LTTE War Crimes: Human Shields
Posted on October 12th, 2012

Shenali Waduge

How far international laws of war and related punishment apply to terrorist organizations is something that needs far more attention than presently given. No law will have face value when those not-signatory, non-binding and those that purely exist on their ability to inflict fear and terror does not fall into the radar of international justice and legal punishment. In this context we examine how LTTE had managed to escape 3 decades of international justice for its serial crimes against humanity and war crimes on an entire nation and possibly would have extended to other nations if it had not been militarily defeated.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ No legal pandit, no UN luminary, no foreign leader and no citizen of the world can deny there were unaware of LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s use of human shields, LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s killing of civilians, LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s use of military equipment amongst civilians, LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s forcible recruitment and force labor, LTTEƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s killing of civilians through suicide attacks and the crime involved in demanding that its recruits (forced or otherwise) commit suicide by taking cyanide. Supporters of LTTE have hidden the criminality involved in demanding a person take his/her life through a euphoric fantasy called Eelaam sensationalizing the most horrid of crimes that should have been condemned worldwide and an unanimous decision taken to end safeguarding terrorist groups to advance political agendas.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This has led to a lot of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-innocentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ people to think that the quest for Eelaam is the primary goals of all foreign forces that speak on behalf of the LTTE over the years. Forgive the naƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¯ve they sayƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦.Be that as it may the discussion in question revolves around the use of human shields by the LTTE and Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s conflict being categorized as a non-international armed conflict, the LTTE meets the prerequisites that classify it as a non-international armed group since it carried out ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-protracted hostilitiesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ and it was ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-organizedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ and within the confines of a single country and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-possessedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ a portion of the national territory (though control of a portion of territory by this non-state armed group is not required to have Common Article 3 applied to it)

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ As such laws relevant are Common Article 3 to the 1949 Geneva Convention and the 1977 Additional Protocol II. LTTE filled every criteria of Protocol II ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” it was involved in a confrontation with the SL armed forces, and as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-dissidentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ armed force it was under a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-commandƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” Velupillai Prabakaran, they controlled part of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s territory illegally enabling them to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-carry out sustained and concerted military operationsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. The fact that LTTE was using Tamil Nadu as its logistics hub and point of gateway adds a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-transnationalƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ element since LTTE was operating from across an international border though the country in question India did not ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-openlyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ acknowledge so ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” making Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s armed conflict remain non-international.

If LTTE quotes international humanitarian laws through its mouthpieces functioning abroad it is obliged to take accountability for its atrocities under those very same laws. Thus LTTE is obliged to protect noncombatants from collateral damage and be punished for not doing so. This raises the question of why LTTE would choose to hide amongst civilians to make them immune from attack. It goes against all laws of war written or unwritten and LTTE cannot justify why it took shelter amongst civilians and is a severe violation committed by the LTTE.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ It is evident that whilst total emphasis has been put on the obligations of the attackers (Sri Lanka Military) little or no attention has been paid towards the obligations of the defenders (LTTE) for forcibly taking a large population of Tamil civilians into an area demarcated by Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Government as the No Fire Zone and commingling amongst the civilians to make them immune from attack. What needs to be remembered at all times is that it is the defending forces (LTTE) that created the conditions to bundle civilians (as hostages or human shields) into an atmosphere where they would be shielded from attack by using civilian installations like schools, places of religious worship, hospitals etc.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In both international and non-international armed conflicts the use of human shields is prohibited and the rules are set in the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions as well as the Additional Protocol I. Additionally, the International Criminal Court declares that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operationsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ constitutes a war crime. The LTTE has tried in vain to give an excuse that the civilians for volunteer human shields but VHS are completely out of the scope in international humanitarian law. To avoid similar situations IHL should clearly cover VHS through legal regulations and define and prohibit such usage.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Let us look at some of the laws in place:

  • Article 5 of IHL – ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-civilian population and individual civilians shall enjoy general protection against dangers arising from military operations. To give effect to this protection, the following rules, which are additional to other applicable rules of international law, shall be observed in all circumstancesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (protection of civilian population)
  • Article 23 (Geneva Convention Three) – specifically states that a prisoner of war is not to be used ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-to render certain points or areas immune from military operationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. (Geneva Convention III)
  • Article 28 declares illegal the practice of employing human shields under IHL (Geneva Convention IV) ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚.
  • Additional Protocol 1 to the Geneva Convention ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” Article 51(7) says ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-the presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favor or impede military operationsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. This clearly applies to passive and active human shields whether they are voluntary human shields or not.


ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ LTTE has clearly violated the laws in place by taking scores of Tamil civilians along with them into a safe zone declared exclusively for the civilians by Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s military. These Tamil civilians did not join the LTTE out of choice, they joined because they had little choice since those that refused faced torture and even death at the hands of the LTTE. So what LTTE has violated is the clearly stated declaration that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favour or impede military operations. The Parties to the conflict shall not direct the movement of the civilian population or individual civilians in order to attempt to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield military operations.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ War crimes using human shields was first featured during the war crimes trials by UK military court at Luneberg in 1946, the US military tribunal in Nuremberg in 1948, the Karadzic and Mladic case in 1995 at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ We would like to know when the UN has clearly documented reports of LTTE atrocities, when all of the international superpowers of banned the LTTE what has stopped war crimes against this terrorist movement and is stopping it even now since there are plenty of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-transnationalƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ LTTE front organizations fighting to lead the next phase of LTTE terror?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ LTTE is an internationally banned terrorist group, it had challenged the legitimate Government through 3 decades of terror. In international armed conflicts the actors enjoy partial international legality, but Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s situation was a non-international armed conflict with the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-other actorƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ nothing more than an internationally defined, accepted and banned terrorist movement involved in an international network of illegal activities generating enough funds to keep decision makers silent. Yet LTTE has no legal international status though foreign parliamentarians may speak atop its fundraising stages and ridicule a legitimate government in a sovereign nation simply because these ridicules have generated votes and catapulted them into political somebodyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s. If LTTE is declared illegal and banned every action of the LTTE must be regarded as illegal too. We would like to know why it is not from those who continue to whitewash the LTTE.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ That Tamil civilians were attempting to escape the LTTE clearly shows that the accusations of genocide and mass killings by the Sri Lankan armed forces is simply a smokescreen and nothing short of ridiculing an achievement no military has been able to do. The Tamil Diaspora, certain sections of foreign parliamentarians, UN officers and the like at mercy of Tamil votes and funds may say otherwise but the reality is that no Government would declare no fire zones if its intent was to kill civilians.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The Government declared a NFZ on 21st January 2009 and 12th February 2009 going so far as to use loudspeakers and drop leaflets to direct civilians to move to these areas for shelter. These are all proof to depict how LTTE blatantly violated these zones and moved heavy artillery, mortars and other equipment into the civilian safe zone in order to mingle as civilians and use civilians as human shields or hostages. There is also proof that children as well as elders were forcibly conscripted. Is it not because the UN was aware of these violations of civilian rights that it issued a statement on 16th January 2009 imploring the LTTE to allow civilians to move into government controlled areas without keeping them as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-human shieldsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚? Let us also not forget that the LTTE held captive UN aid workers (2 expats and 13 local staff) and released them on 30th January only after international pressure.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Would those pointing fingers care to explain why Tamil civilians would attempt to escape their ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-saviorƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ and ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-sole representativeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ the LTTE even braving LTTE indiscriminate firing to enter government-controlled areas? These are all very clearly documented and hold greater weight than those throwing stones or singing from abroad. Their inflated egos are such that they cared little for their own people over their pompousness to keep alive a terrorist movement that served their own self-interests sacrificing the poor and lowcaste Tamils who had been always used as cannon-fodder for 3 decadesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦.is this the eelam that these civilians were to continue living in?ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ If the no fire zone or civilian safety zone was meant only for civilians ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” what were LTTE terrorists including its leader doing inside this zone when as an armed terror group it should have been facing the military instead of using Tamil civilians and hiding amongst them? This is a clear violation of international laws and war ethics especially when LTTE was using the very civilians who have been used as a slogan for international propaganda purposes to warrant acceptance internationally and to allow it to camouflage its terrorism.

