By Pitasanna Shanmugathas –
The following is a commentary on an article written by DBS Jeyaraj in which he exposes the overseas LTTE network’s plot to assassinate TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran in two instances: December 12th of 2016 and January 13th of 2017. The plot to assassinate Sumanthiran, however, did not succeed or materialize due to certain unforeseeable circumstances.
Never forget, the LTTE overseas network is still alive and well. Had the LTTE succeeded in killing Sumanthiran, it would have unleashed a full restoration and strengthening of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The assassination would have resulted in greater military presence in the North. The assassination would have weakened the Tamil moderates and strengthened the Sinhala hardliners. Owing to the political climate in the aftermath of the assassination, it would have allowed the government to quickly sweep through constitutional reforms, almost without any opposition. All these outcomes are precisely what the LTTE overseas network wants! The LTTE network wants to reignite harsh government oppressive policies against Tamils, and Sumanthiran’s assassination may have resulted in the Sri Lankan government imposing such policies. The LTTE network can then turn to the Tamil diaspora and say, “look at the terror the GOSL is causing.” The LTTE diaspora network has the rationale that even the smallest sense of normalcy and peace in Sri Lanka between Tamils and Sinhalese is counterproductive to the goal of gaining a separate state!
The LTTE overseas network, time and time again, is willing to reach their goal of a separate state even if it means carrying out actions which would result in the brutal oppression of Tamils, who are the same people the LTTE network claims to protect! The LTTE overseas network is nothing but a bunch of sadistic idiots!
This assassination plot, however, was partially foiled by an ex-LTTE member in the North who refused to carry out such an assassination, citing that if the assassination plot is carried out it would be detrimental to the wellbeing of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Subsequently, the ex-LTTE member reported the assassination plot to the Sri Lankan authorities. This is a reminder that an overwhelming majority of the ex-LTTE members are good and decent people who only want to live in peace.
January 31st is Neelan Tiruchelvam’s birthday. We must remember the virtues championed by Neelan Tiruchelvam, a man of integrity and peace. In Parliament, on June 15th 1999, Neelan Tiruchelvam said that we must “celebrate life”, we must be “fiercely committed to protecting and securing the sanctity of life, which is the most fundamental value without which all other rights and freedoms become meaningless…despite all the difficulties, there needs to be a concerted effort to develop a negotiating framework that can command the widest possible support. Such a negotiating framework must include at least minimal acceptance, by both sides, of the norms and standards relating to international human rights and a determination to restore peace, normalcy, civil society and democratic governance.” One month later, on July 29th 1999, Neelan Tiruchelvam would be assassinated.