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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

The Tiger and the 'Paramilitaries'

[b]The Tiger and the 'Paramilitaries'[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]"This is a trick the Nazis have since successfully repeated many times… By publicly threatening a person, an ethnic group, a nation or a region with death and destruction, they provoke a general discussion not about their own existence, but about the right of their victims to exist"[/b][/i]
[b]Sebastian Haffner [/b]([i]Defying Hitler[/i])

The original sin belongs to Ranil Wickremesinghe and the unusual undertaking he gave to the Tigers, as part of the ceasefire agreement, to disarm all ‘paramilitary groups’. This clause rendered many anti-Tiger Tamil activists defenceless against an entity (the LTTE) intent on their annihilation. More dangerously it accepted (albeit tacitly) that on the Tamil side of the divide the LTTE has a monopoly on the use of arms (and violence), thus conceding another important pillar of the future Tiger state.

The Wickremesinghe government demanded and obtained the voluntary disarming of all anti-Tiger groups. Then began the spate of serial killings; the Tigers murdered their Tamil opponents one by one, and with impunity, as the government and the Norwegian monitors looked the other way. It was as if these Tamils did not exist, had no right to exist.

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