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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

The Unsustainable Kingdom

[b]The Unsustainable Kingdom[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]"Sinews of war lay not in money but in good soldiers". [/b][/i][b]Machiavelli [/b]([i]The Discourses[/i])

The inadequacy of manpower is the soft underbelly of the Tiger, a dearth of adult volunteers is the Achilles Heel of Vellupillai Pirapaharan. A state cannot exist without a populace; a state’s need for manpower is immeasurably greater when the mainstay of its worldview is ‘psychology of aggression’. Such a state, in order to sustain itself, needs an ever expanding Army; and an ever expanding Army is impossible without an ever expanding citizenry, able and willing to serve as soldiers. If the populace is decreasing rather than increasing, then the sustainability of that state, even in the medium term, would be thrown into question.

The danger would become much more acute and immediate if the number of willing new recruits is negligible to the point of non-existence. Such a state cannot sustain its Army and without its Army it cannot sustain itself. This is the fate of the nascent state of Tiger Eelam; the LTTE’s manpower crisis is potentially a crisis of survival.

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