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Was Prabakaran and his entire family Executed by the army?

by Dushy Ranetunge in London

The Sri Lankan States version of the last moments of Prabakaran is reminiscent of the last moments of Rohana Wijeweera, leader of the JVP.

Prabakaran, we are told was in an ambulance, fleeing the battlefield when it came under fire from troops, resulting in his death.

Rohana Wijeweera of the JVP too died while trying to “flee”. He was captured by the Sri Lankan army and handed over to the Sri Lankan State. On the orders of Minister Ranjan Wijeratna, Wijeweera was taken to the Kanaththa Cemetery in Colombo and shot by a group commanded by a senior Police Officer. The state released a “news” item stating that Wijeweera was shot while trying to flee.

It was in fact a clumsy and a crude execution by the Sri Lankan state, which likes to chant pirith from time to time and accuse the West of being hypocrites. The pot calling the kettle black.

Let us look at Prabakarans case. There is now considerable photographic evidence. The New York Times published a picture of Prabakaran?s body being carried by soldiers. It was a full body photo and there are no bullet wounds or injuries apparent on the body. Other video and still photos show his face. These show a cloth covering the upper part of his head, presumably a bullet wound.

Prabakarans face is frozen in a pose of surprise. There is no telltale evidence of him having swallowed cyanide.

If as according to the Sri Lankan state?s version, Prabakaran was fleeing in an ambulance which came under fire by troops, one would expect bullets to have ricocheted around inside the Ambulance causing far more injuries rather than one which looks like a clean single shot to the back of the head.

We were told that Prabakaran was “shot” on Monday in his “Ambulance” while trying to drive through an area blocked by a sea of canvas tents, shacks, bombed out military and other vehicles and some 50,000 Sri Lankan troops.

Must have been some Ambulance driver!

The bodies of Mathvathani Erambu, identified as Prabhakaran?s wife and a girl Duvaraka and a young boy Balachandran identified as Prabhakaran?s children were reportedly found in the vicinity of the body of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, according to a report by the army. They all had gunshot wounds to the head.

It seems this Ambulance was not only a crowded one, all its passengers ended up having gunshot wounds to the head. Perhaps Prabakaran was in the Ambulance and received a gunshot wound to the head and his entire family was 600 meters away and also received gun shot wounds to the head?

Quite remarkable!

But all this results in undermining the credibility of the governments Ambulance story and leads one to speculate as to what could have happened.

We have been told that the UAV was used to locate the fleeing ambulance, but this footage has not been released.

But above the Sri Lankan UAV?s, British, American, Russian and Indian sattelites are watching the crime scene with far superior technology. As I write, they are also watching the bulldozers at work at present at the crime scene, attempting to wipe it all clean and digging mass graves to bury it all, like in Srebrenica, another massacre site. These tapes were later produced during the Yogoslav war crimes trials.

On Sunday, the ICRC confirmed that the LTTE expressed its intention to surrender. Later Foreign Secretary Kohona stated that the offer of surrender came too late.

The rules of war allow a protagonist to surrender at any time of engagement. There is never a “too late” or “too early” a time to surrender.

Did Prabakaran and his entire family surrender to the army and were executed by them?

There is another possibility.

It is possible that Prabakaran ordered his family and himself to be shot by his bodyguard, realising the futility of the situation. The army having recovered the bodies may have not wanted to reward Prabakaran with any heroism in death and may have came up with the Ambulance story. This is however unlikely, because if the suicide route was taken, the Chola mindset of the Ilavars would not have left even the ashes of Prabakaran for the “Sinhala” army to parade.

There is another incident, which is of immense curiosity. When Rajapakse landed at BIA from Jordan, I was at the airport on my way to London.

The route to the airport had posters of Mervin Silva, advertising his triumph over the Tigers in Rome? The cab driver on seeing the posters cursed Mervin as a tyrant.

On alighting from the aircraft Rajapakse kissed the tarmac. Now, this is a patented signature habit of Gods representative on Earth, the Pope. It is the Pope who normally goes around kissing tarmac. Rajapakse pays frequent visits to the Vatican and is photographed shaking the Popes hand, because no other head of state in Europe would like to be photographed shaking Rajapakse?s hand for obvious reasons. The first lady is also a Catholic. But to emulate the Pope to the extent of kissing tarmac is curious.

Was this irrational and highly emotional behaviour on the part of Rajapakse due to the fact that he was aware on Sunday morning that Prabakaran?s body was in the custody of the Sri Lankan forces, either dead or alive?

That would explain why he was consumed by the Pope like urge to kiss tarmac.

Ending of the war and the ability of the Sri Lankan army to capture all territory was a foregone conclusion. This knowledge was clearly not tarmac kissing material.

Although Rajapakse was previously promising Prabakaran to India for trial etc, these were political manoeuvrings and lacked any seriousness.

Prabakaran or for than matter Wijeweera “alive” in the state?s custody would have distracted the focus of victory from the victor to the vanquished. It would have also presented the State with a security, diplomatic as well as a legal nightmare.

For the Sri Lankan state, both Rohana Wijeweera and Velupillai Prabakaran being “shot dead while fleeing” is a convenient conclusion.

Although Prabakaran advocated the cult of the cyanide capsule to others, he himself would never use it at the end, and died from a “Sinhala-Buddhist” bullet to the back of the head. The ultimate humiliation to the Chola mindset, which boasted that they will not even leave the ashes of Prabakaran to the Sinhala army.

In Colombo the Sinhala Buddhist tribalists and teamsters waved their flags and celebrated. Their team had won and the captain had kissed tarmac.

The world had witnessed a carnage in Sri Lanka. Thousands of innocents had died, a sight disturbing to the hardest of minds. There was so much misery and suffering in this land of the Buddha. So many Sri Lankan soldiers had died, especially in the past few months, that the army had stopped releasing casualty figures in the fear of a backlash in the South.

There was too much death and suffering to be in a party mood, to eat kiri-bath or bring out the giant rabana?s.

The achievement of the Rajapakse administration and the Sri Lankan armed forces in particular are quite extraordinary. They have achieved what many thought was the impossible. The Tamil Diaspora is lost for words. The speed and momentum of the military assault and its conclusion has been quite stunning. Little Sri Lanka had shown to whole wide world, how to deal with terrorists and it was by all accounts an innings defeat.

But the human cost of it all was and continues to be gut churning. It has destroyed Sri Lanka?s image abroad with ordinary citizens of the world. It is pointless huffing and puffing at the British Secretary of State Miliband, accusing him of being a LTTE supporter, because Miliband is merely expressing the sentiments of millions of ordinary British and European citizens who have been appalled at the human carnage in Sri Lanka. Its also good to be mindful that Miliband may be a future British Prime Minister.

Both my teenage children at Queenswood and Winchester boarding schools in the UK are having to face the disapproval of fellow students appalled at the carnage in Sri Lanka. Miliband represents this disapproval of the British and European citizens.

Rajapakse?s speech in Jayawardhanapura Kotte was inspiring. It made the news in the West, and was welcomed. When the President said that there are those who loved this country and those who didn?t, one wondered which category the “helping Hambanthota” group that defrauded the country by millions falls into.

Hambanthota has lots of brand spanking new tarmac waiting to be kissed, but then the ten commandments of democracy includes the warning, “Thou shalt be wary of politicians who kiss babies and tarmac.”


As for prabha and family, it is quite possible that the execution order came from India rather than from anybody in Sri Lanka. I do not think India wanted prabha to stand trial and vomit all the facts about secret dealings of the past. As for the surrender offer, it would have probably been delayed by none other than Mr. Solheim. He and Norway have all the reasons in the world to prevent prabha being cross examined in a court of any nature.
More than any of these, you need to understand one clear fact. The armed forces were not there to acquire land or plant national flags. They had one aim. To wipe out LTTE.

I mean WIPE OUT.. KAPUT... DEAD...AND... BURIED. Just ask any of the soldires. Just go and ask any of the normal guy you meet at the kadamandiya.... Not in UK but in Sri Lanka.

Posted by: kandhia suresh | May 21, 2009 09:44 PM

At last Sri Lanka kicked UK and the Tamil diaspora in the butt

Posted by: Pragmatist | May 21, 2009 09:44 PM

Hey, It is over now.

Posted by: Rohana | May 21, 2009 09:45 PM

I am very convince that the GoSL do not have Pirabaharan's body. The man known to have couple of look a like and sent so many young men to the grave would not surrender to the GoSL. He definitely taken his life and his body guards burn it as the LTTE said They are silencing their guns.

The truth never hides for ever. The time will clear all mysteries.

Posted by: Sathees | May 21, 2009 09:50 PM

Here we go !!!

Posted by: NF | May 21, 2009 10:08 PM


Posted by: HIran Kulatilake | May 21, 2009 10:11 PM

You are absolutely right about the Sri Lankan government. They are hiding a huge amount of truth and dancing to the monks advice.

Posted by: Menaka | May 21, 2009 10:13 PM

Dear Dushy Rane

I am appalled by your comments. This is a canibal who had no sympathy for humans be it Sinhala Tamil or Muslims.

I would like to see your epilogue written on the carnage executed on almost a million Iraqis, Afgans and Pakistanis by Georgie, Tony and Milliband clique. Sinhalese, be careful. Milliband the PM is going to reenact the 1815 saga.

Sorry mate.

Posted by: Wasanth Ranagala | May 21, 2009 10:14 PM

Hi! Dushy ...

Whatever is said and done about Mahinda, he would go in the history as the destroyer of terror which plagues the country for three decades. Impossible is achieved with success that nobody could disagree. This achievement will be great leaping pad for Sri Lanka to achieve heights it deserves. Ofcourse, Milliband may become PM .... Who cares ... because SL has already stepped out of their orbit and it's up to them to appease SL to keep it in their orbit.

Many are predicting chaos in UK if this economic carnage done by credit squeezy continue. If your children has to face the disapproval of fellow students, think about tamil children who carried and demonstrated with the photo of the ruthless terrorist Prabha. Don't you feel pity about them? By the way, I respect you for your many articles in the past opposing LTTE terror and the brave steps you have taken in opposing terrorism. But, your opinion about sinhala budhists are same as LTTE and LTTE supporters.

You have to look at the whole picture where sinhalese are the minority in that corner of global village (65 million tamils just 10 km away from 16 million sinahlese) and these 65 mil tamils conducting polls to see the approval for divided SL. Look at the behaviour of tamil diospara and their hate for SL. No wonder the polarisation of sinhalese. Silverline is that nothing had happened to innocent tamils in SL in these jibiliant time. Compare that to tamil diospara who injured sinhalese (in Paris, Sydney, Melbourne) and their violence against sinhalese shops.

Posted by: Bruno Umbato | May 21, 2009 10:15 PM

i wonder what you want to achive out of this article...

Posted by: Thushara | May 21, 2009 10:18 PM

What are you? I am not going to waste my time writing anything about your "two cents" article. cos' it's so cheap propaganda for the west. You may l**k david's back. You are sick as the LTTE diaspora.

Posted by: LIONAJITH | May 21, 2009 10:20 PM

I condem his attitude to write such a article favoring to Tigers. he may also a supporte r of LTTT. You too must be eliminated from this land. You should not step to sri lankan land.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2009 10:21 PM

As you have pointed out President Rajapakse never kissed the earth. He as a devoted buddhist paid tribute to the motherland on his arrival from Jordan since our motherland was free of ruthless terrorism. You cannot changed what happened at that moment since millions of spectators watched television and those people are not deaf and blind like you. It seems that you have a good vision to watch good part of Britishes and Europeans because of your inferiority complex.

You can also ask your favourite Milliband what they have done in Iraq and Afghanistan together with George Bush. Are you prepared to take them on charge for war crimes?

Posted by: Upananda Karunaratne | May 21, 2009 10:23 PM

So you think the SL govt should have spent more resources on Barbarian VP keeping him in the prison?

Looks like you are also eying for a portfolio in Miliband Cabinet ha...ha...ha...

