Colombo needs to change, Geneva or no Geneva
But this was not the first instance (hopefully it will be the last) of mass killings in Sri Lanka. On two occasions in 1971 and 1988-90 the state slaughtered tens of thousands of leftwing Sinhalese youths who revolted under the JVP banner. It was among the dirtiest wars ever seen in Asia. In the Eelam drive, massacres became commonplace, the victims drawn from all three major communities: Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. The average Sri Lankan is bound to ask: where was the West then?
Yet these arguments cannot hide what happened in the war zone in 2009. If only the country's leadership had, after crushing the LTTE, offered a genuine general apology to all Sri Lankans for all the suffering everyone endured for over 25 years, it would not be facing a vote in Geneva today. Sadly, that didn't happen. Wedded to the idea that there was never an ethnic conflict but only a terrorist problem, Colombo went back even on the promises it made to friendly countries on how it planned to deal with its minorities a question other Asian countries too face in varying degrees. In the process, it forced countries which had covertly and overly backed Sri Lanka vis- -vis the LTTE to become its vocal or silent critics.
A state which spews belligerence even after vanquishing the enemy will always see a foe behind every shadow.
Now Mahinda mama has the biggest weapon in his possesion LTTE,LTTE, and LTTE remnants...
Edited By - dumindak - 24 Mar 2012 07:00:34 GMT