I agree that what the tamils did in toronto is wrong. You live in Canada now people, respect OUR way of life.
However (and this a general comment, not directed at the Tamil Tigers) it feels to me like the terms "rebels" or "separatists" have been completely usurped by "terrorists" all over the world. Every government labels its dissidents as terrorists now, with the associated stigmas and prejudices. Being labeled a terrorists pretty much takes away someone's rights in the eyes of others. Sure a lot of groups completely deserve that label, and many others partake in bombings and such that we associate with terrorists.
But others have the qualities associated with rebels: fighting oppression of their ethnic group, desire for independence, fighting for basic land/food requirements, etc. These arent traits we think of when we hear the word "terrorist". Basically my point is that I do think the term "terrorist" is thrown around too often, because its such a loaded term. As well I think the art of war (particularly urban) has changed. Governments militaries are stronger and better equipped and can be mobilised much faster than in the past, and as such rebels have had to resort to far more destructive actions to make an impact. Im not condoning what they do, its just the way the world has evolved.
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