Monday, July 13, 2009

20,000 civillian lives

That's the price of ending the three decades of Tamil rebellion in Sri Lanka. Was it worth it?

A Tamil boy in a refugee camp


Pierre said...

That is almost definitely an underestimate released by the Sri Lankan government. The actual count could be 3-5 times higher.

My correspondent has returned from there, so I can tell you a bit of what he saw...

- Entire villages sent into minefields to walk through them and 'clear' the mines.

- Bombing and shelling of field hospitals that had civilians who were injured in the fighting

- During the last stand, basically anyone left in the area was considered an LTTE fighter, whether they had a weapon or not. This included old women, injured people, children.. whoever.
It was a turkey shoot and everything moving wore a bullseye.

eXPerience called L!FE said...

According to some reports - from 1976 roughly 70,000 people lost their lives in the conflict. Also to add the economy was ruined.

Hard choice to make between the above and the final assault. I am ok with this if the government can ensure that LTTE doesnt rise again. This probably is the only way to finish off all the conflicts in the world if a cease fire cannot be ensured. Sadly, People will die one way or the other....

Dody G. said...

The Srilankan were adopting the "hama solution", which was effective but cruel as fuck.

I am in two minds about this. Srilankan's army obviously has no capability to do precision strikes and other civilian reducing tactics that requires a much more advanced and capable army. And they have been fighting for three decades to no avail. Tamir Tiger is also one nasty rebellion. So it looks worth it.

On the other hand, some of what they are doing are war crimes, beyond the usual cruelty existed in wars and I cannot help but enraged by this.