Joseph Pararajasingham was shot at midnight mass. Likely* culprits are Karuna, the other Tamil extremists.
By likely I mean ‘I don’t know’, but feel free to yell at me
Had dinner with Point Pedro yesterday. They had these circular things, kinda like a flattened danish. Das gupta. Ask if he’s been back to the North East recently and he says no, it’s too dangerous. “If you’re inside its OK, but on the roads, with the mine attacks, crossfire, you never know what could happen”. I stir my gulab jamon discontentedly, look at my feet. He says its going to get worse before it gets better. Talk to young UNDP guy who says I should support Rajapakse because he is our President. Take a shot of water from the metal cup and grumble. “I supported George Bush cause he was the American President, and where the fk did that get us?” I think this is a time for dissent, the LTTE is killing people and the water buffalo hasn’t blinked. This morning I heard that MP Joseph Pararajasingham was killed in church during the night, shot down during mass. May have been automatics, 7 people were hit and his wife is in critical condition. Two days ago 15 soldiers were killed by a claymore mine attack. Day before 4 sailors killed. Gunfire, grenades every day. We live in an age where no one says ‘war’ anymore, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t it.
Drive down to Colombo. Not today cause I’m lazy, but some other day. Every day I see army trucks, army jeeps – black gloves hanging out the window, stiff-arming traffic like I don’t get it. On Friday nights there’s a cop in every corner, milling about in the greens, underpaid and toting semi-automatics. Sometimes the sun is in my eyes and all is someone with an automatic weapon on a motorbike. That still freaks me out. Why they can’t carry handguns like normal cops is beyond me. Of course, and I think this merits a subhead, no one gives a shit.
No One Gives A Shit
Last month the Sri Lankan foreign minister was assasinated in his swimming pool. Saw some posters for a few weeks, but lest I overstretch the point, no one gives a shit. Later, Sri Lankans elect Mahinda Rajapakse on a hardline pledge not to divide the country. Ironically, he wins only because the LTTE prevents people from voting in the North and East. Mahinda has literally won a divided country, but no one gives a shit. Shortly after he’s elected something like 13 soldiers are killed by mines in the North. Now, in 1983 thirteen soldiers were killed and sinhala extremists saw fight to riot and bloody the streets of Colombo. This time, however, no one gives a shit. The LTTE is killing soldiers every day, with impunity. How?
This is a deceptive heading cause neither I nor anyone else has an clue, but lets take it simply. The LTTE is a terrorist organization. They are unelected and have a record of suicide bombings, assasinations, child conscription, money laundering, extortion, and general terrorist shit. It follows that this, at least partly, a terrorist war. Terrorism is, by its nature, international. Fundamentally, the money required to sustain the LTTE campaign comes not from the impoverished North and East, but from the diaspora in Toronto, London, Oz, etc. This former point may be worth expanding cause Point Pedro uploaded a nice paper on the Conflict Time Economy which breaks it down to a drop in fish and egg production. Anyways, the flow of money, arms and ideas is international, and the LTTE needs to control that in order to secure and independent state with some accreditation. To that extent the LTTE needed to cut Sri Lanka off from the international community, and that is exactly what they’ve done. In a classic example of doublespeak, Batticaloa TNA Member of Parliament Mr. S. Jeyananthamoorthy says,
“Targetting key Tamil political actors,” and “blocking the Tamil side from the access to the west,” is a two-pronged stategy adapted by the Sri Lankan state to weaken Tamil struggle, Jeyananthamoorthy said. This strategy will fail and in its wake likely bring an unprecedented catastrophe to Sri Lanka, he added.
I say doublespeak because what he accuses GoSL of is the exact LTTE strategy, as evidenced by their (accomplished) goals:
Kill Kadirgamar: As the Tamil foreign minister, Lackshman Kadirgamar was a vital voice in cutting off the LTTE internationally and defending Sri Lanka across the globe. The LTTE’s lobbying force is much stronger through the diaspora and Kadirgamar was one of the few aces we head. That is, until the LTTE shot him dead while swimming. Of course this was pre-election, so you get a lot of condemnations but no reaction from GoSL. It’s a safe move for the LTTE, and it scores them points in that Sri Lanka is now effectively voiceless internationally – leaving them to define the world’s perception of us. His current replacement is Mangala Samaraweera, who is prone to foot-in-mouth disease. LTTE 1, Sri Lanka 0.
Vote for Mahinda: One Eelam, one vote, and Prabhakaran cast his vote for Mahinda. All the polling showed that Ranil would eek out a win with the North and the East, so that effectively gave the LTTE the choice. Let people vote, and you get Ranil. Disenfranchise people, and you can install Mahinda. The LTTE chose the latter, and they installed Mahinda as the Sri Lankan President. The people who once rallied the world to ensare the Tigers – Ranil and Milinda – were out. The next day the BBC carries stories about a ‘Tamil boycott’ and ‘Sinhala extremist President’ and, if you haven’t got the chorus, no one gives a shit. Mahinda and the JVP aren’t going to protest that they won, and Sri Lanka gets a big international black eye. We look like assholes, and the real assholes that prevented people from voting look like freedom fighters. Score 2 for the Tigers, 1 for the water buffalo and -4,000 for Sri Lanka.
Last year we got a tsunami for Christmas. This year we get a water buffalo of a leader, traipsing through traffic with garlands round his neck, oblivious to the claymore’s on the road. Our Foreign Minister is dead, at least 30 soldiers are dead, and now Joseph Pararajasingham (that probably by Karuna) was shot at midnight mass. Mele Kalikimaka.