16 November, 2018

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The 2006 Senchcholai Massacre: An Ominous Sign Of An Impending Human Catastrophe Engineered By An Evil Regime

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Whilst our eyes and ears are on the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL ) with the deadline for submissions set for October 30th 2014, Sri Lanka continues its game plan of non-cooperation, non-compliance and innuendo. Whatever happens around us, for the Tamils, this is not a time to waste away, for we have things to do, submissions to make – This is a time to remember, remember every detail, to keep in mind that the world itself is pre-occupied, as Edward Mortimer said, “with all the horrors taking place in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria, Sri Lanka has understandably fallen off the international radar.” [1] Lest we forget, the 14th of August 2014 marks the 8th anniversary of the Senchcholai Massacre. The 2006 Senchcholai Massacre: An ominous sign of an impending Human Catastrophe of Ginormous proportions, engineered by an evil regime. 

Much of the sorry spectacle that the Rajapaksa government is involved in right at this hour, is centered round the government’s refusal to give access to  OISL  investigators to enter Sri Lanka; not to mention it’s vilification of High Commissioner Navi Pillay as showing “personal bias” [2]; its move to expand the mandate of its Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Missing Persons ,creating an unwanted distraction from the real thing, the OISL, the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA ) stating that the Commission’s primary task of investigating and inquiring into thousands of missing persons in Sri Lanka will be severely curtailed by (this expansion).[3]“; the widening of its scope by Gazette notification to include violations of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, where no mention is made of whether it included Sri Lankan Government violations; in contrast namely the specific mention of, “the alleged recruitment of child soldiers and suicide attacks, to the criminality of financial and other resources obtained by the LTTE”; its appointment of international figures to its Commission, whose Chairman Sir Desmond De Silva has been discredited for his “sham” report relating to a “controversial” case pertaining to  Northern Ireland[4] and for his partisan remarks biased in favour of the Sri Lankan government[5] compromising his independence that would disqualify him under international norms – De Silva expressing the view, ” that blame for the civilian casualties during the final phase of the war lies squarely at the door of the LTTE”[6]; its attempt at crushing dissent and its encouragement of extremist forces in the Buddhist clergy known for its involvement in promoting mob violence,  [7]in hate crimes and the possible intimidation of potential witnesses to its crimes.

Just as much as the Sri Lankan government wants to deviate from any investigation of the crimes it committed, it is critical that who so ever holds any information and or evidence, or have been victims and or been witness to crimes, make their submissions to OISL without fail and without delay.

Undoubtedly the Senchcholai Massacre was  genocidal and evil in intent; it was unpardonable; it went unpunished even as the Rajapaksa government claimed responsibility for it – it is eight long years since the Vallipunam Senchcholai Massacre of 61? people mostly school girls – little did I realize as much as it was gruesome it was ominous – the tell tale signs that things were going to get worse not better were there. I shiver at the thought that we were so complacent, not knowing the sheer brutality of the enemy.

We didn’t know that a deadly but grand scheme was in the works to annihilate a people fighting against subjugation, to silence once and for all their cry for freedom and that the Senchcholai Massacre was yet another precursor. It was unimaginable; it was inconceivable but true that a government which perpetrated the massacre of the innocent: young school girls in 2006 at Senchcholai – what I described as “Sri Lanka’s shame” had no shame anymore to pursue and kill more of the innocent: tens of thousands of them; men, women, the elderly and children in 2009, without an iota of regret. Such was the prevailing culture of impunity still continuing, condoned rather than condemned by a world that overlooked the heinous crimes of a terrorist state as necessary intransigencies on the false and flawed premise the state was fighting terrorism.

Looking through the souvenir which we published in 2007 to mark the 1st anniversary of this appalling tragedy, organised by the Canadian Tamil Women’s organisation, to not only remember those who perished in the massacre but to educate the world on the true facts behind the slaughter and to seek justice for the truly innocent young lives that were killed and injured by a bunch of bloodthirsty murderers in uniform acting on the orders of a evil regime, I started to read the transcript of my speech made at the event – a speech I had delivered, standing in front of a huge mural of a woman throwing her arms up in absolute helplessness, expressing a loss so irreparable, realistically depicting the, “pain and outrage” we Tamil women felt.

