An article in the Economist summed up the behaviour of the two sides very well.
“A well-organised and vicious terrorist group, expert in brainwashing and suicide-blasting, the LTTE has maintained its fiefâ€”which until late 2006 extended over almost a third of the countryâ€”by murder and fear. Moreover, having sabotaged a peace initiative of the previous government, and helped it lose an election by imposing a boycott on Tamil voters under its sway, Mr Prabhakaran has had the war he was asking for.”
“In its rush to exterminate the Tigersâ€”partly in justified fear of their skill at manipulating foreign opinionâ€”the army has shown a cruel disregard for Tamil civilians crowding the battlefield. Earlier this month the UN estimated that since early January, when the Tigersâ€™ fled their northern capital, Kilinochchi, driving perhaps 200,000 civilians before them, some 4,500 had been killed and 12,000 wounded. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has evacuated over 10,000 wounded civilians and their relatives from the no-fire zone, said on April 20th that hundreds more had been killed or wounded since the army made its breach.”
The question is, how does the international community ensure that the Tamils are treated well in the post-war period?
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