I missed the LTTE air raid entirely. Thankfully, two planes have been shot down. Mercilessly, many people are dead and injured. My friend was in Slave Island at the time, she said they saw the plane roll by and saw the explosion. It’s sad, but I wish I was there. I was at CR&FC, in the dark. The LTTE air attacks (except air/ground on Anuradhapura) have been largely symbolic and now, shambolic, the last embers of a dying creed. I was talking to a friend who’s an LTTE supporter in London. And yes, that is possible. I think that dialogue is important, especially with people you don’t agree with. But he says the struggle will go on. And I’m like, this struggle? I know the LTTE emerged after over 25 years of failed negotiation. But now violence has had 25, and failed even more. I’m all for the struggle, but not a dumb struggle. It’s time for new management.
The real game, I think, in the next 20 years. Is what Tamil leadership emerges. What minority relationship emerges? Can someone coalesce the Tamils and Tamil speaking Muslims into a working coalition? In these coalition governments the minorities still have the power to be kingmakers, if they play their cards right.
Of course, this has not happened because the LTTE has systematically murdered Tamil leaders. From Prabhakaran himself shooting Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiyappah to Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam (feel sick about), to Kethishwaran Loganathan, to Laksman Kadirgamar, the list goes on and on.
My friend referred to the people in the streets of London. I checked the numbers and on January 31st there were an estimated 50,000 on the streets. I support their call for attention to the plight of civilians. But I don’t support the de facto leadership status of the LTTE.
Because the LTTE has failed. All they’ve succeeded at is credit card scams, drug deals, forced child conscription and terrorism. That is, they are a successful crime syndicate but not successful representative for the Tamil people. And I’m obviously not telling Tamil people who to choose as representatives, but we all live on this island together. Guys that buzz our city at will blowing random shit are probably not your best, er, emissaries.
The LTTE is going down in flames, albeit with the modern pyrotechnics of Charles Anthony, Prabhakaran’s son. I mean, I don’t know night from day, there’s no real reporting from the north, and they obviously still have the space and capacity to launch planes. But not really to land them or escape anymore. And those dead pilots. I’ve never understood this HR policy which trains and then kills your talent. It’s obviously not sustainable.
So, I’m sorry I missed the air raid, it seemed an entertaining show. I’m not going to miss the LTTE. I am looking forward to the next generation of Tamil leadership. I really hope it’s good.