The irony of Lakshman Kadirgamar is that despite his famous assertion that he was not a tribalist, his effectiveness in justifying and rationalising Tamil civilian suffering depended critically on his ethnicity.
The willingness of governing bodies to strive for the welfare of those in their care, especially in the wake of a catastrophe, is a critical measure of their moral authority.
To deny militants political space and to try and isolate and demonize them and disempower their discourse is the wrong way to resolve the conflicts they are engaged in.
Whilst media attention is focused upon the movement of the settlements in the Gaza strip, there no attention is being paid to the expansions of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
It is indeed a pity that a natural calamity that should have brought the two nations closer, has, on the contrary, driven a wider cleavage between them.
The SLFP feels the consolidation of Sinhala nationalist and left wing votes is necessary to beat the UNP. But it cannot hope to win with a brazenly communal agenda either.