May 18 2009
One war seems to have bucked the tragic trend of armed conflicts the world over by coming to what seems to be a decisive ending. The civil war in Sri Lanka is over.
The climax of the war was reached late yesterday, when the LTTE announced the surrender on its website. “This battle has reached its bitter end,” LTTE official Selvarajah Pathmanathan said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press. “It is our people who are dying now from bombs, shells, illness and hunger. We cannot permit any more harm to befall them. We remain with one last choice – to remove the last weak excuse of the enemy for killing our people. We have decided to silence our guns.” (Globe and Mail).
Some comments on this story in the Globe:
Sl Cha from Surrey, Canada writes: THERE ARE NATIONAL FLAGS FLYING IN EVERY TAMIL HOUSEHOLD IN SRI LANKA!!! THEY ARE RELIEVED! THERE IS NO ONE TO EXHORT MONEY ANYMORE!!! TAMILS IN SRI LANKA ARE HAPPY, NOT LIKE THE LTTE TAMIL CANADIANS…
John Little from Canada writes: Send food and other aid, but don’t bring them to Canada. It is time for them to learn to live in peace in Sri Lanka. Maybe those Tamils who said that Sri Lanka was “My country, my home”, can go back and help their country to begin to heal and recover from this decades-old senseless war.
Andre W from Toronto, Canada writes: Now that their terrorist group is defeated in Sri Lanka, what are the tamil thugs in Toronto planning to do?
GLOBAL GAEL from Kingston, Canada writes: Sl Cha,
This juncture in world affairs, a true opportunity to start anew and snuff out the seething ethnic tension in Sri Lanka should not be inflamed unnecessarily as you are attempting to do.
I think both ordinary Tamils and Sinhalese truly hope that their leaders are genuinely committed to putting aside their hatred and settling on a lasting peace treaty.