Tamil Tigers want to regroup in Canada
Posted on November 4th, 2009

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario. Canada

November 4, 2009
 
Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
 
Sir:
 
“Immigration officials are alleging that trace amounts of explosives were found aboard a cargo ship that smuggled 76 Sri Lankans to Canada’s West Coast last month”, you said.
 
Yesterday night’s National reported that the Tamil Tigers are looking to regroup in Canada.  “I cannot think of any other country that is more important for the Tamil Tigers as Canada, to regroup and continue their campaign against Sri Lanka“,  said Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, a Singapore-based think tank.
 
What is astounding is the deafening silence of the Liberal parliamentarians who were hounding the Conservative Government to bring the 288,000 Tamils rescued by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers to Canada saying that that they were subjected to “genocide” and “rape”.   The fact is that in five months over 102,000 Tamils from the temporary welfare camps have already been resettled in their renovated and rebuilt homes, where the terrain has been de-mined and the infrastructure restored.  Hundreds of Tamil Tiger child soldiers have been rehabilitated and sent off to Colombo boarding schools to get on with their studies, all paid by the Sri Lanka Government.
 
I wonder whether the media will let the voice of opposite camp among the Sri Lankan-Canadian community (Sinhalese) be heard now,
having let the Tamil spin their yarns to garner sympathy for their separatist cause among the Canadians-at -large, during their April -May demonstrations in Ottawa.  The Canadians have the right to know the truth.
 
Asoka Weerasinghe

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