After Nandikadal: Is it LTTE Kaput or are SL Forces betrayed?


By Lalin Fernando

"There is an industry of vexatious allegations against...Forces during … war. We will investigate but will stop abuse of the system. There are 1, 500 allegations. … these (allegations) appear to be above the law… Two law firms are taking advantage of UK’s legislative approach to besmirch the reputation of...Army…. Bring injustice to end … Allegations can be taken to ICC only if there is systemic abuse" (Theresa May PM of Britain after Brexit)

"Find killers of our soldiers and civilians" (father of soldier son killed)

How is it that the SL Army that liberated the country from the fascist, terrorist LTTE after nearly 30 years of conflict during which about 100,000 died, is facing war crimes charges but not the defeated terrorist LTTE? The terrorists also killed an ex Indian Prime Minister, 27 SL transit passengers at Meenabakham airport, Chennai, India (1984) and a Japanese nun in Jaffna. Yet SL co sponsored a resolution in 2015 with the West to charge the Army with war crimes including attempted genocide. Which country in the world has done this before? The West that conspired to prevent ‘The total destruction of the Tamil Tigers’, (Morecraft) has with insidious local support, set into motion Operation ’Destroy SL’s Army’.

The conspiracy against the Army was hatched by the West many years ago when SL for its survival went out of the West’s orbit to be supported especially by China and Pakistan. War crimes trials, pulling out troops from Jaffna, retiring the most successful Army officers and drastically downsizing the Army were all recommended by hired Western military experts before 2005.It was to humiliate and neutralize the Army as a measure to appease the terrorists while seeking a completely elusive peace. It was meant to wrench SL from being traditionally non aligned to supplicant of the West (with an Indian shawl). After the scourge of the terrorists was destroyed and absolute and true peace, comfort, contentment and security had prevailed for the first time since 1979, why is this happening?

Today the Army is being hunted by SL’s new found so called ‘international community’ meaning Britain with the USA and some European baggage, out of 195 nation states. They, until the end less USA, sabotaged SL. Had these ‘allies’ been on SL’s side then, it is SL that may have been destroyed. The ‘West’ however will never submit their Forces to international jurisdiction even though responsible for the worst outrages since WW2.

These ‘allies’ are former Imperialists who grew rich on the abomination that was slavery, colonized and robbed non Europeans for 500 years, waged two World Wars killing over 50 million, used atomic bombs, killed 2 million in Vietnam and Laos and another million in Iraq and Afghanistan. They now fervently preach morality which brings rich rewards and business for them. They include manufacturers of military hard ware (used to be the manufacture of cluster bombs too) and brief less lawyers seeking appointments in international courts. It all helps to sustain them as the world bullies.

In war, there are objectives for each phase. It could be to advance on a broad (Bradley 12 (US) Army Group with Patton etc, Russians under Zhukov, Konev, Chuikov) or narrow front (Montgomery- 21 (Brit) Army Group, and Chuikov in the race for Berlin) in WW2. Opposition can be by passed to strike deep and fast taking risks leaving flanks open (Guderian, Rommel, Patton) or engage all enemy defended localities, secure flanks and proceed albeit more cautiously and slowly. The withdrawal (‘retreat’ or as the Russians say ‘mobile defence’ while the Americans in Korea called it ‘bugging out’.) could be by day (ill advised as at the Elephant Pass debacle) or night. In the defence it could be to hold (invariably a dominating or strategic feature) or deny ground. In the attack, it is either to capture or destroy. At Nandikadal the choice was destroy. It was the correct decision. It was perfectly legitimate. It was to be proportionate.

The Army had fought for nearly 30 years to defeat the Northern terrorists. Bitter fighting in the last two years led to nearly 6,000 troop deaths (KIA) and 29,000 WIA. The about 20,000 to 30,000 terrorists of whom 60% were children, 6,000 among them girls, chose Putumattalan to Mullivaikkal, an open unpopulated scrub land to the East of the Nandikadal lagoon in Mullativu as their main defensive position. The sea was to its rear. They had 10 foot earth bunds together with land mines covering all approaches. They launched desperate and formidable including suicide counter attacks from strong covering positions in Putthukudiyiruppu to the West of the lagoon as the Army closed in. Once those defences were driven in from all sides, Mullivaikkal was naked except for the 300,000 Tamil hostages taken voluntarily, by force, inducement or deceit. The hostages had to be rescued before the terrorists could be destroyed.

In conventional warfare the battle field is clear of non combatants. No claims of collateral damage occur or can be made as in villages, towns and cities where people are resident by choice. These hostages, camp followers, forced labour and militia whatever were used to fortify the defence by digging trenches, bunkers and building formidable earth bunds behind the lagoon. They had their artillery and even homemade MBRLs that caused more casualties to them than to their targets. The Sea Tigers patrolled the lagoon murderously. This was conventional warfare decided on by the terrorists that had disdained their acclaimed forte as guerillas in the neutral jungle. So who were the non combatants at Nandikadal who were supposedly killed in an attempt at genocide?

Late Mrs. Subramanium Sivakarani alias Tamilini, a surrendered former LTTE women fighter in her book published in 2016 titled ‘Oro Kooralin Nizhalil’ (The Shadow of the Sharp Sword) states Tamil hostages attempting to escape were ordered to be shot in their knees by the terrorist leader Prabakaran (VP) himself. Her revelations pinned down, shocked and exposed the terrorists’ foreign and local collaborators who had looked to VP as their saviour. There could be no denial. They disowned her. The absolute silence of the West, UNSG, TNA and GTF and ruling elements in SL, is significant. How many hostages were shot were killed or left to die is not certain but there is no doubt the terrorists were best positioned and motivated to inflict the maximum casualties. The parallel would be the Nazis in Berlin in WW2 who killed thousands of Germans as the Russians closed in. Were Moon’s 2016 hysterics in SL an attempt to snow over or by pass this damning evidence? He did not even refer to it.

