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Freedom Fighters and Terrorists

June 19, 2009

Why the Defiance?

Protest, struggle against organized, continued oppression and ignorance to achieve the goals of Right to Live as Equals, Human Dignity, Mutual Respect and Freedom. Here we should draw distinction between the ways and means of achieving this that in turn differentiates freedom fighters and terrorists.

We can put this ways and means broadly into two different categories as Moderate and Extremist.

The moderates are those who fight democratically or politically or by civil disobedience. In simple term ‘Political Activists’.

The Extremists are those who take up arms to protest and fight (But there is a real danger of crossing the line, the Extremists become Terrorists).

Both the ways are acceptable and we can name them as Freedom Fighters. But what is not acceptable is killing of innocents, here is where an extremist become a Terrorist and a victim become a coward. The greater responsibility lies with the government to address the grievances of victims (perceive them as agents for social transformation) before they take up arms before extremists become terrorists.

There is no doubt LTTE is a terrorist organization and those who subscribed to its armed struggle are terrorists as they killed innocents and moderates both Singhalese and Tamils. Having said that I still sympathize with the cause and support the armed struggle if it is only against equals (who are equals?). The LTTE deserves no sympathy as it hijacked the cause by its cowardly acts of terrorism which in turn gave excuse for the GoSL to project itself as Victim. I wonder how the Oppressor can be a Victim. The harvest is only what you seed and groom.

I must admit as a Tamil, I am still furious to hell about the plight of Tamils in SriLanka. I really don’t know when this can die down as time progresses. It is only the political system and influential people are responsible not the ordinary Sinhala or Tamil. The common man only battles to survive the difficulties of day to day life.

All of us who make huge hue and cry about terrorists and terrorism conveniently forget that they are not Aliens who suddenly came to earth to fight the mankind. I really wonder when I see our politicians and news anchors talking about Terror 100 times a day. We must understand there is something wrong with our system, society and our way of life. While fighting the terrorism with resolve and iron hand we should also fight to change the system, address the root causes and grievances of the victims with healing touch.

There are genuine grievances of Tibetans. They are protesting for over 50 years peacefully. Why their grievances are not addressed yet? Is it because they protest peacefully? Is it because you don’t see any threat for your interests? Don’t get surprised Tibetans taking up arms after Dalai Lama. Or you may think as I do, Tibetans may practice to live as victims.

I only hope greater sense prevails on everyone, especially those not on receiving end.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2009 2:03 PM

    How do u put this reaction bar?

  2. June 27, 2009 11:04 AM

    Hi Sudatta, sorry i haven't seen your comment for long time, you got it yourself i guess 🙂

  3. July 8, 2009 3:14 PM

    A heartfelt and interesting post … Well put together …

  4. July 13, 2009 3:56 PM

    Interesting !!!

    thnkx for being an enthusiast…..


  5. July 15, 2009 5:18 PM

    Hey a nice post. Government plays an important role and i really hope they awake and start thinking beyond themselves.Responsibility lies with the terrorists too for not killing the innocents. After so many riots over the world, wars, bomb blasts, i wish better sense prevails amongst everyone.

    I see that you are new to blogsville. Welcome and have a wonderful time!

  6. July 21, 2009 9:37 AM

    hey nice post. well written.. n the topic u took is quite sensitive. ya its sad its always the poor helpless 'innocent' ppl who got nothing to do with wars, suffers. sad is the nicest thing i can say.. but u have written well. keep up d good work. hope to c more posts cuming up!

  7. July 21, 2009 1:00 PM

    ahh… terrorism is just everywhere. Sigh.

    as per ur comment on my blog: Hey I never made any argument about not liking boys. I like men for what its worth. Where did you get that comparison?! hehe.

    Cool blog… will be visiting often 😉

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