From: Ismail Zayid
To: letters@nytimes.com
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 9:40 PM
Subject: Master of Massacres.

 
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May 6,2002
 
The Editor:
The N.Y.Times
 
Dear Editor:
 
For Mr. Wiiliam Safire, in his article: {"Man of Peace" May 6}, to describe Ariel Sharon as 'man of peace', is an abuse of the English language. Sharon's entire history is laden with scores of horrendous massacres and war crimes. I will list only a few. 
 
During the night of October 14, 1953, leading his "Unit 101", he demolished a large part of the village of Qibya in the West Bank, murdering 69 innocent villagers. Father Ralph Gorman, an American Catholic Priest, described the scene:" An orgy of murder that would be incredible if it had not been verified by reliable neutral testimony. Women and children, as well as men were murdered deliberately, systematically and in cold blood." In the wars of 1956 and 1967, he took part in the order of killing, in cold blood, hundreds of Egyptian prisoners of war.
 
His record in the war he orchestrated, in the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, is well known to many. In this war 17,500 Lebanese and Palestinian civilians were killed.  In the massacre of the Sabra and Shatilla Palestinian refugee camps, 1700 mostly women and children were murdered in cold blood, by his agents the Phalangists, a crime for which he was held "personally responsible" by the Israeli Kahan Commission.
 
The atrocities committed by his troops during the last few weeks, in Jenin and Nablus, were described by New York Human Rights Watch as war crimes and by UN observers as " horrifying beyond belief."
 
If that is the performance of this 'man of peace' , that Messrs Saffire and Bush are telling, to place the future of the Middle East in his hands, then, alas, we are heading for a tragedy for generations to come.
 
Yours Sincerely,
 
Ismail Zayid, M.D.