I thought it most timely that the world be reminded about that most dastardly act that took place at Senchcholoai that preceded Mullivaikkal which would surely form part of the OISL, like so many other crimes, coming within the purview of the specified “time frame”[8] under investigation – the period covered by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) between 22nd February 2002 and 15th November 2011.

I feel confident this grave crime, the massacre of innocent young school girls barely in their teens – a Crime Against Humanity – a part thereof – of crimes of greater magnitude, described as ‘mass atrocity crimes’ that also include genocide, would be firstly fully investigated; secondly, political as well as military leaders – those responsible for all such violations of international human rights and humanitarian law will be later charged in an international court of law, tried and convicted, notwithstanding the fact that Sri Lanka has not signed on to the Rome Statue and therefore cannot be tried by the International Criminal Court (a concern I share in my speech). Despite the concerns, I trust and leave the worrying to legal minds to work out this somewhat murky, blurry and untested area of law. In this regard, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran Prime Minister of The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), talking to the Colombo Gazette opines that ” the Tamil Diaspora prefers to cooperate with a neutral investigation established by United Nations bodies,” adding the. the members of the Diaspora will argue for the establishment of a tribunal similar to the tribunal in the former Yugoslavia, as a further step.”

Extracts of my speech at the 1st Anniversary of the Senchcholai Massacre,  lest we forget; lest others forget:      

We welcome you today with heavy hearts as we remember this day one year ago when there was mayhem, bloodshed and carnage in the Vallipunam Senchcholai Compound in the Mullaitivu district of Thamil Eelam; it was so shocking, so horrific that you had to be there to know what happened; hear it not from me but from Juliet, 18 years of age, a survivor who escaped death with only shrapnel wounds on her hands. In her testimony to NESOHR, she said:

“We were in the 2nd day of our workshop on first aid and disaster management skills. More than 400 school girls were in attendance at the 10- day workshop. It was 7am. We were by the well when we saw the K-fir jets faraway and thought that they were heading elsewhere. Within seconds we saw them heading directly to our centre and suddenly started bombing our premises. As the bombs fell, the girls ran in all directions, and took cover by lying on the ground face down, hoping that the bombers will go away. But the Kfir jets returned….”

Continuing to describe her ordeal Juliet said “There was chaos within the Senchcholai premises with each round of bombing as more students were …wounded and more..killed. In between air-strikes the girls ..were running to other positions to take better cover. During lull periods they would run out and aid the wounded and carry them to safer locations. Rescue efforts got interrupted several times by a sudden return of K-fir jets. Many died on the spot, many were wounded, most had multiple injuries, some lost there their limbs, some had severe burns. I still have memories of the jets and the desperate calls of the girls for help.”

The massacre of sixty-one Tamil school girls and two staff members by heavy aerial bombardment of the Senchcholai premises by Sri Lankan President Rajapakse’s men is the first such case ever to have been documented in the world in the new millennium attributed to government forces anywhere.

Additionally, 129 girls were injured. Those who were injured, those who escaped death, those who came in the aftermath as rescuers and those who are relatives are all still traumatized by this incident.  

Not only was this attack targeted, it was as Tamil National Alliance MPs called it, “pre-meditated, deliberate and vicious… and clearly having genocidal intent.”

It is the first case ever heard of where a government not only boasted, but also claimed responsibility for such a despicable and cowardly act.

In my view, this is the most unforgivable act of state terrorism inflicted on young girls, each one of them just about to bloom into womanhood – the ambitions and goals they would have nurtured were destroyed with them. 

True men in uniform are not only men of valor, in my estimate they’re decent and dignified in their conduct,so much so, they would rather die than ever hurt women and children knowingly. 

Sixty-one of tomorrow’s potential leaders and intellectuals, the love and life of doting parents, guardians and siblings, the pride and joy of the Tamil Nation were murdered in cold blood by one cruel and barbaric State.

The Senchcholai massacre has all the makings of a Crime Against Humanity. But Sri Lanka is NOT a party to the Rome Treaty, therefore an action at the ICC would not be possible, the ICC having no jurisdiction to hear the case since Sri Lanka has not ratified the Rome Statute.

