Sunday, May 31, 2009

‘The price of liberty is eternal vigilance’

(TI)Having won the war Sri Lanka must not lose the peace. To analyze this cliché carefully we should first be clear about what has been won. The LTTE has been defeated and destroyed. Given the proven capabilities of the armed forces it is unlikely that any other group would attempt the direct military route to a separate state in the foreseeable future. However it would be a serious mistake to imagine that Tamil separatism has been defeated.

Although there is evidence of increasing trust between many people of the North and the armed forces (a phenomenon that was vouched for even in the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami), the brains and the money behind the movement for Tamil Eelam are abroad and largely intact. Full text