The Kiloblog

2009-05-17

A Military Half Solution

Filed under: politics — raka @ 17:17
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This week’s attack by the Sri Lankan army on the last holdout of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) has succeed. This is good, it might even end the war. It was wrong of Westerners to oppose it; did they want the bloodshed to drag on?

Yet no victory can excuse the army for making scant effort to spare civilians. Worse, the government seems not to know that Tamils are citizens – unless they are armed terrorists who have changed their allegiances but not their methods. Lanka’s rulers must change their attitude if they are to have peace, but triumphant and authoritarian, they will not do this of their own accord. They will need a hard shove from the West.

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