Posted by: SamP | May 21, 2009 10:25 PM

the writers concern on the fate of Prabahakaran's death and blame on sri lankan state is useless and baseless.

everyone in the world knows the crimes against huminity done by prabaha. he is, in fact, not a human being in his mind. he killed thousands of innocent civilians including children, preganant mothers, clergy, state leaders and many more. he deviced the most cruel wepons, jonny butta and suicide caders, child soldiers in the war history. he employed most cruel ways to kill people by stabbing, cutting with sharp knifes and swards, blasting etc. the sole aim of the humantarian operation carried out of the sri lankan government is to eliminate the terrorism. if prabaha had not been killed, in whatever the way, whole effort of the government would have been futile. the sacrifies of 6000 lives of soldiers would have been in vain.

so no one, in my opinion, should be worried of the way the most ruthless terrorist in the world has been killed. what every patriotic sri lankan wanted was to see the dead body of the prabaha. we are delighted about that!! it is a wonderful achievement of the sri lankan armed forces setting example to the whole world. it is because his death gurantees the security and well-being of millions of sri lankans at present and in generations to come. we celebrate those points than mere death of the terrorist.
finally i ve seen in many local and foriegn media saying that sri lankan president kissed tarmac. it is totally incorrect. what he did was worshipping the motherland. not kissing!! sinhAla buddhist worship loard buddha, discipels, parents, elders as a act of graditude, sincerity and respect!

Posted by: Prasad | May 21, 2009 10:25 PM


Posted by: kuthbuddin | May 21, 2009 10:48 PM

Dushy; thanks for a balanced article. The Government has got to answer for the death of civilians. The speech was empty promises. The man will not be allowed to keep his promises. The JHU will make sure of that. Who killed Lasantha and all the other Journalists?. Answer that and the world would probably believe this Government. This guy and his team have raped our country of birth.
How much longer before Karuna takes to the Jungles again.?

Posted by: Tony Candappa | May 21, 2009 10:50 PM

This is what happened during last few days of our struggle...Please note that this is a guess

Since SL got into beaches LTTE hierachy with 1000 injured cadres decided to give up to save those young's lives and other civil member's families
Obviously Praba& Pottu cannot live after they admitted their defeat. So they committed suicide.

Then SL is informed and arrangements were made for organised surrender. Then only Mahinda kissed his stupid land with his bottom up.

As Sinhala buddihists havebeen doing for last 61 years SL went and finished all civil members. If they leave them alive oneday SL may have to negotiate with them.

Whole idea is to create political vacuum and eliminate all young generation in next two years so there will be no body to fight meanwhile colonising Tamil areas with Sinhala soliders families. This is not a highly imaginative propaganda . Unfortunately this is what has been planned by SL government.

Alternative scenario

Praba was killed during the bombings and SL got the information after they got hold of some medical unit.Then Mahinda did his bottom up dance.

Karuna is calling Praba coward. Is Karuna fighting with himself ..because to save his life he changed his skins..Poor Karuna...He knows that he is a coward...He is dying every day knowing that.

LTTE cannot admit that he is not alive.

SL cannot tell Sinhalese that Praba killed himself.

As I am a middle aged tamil I would love to have 'SL's Praba's black moustache.

Tamil are down not because they lost to army with superior.armoury...(nothing to be ashamed with that...we would or should have lost to INDIA)...but .because they lost to this Singhala dumb race.THAT REALLY HURTS

Posted by: Mahen | May 21, 2009 10:52 PM

The writer forgets the past atrocities of Prabakarn and LTTE only concerned with how Prabakaran died. May be his thoughts should be focused to hundreds of surrendered unarmed policy brutally massacred or places of veneration bombed or many hundred innocent civilians bombed to death and limbs blown or many outstanding Tamil and international figures blown to bits.

Thanks to the country leader ship who had the guts and grit to make this county peaceful again. If it is for me I would make the ground in gold for the President to kiss.

I suggest the writer to serve his relations with Srilanka and find some hole some where he would be ok from may be some un-approving glares.

By the way have we forgotten that during many world wars the Europeans and US blitzed women and children and babies to bits in their thousands.

In all no one say taking life is correct. But some times as lay people brutality has to be met in the same manner to quell it once and for all.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2009 10:54 PM

.. above the Sri Lankan UAV's, British, American, Russian and Indian satellites are watching the crime scene with far superior technology...

All brave soldiers now keep a camera/video phone with wireless connection.

All the war related documents are saved electronically in computers with or without Internet connection.

Getting any war crime evidences are not an issue here. Sinhalese are celebrating on the death of tens of thousands of follow citizens. Rest of the world got a pretty good picture of any Sri Lankan's mindset.

Sri Lanka’s stability is nothing to do with the mindset of Sinhalese or Tamils but it is related to the future game plan of those military hardware manufactures.

Posted by: ECHO | May 21, 2009 10:56 PM

I think there is no point in talking about the death of Prabha with you.
But I should tell you one thing that,
President never kissed the tarmac, you better check the video again.
He just warship his motherland which became free of LTTE. His both hands were together and on his forehead.

Posted by: SriLankan | May 21, 2009 10:59 PM

Great article.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2009 11:02 PM

JVP story & LTTE story completely different. JVP did not try to divide the country. Do not mess up. You looks like NGO.
Also its nothing with a religion. The killer wiped off. Thats it. Whoever did that its a good job. Sri Lanka is belonged to Sinhalese. Other people can live with them peacefully.

Posted by: nihal | May 21, 2009 11:05 PM

Dushy - Were you evicted from Sri Lanka?

Posted by: Nimal A | May 21, 2009 11:15 PM

Dear sir/madam,
I dont think any of your family members were killed by Prabakaran or Wijeweera. In Sri Lanka there are thousands like that. Both of them destroyed national assets. Without knowing all the facts dont try to analyse it. People who suffered only know the pain, and that is why they are still celebrating the death of Prabhakaran.

If yoy are supporting this terrorist outfit, then you also have blood in your hands. Let Sri Lanka sort out their problems.

Posted by: Sarathg | May 21, 2009 11:18 PM

Miliband future PM of UK? So what?

We are talking about the life of 21 million people living in Sri Lanka. If your children are intimidated by some children who are misinformed by fascist/colonialist foreign minister of UK we are very sorry about that. Solution to our most importent national question should not please only a handful of primery school children of a British villege.

The first lady is christian? Well so are SWRD Bandaranayke, Chandrika K. Ranil Wickramasinghe not to talk about the family JR Jayawardena came from. In Sri Lanka there is opportunity for everybody as long as they love this country.Only those who don't love it are invited to stay away.

Posted by: lasantha perera | May 21, 2009 11:19 PM

For the record, He didn't Kiss, He worshiped...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2009 11:24 PM

Very imotional and with full of hatred. Is this perssonal to the writer. Has he lost his bread winner.

Posted by: Jayantha | May 21, 2009 11:24 PM

There is a list of Sri Lankan journilists

Posted by: De Silva | May 21, 2009 11:36 PM

Throughout this article one dominating point is emerging to readers, that is some one is shocked & shattered by losing something they support so much.

Posted by: Rai | May 21, 2009 11:39 PM

point out the USA how Iraq, Afghanistan war. How they have been killing and assaulting detainees? Make your kids to understand white or brown, doesn’t matter. When it comes to terrorist same way we have to get rid of. USA did the same thing. Plus British are over major reason we have this LTTE. They brought the slave from India when we were in British colony.

Posted by: Manju Sene | May 21, 2009 11:49 PM

do you understand the hell tamils were living in north. please, are you one of RW's boys?

Posted by: Shiva | May 21, 2009 11:52 PM

this writer Trying to make that terrorist leader a hero.

Posted by: buddhika | May 21, 2009 11:53 PM

disgusting URGE to criticise buddhism line after line !!!!!!????

Posted by: v fernando | May 21, 2009 11:54 PM

i think this story is rubbish.

Posted by: Prabakaran | May 21, 2009 11:58 PM

here come the conspiracy theorists! one of many i imagine.

"why did rajapakse kiss the tarmac"? can't be because the war has ended, no no no (not in the conspiracy theorists eyes). This article will be lost in sea of similar articles, ones that have not been based on evidence and purely on opinion. The lasting memory will be that of an uncorrupted president who is brave enough to stick two fingers up at the west and do what he thinks is best for his country.

Posted by: T-boy | May 22, 2009 12:23 AM

hi to all readers,

one man who thought he was above all is dead,

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 12:25 AM

Gun culture always ends up in this manner, no matter how much they call themselves as States of Democratic or Human-Right champions, So do not waste your time, writer in having postmortums,which serves the deserves,As it is apparent that you are a double tounged serpent under the carpet.

Posted by: Udugampola Mrs. | May 22, 2009 12:39 AM

Yes Mr President kiss the tarmac

Posted by: Srilankan | May 22, 2009 12:41 AM

Did you ever write an article about the bus attack in Kebithigollewa ( I assume you know where it is?)while there is this so-called cessation of hostilities going on? What about 67 innocent sinhala civilians who died on that day? Did you have to time to write about the way those school childern were bus bombed at Buttala ( I wonder if you know where it is)..

Posted by: sanjeewa | May 22, 2009 12:44 AM

dear dushy,
the analysis of the war is entertaining but didn't give the reality of the situation .
in your imagination you thought sri lanka made mistake and we are not par with the ideal English.

first of all .let see how the English treat their enemy.

1) a migrant was shot dead in a subway station because the police thought he was a terrorist , the court agreed.

2) the same milliband was Alvie during 2nd Iraq war and an English medical journal published the number of the civilians death. he still thought that was right .he didn't utter any word about the manner the war was started and the human right violations by the parties involved.

3)you must be either very Innocent or involved with an organization that influence the policy making of other countries.( or you may be simply selfish only worried about your children's future in England .

you have thought you extensively analyzed the last few days of the war .

Do you have any idea .
who started the war in srilanka . do you remember Indra Gandy ? she trained the Tamil armed groups in srilanka.
Do you remember Balasingam ? he convinced the LTTE to switch the side against India's interest in our country . (that is why even after the grp was banned he was able to function openly as LTTE spoke person)

at last every one should understand there are no individual countries the big powers grab where ever they can
and the small countries have to suffer instill they are with one or the other powerful one .
non alignment is a clever start for a new power block it is playing out in the region

Posted by: kanthan | May 22, 2009 12:44 AM

Please why do not talk about British killed innocent for colonilization of many country. Are those British pure not killing any human and loving human?

Why they support america to war and bomb to find a mith of hiding lethal weaponry by Saddaham. I would like him being killed and he deserved being killed.

We, Sri Lankan did not shout at Americans or British idiots. by doing so, they killed many innocent may more than 100000 iraq people. It is nonesens. Those Christians and the western are jelouse about our pure Buddhism.

You will in another 20 years time there are no UK, USA, and Europe only China, India and the Middle East countries.

Posted by: Thilaka | May 22, 2009 12:52 AM


Would you mind explaining the readers who gave the pope the sole right to kiss the earth (or tarmac or whatever)? Any able person who can bend down should be able to do this without being subjected to criticism

You say.. "Both my teenage children at Queenswood and Winchester boarding schools in the UK are having to face the disapproval of fellow students appalled at the carnage in Sri Lanka.

Miliband represents this disapproval of the British and European citizens.".. What do you expect? Sri Lanka to back off and let the terrorists have their way because your kids having to face difficulty from the kids of the Royal highness?? Should Sri Lanka only do what those kids approve? Do you expect Sri Lanka to go along only what Miliband apporves of?

What do these students know about the real situation? Just because your kids face difficulty should Sri Lanka bend over? What a Moron..

Whole world knows what an arrogent idiot Miliband is.. We don't give a damn about the moron..

My friend.. Colonial era is long gone.. They cannot control us like a colony again.. get over with it..

A Sri Lankan.

Posted by: A Sri Lankan | May 22, 2009 12:53 AM

The ambulance story was the earliest one. Then they said he was gunned down by snipers which seems a more plausible story.

I didnt hear Mr Miliband is talikng about latest Afgan refugees.One million in couple of days bombing. Are the british satellites monitoring these as well? I think you need to devote more time wrtting those thingss rather than further tarnish the country's image.

Posted by: Kumara | May 22, 2009 12:57 AM

In 1991, Sri Lanka was declared the worst place on earth next only in Iraq in terms of Human Rights Violations.

This year, they have gave one step further.

Maybe that's why a beaming Rajapakshe was kissing the earth.

Posted by: Sam Perera | May 22, 2009 01:10 AM

Dear Dushy

A great article!

Posted by: Chandrakumara | May 22, 2009 01:13 AM

no question about it

Posted by: Nishi Nimasha | May 22, 2009 01:16 AM

What a load of garbage.

Posted by: Kumar Dassenaieke | May 22, 2009 01:17 AM


As for treatments meted out to VP the barbarian (for lack of better word. In fact a new word should be introduced to English vocabulary to adequately characterize this monster ) is far more decent for a vulture of his nature. Innocent Sinhalese and Tamils whose children were lost
in suicide attack have been expecting him to die thousand deaths. Console yourself for his body was intact to be recognized and be given the last rite whereas many parents were not even able to recognize their loved once massacred on the orders of this sadist.