It’s a well known fact that the Senchcholai compound was designated and respected as a “humanitarian zone” housing civilian population and was accepted as such by international agencies such as the UNICEF and the Red Cross, with the LTTE giving precise coordinates to the Sri Lankan Army through the good offices of these agencies. UNICEF had even held some seminars in the same building. 

SLMM official Mr. Hendricsson rejected Sri Lanka’s official spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s allegation that it was a Tiger training camp. He said “we couldn’t find any sign of military equipment or weapons. It was not a military installation.” 

Ann Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, referring to the children who were killed said “these children are the innocent victims of violence.” The Sri Lankan government’s allegation that they were “Tamil Tiger Terrorists” has been found to be baseless. The young victims of approximately 18 years of age, following GCE (OL) and (AL) classes selected from 18 schools in the Mullaitivu and Vanni districts, were undergoing first-aid, leadership skills and disaster management training at Senchcholai. School Principals, civil servants, the Education Board and injured students together with NESOHR, ITRO, UNICEF and Amnesty International have all attested to this. 

According to the NESOHR[9] press release dated Oct 1, 2006 three of the injured girls taken to Kandy hospital (outside of the NorthEast) were placed under police custody, under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and removed to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Of the three, one of them was taken away from Kandy and is now under the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and two of them were sent back to Vavuniya District hospital where one died. The post-mortem revealed the student died of medical negligence while in Kandy; the other has been sent allegedly to Colombo for further treatment while remaining under the custody of the CID. 

The two who were alive were coerced into making statements favourable to the Sri Lankan government and were paraded like captive animals on state television, traumatized not only by the ordeal of the bombing and injury, but by the anguish and humiliation of making an untrue statement under duress on national television. 

I spoke to Father Karunaratnam of NESOHR to find out the fate of these two girls, Kasthuri Sripathy and Sumithra Balasingham. I was shocked and outraged to find out that, even though no charges were filed against them, they were still under police custody in Kandy and that Kasthuri is paralyzed and cannot walk.  

The Senchcholai massacre will feature as one of many incidents of “Shame’ for Sri Lanka. 

It’s also such a shame that the State responsible; the police state; the rogue state; a failed state that is Sri Lanka has not been condemned by other States. When will Rajapakse, the Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and his men, the perpetrators who committed this dastardly act, the murderers who snatched these young lives in their prime, ever be punished and when would these young victims ever receive justice?

Sadly Father Karunaratnam of NESOHR  was also later killed.

On that 1st anniversary, many Tamil women like me vowed in their hearts that, “this outcry by women; led by women; using the intellect, the expertise and advocacy power of women, for women, will continue until justice was won, whilst cherishing the memory of these young lives, we vowed also to be loyal to the cause for freedom of our Motherland and loyal to those defending it.

It’s noteworthy it must be said, “the mandate of the OISL requires it to investigate alleged serious violations and human rights abuses and other related crimes by both parties to the conflict,” and the stated, “legal framework that underlies the investigation  will comprise of all obligations assumed by Sri Lanka under international human rights treaties and those applicable under customary international law.” It also specifies in the case of the LTTE that, “although a non-state actor cannot formally become party to human rights treaties, it is now increasingly accepted that non-state  groups exercising de facto control over a part of the State’s territory must respect certain human rights obligations of persons in that territory.”

Again Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran[10], who has rejected outright any “local war crime probe” conducted by Sri Lanka, in response to a question put forth by the Colombo Gazette on the “expanded mandate” clearly elaborates on his position:

“The new mandate is deluding.  The mandate of the Commission is defined by the flawed conclusion in para 4.359 of the LLRC report. The LLRC was itself prejudiced and issued a report that was exculpatory of the crimes of the army. Para 4.359 contains summaries of the LLRC’s concluding observations, which are heavily partisan, fully exonerating the SLAF except for two minor instances.   Besides, the expected conclusions are contained in the mandate itself, as it is suggested that the killings of the civilians could be collateral damage proportionate to the task accomplished and that the defense of necessity  is applicable. I would also like to point out that while the mandate of the commission, when it comes to the LTTE, asks specific questions about “human shields” and “child soldiers”, it has no specific questions about the conduct of the Sri Lankan military, such as “did the SLAF fire heavy artillery on civilians and hospitals?” or “did the SLAF drop bombs on places where civilians were taking refuge?” or “whether the Sri Lankan Government used food as a weapon of war,” or “whether the SLA was engaged in forced sterilization”, he asks stating further, “thus, from the way the mandate is framed, it appears to cover up breaches of humanitarian law by the SLAF.”

