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The Boundaries of Tamil Eelam
Speaking in Zurich, on Maha Veerar Naal, in November 1990, the late Sathasivam Krishnakumar, (Kittu) a founding member of the LTTE said:
Kittu's answer evoked spontaneous and sustained applause from the hundreds of young Tamils who had crowded into that hall in Zurich that evening.
It was Kittu, the intellectual, abstracting from his own experience - and touching the hearts and minds of his listeners with the authenticity of his abstraction. Kittu had made his point in his own inimitable fashion: no government subjects territory which has its own people to aerial bombardment and indiscriminate artillery attack.
During the JVP insurrection which resulted in the death or disappearance of 60,000 Sinhala youth at the hands of the Sri Lankan government's para military forces, Sri Lanka did not bomb the Sinhala areas - it did not bomb its own people.
Today, the indiscriminate bombing of civilian population centres in the Tamil homeland continues unabated. The British Refugee Council publication, Sri Lanka Monitor, in a recent hard hitting comment on Sri Lanka's sustained aerial bombardment of Tamil civilians in Jaffna said:
That the Sri Lankan airforce lacks the technology and advanced intelligence to pinpoint legitimate targets has ofcourse been known for sometime now.
That this was coupled with a callous disregard for civilian casualties was shown up in a recording in July 1990 of a conversation between two pilots of Sri Lankan airforce: 'Just one more bomb left, what shall I do? asked one pilot from a bomber. 'Drop it anywhere, machan' was the immediate response from the pilot of the reconnaisance helicopter.
Sri Lanka is engaged in a war of attrition. Sri Lanka believes that continued indiscriminate bombing will weaken the will of the Tamil people to resist. But that would be an error. The suffering that the Tamil people have undergone and continue to undergo today, has served only to harden their determination to resist the would be alien invader of their homeland.
Suffering is a great teacher. That, after all, was the lesson that Gautama, the Buddha taught.