The LTTE are masters of the politics of duplicity. Speaking to the LTTE front Tamilnet over the weekend, Tamilchelvam lamented that the LTTE never pulled out of the Geneva II talks.
But the fact remains that the advance party of the Sri Lankan government delegation comprising its support staff were in Geneva in April as scheduled, while the LTTE were playing delaying tactics, hoping that the suicide bomber would succeed in assassinating the Army Commander and provide the LTTE with a strategic advantage.
With the failure of the LTTE suicide bomber, one among many LTTE failures in the recent past, the LTTE began drifting further and further away from Geneva. It seems that the LTTE wants peace and ceasefire agreements to ride on the back of suicide attacks.
Tamilchelvam states that the government was obstructing its transfer of terrorist leaders between the North and the East. Yet, it boasted on this same TamilNet in May that it successfully carried out a sea movement between Trincomalee and the Vanni.
If the LTTE is able to carry out sea movements, then it cannot at the same time claim that its excuse for not going to Geneva was because the Government did not facilitate transfers of its cadres between the Vanni and the East.
The LTTE created the conditions that brought about an EU proscription and it is now smarting from the confirmation of the EU proscription expected this week.
The mine attack in Wilpattu last week is another mistake by the LTTE, which strengthens the position of the Sri Lankan state and weakens the LTTE. But the LTTE, with its Tamil diaspora gallery, regards it as a success. Tamil nationalist fascism is the Achilles Heel of the LTTE. On Monday, they exposed their true agenda in the capitals of Europe protesting in favour of a separate state.
With the excitement of the EU proscription of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation, the Colombo press and intelligentsia has failed to recognise the most disturbing part of the EU proscription which debilitates the psyche of the LTTE and forces of Tamil nationalism/fascism.
It is item 2. of the resolution passed by the European Parliament earlier this month, which calls on the LTTE to resume peace negotiations with the Government of Sri Lanka without delay, to be prepared to decommission its weapons and to set the stage for a final political settlement of the conflict.
The magic word is "decommission" and its impact on the psyche of the LTTE and the forces of Tamil nationalism is far more debilitating than all the missiles the Sri Lankan armed forces could launch against the LTTE.
This word "decommission" in effect demolishes the very foundations of this Tamil nationalist, fascist movement and renders it impotent.
The Tamil nationalist ideals of a separate state, backed up with perceived military prowess of the 5% with Black Tigers, Sea Tigers, Air Tigers and Leopard Special Forces etc all vanished into cuckoo land with the "D" word.
The LTTE claims homelands in Sri Lanka. Yet, it fashions itself and glorifies the Cholas of South India who invaded and occupied Sri Lanka. The Tiger flag of the LTTE is a copy of the Chola flag of the pouncing Tiger. The Chola dynasty ruled South-East India and established an empire by invading other South Indian states, Sri Lanka, Java, Sumatra etc. in the 10th century.
The forces of Tamil nationalism/fascism identify themselves as the present day Chola warriors, to boost their moral in taking on the numerically superior Sri Lankan state. LTTE Tamil language propaganda frequently highlights the successes of the Cholas and their heroic deeds. It promotes the idea of a greater Tamil consciousness, which encompasses a unified North and East Sri Lanka and South India as one entity, separate from the Sinhalese and the Hindi speaking North India.
The LTTE uses Chola psychology to transform a less that 5% minority which makes up the forces of Tamil nationalism/fascism in Sri Lanka into something greater, a Chola psychology that enables it to think in terms of Tamil empires and conquests of India and Sri Lanka, placing it on a psychological plain superior to the Sinhalese and the Indians, so that it can take on the numerically superior Indian and the Sri Lankan armies.
It has not yet dawned on the LTTE that they maybe the only people on earth who claim a homeland and at the same time glorify a dynasty (Cholas) that invaded and ravaged this same homeland.
Professor Peter Schalk of the Uppsala University in Sweden, who is a premier propagandist of the LTTE, corresponding with me via e-mail a few years back, sent me some of his work, which explored the great martial attributes of the Ilavars. (Citizens of Tamil Eelam). This work, like other LTTE propaganda, glorified the Cholas and their military prowess and equated the present day Tamil Tigers as the new Chola warriors, whose onslaught the Indian and Sri Lankan armies cannot withstand.
This heroic martial mind frame, the cult of the martyrs etc, makes up the psyche of the Tamil nationalist/fascist movement, providing it with the adrenaline to take on the numerically superior Indian and Sri Lankan armies.
This is similar to the religious adrenaline used by fanatical Islamic militants to take on the worlds most powerful nation.
When the European Parliament used the word "decommission" it debilitated the psyche of the entire Tamil nationalist/fascist movement, as without weapons, the forces of Tamil nationalism and aspirations are rendered impotent.
The effect of the EU resolution is compounded, because it is the very first time that the international community has communicated to the forces of Tamil Nationalism that it expects them to disarm.
Imagine the great Chola warriors without their weapons?. Not even the combined proscriptions of the United States, India and the United Kingdom have demoralised the Tamil nationalists as the EU’s'A0call to’A0"decommission".
Here are those who equated its leader to Nelson Mandela, a leader who fashioned himself on Napoleon and Chandra Bose, a terrorist movement that considered itself as having parity status with the government of the Republic of Sri Lanka, with its perceived military balance of power with the Sri Lankan armed forces, boasting that it defeated the worlds fourth largest army (Indian Army), claiming sovereign rights to the sea and land, being asked to "decommission" its weapons by the EU.
This is not just Tamil nationalism being brought down to earth. It’s the mother of all come downs.
The LTTE’s present strategy of trying to instigate a communal backlash by the Sinhalese against the Tamils is perceived by the Sri Lankan establishment as an attempt by the LTTE to tarnish Sri Lanka’s image, internationally. Government Ministers have been communicating to the general population not to fall into the LTTE trap.
There are more pressing motives for the LTTE to pursue this strategy. The LTTE’s priority is to neutralise the Karuna group and the other anti-LTTE Tamil forces mobilised against it. The LTTE perceives these anti-LTTE Tamil forces as being the cutting edge of the Sri Lankan states counter-terrorism strategy.
By instigating a Sinhalese backlash against the Tamils, the LTTE intends manufacturing and highlighting human rights abuses against Tamils, in the hope to present itself as the savours of the Tamils, boost recruitment into its ranks, undermine the Tamil forces it perceives as being aligned with the Sri Lankan state, disrupt the cutting edge of the Sri Lankan states counter terrorism strategy, enhance its credentials and aspirations with the international community, as the defenders of the Tamil people from what it ‘A0manufactures as being "genocide".
Those who claimed to be the sole representatives of Tamils are now murdering their way to become the sole liberators of Tamils, despite the fact that they are the biggest murderers of Sri Lankan Tamils, in recorded history. -Island-By Dushy Ranetunge