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Chomsky: Sri Lanka, a Rwanda-like major atrocity the West didn’t care

July 29, 2009

TamilNet : Chomsky: Sri Lanka, a Rwanda-like major atrocity the West didn’t care
Prof Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT, said Thursday during a United Nations forum on Responsibility to Protect (R2P), that what happened in Sri Lanka was a major Rwanda-like atrocity, in a different scale, where the West didn’t care. “There was plenty of early warning. This [conflict] has been going on for years and decades. Plenty of things could have been done [to prevent it]. But there was not enough interest.” Chomsky was responding to a question that referred to Jan Egeland, former head of UN’s Humanitarian Affairs’ earlier statement that R2P was a failure in Sri Lanka, where Inner City Press (ICP) noted that nearly 20,000 Tamil civilians were killed.

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Click here to listen to the UN discussion on R2P with Chomsky, Evans

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