Monday, May 18, 2009

Victory for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has apparently achieved a complete victory in its long war with the Tamil Tigers. The Tiger's leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was "shot dead while trying to flee the war zone in an ambulance after the final battle." Although it is still too early to assess fully the implications of Lanka military success, one thing is clear. Sri Lanka was able to utterly crush the rebel terrorist organization only because it ignored international pressure to stop its offensive. There was no ceasefire that allowed the Tigers breathing space to regroup, and no negotiated settlement that would have preserved the organization in some capacity. Instead they were wiped out along with their long-time leader. Sri Lanka did what needed to be done to achieve victory. 


  1. The international pressure has been pretty poorly covered by the media and the streets of Europe have been protest free, as far as I can tell. I can't imagine the media or the public response would've been the same if the US or Israel were the nation on the path to victory.

    The media would've dedicated 24/7 saturation coverage to the "slaughter" and Europe's major cities would have ground to a halt, constipated by millions of teary-eyed peaceniks, protesting on deeply held principles of peace. A cynic might argue if you aren't being killed by yanks or jews then quite frankly your life ain't worth getting off the couch for.

  2. Yeah, the only people doing much protesting have been Tamils living abroad.