Sri Lanka : a living laboratory how and how not to fight terrorism.
Posted on June 1st, 2012

Ayesh Madhawa De Silva.

The governments all over the world have started to “ƒ”¹…”case-study’ Sri Lanka as a paradigm for defeating terrorism. Sri Lanka is seen as a unique example of how to dismantle a terrorist group militarily. That the present government succeeded while the others failed is evident. Within an year in power, and after two futile attempts at talks with the LTTE, the present government headed by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa was faced with the Mavil Oya (Mavil Aru) provocation that no self-respecting government could have accepted. Thus the government abandoned the earlier approaches on realizing that the military option was the only option available to it.The previous governments had been presented with equally humiliating situations.Thus, when the foreign minister Kadirgamar was assassinated, Mrs.Chandrika Bandaranayake’s administration did not have a courageous vision, a capacity to fight, or an ideological position enabling it to defend itself.

Furthermore, the present government headed by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa understood the vital importance of securing public support for recruitment to the army.

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa put an end to the dual policy of “ƒ”¹…”war punctuated by cease-fires’. His government generated strong public support by explaining its position. i.e., the government would fight to the end, ignoring the cease fire agreement signed in 2002 between the LTTE and the United Front Government led of Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe. The government orchestrated its victories to recruit the support of the people; success generated success day by day. The government show-cased and respected those killed, maimed and injured in the battle as war heroes.

The Sri Lankan government has essentially extinguished the formidable military power of the LTTE in the country. However, its political enemies inside and outside its shores are not vanquished. Sri Lanka needs to develop strategies to fight the domestic and foreign Elamist support base politically, economically and diplomatically. The foreign community itself has been inundated by propaganda focusing on alleged short-comings of the government, while obfuscating the true nature of the LTTE. Therefore, to shift the public opinion in the West, we need understand how the LTTE operatives succeeded in hoodwinking the international community and even the UN agencies.

Prabhakaran was Asia’s most recent master of terror. The CIA name the LTTE as the most ruthless terrorist group. They engaged in mass murder, ethnic cleansing, use of human shields, use of child soldiers and suicide bombings targeting civilians. In comparison to Al Qaeda, the Talibans, the Hezbollah, the Naxalites etc., the LTTE is the “ƒ”¹…”A’ team who assassinated the most number of political and civic leaders. If they had chemical, biological or nuclear weapons they would use them without any qualms. The LTTE had unleashed 30 years of terrorism and seemed invincible. However, in 3 years they collapsed under the unwavering vision and the mission of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa. Unlike under previous governments, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the secretary of Defence, coordinated the Sri Lankan armed forces, the navy, air force, police, the intelligence service and other kindred capabilities. The determination of the present government, the justness of its cause, and the gallantry of the fighters roused the people and the fighting forces.

The government built bridges to the Tamils. It criminalized the LTTE by highlighting its atrocities, extortion and the mass hostage-taking orchestrated by Prabhakaran. Sri Lanka has become a living laboratory of how to dismantle a terrorist group military, with minimum casualties compared to the futile efforts of many powerful countries trying to eliminate terrorism.

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa has three major challenges after defeating terrorism. He has to economically develop the country especially in the north east areas. Already a huge sum has been spent in de-mining, laying roads, settling people and initiating businesses. Indeed, it is to inject a new life to Sri Lanka. Secondly, he must make the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers think and act as Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka belongs to all its inhabitants. Thirdly, the lawlessness, weapons, and corruption that he has inherited after four decades of strife have to be controlled and good governance has to be instituted, even though this may take time.

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa is a visionary leader heading a team building a bright future for Sri Lanka. All Sri Lankans must join with him to build bridges among the different communities. We already see this in multi-ethnic Colombo which can be an example even for Killinochchi “”…” an ancient Buddhist site and bird sanctuary then known as Giranikke.

Ayesh Madhawa De Silva.

  • Student of  the Royal College Colombo 07.
  • The president of the students’ club of Alliance Francaise De Colombo , the French cultural center Sri Lanka. (2005-2010).

9 Responses to “Sri Lanka : a living laboratory how and how not to fight terrorism.”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    “He has to economically develop the country especially in the north east areas.”

    The WHOLE country must be developed not just 2 “special” provinces just because they suffered most. Otherwise it gives rise to fresh discrimination claims.

    “Sri Lanka belongs to all its inhabitants.”

    This is total BS.

    There are 2 groups of inhabitants according to HE.
    1. Those who love SL
    2. Those who don’t.

    SL ONLY belongs to #1s not to #2s.

    You have missed the MOST important factor (other factors are also there) that won peace (war). SYSTEMATIC ANNIHILATION OF LTTE using a very large number of multi barrel rocket launchers, air raids, navy attacks, etc. in larger numbers than the rate at which the Tamil community could contribute cadres to it! This is what won us peace.

  2. nandimitra Says:

    Winning the war and selling the country is not what the people wanted.

  3. Dham Says:

    Lorenzo,
    Mind your words HE Lorenzo, the writer is ony a student.

    “Secondly, he must make the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers think and act as Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka belongs to all its inhabitants. Thirdly, the lawlessness, weapons, and corruption that he has inherited after four decades of strife have to be controlled and good governance has to be instituted, even though this may take time.”

    This is true, not Total BS. There is no need to create more and more hatred by using hypothetical races.

  4. Dham Says:

    All Boru Weerayas will talk like commanders of the country after so many soldiers sacrifieced lives to bring freedom. Mothers and fathers will weep for ever. Weerayas using key boards want to earn the credit and direct the world.

    Rajapakses will run the country nevertheless and constructive critisism may help, not hypothetical creations of corrupt minds.

  5. Kamal Says:

    There are people worse than Prabhakaran living among us.
    Look at the papers every day, how they are determined to run the country down and obstruct at every progressive move.
    That is nothing new; remember Alimankada & Pamankada, White Flags and so fourth.

  6. Dham Says:

    Kamal,
    I don’t agree. Prabhakaran is someone worse than anyone in the recent history.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    Dhamb,

    “Sri Lanka belongs to all its inhabitants.”

    This is total BS.

    There are 2 groups of inhabitants according to HE.
    1. Those who love SL
    2. Those who don’t.

    SL ONLY belongs to #1s not to #2s.

    This was said by the president soon after the victory.

    He also said there are NO RACES OR ETHNIC DIVISIONS.

  8. Dham Says:

    HE Lorenzo the king of Lanka Web,
    Yes, President said that in May 2009.
    This year he said,
    Hatred is won by non-hatred,Bad is won by good, Miser is won by generocity,Liar is won by the truth. That was on the 4 th Feb.
    Keep on living in your fantacy land.

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    Dham,

    I’m no king.

    “Hatred is won by non-hatred,Bad is won by good, Miser is won by generocity,Liar is won by the truth.”

    Of course!

    e.g. When we fired MBRLs was there ANY hatred? NO!

    It was OBJECTIVITY, EFFECTIVENESS and TRUTH.

    We have 2 Independence days so far – Feb 4 (a peaceful achievement) and May 19 (a MOSTLY military achievement).

    3rd Independence day will be the day we bury the Tamil national identity (a combination of peaceful and military achievement).

    Each day signifies different things and there are appropriate things to be told for each day.

    e.g. The sermon on Easter is different to that of X-mas.

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