In the closing days of the American Civil War in which 600,000 mean died, Abraham Lincoln urged peace and reconciliation. When General Grant accepted the surrender of Confederate General Lee, he allowed the enemy to keep their horses and head home. At the conclusion of the terrible civil war in Sri Lanka, the exact opposite attitude prevails. Those who surrendered are still viewed as the enemy rather than as fellow members of the nation.
The Sri Lanka government invoked regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act in order to continue holding as prisoners thousandss of Tamils who surrendered. According to Attorney General Mohan Peiris, “no suspects will be released and there is no change even though the emergency has been allowed to elapse.”
Ah, step one is how to renew violence.