Friday, November 12, 2004

The Press on Yasser Arafat

The cause of Yasser Arafat's death continues to be a mystery. An excellent story in the International Herald Tribune takes a look at the mystery, even mentioning the possibility of AIDS in paragraph eight.

CNN continues its praise of Arafat. At this moment, CNN's chief propagandist, Christiane Amanpour, is praising him beyond all reason. She just compared him to Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, and "perhaps even" Nelson Mandela. She stated that he became "a controversial figure only in the last few years." She went on to state that the current intifada was caused by Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount.

The Washington Post's editorial today is at least more balanced, including this assessment:

[Arafat] poisoned his movement with terrorism and sabotaged it through his refusal to embrace the settlement with Israel that was possible years ago. Unlike many of his followers, Mr. Arafat was autocratic, corrupt, deceiving and, ultimately, unwilling to unambiguously accept Israel's permanence.

Jeff Jacoby's column in the Boston Globe today paints an accurate portrait of Arafat. It's worth reading.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shameless brown-nosing around Arafat is embarrassing. He was a terrorist, a killer and a kleptocrat.

Did he die of AIDS? It's certainly looking that way. What's really upsetting is not that detail of his private life, but the obvious hypocrisy of a two-faced Islamic culture which officially reviles and kills homosexuals, while trying to pretend there was nothing "dubious" about their "hero."

The clues are in the open.
-He lived apart from his wife.
-He is never seen with another woman, is always surrounded by men. Where are the mistresses?
-All the "mysterious illness" symptoms fit the AIDS profile.
-Dying, he retreats to Paris where the cause of death can be kept confidential.
-The widow is paid a huge bribe to shut up.
-The hush-up is just like any other celebrity death hush-up.

I repeat, the scandal is not the illness, but the hypocrisy.

9:07 AM, November 12, 2004  

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