Today I would like to focus on my favorite spot….the Middle East. All posts will deal with the region….some past situations and some present ones……
This post is on the former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. As some will know he recently passed on after an 8 year coma….the world is helping Israel mourn his passing……..well not everyone sees this person as the up standing individual that the media will no doubt paint him……..as a matter of fact because of his actions in 1982 the Palestinians call him “the Butcher of Beirut”………and with good reason…..
Ariel Sharon’s death has brought on a bout of hagiography. The American and Israeli media will call him “controversial,” but then call him a hero. Joe Biden praised him for his pursuit of peace yesterday, while Henry Kissinger terms him a “peacemaker” in today’s Washington Post, noting his late-life willingness to pull out of Gaza. It’s a “grotesque” characterization, Rashid Khalidi argues at Foreign Policy. “It is hard to imagine this kind of kid-glove treatment of anyone else with such a list of atrocities to his name.” Khalidi was living in West Beirut during Sharon’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and it was obvious Israel “had no qualms about killing large numbers of civilians” to get at the PLO. “A building that housed refugees located several blocks from my home … was entirely destroyed from the air, killing dozens,” he writes. Soon after, a car bomb went off, presumably “in order to kill those trying to rescue survivors,” nearly killing one of Khalidi’s friends. Sharon characterized all Palestinians as terrorists, and did more than anyone to prevent a contiguous Palestinian state. “In a more just world, he would have ended up facing the International Criminal Court in The Hague.” Click for the full column.
There is a good reason he is called that……ever hear of Sabra and Shatila? Of course you have not……it means NOTHING to someone not of Palestinian descent…….
The Sabra and Shatila massacre took place in the Sabra and ShatilaPalestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon between September 16 and September 18, 1982, during the Lebanese civil war. Palestinian and Lebanese civilians were massacred in the camps by Christian Lebanese Phalangists while the camp was surrounded by Israeli forces. In that period of time, Israel was at war with Lebanon. The Israeli Forces occupied Beirut and dominated the refugee camps of Palestinians and controlled the entrance to the city. After the assassination of Bachir Gemayel, leader and president-elect of the Lebanese Phalangist, a Maronite group, also called Lebanese Forces militia group, entered the camp and murdered inhabitants during the night. The exact number of victims is disputed, from 700–800 to 3,500 (depending on the source).
Israeli forces enabled the entrance of the angry Kataeb Party group to the refugee camps, by providing them transportation from outside Beirut and firing illuminating flares over the camps.
The Israeli government established the Kahan Commission to investigate, and in early 1983 it found Israel indirectly responsible for the event. Ariel Sharon was held personally responsible for allowing the Phalangists into the camps.
Under different circumstances this man would have been held responsible….but since it is Israel he got a free ride…..If Israel can get away with killing American sailors (USS Liberty) then why would anyone think they would be held responsible for the deaths of Palestinian refugees?
He will not be missed among Palestinians.