An unprecedented situation has emerged in the 26-year-old ethic war in Sri Lanka [Images].
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is supposed to be making its last stand against the Sri Lankan army. But, the situation has taken a surprising and tragic turn because while retreating the LTTE [Images] has taken along with it approximately some 1.5 lakh Tamil civilians. Their condition in the thick jungle areas is likely to be pitiable.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is unwilling to back out after going so far. It's no mean political achievement that he has not only got grip over the Tamil Tigers but is able to curtail his political opponents. The army has been successful in capturing the LTTE headquarters in Kilinochchi and their naval base in Mulliathivu. Also the time factor favours the Sri Lankan army because in New Delhi [Images] the Congress-led government understands that the LTTE must be dismantled and its chief Prabhakaran must be tried for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi [Images].
In the ongoing military action against the LTTE, Singhalese nationalism has reached new heights in Sri Lanka. The majority community fully supports the army's actions. These tail of factors have made situation of those behind the front lines quite terrible. The Tamilians who are shifting since the last six months or so along with LTTE are at a real risk of facing tanks, guns and bombs of Sri Lankan army in the coming days. The situation will be grave for India as well if there are mass killings during the final assault on the LTTE.
The Tamil Tigers will blame the killings on the Sri Lankan army while the government has already alleged that the LTTE is using innocent Tamilians as human shields. The propaganda war is in full steam on both sides.
But what worries people concerned is that the deaths of Tamils civilians will be a historic tragedy that India and other powers won't be able to ignore. The 48-hour deadline for civilians to surrender will be over on Monday. If a large number of people hiding with Tamil Tigers don't surrender then what will happen next is hard to imagine. ......................................