Northern Episcopal vengeance
Posted on January 16th, 2014

Durand Appuhamy Negombo Courtesy Island


It has been alleged that two northern Catholic bishops, Drs. Rayappu Joseph and Thomas Saundranayagam, have accused our security forces as having used cluster bombs and chemical weapons during the last phase of eelam war 1V.

As for cluster bombs, The Island newspaper of the 11th Jan revealed to us that it was the US Pacific Command that urged our Air force to acquire Cluster bombs for “unarmoured area targets” in 2002. The government, however, refrained from acquiring any cluster bombs. If it had acquired them, the ever-so inimical US would have by now revealed details of this transaction. Further all mine clearing units to date have not reported the discovery of any cluster bombs. Alan Poston was a supervisor of mine clearing operation in the north. He was originally the source of a rumour that a cluster bomb was found by the mine clearers. When confronted he denied the rumour and also averred that he had not made any such statements on this issue.

The use of chemical weapons is another big canard. If this had happened, there would usually be some surviving victims with dire breathing difficulties and burnt injuries. Those patients would seek medical relief. In the east medication was supplied in Pulmoddai under the supervision of ICRC where Indian military/medical personnel treated the wounded. Those doctors would surely have diagnosed chemical poisoning and would have reported it to the ICRC. No such reports have been unearthed to date. Further the Tamil doctor Shanmugarajah was one who moved with the forced migration of LTTE’s human shield from place to place and erected many makeshift hospitals and provided emergency surgery and emergency medical treatment. In a recent detail statement of his work in a Sunday newspaper he did not make any reference to any patients with injuries from chemical attacks. Thus the conclusion is that the bishops were engaged in vile and vicious propaganda to discredit the country and its security forces in the eyes of their gullible clients.

According to the recently published electoral register of the Northern Provincial council, the number of voters for Vavuniya was 94,367, for Mannar 72,420, for Killinochchi 68,589 and for Mullaithivu 52,407 and for Jaffna 426,703. The above figures prove the absurdity of the bishops’ allegation that our army killed 140,000 civilians. Can you even imagine how a population far larger than the population of Vavuniya was decimated by the army? Where is the gas chamber that incinerated them? Where is the burial ground of those imaginary victims? Could an army engaged in a non-stop mortal combat risking life and limb, be in a position and have the time to divert soldiers to this ghastly job of killing civilians?

So what motivates these bishops to malign our country? I can only speculate. I think it is simply revenge. They find it difficult to accept the military defeat of the LTTE.

This, in my view, is thoroughly scandalous and unacceptable, even though they would argue that they are seeking justice for the victims. Even in this case where is the justice for the victims exhumed in Mannar in the neighbourhood of Bishop’s house? Where is the justice for the victims in the plane shot down in the Mannar Sea? I am not surprised that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had rightly disowned the slanderous accusations of the two anti-Sri Lankan bishops. They are still in the era of the Hebrew Bible which advocated “an eye for an eye!”

Durand Appuhamy

8 Responses to “Northern Episcopal vengeance”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    “They are still in the era of the Hebrew Bible which advocated “an eye for an eye!””

    This is the language they understand.

    “Eye for eye
    Tooth for tooth
    hand for hand
    foot for foot
    burn for burn
    wound for wound
    bruise for bruise”

    – Exodus 21

    It is GOOD we don’t do these BUT then these terrorists will NEVER stop harming us.

  2. Nanda Says:

    Appuhamy Ayya,

    “I am not surprised that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had rightly disowned the slanderous accusations of the two anti-Sri Lankan bishops.”

    Why are you so kind to Malcolum Ranjith ? disowning is not at all sufficient. He could have at least “CONDEMNED” these two terrorists.

  3. Samanthi Says:

    I like Duran’s articles. They are always informative, yet short and sweet!

  4. Nanda Says:

    I like the 3 pictures.
    Right hand man and left hand man seems to have king faces, but the centre looks like a heartless maniac.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Not a word about LTTE war crimes!!

    IF SL is investigated for war crimes, LTTE will be ELATED! It will be a tick of apporval of their war crimes. They will RESTART VIOLENCE again. Why not? Nothing happens no matter what they do, so why not restart?

    ONLY then the international community will open its eyes to LTTE crimes.

    You know what I mean.

    e.g. In 2007 Tamil terrorists bombed a school bus in Wellawaya and killed 3 Sinhala kids. International community SAID NOTHING! A day later “Tamil terrorists” bombed another school bus in Vanni and killed 15 Tamil kids. International community went MAD. Then when they opened their eyes breifly we showed them the terrorist attack that killed 3 Sinhala kids.

    WHEN LTTE restarts its campign with the blessings from the international community that REFUSES TO INVESTIGATE LTTE WAR CRIMES, its first victims will be TNA clowns and Tamil “moderates”.

    Only then the IC will open its eyes.

    So we know what to do.

    If you fall into a well you must come out from the same opening you fell!!

  6. Ratanapala Says:

    All three are the same. One runs with the hares the other two hunts with the hounds! That is the only difference. Our President has been taken for a ride by the hare with good connivance of his Catholic wife! The Catholic Church always find a way to get around.

    Whither victory at Nanthi Kadal is yet to be seen, but the direction it is heading is very clear.

  7. S de Silva Says:

    Instead of typically just talking and moaning about this GoSL should sue these three bogus priests for libel. That is the only way these liars could be made to shut… I have said many times in these columns that is what the GoSL should do in this and similar instances, but unfortunately but nevr done so far – S de Silva – London

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    To some in the IC Tamil folk are a protected species because of Mannar Gas&Oil, Upcountry Tea & Trinco harbor. Also, add Separatist Tamil leader tendencies (both Lanka & Tamil Nadu) and easily manipulated Tamil Diaspora. Generally speaking, it’s all Economic interests. Wiser Tamil folk know all this and more.

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