Will your company hire an ex combat veteran? Or an ex LTTE child solider with years of lost schooling and no childhood to speak of (not all of them can become novelists)? How about a LTTE suicide bomber who never got “used”? Do you think management will consider Investing in training them amidst a global recession? Will they be turned down by asking how well they can speak English after all those years in the Wanni?
How long would it take for an ex special forces solider be able to work in a civilian job in Kilinochchi? Or a former black tiger to travel around the South as a sales rep? Both without any fear or harassment? Will the Navy accept a Sea Tiger to its ranks? Will the disabled on both sides be treated differently? Or just tossed artificial limbs and wheel chairs (by a politician, for the cameras) and wished “good luck”?
I am being presumptuous by using the word “when”. By “war” I should actually use the words “major fighting”. But the “talk” is that the government will eventually take Berlin. And in a bunker in the jungle a squat man with a moustache will blame the whole mess as someone else’s fault. But many big questions hang in the air. Among the practical ones is what will happen to the young men and women of the armed forces and LTTE fighters who survive intact.
No doubt the military will have some low level mopping up operations after the principle fighting is over. Which could mean that a bulk of the soldiers will sit through the global recession at checkpoints and bases all over the Wanni. Yet eventually they will have to find a life outside the military. It is doubtful that the Sri Lankan government can maintain a large peace time military. U.N peace keeping operations and private military contractors might pickup the slack but it won’t cover for everyone.
Would the rest end up stuffed into “jobs” in some government department? Where they can pretend to work while the government pretends to pay them? Will the private sector find roles besides security guards for ex soldiers? Will military and LTTE survivors be vacuumed up by organised crime? How many will face withering away on NGO hand outs in IDP camps? Perhaps help bag some photo journalist an award for framing another gaunt third world face for the cover of Time.
On an optimistic note, there will be a skilled disciplined work force coming out of the military and the LTTE. Both will have skilled managers tested in the heat of battle and hardened by years of experience.
If the potential of these lost generations are harnessed Sri Lanka has hope. Or the last 25 years of war will be our historical equivalent of WW1. And our impending “victory” could be or Versailles.
Just don’t look to the politicians for answers. For them blasphemous questions such as these only distract from more important decisions like the colour of this year’s ministerial Mercedes. These queries may soon be illegal so might as well mouth off clumsily while I can.
I should move along focused on making money. Get a car. Build a house. Breed. But as you may have noticed, I am just another flickering low watt bulb. At least the questions are out of my retarded head. A post with too many questions marks. I suppose it looks all very political.