The above caption was copied from the article by The London Telegraph Group published in the World View of The Island of October 25, 2012. It caught my eye because it has a striking resemblance, except in its magnitude, to what happened in the Central Bank bomb blast by the LTTE on January 31, 1996.
The article quite rightly gives a heartburning account of what took place. It says a massive explosion shook their entire block and turned the glass of their apartment into flying knives that slashed the 10-year old Jennifer from head to toe. I am at a loss to comprehend how the Telegraph group reporter in Colombo on the day of the Central Bank bomb blast in 1996 could not see what happened to my friend Padma and many others who were hit by flying glass as big as three feet long and ½ an inch thick, coming from a glass pane of 10 feet by 12 feet, broken due to the impact from 400kg explosives laden in a lorry down below. Before anybody could realize what happened she lay dead on the floor with several others. The wounded who survived death had similar injuries crying in agony to save them. Padma’s husband Leslie was in another building helping his wounded or dying colleagues transporting them to hospitals in his own vehicle unaware of the fate of his wife. It was only a couple of hours later after doing his duty as he always was does, he came to know that his beloved wife was among the dead. More than forty died and hundreds were wounded from the massive blast! Some of those who survived are now without life and limb. My good friend Wijesinghe, the versatile photographer, cannot see the world that he saw through the lens anymore.
In the Lebanon bomb blast the father was able to carry his wounded daughter to the hospital. But Leslie was not fortunate in doing justice to his wife who had borne him two adoring children. The Lebanon father saw daughter recovering but the relatives of more that forty in the Central Bank most of whom had young children could not.
Why do the western media apply double standards in reporting similar situations? If they care to report the crimes committed by the LTTE in the same vein as they did for other crimes, the world would have been different.