Crow and man are not actually the same size. It’s just the perspective. Nagadeepa, Jaffna. 2010.
I had personally gotten out of Sri Lankan politics and considered myself retired until this media induced relapse. Jack Point and Cerno have some extremely pertinent posts for perspective. That’s a tongue twister.
Jack Point: Historical Perspective
In short, we didn’t start the fire. What everyone overlooks in the horrors of war is how much was willfully caused by the LTTE. Prabhakran gets the benefit of not getting blamed, at the cost of being dead. Something like the tsunami.
The actions of the LTTE have done the worst damage to the Tamil people and especially so since 2005 when they condemned the entire nation to the most brutal war it has seen its history.
The Tamils and the LTTE are intertwined but the Tamil diaspora need to see the LTTE for what it was – the most damaging thing to the Tamils. There are serious and legitimate questions that need to be posed to the Sri Lankan Government, but there needs to be a clean break from the LTTE.
The Tigers, their flag, emblem and ideology have no place in any discussion on humanitarian concerns, except to be condemned utterly and completely. (Politics In The Blogosphere)
Cerno: Social Perspective
These debates we’re having? Most people don’t give a shit. North, south, east, west, most people are focused on putting food on the table and keeping their families together.
The war and its political fault lines (both current and historical) seems far away from the grinding business of life. At a personal level we encounter the consequences of our history and political currents. When we do its not the politics we see but the specifics of the situation. Usually a minor crisis of some sort. Requiring strings and helping hands from our offline (real) social networks…
I shouldn’t be so snide. I too once had the luxury of time. Now its all about the daily logistics of survival. The demands of the voices in my heard to be written will have to be endured to rare moments like this. I should make such moments positive. Not waste them in grumbling. Yet when I see the words flow, and comment skirmished go on and on its hard not to been a bit resentful. Where the hell do these people find the time? (Political blogging highlights Sri Lankan blogsphere’s irrelevance)
Both posts are well worth a read.