There is a military solution to terror - WSJ
Very strongly arguing against what it called "the mindless"and
irrelevant phrase that there is no "military solution" to an insurgency
the influential Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said in an editorial that
President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka now promises victory over
terrorism by the end of year even as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE) continue to launch high profile terrorist attacks.
Written by Bret Stephens the powerful editorial board member of the
paper who was also the former Editor in Chief of the Jerusalem Post, the
editorial said, "In Sri Lanka , a military offensive by the government
of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has wrested control of seven of the nine
districts previously held by the rebel group LTTE, better known as the
Mr. Rajapaksa now promises victory by the end of the year, even as
the Tigers continue to launch high-profile terrorist attacks."
The editorial titled "There is a military Solution to Terror" said,
that Tigers are notorious for killing other Tamils seen as less than
hard line in their views of the conflict. The failure to defeat these
insurgencies thus becomes the primary obstacle to achieving a reasonable
political settlement acceptable to both sides.
The editorial strongly advocated: "the best way to end an insurgency
is, quite simply, to beat it."