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THE CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Prof. Hudson McLean

The LTTE is facing a desperate situation. On one hand, the LTTE Leadership is obliged to play to their brain washed audience of soldiers, cadres, the handful of real supporters and of course their moolah donors.

On the other hand they have an international audience watching and waiting on every single move.

Then there is the matter of pride. And trying to fill in the holes created by balloons which suddenly got deflated.

Dr. Anton Balasingham is on his last lap, but Rolypillai still has a possible potential marathon ahead, staring at him, with land mines in between. The question is, which way should the Tiger sprint?

Of course, the Blond Blue Eyed Oil Sheikhs will certainly give the Top Cat and his close family and a few hangers on, time and space in their beautiful country, if and when needed.

But one must remember the Terrorist's phychology. A Terrorist never retires. When he goes down, he still goes down shooting. Like the drug barons in Columbia.

Following are the parting shots of a "one track mind". To let his audience feel that the man is trying.

PRO-LTTE NEWSPAPER SUDEROLI SAYS THE HONEY MOON WOULD SOON COME TO AN END AND PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR WAR- By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles May 23, 2002 (The LankaWeb-24/05/02)

Well, well, well. The Honeymoon that never was. Do the LTTE expect to have a Honeymoon before the marriage or should the parties wait until they consummate the marriage after the ceremony?

In the case of Sri Lanka government and LTTE, it was only "an engagement to get engaged". And marriage was a long way down the line. And the Honeymoon! One should observe one of the Golden Tiger rules - No Sex Before Marriage! The Cat, simply because it felt the heat, (or was it really on Heat?) wished to have a shot gun wedding with a massive dowry and possibly an opportunity "to check the merchandise" before the purchase.

We knew from the start that LTTE was bluffing when it came to peace negotiations, with no intentions of sitting at any table.

The LTTE terrorists were waiting and hoping for things cooled down, after the September 11th massacre.

As things in the Indo-Pak scene being what they are, we might have to bring forward the projected time schedule since with India-Pakistan war rhetoric getting heated up. And LTTE might fire the first volley, whilst the world is watching the two nuclear powers getting ready for a show down.

But LTTE must also take note that, India might give a swift sharp reaction if the Indian defences felt that the Southern front may face a rebellion from TamilNadu if the LTTE distrupted the peace process in Sri Lanka. And we suggest that RanilW turns a blind eye, if the Indian Air Force entered the Sri Lankan air space over the NE for a quick mop up.

...........NORWAY BROKERED TRUCE HAS PROVIDED THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR TAMILS TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN NATION STATE SAYS SR. LTTE LEADER-(The LankaWeb-23/05/02)
By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

Let us be fair. A Tamil cleric has the same right to air his public opinion as a Sinhala Buddhist monk. But........

What Nation State are they rattling about? Those speeches should be relegated to history. Hunting days are gone, Dear Reverend! Get back to your Church and thank God for little mercies.

The Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka are safe. Much safer under a Sinhala government than under a dictatorial terrorist regime. But by digging into the past, you might be digging some new graves, Reverend.

Dear Reverend, stop dreaming and trying to resurrect dead Cats. Get down to some real and constructive work like inviting foreign investment to kick start the Jaffna economy.

A genuine Man of the Cloth would encourage peace through other means. And there are many options. Be realistic and help your Tamil congregation to help themselves, both with prayer and largely with sweat!

LTTE PROTESTS LEASE OF OIL TANK FARM TO INDIA AND SAYS SUCH DECISIONS SHOULD BE TAKEN ONLY BY THE PUTATIVE STATE OF EELAM-(The LankaWeb-22/05/02)
By Walter Jayawardhana reporting from Los Angeles

At least RanilW has done something positive. By leasing the Oil Tank Farm (OTF) to India, RanilW has given the responsibility of the security of the NE to the Republic of India by default.

Well done, RanilW. Any LTTE incursions in or around the OTF will receive a response from the Indian administration. That is part of the deal. The Indian Navy will position itself around Trincomalee where there will be joint Naval exercises with the Sri Lanka Navy as well as with other Allies.

If one looks at the map, one might notice that the shortest route from Madras and Bombay to Trincomalee OTF, is past Jaffna. Get the drift?

Er, State of Eelam? Never heard of it. Sorry ole chaps! RanilW did not feel it is necessary to drop by Wanniya to pay homage to Tarzan, like the other buggars (or should they be addressed as beggers?).

RanilW, as the democratically elected leader of the Sovereign State of Sri Lanka, can almost do as he pleases, within the mandate trusted upon him by the electorate. Almost. Might have to send the odd note to the Madam CBK, for the sake of protocol, but that is another matter. But to ask permission from a bunch of murderers, who are wanted by Interpol, and illegal squatters, one might politely say, "Try Flying a Kite?"

Prabhakaran's parents want to return to Sri Lanka-(The Yahoo-22/05/02).

If Mr. Velupillai Prabhakaran Sr. and his wife, as citizens of Sri Lanka, wish to return home, they are most welcome. They were good law abiding citizens. They will be treated with honour and respect. No ill feelings simply because their son massacred a few thousand fellow Sri Lankan citizens, both Sinhala and Tamil. Do not forget the Sri Lankan President Premadasa and a handful of government officials. These acts, they must remember, are neither forgiven nor forgotten.

But the Sri Lankan Sinhala will never hold any grudge against the parents of the terrorist, as long as they observe the basic laws of the country.

Govt. may be forced to allow LTTE to levy tax on public transport using A9 Lanka Academic - Roy Mendis in Colombo, 12.03 AM SLT Wednesday,May 22,2002.

What do you mean by the statement, "Govt. may be forced to allow.............?". How can a democratically elected government may be forced to allow LTTE to levy tax on public transport using A9, a public highway belonging to the people of Sri Lanka?

This land is the sovereign property of the Government of Sri Lanka.

Who is in charge? And what is next? Remember..........
U.S. Policy on Terrorism
Make no concessions, strike no deals
The official U.S. policy on terrorism embraces three stated goals:
*Make no concessions,
*Strike no deals with terrorists,
*Bring terrorists to justice for their crimes,
*Isolate and apply pressure to States that sponsor terrorism to force them to change their behavior.

The government should literally execute the first brain-dead official with no backbone, who initiated such a statement, in public, on the Galle Face Green, for High Treason. This is a bloody disgrace not only to the people who elected RanilW and his mob, but also to the entire democratic system.

One word of warning to RanilW. It is very likely that all promises given by VP, including "No Assassinations", are off. RanilW, should stop baring his chest in public and beef up his personal security, immediately. Do not wait to hear the noises of the first shots. It just might be the last shot RanilW might hear.

Please allow me to ask an open question.

Are some of the Ministers in the government led by RanilW playing silly politics and playing with both sides?

Whatever the answers are, the government should take charge, and be firm! Never play the double game. Never turn your back. Or one might feel the rough end of a nasty Tiger surprise, if you know what I mean.

The Jaffna heat is cooking the tin roof on which the Cats are treading on their tip toes. The feeling of desperation might lead the Terrorists to take "One Last Leap", as they have indicated in their rag. And like my good ole uncle used to say, "Desperate Diseases, Demand Desperate Remedies".

Are the government forces, under RanilW, ready for a professional deployment against any terrorist threat or are they going to give a repeat performance of their ineptitude, lethargy, lack of leadership and look like a bunch of featherless chickens?

And certainly, the Cats are prepared to offer all their Kittens in one last bloody brutal human sacrifice, and RanilW must be prepared to face the sorrows and joys of The Last Waltz!


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