Bishop Rayappu Joseph has refused to accept an invitation to make submissions to the Sri Lankan local probe citing, “his lack of faith in domestic mechanisms to resolve serious injustices that Tamil people have faced over the years, that there has not been even a shred of evidence to indicate that they have succeeded in tackling impunity (rather) have only served as eye-washers for governments in power..”[11]

It seems we have come a long way, when we realize that at long last, the investigative team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi  Pillay has started its work. Consisting of three eminent experts, Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, Silvia Cartwright, former High Court Judge of New Zealand and Asma Jahangir, former President of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan  – they are to “play a supportive and advisory role, as well as independent verification throughout the  investigation,” with the assistance of  “special procedures mandate holders” covering  extrajudicial executions, disappearances, internally displaced persons, arbitrary detentions, violence against women and torture.

However gloomy thing are, in our search for justice for the tens of thousands slaughtered in Mullivaikkal; men women, elders and children (more than 146, 000 unaccounted for), not forgetting the 5 students from Trincomalee; the 17 aid-workers belonging to the French Charity, Action Against Hunger and the 8 aid-workers belonging to TRO,  to name but a few; who were killed execution style by Sri Lankan forces and the 61? mostly young girls in the Senchcholai complex  who were targeted and killed by Sri Lankan government shelling; all of which took place in 2006 – none of the perpetrators of these massacres have been brought to book yet – we can now cling to the hope that justice will be done one day and find solace in the words of Navi Pillay [12], “that even though Colombo had refused to cooperate, the investigation could still go ahead as there was a wealth of information outside the country…”[13]

We shall overcome and shall one day rest easy in our homeland when the world realizes as Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran said: “The mandate set up by the UNHRC covers both parties. However as the TGTE has repeatedly said, there is no moral equilibrium between the persecuted and the persecutor.”


[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/hidden-from-view-sri-lanka-is-trampling-over-the-rights-of-its-tamil-population-9662359.html

[2] http://www.dailymirror.lk/top-story/51084-pillay-trying-to-influence-ohchr-investigations-eam.html

[3] http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=11638

[4] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/qc-sir-desmond-de-silvas-credibility-in-doubt/

[5] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-commission-for-omissions/ 

[7] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksa-govt-whitewashes-mob-crashing-meeting-of-families-of-missing-people/

[8] http://tamil24news.com/links/tamilguardian.html

[9] NESOHR publications

[10] http://colombogazette.com/2014/07/26/rudra-rejects-local-war-crimes-probe/

[11] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/commission-on-missing-persons-suggest-denial-of-truth-on-part-of-those-who-appointed-it-bishop-rayappu/

[12] http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKBN0GE1KY20140814

[13] http://sundaytimes.lk/news/u-n-human-rights-chief-says-access-must-sri-lanka-war-crimes-probe.html

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    This article just froze my heart for a moment and feel sorry and guilty of not been able to contribute in any way to the gross injustice taking place in our midst. One thing I can be happy is that I never VOTED for this MONSTER at any time and almost had to fall out with my family members advising them not to vote for this MURDERER, when they were saying we should show gratitude to this MONSTER for finishing the war. Sadly only now that they have come to their senses and regretting their decision and the horse had already bolted and no point locking the stable doors now.

    The only thing that we can be contended is that the MURDERERS of innocent civilians will never achieve their goals nor will they have a happy ending for their lives or their siblings.This is the case of all tyrants and terrorists, I do not intend listing them one by one. History and even recent past we have many such names who have been humiliated,thrashed by slippers, dragged out of tunnels, found in pits etc from all ethnic background. No one will be spared from this natural justice and MURDEROUS MARA & FAMILY WILL ALSO FACE THE SAME FATE. I have not even an iota of doubt in that.

