“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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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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A Body Guard of Lies – Channel 4, The Truth and Sri Lanka’s “War Crimes”.

Sri Lanka Navy evacuating wounded Tamil civilians, May 2009

The Great Sri Lanka War Crimes Olympics has finally come alive with Callum McCray’s polemic documentary to be shown in the UK on 14th June. McCray’s own viewpoint clearly betrays a man Fluffing so hard for the LTTE, its wonder that he hasn’t got lockjaw. Even the title “Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” was obviously chosen to echo the Cambodian Genocide.

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Come and Have a Go If You Think You’re Hard Enough.

You’ve won a brutal, pitiless 30-year war against probably the most effective and ruthless semi-conventional insurgent/terrorist group anywhere.

You’ve defied massive international pressure to stop the war as you were about to declare absolute and crushing victory.

You’ve pressed ahead with the war despite heavy civilian casualties.

You’ve faced two years incessant of criticism of your victory with unceasing demands for international investigations of abuses and war crimes trials of your victorious forces from human rights groups, Western media and diaspora supporters of the defeated force.

Your victory and the manner of its achievement have been condemned in report issued by the UN Secretary General. Gruesome execution videos damning your military and attempting to compare your country to Rwanda and Cambodia are about to be released.

Even celebrating your victory has been criticized by countries that still obsessively celebrate their military victories 60 years after the event.

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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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Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists.

Everyone knows by now that Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) has two types of terrorists. Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists.

Bad Terrorists attack UK citizens, armed forces and UK interests around the world and must be ruthlessly hunted down. HMG expects co-operation from governments around the world in apprehending and stopping Bad Terrorists from carrying out their foul deeds. e.g. The Real IRA and Al-Quaeda.

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