Underestimating the resolve of the big powers on the war crimes issue – as they themselves are accused of committing such crimes in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan – and highly overestimating its own diplomatic power, the Sri Lankan government committed blunder after blunder. It failed to strengthen its democratic institutions and win the confidence of the international community.
Sri Lanka has never been a rogue state. Its contributions to international law and international peacemaking are well known in the corridors of the UN. Still it is not too late to avert a rogue state label, but it needs courage to free democracy from all constraints.