Sri Lanka Goodbye - and Good Riddance

As India's troops pull out, the nation seems relieved. But now the Sinhalese and the Tamils must keep their own peace

When Indian peacekeeping forces arrived in Sri Lanka nearly three years ago to try to end a brutal civil war, exultant crowds greeted them with flowers and handshakes. But when the last batch of 2,000 soldiers trooped onto a waiting ship at the eastern port of Trincomalee last week, completing a six- month withdrawal of 70,000 men, not a single civilian showed up to bid them goodbye. If the locals had anything to say to the "peace-keepers," whose presence brought not peace but one of the bloodiest chapters in Sri Lanka's already violent history, it was more like good riddance. Said...

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