Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Tigers Die Hard

Since their emergence as a local terrorist group from out of a criminal sub-community in Jaffna on Sri Lanka, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have undergone several transformations. The next one might be their most persistent – and pernicious – one yet.

The organization and discipline of the LTTE has always made them worth studying. They are very innovative, resourceful and hard-working: These characteristics would make their members a success in any more peaceful or profitable field of endeavour. Alas, for the Tamils of Sri Lanka and the other peoples of the island nation, their talents have been turned to revolt. Now, after decades of warfare, the 25-year old Tiger guerrilla force is facing defeat, and what comes next may reveal even more of the character of the movement behind them. Full Text