Sunday, November 30, 2008


THERE is no denying it. The Indians totally screwed up when faced with the deadly and well organized attacks by terrorists in Mumbai. Already at least 183 are dead, hundreds wounded and the death toll may climb over the next few days.

Now the second scene, the blame game is on.

Shivaji Patel, the Home Security honcho has reportedly offered his resignation, as any self-respecting bureaucrat would do. MK Narayanan, who once had the gall to dictate that Sri Lanka must not acquire her defensive requirements from anyone other than India, and that India herself would decide what Sri Lanka needs, had followed suite and offered his too. Maybe that was the only way to prevent a summary dismissal, since the Indian PM is said to have accepted Narayanan's resignation without hesitation, while Patel's employment situation is not yet clear. Narayanan's departure is good news for us Sri Lankans, even though we should not be seen jubilant over this outcome.

Interrogation of the captured terrorist in India would be 'direct' as one western security person described it, meaning it would involve physical coercion and torture to obtain information swiftly from the sole surviving terrorist. The Indians should pay particular attention to identifying whether any of the terror group managed to escape and hang around to attack again later. Interestingly, western media are still describing the attckers as 'militants' while only nations which have suffered similar attrocities in the hands of such brutes are calling them what they truly are; terrorists. The average Indians deserve our sympathy and our support in learning to deal effectively with such brutes so that our region can become safer.

Initial reports from India seems to suggest these terrorists are from the Pakistani controlled Kashmiri region and quite possibly linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba or LeT, even though a previously unheard of group calling themselves Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility initially. LeT is presumed to be connected to the shadowy Pakistani intelligence outfit, the ISI and this could lead to a potentially souring of relations between the two countries, unless they act like grown ups in the face of the subtle and manipulative intentions behind the overt action, obviously aimed at creating tension between the two nations.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008


THE much spculated upon Nov 27th came and passed in Sri Lanka with hardly any fireworks from the LTTE. Many proponents of the terrorist outfit promised a spectacular display of power from the LTTE, but even the Tigers' much anticipated live telecast was interrupted by a last minute air strike by the SLAF against the last remaining broadcast tower somewhere in Killinochchi. The terror chief, now a whining pussy since meeting a real army in combat, pleaded for help from an insensitive Indian establishment and begged for support from anyone who would be ignorant enough to do so. The SLA's 57th and 58th divisions entered downtown Killinochchi and started mopping up operations with scarcely any media coverage.

In the meanwhile, November 27th brought fireworks to Mumbai. Well trained and armed terrorists struck at least 10 locations in a synchronized strike, killing over 160 and wounding hundreds. Among the dead are citizens of US, UK, Japan and Israel, some of whom were singled out for slaughter. The attacks which started around mid-day on Nov 27th continued well into Friday the 29th with the Indian commandoes still struggling to overpower a single gunman holding up a number of hostages. Perhaps overcome by a combination of fatigue, sleeplessness and running out of ammunition, the last of the attackers was killed by Indian commandos three days later.

The Indians bungled from start to finish in this sorry spectacle watched by a global audience. The attackers obviously outclassed the Indians in every aspect of the fight and left everyone feeling sorry for the average Indian, who depends on such incompetents for security. Throughout the entire episode, the level of high descipline of the attackers and the lack thereof of the Indian armed forces was obvious.

The first Indian responders arrived armed with olde worlde .303 rifles and some carrying sticks. The majority hid behind vehicles while the others stared or walked around. There was no visible command structure in existance to deal with the very credible terrorist threat even hours after the firing had started. The local anti-terror cheif was seen in hurried discussions with a number of individuals, after which he entered the Taj Mahal Hotel, to be promptly gunned down by the attackers. He and the other two senior military personnel were dead even before any cohesive counter action could commence. Much later, ordinary military was seen swarming into the hotel carrying a variety of assault weapons, AK47 and T-56 types, none of which are suitable for close quarters combat in a hostage setting.

