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.