Prabhakaran always had a thing for awkward photo ops. This is him and Seeman.
Canada deported the Tamil Nadu actor for making inflammatory pro-LTTE comments in Toronto. I think this is good and appropriate, and I wish that they’d cracked down on the people flying LTTE flags before. Not because Tamil issues are not real or that Tamil nationalism is not intellectually valid. Simply because a global terrorist network like the LTTE is in nobody’s interest.
I suspect this stuff is happening now due more to the cold calculus of power than any particular change of heart. The LTTE is simply a spent force and no longer much acknowledged by the ‘international community’. Thus 21 people were jailed in France for extorting money from the Tamil community, erstwhile leader KP was nabbed in Malaysia, etc.
What I think needs to also happen is for the current acting head Rudrakumaran to be arrested in New York, and the active guys in Norway to also be stopped.
This is not to say that the GOSL is good guys and this should be done for them. I think this should be done because the LTTE is a terrorist organization, it can metastasize into something worse, and it can lash out at the countries its currently active in. These are some of Seeman’s alleged comments, according to Jeyaraj
Seeman allegedly warned of revenge for murdered innocent Tamil civilians& said Sinhalese abroad should be”butchered”and not allowed to live
Seeman allegedly warned of re-starting war in Sri Lanka& said over a100 black tigers would self-destruct in the South and cause destruction
Seeman allegedly warned that TamilNadu youths like Muthukumar who immolated themselves would now turn into human bombs&cause terrible damage
Seeman allegedly said the war would have changed course if the LTTE had bombed 100Sinhala schools for every Tamil school bombed or shelled
Seeman allegedly threatened that Tamils living in many countries would soon show the world through action what “terrorism” was all about
I should posit that these comments are inherently toxic, repugnant and pretty obviously hate speech and incitement to violence. So it’s well and right that Canada booted the fellow.
By taking these actions against the LTTE Canada is now more able to pressure the government on human rights and IDP issues with some credibility. Which I think is the point. Tamil issues are real and it’s not a case of crushing the LTTE and everything being cool. Indeed, there are issues that all people on this island have and we can use the support of international friends. However, that has to basically start with condemning the psychos that want to bomb our schools and explode young people in out cities. Which I’m glad the international community is starting to do.