Lady Luck Speaks

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My Response to the Economist's Eelam Shocker

Dear Editor,

As a longtime reader and proud Sri Lankan, I was saddened by the inclusion of 'Eelam' on the map featured in this article.

A respected publication such as the Economist should not be legitimising the actions of an internationally-proscribed terrorist group by including their desired homeland on it's map. This irresponsible inclusion serves to trivialise the violence (equivalent to one of London's 7/7 bombings every week) and condone the terrorist threat endured by Sri Lankans of all backgrounds over the last quarter-century.

I would be thankful if you could remove 'Eelam' from the world map for the forseeable future; its' inclusion is offensive to readers worldwide who support the fight against terrorism.

Yours faithfully,
Dr Luck


At 8:33 AM, Blogger Darwin said...

I saw that this morning, it honestly is bullshit. Hopefully it'll get retracted with a due apology soon.

Absolute fuckwits.

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Jack Point said...

The writeups usually state that it is the area claimed as Eelam, although it is marked on the map as 'Eelam'.

Similar practice is to be found in Ethiopia, with Puntland/Somaliland/Eritrea markings on the map.

Again, the text generally makes the necessary distinction.

I suppse it is being done largely as matter of convenience, perhaps a footnote at the bottom of the map would suffice.

Of course, the ground reality is that there are two states, with border controls, exit/entry visas, separate identification papers (not yet formal passports).

At 6:39 AM, Blogger The Benevolent Dictator said...

It can't have been a mistake can it? But it doesn't make sense for The Economist to do that on purpose either..Unbelievable!

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Jack Point said...

Call it either convenience or laziness.

I suppose it is more difficult to mark "area claimed as eelam" than simply Eelam.

Its not an accident, they have been doing it consistently for a year or two, not that it bothers me.


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