LTTE regrouping in the West and India
Posted on September 4th, 2011

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Hopefully, the expected return of Robert O, Blake Jr, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, to Sri Lanka should augur well this time because he is armed with the critical information in the Country Report on Terrorism, 2010, published by his own State Department. There are three critical facts relevant to Sri Lanka in the report: 1. the LTTE is regrouping in India and 2) LTTE’s international network of collecting funds is still functioning in Western bases and 3) the funds are for procurement of arms. These facts contained in the annual survey of global terrorism for 2010 have serious consequences for Sri Lanka’s peace and stability. (See pages 231 “”…” 232).

In guarded phraseology, the Country Report on Terrorism also states that the LTTE agents attempted to derail a train in Tamil Nadu in June. In Germany, according to the Report, six Tamils living in Germany were arrested for blackmailing and extortion of funds for the LTTE. This is only the tip of the iceberg. The latest report also states that two LTTErs, who were part of a credit card fraud ring, were caught in Bangalore. The head of this global operation is in Malaysia. (Daily Mirror “”…” August 31, 2011). Clearly, the LTTE global network is carrying on business as usual under the very noses of the big powers that threaten to take action against Sri Lanka for ending terrorism and restoring normalcy “”…” a feat they have yet to achieve.

Blake also must be aware that India has extended the ban on the LTTE on the basis that the LTTE was regrouping and posing a threat to VVIPs. The Additional Solicitor General Amarjit Singh Chandhioke asserted that the government has adequate material to ban the outfit and cited several pro-LTTE articles and speeches delivered by its supporters in recent times. He told the one-man tribunal of Justice Vikamjit Sen: “The LTTE remnant is regrouping in India and posing as a threat to the VVIPs…” (PTI — Nov 1, 2010, 09.02pm IST)

The facts revealed by India and America hang over Sri Lanka like a Damocles sword. These are, of course, serious developments that challenge not only Sri Lanka but also America, the nation leading the battle against global terrorism, and India, the “strategic partner” of America in the East. Both countries have been plagued by terrorism and both monitor terrorism around the globe because there is all the likelihood of one man’s “freedom fighter” also becoming the other man’s 9/11 in USA, or 7/7 in UK. The question that arises from these reports is simple: now that the two big powers are fully aware of LTTE regrouping in their backyards what action will they take to either neutralize or eliminate the “LTTE remnants”?

If Blake and the State Department are concerned about combating terrorism this regrouping of “LTTE remnants” must be weighing heavily in their minds. So is he stopping over in Sri Lanka to lecture on what it ought to do to please America and India? Or is he transiting to explore ways and means of helping Sri Lanka for doing exactly what America and India would have done if they were faced with the identical situation? These two “strategic partners” cannot risk turning a blind eye to “LTTE remnants” raising their terrorist head in their neck of the woods. If they do they will be giving Sri Lanka an additional reason to reject them as unreliable partners/guarantors of national and/or regional peace and stability, and look towards other nations further afield for protection “”…” a trend that would inevitably undermine the geopolitical interests of both powers.

Both India and America will be fully aware that the operations of the Tamil diaspora detailed in their reports have the potential to spread terrorist cancer through their global network until it eats surreptitiously into their own system. (Example: Rajiv Gandhi). The “LTTE remnants” operate overtly and covertly in Western and Indian bases because they provide safe havens to collect money, arms and whip up fabricated human rights issues to terrorize Sri Lanka once again. The Sri Lankans have a right to demand that the Right to Protect (R2P) civilians should begin with these big powers acting decisively to nip Tamil Tiger terrorism in the bud.

Their moral and global duty is to prevent terrorism taking root in their home bases. If they continue to provide safe havens in their backyards to export terrorism then they cannot point an accusing finger later at the states targeted by terrorists exploiting their resources, their platforms their lapses in law and in policing terrorist bases. Under UN Security Council Resolution 1373 they are legally responsible for taking action to prevent such activities. International laws against terrorism are instituted because states targeted by foreign-based terrorist alone cannot combat terrorism. All states plagued with global terrorism depend on the other members of the international community to monitor, prevent and crack down on all terrorist operations that, in one way or other, threaten global peace and stability. The Country Report on Terrorism has highlighted the regrouping of the LTTE in foreign bases. How much longer will they wait, blaming Sri Lanka, before they honouor their responsibilities?

