Sri Lanka: January 26, 2005

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of the victims have not yet received any relief aid. 

Aid workers accused the LTTE of recruiting teenagers orphaned by the tidal waves. The LTTE says it is just taking care of orphans. Both sides are probably right. The LTTE is upset at the military effect of the tidal waves. The disaster apparently killed hundreds of LTTE fighters and destroyed much weapons and equipment. The LTTE had been building up its military power, as had the army, and now the LTTE had suddenly fallen far behind. The LTTE has always been paranoid about government military power, and its potential use against Tamils. In this case, though, the paranoia may have been helpful. The LTTE sees itself at a big disadvantage, and has expressed interest in

 

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