Retribution at Nice?


The scene of terror strike in Nice

All Sri Lankans, once the victims of brutal LTTE terrorism for almost 30 years day in and day out, totally condemn the brutal terrorist attack on innocent French who were enjoying National Day (Bastille Day) celebrations in Nice, killing 84 people and maiming hundreds of others. This is the third terrorist attack over the last two years, alleged to be another massacre by ISIS. Our deepest sympathies are with the families of the victims of this inhuman dastardly act.

It's suffice to remind at this moment the UK and French Governments when they sent their Foreign Ministers Bernard Kouchner (French) and David Miliband (UK) to Sri Lanka, at the height of the war against the LTTE terrorist outfit, requesting then President Rajapaksa of the Sri Lankan Government to stop the war against the terrorists to save Prabhakaran and his LTTE brutes, that they would have had to face terrorism on their soil someday. Thanks to ex President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who shoved them off through the back door asking them to mind their own backyards first without interfering in our country's affairs. Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who did not budge an inch from his stand, but continued the war on LTTE until it was, annihilated conclusively, and saved Sri Lankans from this deadly terrorist group. Unfortunately he became a pariah for the western world, including France, for not listening to them. The French Government has already declared war against the ISIS terrorist outfit having experienced three terrorist incidents during the last two years, the last one being the attack this week at Nice. (I think Sri Lanka should send some emissaries to France requesting to stop any intended war against ISIS in the same way French former FM Bernard Kuschner asked our ex-President to stop the war against LTTE, the most brutal terrorist outfit in the world).

The whole world is now in unison with condemning this brutal attack and we have no qualms for that as we too condemn any terrorist act by any group in any part of the world.

In fact, over the last thirty years, Paris became the International Money laundering center for LTTE, once led by Lawrence Thilagar. There are still LTTE cells operating in Paris unhindered. As I remember right, one council allowed the LTTE cells in Paris to build a statue of LTTE terrorist leader Prabhakaran. Whether It so happened or not, I do not know.

Let the present French Government open their eyes at least now and treat all terrorists alike, whether it's ISIS, Al Qaeda or LTTE, without any double standards and stop harboring them. Bernard Kouchner former French Foreign Mister should be shameful of his own dastardly act to save LTTE terrorist group by asking Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop the war against LTTE.

Let me also mention that former London Mayor Ken Livingstone allowed the LTTE (Once the most brutal terrorist group in the world) a prestigious venue like Trafalgar Square to celebrate Tamil Day on May 18, the day the LTTE was conclusively defeated by the then Government led by ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This is what Ken Livingstone is alleged to have told: "I want to work with the British Tamil Forum and every year we can give Trafalgar Square to the Tamil community of London to organise an event like this." Livingstone is quoted as saying this at a Tamils for Labour meeting organised by the separatist pro-LTTE groups in East London.

The step taken by Ken was obediently followed by the subsequent Mayor of London Boris Johnson, providing prestigious venues for LTTE rallies. He is now the new UK Foreign Minister. I hope he will at least now do the right thing, by not mollycoddling the LTTE activists in dubious names and fronts now living in the UK and continue their terrorist agenda unhindered.

The Paris attack may be by Muslim terrorists, but the world should not forget that there are other terrorist outfits as well and treat terrorists as terrorists without any double standard.


Malin Abeyatunge

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