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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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An All-American Punch

An All-American Punch

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(p.218) 13 An All-American Punch
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After the Fall
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Mohan K. Tikku

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.003.0014

The Americans were so much taken up by the ‘war on terror’ rhetoric that they tended to disregard / underplay other dimensions / subtexts of Sri Lanka’s ethnic war. It was largely with such support and backing that the Sri Lankan President launched an all out war against the LTTE and its leadership without having to take on board the related issues behind this conflict. This lopsided approach made it possible for President Rajapakse to destroy the LTTE, without minding the costs. It also allowed him to leave the related issues of Tamil grievances unaddressed. This linear approach when dealing with the issue of terror characterizes other interventions of American foreign policy elsewhere as well—Iraq and Afghanistan included.

Keywords:   Terror, Proscription, Ultimatum, Adversarial, Accord, TGTE

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