Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Sri Lanka: No Monopoly on Stupidity or Cruelty

I am reminded yet again that no one in Sri Lanka has a monopoly on acts of stupidity or cruelty or arrogance or nastiness. A week ago, I had blogged about how the Sri Lanka government stupidly decided to be really nasty to foreign journalists covering the civil war.

Now the LTTE has gone one up in the Stupid-Nasty-Cruel scale. CNN reports that 17 people were killed and 45 others wounded Monday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a camp where civilians had sought refuge from the fighting between government troops and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka.

The LTTE is on the verge of extinction, though they are surrounded by over 200,000 human shields. I wonder what they seek to gain by launching a suicide attack at a refugee camp. I do know what they think they will gain. After this attack, Sri Lankan soldiers will treat all Tamil refugees with extra suspicion. Not that they have so far been very nice to Sri Lankan Tamils who managed to escape the LTTE’s clutches, but now they are likely to be especially nasty. The LTTE most probably feels that such nastiness will force the refugees back into the arms of the LTTE. The LTTE’s attitude towards civilians is not much different from that of the Al Qaeda’s which also has no qualms about (mis)using civilians in their fight against the coalition troops, despite the civilian casualties involved. In Iraq the Al Qaeda has apparently been using a special tactic to recruit women as suicide bombers. The potential suicide bombers are raped, which puts them in a situation where they think their lives are worthless, since Arab society treats rape victims with suspicion. The rape victims are then persuaded to carry out suicide attacks since death can appear to be preferable to a dishonoured woman’s life.

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