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Arundhati Roy: Sri Lanka --The war on the Tamils a brazen, openly racist war

From the Boston Globe:
THE HORROR that is unfolding in Sri Lanka becomes possible because of the silence that surrounds it. There is almost no reporting in the international press - or in the mainstream media in India, where I live - about what is happening. From the little information that is filtering through, it looks as though the Sri Lankan government is using the propaganda of "the war on terror"as a fig leaf to dismantle any semblance of democracy in the country and commit unspeakable crimes against the Tamil people.

The government is working on the principle that every Tamil is a terrorist unless he or she can prove otherwise, and civilian areas, hospitals, and shelters are being bombed and turned into a war zone. Reliable estimates put the number of civilians trapped at over 200,000. The Sri Lankan army is advancing, armed with tanks and aircraft.


2 Com:

Roland Deschamps | April 07, 2009

The title of this article itself is misleading. There is no war against Tamils in Sri Lanka. It is not possible to conduct a war against Tamils in the north when the majority of them live in the south. In fact, many of them hold positions in state and government. If the war is against Tamils, I cannot see how so many of these Tamils could hold top positions including ministerial positions. This war, as I understand it, is against terrorists, and fascists masquerading as freedom fighters.

There are other falsehoods in this article too numerous to mention within a short space. To address them completely would require another article of a similar length.

I am left to wonder if Arundhati Roy really comprehends the nature of this conflict or whether she is actually in the payroll of the Tamil Tigers. There are a large number of sympathizers in the state of Tamilnadu in India (I believe Roy is Indian).

If this is not the case, then she is clearly ill-informed and has succumbed to Tamil Tiger propaganda.

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