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Tragedy Of Sri Lanka Goes On And On

In the history of humanity, those who believe in the righteousness of their cause invariably wind up doing more damage to their supporters than to the enemy. In Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tigers have waged war incessantly for over twenty years, but they are now being crushed by overwhelming forces of the government. As the Sri Lanka army cuts into Tiger defenses thousands of innocent Tamils are caught in the cross fire. Artillery pounds the Tigers who will not allow their own people to escape. The International Red Cross reports there are hundreds, if not thousands of civilians being killed or wounded because they can not leave the last piece of territory under control of the Tamil Tigers.

The Sri Lanka army insists they are not using artillery, but for some reason, Red Cross personnel hear and see the result of artillery fire. Yes, in the end, the innocent suffer.

Sri Lanka Demands Accept Their View Or Leave!

A civil war has raged for over two decades on the island of Sri Lanka between the government and forces of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and generally the world press has expressed horror at suicide bombing by the LTTE and other acts of terror. During the past several months a new offense by the Sri Lanka government has almost crushed the LTTE and driven hundreds of thousands of people into a jungle area where they are unable to obtain the basic necessities of life. The Sri Lanka government expressed its fury at foreign media for daring to suggest its army might be killing innocent civilians and has threatened to expel any foreign journalists who will not adopt the government line as to what is going on in the war. “It was irresponsible (of the foreign media) not to talk about civilians held in the war zone by the LTTE while making comments that only helped the Tigers” exclaimed the government.

Last month the Sri Lanka foreign ministry sharply criticised the German ambassador for expressing dismay at the murder of a prominent Sri Lanka journalist who was concerned about human rights. The world is glad the war may be over and that suicide bombings might cease. But, now it is up to the government of Sri Lanka to show humanity to those who were defeated.

Hundreds Of Civilians Die-No One Protests!

Over 300 civilians were killed by an army whose name was not the IDF which may account for the fact there have not been any world wide protests concerning their deaths. A Sri Lankan health official says recent artillery gunfire and heavy firing has resulted in the death of at least 300 civilians with over a thousand who have been wounded. Dr. Varatharajah revealed the figures in an effort to secure medical supplies for the wounded. The Sri Lankan government has pledged not to launch attacks inside a “safe zone” which supposedly provides for civilians a secure place that will not be shelled. The Sri Lankan military denies it has been killing civilians even though its nation’s high ranking medical officer says they have killed civilians.

Human rights groups have expressed concern for the estimated 250,000 civilians trapped in territory being assaulted by the military. UN sources claim they have seen “dozens of people killed and wounded” by the Sri Lankan armed forces. Jacques de Maio, of the Red Cross says, “people are being caught in the cross fire, hospitals and ambulances have been hit by shelling, and several aid workers have been injured.”

As far as this reporter knows, there have not been any demonstrations in the streets of Europe or Arab nations about the death of 300 Sri Lankan civilians. There are no cries by British academics to boycott Sri Lankan universities as they have called for in the case of Israeli academics. I wonder why?