Sunday, May 24, 2009

The war ends, the battle for peace begins

In war, to the victor go the fruits of victory, while the vanquished end up with just deserts. That has been the age-old lesson, and this week, after all too long, the Commander-in-Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was able to announce victory and declare an insurgency of nearly 30 years, closed.

A generation of Sri Lankans has grown up not knowing anything but bombings, killings, curfews and economic stagnation. In the North and East where the now decimated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam launched their military campaign for independence from Colombo and their utopian state of 'Eelam', it has been a life not worth living, buffeted as they were by two warring forces engaged in a bloody fight for supremacy. Full text Share on Facebook