The regrouping of the “LTTE remnants” abroad takes a serious turn when it is linked to the latest statement of R. Sampanthan, the parliamentary leader of TNA, who “welcomed wholeheartedly for the first time the political role played by the Tamil diaspora and its commitment to the Tamil struggle.” (Tamil Net “”…” August 22, 2011). Sampanthan also threatened “for the first time that TNA was pondering on “alternative ways”” to talks (ibid). This sounds as if the Jaffna Tamil leadership is once again preparing to take the Jaffna Tamils back to the old politics of the Vadukoddai Resolution which ended in Nandikadal. The Tamil Net report also states that the TNA is also in the process of forming committees with members drawn from the Tamil diaspora.

The import of this clear: “LTTE remnants” in the diaspora are linking hands with TNA to use foreign bases to destabilize Sri Lanka. These provocative statement indicate that the TNA, which was the obedient political arm of the LTTE, has not learnt its lessons from history and is willing to go down the brutal path of the LTTE, irrespective of the human costs to the Tamil people. So will America and India allow “LTTE remnants” to use their backyards as frontlines to terrorize Sri Lanka once again? Or are both (America and India) coming to Sri Lanka to use the threat posed by the Tamil expatriates as a bargaining chip to force Sri Lanka to concede more than what India gave in the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement?

India, no doubt, is under domestic pressure to extract more from Sri Lanka to appease only one community “”…” the Jaffna Tamils “”…” while maintaining that there is a vital necessity to work out a formula that should address the aspirations of all communities. There is an obvious contradiction in this position: India is trying to have the cake an eat it. Either the solution must apply to fulfill the aspirations of all communities or it must be directed at appeasing only the negative, whingeing and counter-productive politics of Jaffna. Of course, India’s task of balancing its act of catering to its domestic and Sri Lankan constituencies is not easy. But why should Sri Lanka pay for India’s inability to cope with LTTE problems which were created by India in the first place?

In any case, Sri Lanka has come a long way to appease the insatiable demands of the Tamil Oliver Twists. But it can go only thus far and no further. Giving into the never ending demands means either becoming a colony of India, or giving the victory to the Tamil Tigers who lost it in Nandikadal. What is more, each time the Jaffna Tamils decide to play Oliver Twist India can’t be jumping up and ask how much more do you want. This can’t go on forever. Both Sri Lanka and India must now agree that enough is enough. Besides, there is no guarantee that granting more is going to bring an end to the demands of Tamil Oliver Twists,

The failed Indian adventure which imposed the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement, backed by the IPKF, is the most convincing historical example to make the foreign interventionists realize that a formula dictated to appease only one community in a multi-ethnic nation is not going to work or last long, especially in the post-Prabhakaran period where extremist demands will not contribute to communal harmony or durable peace. Despite this it seems as India and America are moving in tandem to strike at one single base from two different angles: both aim to force Sri Lanka to give into the extremist demands of the TNA.

The repeated electoral victories of President Mahinda Rajapaksa confirm that neither the government nor the vast majority of the nation are ready to appease one minority that will keep on pressuring and manipulating India, America etc., to gain Eelam or something near to that. This is not in the political agenda of the major Sri Lankan parties except TNA. It also seems that the international actors are also playing a game of their own making use of the LTTE threats to push Sri Lanka into a corner on human rights issues. This is not only farcical but also runs against their patent interests. In the emerging new world order the primary objective of both India and America is to prevent Sri Lanka from gravitating towards China. If so they are going about it the wrong way. Their threats, interventions and pressures will only force the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime to go into the arms of China.

India and America are playing a dangerous game which is going to backfire on them sooner or later. Tightening the screws on Sri Lanka has not brought the gains expected by India and the West. Besides, India’s heavy investments and geopolitical interests will not be served by pandering to the “LTTE remnants”. For instance, India’s fence-sitting on the current move to push for international inquiry into the last stages of the war will not be conducive for peace, progress, or national reconciliation “”…” a sine qua non for the construction of peaceful future. Vindictive politics will never bring reconciliation or justice. Besides, the Darusman report, on which the “LTTE remnants” demand justice, has been shredded to ribbons by objective analysts. It may serve the big powers to use the big stick with the backing of the big lie, like the way Colin Powell’s report to the Security Council served to invade Iraq “”…” an illegal and immoral act. But the Sri Lankans who will be asked to swallow and later pay for the big lie will never accept it.

