If you have a weak stomach, read no further.
Ariel Sharon has just been buried, with many world leaders in attendance and many eulogies describing him as a man of peace.
The people of Beirut might beg to differ, or at least those who survived his bombardment of that city, an action he consistently lied about to his own government. So might the survivors of the Sabra and Chatila massacres, carried out on Sharon’s orders by Saad Haddad’s SLA — the Christian South Lebanon Army, funded, armed and commanded by Israel — known to all UN peacekeepers as the DFF, or de facto forces. These were the proxies for the Israeli Defence Forces, and they went about their business with savage gusto, under the benign, watchful eye of Ariel Sharon, slaughtering people he regarded as vermin. Adults and children. Vermin.
Where did we hear that sort of talk before?
An Israeli commission of inquiry found that Sharon carried personal responsibility for the massacre, although some claim that he didn’t order the killings, but simply failed to intervene.
Again, where have we heard that sort of talk before?
It only seems fair to commemorate the passing of this man of peace with a few images from Sabra and Chatila in 1982.
Peace to you, Ariel Sharon.