Cometh a pair of weretigers
bearing oxygen cylinders
Even when Mahatma Gandhi was felled by a depraved character, the West
was not as disturbed as it is by the impending end of Prabhakaran, the
maniacal killer. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is behaving as
if London had come under another terror attack. He keeps calling President
Mahinda Rajapaksa repeatedly in a desperate bid to have Prabhakaran
off the hook. Brown has seen red! His choleric reaction to Sri Lanka's
military campaign to eliminate a terror mastermind and his band of terrorists
reminds us how one of his predecessors-Prime Minister John Major is
his name-blew a gasket, when the US granted visa to Gerry Adams to attend
an IRA fundraiser. And he boycotted calls from the White House for one
week in protest!
William Blake created the 'Tyger' and another Blake is trying to recreate
the two-legged Tiger faced with extinction in this country. Given this
kind of frantic effort by US diplomats to save the endangered Tigers,
we believe, the day may not be far off when President Obama leaves aside
all his important work including the grandiose bailout project and starts
calling President Rajapaksa to give Prabhakaran a new lease of life.
President Sarkozi might follow suit.
Now, we hear British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his French
counterpart Bernard Kouchner will be here to step up pressure on the
government to let go of the Tigers on their last legs. (Before we proceed,
let it be added that Britain is full of nice men, women and children
but unfortunately they are only an idle wheel in a frightful system
which promotes terrorism and unflinchingly commits crimes against humanity.
This comment is, therefore, not intended to be a slur on those people
who are in no way responsible for their leaders' sins. The same goes
for the ugly US system and the nice Americans and France and her cultured
people.) These two busybodies going hell for leather to save the Tigers
may be able to hide anything but their striped tails. They epitomise
the monumental partiality of their governments to monstrous dictators.
How those two countries have pampered homicidal maniacs is only too
well known. Suffice it to say France had no qualms about mollycoddling
Bokassa, the bloodthirsty lunatic who crowned himself as an emperor
and fed his pet crocs with schoolchildren and his guests with fattened
prison inmates! French President D'Estaing provided a loan of one million
pounds for that monster to buy limousines and motorcycles for his coronation
and shamelessly received blood diamonds as gifts. Bokassa had the habit
of showering diamonds on his special guests and organising safaris for
them. Finally, France had to get rid of him, when he became too embarrassing
Britain shielded Pinochet responsible for crimes against humanity and
harboured him in spite of a court order to deport him to stand trial
for massacres. His Caravan of Death churned out death and devastation
across Chile following the 1973 coup but Britain backed him to the hilt
for his services during the Falklands war!
Today, we carry on the opposite page an appreciation a grief-stricken
father has written on three schoolboys who were among over 30 civilians
killed in an LTTE bomb attack on a packed passenger bus in a Colombo
suburb last year. The LTTE has carried out over 200 such savage attacks
on civilian targets at Prabhakaran's behest and all those who try to
save that homicidal maniac and his death squads now holed up in Mullaitivu
naturally earn the wrath of the near and dear ones of victims of terrorism.
All the countries that have been harbouring the LTTE in spite of bans
have the blood of LTTE's victims on their hands as it is on their soil
that the outfit has been raising funds for its terrorist war.
How would the British take it if Sri Lankan Foreign Minister were to
visit London seeking to arrange for a peace deal between Britain and
Al Qaeda responsible for the London bombings? And what would be America's
reaction, if such a peacemaking mission were ever to be undertaken by
another country? When bin Laden himself offered a truce a few years
ago, it may be recalled, the White House rejected it out of hand and
bragged that the best was to deal with terrorists was to send them out
of business. The US and the UK must never forgive the savage Al Qaeda
killers who must be destroyed in their hideouts. And those countries
must recognise the right of other nations to deal with their terrorists
in a similar manner.
That Sri Lanka's minorities have got a raw deal from successive governments
is an irrefutable fact. But terrorism is certainly not the way to set
about righting wrongs or bringing about racial amity which this country
sadly lacks. If the LTTE terrorism emerged as a desperate solution,
it became part of the problem shortly afterwards. That it is no liberator
is evident from the fact that it has wiped out the entire democratic
Tamil political leadership, killed many Tamil intellectuals and ordinary
Tamil civilians and used children as combatants. During the past few
weeks, it has laid bare its true face as never before as a ruthless
terrorist outfit by taking civilians hostage, using them as cannon fodder
and resorting to brutal violence to prevent them from escaping. Prabhakaran
has been no better than a fox in charge of poultry farm. He, his family
and his partners in crime including those protesting in foreign capitals
to save him have fattened themselves on the blood and sweat of the ordinary
people. So, Prabhakaran and the LTTE must be physically removed and
their ideology politically defeated as the first step towards ushering
in a lasting peace.
Those like Miliband and Kouchner who are rushing here carrying oxygen
cylinders for the Tigers are obviously trying to plunge Sri Lanka into
a bloodbath once again to further their sinister interests and block
her return to peace.
Only carrion seeking, drooling hyenas stand to gain from the survival