Tamils must disown LTTE


by Sunny
16th August, 2006 at 11:00 am    

So said a Times editorial yesterday:

The ceasefire in Sri Lanka, brokered by Norway in 2002, has been breached repeatedly since last December, even as the Sri Lankan Government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) both insisted that it remained in force. The ferocity of the fighting that has now engulfed much of the country’s northeast, preceded and accompanied by Tamil Tiger bombing atrocities in the capital, Colombo, has reduced to rubble the latest and most promising effort to reach a mediated settlement.

The country is again at war. In the past month, at least 550 people have been killed and 100,000 civilians rendered homeless. Among them are at least 30,000 Tamil-speaking Muslims, who make up a third of the population in the eastern part of the territories claimed by Tamil Tiger separatists and are the most voiceless and helpless victims of its murderous agenda.

Since 1983, when the Tamil Tigers took up arms, most of the 65,000 people killed have been non-combatants. [via Moju]

I’m not sure what difference the editorial will make, but there needs to be international pressure to reign in both sides before the violence spirals out of control.


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  1. raz — on 16th August, 2006 at 2:45 pm  

    I hate to say it, but this conflict would be getting a lot more attention of the LTTE were Muslim.

  2. Arif — on 16th August, 2006 at 2:54 pm  

    I agree raz – or if there were more Tamil and Sinhala people who visited this site. But media interest seems to have picked up on this now, so perhaps we will all start having more opinions on this subject soon.

  3. Roger — on 16th August, 2006 at 7:51 pm  

    “before the violence spirals out of control”?
    You mean it hasn’t?
    There are problewms with Tamils disowning LTTE. One is the fact that they’d be well advised to make their wills when they do so. The other is that there are Sinhalese who hate the Tamils- all Tamils- so much that they too will need disowning and controlling. The LTTE began because of general anti-Tamil prejudice. Whasever else they’ve done, I doubt that the LTTE have alleviated that.

  4. mirax — on 17th August, 2006 at 3:34 am  

    I will not be surprised if a SL Tamil snorts at this headline and retorts ” Right, I will do that right after the Palestinians denounce Hamas and the Lebanese give up Hezbollah!”

    As Roger points out, the Tamils do have legitimate grievances and and the LTTE has made itself their sole representative. My personal view is that the LTTE are terrorist scum – pretty much like Hamas or Hezbollah- but jettisoning them at this point is not a realistic political option.

    I do think that the diasporic SL communities could be persuasive in bringing some sense to the Tigers by cutting off funds as a sign of disapproval, I read a report in my local paper, some weeks ago, that the LTTE was likely to provoke hostilities because its war chest was pretty full.

  5. Kismet Hardy — on 17th August, 2006 at 8:21 am  

    I once got accosted by a Sri Lankan cricketer

    He said he wanted to ‘ram-a-toungue-a-down-your-throata’

    (I’m sorry)

  6. Owen — on 20th August, 2006 at 12:53 pm  

    Please, there are too many “reign in”s all over the place now – it’s “rein in” (unless of course I’ve missed an animal rights issue)

  7. Sameer — on 23rd August, 2006 at 3:02 pm  

    Just wondered what reaction this Human Rights Watch report from March got…

    Tamil Tigers Extort Diaspora for ‘Final War’ Funds
    Tamil Families and Businesses in Canada, UK Threatened

    (New York, March 15, 2006) – The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or Tamil Tigers) subject Sri Lankan Tamils living in Canada, the United Kingdom and other Western countries to intimidation, extortion and even violence to ensure a steady flow of funds for operations in Sri Lanka and to suppress criticism of human rights abuses, said Human Rights Watch in a new report released today.

    http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/03/14/slanka12889.htm

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