I’m just wondering

National Thowheed Jamath

Currently identified as responsible for the Sri Lanka bombings. Local offshoot of Isis or Al-Quaeda sorta thing.


Sinhalese tend to be Buddhist. Tamils Muslim. There’s that decent leavening of Christians who were the targets here. Or Christians plus foreigners in posh hotels.

What’s the overlap between Muslims in NTJ and Tamils? For the island has had a ghastly civil war based on those racial lines – well, OK, varied groups exploiting those racial groupings perhaps – in recent memory.

Another way to ask the same thing, is NTJ really just Tamil extremists under another guise? Or, perhaps, a new banner for the old grievances?

One thing I’ve noted – and I haven’t gone looking, so it might be that I’ve just not seen – is that no names have been released even while 24 people or whatever are arrested. In this environment a name being near perfect identification of Tamil or Sinhala.

Jus’ wondrin’ really.

15 thoughts on “I’m just wondering”

  1. I seem to recall that the attack on Muslims in New Zealand was followed by all and sundry in the UK holding a minute’s silence.on pain of being accused of ‘hypocrisy’ if they didn’t. MPs, various local councils, sporting events and more.

    I thought then it set a precedent that might require minute’s silences on a pretty regular basis. I wonder what the reaction will be to this……

  2. The Meissen Bison

    Sinhalese tend to be Buddhist. Tamils Muslim.

    Absolutely not. Tamils like those on the mainland are predominantly hindu.

    As far as names go, they are generally good identifiers for Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims each being distinct from each other. Christians will come from either Sinhalese or Tamil communities and in the case of Tamil Christians, the given name is sometimes a clue.

    If you want to complicate things further, there is a distinction to be had between Sril Lankan Tamils and Indian Tamils who were imported into the island as indentured labour under the Raj and who remain an underclass and were concentrated originally in and around the tea estates.

    And then you have the Burghers (like Michael Oondatje) who are Christian.

    The unifying feature of my colleagues when I was in the Island at the height of the unrest was that all the non-Muslims were more wary of the Muslims than of the other groups.

  3. The general rule of thumb is – if nothing is said about the nature and motivations of the perpetrators of a terrorist outrage then chances are they’re Muslims. If there is evidence its not Muslims the authorities will fall over themselves to say so immediately.

    Silence tells its own story.

  4. Tucker Carlson nails the Hillarycrats:

    ‘Sri Lankan authorities say the attackers were affiliated with a local terror group. The attackers were radical Muslims. Their motives were religious. Their targets were Christians. None of that is speculation; it is true. And maybe because it is so true and so obviously true, nobody in authority wanted to say it out loud.

    ‘So instead, they went to great lengths to avoid the clear language. “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshipers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity,” tweeted former President Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton used the same awkward phrase: “I am praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attack on Easter worshipers and travelers in Sri Lanka.”

    ‘”Easter worshipers.” Why don’t you say Christians? Nobody worships Easter. There is a reason, of course; euphemisms are never accidental. Our leaders believe Christians are the problem, that they are the dangerous ones. They can’t be trusted. Tell them the truth, and they might go crazy and organize a new Crusade — unsheath their swords and march on Jerusalem. You never know with Christians.’

  5. @Jim – the other rule of thumb in the uk is – If a muslim does something good – he’s described as a muslim (with the inference that he done good because of his muslimness). If he does something bad – child rape/beheading/honour killing – the usual he’s described as an Asian which is patently unfair to other asians such as the chinese/japanese/thai etc who don’t go in for this barbaric behaviour.

  6. @Gamecock

    I saw those tweets when fresh and thought “you didn’t have to say that” – they condemn themselves by blabbing evasive euphemisms when a shorter version would serve.

    It’s tantamount to dancing on the coffins for US domestic consumption and seems calibrated to get people’s backs up.

  7. Don’t terrorist groups outsource to one another for cash if not active in an area?

    This way they keep in practice, get publicity and funds.

  8. “I think the Japs were rather famous as beheaders at one time. Have they given it up?”

    I had the same thought. I think the time when the Americans reduced their country to rubble and dropped an atom bomb on them probably knocked it out of them, rather like the propensity to invade Poland was knocked out of the Germans, largely by the Red Army, with some US and UK assistance.

    The same sort response will soon be required to turn Muslims into people who can rub along peacefully with non-Muslims.

  9. His name is islamic:
    ‘Tawhid (Arabic: توحيد‎ tawḥīd, meaning “oneness [of God]” also romanized as tawheed, touheed, or tevhid) is the indivisible oneness concept of monotheism in Islam. Tawhid is the religion’s central and single-most important concept, upon which a Muslim’s entire faith rests.’

  10. @ TMB
    Yes, *but* the Liberation Front of Tamil Eelam, the largest terrorist group in Sri Lankan history, worshipped Lenin

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