If you want a United Sri Lanka then you want to live with Tamil people. It means that you want them as neighbors, co-workers and friends. It means that you want to see their language and hear their music and eat their food and do all the fun and annoying things that come with living together. It means that they deserve the same security, rights and common decency as any fellow citizen. If you believe in a United Sri Lanka you must believe that Tamils and Muslims and Burghers and half Canadian American parayas are your countrymen. You don’t have to believe in diversity or multi-culturalism or anything so ethereal. You just have to look around and realize that you’re surrounded. Either burn your churches, temples, newspapers and schools to a pure ash or grow up and fucking deal.
If you truly believe that all Tamils are terrorists then let them go. Give them the North and stay as far away from those accursed terrorists as you can. If, however, you want a United Sri Lanka then you must believe that Tamil people, culture, and language are a vital part of this nation. That is what we’re fighting (or more accurately, dying) for. We are fighting for a future where we can all live together. Those people you demonize, we’re fighting to spend more time with them.
Sri Lankan Tamils have very legitimate grievances. Some people have simply lost homes and loved ones. Those people are sitting in refugee camps trying to get five minutes alone in the shower, not plotting attacks on Colombo. They didn’t order retaliatory bus bombings any more than I ordered artillery strikes. They simply don’t have a fucking house. At some human level you have to empathize with that. The LTTE claims to represent Tamils and Al Qaeda claims to represent Muslims, but that doesn’t make it true. As Janapathi shows, sometimes people on your own side say and do the most jackass shit. That doesn’t mean they speak for you. Tamil people are not terrorists, they are Sri Lankans. If you think they’re terrorists then you should really be fighting for seperation as soon as possible. Why would you want to live with a race of terrorists? They might explode.
That is the ultimate half-assedness of the Sinhala Chauvanist argument. If this is a Sinhala Buddhist country we can either ethnically cleanse everyone else or separate ourselves. Those are the only intellectually honest conclusions. It’s too hot and we’re too goddamn skinny for that much killing, so the best option is probably separation. Just give up the North, let the Muslims have the North, abandon Colombo to the Sodomites and retreat to Hambantota. Or just eat some wade and shut the fuck up.
The true United Sri Lanka argument is for diversity. You have to assume we can’t kill everyone. You have to assume that we can’t drive Tamils ‘back’ to India. You can either believe that or simply realize that the state is actually too decent (and weak) to be genocidal. The conclusion is the same. We’re all in this together. What a United Sri Lanka means is a Sri Lanka where Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and all receive equal security, dignity and protection under the law. You can either believe that because it’s right or simply recognize that it’s the only non-monstrous option we have. It’s the only way out. Living with Tamils is the only way to a United Sri Lanka. We simply don’t have time to kill everyone different. I’d rather just deal with the particular shuffle we’ve got and maybe get a chance to write about something else this lifetime. I can worry about my racial purity in the shower. I just want to make some more money, get married, buy a house and move on. I suspect that most Sri Lankans have similar ambitions. I don’t have the time or the eyesight to care about race anymore. I’m just going to assume that they’re all Sri Lankan and that all their grievances are mine. Of course all Tamils aren’t terrorists. How could you say that about Sri Lanka?