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Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

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30 May 2006 Tamil National Forum to include
 

 

30 May 2006 Reflections
 

“Ultimately we have to make a choice...There are victims, there are executioners, and there are bystanders... Unless we wrench free from being what we like to call ‘objective’, we are closer psychologically, whether we like to admit it or not, to the executioner than to the victim...” Howard Zinn quoted by David Edwards in 'The Difficult Art of Telling the Truth', 2001

 

29 May 2006 Tamil Diaspora - a Trans State Nation

1.
Tamils in Australia call for withdrawal of  Sinhala  Armed Forces from the Tamil Homeland -

and question the silence of  the International Community

 
"see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil "

...on the war crimes committed by Sinhala armed forces... a silence that is a lie and a silence that  condones and encourages rape of Tamil women, murder of Tamil Parliamentarians, extra judicial killing of  Tamil journalists, execution of  Tamil students, abduction of Tamil refugee workers, attacks on Tamil civilians and Tamil shops, bombing of Tamil civilian population centresmassacre of  Tamil children,and displacing thousands of Tamils from their homes.

2. Tamils in Finland march from Helsinki EU office to Foreign Ministry

3. Tamils in Switzerland demonstrate in Berne in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam

4. Tamils in Germany demonstrate in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam

5. Tamils in Italy demonstrate in support of  Struggle for Tamil Eelam

6. Tamils in France demonstrate in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam, 29 May 2006

7. Tamils in Netherlands demonstrate in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam

8. Tamils in Canada demonstrate in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam


in Toronto

in Ottawa

9. Tamils in South Africa demonstrate in support of  Struggle for Tamil Eelam

10.Tamils in Norway demonstrate in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam

11. Tamils in Sweden demonstrate in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam

12. Tamils in United Kingdom demonstrate in support of Struggle for Tamil Eelam

28 May 2006 Tamil National Forum to include Comment by Subramanian Srinivasan on Mathematics of Reservations in Tamil Nadu

28 May 2006 Comments & About Us to include

Shalini Kunahlan writes from Australia  "...I am a Tamil Sri Lankan who lives in Malaysia. My grandparents immigrated from Jaffna to Malaysia 80 years ago. I am currently studying in Australia and doing my honours in English literature. I am in the process of writing an essay using your website to demonstrate how the Tamil diaspora (focusing on the Australian example) use new media to subvert hegemonic discourses (represented by the 'info war' between the Sri Lankan army's official website and the LTTE's official website) of the civil war in Sri Lanka. I will be using your website to show how it has allowed the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora to affirm 'effectively' and 'subversively' their political and cultural identity." more together with response by tamilnation.org

27 May 2006  Reflections to include

"..the people's patience is not endless. The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices: submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means within our power in defence of our people, our future and our freedom. ...Refusal to resort to force has been interpreted by the government as an invitation to use armed force against the people without any fear of reprisals..." Nelson Mandela, December 1961

26 May 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

1. I.Sivagaandhan on the  Mathematics of Reservations in Tamil Nadu "...The logic of  Professor Arunachalam's  article recommending reservation proportional to % of population, fails as the number of open seats filled by so-called Backward Classes is susbstantial.... Reservation deserves to be abolished the same way that terms like Brahmin, Backward Classes, Thevar, Nadar etc deserve to be abolished. Reservation is nothing but a legal way to divide society. Reservation defies the cause of Tamil unity..." more

2. 1. R. Vijay Kumar - State Sponsored Terror and Genocide of Eelam Tamil People of the Island of Sri Lanka

25 May 2006  One Hundred Tamils of 20th/21st  Centuries - Who is a Tamil? to include Comment by Mariam Manuel Pillai from Tamil Eelam

24 May 2006 Reflections to include

".. Petitioning which we have so long followed, we reject as impossible - the dream of timid experience, the teaching of false friends who hope to keep us in perpetual subjection, foolish to reason, false to experience.... It is a vain dream to suppose that what other nations have won by struggle and battle, by suffering and tears of blood, we shall be allowed to accomplish easily, without terrible sacrifices, merely by spending the ink of the journalist and petition framer and the breath of the orator. Petitioning will not bring us one yard nearer freedom .. without organised resistance we could not take more than a few faltering steps towards self emancipation. But resistance may be of many kinds .. the circumstances of the country and the nature of the despotism from which it seeks to escape must determine what form of resistance is best justified and most likely to be effective. " Sri Aurobindo, 1907

