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"Another Common Lie - Respond To National Post"

"Another Common Lie - Respond To National Post"

Captain WBR Priyashantha

Through out the course of the conflict in Sri Lanka both internal and external forces that lay allegiance to the separatist agenda and the terrorist outfit have come up with various allegations to bring discredit to country in the international fora. It does not come as a surprise and it is not something new. Because of the LTTE's unambiguous use of terrorism, more than thirty nations listed it as a terrorist organization including America and the European Union.

With the defeat of the LTTE in mid May in 2009 which up to then was thought to be impossible a notion or a mis- notion that was embedded in the minds of many indeed came as a surprise or more correctly a shock that sent a wave of fear among the war mongering terrorist supporters and sympathizers. Their own survival rested on the continued unrest in the Island. They feared that peace in Sri Lanka would destabilize the luxurious life they lived in western nations. In order to sustain their life, they had to make war not peace.

Sri Lanka's victory over terrorism did come with a price. The long protracted war cost the country and its people irreplaceable losses in life and material. Three decades of misery was brought to a comprehensive conclusion under a strong political leadership that gave the military a proper plan and support to end the scourge of terrorism once and for all. The rest is history. By conducting the largest humanitarian operations in the modern history of the world Sri Lanka has given the world a role model, not only in defeating terrorism but also in post war reconciliation and development.

But for some this is unacceptable. The LTTE rump and its paid foreign voices that include a number of media sources both print and electronic, continue to operate concocting stories of war crimes and creating baseless allegations against the government and the security forces. Some western nations mis- informed and mislead by the agents of the LTTE rump have raised concern over issues pertaining to the humanitarian operations.

The remnant groups and their cronies start to intensify their spin doctoring whenever there is an issues on Sri Lanka is to be taken up in the international forum. They begin their 'conditioning campaign' in order to set the stage for a showdown. Once and again they come up with new claims of atrocities, new figures of civilian deaths, new names as real eye witnesses. So far they are yet to prove beyond doubt the authenticity of their claims or that of their witnesses.

Various allegations that were brought up against the country at UN sessions were never really proved. The conflicting stories and allegations which they were bombarding the world with using characters and outfits of questionable repute like Channel 4, Frances Harrison, Gordon Weiss and of course their eye witness 'Fernando' may have convinced the gullible few who do not think twice before coming to a hasty conclusion.

Picture Courtesy National Post

The latest character in this list is Ravindra Watudura Bandanage. A former captain in the Sri Lanka Army who went AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) in 2009. Lets talk about him. Captain Watudura Bandanage Ravindra Priyashantha joined the Sri Lanka Army in 1993. After completing training as a cadet officer he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1994. He belonged to the SC 7 Intake.

Ravindra Priyashantha, a resident of Galle in the Southern Province was an accomplished martial artist. Recognizing his prowess in Wushu he was provided with the opportunity to re-present the Army and the country at Wushu competitions at local and international tournaments. During his stay in the Army Priyashantha was seen as a controversial character who was caught cheating at promotion exams and other actions which are deemed unbecoming for an officer or a gentleman. He had a habit of going AWOL. In fact it was something of a hobby for him to be away from work without informing the authorities. Due to his long absences he was discharged from the Army and Commission was withdrawn in absentia.

During the humanitarian operations Priyashantha was serving nowhere near the operational areas. In fact from 2006 until his desertion he was serving in and around Colombo. According to media reports he had claimed that he was ordered to place a bomb in the house of a Tamil politician by a Colonel is nothing but lie of a desperate man who had tried every trick in the book to fool the Immigration Officers to stake his claim for a refugee states in Canada. Desperate moments lead to frantic actions and utterances which should not be taken seriously. This conman left Sri Lanka to represent the nation at an international sporting event. While there he jumped ship. He never came back.

While in Colombo he always held posts which are solely administrative duty based, Duties which does not warrant any dealing with operational matters not even a cordon and search operation. Most of the time he was involved in training Wushu together with the national pool. And his claim of his knowledge on Tamils being tortured and beaten up is nothing short of a line from the often repeated catch phrase of the LTTE rump.

A man of dubious repute and questionable integrity towards his motherland left his kith and kin to another land solely to seek greener pasture. He is one of the many characters in the tragedy that the LTTE rump is playing to the international audience.

Is, an officer (?) who cheated at exams, went continuously AWOL on several occasions, had not seen the battlefront for years and who apparently is ignorant to even know the proper name of a prominent Tamil politician to whose house he was supposedly ordered to plant a bomb in, is definitely not someone to be trusted. Did the LTTE rump think that the international community would be naive and gullible to believe to accept the utterances of a so-called 'veteran' officer with a questionable past who deserted the post and let down his country?

It is surprising to note the prominence that some media institutes are giving to the blatant lies coming from questionable sources. A bit of background check would reveal the hidden motives and the real reasons and also the behind scene manipulators of the remnant groups and their proxies.

Sri Lanka security forces did not fight a foreign army nor did the government meddle in the internal affairs of another country. The people united to fight a cancer that was eating away the country and its people. At the end we came out winning, uniting the land and its people and the rest is history. what matters now is the future. Let us go forward. Through reconciliation we have to rebuild the battered nation. Let the wounds of the past heal.

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