An Epitaph for Tamil Eelam

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Tamil Eelam is dead. She died 17 May 2009, in a corpse-littered patch of jungle and beach barely the size of New York’s Central Park, amid a torrent of Sinhalese shells, the curses of warriors who had run out of ammunition and the screams of wounded for whom there were neither doctors nor medicine. Some died fighting. Some took poison. Some tried to escape and were shot fleeing. The rest, some 300,000, were herded into concentration camps. The father of Tamil Eelam died with his creation. Tamil Eelam will not be reborn, if ever, for at least a generation.

Truth be told, the death agony of a nation is a slow and painful thing. Though the leaders of Tamil Elam finally admitted last Sunday that the struggle had come to its bitter end, this end had become all but inevitable long before. We need not fix the 17-th of May 2009 as the day of the death of Tamil Elam. We can just as easily say that Tamil Eelam died in January of 2007, when the Sinhalese army, now overwhelmingly superior to the army of Tamil Eelam both in numbers and in weaponry, launched a decisive campaign of conquest in the East of Ceylon. We can also say that Tamil Eelam died on 2 January 2009 when Kilinochchi, the capital of Tamil Eelam, fell to Sinhalese troops. We can even say that Tamil Eelam died on 24 March 1990, though this assertion would produce among many of her partisans a veritable explosion of outrage and disbelief. But first things first.

Tamil Elam was born in the nineteen fifties, when the Sinhalese majority in newly-independent Sri Lanka set about to build a national identity by appealing to Sinhalese nationalism. By an act of the Sinhalese-dominated parliament, a million Tamils were stripped of citizenship and franchise on the grounds that their parents or grandparents had been born in India. The proportion of Tamil voters in the electorate instantly dropped from 33% to 20%, giving the Sinhalese a lock on the 2/3 parliamentary majority needed to pass any law they wanted. Sinhalese became the official language of Sri Lanka. Tamil civil servants, who had dominated the English colonial administration, were summarily fired. Under the guise of agricultural schemes, the Sinhalese government pushed Tamils off their land, flooding newly-created enlarged tracts of farmland with previously landless Sinhalese. Pogroms and general oppression ensued. In the 1958 riots alone, 25,000 Tamils were forced to flee into the northern part of the island. An effort was even made to deport “stateless” disenfranchised Tamils to India. The Tamil response to this campaign was predictable and obvious.

At first, they followed the non-violent path of Mohandas Gandhi. Old men sat at the entrances of government offices, chanting hymns and preventing government clerks from entering by blocking the entrances with their bodies. The Sinhalese police beat them aside with clubs. Peaceful protests were dispersed by Sinhalese thugs acting with semi-official sanction. The peaceful way of satyagraha was of no avail. Gandhi’s approach had worked with the British because the refined British public and media would take their government to task over the perceived violations of Indian civil rights. It would not work against the Sinhalese because the Sinhalese public and media eagerly applauded the violation of Tamil civil rights.

By the nineteen seventies, the Tamil language was banned and Tamil contacts with the Tamil population of India were forcibly cut off. A policy of deliberate discrimination in everything from housing and employment to university scholarships pushed the Tamils to the fringes of society and sat the Sinhalese firmly on top. Sinhalese troops patrolled Tamil villages, assaulting anyone who dared to look at them the wrong way. A deliberate campaign of ethnic cleansing was pushing Tamils deeper and deeper into the north of Ceylon. There was no doubt in the mind of any sane observer that the Sinhalese would not stop until they slowly, by stages, pushed the Tamils into the ocean. In fact, the Sinhalese said as much. Tamils, according to the Sinhalese, were foreigners who belonged in India.

When Tamil youth demanded action in the face of government oppression, their elders quelled them in the name of “national unity” and “non-violence”. They were told that Hinduism prohibited violence. They were told that parliamentary means could ensure their rights. They were told that this Tamil politician or that Tamil politician or some other Tamil politician would somehow magically make an agreement with the Sinhalese in exchange for his vote in one coalition or another.

The agreements were duly made. And duly broken. The oppression continued. In the end, the youth did the only rational thing they could have done. They rejected their elders. They rejected the Sinhalese State. They rejected non-violence. They demanded a country of their own. At gunpoint.

It was the seventies. The West seemed on the run, the Soviets were winning the Cold War and Marxist rebels were popping up the world over. For a young man rebelling against the established order and the religion of his elders, Marxism was the logical way to go. Therefore it is not surprising, though unfortunate for the Tamil people on Ceylon, that those who sought to liberate them from Sinhalese rule were mostly Marxists. In May 1976, a glorified street gang of brutal thugs who overlaid savagery with Marxist rhetoric adopted the grandiose name “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam”. Their leader, a twenty-one-year-old high school dropout named Vellupilai Prabhakaran, had already set the tone in July of the previous year by shooting the mayor of Jaffna as the latter arrived to pray at a Hindu temple.

Things spiraled on from there and, as generally happens in conflicts of this type, all pretense of civilization was rapidly thrown aside. The point of no return came in July of 1983, when, allegedly in response to an LTTE ambush that killed 15 Sri Lankan soldiers, Sinhalese civilians rioted across the island, murdering some 3,000 Tamils. The rioters had official government voter lists showing the names and addresses of Tamils. The Sinhalese army and police stood by and did nothing for days as entire neighborhoods were burned to the ground. As Tamil motorists were pulled out of their cars and burned alive at improvised checkpoints, whole families were hacked to pieces in their living rooms and Tamil temples were put to the torch by Sinhalese mobs led by plainclothes police, spontaneity , unlike brutality, was not in evidence. The event would forever be remembered by the Tamils as Black July.

In response to this final atrocity, hundreds of thousands of Tamils fled abroad, while those remaining on Ceylon made their way to the North and East of the island, where the heretofore small-time pro-independence insurgency suddenly had no shortage of recruits. Asia’s longest running civil war was on in earnest, no holds barred.

In the resultant competition of savagery and atrocity, the Tigers took first place. They massacred civilians. They used child soldiers. They invented the suicide belt and, at least before al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, they held the record as the world’s most prolific suicide bombers. They murdered politicians, both Sinhalese and Tamil. They killed a president of Sri Lanka and even a former Indian Prime Minister. They killed any Tamil who refused to join them, slaughtering all their opponents except for those who chose to seek the protection of the Sinhalese government in Colombo and thereby renounce the idea of an independent Tamil State on Ceylon. They got themselves proscribed by 32 countries across the globe as a terrorist organization. But they built their state.

Say what you will about Vellupilai Prabhakaran, and there is much to be said, but he genuinely believed in the cause he espoused. He may have been a murderous gangster, but he was a TAMIL murderous gangster and he loved his people and his country. The problem was that he loved himself more. The other problem was that his education and background prevented him from successfully managing the liberation of his people, yet his incredible charisma, ruthlessness and natural talent inexorably thrust him to the top of the Tamil hierarchy and concentrated total power in his hands.

Initially, the Tamils managed to achieve some success. Surprise and terrain were on their side. But the tide quickly began to turn. In 1987, with the Tamil insurgency on the verge of annihilation, India intervened to rescue the Tamils of Ceylon. Of course, the Indians did not do this out of the goodness of their hearts. The cause of Tamil Eelam was, unsurprisingly, popular in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, an area the size of Greece and home to tens of millions of Tamils. Rajiv Gandhi needed the votes and the political fixers from the South. While India rattled her saber, a completely unrelated Sinhalese Marxist insurgency broke out in Southern Ceylon. The Sinhalese government in Colombo could only fight so many enemies at a time. An agreement was duly signed between Colombo and New Delhi providing for an end to fighting in the North of Ceylon and for an Indian peacekeeping force. The Tamil insurgents were to lay down their arms.

The Tamils had their State, in fact if not in name. Now they needed to create the economic and military infrastructure necessary for self-sufficiency. This had to be done under the noses of the Indians, while the latter looked the other way or failed to notice developments out of simple complacency.

