelam he would have been the self appointed leader till he died.he did not in my mind believe in the democratic system.the democratic system is i believe with all its faults,the best available at the moment.interestingly in 1994 a swiss CEO of a large company was telling me how china was ploughing ahead while india with its democracy was going nowhere.i told him i still believe the democratic system was better and i’am sure an average indian will one day be happier than a average chinese.

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    The LTTE was the only hope for SL Tamils after the events of July 1983, So Yes, the LTTE were genuine freedom fighters in the very early years, but quickly deteriorated including oppressing the very people they were supposed to liberate. In the end the SL Tamils got terrorized, tortured, butchered by the GoSL and by the LTTE too. Whoever committed the crimes, terrorism is terrorism.

    Regarding the United States, well don’t forget George Washington and his gang were considered terrorist by the British. The British were the rulers. They were the established government. So, as far the then British were concerned the USA was formed by a bunch of terrorists who overthrew ‘their’ legitimate government. The ultimate victims were the Native Americans.

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      thanos
      How stupid were those Tamils to start LTTE terrorism just because of July 1983??? Did you approve that too? What did the Tamils achieve by opting terrorism? Zero! and eliminated a whole generation of Tamils!
      July 1983 should have been used as an excellent event to recruit the whole world against the GOSL! Who knows, if that path was taken you would have had your Elam by now.
      Sorry, another blunder by Tamil leaders!

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        “What did the Tamils achieve by opting terrorism? Zero! and eliminated a whole generation of Tamils!”

        Tamils did not opted for terrorism. Their armed struggle against Buddhist Sinhala Terrorism proved to the world undoubtedly that Buddhist Sinhalese Terrorism are the worst in the civilised world and they are the worst human rights violators in the world. Even UN Secretary General confirmed that there was a genocide committed by Buddhist Sinhalese. This is a great achievement.

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          Ajit
          So what?

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    Well, If Chelvangagam’s pacts with B and D had proceeded to the next stage, he would have had to travel down the path Sambanthan is travelling presently.

    In the process he would have had to deal with Moslems first then getting 2/3 majority in the Parliament followed by a referendum.

    So the reasons perhaps the B-C pacts etc were prevented was because it was a waste of time in the first place.

    Prabarkaran came and cleansed Moslems to circumvent the initial blocks that existed with Chelva’s blueprint. Then he would have had to maintain a permanent military presence to deliver the rest of Chelvanagams program.

    Prabakran was the only realist in that he knew Chevas idea can only be fulfilled using force.

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    Why not learn lessons from those times and prevent such incidents than to celebrate jingoism in the name patriotism. Some deluded Sri Lankans harp on the past without thinking the base ( Grievances owing to constant discrimination) which led to the formation of LTTE.

    At least now, let’s not believe the farce orchestrated by the politicians for their vote-bank weight. Let’s shed their SENSELESS PATRIOTISM and embrace patriotism in a true sense.

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    How do you call the Asia’s dangerous creatures who have no remorse whatsoever; when it comes to assassinating leaders and intellectuals? Tamils have eliminated their own leaders and intellectuals more than any other race in Asia. Where were those Tamil leaders, including Tamil diaspora leaders, the Western leaders, especially the United Nations when the Tamil armed groups were mercilessly gunned down each other group members; and assassinating political leaders and intellectuals far more than any other terrorist groups in the world?

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      How do you call the Asia’s dangerous creatures who have no remorse ?

      Number 1: Prabakaran
      Number 2: Mahinda Rajapakshe, Gotabaya Rajapakshe and radical supporters of srilanka

      All others follow

      Anthony,

      you sound to be inconsistent with your 2cts worth to this and other forums, but whoever you may be, reality as it is – had not we had Rajakashes, we would not have been fallen to the level we are now today.

      Previous leaders were no killing friendly or babaric minded, and that was the reason them to focus on secure more civil folks when offensives were set against fierce rebell attacks.

      We the silent sinhalese of the country are trully ashamed Rajakashes to have allowed those human loses, not thinking twice.

