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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

'Please the Tigers and let there be peace'

[b]'Please the Tigers and let there be peace' [/b]

By Janaka Perera - Asiantribune

[b]Colombo, 30 April, ( [/b]National Peace Council Media Director Jehan Perera today (April 29) cut a ridiculous figure when he tried to condemn the Sri Lanka Air Force’s retaliatory attacks on Wanni Tiger strongholds in Trincomalee following the assassination attempt on Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka. Perera was participating in a Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation's regular Sinhala radio discussion program, Subharathi. The other participant was Daily News Editor Bandula Jayasekara, who knocked the bottom out of almost all of Perera’s shaky arguments.

When asked why the NPC issued a statement that identified the suicide bomber as a 'suspected' Tigress he had no answer, whereas the whole world was aware that the Prabhakaran and company was behind the attempt. The Wanni Tigers' use of a pregnant woman for the dastardly act with total contempt for motherhood and the life of an unborn child – something which even the Nazis did not dare to do to their own kind - drew no strong criticism from Perera.

While reluctantly admitting that the Tigers were terrorists, Perera tried to create such confusion in the listener’s mind it was hard to decide what he meant by war, peace, national security or territorial integrity. He complained of some 7000 odd civilians being displaced by Air Force bombing in Sampur but made no comment on the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission Chief Major General Ulf Henricsson’s assurance that no civilians were targeted and that the BBC 'claim of 40,000 people being displaced was highly exaggerated.

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