A victory for the nation
Sri Lanka reached a golden
milestone in world military history when it became the first ever
country to eradicate terrorism. This historic feat by Sri Lanka’s
valiant Security Forces is even more creditable and significant,
especially since the LTTE was the most ruthless terrorist organisation
in the world.It was the dedication, devotion and immense sacrifices of
our gallant Security Forces which paved the way for the most cherished
moment in modern Sri Lankan history. It was the unwavering bravery of
our Security Forces and the correct military and political leadership
that were effectively combined to demolish the LTTE’s dream of a
The indomitable leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was
undoubtedly a great source of inspiration and encouragement for the
Security Forces to beat all overwhelming odds and destroy the world’s
most dangerous terror outfit which has claimed over 70,000 lives during
the past three decades.
President Rajapaksa and his Government have always respected the
clear mandate given by the masses and even risked their lives to
liberate innocent civilians from the jaws of LTTE terrorism. He did not
bow down to mounting international pressure, which had the backing of
some of our own opportunist politicians in the opposition.After the
liberation of the East, some UNP politicians challenged the Government
to take on the Wanni too, completely underestimating the true
capabilities of our Security Forces. Eventually, when the LTTE leaders
were trapped in Mullaitivu, some UNP leaders even sought the help of the
international community to rescue Velupillai Prabhakaran and his
Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s current tour of Europe was
tantamount to political suicide as it came when the Security Forces were
heading for the most decisive stage of the battle against terrorism.
Instead of supporting the Government and the Security Forces in their
relentless battle against the LTTE terror and liberate innocent
civilians being held as a human shield by the Tigers, Wickremasinghe
opted to tour Norway and several other European countries to paint a
gloomy picture and tarnish the Government’s image before the
It was those unpardonable acts of Wickremesinghe and some of his UNP
politicians against our Motherland which greatly influenced the
International Community to exert more pressure on the Government in the
final dash. Nevertheless, the Government remained firm as the President
strongly believed that it was his prime responsibility to liberate
innocent civilians from the LTTE’s terror rule.
At the end, Prabhakaran and his goons who unleashed misery not only
amongst their own people but also to all other communities living here,
perished in the manner they richly deserved. The self-proclaimed `Sun
God’ who ordered thousands of Tamil youth to wear cyanide capsules
around their necks and ordered them to commit suicide, if captured, was
killed by the Army.
Prabhakaran, the worst of cowards, never practised what he preached.
While enjoying a life of clover with his family through Tamil Diaspora
funding, the LTTE leader ordered his men to mobilise Tamil boys and
girls in their early teens to be recruited as child soldiers.
Ironically, his body was found with no cyanide capsule, but with his
Identity card and the dog tag, to prove his identity if he managed to
seek refuge with some unknown saviour.While Prabhakaran’s three children
led luxurious lifestyles with the best education in the West, the sons
and daughters of his own community, to whom he ostentatiously claimed
that the LTTE was carrying out a liberation struggle, were forced to
carry guns and undergo immense suffering.
Now that the entire country has been liberated after three decades of
terrorism, it is incumbent on all to sink ethnic, religious, political
and other social differences and work as one family to develop the
As President Rajapaksa emphasised during his ceremonial speech in
Parliament on Tuesday, there should not be a minority or majority, but
just two groups of people - those who love their Motherland and those
who don’t!At a time we seek to embrace all Sri Lankans as members of one
family and a single nation, the celebration of this victory, should be
expressed with magnanimity and friendship towards all.
Despite the nation’s outpouring of joy in defeating terrorism, we
should not leave any room to hurt anyone’s feelings in any manner.
That’s the greatest tribute we could pay our Motherland and the Security
Forces.While the greatest achievements of our Security Forces are etched
in gold, we could never forget the immense contribution made by the
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the Commanders of the three Armed
Forces and the IGP. The brigade commanders of the Sri Lanka Army spent
many sleepless nights in planning military strategies which proved
successful. It was their dedicated and exemplary leadership which
inspired the Security Forces to achieve those resounding victories.
Above all, the incomparable sacrifices and dedication of our brave
soldiers, sailors and airmen, who have always put the country before
self, will go down in the annals of history. Spending many months away
from their loved ones, the Security Forces marched under the most
difficult conditions to make Mother Lanka proud.It is the bounden duty
of all Sri Lankans to give a better definition to those unsurpassed
military victories and eradication of terrorism. The victory gained by
defeating LTTE is the victory of the entire nation, be they Sinhalese,
Tamils, Mislims, Malays or Burghers.Protecting the Tamil-speaking people
in this country is our sole responsibility because they are our brothers
and sisters of one Sri Lankan family. People all over the country should
be able to live in safety, sans fear, suspicion and with equal rights.