Photo of LTTE flag at protest by onedayforever
One wonders how the LTTE got into this mess. However, it’s clear that they had a plan. It just failed. The LTTE banned people from voting by threat of their usual violence. The disenfranchisement of northern Tamil voters ensured a win for Mahinda, the more warlike candidate. Then, expecting war, they set out on a campaign of targeted assasinations. ‘Good’ plan, in hindsight, but it failed. The Foreign Minister (incidentally, a Tamil) was killed but the Defence Secretary and the Army Commander survived. Hence they’re fucked.
This is not to say that the LTTE is done or whatever. I don’t know. I still agree with the epigraph to Frederica’s latest Sunday Leader editorial:
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent” — Mahatma Gandhi
Violence has damaged Sri Lankan democracy deeply, but I also deeply believe that we can fix it. I’m starting by voting this Saturday (Shiral Lakthilaka, number 39 UNP!). Sri Lanka has chance, we have a functioning democracy and we can all live together, Tamil, Muslim, Sinhala, half-caste, full-caste, two milk, one sugar.
The LTTE, however, is a dead end. After 26 years of suffering for no gain I think the Tamil people living here realize that. They just want to live. I just want to live. The diaspora who left about 26 years ago is still baying for separation, but the people on this land just want to live together.
I hope with all my heart that I can just live together as Sri Lankans. This can start by voting in the Provincial Council election this Saturday, and sending relief to our fellow citizens suffering in the North.
The political solution has to come from us, and it has to start with carrying for the basic life of people up north. I’m working with ACT Lanka to send more supplies to Vavuniya and now Padaviya Hospitals. With the support of the government and armed forces. So it gets delivered. We’re raising funds now, if you’re in Sri Lanka/Colombo contact me on email@example.com and I can direct you. This is just a group of citizens doing what we can with people we know.
I believe the LTTE has made itself irrelevant by trying to suicide bomb and assassinate it’s way to a better future. It’s failed to improve lives for anyone and it’s failed at carving out a separate state. However, we can only make the LTTE completely irrelevant by building a better Sri Lanka.