Much later, an Mil-17 helicopter was seen hovering over the Jewish Center, in which a number of hostages were held by the attackers. The chopper hovered for at least 5-10 minutes while the commandoes rappelled down like a group of old ladies on a picnic and giving ample warning to the terrorists of their arrival. The helo was well within small arms range, was hovering for an unnecessarily long period of time and could have easily become a funeral pyre for the entire strike team, had the terrorists decided to carry out a pre-emptive strike on them. Fortunately they didn't, but the loudly announced arrival of the commando force sealed the fate of the hostages, as all of them were later found shot dead.
Given the failure to control crowds effectively, it is also quite possible that some attackers may have simply dropped their weapons and merged into the swarming crowds, to fight yet another day. If so, India's problems may not have ended yet, even while they seem to quickly assume so.

The short and long term outcomes of the Indian 9/11, as this is termed by western media, will have a profound effect in the region. The Indians were tested and were found lacking and have demonstrated a dangerous degree of incompetence in dealing with a modern day threat scenario. At this point, it appears the next attack targetting India could be a matter of time, given the glaring weaknesses in their defensive apparatus. India needs help and must listen to and learn from friends. Sri Lanka and Israel could be two formidable sources of knowledge for the Indians to learn from.

The effect of this attack on India will also have a massive impact on how they view terrorism in the region, including in Sri Lanka. The SLG's military campaign against the LTTE will now find a more staunch supporter in India, while the Tamilnadu tamil extremist base would be left without any credible excuse to support terrorism in Sri Lanka.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


IN one swift move the LTTE was driven off the southern perimeter.

Divisions 57 and 58 reportedly entered the Killinochchi city areas on November 27th amidst stiff resistance from the LTTE and fighting is continuing.

In the meanwhile the terrorist attacks in Mumbai are unfolding to be a major screw up by the Indian defence establishment and looks increasingly like a comedy of errors. The very apparent unprofessional and amateurish conduct of the Indian security forces are incredible to watch on live television.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


by Apino

The pictures are many and some too graphic for display. But this is a time of reckoning, not only for those who are seen here dead and dismembered, but also for all of us who want this to be truly the 'Final War' which ends all wars in Sri Lanka for a very long time.

The anti-terrorism initiative against the LTTE was something that we had no control over. It had to be done, so that ordinary people could live without fear.

Nevertheless, the fighting will come to an end soon, and hopefully the remaining armed LTTE cadres would come to their senses and surrender to be rehabilitated into civillian life.

The bigger challenge facing the ordinary Sri Lankan is not devolving power to a single minority. We are fully capable of doing anything that needs to be done. Rather it is finding the right solutions and making certain that all Sri Lankans, irrespective of any differences can be equally privildged.

There are some very important potential mistakes the Sri Lankans need to be aware of, in order to avoid them. Foremost among them is NOT to reward any minority for the mayhem they've caused in Sri Lanka for over two decades. To do so would create a precedent for someone else to embark on the same violent path.
Instead it becomes more important to learn to accept everyone as fellow citizens and forge a single identity within which unity can be found and dialogue can lead to issue resolution.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


NOT shown on this map; Sri Lankan Defence Forces also liberated Mankulam.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


SRI Lankan Defence Forces finally arrived in Pooneryn located at the northernmost tip of the island, and seperated from the Jaffna peninsular by the Kilali lagoon. However, the LTTE maneged to remove their heavy artillery positioned in this area before the arrival of the SLDF.

The military's Task Force 1 has now acomplished their primary task of completely decimating all LTTE strongholds on the western coast. Their accomplishment also completes sea-denial to the LTTE on the western coast, and thus making it almost impossible to smuggle in supplies and weapons from Tamil Nadu.

Once mopping up ops are completed in and around Pooneryn, the Task force 1 will be available to facilitate opening up a land route to Jaffna and make future opeartions that much easier. It will also sanitize the Kilali lagoon of any terrorist activity, and relieve the pressure on the main bases in Jaffna which were targetted by the LTTE using heavy weaponry based in Pooneryn.

