In the hands of terrorists anything becomes a weapon, from a table knife to a fuel-laden jumbo jet. They are an innovative lot in spite of their brutality. It was only last December that a terror suspect was nabbed, on board a passenger aircraft over Detroit, for his failed attempt to detonate, of all things, his underwear with explosives sewn into the crotch. He was left with a singed pair of briefs and only god knows what else!
A few years ago, in Colombo, a female suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden bra she was wearing in a bid to assassinate Minister Douglas Devananda. The bra blast killed several people.
However, terrorists do not use only lethal bombs to destroy their targets. They also use sex bombs for that purpose. It is wrong to call beasts wearing suicide jackets `human bombs`. That term is, in our book, more appropriate for the sex workers who give a `human face` to terrorism.
Yesterday, we quoted Minister Dallas Alahapperuma as saying that the LTTE had employed foreign sex workers to seduce some UPFA MPs into voting against national budgets in 2007 and 2008 in a desperate attempt to derail the war effort. Amidst raging battles in the Vanni, the government had, the Minister said, been busy waging a different war of sorts to keep those seductresses at bay and ensure the passage of its budgets. It must have been a Herculean task, given the monumental concupiscence of our government worthies! (Where is it ants die if not in sugar?) We are reminded of a startling revelation John Perkins makes in his unputdownable best seller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. He makes a clean breast of having been party to a conspiracy where prostitutes were used to manipulate a member of the ruling clan of a Middle East country some decades ago. The prince concerned had blonde bombshells and America had its way, Perkins says.
Foibles of fallible men are such that even the macho types amongst us succumb to the lure of the enticing contours of female anatomy. Remember Mark Antony`s famous words from Cleopatra`s palace (Antony and Cleopatra Act 1, scene 1):
Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch
Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.
Kingdoms are clay
Minister Alahapperuma has said he would divulge more details of the `sex bomb plot` before long. What he has revealed so far sheds light on the methods the LTTE used to infiltrate the political establishment and the military in this country. It may be recalled that on the sidelines of the so-called peace talks between the UNF government and the LTTE, the late Anton Balasingham boasted that there were hundreds of military and police personnel working for his outfit. He may have exaggerated the situation to demoralise the government at that time but several high ranking military and police personnel have been nabbed for collaborating with the terrorists. Among them are a colonel and a Superintendent of Police! Both of them had helped the LTTE gain access to high profile political targets. No breakthrough has yet been made in investigations into an abortive attempt a female suicide bomber made on the then Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka s life in 2006. That attack still shrouded in mystery has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories. It is being argued in some quarters that the bomber may have gained free access to the Army Headquarters by seducing a senior officer there.
Besides filles de joie, some foreign diplomats in Colombo did their damnedest to have those budget votes defeated in order to effect a regime change and scuttle the war before the armed forces got Prabhakaran. In 2008, we reported that a foreign envoy had, on the eve of the final budget vote, taken a trishaw ride under the cover of darkness to an Opposition politician`s house, where a plot was being hatched to engineer crossovers from the government.
We see no difference between the women of easy virtue who served the LTTE for money and those errant diplomats who prostituted their privileged positions to attempt a regime change in the host country in favour of a terrorist group.
Although the war is over, there is no guarantee that Parliament will be free from such treacherous moves in the future. It may be argued that the only way out is to bring in legislation to ban crossovers. Ironically, it was defections that stabilised the UPFA government and helped defeat terrorism!
Anyway, it behoves the next government to be formed in a few days to be on its guard.