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Aftermath Of War In Sri Lanka

The twenty five year long civil war is over in Sri Lanka, but the aftermath remains with all its anger and frustration and deep seated wounds still alive. Over the past ten months, the Sri Lanka government has resettled about three-fourths of the estimated 280,000 people who were placed in camps due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time or because they were members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE). An estimated 75,000 people are still in camps despite having no connection to LTTE. Unfortunately, thousands were wounded in the bitter conclusion of the civil war and remain physically or emotionally traumatized. They remain in tents, limited in their movements and without visible means of support.

There is need to an organized process both of restoring meaningful work and a place to live in order to avoid the resurgence of terrorist activities. A camp should only be temporary, a village offers family and friends, and jobs provide meaning to a those who have spent years engaged in fighting.

Sri Lanka Rejects Cease Fire

The Sri Lanka government rejected an offer from rebel Tamil Tigers for a cease fire. As government forces are drawing the noose tighter around the rebels the victorious army did not appear interested in giving rebels who have been fighting for decades any opportunity to obtain their desire to appear as though both sides were exhausted and ready to end the war. Rebel forces had announced, “All of LTTE’s offensive operations will cease with immediate effect” on grounds of humanitarian reasons. The Sri Lanka government responded with a smirk, “What is the need for a cease fire when they are running away? They should first lay down their arms, surrender, and let the people go.”

It is too late for the LTTE to obtain any concessions from the Sri Lanka government after killing thousands of innocent people and even refusing to allow civilians to escape the trap. The end is the end.

The Price Of True Belief In Sri Lanka– Death!

The civil war that has raged in Sri Lanka over the past thirty years has been brutal and virtually nonstop. But, the war apparently is drawing to a close as government forces drive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil (LTTE) into a narrow slice of territory in the northeast part of the island. Unfortunately, along with the thousands of die-hard Tamil rebels over forty thousand refugees are stuck and unable to leave the area. The United Nations appealed to the government of Sri Lanka to work for a solution which would allow evacuation, but the people of Sri Lanka simply want an end to fighting and if more civilians die, that is just too bad. A UN representative warned if the Sri Lanka army enters the enclave, the Tamil Tigers will not allow anyone to leave and will fight to the last man which will ensure a bloodbath.

The latest reports indicate over 400 Tamil Tigers have died in recent weeks and in most cases they fought on until death rather than surrender. In the end, true believe in a cause justifies one’s death and that of innocent people.

Sri Lanka War May Conclude In Disaster

The long war in Sri Lanka is just about over but for thousandsk of innocent people trapped in a small area on the northeast corner of the island, they may become the last victims of a war that once seemingly had no end. Rebels belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been pushed into a corner but they have dragged thousands of civilians into the small enclave in order to deter the Sri Lanka army from completing the task of ending the war. The UN is pleading with both sides to allow the civilians to leave, but neither side appears willing to budge. “If the Sri Lankan army would try to go into there,” said a UN official, if the LTTE would not be ready to let those civilians go, then we’ll wind up with a bloodbath, and this must by all means be avoided.”

In London, supporters of the LTTE demonstrated but their group’s reign of terror has hardened the hearts of the Sri Lankan government. The LTTE most probably wants to use the civilians as a cover to escape. It is doubtful if the government will allow that exit strategy.

End Of Tamil Tigers At Hand?

Many of the Tamil Tigers still fighting in northeast Sri Lanka were born into a world of war, spent their childhood in war, entered adolescence in war and have been fighting for years without ever having once experienced the idea of peace. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) are now trapped with their leader, Velupillai Prabhakran, into an area of 21 square miles in the northeast section of the country. The ruthless ruler of LTTE has been a demi-god for nearly thirty years and has made decisions that impacted the lives of his followers. For years, a Tamil Tiger could not marry, but in 1984, the leader married a university student and suddenly marriage was OK.

Parbhakran has three choices — surrender, flight or death. He probably is not the suicide type and will undoubtedly find an excuse to leave the island. If he goes, the entire revolution will most probably come to a stand still and end. At this point, for most inhabitants of Sri Lanka, that would be the best solution.

The real task is now for the government to reach out and grant amnesty to all fighters and begin the process of reconciliation. A reading of Abraham Lincoln’s policy toward the defeated South would help Sri Lanka leaders understand what to do.

Sri Lanka War Winds Down

The decades long civil war in Sri Lanka between the Tamil minority and the government is nearly over as members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are pushed into a narrow area on the northeast section of the island. Leaders of the Tamil Tigers appealed for international action that might lead the government to halt its offense and allow a cease fire. They made clear, “we also wish to inform the international community that we are ready to discuss, cooperate and work together in all their efforts to bring an immediate ceasefire and work towards a political settlement.” The words sound peaceful, but after over 25 years of killing it is unrealistic for the Tamil leaders to suddenly claim they only want a peaceful resolution of the conflict. The government made clear they want a white flag of surrender and will not accept anything less.

