Sri Lanka hopes to use war strategy on economy

Oct 02, 2010 (LBO) – The skills that enabled Sri Lanka win against Tamil separatists can be used to revive the economy and catch up on growth lost by 30 years of war, an architect of the military campaign said.

One of the key weaknesses was lack of manpower to hold areas cleared of Tamil Tigers, and to launch military operations on a wide front and on multiple axes.

“We tripled, not doubled, the strength of the armed forces. The president took a bold decision to increase the size of the military that gave military commanders the flexibility they needed to operate. Taking bold decisions is an important factor,” Rajapaksa said.

Commitment, a clear aim and staying the course despite pressure to quit were others.

“Having a clear goal is very important. Several military leaders have said that they were given a clear aim by government – a mission without any ambiguity,” Rajapaksa said..

“The president understood the situation, he knew what was going on, so he did not panic when things did not go smoothly and we had setbacks.

“If you are not in the picture, the leadership might have taken different decisions when we had setbacks. But the president knew the plan and that the setbacks we