All Massacres Will Become 'Alleged Massacres' If We Don't Pay Attention
Date Written: 19/12/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23842
The greatest enemy of all journalists and all politicians is the failure of institutional, historical memory.
Not that long ago, I spotted a report in an American newspaper which referred to the "alleged Sabra and Chatila massacre". Up to 1,700 civilians, most of them Palestinians, were slaughtered in the two refugee camps in Beirut in just three days in 1982....
Yet more than two decades later, this mass killing was merely "alleged". And when I spoke to a younger colleague scarcely a year ago, he did not know the location of Sabra and Chatila, nor the number killed almost 400 more than those who were murdered in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11....
If we want to remember the dead of two world wars with poppies a genuinely felt remembrance, albeit through the provision of fashion accessories to pop stars, television presenters and politicians then there is no reason to ignore or forget the history that came after 1945.