Can Sri Lankan President Rajpaksha claim the credit for vanquishing the mighty LTTE? Your views?
1. The insistance of Prabakharan to have a "standing Army" instead of a guerilla force, which his veteran commanders insisted. He invested more and more in artillery, and heavy equipment. So when the SRi Lanka Govt FINALLY mobilized, PRabakharan was on a disadvantage. He believed things would just go status quo.
2. Desertion of war and tactics chief, Col. Karuna. If Col. Karuna stood by LTTE side, Sri Lanka Army wouldn't have even mobilized. The LTTE was divided up into Northern Tamils from Jaffna area and Eastern Tamils from Batticola. Karuna was in charge of the Eastern. That's where their GRUNT MANPOWER ala FOOT TROOP manpower came from. THe North Jaffna was more known for attracting white collar LTTE, officers, spec. force etc. Karuna alleged that tho the East Batticola troops suffered the BRUNT of the hits, PRabakharan used partitionism to favour North Jaffna Tamils only. So his war chief defected- and ...more
Because he gathered active military support from Pakistan and China along with India's inactive support.
Bur then, LTTE had to die it's own death for taking on entire world. It's wrong leadership will always be marked in the history.