05 December, 2020

Remember 1987!

Whatever its compulsions, India has to tread very carefully

Remember 1987!

The panic signals emanating from Colombo after losing Elephant Pass to the LTTE are somewhat incomprehensible. It’s a causeway over the Jaffna lagoon along the Colombo-Vavuniya-Killinochi-Jaffna Road, a supply route the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has never been able to use as it was unable to wrest control of the 80-km stretch between Vavuniya and Killinochi. The 40,000-strong SLA force was inducted into the Jaffna peninsula four years ago by sea through Kankesanthurai port, 12 km north of the town, with smaller numbers airlifted to Jaffna airfield, 8 km north, and have been sustained by the same route. So, the outcry that SLA forces have been cut off from the mainland doesn’t make sense as they were never connected in the first place. The strength of SLA troops in Jaffna is three times more than what’s needed to defend the part under their control, then why the panic? Unless something’s been kept away from public knowledge, like the total collapse of the military’s morale and danger of its disintegration, or a justification to seek military involvement from...



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