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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book demonstrating the harshness of the war of the camps in Sabra and Shatila
This book is a great account by Dr. Pauline Cutting, a British physician who worked in the camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut, Lebanon.

This book was the number two bestseller in Britain and it is unfortunate that she never found an American publisher for the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Extreme gullibility
I'll give this author two stars for humanitarian instincts, including recognition of radical Islamic groups that destroyed Lebanon.

Those included Amal, which the Shiite leader Musa Sadr established in 1974, before reportedly migrating to Libya. The other was Hezbollah, the Shiite "Party of God," established in Nasrallah in the 1980s and still wrecking havoc...
Published on March 18, 2007 by Alyssa A. Lappen


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book demonstrating the harshness of the war of the camps in Sabra and Shatila, October 17, 2010
This review is from: Children of the Siege (Hardcover)
This book is a great account by Dr. Pauline Cutting, a British physician who worked in the camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut, Lebanon.

This book was the number two bestseller in Britain and it is unfortunate that she never found an American publisher for the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Extreme gullibility, March 18, 2007
This review is from: Children of the Siege (Hardcover)
I'll give this author two stars for humanitarian instincts, including recognition of radical Islamic groups that destroyed Lebanon.

Those included Amal, which the Shiite leader Musa Sadr established in 1974, before reportedly migrating to Libya. The other was Hezbollah, the Shiite "Party of God," established in Nasrallah in the 1980s and still wrecking havoc throughout the region with the aid of Iran and Syria.

But that's about where accuracy and fairness cease. The writer of her own admission feels guilty for British actions following World War II. "I'm sorry my government has treated you so badly," she said. She thus allowed herself to become the emotional pawn of victims of radical Islam that she was trying to help.

From then on, although much of the trouble was generated within Lebanon at that time, Israel becomes Pauline Cutting's frequent target, in the words of her subjects as well as her own.

This despite graphic descriptions of Muslim violence--for example, on Apr. 1, 1986, when "Akka Hospital," just across the road from the Chatila town, "was stormed by Shiite women and men mainly armed with clubs, shouting, 'Kill them, Kill them! Burn the hospital!"

And of course, in March and April, radicals captured three British teachers. Subsequently Western journalists were evacuated from Beirut.

Later, the writer falsely accuses Israeli soldiers of "colluding with a militia modeled on Hitler's Nazis."

One wonders how, when witnessing the Nazi tactics of Muslim extremists like Amaland Hezbollah, day after day, week after week, month after month, the author turns the epithet on Israel, which invaded Lebanon to stop the bloodshed and cross-border invasions of its own land.

This is a sad testament to gullibility.

--Alyssa A. Lappen
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Children of the Siege by Pauline Cutting (Hardcover - Jan. 1989)
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