"Well, I think the Tamil population and the Sinhalese, those are the two, those are the largest of the two and you have this tremendous cleavage that emerged. Both of those ethnic groups have their roots in the subcontinent as well but the clearly the issue in Sri Lanka was ethnicity and not the religion which is a bit unlike some of the Islamic world where there's a bit of a schism within islam with the shia and the sunni. That was not the problem in Sri Lanka. It was overwhelmingly ethnic."
A service member discusses social dynamics in Sri Lanka.