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The Price of Vigilance and Living in Terror

November 30, 2007
The news items followed after the Blast in Nugegoda, apart giving out different death tolls had one thing in common. That was the message from Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara asking the public to be vigilant and noticed any suspicious activity or parcel to notify the Police, and not to act on their own.

“So what if you see a suspicious parcel, notify the authorities and half an hour later your still looking at the bloody parcel waiting for the cops.”

This is not a hypothetical situation. This was the actual situation at the site of No-Limit, the Clothing Store where there Blast occurred in Nugegoda. After waiting for 30 mins, for the Kohuwela police who are literally next door, the security guards together with a Traffic Cop decided to do their own poking.

As to whether the Bomb was on a timer, or whether it was detonated using a Mobile phone or some sort of a remote by an unsuspecting Terrorist silently watching all this happen we are yet to know. It’s easy for us to blame the poor security guards, but what about the response time of the so called emergency unit.

Anyway, what I want to focus on this is not who to blame, and how this matter can be resolved as we all have our own opinions on that. I just wanted to stress the fact that, after some time I think it was the Kebtigallawa Massacre, (which seems like ages to us as everything becomes second nature to us) the LTTE or the Cowardly Pussies (as identified by some in the blogsphere, including my self) have resorted to targeting civilians, after a host of missed attempts on high profilers.

Upto now we happy go lucky folk were pretty much ok, although bombs went off in our backyard, it was targeted at some bugger who wizez past in a couple of Range Rovers accompanied by about 10 Defenders (just the AD for the Rover Company one would think). To get caught in one of those bombs, you really have to be unlucky. A by-stander on the road, a motorist on the opposite lane of traffic etc.

But when these buggers start dropping off parcels at Sunday Polas and Shopping Complex’s your chances of getting bumped off are more. Very much more than a Guy in a Sarong, with a Crimson shawl around his neck traveling in a Level 3 Armour’ed RR. What I am trying to say is that while certain Ministers may point out that these are the last tactics of the Tigers, blah blah, while there might be some truth to it, you cant take away the fact that the terror has moved from our back yard to our door step. The very fact that schools were closed and Liberty Plaza was sweep’ed for bombs are mere examples of this. After all that parcel could have been delivered to ODEL, House of Fashion or your door step.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. guy next door permalink
    November 30, 2007 7:44 am

    I wait in delight, to see the day they deliver that parcel to “Barefoot”. Then we can get rid of few shitheads on Kottu. Or may be they won’t deliver it there. Why should they cut their own neck

  2. Dragon permalink
    November 30, 2007 9:02 am

    With idiots like “the guy next door” around, its no wonder Sri Lanka can never have peace. WTF is wrong with you, hoping that more people will be killed? Do you get off on looking at pictures of dead bodies and bloody body parts??

  3. Chaar~Max permalink
    November 30, 2007 9:55 am

    Why can’t ppl just respect each other’s views. Just because they don’t agree with you, you shouldn’t be wanting them dead.

    Segregation.. division.. all over the bloody country..

    1. Sinhalese to Tamils
    2. Sinhalese – War Mongers to Peace Nicks
    3. Tamils – “LTTE Supporter” to “Separatist” to “Couldn’t care less”

  4. Just Mal permalink
    November 30, 2007 4:40 pm

    lol@guynextdoor. My sentiments exactly.

  5. December 11, 2007 6:42 am

    Well its good to respect each other views , but guy next door has gone a bit too far. I hope I can comment about the layout in comments as well. More than Red and Black the previous color setting of Blue and white was easier on the eye.

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