June 11, 2009
There is a big lump of discomfort in my stomach about Sri Lanka. I feel there is truth yet to be revealed from both sides and I know so little about this entire conflict. People have been asked to make moral judgements about the civil war without much understanding of the complex history and without the view from the ground.
Sri Lanka has now denied entry to Canadian Member of Parliament Bob Rae as the latest attempt at censoring the recent crush of the Tamil Tigers (and the incidental high rate of civilian casualties). This is not going to win them respect or understanding from the rest of the world – only more questions.
What worries me? The recent fighting (and aftermath) is exactly the kind of environment necessary to recruit more young people to the Tamil Tigers. Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? It often depends on which side of the fence you are sitting. Sometimes those distinctions are not easily apparent.