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Mahinda’s Anti – Tiger War and the Future of Tamil People

It is clearly seen that the war between the LTTE and Government Security Forces is moving towards a decisive phase.

After the capture of the East, Forces were able to capture Mannar which was under the control of LTTE and now they have entered Kilinochchi which is considered as the main power base of LTTE. According to some war analysts, the LTTE has so far mobilized only the second grade fighters for their forward defence lines and have not mobilized the first grade fighters. But for the Kilinochchi battle, LTTE has replaced the Forward Defence Lines with first grade fighters. According to some analysts, after this battle, the LTTE will have to withdraw in to the Vanni Jungles. But according to some analysts, the LTTE strategy is to allow penetration of the Security Forces in to their area of control and then strike back, which will enable them to cause severe damage to the Govt. Security Forces.
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Narayanan gets the wrong end of the stick

Velupillai Prabhakaran's terror empire stands on a foundation of myths, the biggest being its so-called invincibility. The LTTE is also being described by some as the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world as if someone had carried out a global survey to measure ruthlessness of terrorist groups! A prerequisite for countering terrorism is to strike at the roots of such well entrenched myths surrounding terrorist organisations.

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Sri Lanka: War after the fall of Vidattalthivu

Keeping up the momentum of their offensive, Sri Lanka army's 58 Division and Commando troops advanced another 10 km to the north to capture Illuppakkadavai on Sunday July 20, 2008 close on the heels of their success in capturing the Sea Tiger base of Vidattalthivu on the Mannar coast on July 16, 2008. According to Defence sources, the Commandos pursued and attacked the cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fleeing Iluppakkadavai, three km to the north on the A32 Mannar- Pooneryn road.

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A multi-polar approach

Narrow interpretations of cultural identity and models of conflict resolution built on ethnic dualism contribute to ethnic polarization and inhibit sustainable peace. To improve both the analysis and processes of conflict resolution, it is necessary to move beyond the bipolar ethnic model and explore the multi-polar nature of conflicts. The conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is commonly identified as a primordial ethnic conflict between the Sinhala majority and the Tamil minority.

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SRI LANKA: An Analysis of the Military Situation –02-July-2008

Years back when I was a young officer in the Regiment of Artillery, our regiment moved from New Mal in Eastern India to Deolali in Western India. On the day of our departure we trooped into the railway station with our trucks, baggage, stores and all the men at 6 am in the morning. Our special train was scheduled to leave at 11 am. We sweated in the heat in the roofless station but the train earmarked for us was nowhere in sight. The hapless station master could do nothing. Around one pm we were informed the train would be placed by 5 pm.  It came at 7 pm and we were kept busy loading it for next three hours because we were told the train would leave by 10 pm. But it did not even when the clock struck twelve. 
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The Sri Lankan Conflict- A Multi-Polar Approach

Narrow interpretations of cultural identity and models of conflict resolution built on ethnic dualism contribute to ethnic polarization and inhibit sustainable peace. To improve both the analysis and processes of conflict resolution, it is necessary to move beyond the bipolar ethnic model and explore the multi-polar nature of conflicts.

The conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is commonly identified as a primordial ethnic conflict between the Sinhala majority and the Tamil minority. But, much of the long pre-colonial history of Sri Lanka was characterized by ethno-religious pluralism and co-existence over antagonism and conflict. There has been tremendous inter-mixture between Sinhala and Tamil populations as well as the Muslims who are considered an ethno-religious group in Sri Lanka.

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Opposition ganging up to save Prabhakaran

The Opposition has decided to publicly challenge the Government’s war strategy, according to media reports.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Leader of the Opposition, is leading the attack on the soldiers who are knocking on the gates of the Tiger terrorists. His latest gamble is to stop the war purely for his gain - an aspect that will be explained later.

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