    I do not understand when all these fanatic groups including the Islamic fighters will come to their senses that they will never ever achieve their objectives by killing unarmed men, women and children and destroying properties of any ethnic group.

    I only hope that we will live to see a world void of all these madness in the name of religion and lust for power. How many years are we going to live, 80 years the most and why can’t us people live like human beings for a change and leave it to our children to live happily on this earth, after us. WHY? Can some one please answer…

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    Sometimes I wonder whether this woman and I live on the same planet. This issue was covered comprehensively by D.B.S. Jeyraj.

    These girls were following O/L studies. They were forcefully taken for military training. The Tamil diaspora, Tamil Nadu and the TNA kept mum because they had been advised to get ready for the “final war”.

    The girls were in the middle of receiving combat training. At 10,000 ft no aircraft can distinguish a 16year old from a 20year old with guns. The pilot saw combat preparations and he engaged. The parents in the end beat up LTTE for forcing their children to fight according to DBS.

    This is how Anandasagaree described it.

    TNA, as the first and the worst enemy of the Tamil People. They should take full responsibility, among many other matters, for the loss of several thousands of lives and for causing injuries for many more….. All have become paupers now. They will find hardly anything left when they return to their homes one day. All these or atleast 90 % of these could have been saved and total displacement could have been avoided if only the TNA had the forethought to advise the LTTE to release the people from their grip, to go anywhere they liked. The TNA is blamed for this because, when everyone, every organization, every country, the EU, the UN etc. had made this request specifically, only the TNA kept on asking for the war to stop. When the 8000 students who sat for the G.C.E(O/L) exam were taken away for compulsory training by the LTTE the TNA kept mum. Some of them are now dead and others are under detention by the Government. Where are the children and grand-children of the TNA MPs. Will the TNA at least now tell the world as to what happened to the students at Sencholai. ….

    – V. Anandasangaree (TULF)

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      The Canadian based Tigers will use any means fair or foul to further their agenda. The well told lies and half truths deceive ignorant readers. The anonymous CT Editor and journalists will give their articles the oxygen of publicity merely because they hate the present Government. So much for a free media, transparency and all the other virtues they claim to represent!

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        Nimal, if you are grieving the absence of a Free Media in Sri Lanka, my advice is “don’t”.

        Please stop reading CT and start reading Ceylon Daily News, Silumina, Dinamina etc. Start listening to the soothing Rupavahini. You will read and hear what a beautiful country Sri Lanka is, how well paved the roads are, what a wonderful government there is, the abiding respect for the rule of law, and a holy governance completely in accord with the teachings of your Holy Buddha and His golaya the most venereal Gnanasara.

        Watch today’s edition of news.lk. You will see endearing pictures of your most Excellent President Percy Mahendra Rajafakse participating in a “Pichchamal Poojawa” – even the genuine Buddha born 2577 years ago could not have looked so serene.

        How can anyone even with an iota of honesty not accept there were zero casualties at the end of the war? As if to prove this, the government website news.lk is carrying a pdf document explaining in easy to understand English how the United Nations is maligning the good name of the lily white Rajafakse. The write up is titled “Geneva’s Human Rights Chameleons:
        “Who Are They, How Do They Operate?”

        Enjoy the rest of the day reading these marvelous newspapers. Just keep your tv on with the volume control turned down for the soothing whispering sounds in the background telling you how noble upright honest and patriotic Mahinda Percy Mahendra and his brothers and offshoots and horashots are.

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        Nimal

        “The Canadian based Tigers will use any means fair or foul to further their agenda”

        what is their agenda?

        “The well told lies and half truths deceive ignorant readers.”

        Could you list all their lies and half truths for the benefit of ignorant readers.

        ” The anonymous CT Editor and journalists will give their articles the oxygen of publicity merely because they hate the present Government.”

        Why do the anonymous CT Editor and journalists hate the present government?

        “So much for a free media, transparency and all the other virtues they claim to represent!”

        I don’t understand many things that is happening in this world this is one of them. Are you telling us that to remain a free media and transparent CT has to tow the present government line and give unequivocal support to the MR and his family?

        I never thought of this. Thanks for redefining how free media should behave.

        CT

        why aren’t you supporting the government? You don’t seem to believe in free media, you are not transparent. I never knew you don’t support the present government until Nimal pointed out this to us in his comment.

