Friday, January 15, 2010

LTTE elements behind TNA's decision to support General Fonseka

While most of the Sri Lankan Tamil media have, for some unknown reason, failed to report the Presidential election rally held by the Tamil National Alliance in Vavuniya on Tuesday to canvass support for former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, BBC Tamil Service carried excerpts of speeches made by Messrs Sambanthan, Mavai Senathirajah and Suresh Premachandran asking the Tamil voters to defeat Mahinda Rajapakse.

This is the first time that a main Sri Lankan Tamil political party has on its own volition conducted an election rally in support of a Sinhala Sri Lankan Presidential candidate. TNA, as well its predecessor TULF, always kept away from the Sri Lankan Presidential Election from the time it was introduced saying it is "Sinhala politics" and that the Eelam Tamils have nothing to do with it.

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians are, no doubt, LTTE agents. TNA was the creation of the Tamil Tigers and until Prabaharan's Waterloo, people like Sampanthan always ran to Kilinochchi to get instructions from their Tiger masters.

Are Sampanthan and his TNA Parliamentary colleagues now really free to act on their own volition?

The answer is a big 'NO'. The very fact that they are now openly campaigning for Sarath Fonseka, who incidentally was criticized by Sampanthan in the Sri Lankan Parliament for his still un-retracted statement about minorities, is proof that LTTE elements are still controlling these self-seeking Tamil Parliamentarians. It is a well known fact that the Indian establishment still treats TNA MPs as LTTE agents and look down upon them.

Why did Sampanthan and co decided to support Sarath Fonseka and on whose instructions?

Only a couple of days before the TNA's final decision, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam announced at his party meeting held in Jaffna that his party would boycott the Presidential election and would not support any of the candidates. Then, he made an about turn and went along with Sambanthan, Mavai Senathirajah and Suresh Premachandran's move to support Sarath Fonseka. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is very close to overseas LTTE networks. His wife is very close to Tigers and is among the so-called young Tamil intellectuals among the Tamil Diaspora groomed by the LTTE.

It appears that Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam had been ordered to reverse his earlier decision and to throw his weight with the Sambanthan group.

Tamil Diaspora sources say that Sampanthan as well his Parliamentary colleagues were ordered to support Sarath Fonseka unconditionally because the LTTE elements wanted to take revenge on Mahinda Rajapakse for prosecuting the war against LTTE and for eliminating their top leaders.

They also see an opportunity to resurrect LTTE in Sri Lanka if Sarath Fonseka is elected to power. Their calculation is that Sarath Fonseka is a man without a political base and dependent on UNP, JVP, SLMC and Mangala Samaraweera. If Sarath wins they expect chaos in Sri Lanka with the newly elected President unable to control the Parliament. Being a military man who is known for his independence and taste for power, Sarath Fonseka would not tolerate a chaotic Parliament and would instead abolish Parliament, Judiciary and take over full dictatorial powers like General Musaraff.

In this eventuality, he would have to withdraw the Army from the North East and deploy the troops in the South to prevent unrest.

In LTTE's calculations, that would be an opportune time to resurrect its fighting force and set up camps in North East to wage another round of terrorist war.

The invisible LTTE leadership hiding abroad is only bidding for time.

Though LTTE is down, they are not completely out. They have the resources and they are slowly gathering the manpower from among the fanatic Tamilians in Southern India. They have teamed up with the Moaist rebels in India and intelligence reports say that they have already set up training camps in the South Indian and North Indian jungles. A large number of LTTE cadres trained in handling explosives and heavy weapons have reportedly been spirited into India to train the new recruits.

General Sarath Fonseka is therefore a god sent opportunity to the LTTE. Sampanthan and company are being goaded by the LTTE to go full steam against Mahinda Rajapakse and to gather all the available Tamil votes in North East for Fonseka.

The Sinhalese who are now reportedly evenly divided between Mahinda and Sarath do not realize the fatal error they are going to make by voting for Sarath. Sinhalese people fail to understand the simple logic that without an executive decision to prosecute the war against the Tigers, Army Commander Sarath would not have carried on with the war. Was it a victory of the Army alone? Without the Sri Lankan Air Force and Sri Lankan Navy, the Army would not have defeated the Tigers. The Navy interdicted all the LTTE arms supplies which was the main cause of their defeat. And LTTE had no answer to the airpower of the Sri Lankan Air Force.

If the Sinhalese are evenly divided, Sarath Fonseka will carry the day with the support of the North East Tamils and the Muslims. That will be a sure recipe for chaos and the resulting destabilisation would be the ideal climate for the LTTE to raise its head again. Sri Lanka will then be the next Pakistan. God forbid!

Courtesy: Theepori


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