Matt1989 wrote:> you put the start date in '83?
TamilNet wrote:> Dignity and respect for our people is all we ask –
> [TamilNet, Sunday, 17 May 2009, 08:22 GMT]
> “Despite our plea to the world to save the thousands of people in
> Vanni from the clutches of death, the silence of the
> international community has only encouraged the Sri Lankan
> military to execute the war to its bitter end. In the past 24
> hours, over 3000 civilians lie dead on the streets while another
> 25,000 are critically injured with no medical attention. To save
> the lives of our people is the need of the hour. Mindful of this,
> we have already announced to the world our position to silence our
> guns to save our people," Selvarasa Pathmanathan, the head of
> LTTE’s International Diplomatic Relations has said in an urgent
> statement issued Sunday.
> "This we have appealed to the countries of the world and called
> on them to halt the unrelenting massacre of our people by the Sri
> Lankan armed machinery. We are extremely saddened that this plea
> has fallen on deaf ears”, Mr Pathmanathan further said as he
> desperately called on the International Community to take
> immediate actions to save the Tamil people caught in the war zone
> and take necessary actions to protect the cadres and people giving
> themselves up to the military.
> “This battle has reached its bitter end. Against all odds, we
> have held back the advancing Sinhalese forces without help or
> support, except for the unending support of our people. It is our
> people who are dying now from bombs, shells, illness and hunger.
> We cannot permit any more harm to befall them. We remain with one
> last choice – to remove the last weak excuse of the enemy for
> killing our people. We have decided to silence our guns. Our only
> regrets are for the lives lost and that we could not hold out for
> longer. We can no longer bear to see the innocent blood of our
> people being spilled," Mr. Pathmanathan said.
> The LTTE had for almost three decades fought the Sri Lankan
> military and defended its right to carry arms as a means of
> protecting the Tamil people living in the island. After
> unilaterally walking away from the Peace Process that began in
> 2002 with Norwegian facilitation, The Sri Lankan Government had
> opted for a military solution to end the crisis. Since the war
> intensified in 2007, several thousand Tamil civilians have died.
> The recent thrust by the military into the Northern strong holds
> of the Tamils have seen an escalation in the deaths and has
> resulted in untold misery with people succumbing to starvation and
> lack of medical supplies.
> “We need to do everything within our means to stop this carnage.
> If this means silencing our arms and entering a peace process,
> that is something that we have already agreed to,” said Mr
> Pathamanathan. “This is the need of the hour. These are
> historically unprecedented times and require historically prudent
> decisions. If this means saving the lives of thousands of people,
> it needs to be done” he stated.
> Mr Pathamanathan further stated that, “There is not a person who
> can doubt the LTTEs fearless and unending commitment to this cause
> with which we have been entrusted by our people. Know that the
> Tamils are a people deeply rooted in culture and history. No force
> can prevent the attainment of justice for our people. Our sons and
> daughters have taken up this call without question and without
> hesitation or fear of death. None have hesitated to make the
> supreme sacrifice for the cause of liberating their motherland. We
> have not forgotten that it is for our people that we fight. In the
> face of the current conditions, we will no longer permit this
> battle to be used as a justification by the forces of the Sinhala
> state to kill our people. We willingly stand up with courage and
> silence our guns. We have no other option other than to continue
> our plea to the international community to save our people”.
Matt1989 wrote:> John, do you suppose that acts of terrorism and guerrilla warfare
> will continue (as most do)? It will be interesting to see how the
> public responds to it. If your thesis is right, they'll become
> increasingly hostile to the Tigers as the 1T wears on.
Matt1989 wrote:> Also, this is pretty weak as climaxes go. Probably due to utter
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