But this did not happen. When the accord was signed, Prabhakaran was receiving military aid from India. But no one had consulted him on the accord itself. His people were excluded from the de-facto Tamil government, styled as the ”Provincial Council” of the newly administratively united Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Instead of biding his time, keeping his mouth shut, making a pretense of disarming and establishing defensive industries and an economic base while the Indian peacekeepers drank tea in their camps , flirted with local girls and shopped in the marketplaces, Prabhakaran loudly protested the Indian intervention.

What Tamil Eelam needed was a decade or two of Indian protection while it developed the wherewithal to defend itself. But the leader of the Tigers would not, could not see it. He was a street thug in his early thirties with not even ten grades of education. In his world, appearance was everything and patience was not a known virtue. He wanted a State in NAME, not realizing that in order to have one it is first necessary to build a State in FACT. Worse, he did not limit himself to protests. In short order, partly due to Sinhalese manipulation of events and partly due to the arrogance of their leader, the Tigers were fighting the Indian army. The Tigers were brave, skillful and resourceful fighters. They made a good showing in the initial battle in Jaffna, retreated to the jungles and fought the Indians to a standstill. And in so doing, they destroyed Tamil Eelam.

The Sinhalese happily armed the Tigers while this conflict went on. Unlike the leader of the Tigers, the leaders of Sri Lanka understood perfectly that they themselves had nary a prayer of shifting the Indians out of the North. The Indians had a million men under arms even without resorting to conscription. Given provocation enough, they would have been in Colombo within a year, if not sooner. Despite the fire-breathing demands Sri Lanka’s newly elected prime minister made to his generals, the idea of the Sri Lankan army shooting at the army of India was ludicrous on the face of it. The Sri Lankan generals told their new civilian leader as much, in blunt terms. And while India’s army stayed in the North as “peacekeepers”, the Tamils had free reign. But an anti-Indian insurgency among the very people India was supposed to be protecting would get the Indians out in short order as the Indian public soured on Rajiv Gandhi’s personal foreign adventure.

Indeed, this is exactly what happened. In 1989, Rajiv Gandhi lost the Indian elections. By this point, the ongoing bloody fiasco in Sri Lanka had cost India 1100 soldiers and 20 billion rupee in taxpayer money. The new government began to withdraw troops. On 24 March 1990, the last Indian soldier left Ceylon.

The Tigers did not realize at this point that they were already defeated. Indeed, a rapid effort to reconcile with India could have still saved Tamil Eelam. But it was not to be.

Over the 32 months of Indian presence in Sri Lanka, the LTTE established the beginnings of what would become the most remarkable fundraising organization in the history of guerrilla warfare. In due course, they would arguably become the world’s most successful self-financed Mao-style guerilla movement. With receipts from legitimate cover businesses, drug smuggling, criminal financial schemes in Europe and North America, contributions from the Tamil diaspora and funds paid by Moslem terrorists in exchange for training, the Tigers would eventually take in as much as $200,000,000 to $300,000,000 a year. Over the next ten years or so, the Tigers seemed to hold their own. The battle ebbed and flowed across northern Ceylon and intermittent cease-fires seemed to ultimately favor the Tigers. By 2000, with a European-sponsored peace process underway, the Tigers controlled over 15,000 square kilometers in the North and East of the island. But beneath the surface, things were not going well at all.

Built upon Marxist gangsterism, the rule of the Tigers proved to be corrupt and oppressive. With constant war sweeping back and forth across the country, no serious industries or even large-scale agricultural enterprises could ever be established by private entrepreneurs and the Tigers themselves failed to establish any kind of serious defense industry. Educated Tamils left for India or the West. The Tigers had no way to retain them by providing them with good jobs at home, nor did they make any real effort to replace them. Instead, the Tigers demanded bribes in exchange for permission to emigrate. The funds not spent to make life more comfortable for the Tiger upper echelon were spent to buy foreign-made arms on the international black market.

Over time, the structural weaknesses built up. Tamil Eelam smuggled drugs but did not grow them in quantity. Tamil Eelam bought arms but did not make them on any noticeable scale. While the economy of Sri Lanka grew, the economy of Tamil Eelam did not. Two or three hundred million a year are enough to run a killer insurgency, but it is no income for a State in need of defense from an aggressive neighbor. Yet it never seemed to occur to the leaders of the LTTE that while an AK might cost $500 on the black market, the materials to make one can be had openly for a tenth that price, if one first takes the trouble to buy the necessary machinery and to train the relevant workforce. While a laser-guided antitank missile or a heat-seeking MANPAD will set you back a good thirty or forty grand, the materials to make one could be had for a few thousand dollars. But first you have to have the engineers to design it and the skilled workers to put it together, not to mention the machinery to do so.

But on the other hand, with the Sinhalese air force bombing them every other week, how and where could the Tigers have established a serious arms industry, even if they had wanted to? If they had made peace with India, they could have done so quietly in Tamil Nadu. But instead of acting rationally they sent a suicide bomber to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi in revenge for the 5,000 Ceylonese Tamils killed by India’s army while Gandhi was prime minister.

A lack of war industry was not the only problem Tamil Eelam had not solved. Far worse was the demographic problem. Driven by the Marxist ideology of male-female equivalence and the imperative of necessity, the Tigers established all-female full-time units to supplement their forces as early as 1984. Instead of disbanding these units as soon as possible in order to free the women for the all-important duty of childbearing, the Tigers institutionalized full-time female service in the army. As direct result, 4000 women, the vast majority of them of prime child-bearing age, would die fighting for the Tigers. Thousands more would forgo, delay or curtail childbearing in order to pursue a military career. For a minority that started out critically short of fighters to begin with, this policy amounted to institutionalized national suicide. If every one of the 4,000 women who died in battle for Tamil Eelam had instead died in childbirth on her fifth pregnancy, Tamil Eelam would have had a whole additional division in the final confrontation of 2008-2009. But, in all fairness, after the Indian peacekeepers had left, Tamil Eelam had no choice but to mobilize her women.

And so while the Sinhalese population was getting larger, the Tamil population was all but stagnating. Worse still was the proportion of young men of military age. In 1985, some 22% of Ceylonese Tamil men were aged 15-24. By 2003, this metric had declined to below 17%, passing below the Sinhalese youth percentage and trending downward as if it had fallen off a cliff. In the meantime, the percentage of Sinhalese males in this critical age bracket had bottomed out at 17% around 2000 and was now trending moderately upward. The Sinhalese had let their boys grow up and marry instead of drafting them into the army at 10 or 14. They had left their women at home to make babies instead of using them as cannon fodder. Their power was growing, while the power of Tamil Eelam, for all the incredible bravery, skill, ruthlessness and inhuman brutality of the Tigers, was waning. In his seminal book “The Clash of Civilizations”, Samuel Huntington used the demographics of the two populations to predict defeat for the Tamils and an end to the conflict sometime early in the first quarter of the 21-st century. He was spot on.  Beneath the facade, Tamil Eelam was crumbling.

Yet the leadership of Tamil Eelam remained oblivious. Impressed by the news coverage and shock that its spectacular terror attacks produced, the LTTE broke cease-fire after cease-fire. And even when they won the battles, they were losing the war bit by imperceptible bit. The conflict had to be ended, and ended immediately, or Tamil Eelam would die.

In September 2001, the world changed for the Tigers. Their past associations with Moslem terrorists from the PFLP to al-Qaeda were now a major liability. Western governments began to place the LTTE on the official terrorist list, freezing the Tigers’ assets wherever these could be found. Western intelligence agencies worked full time to cut off LTTE funding. Ultimately all these efforts could be defeated, but in the meantime they produced a substantial temporary disruption in fundraising. With no domestic economy to speak of, Tamil Eelam had nothing to fall back on to weather the storm.

