Friday, September 14, 2007

Sabra and Shatila

Saturday, 9/15, is the 25th anniversary of the massacre at the Sabra and Shatila camps. The day usually goes unremarked here, which is shameful but not surprising. We need to remember it--every time we hear about a terror plot or attack, every time we wonder why "those people" are so crazed with hatred, every time we have to listen to another round of scaremongering from our half-wit tyrant.

We're big on mourning our own dead and resenting attacks against us, but when it comes to remembering our crimes and the crimes of our friends, we're the Alzheimer's nation.

You can read the Wikipedia page on the massacre here. All the usual Wikipedia caveats apply, of course, but it seems accurate enough. I notice it isn't locked, though, so given the date, it's possible some craziness could land there before you read this post.

For a moving account that makes no claim to neutrality, read this by Franklin Lamb at Electronic Intifada.

I believe this Youtube clip with Robert Fisk is taken from his documentary "From Beirut to Bosnia." There are some disturbing images. It's worth clicking over to the Youtube page to read the highly emotional comments.


Mary said...

Thank you for this post.

BitterGrace said...

Hi, Mary. It's good to see you. Such a sad topic. I trolled the mainstream news outlets on Saturday for any mention of the anniversary. Nada.