If the Sri Lankan military had been indiscriminately firing at the no fire zones since 21st January 2009 how did 11,000 LTTE combatants live to surrender themselves to the military and why would the elimination of the LTTE have taken till May 19, 2009 to complete, why would 5000 or more soldiers sacrifice their lives when going by the genocide and mass killing argument the Sri Lankan military could have blown the entire area to smithereens? If LTTE was firing from within the civilian safe zone and the army retaliated with fire who is primarily at fault? Returning fire is a perfectly legitimate action. Moreover, let us not forget the LTTE were not always in uniform and functioned disguising as civilians. It was one of these civilian-imposters that blew herself up at a makeshift civilian reception center killing scores of Tamil civilians as well as a number of female military soldiers who had been attending to the food and medical needs of the civilians who had escaped the LTTE ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” what type of cowardice tactic was this?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Moreover, the Government of Sri Lanka was not required to supply food or medicines to areas controlled by the LTTE nevertheless despite threats to life Government Agents supplied food and medicine throughout to areas of the North including the final stage of the war. Let it also not be forgotten that civilian estimates were purposely inflated in order to use these food and medicines as buffer stock for the LTTE and their families whilst non-LTTE families were left to drink water ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” if they were lucky!

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ It must be noted that the Sri Lankan military followed all principles in all targets ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” the commander evaluated the mission, time available, military advantage, intelligence at hand, assets available to target, political ramifications of striking target as well as the collateral damage. Moreover, the army had been given orders to adhere to a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-zero civilian casualtyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ policy.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Article 33 is perfect to describes Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s situation ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” it was ONLY AFTERƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  suffering 3 decades of terror, countless local and internationally mediated ceasefires, negotiations, draft resolutions which LTTE refused and unabated killing spree did the Sri Lankan Government decide that force had to be used ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” that force resulted in a humanitarian military solution that ended Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s 30 year conflict in just 3 years. This included several appeals made in early 2009 by Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s President to the LTTE to lay down their arms and surrender to Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s military.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Three years after Sri Lanka is still trying to put the story straight not because stakeholders to the conflict in Sri Lanka are not aware of the truth, it is because they need to continue the faƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚§ade that gave them livelihood while for others it continues to believe that terrorism can deliver political goals.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Where international organizations have failed nation-states is by misusing their office, manipulating international laws in place and using every cunning to throttle a nation whilst totally ignoring that its priority should be to noose illegal actors like LTTE terrorists and their associated entities and individuals.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ We look forward to the day sanity prevails and hypocrisies end.

16 Responses to “LTTE War Crimes: Human Shields”

  1. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    The Israel Defense Forces admittedly used Palestinians as human shields, a practice subsequently banned by Israel’s High Court of Justice.The Israeli Defense Ministry appealed this decision to the Supreme Court of Israel. Using Palestinians as human shields was outlawed by the Supreme Court of Israel in 2005 but the Israel Defense Forces continues to use it.

    Israel Defense Forces used Palestinian civilians as human shields during the 2002 Battle of Jenin. For a long period of time following the outbreak of the second intifada, particularly during Operation Defensive Shield, in April 2002, the Israel Defense Forces systematically used Palestinian civilians as human shields, forcing them to carry out military actions which threatened their lives.

    In February 2007, Associated Press Television News released video footage of an incident involving West Bank resident Sameh Amira, a 24 year old Palestinian serving as a human shield for a group of Israel Defense Forces. The Israel Defense Forces launched a criminal investigation into the incident. In April 2007, the Israel Defense Forces suspended a commander after the unit he was leading was accused of using Palestinians as human shields in a West Bank raid.

    During the 2008-2009 Gaza War (Operation Cast Lead) Israel Defense Forces used unarmed Palestinians including children as human shields to protect military positions, walk in front of armed soldiers; go into buildings to check for booby traps or gunmen; and inspect suspicious objects for explosives.

    The Guardian has compiled 3 videos and testimony from civilians of war crimes committed by Israel Defense Forces during the Gaza war, including the use of Palestinian children as human shields, the targeting of medics and hospitals, and drone aircraft firing on civilians deliberately.

