Sri Lanka added her name to the global books on history by militarily defeating the world's most ruthless terrorist group – the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, commonly known as Tamil Tigers – in May 2009. The Tigers, beside its deadly combat powers in the northern Sri Lankan territories, were trend setters for other terrorist groups in many aspects. Their invention of the suicide jacket is a classic case study. A carefully planned military offensive backed by an undeterred political will destroyed the local structures of the Tigers from top to bottom. Self ego, political miscalculation, overconfidence and reluctance to adapt to situations also contributed to the Tiger defeat. On the global level, the loose Tiger structure without proper leadership could be a threat to the international security mainly by sharing its expertise, skills and capabilities with counterparts in other parts of the world. The loose network is now available for hired services of individuals and other groups. However, as experts argue, every terrorist movement has its own political connotations that need to be addressed at a political level. Once the military aspect of terrorism is diminished – or as it popularly known ‘when the guns are silent’ – one could and should hear the sounds of politics. Does this political noise exist in contemporary post-war Sri Lanka?
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