The LTTE is the most efficient terrorist organization ever. They don’t even hit anything, they just take off or hit something nearby, the government panics, and it gets reported as an attack on the airport. More important, it gets perceived as an attack at the airport. Tonight the government fired guns in the air as a ‘precautionary measure’ near the airport. To quote LBO “Passengers were ordered to the ground floor after we heard gun fire and some blasts,” a woman passenger at the airport said by telephone. “It was a panic situation, but no one was hurt. “I’m sitting at Bistro Latino, in that commercial vein between Colpetty and Bambla. Then the lights go out and the heat and rumour take over. Now, a year ago I would have gone straight home and investigated, but this time I sit and have a beer. What to do. That’s the motto of a lot of people in this country now. What to do, no?
The airport wasn’t bombed. The airport hasn’t been bombed. There was an attack on the adjacent (why?) military airport, and some deeply contradictory and seemingly entirely bullshit attack in Jaffna. Cause the LTTE has a fucking air force, a Mihin Air style air force of like two planes. Which reminds me, why the shit did Mahinda start an airline named after himself when he can’t even keep the airport safe? Fool me once, shame on … shame on … fool me… can’t get fooled again.
For all the chest-beating and journalist threatening of Gotabaya Rajapakse, he’s doing a shit job as defense
minister secretary. The LTTE maneuvered Mahinda into power (by banning voting in the N/E) to isolate a bumbling SL internationally and remove whatever leverage we had. Now they’re playing the media like a violin – getting credit for 3 attacks when there may have been just one, none on the commercial airport. Also, I get a fucked up sleep every other night cause my dad tells me the ‘airport’s been attacked’ . They’re not even fighting anymore, they’re just beating us over the head with rumour, bluster and innuendo. Cause that’s all the LTTE has. They have no political content, their military strength is weakened, but as long as they make symbolic strikes, they still grow.
The LTTE has never been about military victory, it’s been about the jujitsu of using GoSL’s weight against itself. They killed Premadasa, almost killed Chandrika and have had a direct and bloody hand in Sri Lankan elections for decades. Now they elect Mahinda, who displaces Tamils, allies himself with child-abducting extortionists like Karuna, allows abduction in Colombo and generally tramples on human rights and media/political opposition. Basically, they select someone who will polarize Sri Lanka into with us/against us or peacenik/chauvinist and that someone plays along. It is our own weight flung against us, our own freedoms, our own fear, and our own elections, and our own airport which these johnnies still need to bring their kids back from foreign universities. They haven’t hit the airport once, but they’ve made us smack ourselves in the head a couple times.