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Lessons For The Indian Government From Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger Battle.

In Human Rights, India, Politics on July 6, 2009 at 9:19 am

Robert Kaplan at the Atlantic offers some valuable insight on what the US can learn in Afghanistan from Sri Lanka’s handling of Tamil Tiger insurgency. Insight that is as relevant to the Maoist insurgency brewing for the past two decades in India.

So is there any lesson here? Only a chilling one. The ruthlessness and brutality to which the Sri Lankan government was reduced in order to defeat the Tigers points up just how nasty and intractable the problem of insurgency is. The Sri Lankan government made no progress against the insurgents for nearly a quarter century, until they turned to extreme and unsavory methods. Could they have won without terrorizing the media and killing large numbers of civilians? Perhaps, but probably not without help from the Chinese, who, in addition to their military aid, gave the Sri Lankan government diplomatic cover at the UN Security Council.

Photo credit & link: The Hindu - Joint forces take position during an operation against naxals near Lalgarh in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district on Saturday.

Photo credit & link: The Hindu - Joint forces take position during an operation against naxals near Lalgarh in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district on Saturday.


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