Tuesday, November 17, 2009

On the Way to School

Glitz & Glamour

Beit al-Kataeb: House of the Phalange. This is Amine Gemayel, grandson of Bashir Gemayel. The Phalange are a Maronite Christian Militia, whose ideology is based on Italian Fascism. They are responsible for the massacre of unarmed Palestinian Refugees in Sabra & Chatila Camps, just days after the PLO, as well as the International Peacekeeping force left Beirut in 1982. They are still armed and hold seats in Lebanon's Parliament.This is Robert Fisk's description of Chatila, the morning after the massacre:
...there were women lying in houses with their skirts torn up to their waists and their legs wide apart, children with their throats cut, rows of young men shot in the back after being lined up at an execution wall. There were babies--blackened babies because they had been slaughtered more than 24 hours earlier and their small bodies were already in a state of decomposition--tossed into rubbish heaps alongside discarded US army ration tins, Israeli army medical equipment and empty bottles of whiskey.

So, when Israel and the US talk about terrorists, about Hezballah, about Iran, I think of the Phalange.

Saifi Institute for Arabic Language

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