NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
18th September, 1982 : Lebanese Christian militia yesterday began a bloody massacre in the Palestinian refuge camps of Sabra and Chatila in West Beirut. Hundreds have been killed in the slaughter which was carried out in revenge for the assassination of Bashir Gemayel, the President-elect of Lebanon. Men, women and children were ruthlessly shot down and their bodies lie in hideous piles in the main streets of the camps. Whole families were dragged out of their houses and butchered. The Israeli Army is being blamed for allowing the killers to go about their dreadful work. The first reaction of the Israelis is to deny involvement; they say they allowed the right-wing Phalangists into camps to search for Palestinian guerrillas.