24 May 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

1. Fr.Chandi Sinnathurai - Brian SEN

2. Sachi Sri Kantha from Japan on Perversity of Pyromaniacs Part 2: Amirthalingam’s Speech on the Torching of Jaffna in May-June 1981 [also revisited: Nadesan Satyendra on Appapillai Amirthalingam, July 1999 "...It may, perhaps, be said for Amirthalingam, that his lasting political contribution was to clarify for many Tamils (who may have thought otherwise) that 'effective leadership of an armed....struggle requires a new style of leadership' and that guerrilla warfare cannot be directed from outside but only from within, by a leadership which accepts 'its full share of the risks involved.' .."]

3. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia - சிறிலங்கா உண்மையிலேயே சட்டரீதியான இறைமையுள்ள நாடா?  உலகநாடுகளும் உண்மையாகவே சமாதானத்தை விரும்புகின்றனவா?

4. Brian Senewiratne from Australia - Selected Writings "There has been an unprecedented reaction by the Singhalese community by way of offensive e-mails and telephone calls. The verbal abuse is serious and disruptive. They have taken the form of telephone calls, both to my home phone and my mobile every half an hour throughout the night, ever since I published the Trinco bombing. The calls are disruptive not only of my sleep but, what is more serious, of my medical practice. I’m on call to several hospitals and it is impossible, and quite irresponsible in the interest of patient care, to knock off both my mobile and home phone. ...Although it does not bother us too much, it may be one reason why so few Singhalese (and others) have been reluctant to come forward and say what has to be said..." more

5. Usha Sriskandarajah from Canada - An Ode to Brian Senewiratne

23 May 2006  Tamil Diaspora: a Trans State Nation - European Union - Expatriate Tamils from Across Europe to rally before Bern Parliament, Switzerland

23 May 2006 Reflections to include

"...We are fully aware that the world is not rotating on the axis of human justice. Every country in this world advances its own interests. Economic and trade interests determine the order of the present world, not the moral law of justice nor the rights of people. International relations and diplomacy between countries are determined by such interests. Therefore we cannot expect an immediate recognition of the moral legitimacy of our cause by the international community...In reality, the success of our struggle depends on us, not on the world. Our success depends on our own efforts, on our own strength, on our own determination." Velupillai Pirabakaran, Mahaveerar Naal Speech, 27 November 1993

23 May 2006 Caste & the Tamil Nation - Brahmins, Non Brahmins & Dalits to include 

Professor Ravishankar Arunachalam on the  Mathematics of Reservations in Tamil Nadu  "Of course, forward castes aren't happy with the situation, in spite of having a larger representation than their proportion in the population. The problem is that the total number of seats available is so low that most people are left out. But this is true of every single category, and not just FCs. Many of us, belonging to the forward castes, have a lot of friends who are "left out", and feel outraged that its due to reservations ( though many FC candidates score lower than even the reserved-category cut-off marks, and still blame reservations!). But the question to ask is: What about the lakhs of people from the MBCs and BCs who get left out ? There are thousands of farmers' daughters and weavers' sons who either are unable to get to high school, or even if they do, do not get adequate support from home and are unable to afford coaching classes. We seldom know them and do not encounter them in our day-to-day lives. Yet they are real students, who are not only unable to get into these seats, but do not even get the opportunity to compete on an even footing. Are we pre-supposing that these students are all devoid of merit? According to the math above, for every Forward Class friend of ours, there are atleast 5 Backward Class/Most Backward Class students who were denied the opportunity to get a seat. Who speaks for them ?.." more

22 May 2006 Conflict Resolution: Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka to include

1. TNA calls for an even-handed approach  "...The primary cause of the current violence has been due to the refusal of the Sri Lankan State to implement key provisions of the CFA that obligates the State to disarm and dismantle Paramilitary armed groups in the Northeast of Sri Lanka. On the contrary the Sri Lankan State has been supporting and working with new Paramilitary armed groups in the Northeast of Sri Lanka that have been involved in targeted killings of LTTE members, prominent TNA political leaders including elected parliamentarians, leaders of Tamil Civil Society, Tamil humanitarian workers, and prominent Tamil journalists..."

