Double gah. I actually watched the damn thing and posted a review. It sucks as a doc, but in my commentary I’ve tried to address the substantive issues it molests.
Gah. I haven’t watched this yet, but here it is. This is Killing Fields Part Deux. As you can tell from the title (Crimes Unpunished), it has an agenda, what I consider an unhelpful one, but I do think a lot of this stuff did happen. This suffering was ‘strategically’ set up to happen as part of the LTTE and Prabhakaran’s agenda (to engender exactly this international response) but it is what it is. People suffered and died.
The Sri Lankan government and Army did a lot wrong, but ultimately I agree with the LLRC report that the killing was proportional to the military (and social) objective of ending the 30 year war, and eliminating the most virulent terrorist group the world has ever seen.
That said, it is hard to look at children and anyone dying and see the word proportional anywhere there. I’ve seen kids that were quadruple amputees and parents covered in their children’s blood and these explanations and politics figure nowhere in there.
At the same time, however, it is dangerous to turn this into war porn to further a political agenda, which is what the last Channel 4 video did – mixing sourced and unsourced content around a conclusion they’d already drawn – that the war should have never happened. Which is wrongheaded. The war was going on for 30 years, for 25 years before this. What they were really saying was that the war should have never ended.
Anyways, I haven’t watched yet, so this is not insanely helpful. I guess I’ll have to, but not now. If you have the time, here it is.