An ominous feeling yesterday afternoon told me that watching cricket will be unhappy. So hit the sack early. Heard the gun fire later in the night but decided to go back to sleep unless an unexploded shell entered the room.
A Google search this morning for a non BBC source initially turned up a radio New Zealand article. Jasmine news has a slew of posts. Appropriately, Sachini Perera’s “Cynically Yours” blog as of this writing, seems to have the most useful info. Found this CNN article and CTV item via The Lanka Academic link on her post.
I find myself processing all this remarkably calmly. Blame it on having watched my parents shelter Tamil friends during the 83 riots (and having seen at least 1 car bomb) as a child, plus all that Buddhism delved into the last few year.
Remembered a piece in The Island I read Saturday morning. It was by a retired SLAF officer (wish I could find more details on that article) who pointed out that:
- an AWACS such as the E-2C Hawkeye could easily detect small aircraft.
- modern civilian GPS are accurate enough to fly without the need for lights on the ground. (In any-case there are enough back up generators to make a power grid black out not very effective).
Found an article as far back at 2000 talking about civilian GPS accuracy and a 1996 Stanford University news release about low tech adaptations of GPS that seem to back up what I read. The technology was fairly accurate and adaptable 10-7 years ago. I don’t have the expertise to speculate what last 7 years and the LTTE’s brain power could build.
Knowing our rulers, it will be a miracle if there’s a functional, airworthy AWACS anytime soon. They have higher priorities such as decent VIP drinks on Mihin air. Maybe (please bare with me while I vent) the purchase will enable at least a few people to buy a nice little place in the south of France or even throw a 2 week long wedding.
I wrote something even more nasty and cynical to end this post but deleted it. That level of cynicism isn’t going to do any good to anyone (specially right now). Reasonable people don’t do bitterly cynical posts and Cerno is reasonable.