In ‘Society Must Be Defended’, Foucault asserted that society, the law and the state are not ‘armistices that put an end to war’ (2004: 50). In Sri Lanka’s case, this remained a valid assertion because the state’s war (though having largely manifested through power relations apart from military action) against the Tamils did not end with the construction of a Sinhala Buddhist ethnocratic state order in 1972. The war continued with more intensity, this time incorporating military action.