The expression on the guy on the right is apt
I was reading SiberNews and I saw this odd photo of Prabhakaran hugging two now-dead pilots. There’s a lot of noise from the Tamil diaspora in Geneva and testimony from a fair amount of testimony from white people I’ve never heard of in the US. But I find it a bit divorced from reality. The protesters in Norway and Geneva saying ‘Pirapaharan is our national leader’ just repulse me. Well, OK. Come and live in the nation he has built. You can actually get on a flight and go east and perhaps North to help people. It’s not easy, but exaggerating your words won’t actually make up for the poverty of your action. What’s a rallying cry for diaspora Tamils is a dire reality for people of all races who are actually on this island. And I do think the diaspora needs to be involved in Sri Lanka, but for fuck’s sake. Sending money to the LTTE to turn the Tamil youth here into suicide bombers is just sick.
I’ve always thought the photos of Prabhakaran with about-to-be dead people were deeply morbid and disturbed. I mean, I’ve never understood what organization trains people for sometimes years and then kills them. What kind of HR policy involves finding talented people and then killing them? There was a post-colonial population boom at the time of the first JVP and LTTE insurrections. There were a lot of ‘boys’ hanging around with revolution on their minds. But there isn’t now. Many Tamils have migrated and the ones left are generally trying to get by. But so many people with skills and leadership potential have been turned into futile missiles by the LTTE. While the ones that got out cheer them on. I mean, WTF.
I understand that there are real Tamil issues and a need for leadership. But this isn’t leadership. It’s just suicide. Suicide and self-immolation might make for nice news items or memorials, but they don’t help anyone here. And neither does the genocide rhetoric or the support for the LTTE. The LTTE puts on a good media show, but that’s it. If your contact with Sri Lanka is through the media that might make sense, but if fucking sucks to live here with them doing random terrorist stuff all the time. They have made everyone’s lives tangibly worse, and now they’re saying the struggle will go on. Well, the LTTE itself said the political process failed after 26 years (from 1956 to 1982, say). And now it’s been 26 years of this bullshit. I think their time is up.
If you’re in the diaspora and you think you’re so smart then come home. We need smart people, honestly. Tamils need real human leadership and civic participation more than money. But put that terrorist shit on the shelf. It’s been tried, failed, and we need to start actually improving people’s lives.