Meanwhile SLDF Divisions 57 and 58 are on the move and will probably complete capture of Killinochchi within a matter of days or weeks. However, it is important that the SLG keeps such news to a minimum, to prevent giving an ulcer to the tamilnadu nattami circus.

The thrust targetting Paranthan also is continuing, and its capture will allow Divisions 53 and 55 currently pining the LTTE terrorists down in Elephant Pass to go into action. Elephant Pass may not be a walk over, but its capture at this point would conclude a decisive phase of the anti-terrorism operations in northern Sri Lanka.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


The following urgent request has been released by the MOD seeking help from overseas based Sri Lankans on behalf of our Armed Services.

The Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka has made a request through the Foreign Ministry, to all Missions abroad, to supply a medicine required to control foot infections caused by fungi and bacteria to overcome foot infections. The product should ideally contain a potent anti-fungal/anti-bacterial compound, the main ingredient of which contains 1% Triclosan. The Defence Ministry has indicated that the current product used by them is under the trade name Irgasan DP - 300. The trade name is indicated here for purpose of information only and these products by any other trade name is also in order. If you are unable to find the above product in USA, please try Clotrimazole 1% under the brand name LOTRINAN. We are kindly requesting you to contact all concerned Sri Lankans to assist our forces in their time of need.

All donations could either be delivered to the Consulate Office or to the nearest temple in your locality. If you wish to contribute money all cheques should be drawn in favour of the ' Consulate General of Sri Lanka ' for which a receipt will be issued by the Consulate. Your generous contributions towards this noble task is greatly appreciated.

With kind regards Ananda Wickramasinghe Consul General Consulate General for Sri Lanka - Los Angeles Suite 1405, #3250 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. USA 90010 Phone: 213 387 0213 Fax: 213 387 0216

Your friendly pharmacist may be able to identify generic alternatives as well.

Monday, November 3, 2008


LTTE's tincan aircraft managed to slip through not a defective defensive network, but a defective offensive thinking network, and as a result Sri Lanka found itself with its ass hanging out in public.

Scattered news items from various sources are starting to piece together an ugly picture of incompetency which is now starting to become not only worrisome, but also extremely irritating. While the SLAF rushed around trying to blame the escape of the air borne terrorists on the failure of infra-red heat seeking missiles on board the F7G interceptor to get a lock on, the whole interception attempt appears to have been a muddle of errors from start to finish.

First of all, there's the question of whether or when the SLAF became aware of the air borne threat. Though some media tries to comfortingly explain that the terrorists were under the surveillance of multiple radar systems at all times, the fact remains that the SLAF's F7Gs were directed to head out to the Wanni and bomb potential landing sites, instead of attempting to take down the LTTE aircraft using guns in the event the missiles failed. If the enemy was under radar surveillance, the SLAF air traffic controllers should have been able to direct interceptors to the target aircraft precisely. Going by a timeline that is gradually starting to emerge, it appears as though the SLAF bombed the LTTE's known landing site long before the Zlin aircraft even managed to arrive at the Kelanitissa power station and drop bombs causing over approx Rs.100million in damages. It is very doubtful whether the F7G and the Zlin ever shared airspace close enough for the SLAF aircraft to even try to get a lock on.

A further worrisome news that has surfaced and is making the rounds of opposition leaning news media says the SLAF was not even aware of the LTTE aircraft activity until security personnel from the President's House called them. If this is true, communication systems, the chain of command and crissis management in the SLAF is definitely due for a serious overhaul.

It is not only time to find answers to the question as to what really went wrong the night the SLAF completely bungled the LTTE interception, but more importantly, to take serious decisions and implement changes that are quite obviously needed at the heirarchical levels of the SL Air Force.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


I nearly fell off the chair laughing on this one; the IMF warns Sri Lanka that its economic growth may slow due to short term financing....

"...COLOMBO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Sri Lanka's "impressive economic growth" was at risk unless it shored up its balance sheet and trimmed reliance on short-term foreign debt amid the global credit crunch.

