A Tragic Lesson in Revenge Politics
Photo Gallery1 Photo By Sri Lanka Guardian - Wed May 15, 11:50 pm
Let’s hope that Washington learns a lesson from the tragic events in Sri Lanka on Easter morning, and soon realizes that revenge politics doesn’t pay.
My relationship with the island nation of Sri Lanka began over twenty years ago. At that time, it was engaged in a bloody 30-year civil war that eventually claimed the lives of an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people. A deadly tsunami had devastated the country on Dec. 26, 2004, and on November 19, 2005, Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected to the first term of his presidency. From his predecessor, Chandrika Kumaratunga, a lady of questionable ethics, Mr. Rajapaksa inherited a country in chaos; it was rife with political corruption, racial, cultural, and religious conflicts, as well as poverty and social turmoil. The beleaguered natives were weary of hardship and death, of the seemingly endless war, of being left behind by economic development, and of living in constant fear that a suicide bomber might suddenly appear and blow them to bits.
Upon assuming the presidency Mr. Rajapaksa made ending the conflict with the fierce rebel group (the LTTE, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam) his top priority….