I have visited Sri Lanka over 15 times now, living there for several months every year for the last 10 years. Early visits were during the civil war and there were inconveniences such as roadblocks, curfews and limitations on travel.
On one occasion my friends arranged an escort to the airport. There were no problems with me giving lectures at the University and to audiences containing Sinhala and Tamils.
The Easter Sunday bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka were terrible in all respects; made more terrible by our inability to understand why people would do such a thing. One can perhaps understand a stressed and mentally imbalanced person flying ‘off the handle’ and committing an atrocity. People like those perpetrating school shootings in the USA; loners, young minds detached from reality and without a developed social sense. The Sri Lankan bombings took a community of co-ordinated people dedicated to one evil purpose. [Read more…] about Sri Lankan Bombings