Simultaneously, the Sinhalese obtained increased aid from abroad. The Japanese wanted to further their business interests on the island. The Chinese wanted not only business but, in the long term, an unsinkable aircraft carrier off the Indian coast. The Americans and Europeans wanted to shut down the Tigers in order to close down a major source of false documents and terrorist expertise that had repeatedly been used by well-heeled Islamic terrorists. Who was right and who was wrong in the conflict between the Tamils and the Sinhalese did not interest these parties in the least. What mattered to them was who was strong and who was weak, who would do business with them and who would not, who could guarantee order and stability and who couldn’t make such a guarantee. With a flood of Japanese money and Chinese guns, the capabilities of Sri Lanka’s army increased dramatically. American Special Forces were brought in to train Sinhalese units. The Sinhalese now had Kfirs, Mig-27s, Mi-24s, Super Dvora gunboats, a small fleet of Israeli UAVs, heavy artillery, Grad MRLs and a full suite of heavy, medium and light armor. Their military engineering corps had been tasked with building a defense industry and was now producing its own wheeled APCs.

Against all this, the Tamils were still relying primarily on determined riflemen and RPG gunners supported by mortars and a few cannon. They did manage to acquire a few T-55 tanks and BMP-1s, but the level of maintenance they could provide for these aging vehicles could only be characterized as appalling. Nor did they have the wherewithal to properly train the crews.

The sole achievement the Tigers could boast in the 2000s was the formation of an air force. But with R44s, Cessna Skymasters and a few ultralights being its only aircraft, this air force was merely a militarily insignificant annoyance to the Sinhalese. The Tamil navy still relied on sampans with machine guns and suicide speedboats packed with explosives. Nigh-on twenty years after independence, Tamil Eelam could not even provide all of its warriors with tiger-striped fatigues.

By 2004, the writing was on the wall for all but the completely blind. Prabhakaran’s right-hand man in the East, Colonel Karuna, broke ranks with the LTTE, leading 5,000 men over to the Sinhalese side and providing critical intelligence to the Sinhalese army. By July 2007, with Colonel Karuna’s help, the Sinhalese had conquered the entire Eastern half of Tamil Eelam. The attention of the Sri Lankan government now turned to the North. The Tigers fought with their usual skill and ruthlessness, but to no avail. Position after position fell to the Sinhalese. After a fierce defense, Kilinochchi fell on 2 January 2009. On 25 January, the last major town in Tamil Eelam, Mullativu, was captured by the Sri Lankan Army.

As usual with a dying state, the rulers of Tamil Eelam became more despotic and ruthless as the situation grew more desperate. Tiger units began to forcibly conscript any able-bodied Tamil male they could find. But with a critical shortage of weapons and ammunition, this policy was of no use whatsoever. Everything was running out. There was no more food, no more clean water, no more medicine, barely any shelter from the constant artillery barrages and air strikes. Soon, Tigers were firing on Tamil civilians in an effort to prevent the latter from going toward Sinhalese lines to surrender. With Sinhalese shells raining indiscriminately down on the supposed “no fire zone” where the surviving Tigers tried to hide behind their own civilians in the hope that the West would intervene and save them, the last remaining piece of Tamil Eelam, an ever-shrinking strip of beach and jungle littered with thousands of unburied corpses, began to resemble a scene from Dante’s Inferno.

The West did not care about Tamil civilians. On 16 May, organized resistance ceased. Vellupilai Prabhakaran was killed on 18 May, along with his eldest son and his closest compatriots. He had smuggled his wife and younger children off the island years before. Though he could have joined them and spent the remainder of his life in anonymity, supported by his personal wealth and connections, he chose to stay and die with his country. He fought to the bitter end.

Even according to official statistics, the final confrontation of 2008-2009 had cost Sri Lanka 3200 dead and over 30,000 wounded.  Despite their enormous inferiority in manpower, machines and materiel, the Tigers had fought magnificently.  For example, though they matched sampans and speedboats against ultra-modern gunboats, the Sea Tigers sank between one third and half of Sri Lanka’s coastal craft.  But, in the end, they lost.  Will, skill and heroism can only go so far against overwhelming material superiority.

The death of Tamil Eelam

The death of Tamil Eelam

The situation we face today is not at all unlike the situation faced by the Tamils on Ceylon in the 1970s. The dati leumi are a small minority within the alien chiloni State of Israel. The Israeli government is waging a relentless war against the Jewish national identity. While Israeli police beat Jewish children with clubs and demolish Jewish homes, the so-called leaders of the dati leumi community keep promising that Feiglin or Katz or some other politician will make a deal with the chilonim that will ensure civil rights for Jews via the democratic parliamentary process. In the meantime, those youth whose healthy instincts tell them to resist Israeli oppression with violence are told that this is madness, that national unity must be placed above all things, that the State of Israel is holy and that violent self-defense against the Israelis is a violation of Judaism.

Somewhere among the Jews of Yosh there is, right now, a Jewish Vellupilai Prabhakaran. Call him Anonymous Avi. Today he is twelve or maybe fourteen, with shaggy unkempt hair poking out from beneath his giant kippah, his face framed by oversized payot, his tallit katan worn on the outside of his shirt in a struggle to assert his separate, Jewish, non-Israeli identity.

He curses too much and davens too little. He doesn’t do well in school and he doesn’t care. Maybe he smokes. Maybe he drinks. It makes him feel better and it annoys his parents, so he does it sometimes solely do tick them off. He doesn’t want to listen to his elders because everything he has ever heard from them on the most important Jewish issue of the day, the survival of the Jewish People in the Holy Land, is ludicrous mamlachti nonsense. Perhaps he has already had his home demolished, possibly more than once. Perhaps he has seen his sister beaten to a pulp by Israeli thugs at Amona or at Beit HaShalom. Perhaps he has been beaten to a pulp himself.

He is smart, willful, cunning, charismatic, talented. He is a born leader. His friends, hilltop youth not very different from himself, stand with him against a hostile, uncomprehending, screwed-up world. His heart burns with undying hatred for the Israeli State that has oppressed him all his life. If he had a gun, he would shoot yassamniks. If he had a bomb, he would blow them up. He has no gun. But he plots to get one. He has no bomb. But he will learn English just so he can use the internet to find out how to build one.

In his mind, he sees the Arabs and the Israeli soldiers who help them ripped apart by Jewish bombs, screaming and writhing in bloody agony. In his mind, he sees his enemies crumbling, struck by bullets from his gun. In his mind, he leads an army of young men and women just like himself to glorious victory over the Israeli enemy.

He knows that one day very soon, he and his few close friends will take control. He knows that the time is coming when he will be able to strike back without mercy against all those who have oppressed his people. And he is absolutely right.

If things are permitted to go on the way they have been going, he, this Anonymous Avi whom you have probably met half a dozen times at a melave malkah in your own yishuv, will take control. He will launch himself at the Israeli occupier and the occupier’s Arab allies in a fury of youthful energy and rage. He will slaughter his enemies without mercy. He will hunt down the traitors and hypocrites who have sold out the Jewish People in exchange for Israeli handouts. He will build an army of other Avis, Yossis and Shlomos just like himself. He will throw the Israeli occupiers out of Medinat Yehudah. And he will destroy our country even as he tries to liberate it.

He, this Anonymous Avi, must not be allowed to take control, for we face the most technically difficult national liberation struggle in history. This is a struggle for which our anonymous hilltop youth is singularly unprepared. He does not have the education, the patience, the humility to wage it to victory. But he has the charisma, the intelligence, the talent and the rage to wage it to bloody and heroic defeat.

Unlike ourselves, dear reader, our anonymous hilltop youth does not understand that a State in FACT must precede a State in NAME. He does not understand that we cannot simply throw the Israelis out of our country overnight in an orgy of violence, for we do not possess the infrastructure of an independent State. On the day the Israelis leave, we will face not only hundreds of thousands of “Palestinian” squatters armed to the teeth, but also the regular armies of every Arab State. We are not today prepared to face them. Only the presence of the Israeli occupier, the sworn enemy who seeks to exterminate us through forced assimilation, prevents them from invading and exterminating us through physical violence. Before the Israeli leaves, we must have the infrastructure and the organization to defeat them, the same way the Israelis themselves had built the organization and infrastructure needed to defeat the Arabs before they earnestly began to force out the British.

