ladymirth: (contained excitement)
Red letter day in Sri Lanka today. 

The Sri Lankan government managed to capture LTTE capital Kilinochchi today.  Defence Wire confirmed it  first thing this morning. 

And there's already a Wikipedia article on it! 

The President addresses the nation.

Citizens use opportunity to prolong New Year's celebrations by setting off the last of their firecrackers and dancing in the streets. Because the ideal time to dance around the streets of Colombo is when you've just majorly pissed off a bunch of terrorists who happen to have a bunch of suicide bombers stashed away in the city. It's living proof against the theory of natural selection. 

Tigers kill a minister and bomb a high security zone - in front of my Dad's office!  

Thankfully, he got held up at work, and was not on the road at the time of the blast. However the roads are blocked/ closed off now and it'll take him a miracle to get out of there. Here's hoping nothing else gets blown up at least until he and my sister (who is at class at the mo) are safely home, but that may be too optimistic. Colombo is on high-security alert, but those fuckers are now desperate, furious and unpredictable and they've already managed to bomb a high security zone. 

It's going to be "a hot time in the old town tonight". 

This caught my eye: "Now the troops can do what the rebels did to them 10 years ago. Once they consolidate their positions in and around the town, they can set their sights on Elephant Pass, the strategic land bridge leading to the Jaffna peninsula."

I remember when Elephant Pass fell to the Tigers in 2000. The battle of Elephant Pass will be remembered as the biggest military debacle in the history of the Sri Lankan military. In the end 2403 soldiers and 3024 rebels had been killed. Another 357 soldiers were wounded.  At the time  I, like a lot of people, was screaming for blood. But now I think differently. Even if we do get it back,  sooner or later they're going to try to  get it back again and there will be more bloodshed. Back and forth, back and forth - I'm sick of it.  Who cares if we get it back if we can't hang on to it for another two administrations running? And while a part of me want all the terrorists to be die painful and humiliating deaths, another part of me remembers that the majority  of the LTTE are children who have been  kidnapped and co-erced into their ranks and been brainwashed. 

It's been going on for 25 years and in all likelihood will go on for another 20 more until the economy is in shambles and anybody with two braincells to rub together has got the hell out of dodge and the country is left to  criminals and dictators. 

I'd like to have hope...but I don't see how I can. The children of my generation have grown up with this war, and we no longer remember any other way to be. We haven't stopped fighting since 1971.
ladymirth: (bucket dance)

So things have quitened down. We didn't hear any more gunfire after midnight, and this morning there is nothing on the news about a shoot-out happening in Colombo. So we are basically looking at each other and going: What the fish?

Not that we don't have theories, of course.

Theory #1: The Navy made a faux pas and mistook a flock of migrating geese for an enemy airship and massacred all the geese. They hid the bodies and feathers and are now hushing things up so that the animal rights activists don't jump down their throats. (Hey, if they can shoot at a commercial airliner, they can shoot at geese.) 

Theory #2: Somebody got a drunk at a wedding and thought it would be a good idea to set off all the firecrackers left over from the Independence Day celebrations in the middle of the night when the whole country was on high-security alert, subsequently scaring the whole town silly. I'm not entirely sure whether the Army and the police are authorized to stop people using firecrackers, but if they do, I hope that idiot got fined a Hippogriff. 

Theory #3: They were having a training drill at the nearby Army camp and some insane colonel high on weed rustled up the whole regiment to do a spot of target practice at a godforsaken hour of the night. 

The lack of news reports and screaming sirens or police vehicles seem to indicate that it was any one of the three. Which means I'm a Chicken-Licken who scared my entire lovely flist because I thought the sky was falling down. Although to be fair, the rest of the town probably thought so too. 

Anyway, in the much-panned words of J.K. Rowling, all is well. Will let you know if anything new pops up. You are the sweetest flist in the world. 

Am off to check the news now, to confirm my goose-massacre conspiracy theory. THERE SHALL BE JUSTICE FOR THE GEESE! 

ladymirth: (AHBL - no!)
Gunfire! From all sides! All the army personnel are leaving their posts and running and driving off down Galle Road. What the fuck?! What's going on?

It's the first time I've heard actual gunfire. They sound disappointingly like fire crackers, only louder, longer and more persistent. Kind of a rat-a-tat sound. 

Last month I heard a bomb, this month I hear gunfire. I guess I really am living in a war zone.

The thing about living smack dab in the middle of Colombo is that you have no idea where any sound is coming from. It could be anywhere from the Colombo Harbour to the President's Mansion. 

Jeebers. You'd think we were living in Vavuniya or something. I hope our boys are all right. I pass many of them at the security check points down the road, and know some of them by sight.

Please don't let any man or woman die for their country tonight.

ETA: Damn, but it sounds like a fully-fledged shoot-out! They were quiet for almost an hour and now it's starting again. And they sound so close too, although they are probably miles away. If they were so close the gunfire would be ear-splitting. Still nothing on the news. WTF is happening? Why are they firing like that at intervals? Why is the media in this country so useless? Aargh!

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts, guys. Looks like we'll need it tonight. Please let everybody be safe in their homes tonight and not out in the streets.  
ladymirth: (AHBL - no!)

Sri Lanka celebrated her 60th Anniversary of Independence the day before yesterday. Here is Prabhakaran's gift to the nation: 

Bomb Blast at Fort Railway Station

Death Toll  rises; nine schoolchildren killed

Last rites for Slain Baseball Team Today.

Tigers and tears have no regard for race.

I have many friends from D.S Senanayake College. I can't imagine what they must be going through. It could very easily have been any of my own friends on that platform. It could have been me.

This was the terrorist group that George Bush, Eric Solheim and Ranil Wickramasinghe wanted to make us to make peace with. George Bush announced his stand while he was dropping bombs on Afghanistan hoping to hit at least Osama Bin Laden's pet dog, if he had one, and Ranil Wickramasinghe bought peace talks to the table only months after the Tigers reclaimed the Elephant Pass, killing over a 1000 Sri Lankan soldiers. I wish it were their dead bodies on that platform instead of innocent school kids. 

Who is the LTTE?

You don't negotiate with monsters. You hunt them down and kill them until there isn't a single one of them left to spawn another. 

I don't believe there is a God, because if there is, animals like these wouldn't be allowed to live. 

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