Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tamil Terror? Bomb Blows up Bus in Sri Lanka

Terrorist attacks aren't a Middle Eastern monopoly. A bomb killed 23 people and wounded 67 in southeastern Sri Lanka Wednesday. (I'm writing this late Tuesday, so it's already Wednesday in Sri Lanka.)

This is a terrorist attack, but the odds are that Muslims aren't involved. For starters, there aren't that many Muslims in Sri Lanka. That island nation, off India's coast, is about
  • 69.1% Buddhist
  • 7.6% Muslim
  • 7.1% Hindu
  • 6.2% Christian
  • 10% something else.
Among Sri Lanka's problems are Tamil rebels, who want an independent homeland. The Sri Lankan government has withdrawn from a less-than-satisfactory cease fire with the Tamil Tigers (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE).

The Sri Lankan Tamil people are about 80% Hindu. 90% of Indian Tamils are Hindus. So, if there is any religious component in the Tamil rebels' motives, it's probably inspired by Hindi beliefs.

So What?

Not all terrorists are Muslims. And, terrorism is a global problem: not limited to the Middle East, Europe, and America.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.