Let's be clear -- Tamil Tigers are the terrorists in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara, National Post
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2008
One cannot compare the democratically elected government of Sri Lanka to a ruthless terrorist organization such as the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), which has killed thousands of innocent Sri Lankan Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Malays and Burghers. The Tigers are also responsible for murdering democratically elected Sri Lankan Tamil leaders such as foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, deputy secretary general of the peace secretariat Ketheesh Loganathan, Jaffna mayor Sarojini Yogeswaran and minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle.
More than 60 % of Sri Lankan Tamils today live peacefully among the Sri Lankan Sinhalese. Democratic Tamil United Liberation Front leader V. Anandasangaree cannot even go to his constituency office since the Tigers threatened his life. Another Sri Lankan Tamil minister, Douglas Devananda, has escaped nearly 13 assassination attempts by the LTTE. It is not the Sri Lankan government that poses a threat to Sri Lankan Tamils, but terrorists who claim to speak for them and then resort to brutal violence when Sri Lankan Tamils dare to say otherwise.
I totally and categorically deny Ms. Selvarajah's allegation that the government of Sri Lanka is responsible for widespread abductions and disappearances in the country. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a campaigner for human rights. It is the LTTE which is trying to do such things in the face of defeat and to discredit not only the government of Sri Lanka but the people of Sri Lanka as well.
Sri Lanka will always stand by its people and will protect its citizens against all odds. The world must realize that Sri Lanka is fighting the most ruthless separatist group, one that pioneered suicide bombings and has used pregnant women to carry out such terrorist acts.[...]Misleading the people in Canada and the rest of the world about the nature of the Tamil Tigers and their ruthless quest for power while sitting comfortably in Canada helps no one.[...]
In the war of opinions I have to say I find myself siding with the Sri Lankan government on this one. If Sri Lankan Tamils are such a persecuted people then why do Tamil refugees living in Canada return to Sri Lanka with a frequency to rival the numbers who are feeling it? Sri Lanka's capital city of Colombo is 30% Tamil and was the final home of the late renowned science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. It is far from the fighting and is a relatively safe place for those fleeing the war. Failing that there is the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. I have been following the civil war in the newspapers and most of the cease fires were broken by the Tamil Tigers. It seems Sri Lankan Tamils are "refugees" because of their alleged freedom fighters, freedom fighters who will turn a future independent Sri Lankan Tamil nation into a totalitarian state run by gangsters.
Those who sit on refugee boards should be better informed of world events. If they were more knowledgeable of Sri Lanka then Canada wouldn't have an acceptance rate of 76-80% for Sri Lankan Tamils, an embarrassment for Canada and an insult to Sri Lanka. It is because of the general ignorance of those in the Immigration and Refugee Board that Canada's refugee system ripe for abuse and Sri Lankan Tamils took advantage of it with a vengeance for quick and easy entry into a first world nation. This is why refugees should be determined before they arrive in Canada, a losing proposition for immigration lawyers because they don't get paid. This is also why Canada should invoke the notwithstanding clause and revoke the disastrous Singh decision of 1985.
See also:Tibetans seek refuge in India or Why Canada should stop accepting refugees from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.