The nature of the past conflict
The past conflict in Heladiva was widely described as a 'civil war'. The truth is that the majority of people in Heladiva, including ethnic Tamils have lived in peace in the southern, western and central parts of the Island. In certain parts of the north and the east of the Island, a protracted conflict existed between a few groups of Tamil terrorists, and Government forces who oppose it. To have described this situation as a civil war was erroneous.
terrorists described the conflict
as a 'freedom struggle for Tamil self-determination'. To have described
the conflict in this way was also erroneous. A freedom
struggle for Tamil self-determination can only be waged in
Tamil Nadu (in the Tamil country); and
not in Heladiva or anywhere else in the entire world.
One can only legitimately free one's own motherland.
The motherland of the Tamil Nation is Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu, the indigenous language Tamil is spoken by 62 million Tamils.
The terrorist claimed to represent interests of the Tamil community in Heladiva. One can only wonder how helpful an armed conflict with suicide bombers, child soldiers, money laundering, coercion, intimidation, blackmail, drug smuggling etc. could be in the best interest of the ethnic Tamil community of Heladiva. Thankfully, many countries including U.S.A. and the E.U. made it a criminal offense to support these terrorist in any form or manner.
Children who were recruited as soldiers by the LTTE terrorists. Photos: Lankaweb.com
The Tamil terrorists' unjust, illegitimate and illegal demand for an independent state not only cost the lives of over 85,000 people on the Island, it also halted the economic progress of the Island. The only people who profited in the thirty years of terrorist activity were the War lords themselves and the Arms dealers who supplied them.
solution to lasting peace and prosperity on the Island is to address
the causes that gave rise to the past conflict.
The Nature of the past conflict in Heladiva arose out of the need for poverty alleviation, education and self-governance at a very local level for all communities (See Community Councils); as well as the need for sovereignty for the indigenous Hela Culture. These social, political and economic problems require solutions through leadership and vision, not violence.
"Where there is no vision, the People perish."
[Ancient Chinese proverb]
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