funeral of major general (posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant general) parami kulatunga , deputy chief of staff of the sri lanka army, took place yesterday with full military honors. he, like hundreds of other servicemen killed daily by ltte terrorists, was a true hero of our time. they are the ones who are fighting against a totalitarian regime that oppress all those who are under it, whatever their race. as i said after the attempt on army commander's life they are our pride. we were not shy to say it then; we are not shy to say it now.
while some try to rationalize and justify terror as perceived 'justice', 'freedom' struggle, etc. equating tamils with terrorists in denial of facts on the ground, and advocate appeasement so that we may live in 'peace' in colombo while all sri lankans in northeast will continue to suffer, it is the military that has to face the full brunt of the terror. while (sri lankan?) blogosphere is posting and talking of doing 'something' about the violence with a vagueness and a disconnect from reality that takes one's breath away, sri lankan military is actually doing what is required to be done, with reality fully in the face. .
military is facing daily ltte attacks with restraint (as they have done since last december) and with limited retaliatory strikes occasionally (since the attempt on army commander in april). as i said in april they are the ones who are keeping us from war, while ltte tries its best to provoke a full scale war with its attacks on both military and civilian targets. they have to continue with the same strategy until ltte either stop the violence and return to peace talks or provoke a full scale war on its own responsibility. given the resources available and current circumstances, that is the best method forward in order to ultimately defeat or contain ltte effectively, which is a necessary precondition for real peace.
some peaceniks and the ltte propaganda machine, as usual in unison, cry out that there is no restraint and the military target civilians based on few incidents of indiscipline. but they are just that, incidents of indiscipline. compared to the number of attacks faced by the military and number of soldiers killed number of such incidents are few. sri lankan military discipline compares favorably with almost any another army in a conflict situation, certainly with coalition forces in iraq. however that does not excuse the perpetrators of those crimes. they should be properly investigated, and punished if found guilty, or released if found innocent. in fact all such incidents are been investigated. it is also significant that peaceniks are nowhere to be seen when ltte intentionally target civilians including children continuously in an unsuccessful effort to provoke a communal backlash.
let them hide. let us honor those who fought and sacrificed in order that justice, freedom, democracy, human rights, and ultimately real peace, will be enjoyed by all in sri lanka.