Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Will Peace Finally Come to Sri Lanka?

By Barbara Crossette

In recent days, events of importance to South Asia have been unfolding in Sri Lanka, where decades of civil war have all but destroyed the international reputation of what was once the region's most progressive and democratic country. The Sri Lankan army, on the march against an armed ethnic Tamil movement, has seized the rebels' de facto capital and is closing in on the last strongholds of the group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The LTTE, pioneers of the suicide bomber and the cyanide capsule, and the most totalitarian and lethal guerrilla organization in contemporary Asia, have suffered "a body blow from which there can be no recovery as far as anyone knows," an editorial said Monday in the Hindu, one of India's leading publications. The paper, whose editor, N. Ram, knows the Tigers well, called this an existential crisis for the LTTE "the gravest it has faced in three decades of armed struggle." Full Text