If ISIL, al Qaida or Taliban had decided to follow the LTTE example at Velamullivaikal in staking out open land to fight the Western Coalition, those wars would have been be over in a short time. That they did not and continue to fight as guerillas, insurgents and terrorists hiding among people in villages, towns and cities show the fatal mistake the LTTE, fortunately for SL, made. Instead, Gotterdammerung -catastrophic collapse of the LTTE followed as it did for the Nazi’s in WW2. There were no suicides among the terrorist leaders as in Berlin where another fascist megalomaniac in a bunker under the bombed out Reichstag, also rode to hell.

There are some intriguing coincidences with the Nazis and Hitler. An authority on counter terrorism Walter Laqueur has said of the LTTE "in respect of ruthlessness and fanaticism... could find only one parallel; the fascist movements of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s"-that murdered its way to power in Germany and Italy. Prabakaran was called the "Pol Pot of Asia" (John Burns). Hitler just before the end ordered the wholesale destruction of German industry but his Minister of Armaments and Industry Albert Speer deliberately refused to obey. The terrorists blew up and set fire to their wealth - guns, vehicles, machinery and munitions. The resultant inferno was blamed on the Army. Hitler too refused to surrender but he did not try to escape like VP. He had been a decorated WW1 German corporal. VP had been a smuggler.

The Nazi SS divisions shot hundreds of Germans attempting to flee Berlin as the Russians entered the city. At the end, the SS, Hitler Youth fanatics and Volkssturm (Old men and women mainly in Nazi militia) occupied a very small patch of land (9 miles long by 1-3 miles East to West) behind the river Spree with its high concrete embankments and formidable tank and artillery defences. The LTTE’s last stand was in a patch of land 800 m X 800 m behind the Nandikadal lagoon. Both megalomaniacs’ bodies were cremated but it was not by choice in the case of VP. Both SL at night and Russia (140 units stationed 200 yards apart producing 100 billion candlepower –it blinded both sides) made use of search lights in the final battles. Unlike VP who was expecting to be rescued by the West as was being planned, Hitler was hoping to get to his Alpine Redoubt in Salzburg where he fancied he could hold out against the Allies indefinitely. Meanwhile Churchill tried to double cross Stalin on the agreement to allow the Russians to take Berlin. Perfidious Albion was stymied by Eisenhower in WW2 and Rajapakse in Eelam war IV.

When France was liberated in 1944, 20,000 collaborators were killed. In SL except for one, (who ironically a LTTE suicide bomber killed), they all survived.

That the SL Forces took time to overcome the LTTE defences in Mullivaikkal was not because they could not have finished off the LTTE in 48 hours after they surrounded the LTTE. It was because the LTTE held 300,000 Tamil civilians hostage using them as a human shield. ISIL and Al Qaida have still not reached that point in depravity. They probably know what happened to the LTTE in May 2009. It shook the world. The Nazis as sworn defenders of the Germans never even contemplated such treachery. The now smoothly purring LTTE mouth pieces TNA and many of the one million Tamils in Western countries and Tamilnadu did not lift a finger to object. Neither did Wiggy in Colombo. It mattered not for them as long as the LTTE survived. Anandasangaree and Devananda did, were targeted by the LTTE but are now left out of ‘reconciliation’ maneuvers for their pains and for their dauntless loyalty to SL. Once the hostages were rescued, the propaganda war resumed. It was funded by unlimited Tamil blood money to win back what was lost in battle at tremendous cost in lives to the Tamils. The West trapped SL.

Until the hostages were rescued, the SL Forces were hamstrung. They could not use their fire power that included MBRLs and aircraft to the full. That caused the delay. They did not have heavy artillery (175mm guns and above) as has been spuriously alleged or cluster munitions. Ironically it was the US Military study team that recommended it to SL in good faith.

Once the hostages were rescued there was nothing legally or morally as far as waging wars go, to restrain the Forces. The land the terrorists were occupying was SL sovereign land. The proscribed, fully armed terrorists were a military target by law, custom and tradition. Their destruction was justifiable. The force used was proportionate and legitimate. The allegations of war crimes against the West took place in countries they criminally invaded.

Gen Montgomery before the Alamein battle that stopped Rommel for good in North Africa wanted ‘everyone’ in his Eighth Army to kill the enemy. He even told the padres before the Alamein battle to do so too and to resounding cheers to make it two kills on Sundays! .In the North some clergy worshipped VP.VP reciprocated and killed tens of thousands!

Undeterred by its atrocious conduct especially in Iraq and Afghanistan and driven into a frenetic moral frenzy by LTTE supporters with votes in the bag, western media and leading Western politicians and their collaborators made out that SL had attempted genocide towards the end of the war. The rescue of 295,000 hostages not withstanding! Neither was the fact that 12,000 former terrorist cadres, who were captured or had surrendered, were rehabilitated. In contrast the USA has Abu Graib and Guantanamo to showcase its best practices in dealing with Asian prisoners of war developed in to its present form in Vietnam in the 1970s. SL was complicit in this criminality by allowing ‘rendition flights’ to use Colombo airport during the ‘Spring’ of 2001-5.

(To be continued)


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