In a brilliant piece in The New Yorker, Jon Lee Anderson unfolds an interesting divergence among Western democratic establishments. As Sri Lanka was coming to the end of its brutal victory against the Tamil Tigers in 2009, it was condemned by Western parliaments for human rights violations. Its line up of allies became — China, which supplied heavy and sophisticated weapons systems; Russia and Pakistan that delivered artillery shells and small arms; Iran for fuel; and US agencies for satellite intelligence of Tiger ships delivering military cargo. So Western agencies on the cutting edge of the War on Terror held up the Sri Lankan operation as something of a victory. Western governments villified it.