Leaving aside the Talibans and Balochs and looking purely at the LTTE as a terrorist group without side stepping to see other similar situations, do we see the possibility of the LTTE terrorists stage a come back ?
We do not know the nucleus of Prabhakaran’s initial idea that ventured him to form an armed group to wrench political power to form a homeland. Perhaps it was never his idea to commence an armed struggle to rival a government, to set up one of his own.
Perhaps the idea of a terrorist moment was not at all his, but an idea driven into his mind by some one outside to make of him a possible terrorist. It is in this process of thinking that one begins to see the possibility of the Indian RAW using a discontented youth to turn him into a terrorist.
Mr. Raman may perhaps have the answer . Prabhakaran was in fact given a training in the use of arms and guerrilla warfare tactics, in the jungles of
But it would not be in
The Tamil Diaspora played not so much a pro-terrorist role, but it played the part of a wounded animal still licking the wounds left from the still not forgotten past communal conflict in Sri Lanka. The Tamil diaspora who still thinks that the Sinhala majority was the perpetrator of the 1983 racial conflict found the appearance of a group of terrorists a means to take vengeance from the Sinhala majority, by setting up a separate Homeland.
But this racial conflict of July, 1987, found its commencement in the act of the murder of the 13 policemen by the LTTE terrorists. This incident may have been stage set by the terrorists as a tactic to draw the Government’s attention to the presence of terrorists in the North, and take them as a serious challenge to its authority.
But this self same pro-terrorist players among the Tamil diaspora, may not remain to support a future terrorism, if there were to be another, in
But if the government could create a situation of contentment socially, economically, and culturally in the North and East of Sri Lanka bringing in a mixture of communities settled in these areas, it would be difficult to make terrorism stage a come back in a future
End of LTTE terrorism will probably be the end of terrorism in
The terrorism that we lived through showed every one of us the Sinhala , Muslim and above all the Tamil people themselves the ruthlessness, and the utter inhuman aspect of terrorism. Therefore, the Tamil people themselves will not support the arising of another group of terrorists from among them. Without the support of the people terrorism cannot exist. The LTTE terrorism suffered from lack of support from its people itself at least towards its end. There were Tamil people who were willing to give information to the army about the hiding places of bombs, suicide jackets , and even where abouts of the terrorist leaders.
There were many Tamil people who were against terrorism, but were frightened to come forward to declare their opposition openly.
Further more the
It is wrong to try to understand LTTE terrorism in reference to Khalistanis, anger in Punjab and
B. Raman cannot stop comparing other terrorist, other places and other situations in analysing the terrorism in
Therefore, most of them had a close friendly relationship with the terrorists, despite the fact that they were ruthless and inhuman towards the Sri Lanka Government, the Sinhala Majority, and the Muslims. Therefore there was no reason for the Western Governments to stand by the Sri Lanka Government against the terrorist.
The Tamil diaspora carried out a very forceful propaganda campaign in favour of the terrorists. If the Government of Sri Lanka did not put the terrorists into isolation from the influence of the Westerners, by removing NGOs, and Aid Workers etc., it would have been impossible to carry out the successful military operations against the terrorists. The victory over terrorist in
It cannot be ignored that the NGOs and Aid workers had done no significant welfare work in the areas under terrorists control, to which they had access, but instead they had provided technical know how to construct airstrips, planes, submersible boats, suicide boats, bombs, bunkers, modern communication methodology, underwater passage ways etc. There would have been large numbers of Western technicians perhaps sent by Companies in the West who had earned large sums of money from the terrorists for the different projects they had undertaken for them.
Where did the terrorists get the Cement, Printing Presses, Steel plates, Earth moving machinery if not from the West ? And many of those material may have come with technicians to set them, and train the terrorist for such work.
Raman speaks of demands in the West for an enquiry into the civilian casualties in order to determine accountability.
If so how about an inquiry to determine how the terrorists were provided all that machinery and know how for different constructions, and transfer of technology. West has to explain much for making a small group of terrorists a “formidable military machine” and showing so much of sympathy to them.
Again in the conclusion of his question and answers Raman refers to World War II, and likelihood of the diaspora launching a Jewish style inquiry into the suffering of the Civilians. Raman knows very well that the military operation of a democratically elected government against terrorism that had committed ruthless murders and assassinations in the length and breadth of the country and created such a mayhem cannot be compared to the World War II and the suffering of the Jews in the concentration camps.
The President Barack Obama of
Of course the world that fractured on the 11, September 2001, made the world aware of the horror of terrorism, but yet
Fighting terrorism and fighting a world war are two different things. In the World war two millions died, and
In fighting terrorism in
But the fault lies in the attempt to accuse a democratic government doing its duty to protect its territory and its people.
If we try to understand terrorism not as my terrorism and your terrorism, but simply as terrorism we will stop terrorism raising its head again in