The Washington Times Endorses Mass Civilian Casualties

by Brien Jackson

My biggest problem with the “war on terror” terminology is that there are a lot of groups and individuals in the world that engage in terrorism. Because there are a lot of groups, naturally all of those groups don’t have the same aims or motivations. And from a strategic standpoint, the aim of the group is certainly more relevant than the fact that they share tactics with another group. And by conflating these various groups under one heading, you get a situation where people are likely to embrace really bad ideas in the name of “fighting terrorists,” like killing tens of thousands of civilians in order to demolish much of the group’s structural capabilties:

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, one of the world’s most violent terrorist outfits, are surrounded in northern Sri Lanka and about to be destroyed – but Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and European self-styled peacemakers are getting in the way of victory. The meddlers should let Colombo finish off this menace.

In desperation, the Tamil Tigers are using tens of thousands of locals as human shields. The Sri Lankan government declared a cease-fire and called on the Tigers to release their hostages, but unmanned-aerial-vehicle video footage shows the terrorists holding masses of innocents at gunpoint, refusing them freedom. Last week, Mrs. Clinton played into the hands of the terrorists by blaming the Sri Lankan government for the crisis. “The entire world is very disappointed” that they were “causing such untold suffering,” she said.

To be clear, the Tamil Tigers are terrorists. They conscript child soldiers to fight in the Civil War, pioneered the use of the “belt bomb,” etc. The United States, Canada, Australia, and the European Union has designated them as a terrorist group. But they’re not al Qaeda, and have little in common with al Qaeda, outside of the fact that both engage in terrorism as a tactic, which is about as worthy a comparison as to say that North Korea is in the same league as the United States because we both have a military. Whereas al Qaeda is waging a terrorist campaign for religious dominance (and to settle a personal vendetta against the House of Saud), the Tigers are waging a campaign to create a seperate Tamili state out of what is now Sri Lanka.

Also, you have to wonder about anyone who supports killing tens of thousands of civilians in order to squash a group responsible for thousands of death. It’s not uncommon to ponder whether you would be ok with the death of 1 person if it were to save 1,000 people, but it’s rather rare to contemplate the death of 1,000 people to save 1 person. This is, one hopes, the apex of right-wing militarism.