This coverage and analysis did point out one serious weakness with the Chicago Tribune's own editorial on this topic. The Tribune editorialists write that Sharon "was the mastermind of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which cost more than 1,400 Israeli lives." This statement, while true on its face, reflects the strong pro-Israeli bias of the Chicago Tribune. Yes, more than 1,400 Israelis died (the vast majority of them soldiers who invaded Lebanon). But many, many more Lebanese and Palestinians died during the invasion. Lebanon as a nation was all but destroyed, laying the groundwork for years of conflict and misery for hundreds of thousands of people.
James Ron of John Hopkins University documents irrefutably the horrors of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon on your commentary page. Why is it that the Chicago Tribune has such difficulty in acknowledging the agony visited by Israeli on Lebanese and Palestinians? And why should your readers believe that you are providing accurate, objective coverage of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip when your bias is so clearly evident?