Friday, January 16, 2009

'Sri Lankan military is prevailing in the war on terror' says Wall Street Journal

"For all those who argue that there's no military solution for terrorism, we have two words: Sri Lanka."- Wall Street Journal (16th Jan, 2009)
"Sri Lanka is thrashing the Tigers through military force, not cooperation".
"We tell this history at length to make a simple point: Colombo's military plan against Tamil terrorists has worked. talks haven't. For all those who quarrel that there's no military answer for terrorism, we have two words: Sri Lanka", states the Wall Street Journal in a timely piece of writing titled 'Defeating Terrorists', posted in its view page, Friday (Jan 16).
While commending the Sri Lankan following and military management for an firm multidimensional strategy against a most ruthless terrorist outfit, the Journal underscores the repeated negotiations made for a nonviolent settlement which was sabotaged by LTTE on all occasions.
"A political settlement is something to discuss after the Tigers have been subdued," the article further notes.
Following are excerpts of the Wall Street Journal article, on 16th Jan, 2009.
This week, the Sri Lankan army said it had captured the last piece of the northern Jaffna Neck of land, one of the few remaining strongholds of the release Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist association that has waged a 26-year social war that's claimed tens of thousands of lives, counting those of a Sri Lankan President and an Indian Prime Minister.
That's a huge rotate from only three years ago, when the Tigers efficiently forbidden the size of the Northern and Eastern Provinces and were perpetrating suicide bombings in the country's capital, Colombo.
Credit goes to the administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has complete eliminating the Tigers a priority and invested resources to make it happen. Military expenditure has surged to $1.7 billion for fiscal 2009, roughly 5% of GDP and nearly 20% of the government's financial plan.
The expanded Sri Lankan army is now ready to employ complicated counterinsurgency strategies -- such as a multifront attack and quick raids at the back Tiger lines. In 2007, the army won its first significant victory by appeasing the Tamil-Muslim-majority Eastern Province, historically a Tiger stronghold. Local and provincial elections were held there last year. The military disagreeable will now turn to Mullaittivu, the last district forbidden by the Tigers in the Northern Province.
This string of victories is a shock to those who consideration this disagreement, which has political origins, could have only a political answer. Devolution of power to the provinces has long been floated as the best political fix.
But the Tigers always had other ideas. To wit: They wanted the Tamil mother country to be an independent state with the Tigers at its head. Like other terrorist outfits, the Tigers never conventional the legality of any other group to speak on behalf of their hypothetical constituents. They were unwilling to accept any negotiated decree that wouldn't establish their own power.
That's why previous efforts to talk away Sri Lanka's terror difficulty failed. In 1987, then-President Junius Jayewardene obtainable the Tamils a mother country in the north and east that would have given them wide powers, although not a divide state. In the 1990s, one more President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, offered one more decentralization plan. The Tigers refused both offers and the terrorism sustained.
In 2002, Norway orchestrated a peace procedure that resulted in a cease-fire. This time, the Tigers themselves concocted a suggestion for a form of local independence in Tamil areas, and the government decided in code. Then the Tigers nixed their own deal, gambling they might do better with aggression after all. They exhausted the next four years violating the cease-fire.
Repeated talks made a decree harder to attain. The Tigers willingly murdered sensible Tamil best open to genuine talks with Colombo. The European Union dithered on declaring the Tigers a terrorist collection for the sake of hopeful the peace procedure, hindering labors to cut off financial support and allowing the murder to carry on.
Meanwhile, rare efforts to hold back the Tigers by force ineffective through lack of political will or since of outside meddling. In 1987, Mr. Jayewardene gained earth in the north, only to be damaged by Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who airlifted food to the militants to curry good turn with his country's own Tamil inhabitants. Then the Indians distorted tack, and an Indian international relations force managed to quell the Tiger insurgency for a time between 1987 and 1989. But that process was derided as a "quagmire" by some Indian politicians. The force was reserved ahead of time in 1990. Another Sri Lankan military effort, begun in 1995, misshapen in 2000 due to inadequate troop information and political interfering in military choice-making.
Mr. Rajapaksa appears to have erudite from all this, which is why he has insisted on military victory previous to implementing a political answer. It helps that India has stayed out this time approximately and other countries -- counting the EU -- are now tracking and awkward Tiger financing.
Peace still will not be simple or, despite new good news, instant. The Tigers may still be able to take out some terror attacks, though they no longer pose a wide-scale danger. And Colombo faces questions about its promise to a enduring political resolution. It has taken some steps, such as a 1987 legitimate alteration again making Tamil an official verbal communication, and in 2006 it convened an all-party meeting to advocate further pro-devolution legitimate changes. It is exhausted its feet on implementing other legitimate events that would pave the way for decentralization. But a political resolution is amazing to talk about after the Tigers have been passive.
We tell this the past at distance end to end to make a easy point: Colombo's military plan next to Tamil terrorists has worked. talks haven't. That's an significant prompt as Israel faces its own terrorism difficulty and as the U.S. works to foster constancy and political development in Iraq. Take note, Barack Obama.

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