The Cage makes for a compelling read. It starts with a surprising and relevant history of Sri Lanka, but quickly gets into detail on many of the aspects of the war that seem to contradict the benign and peaceful Buddhist view of the world with the chain of events that tragically unfolded.
In many other global conflicts, bodies such as the UN and the ICRC come in for some criticism and again, The Cage goes some way to explaining why the UN, in particular, seems so toothless when it comes to protecting those most in need. Other aid organisations are also mentioned and the bravery and dedication of all those caught up in the war, the UN included, should never be underestimated.
Weiss is no apologist however and the book is very well balanced in it's view of this and the horrific events and atrocities committed by both sides over the 30 years of conflict.
The Cage also throws light on another puzzling aspect of the final stages of the war. With the advent of satellite communications, mobile telephones and the internet along with other relatively prevalent methods of quick transmission of information, how can any regime get away with bluffing it's way through undeniable evidence in the face of a shocked and disbelieving international community?
Once again, the answers are ugly and brutal. This is a harrowing, but important read for anybody interested not only in the events shaping Sri Lanka, but the shift in Global geopolitical power and how and why this has impacted Sri Lanka from afar. I suspect Weiss is accurate in his predictions with regard to future conflicts that are in the making right now.