In a hard hitting challenge to many, UK journalist Chaminda Jayanetti says: “Most oppressed people have no choice in their oppression. They did not ask for it – it was forced on them. Many give their lives trying to escape.

Sri Lanka is different. It has chosen this path. Many Sri Lankans can often be heard blaming their country‚Äôs ills on others – Norwegian negotiators, Indian politicians, Tamil terrorists, British colonialists. But when one day they wake to find they are ruled by a dictator they cannot get rid of, they will have no-one to blame but themselves.”