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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

POL, Sri Lanka's "terrorists" negotiating with government

Yahoo (AP, Bharatha Mallawarachi):
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels agreed Tuesday to unconditional talks with the government but warned they will pull out of a 2002 cease-fire if the government persists with its military campaign, a spokesman for the insurgents said.

So the government of Sri Lanka not only is negotiating with the Tamil Tigers, but had a cease fire with the organization.

My position was that having the Tamil Tigers on the State Department's watchlist was largely an arbitrary decision. And that attempts to link Rep. Danny Davis with terrorism by saying that he went on a trip funded by an organization that took money from someone who was later linked to the Tamil Tigers was an absurd combination of guilt by association and the game telephone.

I see the AP article as vindicating my position that the Tamil Tigers are not terrorists as the word is used in the United States.

6 Comments:

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    By Anonymous Carl's Mom, at 9:32 PM, October 03, 2006  

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    By Anonymous carl's dad, at 10:45 PM, October 03, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:34 AM, October 04, 2006  

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    By Blogger PastorNancy, at 7:40 PM, October 05, 2006  

  • Your Loyalty to your is both admirable and simply fricking unbelievable

    This is a Very Easy SAT Like situation

    all Suicide Bombers are Terrorists, the Tamil Tigers are Suicide Bombers, so therefore, they must be Terrorists

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4941744.stm

    Bomb targets Sri Lanka army chief
    At least eight people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on Sri Lanka's army headquarters, while the head of the army has been seriously injured.
    Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka is said to be in a stable condition after surgery in Colombo, where the attack happened.

    The military has blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for the attack and launched air strikes on their positions in the east.

    There has been a surge in violence in Sri Lanka recently, and the Tigers last week pulled out of planned peace talks.

    Responding to the latest attack, President Rajapakse said he would not be cowed by terrorism.

    "I emphasize and caution that one should avoid mistaking our desire for peace and our responsibility to achieve it as a government, as weakness," he said in a televised address.

    This is the first suicide bombing in the Sri Lankan capital since July 2004, and the biggest attack blamed on the Tamil Tigers since they signed a truce with the government in 2002.

    Though the ceasefire still officially holds, Sri Lanka appears to be heading back to war, the BBC's Dumeetha Luthra reports from Colombo.

    By Anonymous You Must be Joking, at 3:03 PM, October 06, 2006  

  • This weekend I heard Robert Pape of University of Chicago interviewed on suicided terrorism.

    Pape researched all suicide attacks from 1980 to 2004. The Tamil Tigers are the world leaders in suicide attacks.

    Pape found that suicide attacks are almost always the response to a foreign military occupation that is perceived as being illegitimate.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 6:05 PM, October 09, 2006  

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