The Jazeera has an interesting and well shot segment on Sri Lanka. The money part is about 13:00 in, an interview with Mahinda Rajapaksa. I actually agree with a lot of what he has to say. Except the part where he says that they didn’t kill any civilians. Though I don’t think they were targeted. Per broader reconciliation, he says that people on the ground want homes, jobs and education. Which, in my brief experience, is true. Say democracy and they’re like ‘we don’t care’. So perhaps he’s right in that the basic living infrastructure needs to be set.
Overall, however, these questions are so driven by what seem to be Tamil Diaspora concerns. Who, like Mahinda says, haven’t really been back here on seen the ground situ for ages. I’m in Jaffna right now and it’s weird, but we were also wandering around looking for food and midnight and, though quiet, people were out. Which is new. They’re celebrating Vesak in the town but there was also a Hindu procession around Nallur.
But, I guess I agree with Mahinda on a lot of these questions, which I think are dumb. The western media has a certain frame it’s hard to break out of, and it misses some of the real issues. On the slanted issues, I think Mahinda comes out OK.