Therefore, the Israeli occupier must be expelled from our country in stages. He must be expelled with a minimum of strictly controlled violence and a maximum of unwritten “understandings” and quiet back-room deals, in a manner that builds and preserves our forces and lays the groundwork for centuries of covert cooperation between Medinat Yehudah and Medinat Israel. He must be forced into a political process whereby, in order to mollify our “angry youth” he is forced to grant us an ever-increasing autonomy in an ever-increasing space.

Thus while Jewish self-defense forces may kill Israeli policemen and soldiers who participate in pogroms and antisemitic atrocities, they must not, until the time is right, kill Israeli policemen patrolling inside the Green Line, or Israeli soldiers stationed in the Jordan Valley. While Israeli officials who order antisemitic crimes and leftist media scum who cheer them on can and should be executed by Shomrei Ivri and there is no difficulty in planting bombs in the trendy cafes of Ramat Aviv, the average chiloni ogling girls on the beach or screwing his brains out in the brothels of Neve Sha’anan is off-limits as a target. While the day must come when any Israeli soldier or policeman entering a Jewish town is greeted with exploding IEDs and well-aimed sniper fire, this day must be preceded by months and years of riots and escalations that will effectively deter the Israelis from simply destroying the Jewish communities that use lethal force against the occupier. While a mass boycott of the IDF by the dati leumi is absolutely vital to the liberation of our country, this boycott must not, for the time being, extend to Nahal Haredi. The aim of such a boycott must not be an apparent weakening of the IDF but rather the formation of units that, while nominally part of the IDF, are in reality loyal to the Jewish People and led by officers loyal to the cause of Medinat Yehudah. When we demand that only these units be stationed in Yosh and only these units be permitted to operate in Yosh, the Israelis must be able to fool themselves into believing that they are merely mollifying an unruly community by swapping one IDF unit for another.

Dear reader, Medinat Yehudah can be independent in FACT within a decade. Medinat Yehudah will not be independent in NAME for many decades to come. Before our army is openly ours, it must be nominally a part of the TZaHaL. Before our police are called the police of Medinat Yehudah, they must be called the Yosh Regional Police Force. Before our Sanhedrin can be called a Sanhedrin, it must be called a Rabbinical Advisory Committee. Before our Knesset can be called a Knesset, it must be called a Residents’ Assembly. Before our Nasi can be called a Nasi, he must be called a Council Leader and before our government is called a government, it must be called a Regional Council.

To liberate our country, we need the energy and the pure hearts of our youth. But we also need the patience and strategic planning that comes with maturity. It is absolutely vital that serious adults like yourself, dear reader, take up the War of Symbols and the cause of Medinat Yehudah before it is taken over by our Anonymous Avi and his friends. We need the youth to throw rocks and swing lengths of sharpened rebar at yassamniks. But we also need adults to explain to them WHY they are trying to kill the yassamniks with clubs and rocks when it is easier and safer to kill the yassamniks with guns and bombs. We need the youth to punish pogromschik kapos. But we also need adults to explain to them WHY this kapo should be kidnapped and beheaded on live video, while that other kapo needs to be quietly shot and yet a third kapo must, for the time being, be left alone. The mature adults, not the youth, must be in control.

As long as the older generation continues to mumble mamlachti idiocy, as long as the older generation continues to advocate the waving of orange ribbons in the face of pogroms and oppression, this will not happen. And the day will come when the older generation is completely discredited. The day will come when Anonymous Avi will take control and doom our nation to disaster. We must not allow this.  For the alternative to mature strategy and adult control is the fate of Tamil Eelam.

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24 Responses to “An Epitaph for Tamil Eelam”

  1. Greg Cheslow Says:

    VM,

    Apologies for posting something that does not directly pertain to the content of this latest entry, but I feel that you would be well-served to revisit and reconsider our lengthy debate concerning an alternative path for accomplishing the very worthy cause you outline.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1088237.html

  2. Vienna Mike Says:

    Greg, if you do not recognize this obvious ploy for what it is, I can only point you back to the Sharia I quoted at length. Consider, for example, the ludicrous demand for complete “palestinian” freedom of movement in Yosh. This is nothing more and nothing less than a license for free operation by Hamas. Even more obviously, consider his insistence of discussing “the entire partition plan” of 1948. What this really means is that after Islam gets Yosh, it will immediately demand half the Galilee.

    Your failure to comprehend what is going on only illustrates my point — a secular Jew cannot win any war against Islam due to complete failure to comprehend religion or take it seriously. Only a fully Orthodox Jew can comprehend the nature of Islam and thus take measures against it. For this reason, secular Jews should have no right to vote in a Jewish State. They simply cannot be trusted to make the right decisions, anymore than small children or mental incompetents.

  3. Greg Cheslow Says:

    Make no mistake, they want a state. As such, freedom of movement seems like a reasonable thing to demand/expect.

    But let’s get back to the core of our disagreement.

    As I understand it, your goal is to create a halachic Jewish state in Yosh. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to commence a divorce from the secular, abominable state of Israel. Additionally, an obvious facet of this process is doing battle with the Palestinian Arabs and their allies.

    My point was and remains that there’s massive difficulty in waging a two-front war (kicking out the Israelis while simultaneously fighting Arabs who would obviously want to repel any Jewish national sentiment, especially if it shows signs of success). Also, a bloody divorce from Israel saps a precious pool of support from both secular Israelis and religious Israelis who would be unable to accept Jew-on-Jew violence and would immediately seek to disassociate themselves from such a movement.

    On the other hand, if the Jews of Yosh take on Palestinian citizenship (or even just resident status), the Israelis leave the territory, and the Jews remain. It’s an amicable divorce. The Israelis don’t have to deal with the trauma of suicide bombings in Tel Aviv. The forces of Yosh aren’t thinned out by Israeli retaliation. The halachic issue is rendered moot.

    Your main rebuttal seems to be that the Jews of Yosh will be slaughtered on day one. I will quickly explain why this will probably not be the case and then proceed to demonstrate how my scenario remains better even if it is the case.

    I understand that you think the Muslims want to instantly slaughter the Jews immediately. I maintain that such a situation will arise eventually, but it will take time. Fatah will be operating under the auspices of the international community and will instantly lose the legitimacy and money it needs if it immediately embarks on a campaign of genocide (or does not actively prevent a genocide at the hands of Hamas). The nascent Palestinian government will be coddled and plumped up with so much cash (as was the case in Oslo) that it will take several years before the fissures of corruption and lack of work ethic become apparent, leading to the decline of Fatah and the rise of Hamas (at which point your mode of thinking becomes more relevant, though I still have disagreements).

    Furthermore, the process of Israeli withdrawal will be a gradual one. Outlying settlements will be removed, followed by a gradual scaling back of military control in conjunction with confidence-building measures (joint patrols, intelligence sharing, etc). Again, this is all Oslo. If what you say is true, it will only be after the IDF withdraws that the Arabs will converge on Jewish towns. This means that the Jews of Yosh would still have time to prepare and assemble.

    But let’s say you’re right. What does it matter? The scenario you have outlined involves the exact same thing. In your scenario, Jews immediately fight Israelis and Arabs. In my scenario (you say) Jews immediately fight Arabs. So I don’t get what the issue is.

    Your strongest rebuttal last time we conversed was that the PA would never allow the Jews to become Palestinian citizens. This seems to not be the case, as I suggested last time when I brought the evidence of Arafat broaching the idea and as is becoming more evident now that Qureia is suggesting it, as well.

