History has many examples of repercussions suffered by countries nurturing terrorism– Ven. Seelaratana thera

‘What goes around comes around. That is universal law’


Ven. Battaramulle Seelaratana thera handing over the memorandum to Ambassador David Daly

The prelate coming out of the EU mission after the meeting. (Pics by Saman Ranaweera)

Condemning the recent brutal terrorist attacks in Brussels, the leader of the Jana Setha Peramuna, Ven. Battaramulle Seelaratana thera expressed his sympathies to the families of those killed in the explosions and wished the injured a fast recovery.

The prelate met with David Daly, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives at the EU office in Colombo on Tuesday and handed over a memorandum outlining some key issues.

Describing the discussion as "very cordial", Ven. Seelaratana thera said that he reflected on the scourge of LTTE terror, which claimed a heavy toll in Sri Lanka at one time and as "terrorism is terrorism", there should be a concerted effort globally to combat this threat.

The memorandum presented to the Ambassador by the prelate stated: "Brutal terrorism has struck the heart of Brussels, the Belgian capital in a deadly attack which has left the civilized world reeling with shock. The cowardly blasts have left 31 innocent civilians dead and 270 injured.

"In this hour of grief, we should firmly stand by Belgium to help in whatever way possible at a critical juncture in its history.

"The explosions in Brussels followed the November 2015 carnage in Paris, where 130 valuable lives were lost. Within a matter of months, terrorists unleashed another wave of violence in a second European capital despite a heightened alert and more stringent security measures.

"That is the ugly face of terrorism. They can strike with a vengeance even in world capitals, where security systems with state-of-the-art technology are in place, as proven by the Paris and Brussels attacks.

"What we saw in Belgium was the identical ‘suicide bombing style of terrorism’ that Sri Lanka faced, though by different players, for almost three decades. Thousands of lives were lost, scores were maimed for life and the country took a hard battering as a result of barbaric LTTE terrorism.

"There is no necessity to repeat history, but in the backdrop of the two dastardly terrorist attacks, it is pertinent to ask whether Western countries still think it is morally right to condemn Sri Lanka for decimating terrorism.

"Whoever the perpetrators are, terrorism is terrorism. Wherever it may be unleashed, there’s no other name to describe the brutality associated with its outcome. This was the same form of terrorism perpetrated by the LTTE, which caused enormous devastation.

"This was also the identical ‘suicide bombing style terrorism’ wiped out by Sri Lanka, which is now in the dock for alleged human rights violations. Does this mean that "terrorism" in our part of the world was not as brutal and barbaric as the brand the US and Europe are trying to combat? Their different attitudes towards terrorism smacks of repulsive double standards.

"They are trying to push us to the wall for defeating the very terrorism that has struck them with fury, though from a different quarter. But, terrorism is terrorism from whichever quarter it may emerge. It is, therefore, imperative that countries which stamped out the scourge of terrorism from their home soil should be commended, not ridiculed.

"With the cowardly attacks in Brussels, which stands strongly condemned, it is our fervent hope that European nations will put their collective heads together to not only curb the potent threat now at their doorstep, but also appreciate the singular contribution made by Sri Lanka to root out terrorism from its own soil.

"History has many examples of the repercussions suffered by countries which had nurtured terrorism, as what goes around comes around. That is universal law".

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