“Pressed by the international community for speedy, effective steps at reconciliation, the government stands at cross roads today. The clock is ticking. If this country is to move forward effectively, we desperately need to rise above the pattern of thinking we had got used to for the past few decades. As Einstein pointed out, the same level of thinking that gets you into a problem cannot get you out of it. It might be more profitable for the country to stop castigating the external ‘bogyman’ and to take a hard look inwards. Are we doing what we really should be doing? For our own sake, to ourselves, we need to be true.”
This is another story by Brigadier (Retd) LC Perera. Here, he is talking to wounded officers and soldiers and the resonance that reconciliation has with them. For more please check out the #heallanka tag.
This is a story of the last phase of the Sri Lankan War. As Pradeep Jeganathan points out, the Sri Lankan military was obviously not genocidal because the fighting stopped as soon as the LTTE was eliminated. That was completely the point, not persecution of Tamil civilians.
This is a video and transcript of Brigadier (Retd) L.C. Perera speaking on his experience of the 1983 riots. This was recorded at a Heal Lanka forum, and you can see other recordings by clicking that link. Brigadier was there for everything and he has a gift for story-telling. It is important to hear these stories in such a human way, devoid of politics. This is the story of a soldier maturing, and seeing the scale of the tragedy to come.
Yesterday I went to a presentation by Heal Lanka, led by Brigadier (Retd) L.C. Perera. He has served in vital positions during the 1983 riots, the ongoing Eelam Wars, the JVP insurrections and Eelam War IV and Menik Farm. He has a wealth of experience and feeling which he has been brave enough to now share, in dedication to reconciliation.