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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Geneva: A Balance Sheet

[b]Geneva: A Balance Sheet[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]"In facing the real world from a standpoint of historical amnesia, Rajapakse may be forced into even more harmful backdoor deals with the LTTE than have been made by Ranil Wickremasinghe and countenanced by Kumaratunge”[/b][/i]
[b]UTHR[/b] ([i]Information Bulletin No. 39 – 1.11.2005[/i]).

Even unavoidable, just wars kill innocent people, in large numbers. Geneva has postponed the next war and that is something that many ordinary people in the North and the South would be relieved about. The peace it promises is an illusive one, merely a short respite, but that is axiomatic so long as the Tigers remain dominant and remain Tigers.

It could be (and would be) argued that even an illusive (and thus a temporary) peace is better than an immediate and a real war. What is unarguable is that this respite too has been brought with the same coinage as the previous respites – that of appeasing the Tigers. If Geneva is a success then all other peace talks were also successes because they too were based on the identical principle of appeasement – buy a little respite by slaking the Tiger with this or that sacrifice. Geneva should be looked at in the context of the road to Geneva.

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