Oprah Winfrey, Say No to Tamil Tiger Terrorists

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Dear Ms. Winfrey:

We are greatly concerned over published reports that the Oprah Winfrey show is being co-opted into supporting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by way of a publicity stunt launched by its supporters in Canada. (www.oprahgiveusavoice.com)

Sri Lankan Tamil men, said to be students living in Canada, are walking from Ontario to Chicago with the purpose of appearing on the Oprah Show to air their views of the situation in Sri Lanka. Your producers may already be aware of this and they may have done their own research into this group and its motives. In which case they would realize that the real purpose of the walk is to motivate foreign intervention in Sri Lanka in order to rescue the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, Tigers), a brutal terrorist group, from inevitable defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan military. While the Sri Lankan community in the US has the highest
confidence in your good judgment, we wish to inform you of the following.

The LTTE has committed gross crimes against humanity, including child molestation, recruitment of child soldiers, and indiscriminate suicide bombings as part of its strategy to carve out a separate fascist, mono-ethnic state, purely on racial lines. Designated a terrorist organization by the US and banned in several countries, it has a vast network of drug runners, human traffickers, and money launderers. It has assassinated a Sri Lankan president, an Indian prime minister (Rajiv Gandhi), several Sri Lankan leaders, and many Tamil leaders opposed to it. All Tamils working abroad MUST pay dues to the LTTE (or face the consequences of having family members killed in Sri Lanka). Even the proposed walk to the Oprah Winfrey show bears all the hallmarks of such organization: a website with a manipulated poll to show theres overwhelming public support for the appearance on the Oprah Show; wide press coverage; and, very likely, lobbyists working to gain access to the Oprah Show.

Having turned its back on numerous opportunities for peace talks and opted to use nothing but violence, the LTTE is now on the verge of being totally wiped out. Currently, the remaining fighters in the group have crept into the designated No-Fire Zone (NFZ) and are holding an estimated 40,000 civilians as hostages. The Sri Lankan military has launched a massive humanitarian operation to rescue these hostages, putting the lives of thousands of soldiers at stake to save these civilians. Already, about 50,000 civilians have escaped and recount horrible tales of how the LTTE cadres shoot and burn publicly those who try to escape.

Tamil diaspora groups as well as Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka have called for an end to LTTE propaganda stunts, such as the walk to the Oprah show, which do not help the cause of the civilians trapped by the LTTE. Any attempt at resolving the humanitarian crisis must be directed to its very source the LTTE not the viewers of an American TV show. Very simply, if the LTTE were to let the civilians go, there would be no humanitarian crisis. The United Nations, the US, and several other nations have joined in the call for the LTTE to free their captives. The walkathon students and those sponsoring them should be adding their voices to this call, instead of resorting to publicity stunts.

We want peace and harmony in Sri Lanka and the way to go about doing it is to defeat the LTTE (which does not represent the Tamil people in the first place) and help in the healing and rehabilitation of the Tamils who were under LTTE supremo Vellupillai Prabhakarans mad rule for nearly two decades. Such results are already evident in the eastern province, liberated from the LTTE, where former LTTE cadres who have renounced violence are now part of mainstream democracy.

We trust that you will not allow the Oprah Winfrey show to fall prey to the manipulations of the LTTE and its front groups.