The IMF said it expects economic growth to slow to 6.1 percent in 2008, below the central bank's estimated 7 percent and the 6.8 percent recorded last year. It predicted growth of 5.8 percent in 2009.

"(IMF) directors expressed concern that the combined build-up of macroeconomic imbalances, balance sheet vulnerabilities, high inflation, and external financing poses serious risks to economic stability," the IMF said in its annual assessment of Sri Lanka.

It said the global financial crisis, which has drastically cut the availability of credit, had made "Sri Lanka's external accounts ...vulnerable to a reduction in international investor risk appetite." The related article can be found here;

Sri Lanka has let loose on a counter-terrorism campaign of unprecedented proportions to bring parts of the country that had fallen into anarchy in the North and the East. The expenses caused in this process are siginificant enough to have long term effects. Every country that has had to take on challenges of such magnitude have suffered economic consequences and have suffered for decades as a result.

In Sri Lanka's case it is to be a drop of 0.9% from the forecasted 7% GDP growth. This is in an year the entire world is experiencing massive economic travails and recession. Sri Lanka is yet expected to have an annual economic growth of at least 5%, even in the midst of the military action costing her billions.

Does the IMF expect us to run in fear of our own shadow? Give me a break, puhlease...!


WHEN the ego takes flight, intellectual curiosity goes in the toilet.

Two of Tamilnadu's celuloid heroes are on a fast, demanding Sri Lanka cease military action against 'tamils'. Perhaps it is their general level of illiteracy or incomprehension, but both the Indian and sri Lankan governments have explained what it is; a counter-terrorism operation to rid Sri Lankan soil of tribal, racist tamil Tiger terrorism, while millions of tamil civillians live in peace in Sri Lanka.

The two movie idols, a typical fawn and a narcisist, are generally seen in action on the screen beating up a million bad guys without having a hair out of place and end up owning the girl, while thousands of malnourished Tamilnadu coollies pay through their ass to go watch these sorry spectacles and forget their own real misery for a change. Having learnt to expect absolute unquestioning trust from the illiterate hordes, these guys expect the rest of the world to believe that they would seriously precipitate incapacitating themselves or losing their looks, for the cause of someone else. Heck, these guys haven't cared a damn about the millions of starving and homeless in Tamilnadu. And they think we are stupid. As we all know, the Tamils in Sri Lanka don't care a piss for the Indian Tamils, treat the ones working in Sri Lanka like crap, and howl to only when in need of help.

Soon the Fawn and the Narcisist will have a senior tamilnadu political jokester make an impassioned plea to give up the fast. They will then give it up, make politically gainful speaches to the nattami population and that will be that. These are just another couple of Tamilnadu's aspiring political entrants testing the waters to see how much of an advantage they can get out of the blood letting in Sri Lanka.

Saturday, November 1, 2008



WTF? the question I really have to ask.

Sri Lanka has been bleeding to death and the hostiles on the other side of the sea have always cheered at the prospects of our demise. And yet our economy and business keep on buying from them, and provide a ready cash flow for their cheap, lunatic entertainment which never really reaches appreciable quality standards.

Just last week we saw one group of monkeys clamour for their banana and gradually subside. Now another couple of celluloid heros of monkey cinema are on a gastronomical misadventure calling for intervention in Sri Lanka in support of terrorism.

Sri Lanka should make a conscious effort to teach these bastards a lesson. If the government cannot take an overt stance in this regard, at least the Sri Lankan entreprenuers and movie goers can. All that needs to be done is to refuse to patronize movies in which any of these terrorist supporters and our enemies make money out of, or play a role in. That should not be too hard, these monkeys are just too ridiculous to be missed.

Watch or play a game, patronize local theatre, watch TV, or your neighbor's wife. Stop patronizing TamilNadu movies, please people. And tell the movie theatres that we will boycott any Tamilnadu movies if they decide to screen them. There is a need to establish our independence from the thalathel sakkiliyas across the border, and there's more than one way to do that. And if you still continue to miss them too much, go to the zoo. We've got better looking monkeys there.
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