The serial killing of unarmed Tamil civilians has almost become a norm particularly in the Tamil territories. The Sri Lanka Tamil press and the international media outlets have reported in the past two days that nearly a thousand civilians have lost their lives. The Tamil Tigers have blamed the Sri Lanka State Forces for these war crimes: killing their own citizens. Sri Lanka State has retorted by saying that it is the Tigers who are killing their own people to gain international sympathy.
This war without independent witness in itself is a crime against humanity.
It so happens, the civilians who are caught in this conflict don’t seem to have any real “no-fire” zones to run for safety. Over 50,000 civilians are said to be trapped with the Tigers, in a 4 square kilometer pocket of coast-land, surrounded by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
More than 100 children had been killed in weekend shelling which the United Nations called a civilian “bloodbath.”
The UN Security Council must not treat this as a side issue, but for the sake of humanity, the Tamil civilian matter ought to be at the top of the agenda. All of them have suffered more than enough. It is so sad, that these innocent human beings, are being used as mere political tools.
The Western Governments and the UN must set an ethical example to the world. To be seen to send a strong message by action, that the value of human beings cannot be degraded for selfish and temporal reasons.
All human life without regard to race, creed, or color is precious. Tamil civilians must be saved, each one of them: women, children and men. Tomorrow is too late.