The Sri Lanka government position is understandable, but there is also room for making clear to the Tamil minority there now is an opportunity to end discrimination and accord Tamils equal rights. The murderous suicide bombs of the LTTE has engendered anger and hate. It is too late to suddenly change minds about how to fight for equality. Perhaps, if the LTTE had looked across to India they might have achieved their goals by adopting the ideas of an Indian leader- Gandhi.

The Future Of Sri Lanka- Where Is It Going?

The Civil War which has raged in Sri Lanka for over a quarter of a century is apparently growing to an end as the last remaining bastions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are wiped out and those found in them killed. For the first time in years, it is possible to move in certain areas without fear of death, but in some last ditch efforts, a Tamil Tiger woman blew herself up and killed twenty people. Suicide deaths will probably be a weapon employed by the remaining members of the group as they hide in jungles and attempt to continue their fight. Red Cross and international supplies are arriving to assist refugees, but military sources have been attempting to be the ones handing them out in order to convince the local population the government is their friend and protector.

The Sri Lanka army was modernized with Chinese and Pakistani assistance in 2008 which led to the recent successful operation to wipe out the LTTE. A remaining problem is use by LTTE forces of civilians who have been unable to leave. In a sense they are hostages of the Tigers who have become anything but tigers as their positions are over run and their friends killed.

Victory without concessions to the needs of the Tamil people will only result in another civil war some years down the road. It is now time to offer extensive local autonomy and integrate the minority within the nation in a manner that respects diversity.

Sri Lanka Civil War Nearly Over

One of the world’s longest lasting civil wars now appears over as Sri Lankan forces captured more bases in their nation including the headquarters of leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE). The last remaining forces of the LTTE are fleeing to a narrow stretch of land in the northeast area of the island. UN Chief Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern that thousands of civilians are still trapped in areas where fighting continues and urged the government to allow civilians free passage to safety. Many civilians claim the LTTE is preventing them from leaving battle areas in order to create the image government forces are killing the innocent. Reports indicate many hospitals have dead bodies which they can not move since relatives are unable to pick them up due to fighting.

The conclusion of the American Civil War is a good model for the Sri Lankan government. The defeated Confederate soldiers surrendered and were sent home to resume their lives without any punishment. The Sri Lankan government should announce an amnesty to any LTTE member who is willing to surrender his arms and agree to resume a peaceful life. However, the next step is for the Sri Lankan government to address issues of discrimination against its Tamil minority.

Sri Lanka Rejects Calls For Cease Fire

The decades old civil war in Sri Lanka is drawing to a conclusion as government forces batter down the last remaining strongholds of rebel soldiers who belong to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Many nations have urged the Sri Lankan government to offer peace talks with rebel leaders in order to develop a transition process from war to peace, but these suggestions have been rejected. The government refuses to hold any discussions with the LTTE and will not accept anything other than a complete surrender. It has discussed the possibility of offering a limited amnesty. The military insists the remaining rebels are surrounded and are close to collapse having lost virtually all the territory they once controlled.

The Lankan Defense Secretary put it bluntly: “Nothing short of unconditional surrenders of arms and cadres could being an end to the offensive.” He made clear there is no future political role for the LTTE and its leaders punished. The Sri Lankan government insists it is conducting a “humanitarian” operation. The real issue is what began the civil war–failure of the government to respect the rights and dignity of its minority Tamil population.

Sri Lanka Civil War Draws To An End

The civil war which has raged for over a quarter of a century in Sri Lanka appears drawing to a close as government troops pound the last remaining areas under the control of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). As the insurgents are forced into a narrow area of the island, thousands of innocent civilians are trapped in between shelling from both sides. Artillery fire blasted the last remaining hospital in the area, PTK, causing the death of nine and wounding of twenty as shells hit the children’s ward. UN staff which it trying to protect civilians claim “the hospital is the last remaining refuge for people in the area. It is overflowing with kids and women.” The government blames the LTTE for the artillery attacks, but since it will not allow the media into the disputed area, it is impossible to verify their claims to innocence.

During the civil war over 70,000 have died and, as far as this reporter knows, there have not been demonstrations in European cities and certainly no calls from United Kingdom professors to boycott Sri Lanka universities although they believe Israeli colleges should be boycotted. The hypocrisy of the West and the Muslim world over the deaths of 70,000 Asians raises questions concerning morality.

This author has protested deaths caused by the Israel army as well as the brutality of Sri Lanka forces and the rebel Tamil Tigers. One day the world will be horrified by all acts of violence including Hamas in Gaza.