intermittent thoughts on my life and work as the chess coach at IS 318, a public middle school in Brooklyn
Saturday, May 23, 2009
from the obituary of Velupillai Prabhakaran
Velupillai Prabhakaran, former leader of the Tamil Tigers
"He stayed mostly underground where, like some large grub, he was oiled twice a day by his bodyguards and fed on curry and Clint Eastwood movies, in which cops and cowboys shot themselves out of trouble. He had an escape plan, or several. His cadres would kill him, and burn the body; he would squeeze himself into a submarine; he would bite on the cyanide capsule that hung on a black string round his neck."