    In a report on the Gaza conflict released July 2, 2009, Amnesty International wrote that Israel Defense Forces did use human shields in Gaza. Amnesty claimed to have found cases in which Israel Defense Forces forced Palestinians to stay in one room of their home while turning the rest of the house into a base and sniper position, effectively using the families, both adults and children, as human shields and putting them at risk. The Amnesty International report also found no evidence of Palestinian fighters directing civilians to shield military objectives from attacks, forced them to stay in buildings used by militants, or prevented them from leaving commandeered buildings.

    On March 12, 2010 the Israel Defense Forces prosecution filed indictments against two staff sergeants of the Givati Brigade for forcing a 9 year old Palestinian boy to open a number of bags they thought might contain explosives in January 2009. The Israel Defense Forces said it opened the investigation after the incident was brought to its attention by the United Nations. On October 3, 2010 a conviction in this matter was handed down by the military court against both staff sergeants of the Givati Brigade, though neither staff sergeant was jailed.

  2. jay-ran Says:

    Yes Shenali, this is the so called Gospel Truth!
    Can the UK Govt JUSTIFY THAT???
    Thanks tp Noble Triple Gem!!! We Sri Lankans got a POWERFUL PRESIDENT who is a Buddhist who practices atleast the 5 PRECEPTS OF BUDHIST PHILOSOPHY! SRI LANKA,OUR MOTHERLANKA WAS SAVED!!!

  3. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    When people all over the world see images of dead and injured children repeatedly flashed across their television screens, they tend to react emotionally. Rather than asking why these children are dying and who is to blame for putting them in harms way, the average viewer, regardless of their political or ideological perspective, wants to see the killing stopped. They blame those whose weapons directly caused the deaths, rather than those who provoked the violence by deliberately targeting civilians. They forget the usual rules of morality and law. For example, when a murderer takes a hostage and fires from behind his human shield, and a policeman, in an effort to stop the shooting accidentally kills the hostage, the law of every country holds the hostage taker guilty of murder even though the policeman fired the fatal shot. The same is true of the law of war. The use of human shield is a war crime.
    The use of civilians as human shields is one of the burning issues faced by democracies in their modern armed conflicts. The party which deploys civilians as human shields is committing a grievous war crime and must be held personally accountable before international criminal tribunals. Nevertheless, the current application of the laws of war enables and encourages this ferocious and inhumane use of civilians during armed conflicts. The first challenge regarding the use of human shield is that, despite the legal prohibition on using civilians as human shields, the relative lack of response, political or legal, to such use renders the prohibition merely theoretical. In recent conflicts, the international community’s attention and condemnation were wrongfully directed solely at the impeded party and not at the shielding party which initially violated international law by placing civilians at risk in order to gain military goals. This omission by the international community countenances and motivates the intentional placement of civilians at risk. The second challenge regarding the use of human shield is that the current law encourages a belligerent to use civilians as shields against military attacks because, although one party is violating international law, the other party remains bound by the principle of proportionality and could be prevented from defending itself. The application of the proportionality requirement should be adjusted to restore international law’s credibility, realign the balance between the two conflicting principles of humanity and military necessity, and make the laws of war compatible with modern warfare.

  4. Ratanapala Says:

    Did UK and other “victorious allies” declare No Fire Zones when they carpet bombed Dresden and Hamburg and killed thousands? Did US declare No Fire Zones when they bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killed hundreds of thousands? Did US declare no go zones when they spread Agent Orange during the Vietnam War? These are only the recent crimes committed by these perpetrators of war crimes. Through the ages their dastardly crimes are well documented.

    The Britishers are the original drug pushers. All the western countries pushed drugs on local populations as a matter of policy. These include the French and the Dutch. Now they want to be the judge and the jury in the determination of war crimes and human rights. Whole world knows of their hypocrisy. They have no friends. Everybody including their own citizenry fears and will eventually come to hate them. We sincerely hope that the day is not far away when they will be held accountable for their crimes.

  5. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    How can this materialise when Kanaadi Polanga KP – Kotiya turned to Poosa – the war criminal is given refuge by GOSL; When Hilary Clinton gives cover to outlawed Tiger outfit since they partially funded her campaign and under obligation; when the WASP propaganda machine hell bent to nail the GOSL on war crimes while they effectively drown war crimes committed by Bush (both), Rumsfeld and Cheney and US forces???

