Friday, January 2, 2009

Today I am Watching: Sri Lanka

"Today I am Watching.." will usually be a short feature, but as this is the first one, I'll do some quick explaining. I plan on posting a quick daily update (usually in the morning) tipping you off to a developing news story which I think is worth attention.
This morning, the big news is out of the island nation of Sri Lanka, where the army has captured the headquarters of one of the world's most deadly terrorist groups - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE has been terrorizing Sri Lankans since the 1970s, and has been fighting an all-out civil war with the government since 1983. They were also among the first terrorists to perfect the art of suicide bombing. So in a small way, you can thank the LTTE for 9/11 and the frequent terror in Israel. A Sri Lankan friend tells me that this could be "the beginning of the end for the LTTE" and that there are celebrations all over Sri Lanka. This might not get a lot of coverage here in the U.S., but as somebody who knows people in that country, I'm almost tearing up at the idea that the LTTE's reign of terror might be coming to an end.

Stay tuned tonight for the start of the "Ten Names You Will Learn in 2009" series.

1 comment:

  1. The CNN account of it has a biker bomber blowing up himself and three others within an hour of the celebration of peace.

    The reign of terror may be coming to a close, so that is cause for rejoicing. Too bad there has to be someone in the crowd who feels the need to speak his mind with the help of a bomb.