      Killing someone and taking the life of them has been their daily routine.
      Now with Wasaim sfamily go through all the torments being unable to see when the justice will be served to them – we are all in a pickle yet by today- not seeing even light at the end of the tunnel interms of on going investigations.

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    Yes Recruiting KIDS to Carry guns and Fight, Conditioning people to become Suicide Members to hit civilian targets, Assassinating politicians, Using Human Shields, Dealing in the World Drugs Trade, Training Other Groups to carry actions of destruction these are all acts of Humanity. The only difference that separates the LTTE and ISIS, Al qaeda are not the acts but their religion. WHo are you trying to fool.

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    United States has used the word “terrorist” against Fidel Castro..
    I THINK THEY USED TO CALL HIM A COMMUNIST. A HUge difference between calling a Group such as the LTTE and similar terrorist. Who really were Terrorist, Another Tamil in the comfort of the west fighting the Terrorist battle online. Such Courage.

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    “Dog bark..but caravan moves on “…

    This world Terrorist was invented by Big Nose J. R to suite his political circus but miserably failed.

    This same clown called JVP as Extremists ….

    Cheers

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    During the talks, both sides agreed to the principle of a federal solution and the Tigers dropped their long-standing demand for a separate state.

    “The much-anticipated peace talks began at Phuket, Thailand on 16, and 5 September further rounds followed in Thailand, Norway, Germany and Japan.[87] During the talks, both sides agreed to the principle of a *******federal solution and the Tigers dropped their long-standing demand for a separate state.******* This was a major compromise on the part of the LTTE, which had always insisted on an independent Tamil state. This also represented a compromise on the part of the government, which had seldom agreed to more than minimal devolution. Both sides also exchanged prisoners of war for the first time.[88]” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Civil_War

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      VP told his followers to kill him if he ever settled for anything other than Eelam. A Federal solution was just a step in that direction…it still is.

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        @ Taraki

        Freedom fighters are like this ..they will not sell themselves for temporary solutions .

        Exactly Yasir Arafat did the same …because he loved his people …

        But Sinhala media educated frogs in the well don’t know this .

        Cheers

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          “Exactly Yasir Arafat did the same …because he loved his people “
          Nasser too HEART ATTACK…WHEN HE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IS POWER without but within.
          His GODFATHER- `post mans son` cheap shot (SirMAo cheechee rat_estate radala- no oil in harvest season)

          Prime terrorist Pan_Arab President Nasser Husain vs Pan_Isalm Royalty.
          (if royalty had killed Nasser than asking english lord to do it with bare hands. no closure of suez no SirMao cheechee or Ara_Fart left a Fart before reaching French hospital.)

          “”My countrymen, my blood spills for you and for Egypt. I will live for your sake and die for the sake of your freedom and honor. Let them kill me; it does not concern me so long as I have instilled pride, honor, and freedom in you. If Gamal Abdel Nasser should die, each of you shall be Gamal Abdel Nasser … Gamal Abdel Nasser is of you and from you and he is willing to sacrifice his life for the nation.””

          The Godfather learnt what is `power in practice` if only he had read history of europe christian/catholic crusades, islamic crusades, treaties.. which muslim never keep etc Swollen Head because they rukled Iberian Peninsula- Portugal for 800 years talking about ghost and sex-slavery- visri and mahasoni. to pagens.

          Meanwhile, tensions in Jordan between an increasingly autonomous PLO and King Hussein’s government had been simmering;[257] following the Dawson’s Field hijackings, a military campaign was launched to rout out PLO forces. The offensive elevated risks of a regional war and prompted Nasser to hold an emergency Arab League summit on 27 September in Cairo,[258] where he forged a ceasefire.[259]

          Death and funeral-

          As the summit closed on 28 September 1970, hours after escorting the last Arab leader to leave, Nasser suffered a heart attack.

          HEART ATTACK…WHEN HE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IS POWER without but within.- WHEN REASON IS OVER- BUDDHISM OR Saṃsāra , Saṃsāra ,Saṃsāra , Pyramid Mummy still waiting.
          Hindu goes behind the lord of animals- Pashupatinath- into dust thou shall return and follows the stream to the ocean.

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