NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
10th June, 1976 : Fresh and bloody battles developed in Lebanon as a column of Syrian troops 5,000 strong launched a full-scale attack down the Damascus highway. Spearheaded by tanks and jets the Syrians began the assault on Palestinian guerrilla strongholds in the mountains. Simultaneously their Moslem allies began hammering Palestinian units in Beirut with their Russian-made missiles. Among the targets were Palestinian camps at Sabra and Chatilla. Having originally intervened against the Christians, president Assad has now decided to turn on the Palestinians.
[Christians, Palestinians – what difference does it now make? As Hilary Clinton would say]