Recently, I brought up the subject of the separatist terrorists Tamil Tigers, of Sri Lanka, in a blog titled “Nationalist Terrorists vs. Islamist Terrorists”. The post drew out the confluences between the two, and used the Tamils to illuminate the KLA’s methods and goals. Apparently, Sir Lankans were also instantly aware of the similarities, as the two items excerpted below demonstrate. The first one goes on to make an excellent point about nationhood in general:
…Kosovo, in turn, is attracting enmity from parts of the world of which many of its celebratory residents may never have heard. It’s odd, for example, to be sitting in the middle of a ramshackle patch of land in the Balkans which suddenly finds itself a target for the wrath of Sri Lanka. Pristina feels very far from Colombo. But the Sri Lankan reaction, instant and fiery and generated by its own separatist conflict with the Tamils, only shows that Kosovo’s independence has global consequences.
This is because, whether the European Union accepts it or not, Kosovo’s creation defines the world’s newest nation state in the most explosive manner possible - by ethnicity…[Kosovo’s fate] affects the way people look at themselves across the world, encouraging them to focus on what divides, rather than what unites them with others.
…Kosovo, as an independent, tolerant, multi-ethnic state, quickly wants to join the European Union, which has bent over backwards to remind everyone that the new country creates no “precedent” for other separatist movements.
The problem is that is just not true. Those who encouraged Kosovo’s independence have an interpretation of nationhood that is fundamentally at odds with that of those who are now independent. For Kosovo’s backers in London, Brussels and Washington, a nation is defined by “values”: by how people behave. But in Kosovo, what counts is “identity”: who you are, what you speak and look like, how you worship.
Unless Kosovans can exchange the latter definition for the former, the crucial notion that a nation state can and should bind disparate people together under a single flag will have been seriously compromised.
The Government’s decision to oppose the UDI declaration by Kosovo from the Serbian Republic was a most appropriate move and should be followed by all States who value their independence and sovereignty lest the phenomenon catches on globally threatening the existence of States as cohesive entities.
Sri Lanka which more than most nations has had experience of battling terrorism especially - an outfit dubbed as the most ruthless band of terrorists in the world - is well aware of the pangs and emotions attached to protecting the country as a sovereign State and is eminently qualified to be heard and taken seriously by other nations who are yet to make a decision in this regard.
We hope Sri Lanka and those countries who have voiced opposition to the latest development would prove a catalyst in the fight against emerging trends to undermine nations through the agency of terrorism.
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