As for kissing the tarmac by President, it is in no way a comparison to Papal blessing a country. I wish you had walked few yards in his shoes to imagine the stress he has undergone in the height of the war particularly at the pestering by the west and Britain. Winning the war as the president of this country is no doubt a reason to be overjoyed. Yet knowing the most ruthless terrorist in the world is behind bars is climatic. Above all his action was driven by the true patriotism which I highly doubt you posses that.

By the way how did you feel when you heard the news of VP’s death and knowing how he conducted himself till his last moment? That feeling makes all the difference in your line of writing and journalistic impartiality thereof.

As for Miliband what makes you think why his heart goes out to Sri Lankan Tamils when they subject to cross fire and not for innocent Afghans die in thousand by US bombing? Has he uttered a single word against US bombing? Are they sub-human? As for you, have you ever raised your concern and protest when innocent Sri Lankans were butchered by VP and his gang?

By the way you have also alarmed us of potentiality of Milband becoming a future PM in Britain. Do you think MR would give a hoot? What has Britain done to help SL? Perhaps may me meager sum (less than 4 Million) with all the condition attached to it. As if SL die in starvation if not for their mighty donation.

For your information forming of equivalence of IMF by ME and ASIA is on the card. I am sure SL will be in a better position to obtain a handsome package particularly with the Natural resources , strategic importance and the political stability of the country under the able statesmanship of MR ( now that the LTTE menace is gone)

Do you envy increasing popularity of MR where most of the people address him as King MR?

Just curious.

Sam Wijesinghe USA

Posted by: Sam Wijesinghe | May 22, 2009 01:17 AM

the writer, who ever are you a shame to the parent you were born. though its apear a sinhala name you are not a Sri Lanken. Did you aware of what the bruital LTTE did lat 3 decades to our motherland. why dont you talk about Hitler. Why you dont talk about Amaricans assasination in Afganistan, Iraq.

Posted by: Hemantha | May 22, 2009 01:19 AM

They were shot dead by the SF blank point.
Tamils can leave our country if they can't live here we have no problem and we are not welcoming Tamils diaspora to our country. They can go to hell with their Ellam.

Posted by: Lion Blood | May 22, 2009 01:25 AM



Posted by: D ANURA WEERERATNE | May 22, 2009 01:28 AM

Check a few facts please

1. Who originated the story of the ambulance? Are you sure it was the army? There seems to be no such official admission from the side of the forces at any time.

2. The president did not KISS the tarmac. He knelt down with hands together in the typical Sri lankan greeting position, but did not kiss the tarmac.

The above are your major presumptions - and if both are false, what can one say about your article?

Posted by: rational | May 22, 2009 01:38 AM

My theory is Prabha, who failed to deliver what he promissed and see his mighty Military go down infront of the Chinese Arsenals, Cluster bombs and Thermobaric shells, told this Bodyguards or junoir ranking cadres to shoot him and his family.

Whats is missing in the puzle is Pottu's Body has not been recovered per some Army related sites though they confirmed the death.

Whether VP ordered to kill him, his family and Pottu, no one know and there is a valid reason to believe this scenario.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 01:46 AM

It would be nice to know whether author ever lifted a pen when thousands of innocent women and children were being killed by the JVP or the LTTE?

Before the US and all the other so called righteous western countries look in to satellite images over Sri Lanka they better first start with the so called collateral damage caused by their own war on terror.. and it still continues... Remember the west taught the war on terror and collateral damage to the rest of the world..

Posted by: Namal | May 22, 2009 01:54 AM

If British, American, Russian and Indian sattelites are watching the crime scene with far superior technology, wonder why could not they find where praba was. Why you guys have to wait on the SL govt media?

Posted by: Shani | May 22, 2009 02:05 AM

what are u trying to say...plays the same INGO's piano.

Posted by: Nadeep Silva | May 22, 2009 02:05 AM

Anybody who lived in Sri Lanka in the last 10 years would justify all the festivities taken place in the island on hearing the news of the death of LTTE leader, no matter how he died. It is evident that the author has not experienced the harassments the Sri Lankans went through in the last 30 years as a result of LTTE's brutality.

Posted by: Shan | May 22, 2009 02:08 AM

Blahh, Blaah, Blaahh...

Posted by: Gayathri Salgado | May 22, 2009 02:13 AM

try to do what mr rajapaksha did at the airoprt and dot damage

Posted by: priyantha | May 22, 2009 02:14 AM

This is what happens when people come to UK, they don't realise that they are only second citizens here.Though their children go to English schools dosen't mean the are "Great British".

Posted by: Dias Bandaranayake | May 22, 2009 02:16 AM

You are living in England and Talk about Sri Lanka.?

Posted by: Anuira Dantanarayana | May 22, 2009 02:23 AM

When Mr.Premadasa was killed the same people celebrated with firewoks and kiribath.After 2 ,3 ,months these people will forget kissing tarmack when they are realy Hungry .

Posted by: Chandra Sebastian | May 22, 2009 02:23 AM

NGO member.

Posted by: KBK | May 22, 2009 02:36 AM

who cares. Its all over. When there is a war against the terrarisom do you think any government will leave clues for others to find out. After Wijeyweera's killing what happened to the JVP. They have come to the politics. Prabha new that he can't come to the power by the ballot. Thats why he has taken a bullet against the tamil civilians and Srilanka government. Now the best is to invite Dougles Devananda, Ananda Sangree like genuine politician to represent tamil community. They are the true leaders of the country. We all are under one flag. Thats the lions flag.

Posted by: Lokkara | May 22, 2009 02:43 AM

There ae two catagories in our country i.e.: Those who love & those who do not love the country.

Posted by: De Silva | May 22, 2009 02:46 AM

Where was writer when terrorist prabakaran killed many innecent child, youths & elderly people.

Posted by: Unknown | May 22, 2009 02:48 AM

Next time you will visit SL beware, Mahasona is there to elcome you

Posted by: mahason | May 22, 2009 02:51 AM

Rejoice like nay fellow Sri Lankan on the demise of the LTTE scourage, that had been pestering our motherland for the past 36 years. Get out of your colonial mentality and help to rebuild a united Sri Lanaka. Anyone with a rational mind can see that Milliband and his clan were trying to give a lifeline to LTTE for their geopolitical gains.

The West never helped us to win this war and if they don't interfear now, we can become a great country without their help.

Posted by: Hema Kularatne | May 22, 2009 02:55 AM

a little and needs some advice on exaggerating events.

Rajpakse never kissed the tarmac. He only worshiped the motherland in the Sinhala Buddhist way. Even if he kissed the tarmac what is wrong with that. Kissing the tarmac has been never limited only to the Pope. I have seen cricketers kissing the cricket pitch after scoring centuries or double centuries.

If his children are facing disapproval by their fellow students in boarding scholls in the UK he should educate his children to respond in a logical manner to those ctiticisms. After all Rajapakse has wiped out a terrorirt group from SriLanka whcih should be admired.


Posted by: VS | May 22, 2009 02:56 AM

NoT Only our president also the Chief of Army Sarath Fonseka is great. withouthim this achivement impossible.We can meassure the ability of government ministers now, how there handling the situation after the great victory.we hope they will over come the problems petaininng to humanrigts etc.

Posted by: wasantha | May 22, 2009 03:00 AM

Mahinda R did not kiss the land like Pope but prayed in acceptance of its 'divinity'.

Do you know the difference?

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Posted by: ROHANA BANDARA | May 22, 2009 03:01 AM

As true lankens who suffered more than 30 years of terrorism of this Prabhakaran we are not anxious the way he was killed. He is no more.He desevred it.

Posted by: jagath kalutantri | May 22, 2009 03:12 AM

in uk insulting our motherland and people saved our country.

That is a nomal which happens most of the sri lanka people live in UK.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 03:14 AM

Think of the numbers of young Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim who were sacrificed and their families who will have to bear the grief for years to come due to this maniacs unholy dreams of Eelam.

Posted by: Lanka Peiris | May 22, 2009 03:15 AM

It is sad to read the article full of gossip. The President did not kiss the tarmac, but he worshiped the earth. So better to check the facts.

Posted by: Pol | May 22, 2009 03:21 AM

Dear Dushy,

It seems you are unwilling to embrace great sri lankan leadership.

It will take time for you all and west to digest how great is Sri Lanka with the current leadership.

Please write another kind of story of your imagination after some time it always reminds death of a ruthless killer by great Sri Lankan Army.

Take care though some misfortune may happen to you due to too much imagination.

Posted by: Banu | May 22, 2009 03:22 AM

My Dear Dushy,

If you cannot recognise something so blatantly obvious as someone worshipping and someone kissing, what chance have you got of fathoming what is the truth and what is false? Or did someone tell you that he kissed the tarmac? or maybe you are speculating? Those who saw it know that he worshipped the tarmac and that is a fact.

At this juncture what we need is peace and reconcilliation, not those fanning the fire.

Thirty years of hatred fester in our motherland.Your article only encourages that hatred amongst the vulnerable and cloud the judgement of the neutral.


Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 03:24 AM

What is the problem of SriLankan president paying respect to his mother land. Is that a patent right of the pope.

It does not matter how the murderer and the family got killed. Those are the consequences of bad deeds.

Posted by: Parak | May 22, 2009 03:28 AM

you write the story with little facts

if you read the news carefully it said that the brave Sri Lankan forces (not the Sinhala Budhist army) suspect that the top LTTE leadership have been ambushed while trying to escape the advancing troops in a ambulance and forensic and DNA test are being carried out at a hospital in Anuradhapura (area closest to the north where the fighting took place) this was in the news the day when the brave president who had the guts to speak out and point out what the western countries are doing in the name of wiping out terrorist.

Please check the news papers and even BBC. as I follow every detailed article on the issue.

The medical team was still identifying the bodies that were burnt beyond recognition due to the RPG attack on the vehicle that was trying to escape, when the president came from JORDAN, kissed the tarmac in thanksgiving to mother LANKA and announced that the war is finally over and peace is there to stay permanently in SRI LANKA.

it was on the 19th afternoon, during cleaning operations that the bodies of the LTTE top brass were discovered and still they had to do DNA testing to match with Charles Anthony (Son of Prabakharan) to confirm the death of the most cuel terrorist in the world. A person who killed not only the so Called SINHALA but the BURGER, MUSLIM and even the law abiding TAMIL citizens of Sri Lanka. This is the man who went to places of worship (Anuradhapura Worship site, and the Mosque) and killed innocent worshipers. this is the so called leader of the Tamil diaspora who killed 17 small children who were on the way home after a baseball game. This is the leader of tomorrow who killed unarmed farmers who were cultivating for a living.

Iam a catholic and do not have any political favorites in the Sri Lankan political arena. But would applaud and support any decisions taken for the benefit of the country and its peaceful people.

if one is a analyze the reason why the so called Tamil Diaspora are demonstrating so hard in other countries where they went as political refugees (maybe including you), one would realize that they are terrified at the fact that they would have to leave their so called comfortable lives living with the aid/doles/refugee grants provided to them from the tax paying citizens of those countries. You all could not make a proper living in Sri Lanka and took the opportunity to take advantage of the situation to sneak to other countries in the pretext of being discriminated by the so called SINHALA regime or regimes as many governments ruled the country in the last 30 years.

My being a SINHALA, let me enlighten you a little bit of the history of the so called discrimination. the 1980's chief of Police (Mr. Rudra Rajasingham - a Tamil) Chief of ports Authority in 1980's (Mr. Ragunathan - A Tamil) Foriegn Minister till he was killed by his own community LTTE (Mr. Laxman Kadhiragama - a Tamil) and so on. these all were good law abiding True Sri Lankan citizens who did not run but stayed and helped the country grow.

I myself if you would say was also effected by the so called SINHALA Discrimination as we studied in ENGLISH. But we did not run and take advantage of the situation. We found alternative ways of living in the peaceful country till the menace of the LTTE came to haunt the country for 30 years.

Mr Miliband and so many other western country leaders were effected and were concerned of the Sri Lankan situation not because they loved Sri Lanka or they were concerned about the well being of the Innocent civilians trapped in the conflict but simply to obtain the next vote at the next election and to keep the true Citizens (the native population being harassed by the Tamil Diaspora who demonstrated and damaged property in those countries) calm and quiet.