2. Sri Lanka government can still avert new war - Anton Balasingham

21 May 2006 Sri Lanka's War on Eelam Tamils - in the Shadow of a Ceasefire to include  

International League for the Rights & Liberation of Peoples writes to  Ms. Louise ARBOUR, High Commissioner of Human Rights, Geneva "...we are under no illusion that the international institutions have largely remained a forum for governments for whom political considerations typically count more than those of justice and morality. We, therefore, appeal to you to lend your voice to the suffering people in the North and East of Sri Lanka, Tamils and Muslims alike, who have no voice. The then government of Sri Lanka could prevent Mr. Kofi Annan from visiting the tsunami affected areas in the Northeast of the country back in January 2005; there is no govenment today that can hinder you, High Commissioner, to express your concern about the killings, the involuntary disappearances, the bombardment of civilians.  .."

20 May 2006 Tamil National Forum - Sanmugam Sabesan  - இலக்கு மிகத்தெளிவாக இருக்கின்றது  to include English Translation

20 May 2006 Tamil Heritage to include

1. G.Amirthalingam  on Tamil Rulers of the Kandyan Kingdom -
2.  Ponnampalam Ragupathy on Writing Tamil History:Post National Perspectives

19 May 2006 Reflections to include

"..I want to say to you, friends, that the Jewish community in Palestine is going to fight to the very end. If we have arms to fight with, we will fight with those, and if not, we will fight with stones in our hands... During the last few years the Jewish people lost 6,000,000 Jews, and it would be audacity on our part to worry the Jewish people throughout the world because a few hundred thousand more Jews were in danger. That is not the issue. The issue is that if these 700,000 Jews in Palestine can remain alive, then the Jewish people as such is alive and Jewish independence is assured.  If these 700,000 people are killed off, then for many centuries, we are through with this dream of a Jewish people and a Jewish homeland..." Golda Meir - The Speech that Made possible A Jewish State, 1948

19 May 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

1. Arugan from Italy - குற்றச்சாட்டும் பாராட்டும் “என் எண்ணங்களுக்குப் பசியெடுக்கிறது – அவை என் எழுத்துக்களையே உணவாய்க்கேட்கிறது

2. Tamil blamelessness? - Editorial, Oru Paper, London  "...Today it is clear beyond all reasonable doubt that the Tamils in Sri Lanka are facing another major war. Already a well planned low intensity war is slowly leeching our people of their futures. Daily people are being injured, intimidated and killed by Sri Lankan institutions, while the moral and ethical guardians of the world, India and the US-European-Japan Bloc are trying to politically stabilise and militarily strengthen the Sri Lankan state in order to promote and consolidate their respective strategic and economic interests. Again and again we see the carrots of political recognition and economic assistance being dangled and verbal and diplomatic threats splayed before the Tamils..." more

19 May 2006 International Frame & the Tamil Struggle

K. Sooriyakumaran on Labels and Pliability "...30 years after the formation of the LTTE and with multiple international terrorist labels, it had become a mass based political-military organisation, with an extensive over ground and under ground network all over the world, and is celebrated and supported as the vanguard of secular Tamil Nationalism by majority of Tamils in and outside Sri Lanka. At the same time we find the Sri Lankan nation state almost economically bankrupt, its armed forces trapped in a military quicksand of Jaffna peninsula, its institutions racist and impotent, its media in collective amnesia and hysteria, its elites in denial and the Sinhalese stake holders in tribal exuberance. ‘It is the 25th failed state in the world, even worse than Ethiopia’ says an American institution. But with the Canadians and possibly, Europeans following suite with the Indians, British and Americans, by labelling the Tigers as terrorists what does the future hold? And the question of why can be heard muttered by many Tamil mouths all over the world. Could it be as one great Tamil said 3 years ago.. ‘The sole, ulterior purpose of the US-European-Japan Bloc in trying to influence and manage the LTTE, is to stabilise the Sri Lankan state (25th failed state in the world) in a manner that would make the Tamil Nation sufficiently pliable to accommodate their respective strategic and economic interests’ (Sivaram, May 2003). more

