The night of the most recent air attack I drove to a rooftop I knew to have a look. Not much to see by then. Colombo was shrouded in fog, could hear voices and dogs wafting in eerie displacement through the air. Went home and sweated it out till the power came back. However, there was shooting. Colombo’s air defenses consist primarily of everyone with a gun firing in the air. The photo above is an anti-aircraft bullet that went through a window in the World Trade Center and through a wall. Note that this damage was inflicted by the government, not the LTTE. And presumably all the munitions we fire in the air have to come down. I don’t object to air defense, but shooting ourselves in the foot is perhaps not the best way to move forward.
Colombo’s response to LTTE planes is to generally freak the fuck out while they bomb predicable targets (usually our power supply). In this case they bombed Mannar, had time to fly down bast Colombo to Kelantissa, and then back. In flight meals were not served. The governments response was that they had detected the LTTE planes the whole time. Meh.
The LTTE is a bunch of fucktards who’ve totally screwed over their people and the whole country when they could have negotiated something much more conducive years ago. Now they’re engaging in this nickel and dime bullshit while the Tamil population steadily declines into a political non-entity. However, Sri Lanka’s air defenses leave much to be desired. I’ve gone through three girlfriends and we still don’t control our airspace. All we can do is black out Colombo, fire guns in the air and get bombed anyway. There surely is a better way.
In an aside, here are some fun quotes from today’s Daily Mirror:
‘The Minister [John Seneviratne] told journalists yesterday that the LTTE attempt to cut the power supply to Colombo city had failed.’ Presumably because Colombo cut the supply itself. I guess he means long term.
‘Infant milk should contain no melamine – Health Ministry’ – is this not obvious?