Today triumphalism abounds among Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhala population. The army found the pool in 2009, drained it, then invited tourists in. Now they come by the thousands. At nearby Vallipunam, tourists view the torture chambers with their smelly, open latrines, and walls on which inmates scratched poignant notes, many of them expressing faith in God.
While we can turn up our nose on this triumphalism, war tourism is one way of dealing with the traumas. Read the comments on the Economist story to get the complexities & emotions involved.
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