By that definition we should consider the United States of Army of WWII as terrorists. After all targeting two civilian cities in order to force Japan to surrender (ie political objective) can be considered terrorism by this definition.As I told you in private, a terrorist organization is an organization that deliberately targets civilians, either as political objectives, or simply as military targets.
How about Israel of the 1948 war? or the South African government during the apartheid regime?
How about the IDF at present?
Because if they are then I withdraw all points about the LTTE not being a terrorist organization, if the US and others somehow don't fit then you need to rework your definition.
The fact is that Terrorism is not properly defined and anybody can just randomly state that their opposing factions as terrorists.
This post is 100% truth so I'm not going to dispute this. I've seen this first hand.That was the case of the LTTE. They targeted first and foremost THOUSAND of civilians: monks, villagers, employees, farmers, innocent people who took the train or the bus... and so on. The list and extent of their crimes is absolutely horrifying.
They would even make Al Qaeda look like amateurs, when you consider the sheer number of their victims.
No other "ordinary" separatist guerilla did behave this way: it's an unique or an almost unique phenomena.
That and the PLO.It can only be compared to the Lebanese Hezbollah, which is quite similar.
But the people of Xinjiang did, would you call these terrorists?I'm sorry, but the followers of the Dalai Lama never targeted civilians
or planted bombs in trains or crowded markets.
I agree with this post.Plus, Dalai Lama followers won't ransom the Tamil diaspora communities like a mafia (just like the LTTE did), or execute the infortunate shopkeepers who refuse to pay the "war tax" (we had several cases like that in Paris Tamil community).
Do you see the difference?
I agree too, the death of Prabakaran was a good day in Sri Lanka's history. The military defeat of the LTTE was a good thing too, unfortuantley this isn't going to shift move to moderate polices but more of a hardline stance that created this civil war in the first place.Whatever their cause was, even if it was a just cause, even if the Tamil people has really been oppressed by the Sinhalese majority, it never ever justified the way they defended it.
So frankly, forgive me but I'd say good riddance with the LTTE!!!