  6. Kit Athul Says:

    Nalliah, did you read the complete article? does Shenali wite any thing about Israel or Palstinias? I think you are a Disinformation specialist hired by Tamil Sangham in Norway or UK to defocus the issue Shenali brought out to the open. Nalliah, Don’t think for a moment comment writers and readers are stupid to understand what you are attempting to do. Take the attention away from UN agency support to Tamils like you living in EU, Canada USA.

  7. Kit Athul Says:

    Sunil, what has KP got to do with this article? You will understand if you read the full article. The Article by Shenali, yet another excellent one, who has an egale eye to present a case where UN umbrella organizations support to the Tamil Terrorists and continue the support after the defeat of the Tamil Terrorists. Now what you did not know is what intelligence KP gave to Gotabaya. He said openly that he received valuable information for him. This is why he gets all the respect he deserves. I am surprised that you did not bring the statement “That OLD FOOL JRJ” on your comments. Read and understand what JAY-RAN has written.

  8. Sirih Says:

    Almost end of second world war US use nuclear weapon again Japan using the excuse that Japanese will not surrender and US will not take forces casualties .

    So precedent is already set by the super power re. civilian death if other party refused to surrender.

  9. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    Friend Kithsiri A – It seems I did not understand the relevancy 13A and whatever your friend is challenging and the relationship of war crimes and KP. I know exactly where your come from. By the way why won’t you send a photo of your $30,000 arse to be published in your friend’s journal? People might misconstrue it to your grey matter – and thats a different matter.

  10. HussainFahmy Says:

    Kit Athul – There is a relevance between the two outfits, Zionist and Tigers. Both have unprecedented support from the self appointed guardians of Human Rights (Yankee Doodle) and granting refuge to War criminals and protecting them is beyond any fair Justice system. Criminals should not be allowed to seek refuge across the world, however in reality this is not the case for the high and mighty nations. It is quite evident that these nations do not practice what they preach. They picks and chooses the weak and destitute nations to destroy and pilfer their natural resources as they have done so throughout history.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    One good thing JR and MR did was to have close relations with Israel.

    We HAMMERED Tigers using Israeli goods including jets, boats, bombs, etc.

    We need them to HAMMER Jihadists one day.

  12. mjaya Says:

    Zionists Vs. Wahabis

    Kfir jets, Dvora boats, precision bombs etc. etc. If it weren’t for these we’d still have the LTTE menace
    Polio vaccine, vitamins, etc.

    violence, trouble, misogyny, lowering of the national IQ

    Also in the Middle East, the one and only country where people have freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of speech is….. ISRAEL. Speak your mind in any other ME country and ….. swish …. your beheaded! So I’d rather be in Israel than the stone age desert hell hole known as Saudi Arabia or any other ME country that forces women to dress like Darth Vader.

  13. Fran Diaz Says:

    The ltte, in addition to taking Tamil civilians hostage as a Human Shield, shot some of them in the back when they were fleeing to the government controlled areas. This was done to cause fear, and so prevent the flight of the Human Shield to safety. This was how many civilians died unnecessarily, wasn’t it ?

    The ltte War Crimes over the many years should be examined closely and a film made of it with the ample evidence now available.

  14. ranjit Says:

    Who ever takes an innocent life is a murderer. All LTTE, Taliban or ALQaida, Jihadists, Salafis or any extreme group or individual who kills in the name of religion or for any other reason is a murderer cold blooded murderers nothing else therefore we must support who ever kills these savages whether in Sri Lanka, Isreal or any other country.

    The whole world is under attack by these cowardly barbarians therefore the world must act quicly before many more innocents die from their cowardly cold blooded attacks. In my homeland we should not allow to raise even a one voice on behalf of the extremists. The Government must be watchful about these groups and individuals and take action immediately once and for all. No group should raise their heads above the Sinhalese majority. We have to send a strong signal to those bloody murderers.

  15. Ananda-USA Says:

    Devolution BS being Orchestrated abroad is a PROBLEM that must be CONFRONTED HEAD-ON.

