A very thoughtful piece in the Washington Post today by James Traub on the situation in Sri Lanka. A key quote:
When we think of mass atrocities, we think of regimes — or their proxies — massacring defenseless citizens, as in Rwanda or Darfur. The situation in Sri Lanka is more complicated, morally and legally: This is a situation of armed conflict in which both parties are acting in ways that pose a grave risk to innocent civilians. The party that is perhaps more culpable — the rebels — answers to no one. And the Sri Lankan government has been able to operate with virtual impunity because it is fighting ‘terrorists.’ Even Western states that usually condemn violations of international law have given the situation a wide berth.