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Carnage sharing the waters: Political turmoil or battle

The skrækindjagtende bomb attack on Sri Lanka easter Sunday is not only difficult to plumb the depth in the small østats government and police.

the Danish experts also have difficulty agreeing on who is the most likely architects of the at least 290 lives lost and countless wounded terror victims.

although the country's prime minister has announced that the suspicion right now is directed towards a the otherwise unknown islamist group National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ), which allegedly has close ties to the Islamic State (IS).

Mikkel W. Kaagaard, author and expert in Sri Lanka, is in no doubt that it is an international islamist group that stands behind the ambush in the buddhist-dominated island. Photo: Private

- It can almost only be a foreign islamist group that stands behind. The ethnic repression and political tensions in Sri Lanka are not large enough to justify attacks that are so violent, and why should a local group attacking the catholic churches? It doesn't make sense, think Mikkel W. Kaagaard.

He is the high school associate professor and author of a book on Sri Lanka.


The unique conclusion does not obtain the support of the Ole Wæver, professor at the policy and expert in international security policy.

- It is a bad habit to point to Islamic State or Al-Qaida, every time there is a major terrorist attack, and much to suggest that here, too, it is directly misleading. Bomb attacks are rooted rather in the various local conflicts, as it is difficult to figure out and that no politicians, media, or international terrorist movements are interested in, " says the professor.

Ole Wæver believes that, also in Denmark have a tendency to overestimate how coherent terror around the world.

- It creates an unholy alliance, where international terrorists have a bigger role than they deserve, and governments - as here in Sri Lanka - launch the story, that it does not have anything to do with them, " says the professor.

Mikkel W. Kaagaard believes that attacks is very surprising, because they come after a number of years of relative calm after Sri Lanka's bloody civil war between the ethnic rebel group, 'The tamil tigers' and the country's buddhist majority, which cost up against the 80,000 lives and ended around 2009.

Ole Wæver, professor of international politics, believes that the politicians, media and commentators are too quick to buckle to terrorist attacks, together with international jihadist groups such as Islamic State or Al-Qaida. Photo: Miriam Dalsgaard

The liberation tigers of tamil eelam is in his words 'shut down' and would be unable to orchestrate such large bomb-attacks.

the Expert acknowledges that Sri Lanka during the winter it has been in a political crisis, which has created great dissatisfaction in the country's population. In the fall of deposed the liberal president, suddenly prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had changed sides and secured him the election in 2015. He refused, however, to go by, and was in the January reinstated at the topposten.


But Mikkel W. Kaagaard notes that none of the two rulers represent a tough stance against the country's ethnic minorities. That is to say, the christians, the hindus and the muslims.

This is Ravinder Kaur, associate professor in the sydasiénsstudier and director of the Institute for Intercultural and Regional Studies at Copenhagen University and just returned to Denmark after a research trip in Sri Lanka, agree.

But she insists that all options are open, and that the attacks can also be the expression of lokalpolitisk dissatisfaction with a government that turns its back to the chinese, who have invested fortunes in Sri Lanka's business community.

- all of It is so far speculation. The only thing we know with certainty is that the perpetrators have created turmoil, and no one has taken responsibility for the bombs yet, as professor Ravinder Kaur expresses itself.

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