I challenge the Tamil Diaspora to stop the demonstrations and damages caused for property and persons in those countries such as UK, USA, and Canada and see if the so called Mr Miliband and other leaders of the European Union would even notice what is happening in Sri Lanka???

You also said it right when you mentioned that Mr. Miliband is the future prime minister of UK.

Lastly, the so called Hambanthota group who defrauded millions at least did some good to the country. riding the country of terrorism. What did the Tamil freedom fighter do??? He gave cyanide to all his followers but did not take it himself. his son was found with tens of millions of rupees in cash with him when he tried to flee. Were these the leaders who were trying to liberate the innocent Tamil's from the So called SINHALA demons.

In my closing words I urge the international community to watch and see the development that would be provided by the so called SINHALA demons to the North and East so that all could chant PIRITH and other religious offerings (there a 4 main religions in the country) and see as who was the pot when it called the kettle black !!!!

May God bless all law abiding citizens of the world and forgive all who take up violence and arms to resolve disputes that may occur.

Posted by: Suresh Perera | May 22, 2009 03:30 AM

I really like the way you write and enjoy them a lot... but i found one picture missing in this writing.....

LTTE was a cruel and non flexible organization, sri lankan government really not the cleanest hands.... but for some one like prabhakaran who made panic,fear,killed millions of people daily life.. no mercy........ truly he should be eliminated in some way.. what if the same thing happened in EU/US or any other state like canada daily life... they will not even tolerate for month... but will kill them like Somali pirates...but sri lanka waited with patience and listen to all kind of countries for 3 decades.. isn't that enough....

Posted by: richard | May 22, 2009 03:32 AM

What did you expect from readers? Simply to show your anger to the Sinhales Buddhists, HE Mahinda Rajapaksa and on the other side to get a big credit from those so called Europeans. You may be licking bottoms of Miliband and other Europeans being person living in England.

Rajapaksa being a Sri Lankan he has done what he had to do as the leader of the Govt. to eradicate TERRORISM IN THE COUNTRY.

Thank you

Posted by: Kodisinghe | May 22, 2009 03:33 AM

As per him Prabakaran needs an honored death maybe with state salute. For the massacur of innocent people at Anuradapura, Dehiwala train bomb, Kanthankudi Muslim massa cur , Kabithigolawa bus bomb(You can see it on youtube) to name a few. I wonder why the writer does not mention about these in his article.

Posted by: Lankan | May 22, 2009 03:36 AM

Prabakaran had killed our president and several ministers. He has killed thousands of our monks. He has killed more ten thousands of innocent civilians, including children and pregnant females. He has blasted our main economic targets like Central Bank and Air Port. So I don't care how he did, I just wanted him to die and that is all. He will be punished in hell.

Posted by: Mahela Sandaruwan | May 22, 2009 03:41 AM

Please. The SLAs are very well trained and accurate. They have learned from their past and improved extremly well. These propagandas by the associates realted to the former Ltte have deniable questions they will have to answer in the near future. Piraba V is a dead man who has gone with the wind. All essentric tactical goes to the Sir Sanath Fonseka. Let the governemnt become one in nation and peaceful.

Thank You

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 03:41 AM

Dushy, it was not just Prabhakaran's body but also Soosai's. From the pictures posted on the defence ministry website it is quite evident that one of the 6 photos, in particular the one on the bottom right hand side corner is that of Soosai's. Infact if you look closely through the blackened part of the photos you are able to see his eyes. Soosai looks like he has been shot through his ears....a classic execution. It will be interesting to see the photos of Nadesan, Pullidevan and Pottu but then again I doubt these will be posted on the net.

Posted by: Trincoman-Lee | May 22, 2009 03:42 AM

What is the link / source of info for Prabba's family. That I have not been able to source on the web. I am interested in confirming if the information presented above is verifiable by another source or if it is actually more propaganda.

Posted by: matthew | May 22, 2009 03:44 AM

You have used 'kiss' nearly 10 times. But Mahinda did not 'kiss' the tarmac even once. If you are unable to comprehend and analyse such a simple event which was shown all over and still available in the public view

Posted by: Tilak Chandra | May 22, 2009 03:44 AM

The article is well balanced the truth and give the clear picture of what was exactly happened. It is true that war is over.

But it was not the way what majority of Sri Lnakans (before the war was ended the majority of Sinhalese)think. They, the government never released the exact or true figures of death and wounded soldiers, and hided from the mass, then kept the motherland for billions of financial loans, they never give figures of Tamils kiled (LTTE or innocent) and they never allow mass or international community to enter.

ALL religious pray and pray for peace, indirectly killed LTTE, never mind even our soldiers get killed and their families lost their love ones, which all are against the religious thoughts.

So called war win is a beginning only. There was.... there is a cause for this struggle.... the corrupted politicians, including the present government made the country this situation, except the war leadership to win the terrorisms. Sooner we start to think as we all are Sri Lankan... as stated by the President, a national reconciliation and leave the traditions/customs/religious are personal nature.... the war of CAUSE can win.

Otherwise, as the writer very clearly state this is another political game, a very few can understand. India and the West/North American and rest of the word is aware well aware this.

Posted by: Joseph | May 22, 2009 03:47 AM

Please dont return to Sri Lanka, we are proud of our leaders & are happy to elect them.

Posted by: Roshan Perera | May 22, 2009 03:59 AM

would you prefer 70000 people dead in over 25 years or ending the bloody war at all cost within 18 months?

sure the gov didn't tell the whole truth. they were dealing with terrorists (Prabha and Wijeweera). LTTE and JVP actions will never be justified no matter how just their cause was. if you have a better way of defeating terrorism please let the world know.

all seems fuzzy now but I guarantee that the main political party representing the Tamil people in the near future will admit their methods were wrong. just like the JVP.
so give it a bit more time and thought before you make any "assumptions" that promote more violance.

truth will never stay suppressed.

Posted by: Mel | May 22, 2009 04:01 AM

For you to write an artical like this when all Sri Lankans are Happy..

Posted by: R Wickramasinghe | May 22, 2009 04:03 AM

The writer doesn't seem to understand even the simple difference between kissing and worshiping but tries to analyze how VP was killed wearing

Dear writer, the way you refer to Sinhala Buddhists is not surprising as the west tought you all that, and pls remember that, non of this human carnage would have resulted if the tamils weren't misled by the west(US, EU, lead by UK) that you worship, of their right to a homeland, arousing them to destroy the Sinhala Buddhist Culture and Values in Sri Lanka.

They tried it with the Muslims and got it totally wrong and are still paying for it. The west is trying to force the Western Christian Modernism on everyone in the world and succeeding in some places but getting it wrong in the asian and arabic regions.

Posted by: Kamal Jayasinghe | May 22, 2009 04:05 AM

Dushy Ranetunge i am suprised as to where you have been living for the past 25/30 years. have you forgotten what prabhakaran was up to during this time. forget rajapakse's tring to gain political advantage of ending the ltte but atleast have the common sence to applaud whats happned in sri lanka. we have been having this wound for so long and its allways been under a plaster with other politicians but he stood for what he belived and completed the unthinkable by killing prabhakaran. prabahkaran got the returns to the seed of hatred he planted. (g r o b r)

as to miliband he should read the history of colonial sri lanka to learn where this problem started. if he wants there is a documentry on u-tube on this issue that you can forward to him. you should have look at it too.

the problem now is not for the tamil people in sri lanka but the tamils who live outside and who fed money to the ltte for 30 years, they are crying because of the loss of money. AND THE FEAR OF BEING ASKED TO GO BACK HOME AND GETTING THERE ASYLUM CASES DECLINED. the home office has started sending letters to tamils who are on pending asylem cases to go home.

before you talk about rights to the familly of prabahkaran think about the suffering he put on the tamil people he held for the last few months. do you think they looked like people from sri lanka or did they look like starving people in africa.

Posted by: john | May 22, 2009 04:05 AM

I think this writer is more worried about how "Poor" Prabakaran died rather than what this ruthless terrorist had done to destroy our Mother land for over 30 yrs..

First of all President Rajapaksha did not kiss the Tarmac...He just worshipped his land..It is a buddhist tradition which most of us have forgotten and u need not compare it with your Pope..By the way President is no catholic...he's a Buddhist...

So dont misinterpret the correct facts..Secondly we dont care about your Milibrand or any other, for that matter even the queen...We r not your coloney anymore..It is clearly evident that the purpose of his visit to SL was to increase his tally of Tamil votes for his future election..

And as far as i know most of the British people dont have the same opinion.. Thirdly Helping Hambanthota Issue was never proved and it was just a Political propaganda by then presidential candidate Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe...who wont get even 10% of the votes in the next election....

So you have got it all wrong...The name sounds like sinhalese.. So I believe that you belong to the second group which President Rajapaksha was referring to.

Suba davasak....

Posted by: Rajapaksha | May 22, 2009 04:05 AM

It's true that defeating tiger terrorists came at a dreadful cost. But the rejoicing only reflects the suffering all Sri Lankans had undergone during the last quarter century at the hands of the tigers.

It's not only "sinhala buddhist tribalists and teamsters" who rejoiced. Most Tamils and Muslims rejoiced too. I've got lots of Tamil and Muslim friends on facebook, some of them abroad, expressing relief that the tigers have finally been defeated. U fail to mention that lots of Sinhalese are actively and generously contributing to help Tamil war refugees.

Most "tribalist" Buddhist temples are collecting food and cloths to distribute in these camps.

Posted by: raj | May 22, 2009 04:08 AM

Nice conspiracy theory.

Posted by: shantha | May 22, 2009 04:09 AM

One good thing you are accepting that Small Country like SRI LANKA proudly showed the world how to distroy terrarist organitations.

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Posted by: Eustace | May 22, 2009 04:17 AM

This writer shouldn't get back to Sri Lanka
Ultimately we have reached what we wanted. Wait an see how Sri Lanka progress.

Posted by: Chanaka W | May 22, 2009 04:21 AM

We have suffered enough because of VP.Whether it is a murder or not ,he is dead.LTTE has never asked anything ,but just killed my brother.My sister has become disabled with a Pettah bomb.80 monks were killed at Anuradhapura .No one knows which monk was shot or which monk was kicked .All were killed.

Who is VP to make sauch a fuss?

I was in Jaffna,the day they killed Duraiappa.No one wants to know whether they have shot at his mouth or at buttom.He was killed.

Sri Lankan still suffer.Those living overseas,after gaining all the benefit from the free education here want to show how smart they are.

Posted by: Karu | May 22, 2009 04:22 AM

Dear Dushi,

First of all President Rajapakse didn't "kiss" the tarmac. He worshiped the earth. Get your facts straight! I don't think Pope ever worshiped Earth!

Second of all you are a product of a western country and your thoughts are formatted in such a manner you are only sensitive to certain types of war crimes. For example I don't see anybody accuses Britain of producing a fake dossier and killing thousands of Iraqi civilians in a useless war.

I agree with you about some extent about the civilian casualties, but it could have been far higher if Sri Lanka went for a ceasefire!(Tigers WILL regroup and rearm)

Don't forget Sri Lanka offered a peace deal and didn't start the war in 2006 until LTTE attacked the army commander. Up to now LTTE and civilians were fed by the "ruthless" Sri lankan state while at war!

Posted by: Sathyam | May 22, 2009 04:23 AM

We don't care about if Milliband becomes prime minister. We Sri Lankans do not need westerners advice to run our country. Be a real sri lankan and be happy about this victory. The president is a true hero. He is the best.
My son goes to a boarding school in UK. I have told him to educate his peers about the true situation in Sri Lanka. He is a very proud sri lankan boy.

Posted by: Samantha | May 22, 2009 04:27 AM

if Miliband is merely expressing the sentiments of millions of ordinary British and European citizens who have been appalled at the human carnage,Start a war crimes inquiry for Iraq, Afghanistan and summon Bush and Blair first. Also, Russia (for Georgia) and Israel(Gaza and Lebanon). Then look at Sri Lanka! Hypocrasy and bulling a third world nation!

Posted by: R Kurupu | May 22, 2009 04:30 AM

Inreresting comments. Important fact is there was nobody winging when murderous tigers stormed into remote villages and killed tuthlessly even the infants who were on the breasts. I personally witnessed how small children bashed on to trees and killed.Those who escaped described how villagers were killed despite their plea for life. I personally resent violence. In the wake of all these, should I have to believe the theory put forward by Israelis some time back, that terrorism has got to be defeated by terrorism?


Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 04:33 AM

We don't know how Prbhakaran died. But you worry about the way he died. Have you ever worried about the thousands of people who were killed by the LTTE?

Or, have you too, like most people in European countries, conveniently chosen to forget that they were human beings? Did you ever bother to think about the innocent villagers who were hacked to death by LTTE Cadres while they were sleeping in their humble dwellings? Don't you think they too did have a right to live? Or have you, with your western masters, given a license to the LTTE to kill those innocent people, including infants? One who didn't pay an iota of respect for another's right to live doesn't deserve that right. Don't you think so?

Posted by: ambika | May 22, 2009 04:36 AM

According to some accounts, Prabhakaran was taken to Panagoda Army Camp (Near Colombo) and beaten and questioned. Then, as the Colombo did not want to have Prbhakaran's last breath in the South, they took him again to an undisclosed location in the North. There, his head was severely beaten until he died. BELIEVE ME, NO SINGLE BULLET WAS FIRED!

Posted by: Anonymus | May 22, 2009 04:43 AM

Yes! This is so true and thank you for this article as I thought it was me going in sane initially being told a rocket missile attacked the fleeing ambulance, then seeing a fresh face of Prabaharn with beaming eyes (for a diabetic at early hours of the morning). Still no news about Pottu Amman.

Anyway! even if the entire LTTE team surrendered, they had to be killed because let's not forget the last general election and the alleged bribery from SLFP to LTTE. LTTE even cut off a voter's arm on that election day because he voted for the UNP against LTTE's will. Why would they had to cut off the cordial relationship they had with UNP and wanted to boycott the election? That was the biggest mistake LTTE ever done i think.

Posted by: enthy lingam | May 22, 2009 04:48 AM

People have forgotten the past and the 26 years of misery and destruction caused by the LTTE, this only damaged the entire nation and still the tamils were concerned of their community, how selfish could they be. When we as a nation was on the verge of developing, we underwent this disaster.

We had to definitely fight a bloody battle where so many of the Sinhalese youths also sacrificed leave alone the Tamils, If the fact was that the tamils had grievances they should have joined the political stream line, when they took all the law into their hands and killed the Sinhalese, nobody was there to talk about it. Are only the tamilians made of flesh and blood? Was only the tamils who faced and had grievances? People forget that almost all the top jobs and positions was held by the Tamils, so what more was their grievances.

They as a minority wanted all the tamils to be equally rich and the Sinhalese had to cow down to them, this was basically their grievances. Now they expect the Sri Lankan Army to catch Prabakaran alive and keep him in a cot - so a man who had done all damages and destructions for the past 26 years has to be forgiven and forgotten and kept in a cradle. What happened to the killing of Rajiv Ghandi and our own president Premadasa, there is no one talking about that, as it is the past.

All they are concerned is how Prabakaran looked after he was killed. Why all this post mortem now, nobody was concerned to solve the problem when the country was in distress but now they want to know is about how he looks after his being killed. Come on guys, I think you should be a little more practical,

Posted by: Sandra Weerasinghe | May 22, 2009 04:49 AM

What ever the way that barbarian & his son were killed too soft, too gentle. If i was there i would have hang him from his teeth & set a very mild fire from bottom for him to remember how did he kill over 50,000 innocents.

Posted by: Bernard | May 22, 2009 04:57 AM

Dushy, You are talking of human carnage during the last couple of years. If you let LTTE go on for few more years, you will not find any sinhala,muslim or any tamils oppose to LTTE. He would have killed millions, and that will be a genocide of Sinhala Race.

You have not seen what President did at the tarmac. He did not kiss the ground, he worshipped the motherland. What is wromg with it. I know some ungrateful people can not bow down even at their parents feet. You are worried about UK people crying about the suffering of people in warzone. Didnt you here the cry of most of the Sri Lankans all over the country.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 05:04 AM

Very insightful, thought provoking and well-written. Mr Ranetunge really has a point with regards to the ambulance story. Hope many Sri Lankans (specially those going around celebrating in the streets of Colombo & elsewhere in SL) will read this....

Posted by: Chaminda WEERAWARDHANA | May 22, 2009 05:04 AM

Dushy, You are talking of human carnage during the last couple of years. If you let LTTE go on for few more years, you will not find any sinhala,muslim or any tamils oppose to LTTE. He would have killed millions, and that will be a genocide of Sinhala Race.

You have not seen what President did at the tarmac. He did not kiss the ground, he worshipped the motherland. What is wromg with it. I know some ungrateful people can not bow down even at their parents feet. You are worried about UK people crying about the suffering of people in warzone. Didnt you here the cry of most of the Sri Lankans all over the country.

Posted by: Maha | May 22, 2009 05:05 AM

In this Junction of Sri Lanka's history, there is no other person that you can rely on than the current President. You said you don't trust him, I said your name spelling shows that you are not a Sinhalese. Like all others.. we may value your view.. but.. that is it.. we do what is right..

Posted by: KeithW | May 22, 2009 05:08 AM

I really agree with you Dushy. It's sad to say, majority doesn't know the corruption within the present government.

Posted by: Nasser | May 22, 2009 05:35 AM

In the first place, Rajapaksa did not kiss the tarmac as your pope did. Go look at the vedio, again. It is not just Sinhala Buddhists who celebrated, you conveniently ignore the Welwatte celebrations by the Tamil traders and the celebrations in Jaffna. What does it matter how this terrorist mob perished, the main thing for us is that Rajapaksa regime decimated the terrorists? You call yourself a journo, but you've exposed yourself as a basher of the Sinhala Buddhists the government that gave us a sense of pride and nationalism.

Posted by: Ben de Silva | May 22, 2009 05:50 AM

The pictures of Prabhakaran show a small bullet hole in his forehead. This is likely an entrance wound, because exit wounds are ragged, large and messy. So he was not shot in the back of the head. Artistic license is only allowed in art not in factual reporting.

"The Bombing of Dresden by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and United States Army Air Force (USAAF) between 13 February and 15 February 1945, twelve weeks before the surrender of the Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) of Nazi Germany, remains one of the most controversial Allied actions of the Second World War. In four raids, 1,300 heavy bombers dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city, the baroque capital of the German state of Saxony. The resulting firestorm destroyed 13 square miles (34 km2) of the city centre.[2] Estimates of civilian casualties vary greatly, but recent publications place the figure between 24,000 and 40,000.[3]." Wikipedia.

Rajapakse has achieved something that no other Sri Lankan leader, especially Ranil Wickremesinghe, was willing to even attempt. We should all hope that the President has the courage to proceed in a thoughtful manner to manage the political changes that are needed so that our homeland can be whole again. Carping doesn't help, neither does childish sarcasm.

Posted by: Ajit Alles | May 22, 2009 05:56 AM

Who care how these two thugs died. They both brought pain and suffering to the people of sri lanka. I remember as a child I dreaded Wejeeweera. Since, my father was a government worker, he didn't sleep at home. Prabhakaran brought pain and suffering to both tamils and sinhalese people. They both can rot in hell. Since Prabhakaran is dead, tamil mothers and fathers don't have to worry about their children and for his wife, who watched her husband bring pain and suffering to people of sri lanka, I am glad she is dead too. I hope she saw her kids die. Just like most of tamil and sinhalese mothers.

Posted by: Irosha | May 22, 2009 06:08 AM

This is a classic view from some Sri Lankans settled abroad. They have no ties to Sri Lanka anymore, but have become stooges of those countries. They try to see situation in Sri lanka in Western eyes and blame the Sri Lanka government for taking a pro Sri Lankan stand.

The writer is approving David Milbrands conduct. All extra judicial powers these democracies enacted to safeguard their countries acceptable to her. But Sri Lanka who has taken a similar stand is criticized by her who also living in a foreign land. These are the people the President labeled who do not love Sri Lanka.

Posted by: Raju | May 22, 2009 06:19 AM

I any war against terrorism be it Iraq,Afghanistan,
Pakistan or Sri Lanka civilian casualties are unavoidable and not intentional.So why single out Sri Lanka?

As for racism in Sri Lanka the real racists are the Tamils and not the Sinhalese.To site one example,Tamils can and they do purchase property, live and engage in businesses and professions every where in the island but the Sinhalese are denied that freedom in Jaffna. The truth of my statement will be obvious to anyone who would care to visit Colombo, Bambalapitiya, Wellawatte , Kandy or any other city or town in Sri Lanka.

Until the LTTE disrupted peace in the country Tamils had all the fundamental rights as any other community. Even though they comprise only about 13% of the population, their proportion in all the professions is two or three times the above percentage

The Sinhalese are generally a very tolerant and peace loving race.As an example, since the riots in 1983,sparked by LTTE's first major attack which killed 13 soldiers, there has been no retaliationn against innocent Tamils anywhere in Sri Lanka even though the Tigers continued to brutally massacre unarmed innocent Sinhalese civilians including women and children mainly in rural areas until a couple of months ago
Furthermore,even when the Dalada Maligawa, sacred to the Sinhalese was attacked by the Tigers there has been no retaliation against Hindu temples anywhere


Posted by: W Y RAMBUKWELLE , New Zealand | May 22, 2009 07:04 AM

Do not insult Hambantota villege man who saved the country from ruthless terrorists.Donot foget how they massacer innocent tamils,sinhalese and muslims.Wait and see how would our HE president recover the country in five years while you and me living away the mother land chatting nonsons.


Posted by: Banda | May 22, 2009 07:06 AM

Did you notice how VP had improved in complextion, in death. All those blacks marks on his recent photographs when he had stared wearing glasses had vanished!. "Mud" treatment, works after all. Perhaps he died in Tsunami after all and was preserved in mud, all this time.

I wish VP had lived just to be appointed Minister of Rehabilitation to be united with his erstwhile chum Karuna. Wished he had left a diary somewhere too, so that we can learn a few things about Indira, Rajiv, Preme and his hand in MR's election.

Other comical moments - all those soldiers carrying the sick, injured and the babies and smiles of the liberated IDPs. Who says our Army is ruthless? What a tremendous Photo Oppotunity missed by MR.

Finally, does not this guy GR remind you of the Iraqi Information Minister? Or is it just me.

On a sombre note - Re. the IDPs I just pray that they have not fallen into the fire from the frying pan. God protect them from the most disciplined .......

Haiti & Chemmani are just bad dreams ...

Posted by: TearsForLanka | May 22, 2009 07:09 AM

I am not sure what to make of this article. It begins with Prabhakarans death, then goes on to tarmac kissing, then offering Chola mindset as an explanation for what happened (or what did not) and ends with a reference to financial mismanagement.

As a result the message the author wants to convey is lost.
However, there is no reference to the suffering caused by that outfit to humanity. This is a good example of how death turns even the worst criminals into saints.

Posted by: A Silva | May 22, 2009 07:10 AM

If Prabhakaran and family was excecuted by the Army it will no doubt be defined as a war crime by the west.

But to psychologically defeat the draconian Ealam lobby it had to be done. Otherwise this entire struggle would have been futile and would be a betrayal of the entire nation who sacrificed emmencely for this. If some body quite knowingly that it will be atributed to a war crime, took the decition to do this my hats off to you sir. If the west want to do to Mahinda Rajapaksha what they did to Milosevic over this, go ahead and try it, but over another million dead bodies of we Sri Lankans.

Posted by: Lal Jayalath | May 22, 2009 07:11 AM

To find LTTE & Prabakaran is right or wrong is Gods Duty
But fixing the appoinment with God is our Duty
-Sri Lanka Army-

Posted by: anil j | May 22, 2009 07:20 AM

Why is it so much fuss about his death? At the end of the day, he is just a human being just like the other LTTE carders, so they got killed the same way and there was no fuss at that time ....

Let's forget about this and look to the future, the Sri Lanka will be better off without him.

Posted by: Cg | May 22, 2009 07:26 AM

No body talk of how the LTTE killed the inocent people including TAMILS.The Tamils have shown their cruelness to the whole world by hitting people and destroying belongings of the nornal civiliens(Uk/Toronto/Australia).

Writing about Mr President kissing tamac, What about the tamils having religeious ceromonies by cutting and sending iron bars throug thier mouth?I got just one thing to the writer.IT IS OVER, LTTE IS OVER. You can blame every one. BUT IT IS OVER.

Posted by: John | May 22, 2009 07:41 AM

I hate you and your idea.youre ideas depenately wrong

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 07:50 AM

There are various version of how it happened, whether it be the killing of Kennedy, or the Killing of SWRD by the Sydney Soyza click, or the killing of the Romanovs by the Bolsheviks, and now the end of Prabhakaran.


