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ON THE TRAIL OF VICTORY - Sunday Observer pays tribute to the Security Forces on Second Anniversary

On the trail of VICTORY

SUNDAY OBSERVER pays tribute to the Security Forces on Second Anniversary

It has been two years since Sri Lanka eradicated terrorism under the inspirational political leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and strategic guidance of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. May 18 is a red letter day in the annals of Sri Lanka’s history when the nation celebrates the second anniversary of the eradication of terrorism. The true freedom that we enjoy today was made possible due to the supreme sacrifices made by the true sons of our soil, as the whole world was spellbound by that magnificent victory on May 18, 2009.

The Security Forces not only destroyed the LTTE’s terrorist fire power in the North and the East in less than three-and-a-half years, but also put paid to the Tiger propaganda through their mercy missions in the battlefront.

During that unprecedented human rescue mission in the world, the Security Forces liberated over half a million people from the clutches of LTTE terror. In the greatest humanitarian rescue operation in modern history the Security Forces risked their lives to liberate hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians, held forcibly by the LTTE as a human shield.

We should bear in mind that the battle against the LTTE was not a war against the Tamils.

The heroic troops sacrificed their lives to save innocent Tamils from the grip of LTTE terror. This is precisely why Sri Lanka’s victory in defeating the LTTE becomes a victory for the entire nation, irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds.

It is now the responsibility of the entire nation to add value to that unique victory and make it more meaningful.

The Government has embarked on massive development projects in the North during the past two years to assure a secure future for thousands of Tamils who faced untold hardship due to the barbaric acts of the LTTE. The time is now opportune to win the hearts of the Tamils, who are an integral part of Sri Lanka’s community, in the reconciliation process.

Sri Lanka, which has been looked upon as a symbol of courage to the world, is gradually rising from the ashes with a positive vision.

We must make a bold and determined effort to build the nation, in keeping with the rich culture and heritage as the country is blessed with an abundance of natural resources.

Let us remember all those brave sons of our soil who contributed immensely to achieve that gigantic task with a deep sense of affection and gratitude.

If not for their dedicated efforts and sacrifices, we would never have enjoyed the freedom that we experience today.

The Sunday Observer salutes all those Security Forces personnel, their Commanding Officers and others who had proved that miracles can indeed become a reality.

The need of the hour is unity, reconciliation and development, to take Sri Lanka to greater heights in all spheres of activity.

Let’s join hands to embark on that decisive journey and make Sri Lanka the ‘Wonder of Asia’ sooner than later.

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