In any case, the Sri Lankans still have the option to expand the terms of reference of the LLRC to include the war crimes committed by IPKF in Jaffna. True, there is no one left from Prabhakaran’s camp to be tried. But Gen. Ashok Mehta, the Commander of the IPKF forces, is among the living. He too is accountable for the crimes committed by the IPKF “”…” and they are a plenty and well-documented with witnesses to testify against the IPKF. Will India send its IPKF forces to face the LLRC? Will Gen. Mehta answer charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Colombo? It is said that Velupillai Prabhakaran decided to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi because of the atrocities committed by the IKF forces in Jaffna.

These are some of the issues that Blake should mull over before he steps into the Sri Lankan minefield. His defence, of course, will be that Sri Lanka should observe international standards. That’s a fair argument. But there is a huge lack of clarity on what the international standards are? There are the standards set in the text books and the standards set by the two big democracies in the world. For instance, would Blake accept as an international standard if the Mahanayake in Kandy offers President Rajapkasa a glorious peace prize and in accepting that the President delivers a resounding rhetorical speech at the Pattiripuwa and then flies home to Colombo only to send drones the next day to bomb the hell out of Jaffna in the name of combating terrorism? Or will India accept as an international standard if the Sri Lankan air force drops parippu on humanitarian grounds to the Maoists “”…” the biggest threat to India, according India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh?

Neither America nor India has the holier-than-thou right to lecture on principles of human rights or justice to other democracies fighting terrorism “”…” the deadliest scourge of our times. More than the criteria set in international humanitarian law their own experiences in combating terrorism should guide them in judging other democracies facing identical threats from fascist dictators dependent on terror for their survival. Besides, to act on a questionable report written by a panel of experts who had prejudged Sri Lanka even before they could receive evidence is not a credible or acceptable norm in serving justice or international humanitarian law.

With all its infirmities Sri Lanka has shown a remarkable capacity to resolve its own problems. It has even won an unwinnable war. Recorded history affirms that foreign interlopers had only worsened her problems. So who needs history to repeat its tragedies again and again?

18 Responses to “LTTE regrouping in the West and India”

  1. devamitta Says:

    be ware; a fox will loose its hair but not its tricks! India will support LTTE so the Tamils in TN will be apeaced, America needs India to take over their killing fields in afghanistan so they together with “a unnamed nation” can start war on Iran under the false flag of that countrie producing atomic misile (speech UK prime minister). Lanka will be a welcom distraction for the 2 of them. Keep the 2 out! Lanka should stay an independend nation!

  2. Samson Says:

    We should not end up like Pakistan – the worst place on earth today.

    USA, Russia and India with support from foolish religious extremists turned Pakistan into hell.

    Lanka should stay independent and keep out of these fights.

  3. andylingam Says:

    Ref: LTTE regrouping in the West and India
    please give a break, No more LTTE !

    TNA is elected party in NP & EP ,Be prepare to settle All our ethenic problme with NP chief minister next Year !
    (& Also with next EP CM – Poor Hon CM Pillian will retair after next election).

    Motherlanka for All of us !

  4. ranjith Says:

    Hello Andy,

    The government is proposing now to eliminate provincial governments.

    Forget about Chief Ministers.

    Douglas is fairly enough for North.

  5. andylingam Says:

    Hi ranjith
    You mean Dauglas Devvananda ! You are right !, Last Week 8 bodies found in Deft ( Nedundivu) island ( Douglas Head office ).

  6. andylingam Says:

    Ranjith
    one more think …. do not forget Hon Minister Douglas was former EPRL’s Jaffana commandar !
    Why this Japana man pretent to be so innecent Now !!!!

  7. ranjith Says:

    Hello Andy,

    That’s why SLG is hesitant to give Police power to North. SLG doesn’t want to see lawlessness and more deaths to happen in North.

    SLG has already pardoned the Minister along with Karuna, Pillaiyan, KP, etc.

  8. thurai Says:

    Western countries are struggling to keep their monetary system and exploiting the eastern countries.
    Tamil community is divided into many groups like a broken glass. They are not united themself.
    How can we expect unity with others from a community which kill each other for their own benefit.
    LTTE is not a Liberation moment. They are terrorist .By Brain washing they are cheating their own community
    for their luxury life. LTTE need a land like mexico Drug dealers who controll some area in Mexico.
    Western conutries need a eliment which is usefull to disturbing stability of Sri Lanka. Some Sri Lankan Tamils
    who enjoy the asylum rights by condeming Sri lanka are ready to assist.

  9. Samson Says:

    Andy

    If TNA has a CM he will not have any power. Don’t worry. He will be under the govenor – Major General. Same with the eastern province.

