Uncertain future for conflict in Sri Lanka

Friday, February 27, 2009 | 12:32 p.m. CST

Loory: A 25-year-old war in which 70,000 people have been killed is winding to a close. Maybe. An estimated 200,000 civilians are trapped in a tiny seacoast area that could be the last battlefield. It is all happening in Sri Lanka, but it is hard to find coverage of it among news organizations in the United States. This is an ethnic civil war. The Tamil Tiger rebels come from a group of 3 million in a country of 21 million. They have been seeking independence; the government has refused to grant it, and so the fighting goes on. Is this war really ending after all these years?