Gerald Peiris in Kandy to Michael Roberts in Adelaide, 20/21 May 2019
Here are my observations on two of your comments (reproduced below in brown) on Long’s article**
- So, Gotabaya was not the single decisive hand in shaping the outcome of Eelam War IV. But in support of some lines in the Stephen Long essay, I shall dwell on several of his special contributions within a separate essay. Moreover, the recent Easter Sunday attacks and subsequent tensions in Sri Lanka encourage me to endorse Stephen Long’s caustic account of the glaring shortcomings in the intelligence operations of the Yahapaalana government. That, ofcourse, is a conclusion that is widely shared.
- However, the Sri Lanka Army began to transform its infantry divisions from around 2001 with the development of the SIOT concept which encouraged operational planning from the frontline-upwards and sharpened soldier skills. General Sarath Fonseka is one to whom this course of development can be attributed, but I speculate that there were others involved.