Sunday, May 24, 2009

What this hard won peace means to me – an ordinary Sri Lankan woman

(TI)This peace that Sri Lanka’s armed forces have wrested from the diabolically cruel and persistent Tiger leader and his cadres equates itself in me to gratitude, relief, joy, hope and trepidation, yes, doubtful fear.

Joy there is but no jubilation since this latter term means triumph and exaltation and connotes selfish exuberance. This is not what is needed at this hour but dignity and determination to move forwards. Of course the armed forces under able guidance have triumphed but my feelings end with joy and do not proceed to the extravagance of jubilation because of the thousands dead of our people, whether Sinhalese or Tamil, and the untold suffering of the very many. Full text Share on Facebook