I work with a guy who came to Buffalo from Sri Lanka and surprised him yesterday with the news of the FBI's uncovering of a Tamil Tigers cell in Amherst. I knew the Tigers were active in the Toronto area because there's been a great deal made of the fact that the Harper government has declared them terrorists where the Liberals had courted them. I wouldn't have expected a presence in Buffalo.
He told me that they are quite active here in fund-raising if not actual recruitment. By the way, he's no supporter. It turns out, because of UB, there's a larger than might-be-expected Sri Lankan population here. I'm reminded of the 70's when my South Buffalo Irish-American friends were constantly hit up to attend fund-raisers for the poor Catholics in Northern Ireland.
Who could resist? And they didn't. It's only on some 30 years hindsight that they've now realized they were helping to subsidize the bombing-deaths of English civilians in London -- what we might otherwise call terrorism today.