LETTER FROM THE EDITOR – FEBRUARY, 2014

The death of Ariel Sharon was no blow to world peace or international security and anyone who believes otherwise is delusional. Sharon was regularly referred to by the world media as “brutal”, “muderous” or “a butcher”, which is exactly what he was. During the time he held power, to his people he may have been considered a fearless and determined warrior for his cause but so was Adolf Hitler.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper observed: “Historians blamed him for instigating unnecessary wars; foes accused him of targeting civilians. A considerable number wanted him tried as a war criminal for allegedly abetting atrocities against Palestinians in Beirut in 1982, when he held the office of Israel’s Minister of Defence.”

Among the “atrocities”, Sharon “allegedly abetted in 1982” was the facilitation and orchestration of the savage massacres of mainly women, children and the elderly in the Beirut refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla. And there was no “alleged” about it. Even an investigation conducted by his own government found him guilty of having personal responsibility for the genocidal attack that claimed the lives of between 800 and 2,000 displaced Palestinians, who mattered so little to the world community that even the numbers obliterated can not be estimated to within one thousand souls. And it was not Sharon’s first foray into mass slaughter.

During his ‘illustrious’ military career, in October 1953, at Sharon’s instruction, Israeli paratroops and commandos from the Jewish State’s first special forces unit, attacked the Arab village of Qibya, on the West Bank. Some 69 Arab villagers, many of them women and children, were killed. At his behest, many more suffered and died in Jenin in 2002.

Aqsa Intifada by provocatively exercising his ‘right’ to enter the mosque complex in a move which sparked immediate bloodletting. The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, say at least 240 Palestinians were killed by the IDF between March and May 2002, as part of ‘Operation Defensive Shield’ – Sharon’s massive military invasion of the West Bank and aerial bombardment of Palestinian towns and cities. These are just some of the recorded

– although by no means isolated – incidents that Sharon rubber-stamped.

In January 2013 his doctors said the former prime minister had exhibited “robust activity” in his brain during tests, when scans showed significant responses to pictures and voice recordings of his family.

One can only speculate on what thoughts and pictures might have occupied his mind over those last, long years in which he lay comatose, unable to move or speak. Let us hope that during that time, God showed Ariel Sharon the mercy the Zionist ‘warrior’ was never able to show the many Palestinians who got in his way.

Pat Lancaster, Editor

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