Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers continue spreading more hate

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”

Those are the words of Paul Joseph Goebbels he was the Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

In order for the Tamil Tigers to survive this military defeat it has faced at the hands of the Sri Lankan government, it must continue to fuel impressionable Tamil minds around the world that Sinhalese hate the Tamils.

Nothing is more important towards the existence of the Tigers than to breed a society that lives in agreement to the fact their mortal enemy is the Sinhalese.

Nothing can be further from the truth. I live in Sri Lanka and I am in Colombo. The Tamil Tigers' propaganda tool claims mobs carrying the national flag of Sri Lanka roam the streets screaming "victory! victory!" Tamilnet also claims that Tamils are being jeered on the street.

It reports policemen handing out what it calls 'the lion flag' forcing them on civilians.

Want the truth?

Men and women, mothers, daughters, children of all ages and grown men in tears - emotional and over joyed that the country has no war to wage. No one to fight against, not another shell to fire. No more deaths. No Tigers dying. No Tamils dying. All in their cars with flags driving up and down streets in a carnival atmosphere. Picture Caribana in Toronto or the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Sri Lankan youths wave their national flags in Colombo. (AFP/Ishara S. Kodikara)

Smiling policemen hand out flags on a day off from policing the streets. Even the police have taken a laid back stance on the island today.

The Hindu Kovil 100 meters away from my house had a Pooja. Tamils flocked to pray for a peaceful future.

Sri Lankans play a drum and sing as they celebrate their country's military victory in Colombo. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Sunday admitted defeat in their decades-old battle for an independent ethnic homeland, with the remnants of their rebel army encircled by advancing government forces.
(AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

Below is how Tamilnet reports it to the Tamils in Canada, Europe and Australia. Tamil kids who have never set foot in Sri Lanka have been painted a picture of doom.

How many will read this post? I don't think any Tamil who reads Tamilnet will read my blog. But I write in hopes that one day one will. And they will have the courage to speak to their fellow Tamils and explain that not everything they read or hear about from sources in their community is true.

Read what you want but live knowing that you believe in what is true and right.


[TamilNet, Sunday, 17 May 2009, 16:51 GMT]
Sinhala mob carrying the Lion Flag of Sri Lanka, and shouting 'jeyawewa' (victory), menacingly hover around the Tamil suburbs in Colombo such as Ko'l'lup-piddi, Ve'l'la-vaththai, Bambalapiti, Dehiwela, Koddaagn-cheanai and Maddakku'li, news reports from Colombo said. Their vehicles in which they roam around, are also guarded by flag-carrying police and intelligence vehicles, the reports said. The Tamil pedestrians are humiliated and ridiculed by this gang and by the armed personnel at security points by being specifically addressed and told that their leader Pirapaharan has been captured and everything was over, the reports further said.

The Lion Flags were hoisted on both sides of the Galle Road in Colombo and police personnel were seen distributing flags to shopkeepers and householders and enforcing them to hoist the flags.

'Kiri-bath' (milk-rice) served on auspicious occasions by the Sinhalese was seen being offered to pedestrians in different parts of Colombo as part of the 'celebrations'.

Meanwhile, video clippings Sunday showed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, being received at the airport after his Jordan visit by a jubilant crowd of colleagues and well-wishers, including Mr. Douglas Devananda, giving him a welcome kiss.

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Ethnic Media said...

hey man, thanks for your post, I am in Montreal and I am Tamil. I appreciate your post, we need to cut through the bullshit. I am running a website called
i would like to do a show on whats next for Sri Lanka .. interested.. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post man. I am Tamil all I want to know is that my people are safe. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the comments guys. I am trying to take some photos but my camera was buggered.

Ethnic Media, Thank you so much for the offer. How is the show conducted? My internet connection is pretty crap out here. I don't have a webcam with me at the moment either.

Anonymous said...

I will give someone $1000 if they can tell a sinhalese apart from a Tamil. Colombo is so multicultural that even sinhalese women wear the shalwar Kameez and a poddu for style.

How they know who a Tamil is to jeer at them I dont know?

Sam said...

There is no point repeating Tamilnet..Lion flag belong to Sri Lanka, not to Sinhalese. So - JayaWava!

Anonymous said...

Big lies are easier to believe than small lies, which is what Ealam propaganda is banking on.

Someone here wrote that Tamils and Sinhalese are difficult to tell apart. I think this is not just for outsiders, but true even for locals. Ethnicity doesn't play a part in everyday life except when safety is under threat (thanks to LTTE using civilian-pretenders, like pregnant women, to bomb people out of their senses.)

It is hard to see, but Sri Lankans are far more tolerant of difference than they are given credit by outsiders by BBC etc.

Vast majority of Sinhalese just don't care about ethnic origin when dealing with everyday stuff.

Anyone can verify this by the disproportionate number of very succusseful minority owned retail business establishments in the city, none of which would have thrived without the Sinhalese patronage.

Most reporters don't know that Tamils are an integral part of Colombo elite and really run the show in many ways.

Most Sinhalese don't complain about the fact that disproportionate number of spots in free higher education institutions and scholarships are given to minorities.

Truth is Sinhalese are more tolerant than what TamilNet wants everyone to believe. Unfortunately it is not just TamilNet either, but a part of a much elaborate myth among a large section of diaspora.

This is the fundamental reason why foreign reporters who come here end up believing the racist crap put out by these groups, not knowing that Tamils are actually more privileged than Blacks or Hispanics in US, just to give an example.

Now, we need to tell these hate mongers that their wish for a polarized society will not work since it obviously didn't make us lose our humanity after 30 years of collective punishment for being Sri Lankan.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post :)
I am a Tamil Canadian in Hamilton - but unfortunately I am one of the few that doesn't buy into the hate propaganda that the LTTE here believe

Anonymous said...

Yeah I am Tamil in Montreal. Thank you for the enws but people who believe Tamilnet will never change. They will come here and call you 'Sinkala government propoganda'..

These is type of the people who we are dealing with.

DeeCee said...

Why can't moderate tamils speak up? make some noise? :)

Anonymous said...

They would be killed thats why.

Anonymous said...

Moderate Tamils are afraid of Tamil youth and violence they inflict on anyone who they think is a 'sinhala supporter'..

Tamils are scared of their own kids..

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