    If we go along with my scenario, the issue is twofold:

    1) To how many Jews is the PA willing to grant Palestinian citizenship? If I can so easily concoct the idea of injecting a dormant fifth column into the embryonic Palestine, then I’m sure Palestinian Arab strategists have given the scenario due consideration. As such, they are probably inclined to limit the number of Palestinian Jews.

    2) How many Jews are interested in being Palestinian citizens? I’ve read studies indicating that some Jews would go along with the idea, and I expect that the number could be considerable given…

    a) Connection to Eretz Yisrael.
    b) Disillusionment with Medinat Yisrael.
    c) Knowledge of difficulties endured by Gush Katif evacuees.

    The number does not need to be large. I think all that’s necessary is a concentration of Jews in a bloc near the border (Ma’aleh Adumim). Ariel would be a bit of a headache unless there were a string of Jewish settlement along the trans-Samarian corridor providing an outlet to the border.

    As for your commentary on secular people, I agree wholeheartedly. Secular people tend to think either that religious movements are phony (“their terrorism emanates from mere desperation,” “Hamas is just using religious rhetoric to build currency with the faith-dazed plebeians”) or that the religious are simply crazy and surrender all sense to ideology. The truth, of course, is neither and both. The religious are driven by ideological goals but seek to accomplish them through pragmatic means. Israeli intelligence reported recently that Hamas is actively preventing terrorist attacks. Is it because they care about the welfare of Israelis? No. It’s because they can’t manage another Cast Lead at the moment. They’re being pragmatic, but they absolutely want their Islamic waqf in all of historical Palestine. Another fine example is you. You’re driven by religious precepts and goals, but you’re pragmatic about accomplishing these goals (your entry on Tamil Eelam demonstrates this perfectly).

    I wonder what secular Jew would want to live in a Jewish theocracy (even if it’s not as draconian and backwards as Afghanistan under the Taliban). As for the secular Jew who does happen to live in Yehudah, how would you know? All Jewish citizens will be required to observe Shabbat and Kashrut, so the only way to enforce this ban you speak of is through tattling and subsequent witch hunts. Counter-productive.

    I understand if you don’t wish to respond. I think we’ve been through this already. Besides, things will develop independent of our conversing. Expect me to bring this up again when/if the Ha’aretz headline reads something like “30% of Ma’aleh Adumin residents wish to remain” or whatever.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. Not secular, Not blind Says:

    A repeated sentiment occurs in the interview with that Arab Jew-hating scumbag satanic Mohammed-worshipping butcher who wears a suit and parades himself civilized. It appears thus: “If they want peace, they should pay the price”

    This is not negotiation but blackmail. His arab camel-jockey middle eastern sentiments are clear beneath the thin veil of gentrified English language displayed in (am) haaretz newspaper. He is telling the Israeli interviewer, if you desire for us to stop terrorizing you, blowing up your children, murdering Jews, then get down on your knees and beg for mercy, commit national suicide by giving away half of your state, compromising the foundations of your existence by strengthening a national enemy whose national culture pines for your extermination, and then pray to your G-d that we do not implement the “Plan of Phases” as drawn up by Arafat yemach shemo and Abbas yemach shemo… Hope for the miracle that we won’t actually use this new position of power (as we have always desired and always planned to do) to make war against you, we will keep our “promise” to cease blowing up Jews, and we somehow magically root out terror from our society despite the fact that it is a ubiquitous way of life of not only our people but the govt infrastructure which you seek to give legitimacy and statehood. We will somehow magically convince every Arab Muslim Nazi piece of drek that Jihad is no longer acceptable despite the fact that the national religion encourages it and demands it of every islamic citizen.

    And if you do not agree to our demands (which are based on “justice” and “rights” because we say it is based on such – whether fact, logic, truth, or history agree or not. And because we have so terrified your populace with attacks that they also think of our demands as justified as a natural psychological defense mechanism that they think an admittance to the justice of our cause a. will somehow stop the attacks and b. which is compelled by the perceived reality in secular hedonist minds that the attacks are so horrific in nature that it can only be that we somehow enraged this angry muslim arab beast fifth column and only legitimate grievances could drive an “equally human” as all other humans, with a religion equally peaceful to all other religions, to do such things).
    And if you do not agree to these demands, we the Arab butchers of the PLO promise to blow up more of your buses, more of your buildings and murder more children.

    Why SHOULD you agree to any of these demands? Because we have the power to force you to agree to them. And we couch our language in Orwellian terms of modern civil justice movements that appeal to the western mind despite the fact that no inherent justice exists in these claims nor does an objective moral imperative for the Jewish nation to concede to them exist. We have terrorized you and terrified you into accepting these demands, and even terrorized you to such an extent that you agree to justice in the claims where there is no justice that can be based on any facts, you agree to “rights” where there are no inherent rights.

    One who does understand Islam and the PLO claims/historical reality and behavior can easily see that whatever agreement is met, in whatever form, will naturally contain some aspect that the Fakestinians will claim as a “grievance” to justify further disco-bombings in tel aviv, and this process will only continue until there is no more Israel. No more Israel = No more Fakestinian grievance.

    Consider the following. This butcher remarks that the Fakestinian population is “choking because of the density” on the one hand, and on the other hand demands building freezes in certain JEWISH settlements and evacuation of others. The Jewish settlements in areas with building freezes are undoubtedly “choking because of the density.” Pretending that his plo population-choke fiction is true for argument’s sake, what makes one population-choke wrong and the other ok? What decides the difference that in one case a “choking population” is morally repugnant or utterly intolerable but the other an essential need for humanity. The simple difference, one group of people the butcher considers to not have a right to live, while the other group of people the butcher considers to not only have the right to live but to take away that which belongs to others and to demand all sorts of rights and requirements of the rest of the world (particularly Jews who are without the right to live except as dhimmi slaves), holding them at “koran-point.”

  5. Not secular, Not blind Says:

    In other words, this is a scenario of might makes right, and there is no explanation to the Oslo formula except that you are unwilling to fight. No amount of delusion can change the fact that this is all simply a power display. Your so-called leaders have caved in to the extortion of gangsters.

    Any illusions of “justice” “rights” “necessity” “fairness” and all the other trite BS are designed to distort the appearance of what is so obviously true, that we have been robbed at gunpoint by those who wish to impose their will upon us further. And in the case of the Israeli leadership, in my view these charades serve as convenient obfuscations for one or both of 2 reasons: 1. they are in league with those who wish to impose violence and mafia-extortion on the Jewish people (be they EU, US state dept, Arabs etc) and have no qualms about destroying their own people if they personally profit, but they do seek to hide their treachery and perfidy and 2. A refusal by the so-very-tough zionist militarists to admit that their hand was forced into capitulation by a bunch of neighborhood bullies and despite having a left hook that could knock the bully out in one shot, they chose instead to get down on their knees and beg to be left alone rather than get their knuckles a little bloody. And so was buried the secular zionist ethos.

  6. Vienna Mike Says:

    Greg, if the “palestinians” wanted a State, they could have had one at Taba. For that matter, why didn’t they want a State from 1948 until 1967 and then, all of a sudden, discovered an urgent need for a State when Yesha passed overnight from Moslem control to Israeli? The fact of the matter is, you are being fooled once again by the classic error of projecting yourself onto the other side. These people are not “palestinians”. That is a fake identity they invented in order to confuse you. These people are MOSLEMS. They seek that which their religion commands them to seek, namely to reconquer the Ialmic waqf lost in 1948. When they are done, they will seek to reconquer the Islamic waqf lost in the 1800s and then the Islamic waqf lost in 1492… And once they have recovered the Islamic waqf in its entirety, from India to the Alps, they will again seek to do what their religion tells them to do and carry the banner of Islam to every corner of the globe until “all religion is for Allah”.

    Once you stop looking at their behavior through distorting secular lenses and begin to look at it through the prism of faith, it suddenly becomes completely logical and comprehensible, even predictable.