    Devolution of Power on Communal bases to ANY GROUP must be resisted and avoided AT ALL COSTS.

    The GOSL has to convey to ALL Foreigners and Eelamists that this is IMPOSSIBLE because:

    1. The DEMOCRATIC form of Government we have in Sri Lanka will not PERMIT such devolution to separate communities, against the wishes of the VAST MAJORITY of Sri Lankan citizens.

    2. Sri Lanka’s committment to both EQUAL RIGHTS for citizens, and EQUAL RESPONSIBILITIES due from citizens to the nation as a whole, is ABSOLUTE, and have ENSURED both RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES, irrespective of community, in the past, and will continue to do so in the FUTURE.

    Let those who demand DEVOLUTION provide a list of rights and responsibilities that Tamils, for example, don’t have, in fact and in law, that other ccommunities of Sri Lanka enjoy. The REALITY is that there are no such RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILTIES. Special rights for Tamils only CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED in our democracy.

    3. That the 30-year long separatist war we have just concluded, liberating and delivering to ALL people of Sri Lanka an equal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, REQUIRES that Sri Lanka avoid all forms of devolution that could revive the defeated separatism. Sri Lanka dare not again sacrifice the security of ALL of its citizens, by devolving power to the defeated separatists on the very racist basis they sought to separate.

    The GOSL should ask why it is so difficult for the Foreign Powers pressuring Sri Lanka to understand these realities, given that when their interests and security was at stake they did not devolve power willy-nilly to defeated enemies. Surely, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander as well?

    The GOSL, should point out, for example, that after thye US Civil war, the victorious Union Government militarily occupied the Confederate South for nearly a century, to ensure that the Confederacy did not raise its ugly head again.

    The Victorious Allies militarily occupied the Axis Nations defeated in WW-II for nearly 4 decades, declaring ILLEGAL all political parties that led the Axis powers and permanently ostracizing them. Even today, Allied Armies are present in the former Axis nations under the guise of the NATO. To this day, former Nazi party members are denied immigration to the United States, and Nazi leaders are pursued across the globe from pillar to post, as they should be, for their war crimes.

    When Iraq was occupied by the US Army, the Iraqi Baath Party was banned, the Iraqi Armed Forces were disbanded and they were prohibited from induction into the new Iraqi Army. Even today, Iraqi Baath Party members are banned from holding political office. If the Iraqi Baath Party can be banned in this way, why is it not possible for the GOSL to ban the LTTE proxies of the TNA, instead of allowing them to creep back into power in the guise of “democrats” representing the very same people who they enslaved and tormented hand-in-glove with the LTTE? What kind of a hypocritical double standard is this?

    The GOSL can use all of these arguments to PUSH BACK against the Foreign Tormentors of Sri Lanka, who are advancing their global agendas and dousing local political fires at Sri Lanka’s expense.

    We need much more money to be spent by the GOSL for a GLOBAL MEDIA OFFENSIVE to lay these INCONVENIENT TRUTHS in front of the peoples of the world, in defense of the security of the generations of Sri Lankan citizens in the future. This program should be funded as a matter of high national security.

    We need peace and security in Sri Lanka; our thousands of honored dead, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, have earned us that day in the sun for the Motherland.

    The GOSL must fight against ALL FORMS OF POWER DEVOLUTION on Communal Bases, without throwing all of the sacrifices of our honored dead to the winds. THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE.

  16. M.S.MUDALI Says:

    The Mossad agent’s book tells how LTTE and SL soldiers were trained in Tel Aviv. The fun was the cost of the training was paid by J.R.Jayawardene. The honey moon of LTTE and UNP continued for decades. LTTE killed many UNP senior politicos who were blocking Ranil to the leadership. LTTE never tried to kill Ranil. Now Ranil is the ally of the proxy of the LTTE, the TNA.

    UNP under Premadasa bailed out LTTE and gave a new life for 22 years.

    Why did UNP sinhalese supported LTTE? Blaming India is easy but explain why the UNP sakkilis supported and supplied with money and weapon to LTTE.

    The mentioned Geneva Conventions tells the allies also can be prosecuted. So, Ranil and many UNP Sinhalese must be prosecuted for WAR CRIMES.

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