In Response to "The Friends of Peace"
In response to your editorial on Wednesday, February 7 titled "The Friends of Peace": To call Israel's newly elected Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, anything other than an enemy of peace is to suffer from historical amnesia. Do the 1950's date too far back for you to remember that Sharon then commanded Unit 101 of the Haganah, the underground military organization of Israel? Have you forgotten August of 1953 when Sharon led Unit 101 into the Palestinian refugee camp of El-Bureig, throwing bombs through the windows of huts where refugees were sleeping? How about October of that same year, in the Jordanian village of Qibya? Do you recall Sharon's order, according to Israeli historian Avi Shlaim, "to penetrate Qibya, blow up houses and inflict heavy casualties on it's inhabitants[?]" And surely you cannot forget Sharon's most infamous act, the 1971 massacre of more than 1900 refugees in the refugee camps Sabra and Shatilla in Lebanon? In 1982 as defense minister under Menachim Begin, Sharon led a full battle on Lebanon to defeat the PLO and drive Palestinians into Jordan. It is estimated that 20,000 Palestinian and Lebanonese lives were lost as a result of this planin addition to the deaths of more than 1000 Israeli soldiers. All under the command of Ariel Sharon. Yet you say in your editorial that to call Sharon an "enemy of peace" is "Nonsense." I agree that there are many obstacles to peace in the Middle East, but to blame it all on Palestinians makes the least sense of all.