    Similarly, you do not understand at all what the motivations of the like of Vienna Mike are. Vienna Mike does not seek to merely build a tiny Jewish State in Yosh. Vienna Mike seeks to do what the Holy Torah tells us to do and exterminate Amalek, assert Torah rule over the entirety of the Promissed Land, from the Nile to the Euphrates and build a worthy kingdom for Moshiach.

    And this brings us to the difference between fighting the Israeli State and fighting Islam. The Israeli State is weaker than a spiderweb. Rarely in history has any nation been as weak and helpless as Israel is today. It is a paper tiger easily defeated by children with rocks because it believes in nothing and desires nothing except hedonistic comfort and the illusion of safety.

    The mighty Dar al Islam, on the other hand, is the strongest nation on Earth because it is motivated by pure faith burning with undying flame in a billion hearts. The Moslems are willing to forgo comfort and pleasure and life itself in order to strive in the cause of Allah. Therefore, Dar al-Islam can never be defeated. It can only be exterminated.

    Since we can win with limited means against the weakling Israeli State while we must use weapons of mass destruction on an unprecedented scale in order to exterminate Dar al-Islam, we should fight the Israelis and not Dar al-Islam until we possess the means to fight Dar al-Islam. To put it another way, Israelis are too weak to respond to riots with carpet bombing, heavy artillery, concentration camps and engineered mass starvation. Therefore, it is possible to wage an escalating guerrilla campaign against them and ultimately establish a Jewish State. Since the Moslems are strong enough to use all of these means, only conventional warfare is possible against them. We are not yet ready to wage conventional warfare.

    P.S. I agree with you that, short of idiotic witch hunts, there is no way to institute some kind of check for religious observance in a Jewish State. In fact, the issue is not so much observance per se as proper education. Haredi hothouse flowers who have never stepped foot outside of Bnei Brak except to go to Meah Shearim are just as incapable of making good decisions as the average chiloni. Therefore, the simple solution for a nascent Jewish State would be to withold franchise from all persons who were not members of the Medinat Yehudah movement before the open phase of the struggle began. The State would then standardize education and begin to hand out the franchise to persons who meet the usual qualifications for such, i.e. age, military service, gainful employment, etc. This would ensure that only the old guard will run the show for at least a decade if not two, at which point large numbers of young men and small numbers of young women will begin to enter the electorate. All of them will have been, at best, in their teens during the War of Independence and will have grown up and matured entirely within the education system of the Jewish State.

  7. Vienna Mike Says:

    NsNb: In part you are correct. However, the motivations of the elite are more complex than you make them out to be. Trust me, these people are neither cowards nor are they necessarily sellouts. Rather, they see the dati leumi as the #1 threat to their power and are acting rationally to exterminate this threat. Their contempt for the Arabs and their self-assurance prevents the elites from comprehending how great a risk they are really taking. I have addressed this issue at length in the entry titled “Whose Idea Was It, Anyway”, which you can find linked at the top right of the main menu bar. You might also want to find the blog post entitled “What Zionism Wrought” in order to understand the true nature of secular Zionism.

  8. Greg Cheslow Says:

    I know that there are Palestinians who would be content with Yesha, but I will concede that both Fatah and (certainly) Hamas still view the conflict in terms of the phased plan that NSNB highlights. This is why I have repeated in past exchanges that this conflict will not end with a “two-state solution.” The only reason I brought up the “freedom of movement” issue is that it’s so obvious that one would demand this as an aspect of statehood.

    Your “monolithically mighty” portrayal of Muslims is a bit much, but I agree that most Muslims are united in their hatred of Israel (I’ve spoken with Kurds and Berbers who are perfectly fine with Israel).

    I might be wrong, but I believe you’ve opened a new argument against me. Now you’re saying that the Jews need to fight Israel before moving onto bigger, badder enemies (Ishmael). The problem is, as I’ve said before, that it’s foolish to expect the Muslims (and the rest of the world) to sit around oblivious while Jewish zealots take over Medinat Yisrael. Again, I disagree with your “phase 1, phase 2” paradigm. It will be a two-front war. Not only will it be a two-front war, you even risk putting Israel and the Muslims on the same side (more than they are already…I know you consider them allies of some sort).

    If, on the other hand, Muslims watch a persecuted minority of Palestinian Jews resist their Arab overlords to the cheers of Israelis from the sidelines, they’ll know that any incursion into Yosh (Israel’s backyard) to attack the Jews (ethnic brethren of a fair number of Israeli Jews right nearby) will mean grave consequences. Why invite an impossible two-front war when you can fight a one-front war with the support of a powerful neighbor (powerful in terms of ordinance, if not in terms of principles)?

    This is getting cyclical. I’m willing to leave it alone for now and just return to the subject as I find current events that lend more credence to my scenario. Obviously, one of us will eventually need to update and change.

    Let’s move to religion.

    I understand Vienna Mike. You’ve made it perfectly clear that you want an empire reaching from the Nile to Euphrates. What’s not to understand? What I don’t understand is how you’ve deduced that Muslims are Amalekites. I’ll assume that you don’t consider all of them genetic descendants, but instead spiritual heirs of Amalekite evil. Could you give me a quick explanation of how you’ve come to this conclusion? I’m not expressing agreement or disagreement, I would just like to peek at the logic.

  9. Vienna Mike Says:

    Well, Greg, I could launch into a lengthy exposition with citations from Koran and Hadith, point out the Islamic positive commandments to exterminate the Jews, conquer the world and extirpate all religions save for Islam. I could point out the Hadith where Mohammed (y”sh) personally testifies that his revelation came from none other than Satan Himself. I could point out that Mohammed bin Abdallah (y”sh) cursed the Jews with his last breath and spent virtually his entire life trying to exterminate the Jewish People in Arabia. I could point out that at least one of our Sages, I believe the Rambam, brings down the fact that Mohammed bin Abdallah (y”sh) was a descendant of Haman and thus an Amalekite by birth. But I find that a picture is worth a thousand words:

    Enough said. Every Moslem is a Satan-worshiping follower of Amalek. Every Syed is an Amalekite by birth.

  10. Greg Cheslow Says:

    This all sounds very interesting. If you don’t mind, could you direct me to that hadith? I will try to find out which sage claims Mohammed is of the Amalekite line.

  11. not secular Says:

    I don’t know that I buy it. What is so threatening about a bunch of flag waving patriotic zionists-with-kippas who not only come close to worshipping the state, but even the majority of them does still themselves believe in the secular zionist ethos (despite the kippa on top)? This tiny demographic that even supports them is a threat to power? Either way, they will not pay attention to the complaints of Jews until their actions have consequences. The Arabs give them consequences. The Jews will likely do so once they wake up from the darkness.

    Your call for Jewish revenge squads and Jewish freedom fighter groups only confirms the fact that there is one thing and one thing only that budges the hand of the israeli govt. Force. The force of deadly threat. Do you really think they underestimate the arabs to such an extent as to give them a militarized (with US-trained plo army) country of their own? That’s underestimating them? Who are they going to use those armies against? Some fringe settlement outposts? Who are we kidding. The plo guns are aimed at Israel proper.

  12. not secular Says:

    check, does this work?

  13. Vienna Mike Says:

    Here are two Hadith that testify as to the source of Mohammed’s(y”sh) revelation. In the first, he does not deny that his revelations come from Satan and Allah confirms that He is Satan.

    Bukhari; Volume 6, Book 60, Number 475:
    Narrated Jundub bin Sufyan:
    Once Allah’s Apostle became sick and could not offer his night prayer (Tahajjud) for two or three nights. Then a lady (the wife of Abu Lahab) came and said, “O Muhammad! I think that your Satan has forsaken you, for I have not seen him with you for two or three nights!” On that Allah revealed:
    ‘By the fore-noon, and by the night when it darkens, your Lord (O Muhammad) has neither forsaken you, nor hated you.’ (93.1-3)

    In the second, Mohammed(y”sh) is physically assaulted by an angel who forces him to recite the first sura of the Koran. He is terrified out of his wits and the first thing he does upon getting home is ask for an exorcism, thus personally testifying that his revelation is Satanic. His wife and her cousin then convince him otherwise.

