Chellaney’s March 4 article, “China fuels Sri Lankan war,” misinforms the public and destroys the credibility of the Web sites that carry it. The author’s comments are very biased in favor of the Tamil Tigers. Surprisingly, there is not a single word against the Tigers or their leader, Prabhakaran, in connection with the thousands of babies, children, women, men and priests who have been killed in the conflict. Instead, Chellaney talks about the deaths of a few journalists, blaming the Sri Lankan president and his brother, who is the defense secretary.
The author tries to blame China for assisting Sri Lanka’s government but does not mention the Indian government’s role in helping and training the Tigers in the past. Chellaney got his facts wrong, too, when he said the Sri Lankan war started after the 1983 riots. The Tamil Tigers were formed in 1976, before the 1983 riots, which were triggered when the Tigers killed 13 soldiers in an unprovoked attack.
In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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