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ISRAELI politician Rafael Eitan is indeed known for his "bluntness" in describing Arabs as "cockroaches" (Flat Earth, 11 February). However, he should be better known as Chief of Staff during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 when cluster bombs, napalm and phosphorus rained down on Beirut. Israel's Phalangist allies murdered 2,000 Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps. An official Israeli inquiry found Eitan's failure to stop the massacre to be "a dereliction of duty".

Rob Kent, Birmingham