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  •  Are we involved in this at a governmental level, (7+ / 0-)

    covert or overt? Are we taxpayers giving billions of our money to either side? Is there oil or any other essential, nonrenewable energy source in the neighborhood? Is this in any way connected to the 'great game' for neocon perpetual dominance, or is this a sideshow? Does Sri Lanka play a role in the deranged mythology of stateside fundamentalist bible addicts?

    You know the answer to these questions, so you should be able to answer your own question without spoiling this otherwise very informative diary.

    •  US assistance since 1956 (15+ / 0-)

      Ceylon/Sri Lanka has been a U.S. aid recipient, with a total donation of 1.9 billion dollars.  The U.S. is still active on the island, especially in the wake of the tsunami, a $134 million program.

      You can find out more about American aid to Sri Lanka here.

      The United States also contributes smaller-scale military and security assistance to the Sri Lankan government, as you can see here.

      The United States also designates the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a terrorist entity, as you can see here.

      •  $1.9 billion in 52 years? (1+ / 0-)
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        That's less than 40 million per year. And I assume that only a fraction of that is military, vs. humanitarian. (I am a leftist, so to me there is a difference between the two) It looks like our government's attention is proportionally even less than the attention of Kossacks.

        •  Think of money in terms of the impact it can make (1+ / 0-)
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          1.9 billion makes a much bigger splash in a relatively poor region like Sri Lanka. I think the US dollars buys something like 4 times as much in that country as it would here, and you can bet that the Tigers suffer from an injection of that side. Money is relative, and you shouldn't just choose to ignore involvement because it doesn't meet your own personal benchmark for what is relevant.

          •  But that's not how Kossacks see it. (1+ / 0-)
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            It's about where their money goes proportionally.

            I didn't say that the US involvement doesn't matter to the people of Sri Lanka, I am talking about the other way around.

            •  Gotcha (0+ / 0-)

              And that makes sense, but I think more attention needs to be paid to the fact that the way we percieve our influence and the effects that it has are very different than how they actually take place in people's every day lives.

              I don't begrudge people paying more attention to the things that they think they are most involved with because it is impossible to keep up with everything even if you wanted to. People have only so much time, will, and effort they can commit. Nevertheless, I think it is valid to make sure to allot time to things that we may not be concerned with at first glance.

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