Maybe like torture, war will be erased from the corporatist media polluted lexicon, then harsh interrogation and humanitarian operations will populate our complacent newspeak paradise. Until such time those forces turn their attentions towards us, then we might regret looking the other way.
Sri Lanka’s president has declared that the island’s Tamil Tiger fighters have been “defeated,” after the military said it had captured the area of coastline held by the separatists. Speaking to a G11 group of developing nations summit in Jordan on Saturday, Mahinda Rajapakse said he would return home as “a leader of a nation that crushed terrorism”.
“I am proud to announce… that my government with the total commitment of our armed forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation, finally defeated the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] militarily,” he said.
There was no immediate comment on the situation from the LTTE and the reports are impossible to independently verify as the government has barred most journalists and aid workers from the conflict zone.
Jan Jananayagam from a group called Tamils Against Genocide, who has spoken to the LTTE, told Al Jazeera: “Tamil Tigers have called for international intervention. They have said they are willing to cooperate with the UN and America. They do so because the people are suffering in the most enormous way,” she said.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has given warning of “an unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe” for the hundreds of wounded.
“No humanitarian organisation can help them in the current circumstances. People are left to their own devices,” Pierre Krahenbuhl, the ICRC’s director of operations, said.