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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

The Right way and the Wrong way

[b]The Right way and the Wrong way[/b]

By Dayan Jayatilleka

There is a right way and a wrong way, and the right way is usually the only way to succeed while the wrong way almost certainly dooms you to fail. There is a right way to fight the Tigers and a wrong way to do so, just as there is a right and wrong way to fight for autonomy or federalism for the Tamils.

The outcry in the international media about recent violence in Sri Lanka, and the paucity if not utter absence of support from our neighbour, should indicate the right and wrong ways to set about resisting the separatist–terrorist Tigers. Planting large statues in place of smaller ones in Trincomalee, organising death squads and riots against Tamil civilians or permitting such rioting to proceed without immediate suppression, allowing murders of Tamil youth to go unpunished, maintaining an unreformed unitary state, are the wrong ways to resist the Tigers, because you do so all alone and you cannot afford to because you lack the material capacity for self reliance. Even though it is in India’s interests to support us, we have made it more difficult rather than easier for her to do so.

No one, not even those powers most hostile to the Tigers, India and the USA, are going to support us on our terms, while we remain as we are and where we are; unreformed and unenlightened.

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