The LTTE herding human beings
The LTTE is not fighting for the rights of anyone in Sri Lanka, besides themselves. I say this not as rhetoric, but as, well, politics. They have their own self-interest. If they were interested in the suffering Tamil civilians they would let them go. Instead, the ‘thirst of Tigers is Tamil eelam motherland‘. In diaspora protests abroad that is their solution to this bloody stalemate. Tamil Eelam, and separation from Sri Lanka. Well, I think they’re insane. This is not the time or the way to establish borders. Right now we need to preserve our common humanity. Then we need to learn to live together in a united Sri Lanka. The LTTE’s Eelam seems to involve sacrificing all the Tamils there. That’s no home for anybody.
The LTTE’s goal is not the comfort or the preservation of the Tamil people trapped in the warzone. The LTTE’s goal is Tamil Eelam. It’s important to understand this. The LTTE will literally kill all the Tamils on the ground to achieve Eelam. They will recruit soldiers, kill dissidents and impoverish and enslave their own people for that goal. People may support that, but at this point I think it’s frankly insane.
Now is not the time for Eelam. Now is the time for humanity, and life. The LTTE should let the human shields in the warzone go and surrender. The diaspora and internationals should firmly disavow them and instead of protesting and suing in foreign lands, they should come here and engage with this democracy.
I know it’s a mess, but if they put half of their effort into the relief effort then so many people might not die and suffer. If they put one third of their effort into Sri Lankan democracy then it might not suck so much. There is a rational solution and there is an emotional solution, but when people are dying for dry rations, I think you need to choose. Is the Sri Lankan government fucking over the Tamil people? Yes. Will this continue for a while? Yes. But we at least have a chance and, yes, the ability to change it. Living with the Sri Lankan state sucks for me too, but they don’t herd me into the warzone and use me as a human shield. Which I appreciate. Furthermore, I can actually protest and try to change the place with only a marginal fear of death. The LTTE will not change even if it means the death of every Tamil in ‘Eelam’.
Seriously, I understand the Eelam thing and I’m sorry it didn’t work out. The rational guys who thought about it non-violently and legitimately are dead. It’s become Valhalla and the LTTE suicidal valkyries. Please help us rebuild Sri Lanka.