Thursday, May 14, 2009

A tale of two Tigers

There is a tide in the affairs of men.

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;|
Omitted, all the voyage of their life|
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

From Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Former LTTE military commander Karuna Amman was wise enough to take the tide in his affairs at the flood. After years of fighting for a megalomaniac given to fratricidal violence, finally it dawned on him that the LTTE's violent campaign was doomed to fail. He also fell from grace like the LTTE deputy leader Mahendraraja or Mahattaya. Full text