World Watch

MIDDLE EAST
Those Who Live by the Sword . . .
The former Lebanese warlord whose Israel-allied Christian militia slaughtered hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982 was assassinated in a Beirut car-bomb explosion. Elie Hobeika had no shortage of enemies, but initial suspicion has fallen on Israel. Hobeika met earlier last week with Belgian officials considering war crimes charges against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The potential charges, permitted under Belgian law, stem from Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, when Sharon was Defense Minister and strongly allied to Hobeika's Lebanese Forces. Sharon...

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