Writing this as I watch Channel 4’s latest shebang, and it has the accuracy of a blind sniper. I think the wrong starts with the description itself when they call the LTTE ‘secessionist rebels’, which I don’t think was a typo when they tried to spell separatist, which is what they were.
By accepted definition, a secessionist is a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea. While this is what early Tamil leaders would have been, the ‘Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam’ were far from secessionists. I’m not sure blowing up innocent people is the same as ‘pleading a cause’.
The introduction in the video talks about how both sides committed war crimes, so why are the known funders of the LTTE (everyone knows the majority are the diaspora in Canada and the UK) not accused of the same for fueling the crimes? 2 minutes in, they talk about Sri Lanka hosting matches of the Cricket World Cup of which England played Sri Lanka in one, of course there is no mention of the result of that match, but a minor detail I suppose. England getting its ass kicked in a one – day’r is nothing special.
3 minutes in, they begin to speak about the Government offensive which began in 2008 without mentioning LTTE provocations or breaches of the CFA which led to that move, like the Kebithigollewa massacre in 2006. And as dramatic and sympathy invoking as that girl’s face at 5:29 may seem, the same sad sombre face was seen at the funeral’s of those who died in bus bombs.
The video then goes into the capture of Kilinochchi and the no fire zone, and shelling in it. But it was widely publicized and known that the LTTE had assimilated into the civilian population and in fact had positioned weapons next to hospitals. I think in every war there is collateral damage and it is unfortunate for those held up in these areas, just as it is unfortunate for those who died in the suicide bombs. Which is why I suppose everyone has to be grateful for every day of life they had during those 3 decades. Having almost died in one of the attacks in Nugegoda and watching the arms of innocent girls going to buy dresses rain down on High Level Road, I know I was thankful for everyday something like that didn’t happen. I suppose the same is happening in Tripoli now as NATO is butchering innocent people; will the UN accuse them of war crimes? Pfft
And also the ‘G-man’ (Half Life reference) who appears in the video is kinda dodgy as well. Odd coincidence isn’t it? This guy arrives at every hospital that’s been ‘attacked’, and what’s to prove that was filmed in an actual hospital and not doctored by the Tigers? And it’s quite the peculiar accent the Tamil girl has, British, which I suppose would take a year in university to latch onto, but her grammar is bad, which means she couldn’t have spent 4 years in the UK studying whatever she did.
Towards the end of it, when they show the, ‘current’ state of the North, it’s clear to see for the many of us Sri Lankan’s, who’ve gone to the North even as early as December the year the war ended, it didn’t look that bad, and in fact peace, at least on the surface, is prevalent. Life is back to normal, kids in Jaffna get some of the highest marks in the island. True that war has left its wounds, any war, conflict or scuttle will leave scars, but what doesn’t help is the needless and unfair opening of those wounds.
I think 48:33 says it best when they say the international community failed the Tamil community. First up I don’t think the international community is represents everyone in the globe other than Sri Lanka, and secondly, I don’t see why after fleeing, they continue to damage and hinder the country’s reconciliation process.
I’m no patriot, nor a big fan of this government’s workings, but I am grateful to the government for putting an end to the conflict. I have seen it from the outside having lived abroad, and seen it from the ground here, and I share both sides of the story being half Tamil and half Sinhalese. But I’m sure everyone on the ground here is thankful the war is over, no man has to get up with the fear of uncertainty.
Rajiva Wijesinghe says it best during his short interview on Al Jazeera. ’nuff said.