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Washington Times Editorial : " Targeting the Tamil Tigers" - A Response

Chennai, 25 October,(Asiantribune.com):I'm Nakuleswaran, a Sri Lankan refugee in Chennai, India writes in a letter to the Editor, "Asian Tribune" his response to the "Washington Times" Editorial " Targeting the Tamil Tigers."

He wrote, "I'd like to shed some light into the views expressed in the "Washington Times" Editorial of October 18, 2006, titled "Targeting the Tamil Tigers."

"I particularly refer to the statement 'secession within a country is unacceptable as it is unworkable'."

The full text of his Letter to the Editor is given below:

Dear Sir,

I'm Nakuleswaran, a Sri Lankan refugee in Chennai, India.
I'd like to shed some light into the views expressed in the Washington Times Editorial of October 18, 2006, titled "Targeting the Tamil Tigers."

I particularly refer to the statement 'secession within a country is unacceptable as it is unworkable.'

It appears that this is based on three facts.

1. More Tamils live outside the North and East.

2. LTTE have resorted to terrorism and do not let any other Tamil opposition to exist.

3. The total area claimed for secession is not proportional to the Tamil population.

Nevertheless, please take the following factors into consideration as well before embarking on a judgment in this regard.

1. The Sri Lankan armed forces are almost 100% cent percent Sinhala-- if at all there are any Tamills in the forces, they are either military doctors, engineers, accountants and similar administrators. The Sri Lankan armed forces are not "national armed forces". When such force is deployed to bring about law an order in a homogeneous Tamil populated area, indiscriminate massacres and human rights abuses, resulting in exodus of refugees to all parts of the globe are bound to occur.

2. The grievances of Tamils addressed through various negotiated processes between elected political leaders of East and North and the two major Sinhala parties in South which ruled the country alternatively, were never properly implemented.

3. The LTTE didn't come into existence on their own. They were created and nurtured by none other than state terrorism. The government didn't take and is still not intending to take steps to alleviate the grievances of Tamils.

4. Even now the government in power, is in alliance with Sinhala extremists who believe only in dividing and shrinking Tamil areas to make it easy for them to rule but not not to address the root problems.

5. The government allows Sinhala communalists to issue public statements such as 'If the Tamils can't take up what is given to them and live here LET THEM ALL GO TO INDIA'. The government does not take any action against politicians and public officers who openly preach and practice discrimination against Tamils.
6. Chauvinism abounds: The Party/Person in power has never shown a true intention of treating all the peoples of the country with equality. They do continue and will continue this attitude. In fact any change of this attitude of any party in power is utilized by the opposition to come back to power.

Anyone with some appreciation for Tamil culture is familiar with the parable that "When people suffer, God will take the human form to come to their rescue". God, in this case, needs to come from the majority of the masses -- the Sinhalese. That being absent, the Devil has stepped in to rescue the Tamils, albeit with some selfish intentions—and giving a new twist to the famed parable.

This, unfortunately, appears to be the only option left to the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

N. Nakuleswaran

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