The long conventional war in Sri Lanka, pitting the Sinhalese-dominated government against the vicious rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who have been fighting for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority, is almost over.The Tamil Tigers often employ terrorism and even suicide bombers, and they are fighting for their own homeland. I don't know, but that sounds vaguely similar to someone else. Oh yeah, the Palestinians. Isn't it interesting that The Economist actually characterizes the Tamils as "vicious." What are the odds of seeing such a description of the Palestinians in any mainstream UK reporting outlet?
Here's the description of what's left of Kilinochchi, the Tamil capital:
buildings smashed by artillery fire; a vast LTTE cemetery; and a score of women, children and old men.I wonder how many civilian casualties were inflicted by the Sri Lankan Army? Where are all the articles condemning the "disproportionate" attack on the outgunned Tamils? Where are the American and European leftists who are screaming about Israel's evil onslaught against the peace-loving, rocket-firing residents of Gaza? Why aren't all the Muslim countries -- so hypersensitive every time Israel accidentally kills a Palestinian civilian -- up in arms about Sri Lanka?
I know the Sri Lankan conflict is obscure in the West, so I thought I'd visit a couple of Asian news outlets. Surely the latest news from Sri Lanka would be front page material there. I went to The Jakarta Post. Surprise, no front page story on Sri Lanka. But there was one called "Indonesia told to seek coalition against Israel." How about Malaysia? I went to The Star Online and was shocked to see that their headline was, "Malaysia wants UN special assembly on Palestine." Wow, nothing about Sri Lanka, and more concern for the poor oppressed Palestinians. Why are Indonesia and Malaysia so worried about the Palestinians, and so oblivous to the plight of the Tamils? I wonder.
What's missing from the Sri Lankan conflict? Why doesn't anyone care about the Tamils and their civilian casualties? What about their desire for a homeland? Why are even Asian countries obsessed with Israel & Gaza, even though there is a far deadlier conflict going on in Sri Lanka?
It's actually very simple. The Sri Lankans are not Jews, and Sri Lanka is not an ally of the United States. If Sri Lanka were a vital U.S. ally, and the U.S. backed its military campaign against the Tamils, there would be a worldwide outcry, and the plight of the Tamils would instantly become an important cause to be championed by leftists everywhere, including here in the U.S. And if the Sinhalese were Jews, and Sri Lanka were a Jewish state? Every Muslim country in the world, such as Malaysia and Indonesia, would suddenly become vigorous defenders of the poor Tamils.