    Sahih Bukhari (Volume 1, Book 1, Number 3):

    Narrated ‘Aisha:

    (the mother of the faithful believers) The
    commencement of the Divine Inspiration to Allah’s
    Apostle was in the form of good dreams which came true
    like bright day light, and then the love of seclusion
    was bestowed upon him. He used to go in seclusion in
    the cave of Hira where he used to worship (Allah
    alone) continuously for many days before his desire to
    see his family. He used to take with him the journey
    food for the stay and then come back to (his wife)
    Khadija to take his food like-wise again till suddenly
    the Truth descended upon him while he was in the cave
    of Hira. The angel came to him and asked him to read.
    The Prophet replied, “I do not know how to read.

    The Prophet added, “The angel caught me (forcefully)
    and pressed me so hard that I could not bear it any
    more. He then released me and again asked me to read
    and I replied, ‘I do not know how to read.’ Thereupon
    he caught me again and pressed me a second time till I
    could not bear it any more. He then released me and
    again asked me to read but again I replied, ‘I do not
    know how to read (or what shall I read)?’ Thereupon he
    caught me for the third time and pressed me, and then
    released me and said, ‘Read in the name of your Lord,
    who has created (all that exists) has created man from
    a clot. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous.”
    (96.1, 96.2, 96.3) Then Allah’s Apostle returned with
    the Inspiration and with his heart beating severely.
    Then he went to Khadija bint Khuwailid and said,
    “Cover me! Cover me!” They covered him till his fear
    was over and after that he told her everything that
    had happened and said, “I fear that something may
    happen to me.” Khadija replied, “Never! By Allah,
    Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations
    with your Kith and kin, help the poor and the
    destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the
    deserving calamity-afflicted ones.”

    Khadija then accompanied him to her cousin Waraqa bin
    Naufal bin Asad bin ‘Abdul ‘Uzza, who, during the
    PreIslamic Period became a Christian and used to write
    the writing with Hebrew letters. He would write from
    the Gospel in Hebrew as much as Allah wished him to
    write. He was an old man and had lost his eyesight.
    Khadija said to Waraqa, “Listen to the story of your
    nephew, O my cousin!” Waraqa asked, “O my nephew! What
    have you seen?” Allah’s Apostle described whatever he
    had seen. Waraqa said, “This is the same one who keeps
    the secrets (angel Gabriel) whom Allah had sent to
    Moses. I wish I were young and could live up to the
    time when your people would turn you out.” Allah’s
    Apostle asked, “Will they drive me out?” Waraqa
    replied in the affirmative and said, “Anyone (man) who
    came with something similar to what you have brought
    was treated with hostility; and if I should remain
    alive till the day when you will be turned out then I
    would support you strongly.” But after a few days
    Waraqa died and the Divine Inspiration was also paused
    for a while.

    Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah Al-Ansari while talking
    about the period of pause in revelation reporting the
    speech of the Prophet “While I was walking, all of a
    sudden I heard a voice from the sky. I looked up and
    saw the same angel who had visited me at the cave of
    Hira’ sitting on a chair between the sky and the
    earth. I got afraid of him and came back home and
    said, ‘Wrap me (in blankets).’ And then Allah revealed
    the following Holy Verses (of Quran):

    ‘O you (i.e. Muhammad)! wrapped up in garments!’ Arise
    and warn (the people against Allah’s Punishment),…
    up to ‘and desert the idols.’ (74.1-5) After this the
    revelation started coming strongly, frequently and
    regularly.”

  14. Vienna Mike Says:

    And here is Mohammed testifying that he heard a bell with his revelations and also that bells make the sounds of Satan

    Sahih Al-Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 1, Number 2:

    Narrated ‘Aisha: (the mother of the faithful believers) Al-Harith bin Hisham asked Allah’s Apostle “O Allah’s Apostle! How is the Divine Inspiration revealed to you?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “Sometimes it is (revealed) like the ringing of a bell, this form of Inspiration is the hardest of all and then this state passes ‘ off after I have grasped what is inspired. Sometimes the Angel comes in the form of a man and talks to me and I grasp whatever he says.” ‘Aisha added: Verily I saw the Prophet being inspired Divinely on a very cold day and noticed the Sweat dropping from his forehead (as the Inspiration was over).

    Book 29, Number 4218:

    Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:
    Ibn az-Zubayr told that a woman client of theirs took az-Zubayr’s daughter to Umar ibn al-Khattab wearing bells on her legs. Umar cut them off and said that he had heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: There is a devil along with each bell.

    Book 29, Number 4219:

    Bunanah, female client of ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Hayyan al-Ansari told that when she was with ‘A’ishah a girl wearing little bells was brought in to her. She ordered that they were not to bring her in where she was unless they cut off her little bells. She said: I heard the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) say: The angels do not enter a house in which there is a bell.

  15. Vienna Mike Says:

    This demographic, NS, has a fertility rate of 5.6. The Israelis have a fertility rate a little above 1. And this demographic wants to turn Israel into a halachic state. And this demographic VOTES. A greater threat to the elite cannot be imagined.

    As for the Arabs, yes they do have this much contempt for them. They really honestly believe that they can buy them off by improving their standard of living. Since they themselves care for nothing but their personal comfort, they assume that everyone else is just like them. R. Kahane (z”l) once said that a man’s pride cannot be bought with a flush toilet. But you see, the elite’s pride really can be bought. This is why Kahane was so alien to them. They literally could not comprehend the way of thinking that comes with true belief.

  16. Not secular, not blind Says:

    VM: There is a big difference between “flush toilets” and “national sovereignty with a US-trained, US and Arab-state funded army.” If they were so scared of demographics and voting, these elites would not be negotiating Arab so-called “right of return” in which they will import hundreds of thousands or potentially millions of Arab liars, who have no right to step foot anywhere near Israel, into Israel. If they were so worried about demographics and birthrates, they would not be trying to import Arabs into Israel. BUT THEY ARE.

    And you know this. So there is a problem with your thesis, but your recommended plans of action are indeed the only ways to turn the Jewish “demographic threat” into one that is given the same consideration as the “Arab demographic threat.” By making it a violent one. Then they will surrender to it instead of trying to squash it. Just like with the Arabs.

  17. Vienna Mike Says:

    Au contraire, the policy of the elite makes perfectly good sense. By herding the Jews into ghettos and imposing upon them a constant drumbeat of terror, the elite can then pose as the Jews’ savior by “protecting” the Jews from the Moslem terror forces that the elite itself has raised up. The elite is confident that its army will always have the power to crush any and all combination of Moslem armies. This conviction is part and parcel of the contempt they have for the Arabs. I believe I addressed this situation in some detail in a previous post entitled “Two States for Two Peoples”.

  18. Jehovah Says:

    A lot of rubbish. This guy below is actually in Sri Lanka.

    http://bailaman.blogspot.com/2009/05/fall-of-tamil-tigers-counter-terrorism.html

  19. Vienna Mike Says:

    How nice. Do you have a substantive criticism? The blogger you cite was brought up on the Sinhala version of history. This version became so much easier to promulgate after the burning of the Jaffna library.

    At any rate, I digress. If you take away the fact that my sympathies lie with the Tamils and the other blogger’s lie with the Sinhalese, you will note that we point out essentially identical reasons for the fall of Tamil Eelam.

    As for the current Sinhalese game of giving equality to the Tamils, we Jews know this game well. Plenty of goyshe governments have played this game with us. We know how it ends. Those of us with brains can draw parallels. Yes, plenty of Tamils cooperated in the destruction of their own country. Plenty of Tamils also voted to strip their Indian-born brethren of citizenship. They received their reward in Black July and so will the ones who fought against their country receive their reward from the Sinhalese.