One version of the Vijaya legend states that Vijaya kissed the ground and buried his hands in the sands of Mannar, and that the hands became golden in colour - so we have the name "Thambraparni" which became Taprobane. Read Sri Lanka history, say Raajavaliaya, to see how many leaders kissed the ground.

The Pope did NOT kiss the ground when he visited the Middle east this time.

There are many pictures of Mahinda Rajapaksa shaking hands at his last visit to the UN, as well as his using the Asian "ayobovan" or "Namasthe" form of salute. However, I know what is written refelects the usual Colombo Society antipathy to anything Sinhala Buddhist - and Rajapaksa is identified with the Sinhala Buddhists.

Prabhakaran and his family had moved separately. Soosi's famili also moved earlier, but they go caught at a check point and not in a power fight, and were brought to the camp. So, people who got caught did not necessarily get shot. What happened to Pottu Amman? may be the Bullet
ricocheted and ricocheted and ground him to mince meat!!

Posted by: David | May 22, 2009 08:12 AM

Nice article and points are well taken. Except for one thing.. what if Prahakaran is still alive? Your whole stroy them falls apart.

Posted by: Curious | May 22, 2009 08:15 AM

I don't care how and under what circumstances the megalomaniac Prabhakaran died, I am so relieved that he has been wiped out from the face of the earth. don't you remember the violence VP unleashed on this little Island?

He was the worst of racisits and he bread hatred and evil which put Satan to shame! All the while he was at his killing sprees and racist activities what did his loving wife do? When little children were being butchered she just sat back and protected her own brood.

our President never kissed the tarmac, he merely worshipped the Sri Lankan earth, 'coz it has bourn & endured so much of violence while never refusing us of its bounty. This is the Sri Lankan way of showing gratitude to anyone or anything that has been of help to them.

Honestly, if you don't want to displease your lords and masters in England that is your problem, but we certainly don't want to cow down to their unreasonable demands. Milliband can be the next PM of England or the next Lord Shiva, for what I care, but still it doesn't give him the right to dictate terms to us. The times are over when we were the subservient subjects of the British Raj, whether some people like it or not.

Prabhakaran died a death that is deserving of him, whether he was shot from the back or front or top or bottom is not of importance, what really matters is that this demented blood thirsty devil is no more, and we can live here in SL without the fear of being blown into smithereens at anytime. We go down on our knees and worship the President a million times for getting rid of this scurge, from this Paradise of ours.

Posted by: Drupathy David | May 22, 2009 08:37 AM

I no longer know what it means to be a Buddhist for it’s certainly not reflected in the actions of my brethren and it hurts so much.

Posted by: Jeevan | May 22, 2009 08:54 AM

First of all Government Owes to release the DNA sample and results to India not a death Certificate.

Why was Srilanka did not show the body until after President's speech when they already have his Son's body?

The other question lingering in some of us is whether he was executed by Pottu and pottu has gone missing .

To this point SLA is telling Pottu was killed but have no proof or body even after the SLA took full control of the land?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 09:07 AM

yo, do your home work first man, whare the hell are you? in another world? VP was "sniped" by the SF ( SPECIAL FORCES) his head is blown off from a single bullet, the top part, dont be so stupid in your assumptions..peace.

Posted by: Canadian | May 22, 2009 09:14 AM

you live in London. I live in Sri Lanka. You live in a land where terrorism has not prevailed for 30 years and we here have seen our friends die and have suffered endlessly because of this Terrorist Leader and his so called organization. How he died, how he was killed is seriously something that is of no concern to people here. He is dead and that's it. We, Sinhalese and Tamils, now can live in Peace.

Posted by: Nilanthi | May 22, 2009 09:30 AM

.We do not need to worry about the sentiments of the west .Our politicians should do what is best for our country .Eradication of terrorism is one such deed. David Miliband whom you refer to as a future British prime minister has won the displeasure of India as well. I feel he is person who still believes in white mans burden.

Please do not hate us Sinhalese Buddhist for rejoicing .Please do not insult the Srilankan Christians ,Muslims and Hindus by mentioning that only Buddhist were happy about the victory over terrorist.

We cannot love Britain like you because we have a country of our own to love.

Posted by: Rasik | May 22, 2009 09:35 AM

What matters is bloody Prabakarna is no more!!!!or his family....first step to create a world without terrorists!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2009 09:59 AM

The writer seems to be unaware of the difference between kissing and worshiping in the south Asian manner.

Posted by: George | May 22, 2009 10:37 AM

Like the French Revolution. The Royal Family of Eelam were all Beheaded.

A Fresh clean start to our Nation's future requires the purging of all Cancerous Elements. Everyone knows what happened on that battlefield in the final days, even DUMB EELAMISTS in the Diaspora can figure that out for themselves. It is no coincidence most LTTE Leaders died from gunshot wounds to the head.

No one in the Senior Hierarchy was going to be taken alive... Our country has no time to waste putting on Kangaroo Courts and going through the unnecessary formality of Military Tribunals to establish Guilt. They were ALL GUILTY. The LTTE supporters should thank us that we spared them the Humiliation of being kept like caged livestock waiting for the chop. If they had stuck to their mantra they would have all consumed Cyanide as they preached thousands of their kind to do before them. Now did they think they were going to be shown mercy by the men whom they have spent their lives brutally killing and widowing their families?

These people all got what they deserved.

Posted by: Devinda Fernando | May 22, 2009 10:43 AM

A lot to be done.

As you say more Tarmacs to be kissed.

Babies to be kissed (in the Welfare Centres)

Speeches to be made (in Tamil)(that was the unkindest cut of all - made me sick)

Proclamation of the reign of Dutugemunu II and move the capital to Hambantota.

Monument to be built to Elara II (Chemmani my choice) (I don't hate anyone - even Prabakaran - Al Jazeera interview)

Posted by: TearsForLanka | May 22, 2009 11:03 AM

Personally, I think that the LTTE hierachy surrendered to the SLA but were eventually executed anyway, with shots to the head.

Posted by: Roysan | May 22, 2009 01:15 PM

Rajapaksa's idology was brought up as a result of the JVP victory. MR & co, thinks that they can-win/won LTTE like JVP of Rohana Wijeweera. But they adament to accept that RW's JVP idology was died even before RW. But Tamils bring new life to their demand as the demand now become an international or transnational issue.
With that if VP is alive, it would be a nightmare to the world on SL and SL itself.

Posted by: kavi | May 22, 2009 02:40 PM

if you look at the past of bloody ltte's killings,no one would feel any kind of sympothy or question how these meniace were killed.sri lanka has given the right answer for this bloody war and this barberians.thers nothing they could have done better than this.

Posted by: karan | May 22, 2009 03:35 PM

Well, the article seem discussion of some topics that occured these days, from a point of view of a typical somebody who doesn't know where you belong to and obviously some one who is highly concerned about british feelings. Well there's no point in talking about the opinion of westerners for several reasons,

1. EU or west themselves have acknowledged that they have little say in Sri Lanka because they don't provide significant financial assitance to state.

2. EU is the single largest trading partner but many member countries within EU who have substantial buiness interest in Sri Lanka are reluctant to link trade with politics, because it will not only hurt Sri Lanka but it'll hurt their nationals as well.The history has proved that trade embargoes only strengthen the problem rather than solve them.

3. Western world who accept the collateral damage in their long standing wars in Iraq or afghanistan has no moral right to question Sri Lankan state about its human cost of war. A set of people who is willing to sacrifies 100 innocent muslims to kill a single millitant has no right to speak about atrocities in another country.

4.Tamil daispora from the inception over estimated their collective political strength in the western world. Which they found that no where closer to the influence Jewsh community had in the Western polity. Further creation of Israel & endless troubles after that have taught these leaders the consquences of such a policy.

5. Geo political realities has made west increasingly dependent on India & China. Hence they try to narrow their differences with the foreign & defence policy conflicts with these countries. The increasing interest & influence that India & China have on Sri Lanka has made west wary of any intervention that would upset its realitionships with them.

So it doesn't matter whether they dont shake hands with us, as long as they dont block our path.

The recent reaction to the death of LTTE leadership by masses show two things.

1. It shows the immense psychological suffering that people of this country went through due to his actions.The fear of death either to you or to your loved one have a devastating impact on any person.

2. That the three decades of war has eroded our human values to a greater extent even without our knowledge. No longer we feel anguish at the death of a human being. The value we placed on human life has eroded. We were used to count death bodies and to compare with our enemy and decide that we have won. We have lived like that for years. The horrendous crimes committed by ordinary people to avenge a small dispute proves this fact further. This is something that we as a society that should looked in to.

Posted by: ajaya | May 23, 2009 12:07 AM

This article is trying to whitewash the brutal killer who killed hundred thousands of people in Sri Lanka & India. Everybody knows about west & what they are capable for. Best example is Iraq in which British & American forces have been killing millions of civilian’s people & destroy all infustructure in order to steal oil wealth of it. If Millerband is really concern of about civilian, he should stop rubbish British military operations all over world. Hence, Britain is a real supporter of LTTE terror group as it has been disclosed by LTTE terrorist whom were captured SLA. terrorist whom were captured SLA>

Posted by: Sam | May 23, 2009 04:42 AM

Little knowledge is very dangerous.

Sri lankan people are very angry with David miliband and love rajapaksha.They made us safe.Rajapakha totaly ignore david.This why is angry.That is why he tries to take revange.Dominance of Britain has gone.Persons like david is a disaster to Britain.

The days of labour government are numbered.When the conservatives come to power realotionship will become normal.Rajapakha has shown that no body can bully sri lanka.That is great.David will lern the same lessom Jeyalalitha has already learned.

Posted by: vp | May 23, 2009 05:45 AM

Mr. Dushy - it so much easy to comment sitting on an armchair, come to the land where you were born, go through the hardships and then comment.

Posted by: darrel | May 23, 2009 05:57 AM

There is a lot of innuendo and insinuations in this article no credible evidence.

Posted by: Sam Ferdinands | May 23, 2009 07:51 AM

The point that you are trying to make is not clear here.

Posted by: Kumara | May 23, 2009 10:38 AM

The Roachbane blog has picked up low-level rumours within the SLA about a possible execution of Prab:

Posted by: Rohan Fernando | May 23, 2009 12:51 PM

- VP was killed by a bullet to the forehead (entry wound small, exit wound (at the back of the head) large. View the video.

- VP being carried on the stretch - you can see his head can you? Why dont you discuss the counter story where a sniper says he took him out. The ambulance story came out early in hte piece. The bodies were charred. That story is now outdated, but in your rush to throw mud at the armed forces, you have now committed to google's archive that the army lied.

Mahinda didnt kiss the ground - watch the video again - you tell me when his lips touched the tarmac? what he did was a half arsed effort of some sort of prayer to the ground, but kiss he did not.

- Do you ahve a source to back up the claim about the bulldozers digging up mass graves?

Sri lanka is too small a place to have mass graves. If this is the case, sooner or later the truth will come out. Especially in the beach environment.

- sinhala budhist tribalists - did you do a poll to see what religion the people who were celebrating belonged to - or is this just your putting the boot into buddhists? Are you tell us that there weren't any Catholics celebrating?

In order to purge the county of the scourge of the lTTE we needed a hardline leader. If this war didnt end now, srilanka would have lost a lot more than the 100000 souls lost in the past 30years. If the people of srilanka as adept at playing chess as the current govermnet, they will vote out this lot and bring in a less hardline leadership - but for the time being I for one will give the poresent lot a benefit of the doubt. They did the unthinkable with the war, maybe they will do what some of us think is unthinkable and actually "win the peace" too.

Posted by: truthseeker | May 24, 2009 12:48 AM

Move forward from the known dude, the whole world knows now there was no ambulance in site during VPs final moments. To create sensation, write something new please.

Posted by: quadir | May 24, 2009 07:59 AM

I want to thank you for writing this article, because I totally agree with your point of view and the facts you used are things I was thinking about myself...
Let's see what Rajapakse will do next. He'll probably accuse Obama of being a LTTE supporter :)

Posted by: Lora | May 24, 2009 11:34 AM

Sinhalse Buddhist bullet ???? is this mad ???

