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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

The Inimitable Tiger

[b]The Inimitable Tiger[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]"Greeting the Leader's feet –like thunder we blast –
Sagging like a flag - for Tamil Eelam to stand…"[/b][/i]
[b]The Black Tiger Song [/b]

Imagine a land where the ultimate heroine is a woman who, in order to kill an enemy blows up herself and her unborn child. According to media reports preliminary investigations have revealed that the woman suicide bomber who blew herself up in an attempt to assassinate the Lankan Army Commander was actually pregnant. Since pregnancy was the tactic used by the suicide bomber to gain access to the Army Headquarters via the Army Hospital, it is logical to surmise that either she became pregnant on purpose or the Tigers asked for and obtained the services of Black Tiger member who was already pregnant.

Given the youthfulness of the suicide bomber (she was only 21) it is highly likely that she joined (or was conscripted by) the LTTE as a child soldier. The story of this one woman, possible child soldier and pregnant Black Tigress, is symbolic in understanding the psychological state of the LTTE and what this unique mindset presages for Sri Lanka and for the Tamil people.

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