The long horrible civil war in Sri Lanka between the Tamil Tigers-LTTE– and the government finally came to a conclusion in 2009. During the closing stages of this war without mercy, government forces captured the son of Tamil leader,l Prabhakaran along witht the twelve year old’s bodyguards. Pictures have now emerged which show the boy, Palachandran lying on the ground, his shirt no longer on and his chest riddled with five bullets. Such was the fate of a boy who happened to have the wrong father.
Civil wars produce hatred that may be more intense than ware between nations. The American Civil War was the deadliest war in our history. At the end, all Confederate soldiers were sent home-along with their horses– in order to create a new environment of trust. That is not the message sent by the government of Sri Lanka.