Sunday, May 24, 2009

New life begins with Tigers' defeat

The Washington TimesBefore Palestinian suicide bombers were blowing up Israeli women and children in marketplaces, before Iraqi suicide bombers were murdering Iraqi civilians as well as Iraqi and American soldiers, there were the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka - the world's little-known pioneers of the deadly craft of suicide bombing.

On Monday, the Tamil Tigers were defeated after three decades of bloody rebellion. Their brutal leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was shot fatally by government troops in a final firefight. People danced and cheered in the streets of Colombo, capital of this island nation off India that used to be called Ceylon. After all, by then, Tamil Tiger suicide bombers had killed more than 200 Sri Lankans. Full text Share on Facebook