WTF is wrong with you people? There’s a shot of Rajiv Gandhi in this video. Prabhakaran killed him
Read an interesting piece in Canada’s National Post. Money quote: “Why are Canadian Tamils permitted to express support for terrorism in a manner that would be considered outrageous if the demonstrators were Arab or Muslim?” Indeed. I’m all for Tamil participation, even from abroad, but supporting the LTTE is just wrong. Carrying pictures of Prabhakaran is just sick. You can’t walk around Toronto supporting Al Qaeda or Hezbollah without people’s rightful scorn. The LTTE recently sent a suicide bomber to a mosque (video, explosion at about 0:43) and has been attacking fleeing civilians and relief convoys. The people of Canada should be outraged at the Tigers in their midst.
Yet there was little outrage. To our knowledge, no politicians at any level of government have come forward to denounce this open demonstration of support for a banned terrorist group.
Imagine for a moment, if the protestors had instead been Arab or Muslim. Would Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff, Dalton McGuinty and David Miller be silent if 120,000 supporters of Hamas and Hezbollah paralyzed downtown Toronto as they chanted slogans and waved flags praising groups that slaughter Jews?
The reason for this double standard is obvious: There are more than 200,000 Canadians of Sri Lankan Tamil descent in Canada, enough to comprise a swing vote in suburban Toronto-area ridings… It was only when the Conservatives took power that the Tigers were added to the list of banned terrorist groups.
That move was a welcome one: Tamil bagmen can now no longer operate with impunity, extorting “contributions” from Tamil-owned businesses to fund the war back in Sri Lanka. And the police have since busted up a number of fundraising fronts tied to the Tigers. But public figures must also speak out when supporters of the Tigers make a spectacle of themselves, as they did in Toronto.
The message must be: Terrorism is a criminal affront to Canadian values, wherever it is practiced. Just because Canadians don’t pay as much attention to Sri Lanka as they do to Israel doesn’t change that fact. (National Post)
The Tamil people have been quite honestly screwed over in the 50 years, but terrorism is simply not an acceptable response. I’m sorry. I know there’s ‘state terrorism’ too, but our government can actually be reformed and criticized whereas the LTTE will simply kill you or your family. How cheap it is to fly their flag in Toronto when you don’t have to deal with the body counts and ruined lives here. There is hard work to be done for us to live together in peace, but flying flags in Toronto to support terrorism here doesn’t help anyone. It doesn’t help Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese, anyone. We’re all in this together and the Tamil diaspora needs to stop seeing this through the lens of whenever they left. I was born in 1982 and I don’t get how exploding bombs in my city or conscripting kids much younger than me accomplishes anything.
I know that 1983 was a national tragedy, the burning of the Jaffna Library was a national tragedy. I’m sincerely sorry. I know that the grievances regarding language, education, employment and colonization persist. The LTTE, however, has done nothing to address these real grievances. It has just promised a temporary slaughter to procure an Eelam where these things would eventually be addressed. After the traitors are killed, and the Muslims are expelled, and the Sinhalese villagers hacked with machetes, etc. Well, it’s been 26 years, a shitload of dead people, an generations of Tamil youth conscripted and destroyed, and no actual progress. Why don’t we put the terrorism on the shelf and get back to the point. There are legitimate Tamil grievances. Let’s work on them. Together.