18 May 2006 Sri Lanka's War on Eelam Tamils...in the Shadow of a Ceasefire to include

International Educational Development  and Association of Humanitarian Lawyers write to Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions and to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights "...During the long years of this armed conflict, we have been distressed that the international community has not kept its focus on application of humanitarian law, and has allowed States with their own geopolitical interests at stake in the situation to reframe the discussion about it. This has been to the great detriment to both unbiased and equal attention to both sides of the conflict, but has also led to a kind of international “demonization” of the Tamil people and the LTTE.  From this perspective, military operations that are legal for combatant forces in an armed conflict carried out by the LTTE are widely discussed as “terrorist,” while aerial bombings of schools, hospitals, churches (many of them sheltering persons displaced by the armed conflict) by the Sri Lankan armed forces receive little or no condemnation, although these acts are identified in humanitarian law as violations, if not grave breaches.... these grave breaches -- war crimes in international law -- receive almost no condemnation for what they actually represent..." more

18 May 2006 Tamil National Forum

1. Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan  - Perversity of Pyromaniacs; part 1 – Revisiting the June 1981 Torching of Jaffna

2. Father Chandi Sinnathurai writes from Tontaimanarru about Looking on the Bright Side

They wanted to “talk peace”
So they gave us the soother (or dummy)
And we were told to look on the bright side
For the peace dove to descend on our roof tops! more

17 May 2006 Sri Lanka's Continuing Massacre of Tamils: 48 years after Emergency'58,  & 22 years after Genocide'83,

1. Extrajudicial killing of Tamil civilians by  Sri Lankan Armed Forces (SLAFs) - Report by LTTE Political Wing

2.Sri Lanka Navy murders 13 civilian Tamils (including a 4 month old baby and a 4-year-old child) in Mandaithivu, Jaffna on 13 May 2006   "The (international) monitors - God bless them all - are investigating! Let us all hope that the SLMM comes out forcefully and fast with a statement!! ... What is happening now in parts of the North - East is unadulterated state terror. Why is it that the international community which is quick to condemn LTTE “terror” harshly is by contrast painfully slow and soft in condemning state “terror”? Is there any justification for killing sleeping infant and child? ... The Allaipiddy massacre and Velanai violence has sent shock waves down all decent people who came to know of it.. It was committed the day after Vesak. Mahinda Rajapakse has once again promised a full investigation. The world is keen to know the fate of his earlier full investigations like the murder of five Tamil youths in Trincomalee... It is customary to end articles of this type with the appeal that justice should be done and the culprits be punished. In the Sri Lanka of Mahinda and Gothabhaya Rajapakse that is not likely to happen..." D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Murdered: Ketheeswaran Yathursan (4 months), Ketheeswaran Thanushkanth (4), Palachamy Ketheeswaran (25), Ketheeswaran Anex Ester (23), Abraham Robinson (28), Sellathurai Amalathas (28), Kanesh Navaratnam (50) , Joseph Anthonymuttu ,(64) Sinnathurai Sivanesan(46), Murugesu Shanmugalingam (72), S Kantharoopan (29), Shanmugalingam Parameswari (65), Ratnam Senthuran (38)


ஓ....எங்கள் குரல் கேட்கிறதா ?
REST IN PEACE
Rev. Father Chandi Sinnathurai

Look what the peace talkers have done!
Much could be understood
From that which is not said..
We shall take control of our very own destiny
We shall rule our land and the sea...
Upon our dead we promise… more

16 May 2006 Conflict Resolution: Norwegian Peace Initiative - Tamil Eelam - Sri Lanka to include

Silent Complicity: International Silence is Encouraging Killings says Tamil Guardian "...Some Tamils suspect the international community is allowing Colombo a space to terrorise the rebellious minority into pressuring the Tigers to be more accommodative. Such logic ignores the history of the conflict. Indeed, Tamil media report a sudden flood of recruits to the Tigers, rather than a flurry of petitions..." more

