Tamil Tigers had a revenue base seven times the $30 million a year that supports Britain’s Conservative Party

"Tamil Tigers had a revenue base seven times the roughly $30 million a year that supports Britain’s Conservative Party," according to an insightful piece on the New York Times, which describes how long civil wars typically take to draw to an end.

New York Times: Civil Wars: The Fights That Do Not Want to End (Published: May 23, 2009)
According to Mr. Collier, however, the true reasons for longevity in civil conflicts are more prosaic, at least in modern times. While they may begin by professing noble sentiments, insurgents sooner or later become self-interested fighting organizations, which want mainly to preserve themselves and the resources they command. He estimates, for example, that the Tamil Tigers had a revenue base seven times the roughly $30 million a year that supports Britain’s Conservative Party.

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