Sunday, May 24, 2009

The birth and death of terror

(yahoo)With the death of Prabhakaran, peace finally gets a chance in Sri Lanka. Muzamil Jaleel traces the story of the LTTE chief who lived—and died—by the gun

When Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakasa announced the military defeat of LTTE, saying the troops have "freed the nation from three decades of terror'', his words meant only one thing: Velupillai Prabhakaran was dead. For his ardent followers, this 54-year-old was a freedom fighter who waged an unrelenting struggle for Eelam—the Tamil homeland free from the Sinhalese-majority island-nation. For his adversaries, he was a blood-thirsty terrorist and a megalomaniac who detested even an iota of disagreement with his idea of Tamil homeland and undisputed leadership. Full text Share on Facebook