16 May 2006  Pattern of Massacres by Sri Lanka Armed Forces - the Record Speaks...

16 May 2006 Tamil Armed Resistance & the Law to include

Role of Non-State Actors in Building Human Security - Case of Armed Groups in Intra-State Wars - Claude Bruderlein  "...the term "non-state actors" amalgamates a large number of very different actors with distinct roles in societies in conflict. Non-state actors include armed groups, NGOs, corporations, educational institutions, private donors, religious organizations, the scientific community, private individuals, the media and, increasingly, the internet community. Their few shared characteristics result from their distinct "unofficial" nature as compared to state actors, their greater flexibility and often unaccountability under national and international laws. There is an acute need to distinguish better the various types of non-state actors...This paper focuses on the armed groups as non-state actors engaged in violent action..." more
 

16 May 2006 Comments to include Leslie Kanthan, Warwick, United Kingdom, on Brian Senewiratne

16 May 2006 Tamil National Forum to include

1. Sanmugam Sabesan writes from Australia - இலக்கு மிகத்தெளிவாக இருக்கின்றது 

2. A Tamil University Student, United Kingdom  "Even now writing this e-mail, I struggle to write coherently as I am overwhelmed with great sadness. I have too many questions, although many of those had been addressed by your very great articles, I still find myself asking those very same questions time after time. So to sum it up in a few lines..." more

14 May 2006 Sri Lanka's War Crimes

 Brian Senewiratne on the Situation in Muthur "..The Sinhala Government is too stupid to realise that Eelam is not a creation of the Tamils or even of the LTTE. It is a creation of Sinhala ethno-religious chauvinism and State brutality. The division of the country is not going to come because the Tamils wanted it, but because it was forced on them by the abysmal stupidity of a succession of Sinhala Governments since Independence, especially since 1956. It is too late now to turn the clock back. Indeed, the events now unfolding in Trincomalee are turning the clock forward at a spectacular rate..." more

12 May 2006 Reflections

"Some quarrellers do not realise that in this world
We must all at some time cease to live
But there are others who do realise,
And they will settle their quarrels." (from the Dhammapada, quoted by a Sinhala teacher in a tribute to Somasunderam Nadesan on his 10th death Anniversary in 1996)

12 May 2006 Armed Struggle for Tamil Eelam: Reports of Armed Conflict to include Indian help secures safety of Sri Lanka's ‘Pearl Cruiser’

10 May 2006 Sri Lanka's Continuing War in the Shadow of A Ceasefire to include

1. International Federation of Tamils writes to UN Special Rapporteur, Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions

2. Tamil civilians murdered, by and under the supervision of, Sri Lankan Armed Forces (SLAFs) - Since Geneva talks on 24 February until 8 May 2006 - Report by LTTE Political Wing  "...Another very important aspect of these civilian murders that is missed by most international observers is the fact that a total 12 Tamil civilians were killed on February 27, March 5, 6, 9, 20, 22, 24, 25, and 28. Then on April 7 Tamil activist, Vigneswaran, was killed. The first attack on SLA posts after the Geneva talks took place on April 8th. Readers can now draw their own conclusion about who is responsible for the deteriorating situation following the Geneva talks..." more

3. Eight ‘missing’ Tamils from Manthuvil feared killed by Army - D.B.S. Jeyaraj

9 May 2006 Tamil National Forum  to include

1. Chandiravarman Sinnathurai from Tamil Eelam  Any Questions?  "...I came back after the retreat thinking whether there has there been a proper preparation for these so-called peace talks between Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam.  Don't you think it is wrong that only when the heat is up, only when each  is at the other's throat we run to talk, to negotiate - without any preparation; without any thought - perhaps only duplicitous thoughts...accusations; counter accusations; press releases opposing media speeches; tit for tat? Everything ends in violence - violating fundamental human dignity and right. When either side refuses to listen and hear then what is left is a dialogue of the deaf. I hold a dim view of such talks. It persistently misses the fundamental point, the sole reason for coming together..." more

2. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia ஊடகவியலாளர்களின் உயிர்களை உறிஞ்சுகின்ற சிறிலங்காவின் பயங்கரவாதம்  "...தமிழ் ஊடகங்கள் மீதும் தமிழ் ஊடகவியாளர்கள் மீதும் சிறிலங்கா அரசுகள் தொடர்ச்சியான வன்முறைகளை மேற்கொண்டு வருவது குறிப்பிடத் தக்கதாகும். நிர்மலராஜன், சுகிர்தராஜன், நடேசன், சிவராம் போன்ற தமிழ் ஊடகவியலாளர்கள் கோரமாகக் கொலை செய்யப்பட்டது மட்டுமன்றி எண்ணிலடங்காத் தமிழ் ஊடகவியலாளர்கள் சிங்கள அரசுகளாலும் தமிழ் ஒட்டுக் குழுக்களாலும் தொடர்ந்தும் அச்சுறுத்தப்பட்டே வருகின்றார்கள்..." more

