Excerpts and link to article written by a classmate of mine a former Senior Intelligence Officer in the Army.
he 1998 bomb attacks in Coimbatore, India have been the base for this research. Why? The attacks took place under similar circumstances and still holds water. Coimbatore, for some time, had been a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism.
February 14, 1998 saw the group killing 58 people and injuring more than 200 people by carrying out 12 bomb attacks within an area of 12 sq km.
Suddenly, he (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ) appeared on April 29 and surprised the world. His message was loud and clear. He said: “Your brothers in Sri Lanka have healed the hearts of the monotheists, with their suicide bombings, which shook the beds of the crusaders during Easter…
“The attacks would continue… We will be everywhere, in different places…
“Our battle today is a war of attrition to harm the enemy and they should know that Jihad will continue until doomsday… There will be more to come…”
The US involvement to raise the Mujahideen (Bin Laden) and the Indian involvement to raise the LTTE are all but similar. The damage they did to the core of society in the respective countries and the lessons learnt are difficult to ignore.
The saying “it’s not the gun that wins the battle, but the soldier behind it”, cannot be more true. It’s not the State but the people who will be decisive in winning this battle for the nation.