The noose is tightening around the last remnants of the Tamil Tigers as government forces pound away with artillery and have made it difficult for anyone to leave the area in northeast Sri Lanka where their forces have surrounded the LTTE. As civilians desperately tried to escape the bombardment, a Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger blew himself up along with Tamil civilians who were trying to escape being blown to bits by government artillery. Battlefield sources claim at least 17 civilians were killed including women and children. The people were finally able to extricate themselves from the trap because government troops destroyed barriers that barred their way. It is apparent the suicide bomber preferred that his own people die rather than escape to freedom.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continue their desperate struggle to fight back against overwhelming odds. In a sense, they are like Adolf Hitler who desired that all Germans die if he was to meet death. What exactly were the LTTE fighting to attain the past three decades? Freedom for their people or freedom to die?