Hold Your Fire

If there can be any greater tragedy than the nearly 40,000 people killed in Sri Lanka by the Dec. 26 tsunami, it's that the calamity did nothing to repair the faltering peace process between the country's ethnic Tamils and its Sinhalese majority. In the Indonesian province of Aceh the waves swept away a 29-year war between the government and separatists, culminating last week in a peace deal. But in Sri Lanka, arguments over how to share international aid have pushed the country closer to resuming a 22-year civil war that has cost almost twice as many lives as the seas...

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