LTTE and cross border terrorism: threat
to entire world
By Malin Abeyatunga,
From day one, LTTE has been involved in human cargo
smuggling, illicit drug and narcotics operations, smuggling of arms to
raise funds for their outfit. This has not been limited to Sri Lanka or
its closest neighbours, but widely operated through their front
organizations right around the world the latest being sea piracy,
breaching all maritime laws and conventions.
LTTE's first cross border terrorist act was the
assassination of Indian Premier Rajiv Gandhi on his own soil. Indian
Courts found Prabhakaran and Pottuamman guilty of murdering Rajiv
Gandhi. USA has recently under FIB Sting Operations, arrested 4 LTTEers
and two Indonesians who were helping LTTE to procure arms in USA. Two
Indonesians on the arms procurement operations have pleaded guilty and 4
LTTEers are awaiting judgement. It was also reported that FBI has
trailed a deposit of $700,000 by LTTE as a down payment to procure arms.
It is also a well known fact that LTTE agents in USA have attempted to
bribe some congressmen to procure arms illegally.
On the other side of the world, there have been cases
in India and most recently in Qatar. Indian Police recently arrested
some arm dealers affiliated to LTTE from Tamil Nadu attempting to ship 6
tons of steel balls to manufacture claymore mines. Following this
arrest, another arrest has been made by Mumbai Police, of LTTE
attempting to ship equipment including 65 Japanese digital cameras for
spying, 500 ball bearings, 21 camera lenses, 300 FM radio sets and other
accessories valued at India Rs, 15 million. Four people were arrested
including three from Tamil Nadu according to Indian media reports.
LTTE's most common form of terror is to hound any one
who opposes the LTTE in any part of the world and kill them. They have
planted hit-men in many countries to carry out these assassinations.
Last week in Qatar, 5 LTTE cadres were sentenced to death for
bludgeoning to death another Tamil who had been a Karuna supporter. LTTE
like Al Qaeda has already proved that they are terrorists sans borders.
These assassinations of LTTE opponents outside Sri Lanka clearly
demonstrate that LTTE has its tentacles of terrorism spread over many
countries and not only a threat to Sri Lanka but to the whole civilized
world. It is also a well known fact that LTTE has links with Al-Qaeda.
A report by an advisor to US Government states that
The Al Qaeda-LTTE relationship was formed in 1991. LTTE is also linked
to Maoists in Nepal and many other secessionists groups in India.
Despite all these connections and cross border
terrorist activities, it's appalling to see that the western block of
the International community thinks that LTTE is only a domestic threat
to Sri Lanka. It's time, like the USA, other countries most importantly
UK, EU Countries, Canada and Australia treated LTTE as international
terrorists in the same manner as Al Qaeda and other Muslim terrorist
It suffices to mention that LTTE's Prabhakaran, Pottu
Amman and recently the Sea Tiger leader Soosai have become the most
wanted criminals by Interpol. LTTE is a one-man show headed by tyrant,
megolomaniac (worse than Saddam Hussein) Prabhakaran . Ironically, the
international community wants Sri Lanka to negotiate with this murderer.
Courtesy : Society for Peace Unity and Human