Posted by: Maneesh Rajap | May 24, 2009 09:50 PM

The writer -seems to have forgotten the carnage and chaos that Prabhakaran and his gang have carried out in SL over the last 25 years. THe shootings in temples ,kovils and mosques..Innnocent school children mothers fathers brothers sisters who died in attacks on border villages bus and train bombings and various other places in the country...but more sadly and dissapointingly he has forgotten the sacrifices made by the armed forces and police and civil defense forces including home guards over the years to protect the other "pirith chanting,moaque and kovil going ,peace loving" majority in this country..
We never carried a gun or even a placard for this country we were born in.

We withstood the pressures of terrorism.We withstood pressure from the hypocritical West.We stand proud today achieving what many analysts and experst said iompossible!!We were a proud nation.We were never a cruel one.And today we arte a proud nation again!!From Elara Dutugemunu on wards and even against the colonizing Brits we stood proud and firm.We never drowned their chldren or asked their mothers to beat the heads of their infants in as teh British did in Kandy.Have you forgotten teh history of the land you were born in ?
You never fought the war.Neither did I.

Maybe you did not vote for this government.I did not either.
But I am thankful for every man and woman who did and will lie evr more gratful to mean and women who gave up their lives and limbs so thatI and my children would not lose our's to these terrorist!!!

That era has almost come to a close.
Be thankful and praiseful.
NOt caustic and vitriolic.

Posted by: Prema | May 25, 2009 12:38 AM

Hi Sam,

The article is not trying to whitewash any brutal killers, it is merely concerned about the quality of governance and the quality of democracy in Sri Lanka, which has resulted in 100,000 Sinhalese youth dying in two JVP insurrections and now 100,000 Tamil youth dying from a Tamil insurrection. Whom do you think is next?

At the moment of victory the victor must be sensitive as we have been fighting and bombing our own population and our own people, rather than far away Iraq or Afghanistan.

When Rajapakse is waving the Lion flag with the hoodlums and the "yako'" are celebrating in the streets, when so many have died, its like sadists dancing and celebrating amidst corpses and so much human suffering and carnage. For a democrat I find it disturbing.

When Saddam was found the US did not execute him, but made him stand trial. This is proper process that one expects of a democratic government. that's what distinguishes terrorists from democratic government - the quality of governance and democracy.

When a government that has been bombing its own citizens resorts to executing its own citizens, and Prabakaran and his wife, daughter and 11 year old son are all citizens, then one should start asking the question, what kind of government is this? What kind of democracy is this? Our people are celebrating after having hacked off a part of our own body, after defeating our own citizens, when thousands of our own citizens lie dead in the battlefield.

Sri Lanka is not like Afghanistan or Iraq, because we are bombing and killing our own citizens. Its more like Northern Ireland. The British did not bomb their own citizens in Northern Ireland. With great difficulty and pain they are trying to bring about peace with great sensitiveness in the political process.

No one wrapped themselves up in flags, as Rajapakse has chosen to do.

The LTTE fanned the flames of Tamil nationalism to mobilise support for their cause. Rajapakse has fanned the flames of Sinhala nationalism to mobilise support for his cause. These are old games which are being replayed. Its sad no one has learnt from past mistakes of igniting the fires of nationalism. Now Rajapakse is being forces to wrap himself with the flag.

The pictures that are coming out of Colombo about Rajapakse and the Sinhalese are so reminiscent of Slobodan Milosovic and the Serbians. They too liked waving flags.

Posted by: Dushy Ranetunge | May 25, 2009 01:13 AM

To say that Rajapaksa won the war against the LTTE is just not true. The Chinese and the Pakistanis won it for him. Ever since Rajapaksa handed over Hanbanthota to the Chinese on a platter, they have been very generous with money, military intelligence, weapons and what not. But poor Rajapaksa and his cohorts don't understand that any favours from the Hans comes with a stiff price tag. Wait till the Hans come asking for their pound of flesh, and believe me, it will be a tough one for Rajapaksa. All of us know what happened to Tibet, don't we? Ceylon will in all possibility end up being part of China. India committed a himalayan blunder by not supporting the LTTE. They now have the Chinese in their backyard.

Posted by: Dorje | May 25, 2009 11:08 AM

Am Catholic and he has to know that there are many Catholics in armed forces. (officers and soldiers alike.)

Sorry about your ignorance!!He belong to the same category of Washington Post reporter who said Tamil Tigers never killed civilians but Hamas did.

Now Israel is also asking about war crimes commited by SL.USA,UK and all the other western nations killed millions in Vietnam,Cambogia,Laos,Mozambique and still doing in Palestine,Iraq and Afganistan.Tamils are now writing articles posing Singhalese and I doubt this name too.

Posted by: ashok | May 25, 2009 02:21 PM

Does it really matter for ordinary people like us to know how and when exactly Mr. Prabhakaran was killed? Or if there is a different story we are not aware of?

I believe that, to maintain the order of the military strategies SL military and the government were carrying out, the Sri Lankan state did not have to update everyone else on the tactics or what happened with extreme detail. What matters the most is that the LTTE and its leader is no more, and it is time for all Sri Lankans to contribute to the prosperity of our country.

Of course there was too much death and suffering, but I would like to point out the obvious, that the Sri Lankans are eating kiri-bath and playing the drums because the terrorists that caused the three decade civil war in Sri Lanka is finally defeated and these celebrations are not meant to celebrate the years of bloodshed. Only we know how it was to live at a time of war. I remember when I was small how afraid our parents were to send us to school every day, because you never knew what would happen once you get out of the house. There were bomb scares at schools and public places and we did not even go to school sometimes just because our security was threatened.

Every time my parents would go to Colombo, my siblings and I were all too quiet the whole day, waiting and silently praying that they return home safely. I did not live in a war-zone, but the fear was still there. Imagine how it must have been for our fellow people who were under the direct threat of terrorist attacks every single day? For our fellow brothers and sisters in the so called ‘border villages’ who were not able to get the education I was able to receive in another part of Sri Lanka? We are celebrating because that threat of terrorism is no more and because our people can once again live freely. Surely anyone in their right mind can figure that out!

Mr. Ranethunge should also know that it is not the Sinhalese Buddhist in Colombo who is celebrating Sri Lanka’s freedom, but each and every ‘Sri Lankan’ in Sri Lanka and across the world who is patriotic and proud of their country. I am celebrating our victory with a lot of Sri Lankans, who are neither Sinhalese nor Buddhist at all. What the writer has said is purely a racist remark which we do not accept or appreciate.

I think that it is not only absurd but childish to even analyze why President Rajapakse kissed the ground after he reached Sri Lanka from Jordan. I am not in Sri Lanka at this time of great victory of liberating our country from terrorism, and only patriotic expats and myself know how much we miss being on Sri Lankan soil to pay tribute to our motherland and our people who bore the costs of war for three decades. The Sri Lankan soil belongs to the Sri Lankans and you do not have to be the Pope to kiss the ground, or for that matter, be married to a Catholic lady. At this time of victory, we do not care the least about what ethnic, religion or gender we belong to, but the love we have for Sri Lanka.

Although I am not fortunate to be in Sri Lanka right now, I am extremely lucky in a way to enjoy and accept the congratulations and warm wishes extended by American college students, other foreign students, even friends from South India. Being in a foreign country at this moment gives me the wonderful opportunity to act as an unofficial ambassador to my motherland making sure to defend and clarify (BUT by no means, justify the wrongdoings of the government or the military) the situation Sri Lanka at times when the twisted international media continuously attacks Sri Lanka.

Unless anyone misunderstands what is more important than the other, I will go ahead and say that our victory is more about the latter and less about how expats’ personal feelings or so called embarrassments etc. Those who lived with fear for over three decades are the ones who deserve to celebrate their freedom the most and it has nothing to do with what ethnicity or religion you belong to. I wish that certain people would care less about their personal and individual feelings and think more of the benefits of the collective. In addressing the nation after defeating the LTTE, President Rajapakse said the only two types of people in Sri Lanka are those who love country and those who don’t.

I think it is time for all of us Sri Lankans to decide what type we belong to. I am sure that most of us Sri Lankans genuinely love Sri Lanka and would contribute to our country in its new development programs instead of showing off self importance (or colonial mentality) by belittling our great victory.

Posted by: Lankaputhra Ranasinghe | May 25, 2009 04:09 PM

Everyone wrote about the way how the LTTE leader was killed and would have been killed and how the Rajapakshe fell down on the ground at the Airport , some thing like writing thesis or assignments to the University.

In addition, some expressed the brutal killings of LTTE in the past in the Sinhalese dominated areas. Some expressed that their wasn't any kind of violence or harassments done from the Sinhalese side to minority Tamils,in the past history, the Tamils involved in such activities.

LTTE and all the other liberation factions who have already been joined now into the so called democratic mainstream were the product due to the systematic racial carnage, riots and genocide and continuous violations committed by the Governments of Sri Lanka since the Independence.

Some wrote they have not done any harm to the religious places. If you visit to the Tamil dominated areas only you may be able to understand the destruction done by the brutal activities of carried out by the racial masses. First Understand the realities how the Tamis Singhalese enmity started and what are the causes for the origin of Freedom Struggle, prior to search for the LTTES destruction. Try to respect the all the citizen as equal and understand the feelings. A better Sri Lanka is on the way.

Since the writer interact with all the other races of different cultural values, he’s able to understand the feelings of every one and express in such manner, differ from all the others. Real Journalism is lost OR rotten in Sri Lanka.Expression of truth or freedom, and writing actual picture which is it against the defebce establishments wishes is a serious offence. Recent abductins, Killings and deporting of Journarlists are known fact about the living journarlism in SriLanka.
Like the Country, the citizens.

Posted by: Chandrasehkara | May 25, 2009 08:11 PM

Terrorism is given birth when atrocities committed against a people go unpunished. This is why the Tigers were born in SL. The SL government and its sinhala buddhist thugs have committed war crimes against the Tamil civilians. If it goes unpunished by the international community, another new and modern Tiger movement, with more ferocity than Prabaharn's, will be born…Praba's Tigers would look like lambs compared to the new Tigers.

Now, for the record, to all you sinhala chauvinists compared with the Sinhala state terrorism, Tiger terrorism counts to nothing. Same goes to India whose soldiers have killed Tamils during their so called “peace spell” in Jaffna. The Tigers' targets were never sinhala civilians, but the SL government and its minions who carried out its state terrorism, have always been Tamils.

I have no doubt that Prabaharan had an honourable death!!! Hail and farewell my brave, fallen Tiger brothers and sisters... and my heartfelt condolences to my grieving Tamil Diaspora. Let’s chant "NEXT YEAR IN TAMIL EELAM".
Dark defender Tamilini

Posted by: Tamilini Malini | May 26, 2009 08:41 PM

After reading the comments left by readers, I am not surprised that SL is in a dire situation. Few educated lawyers, and the rest are morons. Eliminating system does not cure the problem. It will only inflame it for future problem.

Admit it, this Island is full of stupid people, who couldn't comprehend the real issues. Not ready to share with Tamils, but will be slaves of US in a decade or two. Don't blame the milkman for yellow skin babies, unless they are US too.

Oh..Boy..You are too stupid to realize that you sold your soul to a Devil.

Posted by: John Chow | May 26, 2009 10:44 PM

I would like to thank the author for this writing. However, I need to point out some facts about some of those low-life morons who are exposing their half-baked brain in the name of comments in this section.

There are lot of heinous singhala fox whining about terrorism in the form of comments here. Nothing is worst than the butcher Rajapaksa's terrorism and your illiterate writings. The GOSL consists of all the intelligent people in it's cabinet; Gothabaya (Dog) Rajapaksa (a fifth grade dropout, who was a gas station attended in US), the so called "president" of that shithold country who spend more than half of his life in a University trying to get a diploma and the joker "Rambukwella". This is a fascinating cabinet that you never see anywhere else in the world; not even in Ethiopia or Somalia.
Please don't call it "Sri Lanka" but rather call it "Beggar Lanka". Because, that's what that country does; goes around the globe and beg from each and every country including Bangladesh, LOL.

Posted by: Sori Lankan | May 27, 2009 12:16 AM

In reply to John Chow, you are barking up at the wrong tree, my friend. It is not U.S, (I am sure you communists would like to blame U.S for everything) but your own country, China, which is going to rule Lanka. May be you should wise-up to your own country's perfidy, before trying to judge others. The Sri Lankan racist country won this war with major help from China, and some help from India and Russia. Don't you know that china is building a harbor in Hambantota, Sri Lanka? Don't you know that China is building a harbor in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, to expand its poisonous tentacles?

