: It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
i hope that after his death, he becomes a virgin to 72 demons of hell.
Now if we can say the final goodbye to Sharon, the middle east might start to look optimistic.
“Yasser Arafat (news – web sites), who triumphantly forced his people’s plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75.”
If that’s not glowing praise of a terrorist, I don’t know what is. Honestly, that paragraph makes me sick to my stomach.
I started to type “Good bye. Good riddance.”. Then I realized that I couldn’t mean the first sentence in its literal meaning. He was a terrorist who tried to become a statesman and failed miserably. The Israelis had some who were terrorists in the old days but were more successful in leaving their pasts behind. I actually think both sides want peace…but only on their terms and only their terms. Mideast peace? Not this century.
“i hope that after his death, he becomes a virgin to 72 demons of hell.”
That leaves a nasty stain on this comment board. Anyway, some of you would not have been calling him a terrorist 10 years ago.
I call him the Father of Modern Day Terrorism.
I call the PLO charter, the Terrorist manifesto.
Jeff, it would be nice if the Euros would highlight more that Arafat totally failed to give his people a Free Press, or any functioning democracy.
Much bigger failure than Pinochet, for instance.
May a Palestinian state flower above the rotten and rotting corpse of the terrorist symbol of Palestinian identity.
Arafat has always been a terrorist. His PLO organization committed the 1972 Munich Olympic terrorist action. If that is not a Terrorist, what the hell is.
Oh and there would be peace in the West bank now if not for Arafat realizing he would be losing power and of course that money. Heck even in death the PLO has to pay his wife 22 million dollars a year. That money could have been used to feed his people. WTF.
Can anyone here actually attempt to defend this piece of garbage?
Not only is “dries”‘ comment at the top NOT a stain on this comment section, it is a credit to it. I only wish I had thought of it first.
Arafat has been a terrorist all his life, was a terrorist when he was foolishly and disastrously allowed back into the Palestinian Territories in 1994, and never ceased being a terrorist. I used that term 10 years ago, and had I been alive I would have used it 20. “RealTM,” you need to study your history before you offer such ill-considered condemnation.
When younger, Arafat was a great man, becoming the voice of his people and getting international recognition for the cause of the palestinians. But then like so many of these other revulotionaires middle age seem to bring laziness, lust for power and greed (see Fidel Castro). Unfortunately he ended up aspiring to nothing more than to be his own tinpot dictator in the middle east.
Regarding the future, I think it’s a question of demographics that the Palestinians will slowly give up the right of return. The number of those who actually remember living in what is now Israel is diminishing by the day.
I am worried by the rising of this “moderate” wing, who basically seem to appraoch negotations with the Israelis as an oppurtunity to sign away all their claims in exchange for tiny amounts of the west bank (the extremist wing cannot bring victory to the palestinians either, but there’s no need to give over every single claim you posess).
Arafat’s legacy in a minute.
Jim S. – unfortunately, he didn’t fail all that miserably. He managed to get some ignorant Westerners, up to and including Bill Clinton to acknowledge him, thus validating his evil cause.
Why not? He has been a terrorist for 40 years or more. What occurred 10 yrs. ago to change that history?
An interesting question is whether or not they had a choice. The Palestinian people STILL see him as their icon, their representative. How many bad things does that say about them? What does it say about the differences between how they see the world and how we view it and whether or not we can find any common ground?
Millions also see Osama as an icon.
Right, Kat. That’s an even more extreme example of what I meant. Are there really so many in the Muslim world who hate us so much they can make a hero out of someone as twisted as Osama?
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