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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

Waiting for a Black July in Trinco

[b]Waiting for a Black July in Trinco[/b]

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

[i][b]"You’ve made the world in to a madhouse….an enclosure in which the sane are trampled underfoot by a herd of galloping lunatics".[/b][/i]
[b]Ernst Toller[/b][i] (Hoppla, Such is Life!) [/i]

The Tigers need another Black July; the state of Sri Lanka and the anti-Tiger Tamils do not. The Sinhala-Buddhist extremist elements would be delighted with another Black July; the absolute majority of the ordinary Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims would not.

It is a contest of wills, between those who need another conflagration because they will reap enormous rewards from it and those who do not need a conflagration because it will endanger their political and personal existences. Much will depend on the ability of the Lankan state and the anti-Tiger Tamil groups to understand how important this contest is to their own survival and their willingness to stymie the efforts of those Sinhala and the Tamil extremists who seek renewal through fires of rage and revenge.

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