“Search Interrogate and Destroy” – Hard COIN for Hard Times

In late 2012, workers digging foundations for a new wing in Matale Hospital unearthed partial skeletons of more than 150 people. Of the various theories that sought to explain how this mass grave came to be, the one that most people instinctively thought might be true was that this was the final resting place of victims of death squads from 2nd JVP insurgency, which from 1987 to 1989 almost brought the Sri Lankan State to total collapse. The counter-insurgency (COIN) campaign, which in turn destroyed the JVP had few equals (except perhaps the 1990s Algerian counter-insurgency campaign and the India’s anti-’Khalistan’ counter-insurgency in the Punjab) for its ruthlessness.

Mass grave being excavated in Matale Hospital, 2012

Unlike today’s COIN warriors who use seemingly benign terms like “Fight, Secure, Build”, Sri Lanka’s COIN warriors used the more honest, Search, Interrogate and Destroy” to characterise their brutal, blood-stained and ultimately successful campaign to crush the JVP.

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Sri Lanka War Crimes Test Series – Will Sri Lanka win The Third Test in Geneva?

Can Sri Lanka win the Third Test Match (scheduled to end around 15th March) of the thrilling five game series of the Sri Lanka War Crimes Test Series being played at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the inter-governmental body within the United Nations System?

The US has sponsored a resolution aimed at pushing Sri Lanka into implementing its own LLRC (“Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee”) report, whilst unsubtly telling it that unless it does so, Sri Lanka will face unforeseen, negative consequences.

Keeping a straight bat in Geneva?

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Mr Poop Goes for a Walk

Amnesty International’s attacks on Sri Lanka’s poor war-time human rights record were rebutted with a kneejerk response from nationalistic Sinhalese politicians: “Amnesty is attacking Sri Lanka because it’s in the pay of the LTTE”. Most people (myself included) scoffed at such paranoid and ridiculous attacks on Amnesty. After all, this was Amnesty International, a neutral organisation dedicated to exposing wrongdoing across on the planet, not beholden to any government and funded solely by its member’s donations.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. The paranoids have finally been proven correct. In a bizarre move, Amnesty proudly proclaimed receiving over $50,0000 from an LTTE front organisation, the Canadian Tamil Congress, which recently held fundraising ‘walk-a-thon’ in Toronto for Amnesty International.

 

Alex Neve, Amnesty International accepting $50,000 from the Canadian Tamil Congress, 21st January, 2012

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“We are not a criminal organisation” – Head of LTTE in Switzerland

In a revealing interview by the Swiss newspaper, “20 mins online” on 6thNovember, the new commander of the LTTE in Switzerland revealed the massive financial support given by Diaspora Tamils to the LTTE from Switzerland, his unwavering belief in the possibility of attaining Eelam (an independent Tamil homeland carved out from within Sri Lanka), the new direction of the overseas LTTE,  how Sri Lanka’s secret agents combat the overseas LTTE and of Switzerland’s shameful capitulation to terrorism.

Eelam-on-the Alps

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No Swastikas Please, We’re German.

Scale models of FW-190 & Me-109 fighters. Germany, 2011

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Germans do not have a sense of humour. [This of course is not true.] The British in particular like to think of themselves as being infinitely superior to the Germans in almost any area of endeavour simply on the basis of their own proven capacity for extracting humour from any occasion.

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UN’s Navi Pillay (Navi who?) demands ‘full disclosure’. Obama ‘Michael’ Corleone insists ‘we took care of family business’.

“We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.” President Obama in 2008.

Western bloc human rights organizations are very, very hesitantly dipping their toes into the ‘prosecute Obama for assassinating Osama ‘cos it was a human rights violation’ narrative. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and The International Crisis Group are being extremely circumspect about tackling the US and President Obama’s actions.

'It’s not personal, its strictly business.’

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Ken Livingstone’s has Bus Bomber Vote in the Bag.

A UK coroner’s inquest into the 7th July London Tube & Bus bombing, when UK Jihadi suicide bombers murdered 52 Londoners has finally delivered a verdict of ‘unlawful killing’. Thanking the traumatized survivors who gave evidence, the coroner said “during the course of hearing evidence I ran out of superlatives in describing the courage and heroism of many who survived.”

Ken with his favourite dead terrorist.

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