On the night of Sept. 16, 1982, the Israeli military allowed a right-wing Lebanese militia to enter two Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. In the ensuing three-day rampage, the militia, linked to the Maronite Christian Phalange Party, raped, killed and dismembered at least 800 civilians, while Israeli flares illuminated the camps’ narrow and darkened alleyways. Nearly all of the dead were women, children and elderly men.
Thirty years later, the massacre at the Sabra and Shatila camps is remembered as a notorious chapter in modern Middle Eastern history, clouding the tortured relationships among Israel, the United States, Lebanon and the Palestinians.… Seguir leyendo »
That’s natural. After 47 years of horror, Colombians want an end to the conflict and trust Santos’ talent and remarkable astuteness to win the game. But they mistrust the intentions of the FARC chieftain known as Timoshenko. (Of course, when Andrés Pastrana started a similar process some years ago, the same thing happened: The president enjoyed five minutes of glory.)
Will this initiative fail, as happened during Pastrana’s administration? Maybe, but there are differences, as well as similarities. The greatest difference is that there won’t be a fire-free zone, and military operations will not be slowed down. While negotiating, the narcoguerrillas will continue to murder, kidnap and traffic in drugs, while the Armed Forces will not cease to combat their old enemy fire and sword.… Seguir leyendo »