Army chief racing against time before retirement
Tigers marooned in heart of Wanni:
The LTTE which has been branded as the most ruthless terror outfit in
the world displayed its miserable plight with the dawn of the year 2008.
This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the top intelligence
agency of the USA through its official website ranked the LTTE as the
most ruthless terror outfit in the world despite the desperate acts of
the LTTE committed within the past few days.
The FBI has cited the assassination of Nation Building Minister D. M.
Dassanayaka this week, and the assassination of two world leaders as
among other reasons to build up their argument to prove recognition.
There is no argument with the judgment of the FBI which has all the
justifiable reasons to say so, but at the same time they should also
admit the fact that it was the democratically elected government of this
small island nation which is fighting with this outfit to get rid of it
but also from the face of the entire world, not only from the Sri Lankan
And at the same time the entire international community should
realise the consequences of providing legitimate rights to an
organisation which had never practised democratic norms and values in
their three decade long existence and above all to an organization,
which has been branded as the most ruthless terror outfit, to try outs
rule a part of the country or a community, without clipping their
Therefore, the international community at no time should back the
idea of giving legitimate status to the LTTE locally or internationally,
taking cognisant of the fact that such backing would end up by creating
yet another terror state under the leadership of Velupillai Prabhakaran.
It was on that basis the Government of Sri Lanka officially withdrew
from the Ceasefire Agreement and continues with the process of clipping
the wings of the LTTE, though international community was not at all
happy about the decision taken by the Government.
It seems the LTTE is once again trying its best to take the
international community for a ride after the Government decision to
withdraw from the CFA by declaring that they are ready to abide by the
Ceasefire 100 per cent despite government withdrawing from it.
In a sense it was not a surprise to hear such a statement from the
LTTE as they have already set examples by doing things hundred per cent
contrary to what they state.
Therefore, no one can guarantee that the LTTE which had never stuck
to their words in the past would abide by the Ceasefire if it is
reactivated by suspending the government decision. But, there is no sign
from the government to waver in its position though international
pressures are heavy on the Government to continue with the CFA.
In this background the statement of the newly appointed Political
Chief of the LTTE once gain can be best described as a statement
depicting their miserable situation at the hands of the Security Forces.
The Security Forces are no longer worried about these statements as
they are receiving the full backing from the Government to go ahead with
their military operation to suppress the LTTE in Wanni and to get rid of
the LTTE terrorism not only from Sri Lanka but also from the entire
Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka who was quite realistic in
his assumptions, predicts that there won't be a organisation in
existence called LTTE, to abide by another round of Ceasefire.
In another words he reiterates the fact the Security Forces are
capable enough to eliminate the LTTE terrorism very soon. On Friday
night while sharing his views with the media personnel, he predicted
that he won't palm off this burden of war to his successor. His words
mean that he is determined to eliminate terrorism during his tenure as
the Army Commander which has only an year to go.
As a nation suppressed by terrorism for decades we are lucky to have
people who can boldly make these predictions. Though for many, it was an
unrealistic task, but the Security Forces are realistic in their opinion
and marching forwards in a realistic path to achieve its goal within
It was that realistic path that has become a worrying factor for the
Tiger outfit - not the Government decision to withdraw from the
Ceasefire Agreement as pronounced by many. In face of this realistic
approach by the Security Forces to defeat LTTE militarily, they have
become miserable and making a futile attempt to come out of this grave
The LTTE have been left with no other options rather than these
desperate acts. But no doubt they are trying to achieve many objectives
through these desperate acts.
The first among many objectives of the LTTE is to take a revenge for
the assassination of their military intelligence leader Charles by Long
Range Patrolling group of the Army.
The demise of Charles, no doubt, has created a big vacuum in the
Tiger outfit. According to the military he was behind almost all the
military raids, assassinations in Colombo and the South.
His task was to collect intelligence on military operations in the
South which was a different and an extremely difficult task.
Though many people believe he was intelligence chief of the LTTE
Pottu Amman's second in command, according to LTTE sources he was the
fourth in line of the military intelligence wing. Kapil Amman is there
between Pottu Amman and Charles.
There had been long-standing dispute between the Pottu Amman and
Charles within the Tiger organisation. It was due to this fact he was
sent to Batticaloa after the assassination of Ramanan the military
leader of Batticaloa who is also military intelligence leader in the
But he has been summoned to Wanni by Tiger leader Prabhakaran since
Pottu Amman has not brought positive results in military intelligence
matters and terror raids in other parts of the country.
Therefore, his demise would create many blanks in the Tiger network
operating outside the Wanni. Many desperate Tiger cadres have been left
behind in Colombo and the suburbs after his assassination and it seems
these desperate cadres are operating their own without any leadership or
link with the LTTE.
Many believe the assassination of Nation Building Minister D. M.
Dassanayaka was a reaction to the killing of their military intelligence
wing leader. As many predicted Minister Dassanayaka had paid his life to
a claymore mine targeted to another VVIP, most probably, Minister
Whatever their target was, the LTTE has achieved many objectives
through this heinous crime. Being a Minister with less security, his
assassination raised many issues regarding the VIP security as many
VVIPs tried their best to increase their security after Minister D. M.
Dassanayaka's killing and Maheshwaran's assassination.
The Parliament has decided to increase the security of all MPs.
Through this the LTTE achieved a bigger success because the Security
Forces and Police have to deploy a large number of men for this task
apart form their assigned duties in the Wanni and Jaffna. That would
have been an indirect achievement by the LTTE at this point of time.
At the same time the LTTE also try to give a strong message that the
Colombo is unsafe and show that their cadres are still active in
Colombo. That was why, they detonate mini bombs in isolated but in vital
locations in Colombo on regular basis.
Their intention is to scatter the troops committed for the Wanni
battle front in other parts of the country through these desperate mine
blasts. On the other hand they are trying to give a bad picture about
Colombo security to the international community, especially with the
tourists arriving in Sri Lanka.
But things are very positive on the side of the Security Forces as
they are in complete control on the security situation in Colombo as
they did earlier. But it was under very difficult circumstances they
made all these to beef up security in Colombo.
The allegations that the Security Forces are engaged in ethnic
cleansing with the removal of Tamils from Colombo lodges were made
against them when they made attempts to remove unwanted people from
Then large number of FR cases were filed against them where made
their task more difficult.
But Security Forces could overcome all these obstacles due to
unprecedented support from the general public.
The latest new Supreme Court decisions have also made their task
difficult in Colombo. The removal of permanent barriers have provided
much awaited opportunity for the LTTE to smuggle arms and explosives
into Colombo and the restrictions of searches during night hours have
given them much more opportunity to keep arms and explosives safely in
But the Security Forces keep the security tight amidst all these
challenges while engaged in a massive battle by deploying three
Divisions of the Army from Mannar to Vavuniya and the latest addition
from Weli Oya sector with the deployment of battalions come under 59
So the Security Forces are well on target in their march towards
Wanni strongholds of the LTTE creating a fear psychosis among them in
Due to this situation the LTTE will not be able to stay long live in
Wanni as the civilians are waiting till they get a chance to flee from
Wanni as they cannot tolerate the harassment of the LTTE.
According to reports from Wanni they are running out food supplies as
LTTE is supplying food only to Mahaweer families while keeping food
stocks for their consumption.
So Wanni has now become boiling pot, being surrounded from all
fronts. So their desperate attacks won't give them much needed results
as their existence is going to be a short one.