Thursday, May 29, 2008

Self-inflicted wounds

Defence Ministry ( reports that:
3 LTTE boats destroyed, 15 killed in Army-Navy counter attacks- Jaffna

Army and Navy troops deployed at the Chiraththivu islet, Jaffna sprung an ambush killing at least 15 terrorists as troops claimed to have thwarted a pre-dawn LTTE infiltration attempt at the combined military detachment located between the Jaffna mainland and the Mandathivu island today (May 29).

TamilNet ( reports that:
Sea Tigers raid SLN camp close to Jaffna city
[Wed, 28 May 2008, 22:02 GMT]Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) Sea Tigers naval wing launched a raid in the early hours of Thursday on the Sri Lanka Navy camp located at Chi'ruththeevu islet, close to Ma'ndaitheevu island and Jaffna city, LTTE officials in Vanni told TamilNet. At least 13 Sri Lanka Navy personnel were killed and many sailors wounded in the raid carried out by a special marine wing of the Sea Tigers, the Tiger officials said adding that they have seized weapons including a 50-caliber machine gun, a mortar, two LMGs and military equipments including a radar from the strategic SLN camp situated at the islet facing Jaffna. 3 SLN bodies were also recovered by the Tigers and they identified one sailor. Full story

This episode, over the last 24 hours, has demonstrated that nobody has learned anything in the 25 years that this war has plagued us. Unfortunately, not even the "learned" amongst us, learn the most important lessons.

The Government's response, and that of bloggers like DW (, to the breaking news was as knee jerk as it has ever been. The fact is that the LTTE did what they claimed to have done, but I suspect they have learned that the SL Defence establishment and its cheering squad would deny, deny and counter-claim. So they held back the photos (its not like they had to wait for the film to be developed at Cargills) till the initial flurry of denials were rolled out and then they come out with the evidence that deflates morale and plays havoc with credibility.

Guess who is winning the propaganda war? The first casualty of war may be the truth... in Sri Lanka, the nation bleeds a second time, everytime!

And yet, we ask for more...

1 comment:

Gini Appu said...

reports that:
"The Sri Lanka navy outpost at Erukkalampiddi in the Mannar Island has come under a predawn attack by the LTTE terrorists...,

... sailors have defended their post effectively causing the terrorists to withdraw with their casualties."

The LTTE waits for the Government story to percolate through to the media and then releases the photographs [ ] that leave no doubt in the reader's minds as to what happened!

Another case of ...