Friday, January 9, 2009

The Tigers' last stand

A long-awaited military breakthrough comes at a high cost

(economist)FOR the third time in as many months, Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, this week avoided revealing to parliament the number of casualties in the bloodiest military operation ever staged against the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Opening the monthly debate on extending the state of emergency, imposed most recently in 2005, he said the government had entered the “final phase of eradicating terrorism”. Since November, however, he has dropped any reference to deaths and injuries. Full Text