In Sri Lanka, war victor may be a loser
New Straight Times,
SRI Lanka has entered the world record books in spheres that range from politics to sport. It produced the world's first woman prime minister and the highest wicket-taker in international cricket.
Now a small section of the international community wants to impose an unusual record on the island nation. For the first time since World War 2, the victor in war is to be chastised for alleged war crimes and other offences.
A year ago, Sri Lanka militarily defeated the Tamil separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, arguably the world's most ruthless and sophisticated terrorist organisation, which these same countries had banned as a foreign terrorist group.
Sri Lanka brought to an end a 30-year war in which thousands of civilians, including women and children, were mercilessly and indiscriminately killed by LTTE bombers and with explosives planted in trains, buses, buildings and on themselves.
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Published: Wed Jun 23 21:48:36 EDT 2010