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  • Ishara
  • Lakmal B
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    • Tamils, in a panic-stricken attempt to save their pasychopathic terrorits leader from being caught in Sri Lanka, are creating mayhem by spreading blatant lies and holding 'protests' all over the world. THEY ARE SOWING THE SEEDS OF TERRORISM ALL OVER THE WORLD. They have already effectively brainwashed many of their children into believing that suicide terrorism is 'good'. In addition, many respectable politicians and journalists are referring to them as "The Pariahs of Modern Terrorism. Please do not contibute to their spread of terrorism in Western Countries and the spread of blatant lies about the Sri Lankan Government, who are on a humanitarian mission to save innocent Tamils trapped by the manic terror group as human shields.
  • saman w
  • Lucian de S
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    • Stop the Tiger Terrorists, and save the Tamils of Sri Lanka
  • Helene de S
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    • Tiger Terrorists - the most brutal of all.
  • A. H
  • Krish S
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    • NO to LTTE Terrorism
  • thilani f
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    • terrorist should be kept away form the media
  • Kalika
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    • Say No to Tamil Tiger Terrorists
  • Mallika J
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    • Please contact Opera to have talk show fwith a Singhela Sri lanka person
  • Rohan P
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    • If Oprah is truly keen on knowing the situation, please let her/her crew go on a fact finding mission to Sri Lanka.
  • H.Pannila
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    • Don't support terrorists
  • Claude
  • Kevin M
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    • Oprah show should not be a show for spreading TERRORISM
  • nadeesha p
  • Deshapriya K
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    • No to terrorism
  • Shanthi K
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    • wipe out terrorist
  • Udaya K
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    • wipe out terrorist
  • Sumith K
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    • no to terrorism
  • Tissa P
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    • No to LTTE voice of terror
  • Thilaan K
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    • no to terrorist
  • sasanka
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    • This is a terrorist organization
  • Heshani K
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    • no terroism
  • Sajeewani K
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    • no terroism
  • Randy S
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    • LTTE is a Tamil terrorist organization. LTTE killed Rajiv Gandi a venerated leader in India and a Sri Lankan Prseident Premadasa. Please do not give Terrorists undue publicity. Sri Lanka is place you name is much venerated. Arugam bay project tells us your great humantarian actvities to help poor tamils. LTTE is also a Tamil operation, but there are killers and it is well documented.
  • Pushpa de S
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    • Please do not interview any LTTE supporters. Thanks
  • Chami P
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    • LTTE commits genocide, and do not allow people of any other ethnicity to live in the areas controlled by them
  • nathapushpa
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    • Please remember the good old saying "Dogs who Bark, can not Bite" (Burana Balloe Hapa Nokai)
  • Thilak S
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    • Dear Oprah, Pl ask This question from any Srilankan minority (tamil) who seek your help to promte a false agenda. There two countries in the world which dicriminate the majiority. One is south Africa and the second is Srilanka. The question is: A humanbeing born in Srilanka as a Tamil, what are the discriminations they have to go through, which the majiority doesn't. Pl do a thorough reserch before you sit down with them. Otherwise it will be a another MIA show.
  • varyni
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    • Oprah show will not provide an outlet for TERRORISTS
  • dineshi
  • Chammi
  • Ranjit & Thilani De S
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    • Beware deadly global terror from LTTE.
  • Fran D
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    • The Tamil diaspora are misleading the world with lies cheat and deceit.
  • Ranjith D
  • Asoka M
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    • Please do not give front groups for the most violent terror group in the world a forum.
  • Suranjaya
  • sujatha r
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    • We believe that Oprah is wise enough not to help these liars to fool her by using her much admired show for their dirty work.
  • Suranjith
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    • May Oprah see the light in the petirion!
  • Marguerite
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    • May Oprah see the light in the petirion!
  • Shan G
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    • Eliminate Tamil Tiger Terrorism from the earth
  • Asoka J
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    • LTTE comprising solely of a misguided and ruthless group of Tamil Terrorists who are financially supported by the Tamil diaspora in the US, CANADA, UK, EU, AUSTRALIA etc, introduced the inhuman menace of Suicide Bombers to the Terrorist World. Terrorists in IRAQ recently used a suicide bomber killing 7 US and Allies soldiers and many other innocent civilians. It is this same Tamil diaspora with Blood on their hands who without any conscientiousness are now shamelessly wanting to participate in your esteemed show. Their participation will definitely defame the reputation of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Please don't allow that to happen.
  • Aloy P
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    • Dear Oprah, So called "Canadian Tamil students" group that's trying to enter the USA to impose themselves on your show are not by any means representatives of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the majority of whom live among the Sinhalese in peace and harmony. They are all victims of the proscribed LTTE, (banned by your own country as a ruthless terrorist group) the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world. They are caught up in the international propaganda hype of the now desperate LTTE terrorist hordes who are holding innocent Tamils and an entire nation to ransom simply because their minions in Toronto, New York and other major World Capitals have enormous amounts of cash earned by intimidation, internatonal drug trade, prostitution and other unlawful means such as gun running etc. They are not what they say they are. So, Be ware! Oprah! Save your own skin! Your good name and the integrity of your show!
  • Lakshman
  • chitra
  • Allen
  • dalawella h
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    • l t t e is teroris
  • HIRUNIKA P
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    • Mrs. Winfrey please come to srilanka once and see the situation there. we are loosing our young genaration.
  • Kosala De S
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    • The LTTE is a terrorist org. banned in the US for the murder of countless civillians. There are lots of people who have lost their loved ones in the hands of the so-called "freedom fighters". Please do not promote them on your show. I believe your show is about bringing hope and not terror
  • Sarath J
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    • please do not allow this terrorist supporter to com on stage as it will tarnish your image.She is hiding behind the music and promoting the most ruthless terrorist outfit which is banned by the state department. Its mystery how she got into USA after being rejectedon number of occasions. please dont fall prey to this supporter of terror.