        Now I know what to read, thanks Nimal.

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          Their agenda is Eelam. The Editor & journalists hate the Government because they are exiles, but you know all this very well.

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          Nimal

          “The well told lies and half truths deceive ignorant readers.”

          Could you list all their lies and half truths for the benefit of ignorant readers.

          ” The anonymous CT Editor and journalists will give their articles the oxygen of publicity merely because they hate the present Government.”

          Why do the anonymous CT Editor and journalists hate the present government?

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            Everybody’s opponent is wrong.
            Sky banner wriggled away.
            So maggots call it `free` get-together.
            When networked on different media
            its exposure.

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        Name Sake Nimal,

        Then Why you wants read and comment on C T.
        Or May be you are also like Other Pay roll commenters.
        Do you Know What is Free Media IS,
        To you It is Foul smelling C D N, S<O, SiLuMINA, DINAmina, Rupawahini, are free madia.

        At least you do not know what your Name Describe is?.

        WE can understand how brainy your are like your patrons.
        May be you want criticise me As un Patriot.
        But We Not Card Board Patriots like your Patrons or Handlers,
        We have Toiled enough for Our country and Not Indebted to Her.
        I am a Buddhist and A Sinhalese. But not like so called Name sake Buddhist Patriots of your patrons and you.
        As I got my education from [ taught] by Late Venarable Daramitypola Ratana thera, Divulapitye Vimalarathna and Seruvila Sumedankara Thera.

        They Taught me to be honest and Truth to My own conscience.

        I am an escapee of Pettah Bomb Blast, Kithuluhtuwa massacre and the Trinco Bus bomb blasts.
        And Seen All the mayhem done by LTTE, Other Armed Groups AND S L Armed Forces to Civilians of all communities Not only to Tamils.
        I have been to LTEE operated areas and came back with out any Harm to me,
        because I THNK THAT My Feelings are Not to harm Any Body and We have To accept our Karma And/ or Fate too.
        This I have experiences with some of our Forces personnel's also.
        So I am telling you that most of Us blaming Others But the biggest mistakes and Faults are with us.
        Have you ever been to war affected are when the war is going on, finished Or seen those people in your own eyes.
        Have you seen tears or heard their cry or any experiences on living with their lives.
        If not you are Just Lying to Yourself and to your own conscience.

        To my Understanding You are like your patrons, just An Another Vulture Waiting to feed on Dead Bodies [Human Bodies].

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          “So I am telling you that most of Us blaming Others But the biggest mistakes and Faults are with us. “”

          Remember me sailor,suffix!

          Remember My Forgotten Man (1933)

          “Bonus Army”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDffr6RFMiM (narritive on screen)

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      Unfortunately for you, Vibushana, the Article has clearly stated the professional conclusion of independent persons ““we couldn’t find any sign of military equipment or weapons. It was not a military installation.” It is no surprise you are relying on Jeyaraj and Kehemmala Rambukwela to support your contention.

      Any unbiased person can see you are a racist Sinhala Neo Buddhist ready to kill any number of Tamils to satisfy your blood lust.

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        “we couldn’t find any sign of military equipment or weapons. “

        The report did not comment on the BLACK UNIFORMS worn by the dead, and no local school could be found where the school uniform was black. The arms on the other hand could easily have been collected in the aftermath.

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      Terrorist combatants turn into innocent civilians upon expiry. You should know this, it’s basic.. er.. biology.

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        Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

        This is simply brilliant.

        Keep up your good work.

        Please say hello to David.

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      This LTTEr has recently been ‘elevated’ in rank and does not see the ground clearly from where she is. I wonder whether she is among the ‘disappeared’ that Ray Appu Yousuf keeps referring to.

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        Ramu

        “I wonder whether she is among the ‘disappeared’ that Ray Appu Yousuf keeps referring to.”

        Had she stayed in this island she would have been made to disappear. Do you regret that she had survived?

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          [Edited out]

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            Jim softy

            “[Edited out]”

            I am too thick to grasp your finer points nevertheless a brilliant comment.

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        Ra Moooo;

        What happened to your Whit van rental business.

