The success rate of modern terrorism is dismal
Posted on May 14th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

14 May 2013

The Editor


Ed Whitcomb who dealt with terrorism for three decades as a diplomat and intelligence analyst  says “The success rate of modern terrorists is dismal.”

But to quell modern terrorism  by sovereign nations has taken a strange life of twists and turns, some for the better and some not.

Take Sri Lanka for example.  One wonders whether it was worth it to be the only country which on 19 May 2009, wiped out militarily the most ruthless terrorists in the world, the Tamil Tigers, after a 27 year war that killed 100,000 innocent civilians and haemorrhaged the island  and hijacked the most important human right of a person, the ‘right-to-life’ of 22 million of its peoples for almost three decades.

These were the terrorists who killed two heads of state, Rajiv Gandhi of India and President Premadasa of Sri Lanka, and perfected the art of suicide bombing with the suicide body pack.

And what has Sri Lanka gained out of this achievement?  Canada is one country that has not acknowledged this great achievement so far and is now harrassing that island’s commanders of the armed forces  as war criminals for wiping out the Tamil Tigers.   In the meanwhile Canada has put behind bars Ottawa’s Momin Khawaja for life for his involvement in a plot to plant fertilizer bombs in the UK.  He was plotting and had not detonated a single bomb that had killed a single person.

I certainly am not sure who comes on top of this exercise of eliminating terrorists?  Is it the ruthless terrorists who are being aided and abetted by international  governments, or the country that is fighting these terrorists to get rid of this canker?    Canada certainly seems to be a lost soul on this file, on how and why we want to get rid of terrorism and their actors.

Asoka Weerasinghe

2 Responses to “The success rate of modern terrorism is dismal”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Sri Lanka has spent about 85% of the loans and aid it has received in the recent past on development in the North, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa stated.

    He said that the government has taken many steps to improve the living standards of the people in the North.

    The Minister highlighted the government’s achievement in resettling 30,000 displaced persons in the North adding that a large sum of money has been spent on improving infrastructure in the North after the war had left the region devastated.”



  2. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    Canada is in a hopeless situation. Having accommodated LTTE terrorist front organisations for several decades, both the Govt and opposition politicians are now impotent when it comes to taking action against those who have escaped from prosecution in SriLanka. Many of these culprits who backed the LTTE terrorists are today masquerading as human rights champions, temporarily dressed up in sheeps’ clothing. If Canadian politicians one day decide to evict LTTE terrorists from Canadian soil, they should not be surprised if they discover many of their “gentlemen” friends happen to be amongst these groups and therefore, compelled to drop any such action.
    Canadian leaders have today dropped to the level of AI and HRW leaders and seems happy to act in a manner not to offend these well entrenched front organisations. It is a shame the Canadian leaders prefer to let down their citizens by not attending CHOGAM, rather than offend their friends.

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