    Don’t have hope on TNA. You will regret it.

  10. Samson Says:

    We should not end up like Pakistan – the worst place on earth today.

  11. Samson Says:

    Somalia is another example like Pakistan. Same people, same fate.

  12. ranjit Says:

    Mahinda the way you think is correct but we as sovereign nation after winning the most ruthless war must show the world that david too can do some wonders. TNA or anyDiaspora cannot touch our beloved land as long as we stay united but unfortunately the bloody UNP and Those red murderers in JVP is selling our country to the white man for few green bucks by giving false information and painting a blcak picture in front of them. Those suckers should be ashmed to be called Sri Lankans.

    All we want is to live in peace and in harmony nothing else after a long battle with bombs and suicide bombs but our greedy,power hungry SOB’s dont allow innocent people of our country to live peacefully. We will never be a Pakistan or Somalia.Our land is a gem of a land and is Governed by a gem of a person. Follow him man for god’s sake and be a part of our Motherland to rebuild it to become wonder of the world. WE CAN DO IT BE UNITED AS A SRI LANKAN WHO LOVES YOUR MOTHERLAND.

  13. andylingam Says:

    Ref: Don’t have hope on TNA. You will regret it.
    Samson, Like Thurai said TNA & LTTE were not for Tamil peple they only want to safegurd their own benefit,

    but unfortuntly since 1948 we did not have any Sinhala Bhuddist leader who can united our motherlanka !

    Before they come to power they act like Holy leaders ( laterst CBK got fully Tamil votes what she done nothink spailed RW govt, than MR come with idea , I will give you 13 plus – now he is looking for anotheR APC …)

    Oh mother lanka Please give us a genivie Sinhala Bhuddist leder who can united us !

  14. ranjith Says:

    Hello Andy,

    Before 1977, there were honest gentlemen and a lady who ruled the country marvellously.

    Now, you can’t expect like those leaders.

    It is so pathetic.

  15. andylingam Says:

    ranjith
    I agreed,
    Those days every Bhuddist Sinhala leders visited in jaffna had red carpet wellcome !
    Every Tamil leders had well respect ( as a educted person ) from All sinhala leders !

    Now ! What a sad ………. blood all over the place ….. Dead bodies almost every every where ……

  16. Lorenzo Says:

    Looks like Nanthikadal LOSERS are still howling!

  17. andylingam Says:

    Lorenzo
    You mean Nanthikadal WINNERS !

  18. Leela Says:

    The US carry on with nothing but double standards. Not many know that PATRIOT Act of the US grants sweeping powers to the US law enforcement and intelligence gathering authorities to do almost anything they like not just in the US but all over the world.

    So, the Patriot Act is much more draconian than both Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism laws in Sri Lanka put together. In fact it offers a broad definition of terrorism which could subject even non-terrorist political groups to surveillance, wiretapping, harassment, and criminal action.

    This is what the Associated Press, said what it could be used in a nutshell:
    •To assist terror investigation, the government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity.
    •To close public hearings on immigration, and secretly detain hundreds of people without charges and encourage bureaucrats to resist public-records requests and remove “Sensitive” information from government Web sites.
    •To prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.
    •To monitor conversations between attorneys and clients in federal prisons and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.
    •To search and seize Americans’ papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.
    •To jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.
    •To be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.
    •To hold “Enemy combatants” incommunicado and refuse attorneys for them.

    Now, this Patriot Act of the US was passed on October 26, 2001 in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. After killing both Al Qaeda leader and his deputy, President Obama retains draconian Patriot Act after eleven years. Not just that Obama who promised to close Guantanamo Bay prison while campaigning for the Presidency and repeated it on the day he swore as the President chose to keep it running to date.

    From the terror strikes launched on Sri Lankan pilgrims and a famous Buddhist temple in Chennai it is evident that rump LTTE is very active in Tamil Nadu, India. The fact that Tamil Nadu assembly unanimously passed a resolution against the scheduled execution of the Rajiv Gandhi killers is a proof for its unstinted support for the LTTE’s cause. Worst, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has vowed to carry forward Prabhakaran’s separatist campaign and establish Eelam.

    Contrary to continuation of draconian acts by his peers in Washington, Robert O, Blake Jr is coming to Sri Lanka to preach us on how to let rump LTTE and their proxies TNA flex its muscles in the name of good governance and democracy. Let him talk as much rubbish as he like but should we listen to his gibberish is the question.
    Leela

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