Same shit, different day
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one that doesn’t support the war. It used to be a reasonable position but now, with all this land. I don’t know. On a pretty fundamental level, I think war is bad. Killing people is bad, no matter what they’ve done. I mean, as a Buddhist that’s pretty much the first precept. I guess you can’t always do that, but I think we might at least feel bad about it. What I don’t get is not the actions, but how desensitized everyone is. Like, I think it’s bad that they check your ID to see if you’re Tamil. I think it’s bad that hundreds of thousands are displaced and NGOs aren’t allowed in to help them. I think it’s bad that Ministers are getting rich off this war. And I do feel bad that so many people are dying. But maybe it’s just me.
Or not. I just read (what I consider) some very sensible posts from a few new bloggers. Here’s an excerpt from Suren Dias on Beyond Kilinochchi:
Time is drawing near when the whole country will come under the lion flag. Army commander is saying that within a time span of one year the remaining areas under the LTTE control will be liberated. After that we hope that we will have peace. But can we really have â€œpeaceâ€ when we kill all the remaining tigers and liberate guerilla held areas? This is a question all politicians and public of this country should ask themselves.
And this Danushitha character, rushed English aside, is actually quite lucid on a great many points:
Why people are so confident about wining the war.Answer is simple.To ordinary people,war is a game of numbers of killings and a amount of area captured.In that case war will end when all LTTE carders are killed or destroyed by any means. Is it that much so simple?.Think over.
Who get the benefit from the war?.Otherwise who gain advantage by creating seperate country or territory?.Is it ordinary people? no.Then who?.A small group of people who runs the government whether it is any political party.
War is so disgusting.It is truly inhuman.It cannot be justified by any means.Then why people support war?.The main reason is that they are misled over the years by politicians backed by business persons and supported by religious institutes. The main stream which help in breed myths and rumors about war is the media which in fact belong to those people. Then what are their expectations by doing war
1. gain political advantage
2. large scale corruption
3. limiting peopleâ€™s rights and liberties
In Simply, to control people and get peopleâ€™s perception in furthering their political agendas and to prosper themselves. Is this not the reality what is going on right now?.
I’m not saying these dudes agree with me completely or whatever, but they’re at least thinking about it. Not as a simplistic matter of ‘defeating terrorism’, but as an issue of national importance. As in, how do we live together, how do we care for each other, how do we become better people and a better nation. And that’s heartening, to hear.