3. Chandiravarman Sinnathurai from Tamil Eelam - The Life of Job "Job wanted God to reveal the meaning of his life. What is the purpose? Where do I fit into God’s divine plan? As the conversation with God progressed Job grew in maturity. Job paid a heavy price for this deepening experience. He experienced dark mental torture. His friends proved to be flimsy, superficial, and shallow. However, in the end, Job’s life was enriched. He recovered everything he lost. Perhaps much more than he thought he had lost." more

8 May 2006 Revisited Indictment Against Sri Lanka - Ethnic Cleansing of Eelam Tamils 

Torture: Sri Lanka".. Ethnic cleansing is about assimilating a people. It is about destroying the identity of a people, as a people. And it often occurs in stages. The preferred route of a conqueror is to achieve his objective without resort to violence - peacefully and stealthily. But when that fails, the would be conqueror turns to murderous violence and genocide to progress his assimilative agenda. In the island of Sri Lanka, the record shows that during the past fifty years and more, the intent and goal of all Sinhala governments (without exception) has been to secure the island as a Sinhala Buddhist Deepa. Rule by a permanent ethnic majority within the confines of a single state is the dark side of democracy... Today, (in 2006) the President Rajapakse government seeks to pursue the Sinhala assimilative agenda by reneging on the 2002 Oslo Declaration, by refusing to recognise the existence of the Tamil homeland, and by  perpetuating a Sri Lankan state structure within which the Tamil people may continue to be ruled by a permanent Sinhala majority. At the sametime the genocidal intent of the President Rajapakse government is reflected in the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces under the President's command..." more

8 May 2006 Spirituality & the Tamil Nation to include Whither Saivaism - 21st Century?- V.Siva Subramaniam

5 May 2006 Sachi Sri Kantha writes from Japan - On the 30th Birth Anniversary of LTTE

"The penultimate page of ‘terrorism expert’ and LTTE critic Rohan Gunaratna’s short book ‘War & Peace in Sri Lanka’ (1990) carried the following candid report of the wish of a Sinhalese politician, who made a political career as a Tamil-baiter.

“December 1987: President J.R.Jayewardene [JRJ] vows to destroy the LTTE in the North and the JVP in the South. At a public rally in Hambantota, President Jayewardene stated, ‘I am a military leader. I am like Hitler. There is no doubt that there is a war on. We cannot win a war without killing the enemy. If they destroy me – I do not know whether this is the correct word to use – avenge me.’ ”

While Jayewardene died 10 years ago, his vow of ‘destroying the LTTE’ had remained as a mere fantasy."... more

3 May 2006 Fourth World - Nations without a State to include

International Human Rights Organisation accuses Indian Intelligence Agencies and Renegade Militants for Sikh Massacre in Kashmir " The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO), after an on the spot investigation, indicted  renegade-militants for the Chithi Singhpora (Anantnag) massacre of 35 Sikhs on March 20 last. Area around the ill-fated Singhpora village is largely controlled by armed militant groups that had abandoned freedom movement and are recruited by the (Indian) army as an auxiliary counter-insurgency force. They are provided with settlements almost adjoining to the army camps... (the massacre was) aimed at breaking the Sikh-Muslim worldwide nexus to rundown the Kashmir movement for self-determination. Actually, Sikhs and Muslims are now coming closer not only in Kashmir but also worldwide. This ghastly act is aimed at dampening this process." more (comment by tamilnation.org: Many Eelam Tamils may find the actions of the Indian Intelligence Services all too familiar)

3 May 2006 Media & the Tamil Struggle - Censorship, Disinformation & Murder of Tamil Journalists  "Tuesday Night Raid by five armed paramilitaries attached to the Sri Lanka army ended in two journalists dead, three seriously injured and the entire office smashed and reduced to a heap of debris. Five paramilitary gunmen, 4 with T-56 rifles and the fifth with a pistol bulldozed into the Udhayan Tamil Newspaper office, at Kasthuriyar Road, Jaffna and sprayed bullets all around. For Thevasagayam Suresh, the marketing manager and S.Ranjith, 24, a technical staff, death by government paramilitary bullet was instantaneous, on the eve of the World Press Freedom Day..."

