I was watching Al-Jazeera English this morning and it appears that the Sri Lankan government is stepping up its attacks against the Tamil Tigers in an effort to finally ‘defeat’ them (Reuters story). On the other hand, it seems the Tigers aren’t giving in and also continuing with suicide attacks.
As someone whose main contact with Sri Lanka is through watching their cricket team, my mind still boggles that a seemingly idyllic island is home to such a brutal and long-running war. My impression on the politics is that the Sri Lankan foreign minister’s argument, that the Sri Lankan Army is trying to liberate the Tamils from the LTTE is nonsense and that there needs to be a political solution.
However, I’d be interested in hearing more about this from people who know more than I do. Also, if anyone wants to publish a longer guest post on this please e-mail us.
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