Upon landing, it is the army's turn to take no chances -- this time with foreign journalists flown in to be shown how the government is winning both the war and the hearts and minds of Jaffna's "liberated" Tamils.
To keep the press on-message, private conversation with the locals was strictly prohibited.
But what the army did deliver was a slick slideshows and sweet tea and biscuits, stomach-turning photos of alleged victims of the Tamil Tigers and heart-warming video clips of delighted and supposedly local school children.
"As you can see, these children are very happy, because they have been liberated from terrorism," an officer said, reading from a script within a bunker complex.
An easy-listening piano score provided the soundtrack to today's Jaffna peninsula, home to around 600,