2 May 2006 Reflections

''I was once asked by an Englishman connected with the British Refugee Council: 'You say Tamil Eelam, but where are the boundaries of this Tamil Eelam that you talk about? Show me.'  I was taken aback by the directness of the question. I thought for a while, searching for an appropriate response. Then I replied: 'Take a map of the island. Take a paint brush and paint all the areas where Sri Lanka has bombed and launched artillery attacks during these past several years. When you have finished, the painted area that you see - that is Tamil Eelam.''" Sathasivam Krishnakumar, (Kittu), founding Member of LTTE, speaking in Zurich, on Maha Veerar Naal, in November 1990

2 May 2006 Tamil National Forum

1. Brian Senewiratne - Sri Lanka Bombs its Own People "This is not an Appeal, nor a Plea – humanitarian or otherwise. It is to apprise foreign Governments, the international media, religious leaders, NGOs, leaders of civic society and people outside Sri Lanka, of what is going on in that country. It is NOT a request for help or intervention. I am merely presenting the facts to the outside world and my sympathy to a devastated people in Trincomalee...I am not going to hurt these people again by appealing for help from an international community steeped in hypocrisy. The only ‘crime’ that these people have committed is to be born Tamil. They pay for a crime they did not commit in a world where no one cares. Presumably Tamil lives in Sri Lanka are not real lives, Tamil suffering not real suffering... I am attaching some photographs mailed from Trincomalee on 26 April 2006. If you find them shocking, I tender no apology. It is time the world was shocked by what is going on behind the closed doors of Sri Lanka. " more

2. Father Chandi Sinnathurai - What Questions Are Worth Asking? " Many Sinhala commentators, however, believe that even if the ‘bomber’ were to pose as a pregnant wife of an army official, the guards would have checked her carefully. In the process of a thorough security body check, a female guard would have easily discovered the plot. That was not to be. If the human bomb was a Tamil, suspicions would have doubly risen owing to her accent. Gone are the days of any Tamil army officials in the Sinhala army – no decent Tamil would ever want to join such a genocidal killing system. Was this “human bomb” then a Sinhala? Did the human bomb bribe the guards in order to sneak her in to the complex and to be close to the intended target? What does this story line tell about the security system in the heart of the Army HQ? How did the so-called human bomb glean intelligence, including of the precise timing of the Commander’s exit? " more

3. Sanmugam Sabesan from Australia on உரிமை இல்லாத சமாதானமா? அல்லது சமாதானம் இல்லாத உரிமையா? "...சர்வதேச நாடுகள் தங்களுக்கு உண்மை நிலையும், களநிலையும் தெரியாது என்பது போல் நடிப்பதை இனியாவது நிறுத்த வேண்டும். இல்லாவிட்டால் எதிர்காலத்தில் தமிழர் பிரச்சனைகளுக்கான தீர்வு முயற்சிகளில் சர்வதேச நாடுகள் பங்கேற்க முடியாமல் போவது மட்டுமல்ல பார்வையாளர்களாகவும் இருக்க முடியாத நிலைதான் ஏற்படும்..." more  [together with Translation in English]

1 May 2006 On the First Anniversary of Dharmaretnam Sivaram's murder Revisited - What is really wrong with the counter insurgency methods?

"..Sri Lanka is easily the only country in the world to fight its insurgency with the undivided support of the international community, the backing of all the important nations across the global political spectrum. It is the most advantageous external environment that any country may have ever had in fighting an insurgency. And yet something is obviously going wrong. There are three reasons that may be attributed to the apparent failure of western counter insurgency - CI - methods in Sri Lanka... Firstly, the LTTE has developed over the years a fairly sophisticated counter-counter insurgency system. Secondly, it has consistently focused its resources on building a conventional force and on preserving the minimum required territory to sustain such a force. And thirdly it never lets itself be inveigled or coerced into the political space that is so necessary for diluting and mystifying the basic cause fuelling the insurgency..." more

 

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