Friday, May 29, 2009

The Victim Syndrome, the West, and the LTTE

Alas! It is a great and terrible world. – the Lama in Kipling’s Kim.

(TI)My purpose in this article is to argue that the West has done incalculable harm to Sri Lanka, though without any malevolent intent, through its over-indulgent attitude towards the LTTE. That attitude bred in the LTTE what might be called a victim syndrome which became a major factor – perhaps the decisive factor – in the continuance of the ethnic imbroglio beyond 1994, most certainly beyond the year 2000. Before proceeding further I must explain that the term "syndrome", which used to be much in vogue in the media some decades ago, means a set of concurrent symptoms in disease. Full text