Ilankai Tamil Sangam
Association of Tamils of Sri Lanka in the USA
Tides of War III
A continuing discussion on The New Yorker article about Sri Lanka - or as one of our readers called it The New Joker:
From a reader -
How do we counter what seem to be factual inaccuracies in major publications?
2. "Thirty years after Prabhakaran shot and killed the mayor of Jaffna, he is probably the world's most prolific political assassin. But the paradox of his monomaniacal pursuit of a Tamil homeland is that Tamils have borne the brunt of his violence."
As a followup to another reader's comments [given below], here is a link to an interview with Gourevitch by PBS's Frontline on the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda by the ruling Hutus.
There's too much irony.
From a reader -
This story of '3 Tamil girls raped by 13 soldiers who were ambushed by the Tigers' was rumor at that time, which was never substantiated.
What offends me about this '13-soldiers' story' is that Philip Guerevitch is the latest in a long line of western writers who try to link the 'death of the 13-soldiers' to the 1983 pogrom, in a cause and effect relationship. The Sinhalese promote this, in the belief that the existence of a 'cause' would somehow diminish their barbarous behavior against the Tamils in July '83. This tactic has worked to some extent.
But the truth is, there was no cause-and-effect relationship.
The late Paul Sieghart Q.C., Chairman of Justice, International Commission of Jurists, who led a mission to Sri Lanka to study the cause(s) of July 1983, wrote the following in his report:
The Philip Guerevitchs of this world, however, continue to cite the death of the 13 Sinhala soldiers as the cause of the 1983 pogrom.
Tides of War II -- http://www.sangam.org/articles/view2/?uid=1148
Tides of War I -- http://www.sangam.org/articles/view2/?uid=1145
Posted August 9, 2005