And to you all Sinhala step-brothers, don't crow prematurely that Prabaharan has been killed. You shall need his expertise to shake off China one day, and guess what; it would be too late for you morons. Lankan government did once before sought help from Prabaharan to evict the Indian army. China is there to stay!
Dark defender Tamilini

Posted by: Tamilini Malini | May 28, 2009 12:05 AM

Dear truth seeker,

There is no difference in worshipping tarmac and kissing tarmac. Its the same. Kissing tarmac is a more understandable way in describing what Rajapakse did, especially to foreign audiences who will find worshipping tarmac somewhat strange.

Throughout the history of the LTTE during its targeting of many Sri Lankans, it was careful in avoiding the targets family. No wife and children were killed by the LTTE in taking out a target, with the exception of Janaka Perera whose wife was an ex-army officer.

One would have expected a higher standard from a democratic government. It was disappointing that Prabakarans, wife, daughter and 11 year old son also had to be killed. It seem that when the Sri Lankan army targeted the LTTE leadership, they did not aspire to a higher level of target selection than the LTTE.

The entire LTTE leadership was eliminated. This was not accidental but deliberate. It is obvious that the Army's strategy was the execution of the entire LTTE leadership and not take any prisoners.

They were in a rush to finish it off.

Thats fine, but the public needs to be informed that the strategy was one of state execution.

During the last stages of the battle the army lost over 500 soldiers a week. Several thousand Tamil civilians also died. Do you think they were all buried by hand shovel?

The West has technology to read the number plate of a vehicle via satellite. They routinely monitor conflict spots around the world. This is normal procedure of the Western Security system.

I am not sure if you remember that during the Jayawardene time, when India denied the existence of Tamil militant traning camps in India, a US official placed satellite picture before Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and told her that the United States has evidence that the Indians were training Tamil militants.

The US routinely record over 3 billion mobile telephone conversations at any given time, worldwide.

I am sure some Catholics, Muslims and even Tamils celebrated, but I am sure you will not dispute if I say that an overwhelming majority were Sinhala buddhists. I was highlighting "tribalism" in society which is heightened at present.

It is as if the Sinhalese have been held back all these years and suddenly they feel they have done it. How are these feelings reconcilable with the need to win the peace?

Child abusers do not realise that they are child abusers. They think that they are beating the crap out of the child, because of their love for the child. Only the child knows that he is being abused and the chances are that when he grows up he too would abuse his children.

Its the same with discrimination. The Sinhalese do not know that they are discriminating. They think that they are being reasonable to the minorities and that everything is hunky-dory. Only the minority citizen knows that he is being discriminated and abused because of his ethnicity.

It is an "awareness" very few Sinhalese have.

It is true that we needed a hardline government to defeat the LTTE. But wait and see what the Sinhalese have got themselves into, in a few years time.

The Tamils hated the Sinhalese and they applauded as the LTTE demon mauled the Sinhalese, without realising that the LTTE were also slowly destroying Tamil society. Now its the Sinhalese turn to applaud as the Sinhalese monster mauls the Tamil tiger, but they are too busy waving flags to be aware what they have got themselves into.

What I have written is what most people who are "aware" think in private, even senior Sri Lankan diplomats. They obviously cannot speak out or they will lose their jobs.

My dear truth seeker. Democracy as you and I knew it in Sri Lanka is finished for a very long time. We will still have elections, but even that will be "Russian" or "Chinese" sort of elections. The Tamils will be kept in camps and they will have controlled voting from the camps within the next three months so that a party of the governments choice would be elected to the Northern provincial council.

Wait and watch!

Posted by: Dushy Ranetunge | May 28, 2009 01:17 AM

In my view Prabhakaran had a much Better Death;

I was expecting something like this & I'm Sad it didn't happen;

Take him alive,

Remove all his Hair from a Tool

Peel his skin from head to toe

Extract all his teeth one by one

Cut each finger one by one

Kill his over a period of atleast 3 weeks

Throw the Body to the Sea for sharks to eat"

& about the writer of this article;;;;;;What can you expect a Writer in London betraying his country licking white man's shoes & getting paid by LTTE...........

Posted by: Sampath | May 29, 2009 03:57 AM

Prabaharn spared the Sinhala civilians lives, unlike the terrorist Sinhala government who is bent on wiping out the Tamils living in their own homeland “Tamil Eelam”. The new Tigers emerging from the ashes of the old Tigers might not be as restrained. Beware Sampath, and other marauding racists who spat venom on our fallen hero, your death wish for our leader Prabahan might be visited upon you and your minions.

“Next year in Tamil Eelam”
Dark Defender Tamilini

Posted by: Malini Tamilini | May 31, 2009 01:28 AM

Just a reply to all these people who took their time to make a comment either for or against on others comment.Have you ever noticed how the world has changed from your young days? Did it change to-wards good or bad.

There were days when one could leave the house without all these security devices, women could walk on the streets without being molested , can they do it now? We read in the news papers how a son could murdered his parents and his siblings ,just to get a property. How a daughter could be in a room and listen to the attacker( her boy friend, with her approval) killing her father.

The world may give the illusion that everything is perfect and people will dance in happiness, but there is no going away from the fact that in the very near future, whether one believes in it or not, the world will see more worst atrocities committed by human beings on human beings and all the natural calamities acting to-gether with a force never imagined by man.

I am not a Christ nor a Buddha nor a Prophet nor an astrologer. As a normal human being who had some sort of visions of the future, expect something very drastic to happen in the world,in the very near future which I am not going to elaborate on.

In general, people are of the opinion that the present day technology will counteract any thing what the natural calamities can do. Were they able to counteract the Sunami, or the earth quakes or the floods. All what they were able to do with their equipment was to warn the population of the forth coming events. That is all.

Posted by: Yogi | June 1, 2009 12:58 AM

Dushi its a great article despite the hundreds of angry comment that followed your peice.

Prabakkaran deserved to die and it is good that chapter is finished.
(Remember those who travelled to Jaffna after the 2003 Cease-fire, and reported that LTTE was very deciplined. Some even believed that VP will run the country better than our patriotic Sinhalese. Surely most of these must have lit crackers & eaten milk rice) HA HA.....
Anyhow the reaction of my fellow Sinhalese was barbaric and reminded me of 1983.
No one ate Kiribath when Rohana Wijeweera died. Surely he killed a lot more Sinhalese than the LTTE.
Obviously this was an reanctment of the Dutugamunu - Elara war.
The saddest part for me is that practicly every single Sinhalese who supported a federal solution last year,is now asking the question "what are the problems faced by Tamils?"
These are essentialy good people who had turned 180 degrees in their view.
We Sinhalese hasn't learned the lesson of 1983.
We are back to square one and another 26 years wasted. Its a pity!

Posted by: Sri Lankan democrat | June 4, 2009 08:30 AM

I am a Tamil from India. I have no sympathy for Prabhakaran. But, I feel sad for the Tamil civilians. We feel more for them for our linguistic and cultural affinity. I wish Sri Lanka throws up more liberal leaders from their own community who will shower love and generosity to the Tamils of their own country. To say that Sri Lanka belongs to the Singhalese and others can only live peacefully with them, only fuels suspicion and hatred.You will be going back to square one. Victory in a war never ends the cause of the war as WWI did not stop WWII. War-mongering will breed a future war. I wish Rajapakshe translates his words of conciliation into action.

Posted by: ulaganathan p | June 5, 2009 05:05 AM

hello all,

Dont' worry we will be giving abig shock treatment for the world and the fellow govt's that was behind this genocide of tamils. We said we are going to silencing our guns thats it and we are doing it now what is the surprise is WAIT AND SEE.

FOR INDIANS WHO KILLED RAJIV go ask SONIA Y she couldent close the file... she was behind the scean too.

WE live and die for our nation.

Posted by: balan | June 16, 2009 03:27 PM

In Karnataka ( India )..we people call lankan president as Rakshasa not Rajapakse

Rakshasa means demon who drink blood.

Posted by: | June 19, 2009 09:12 AM

My theory: VP was not present in the narrow strip of land as had been portrayed. In April 2009, the SL army had access to his last bunker in the Vanni and recovered his personal things including birth certificate and albums. It must have been a hurried exit for VP and his family. The chances are that he left Vanni and possibly entered one of LTTE's ships. Post May 19, the LTTE has decided to get rid of the terrorist tag. Hence, they have admitted VP's death. This is symbolic given VP's past; his approach died on the 19th of May. There is the US factor in this whole affair. Remember how they coddled up to the LTTE in the last days of the war? VP will be in the background of a resurgent LTTE; they will give up the arms struggle and the US will remove them from the terrorist listing. VP and family will completely change their identities and propbably be given asylum in anonymity in Switzerland. One thing for sure; VP did not die in the battlefield on the 19th of May. The GOSL lied and have been trapped by LTTE's admission.

Posted by: Rajan Harange | June 20, 2009 05:19 PM

According to Sri Lanka Dictionary surrender means execution.
I remember a sad story which happened in Nallur, Jaffna in 1983. After the death of the 13 soldiers in Thinavelli, army were searching for the neighbourhood for the LTTE cadres and carried out a house to house search and they walked in to a house and saw a young man who recently got married came out with one hand up and on the other hand his ID card and shouted surrender …what happened next…a bullet went through his head.
I always ask myself why did they kill him…This incident happend in a broad day light...I will never forget this incident...

Posted by: Krishnan | June 29, 2009 11:50 PM

most Sri Lankans would not give a freak as to what foreign audiences think.

Posted by: Kanishka Dias | July 4, 2009 01:35 AM

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword!
Aaaaah!..........Peace at last.

Posted by: Ranjit | August 17, 2009 04:28 PM

Wheather Piripaharan was executed or died in the midst of the ensuing battle of battles this is a foregone conclusion but he was apartake of dragging this country down the precipice in the pretext of fighting for the tamil people.

I myself had tremendous regard for VP.Eventhough he was a stakeholder in dragging this country into hardship, in terms of achieving objectives i provide him with full marks.He would have been a real hero if he transformed the Temporory Ceasfire Agreement into a permenant one. there are limits and boundries in every endavour we undertake if not Hitler would have taken over the whole of Europe and MR would have swept the next Presidential Election. When Protaganist become too ambitious they tend to divert from there intended objectives by this they create more enimies than friends as we have seen even close friends can become adversaries (as we have experianced in recent events in SL)

I think Sri Lankans here and the Diaspora should look into the future of this country and not waste time in advocating on postmortems of what has transpired.

Posted by: Kauhalya | December 15, 2009 03:05 AM

Mr.Devinda Fernando
For once you have been honest, revealing the reality of the mindset of the likes of MR. But there in another angle that has not been explored. What if the person whose body was paraded around was not that of authentic VP, but one of the 'look-alikes'? It is hard to believe that VP as cunning as he was would have remained in the ground till the last moment to be a sitting duck. Besides MR owes him a big favour for making him the president by preventing the Tamil votes. that revelation cost Sripathi his life though.

Recently there was an article in the 'Junior Vikatan' an Indian Magazine by Pala Nedumaran that he was in contact with VP who is very much alive. This could be a prank by the diaspora to again mislead the Tamils towards another armed struggle or it could be true. Unfortunately, our country cannot withstand the brunt of another uprising, be it from Tamils or Sinhalese.

Therefore, for the sake of the country's future, VP and the likes of MR are no more!

Posted by: Kingsley | December 25, 2009 08:58 AM

People who talk so much for tamils'rights...I just simply don't understand,,whether they are blind or what kind of manaics ?

If tamils have no say or what ever in this beautiful island,how can there be so many tamils living so luxurily around our neighbourhood,working in schools, being reputed doctors in hospitals,lecturers in universities,directors in banks and merchantile sector, members in paliament???????????

I feel people who jump so much and talk of tamils,,never have visited sri Lnaka even.Go to Jaffna and see whose more rich?
Go to wellawatte and see whose more rich?
Peolpe who talk like this should be punished for sure,,not let a step to our country eiether..........

Posted by: Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:11 PM

People who talk so much for tamils'rights...I just simply don't understand,,whether they are blind or what kind of manaics ?

If tamils have no say or what ever in this beautiful island,how can there be so many tamils living so luxurily around our neighbourhood,working in schools, being reputed doctors in hospitals,lecturers in universities,directors in banks and merchantile sector, members in paliament???????????

I feel people who jump so much and talk of tamils,,never have visited sri Lnaka even.Go to Jaffna and see whose more rich?
Go to wellawatte and see whose more rich?
Peolpe who talk like this should be punished for sure,,not let a step to our country eiether..........

Posted by: Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:54 PM

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