        Running at a lost like MAARA AIR.
        And Matthala pig farm?????

        WHAT ABUNCH OF LOOTING CLOWNS.

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      Were you there sir when they were in military training? what was the evidence from international monitors? It is sad that you bring two Rajapakse lovers for your evidence. Both are agents of Rajapakse and rejected by the people.

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      Agreed. It is highly probable that the girls were getting ready for terrorist combat. By 2006 Thamil families would have never kept their young girls to complete finishing-school in the North. Mahavamsa mob mentality would not be found in higher military levels (not too sure about individual soldiers at ground level though).

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      “At 10,000 ft no aircraft can distinguish a 16year old from a 20year old with guns.”.. Were those aircraft controlled by humans? Were those pilots flying their war planes within their own country which they should protect or in a enemy country like in WWII days?.. From 10,000 ft, they couldn’t identify type of people below, whether it is a school or hospital building, but they identify shotguns, machine guns and decided kill them all….. their own country people.. Is this the correct process Gov air attacks happening in suspected areas? . Was there much difference between these gov paid military acts and LTTE acts after 83?

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      vibhushana:

      You made a mistake.

      At that time, this woman was supporting child recruitment to army. That is why they did not talk. They were waiting to sacrifice these children in order to have their own mono ethnic enclave.

      Now they shed crocodile tears.

      These Tamils are the most shameless people.

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        Jim softy

        “At that time, this woman was supporting child recruitment to army. “

        You mean Usha supported Army’s child recruitment????????

        She must be a double agent.

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        yOU ARE cORRECT ;

        ON THE spot.

        That time Jarpassa Clan were planning to Bribe LTTE and Pirbaharan Again.
        But That bribery act misfired as The Broker tried Hood wink both side and Ran away with Millions of rupees .
        Part of the Bribe got [looted] by Jarapassas and Pirpaharan and co got the Toffee without their Hoods.

        So pathetic Jimmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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      Vibushana
      certainly you and Anandasangaree are living on the same planet, where ever that is.

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      Vibushana
      take DBSJ also to your planet

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    WHY? Can some one please answer…

    Desire.

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    It is a shame…..damn shame…
    no one in this country want to remember these things
    because they have found new fun new life……
    Arcade…Beer Fest….night races…rugby carnivals…
    super cross…4 WD races…

    Thank you Usha…for reminding this very pious Dheshapreami Country
    one of its shameless atrocities…..

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    @ Usha,this incident should have never happened at all and our hearts go out for the children who died needesly but first of all think as to why it happened?

    i)LTTE took those children for military type training so what did they expect especially when its war time and air maps can be hazy and wont show chidlren when you take pics from 10 000 feet but activity in an LTTE camp

    ii)this happened in 2006 and also in 2006 a bus full of pregnant women were bombed by the LTTE in Kebethigollewa and did you utter a word against it? isnt that a crime?

    iii)right from the early 1980’s the LTTE has been attacking the armed forces from built up area and then wanted to the army to retaliate and kill civillians to get mileage

    iv)even the 1987 Jaffna Hospital massacre by the IPKF happened because the LTTE fired at the Indians and ran right through the hospital premises

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      Hi Peace Lover,
      The Sinhalese community unleashed violence against minority Tamils many a times…in 1956…1958…1977 why…? for demanding equal status / political rights which had been viewed by the Sinhalese as an issue that should be dealt with violence..killing…raping…looting..!!!!! …

      The Tamil youth who helplessly watched the atrocities committed on them and continued oppression by the Sinhalese Govt, took up arms in defending what they called ‘ Tamil Rights ‘ ..political rights where the Tamil  political leaders failed to obtain, ambushed and killed 13 Soldiers in 1983 for the first time. Is it wrong for them to demand in that manner when they were brutally attacked ..killed for the same demands in 1956…1958…1977..where no violence unleashed against the Sinhalese..? 

