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After the FallSri Lanka in Victory and War$
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Mohan K. Tikku

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.001.0001

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Dealing with the Debris

Dealing with the Debris

(p.161) 10 Dealing with the Debris
After the Fall

Mohan K. Tikku

Oxford University Press

The end of the war had a cathartic effect on the majority Sinhalese population even as it left the Tamils wondering what lay ahead. This chapter examines the factors that made Sri Lanka’s victory possible. Among these was Rajapakse’s ability to put together an international coalition that let him have his way with the war, excesses and human rights abuses included. The coalition included a wide spectrum of countries ranging from Iran and Libya to China, Russia, EU and the United States. As for the international community, including the UN Secretary General, Rajapakse was forthcoming with assurances on post-war reconciliation, which he did not mean to implement. It was a bit of a charade on either side.

Keywords:   Tiger Mind, Tunnel Vision, IDP Camps, International Coalition, Post-war Suffering, Post-war Reconciliation

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