The Whys ? And Wherefores! About The LTTE Having
No Right Towards P-Toms Participation, Being Terrorists.
Has the proverbial Sword of Damocles finally descended upon the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam or about to do so as an aftermath of the terror
attacks in London on September the 7th 2005? Any suicide bombers participation
if discovered by forensics ever surfaces one could further cement the
assertion beyond redemption as a huge lobby to eliminate the LTTE would
then gain greater momentum than ever before being the founding fathers
of the suicide bomber concept as part of their infamour repertoire!
While the USA has opted out of the Funding program of the P-TOMS it could
be more than likely that the the British Government too are presently
considering their options towards following the same path as the USA,
The LTTE being a banned terror outfit in Britain also and should really
have no great interpolations to make towards such a decision.
In the meantime somewhat questionably there are sources within the International
Community still determined towards getting the Sri Lankan Government to
work hand in glove with the terrorists as equal partners towards the distribution
of Tsunami Aid which at the end of it all may end up being a fraction
of the original amount of colossal proportions especially if other donor
nations play follow my leader and a precedent created.The Government of
Sri Lanka would then be playing a somewhat dangerous game of tag with
the donors should a global message be broadcast through their own obstinate
actions of palavering to terrorists and curtains for the P-TOMS in its
present format if the unforeseen happens and the worst case scenario of
a full scale pullout is effected! Sweet music in the ears of all opponents
of the P-TOMS but not a favourable theme for the Tsunami Victims already
undergoing insurmountable and apathetic hardships more than half a year
after the disaster!
These international sources(Norway take a leading bow please!) lobbying
for Sri Lankan Governmental joint participation with the LTTE terrorists
ironiocally carry a massive banner for the cause of preventing international
terrorism in their own countries where little sympathy is shown to terrorists
or any one with affiliations to any form of terrorism but the call is
on within Sri Lanka for its Government to tango with the LTTE and of course
there are many dancers including her prevaricating President who seems
to like the tunes emanating from the LTTE camp or perhaps tone deaf to
the theme of protecting the Nation and securing it from dangerous terrorists
while doing the Baila with the tigers!!
While the USA's decision to rescind their financial support for the P-Toms
removes them from the liabilities of being a party to it, it may be fortuitous
at this moment in the aftermath of the London Bombings, for Sri Lanka
through a huge affirmation of the collective voices and petitions amounting
to a huge lobby of its citizens to persuade the British Government to
stand firm towards opposing LTTE participation in the P-TOMS on the single
and very rational grounds that they are unrelenting terrorists who have
no real claim towards any recognition as legitimate participants of any
activity within Sovereign Sri Lanka while choosing to remain terrorists!
They have neither the legal nor constitutional right to this privilege
which needs to be dinned into the mindset of any section of the International
Community repeatedly if necessary as there are no two different concepts,
double standards or idealogies of terrorism where one is entitled to be
recognized legitimately by virtue of their being dubiously ensconced in
a Sri Lankan environment ( thanks to the previous Administration which
de-proscribed them) and others proscribed elsewhere globally which is
somewhat of a joke which may have dire ramifications for the Nation as
this scenario continues to unfold!
The nagging concern which faces the purist in quest of legitimacy to
all of this is the mind boggling reality that a Sovereign Nation appears
to have agreed (never too late to re-consider and re-structure the P-TOMS
of course! ) to grant legitimacy to a bunch of ruthless terrorists who
have never shown an iota of remorse for their past horrendous crimes against
humanity and continue their arrogant stance towards baiting a somewhat
naive Sri Lankan President caught between the devil and the deep blue
sea, one which seems to be receding further into oblivion as her support
dwindles and she in all probabilities desperately ponders her own future
perhaps even above and beyond the importance of that of the Nation!
On the issue of the so called rebel held areas needing immediate restitution
it seems time opportune to demostrate to the International Community the
sheer illegitimacy of the LTTE who either need to be persuaded to give
up their terrorist image and accept the singlemost importance of Sri Lankan
Sovereignity in order that the suffering in these areas are tended to
by legitimate not terrorist controlled means or face the consequences
as they have no claims to their ownership or its premise towards administering
them wherein the problem lies.
The Government seems simply spineless to confront the issue by following
a straight path towards affirming Sri Lankan's overall sovereignity and
a lapse which should have been set right many moons ago! A certain Major
General who once instilled terror into the very terrorists and virtually
had them on the run must surely be heard going Tsk! Tsk somewhere in the
confines of his present diplomatic domicile!
The alternative choice therefore seems bending towards the will of the
LTTE who neverthelessin all irony seem not only depleted but also without
head honcho Velupillai Pirapaharan who seems to have all but dissapeared
into the blue yonder and his administrative (cacophonic!) duties seem
to have been taken over by a somewhat incoherent backup with a tendency
to babble! S.P.Thamilchelvam whose arrogance needs to be brought down
a peg or two if the all encompassing lady can swing this reality without
the use of a Cleveland Slugger!
Furthermore if the Western World is determined to hunt terrorists without
ceding to them as proclaimed in all their manifestos of recent repute,
they should assist Sri Lanka in her hour of need without a double standard
nor compromise towards the real issue of eliminating international terrorism!
It has also to be considered urgently that the more liberal minded Tamils
and Muslims in the North and East who do not voice opposition to the LTTE
for fear of reprisals yet vehemently unprepared to accept the LTTE as
their representative deserve considerations towards their own safety and
freedom. Cause enough for the revocation of the P-TOMS in its present
format especially at a time when the USA and UK cite legal problems toward
accepting the concept of funding proscribed terrorist groups.
Postscript to this editorial : A quote by a prominent writer to Lanka
Web "These Governments could intervene to disarm the LTTE under threat
and force them to follow a democratic path." who continues in all
wisdom to say "The Sovereignity of Sri Lanka as much as any other
Sovereign Nation is absolute! Perhaps a National Referendum to affirm
the will of the Nation should have been conducted yet sorely missed!"