      In 1983 we all witnessed the barbaric behaviour of the Sinhalese.. killing.. .looting….raping…innocent defenseless Tamils in Colombo..just because 13 soldiers were killed. Since then we all know what took place…..but did the Sinhalese Govt try to resolve the core issue…? NO.. The Govt instead  projected the issue as a terrorism..Tit for Tat… oh…oh….look the Tamils have taken up arms against the Sinhalese.. the innocent Buddhists. So we have to defend the Terrorism….!!!!

      hik…hik…hik… 

      the non violent Tamils against whom the Sinhalese unleashed violence suddenly had become a terrorist …WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT….WHO SPEAKS ABOUT IT..

      Therefore please do not refer to Kabitigollewa  massacre or any other…the Govt have the right to defend but there is nothing called Tit for Tat with your own countrymen who were fighting against Oppression…the Tamils are neither an occupied race nor invading force from Tamil Nadu to unnecessarily unleash violence against them ….although they speak Tamil Language they too are truly Sri Lankans with historical background. 

      By the way..the bus you speak that was blown was full of pregnant women is an exaggeration to justify the Sencholai bombing…typical Sinhalese racists attitude..

      So today the Sinhala Govt in the Country engaged in an exercise of re writing the history completely ignoring the Terror / oppression unleashed against Tamils and denial of their legitimate political rights by speaking volumes of Tamil terrorism …

      Lord Buddha , this very ..showy ..pious Buddhist nation venerate profusely hammering their heads on trees..falling flat on their four limbs at the sight of a statue,  was the first person to deliver to the World the  Law of cause & effect …He said …first to remove the cause so that the effect would automatically cease …do the Sinhala showy Buddhist Politicians / yellow birds follow that principal ….? 

      So then who is the real terrorists….? 

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    So terrorists also suffered massacres.

    What goes around comes around!!

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    please ask kp anna what happenned . I am sure he will be able to tell you what happenned .

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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      Abhaya

      “please ask kp anna what happenned . I am sure he will be able to tell you what happenned.”

      Please put me in touch with him as I have thousand and one questions to ask him, including

      total diaspora funding,

      total value of arms he purchased for his noble cause,

      why did he surrender

      what had happened to those shipping company

      how much of the gold Gota had siphoned off from VP’s fort Knox

      Another thousand more,

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        please send you picture post card to . with all the question

        KP anna
        Care of Ministry of Defense
        Snacholai orphange
        killinoichchi.

        and then wait patiently

        cheers

        Abhaya

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          Abhaya

          “and then wait patiently”

          Until the ministry of defence prepares a hot iron rod.

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        //how much of the gold Gota had siphoned off from VP’s fort Knox //

        Sarath Fonseka says 220 kg.

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          Rohan

          Thanks

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    Those days, when UN accused LTTE for Child soldiers what did you do ?

    You were waiting for eelam.

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    DBS Jeyaraj is an [Edited out]
    On his website his own articles bash only the tamil community in Sri Lanka
    And allows others to post articles criticising the SL govt
    But notice how he never allows anything too exposing about Indias involvement in ruining Sri Lanka
    You also cannot trust everything he says about the tamil community in Sri Lanka entirely.
    Sure he has exposed some hidden info on the LTTE
    But
    Anything that portrays the tamil survivors as ‘terrorists’ and ‘trouble makers’ will quickly be snatched up and published on his website

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    did this woman send any of her children, brothers or sisters to LTTE training ?

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      ofcourse not . Why would she , she is not from a lower caste to have to provide cannon fodder .

      Cheers

      Abhaya

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    I thought Ms Pillai accept incident reports only from 2007 up to Nanthikadal.

    But any reports beyond 2009 will also be entertained if the Vellals of the TNA or Dalits in Mannar Diocese have been attacked by the Sinhala Buddhists.

    Also the reports on violated Human Rights of ex CJ and Upul Jayasooriya.

    Ex CJ and Upul got the Dough to fly to Geneva even if needed

    Not sure whether Gnanissara’s wicked attacks on our poor Muslim brethren will be investigated by the American and British members on Ms Pillai’s Panel.

    Although this alleged dastardly act in 2006 of killing 61? innocent school girls is technically out of Ms Pillai’s mandate, it needs to be given special attention as a supplementary probe.

    Ms Skandaraja herself should make sure that it is probed and probed thoroughly.

    And the Senator can forward a copy of Mr Anandasagaree’s incident report which one commentator has been kind enough to publish here.

    By the way how did Ms Pillai miss this ?

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