    Among us Jews we have had plenty of similar phenomena. For example, something like two thirds of the leaders of the Bolshevik party in 1917 were apostate Jews. Jewish intelligence they had in plenty, but Jewish wisdom they threw away in their eagerness to build a brave new Socialist world free of national identities and class prejudices. In time, they were rewarded with a trip to the same Siberian death camps where they had sent the inconvenient rabbis who kept pointing out the idiocy of the Communist utopia.

  20. Arun Vincent Says:

    Where do you get the info that V Prabaharan sent his wife and the other two children abroad. They went and came back in 2004 and got killed on 18 May 2009. It may be irrelevant to the point you were making. But the whole family had gone for good.

  21. Vienna Mike Says:

    At the time this was written, it was widely rumored that Prabhakaran’s family was smuggled abroad some time before the end. If this is not true, I stand corrected, but do please provide a source that documents this.

    At any rate, as you rightly point out, whether they are alive or not is not relevant to the point I am making.

  22. Russell Says:

    Read this:
    http://bailaman.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-do-sri-lankan-tamils-support-tamil.html

  23. Vienna Mike Says:

    Sorry, Russel, I do not find Bailaman’s claims regarding Black July and all the rest to be credible. Yes, the conflict was complex. But to claim that because Black July was inefficient there was no intent of genocide, for example, is akin to claiming that the Germans did not intend to commit the Holocaust because only a tiny fraction of German Jews were killed on Kristallnacht. Nor does it matter if, in an effort to find an amicable solution to the conflict and as part of a counterinsurgency strategy, the Sinhalese government built schools and hospitals in Tamil areas. I also love the assertion that India, whose greatest fear in this entire mess is Tamil secessionism jumping the strait to Tamil Nadu, is called upon as a reliable witness to deny the scale of Tamil casualties.

    And take laughable items like this:”If you go with the Times’ version of the story then you must also know that you are insinuating that the UN, India, and Red Cross officials on the ground are involved in a mass cover up to assist the Sinhalese. That’s how silly it all becomes.”

    Anyone who has seen how these organizations actually operate knows that the higher-ups never left their air-conditioned offices in Colombo except in a manner approved of by the Sinhalese army, while the lower-level staff were all locals, 99.9% of them likely Sinhalese. Between sloth and a desire to please their hosts, the UN, the Red Cross and the Indians have zero credibility. Do not forget, please, that we Jews have seen “impartial” UN and Red Cross “investigations” up close, like the Jenin “massacre” that never happened and the ludicrous claims about “hardship” in Gaza. I do not know what the real body count is. But there is one thing I know for a fact — whatever a Red Cross or UN official says is a lie.

    After things like Black July, there can be no going back. There will almost certainly be another Black July. The current Sinhalese attempts to create a bi-national state will fail. There has never been, in the long term, such a thing as a stable bi-national state. None are greater proof of the inevitability of renewed violence than blogs like Bailaman’s. Within a generation or two at the most, the conflict will almost certainly resume.

    As for the Tigers’ methods, obviously you have not perused Self-Liberation 101. I know a little something about the subject of guerrilla war. When people write nonsense like “freedom fighters are not conscripted”, men like myself cannot help but laugh.

    The Tigers were often stupid, rash and excessively brutal. They almost never considered the long-term consequences of their actions. Those who fight for Jewish independence from Israel must not repeat the Tigers’ mistakes. But their methods will bear a striking similarity to those of the Tigers, the Viet Cong, the Maccabees and every other guerrilla movement that ever existed.

    La guerre c’est la guerre. There is no uglier business than a guerrilla war. Were it not necessary in order to save the lives of six million Jews, Vienna Mike would not advocate armed struggle to liberate Medinat Yehudah. Alas, after the pogroms at Gush Katif and Amona, the murder of R. Binyamin Kahane(z”l) and all the other atrocities committed by the Israeli government, it is quite clear that armed struggle is the only way.

  24. Thirumurugan Gandhi Says:

    Dear Friend,
    Thank you for the extensive writeup about the tamils’ cause and historical background. There are lot of Vital information were missing in your article.
    I am a tamil from South of India, is working for the issue for nearly 20 years. The indian intelligence’s involvement in bringing up militancy in srilanka need to be discussed before understanding the militancy of LTTE. The dirty game by RAW of India and followed by the flawed Indo-Lanka peace accord , failure& betrayal of Indian diplomatic mission which led to the war between Indian peace keeping force and LTTE. And the details of the peaceful protests by LTTE and People of Eelam to endorse the promises gave to them by Indian govt need to be carefully presented. The peace keeping mission’s military head Maj.Gen harkirat Singh himself acknowledged the failure of the accord and right to protect the people of Eelam by LTTE in his recent interviews (kindly check rediff.com).

    Portraying Pirabakaran and LTTE as Marxist street thugs is not fair, considering the maturity of the writer in detailing the conflict. One need to go back to the roots of problem , something like Buring of Jaffna University library which had the largest and rarest collection of Ancient tamil literature and culture books. And it is more important to mention the Upper “Caste” elite community of Hindu’s role, especially “Brahmin”s role who occupies 99% of Indian beurocracy(A community awarded the superior race by birth by Hinduism and exploits the nation for more than 2000 years. This caste owns the temple and authority in running the society. The lowest community should never get into the streets of Brahmins and should never touch or even see them. This racist practice is still in action to some of remote areas. Even the educated community too prone to this. This community till date cautious in stopping the other lower commuity to come to power. They constitute mere 3% of indian population. They even stopped a referendum by UN, calling this untouchability and act of discrimination as an act of racism as “racist act”. All indian diplomats (99.5%) are belong to this community. Only the Tamil race resisted their authority and even stopped them coming to political power as early as 1960’s. By the Indian govt structure still rule their vengeful act on the tamil and show similar attitude towards Sri Lankan tamils. The pirabakaran and Eelam is the only place in Hindu’s history where Caste was abolished and pwoer was established. Pirabakarn himself was from lower caste. This Brahmin-NonBrahmin fight still continues and brahmin won in this by helping sri lanka to eliminate the eelam government. This is the same brahmin establishment that accepted the sri lankan govt’s stripping of citizenship of tamils and accepted to take them back, as becos they are from the lowermost caste of the hindu system. Those Plantation tamils were sent out of lanka without any compensation after spending nearly 200 years in making sri lanka’s dense forest into tea plantation. So kindly try to explore the Caste angle to the conflict and the play of Indian Intelligence’s effort to portray the LTTE as terror outfit. Sri Lanka whenever initiates the pogrom, it see to it, that tamil children and women would be the major target. For us from our ancient period we treat men and women as equal and even we see them as the goddess. I would be more interested to provide details, if required.

    [VM replies: There is more depth to every conflict. But this depth is not relevant to the issue at hand. My assessment is that the Tamil people on Ceylon could have had a secure state of their own if they had bothered to establish it de-facto before attempting to establish it de-jure. Their failure to do so can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the leaders of the Lanka Tamils, namely Prabhakaran and his immediate entourage. It is this lesson above all others that this article seeks to implant in the mind of the audience, lest our own struggle end as yours did. Remember, failure for you did not mean your extermination or even the extermination of a majority of your people. Failure for us WILL.

    My sympathies lie with you precisely because I know what it is the Sinhala did when they burned the Jaffna library, and what they had tried to do when they burned it. But ultimately the LTTE was a marxist organization that allied with the enemies of the Jewish People. You may seek to paint them as heroes because they, warts and all, struggled for that which you hold dearest. I have no such desire. They were thugs. Often, they were corrupt and stupid and brutal and shortsighted thugs. The fact that there were and are plenty of corrupt, stupid, brutal and shortsighted thugs on the Sinhalese side as well does not change this.

    Given the demographics, you have, perhaps, a generation, if not two, to digest what has happened before there is even a remote possibility of a rematch. If you fail to learn from your mistakes, you are likely to repeat them. I suggest you browse around the rest of this site to put the article on Tamil Eelam in perspective.]

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