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"All you need to know about Arafat was that he insisted on wearing a pistol when he addressed the UN General Assembly. And all you need to know about the UN, I suppose, is that they let him."

From (who else?), Lileks.

Posted by Rand Simberg at October 28, 2004 05:15 AM
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This man, this terrorist, will probably be lionized in the MSM when he dies. Great, the only constant to the failure of an Israeli/Palestinian peace is Arafat. Many have tried and the only one still around from previous attempts is the tablecloth headed one. I, for one, will be glad at his passing.

Posted by Bill Maron at October 28, 2004 10:03 AM

I'm not an Arafat fan, but I'm not sure that the above is among his many sins.

The UN is pretty high on my list of things that "needs shooting". I'm somewhat surprised that Arafat would admit that, but even Hitler liked dogs.

I just realized that Lileks is pointing out that Arafat didn't shoot the UN. Yup, that is a sin, albeit a widely practiced one.

Posted by Andy Freeman at October 28, 2004 10:17 AM

There's a lot of whining about Arafat: he's corrupt, the failure of the peace process is his fault, and son on. And some of it may be true. But somebody needs to tell me why you all believe it will be that much better when he's gone? If he's gone i'm certain Hamas and the other groups will be running Gaza and the West Bank. And if i'm not mistaking they have one simple demand: the removal of the state of Israel. Arafat may not be perfect, but the alternatives are a lot worse.

Posted by Problem at October 28, 2004 02:30 PM

Groups like Hamas and Fatah got where they are due to Arafat. He IS corrupt and he DID pass on a legitimate peace plan, both well documented. With him gone, there is a chance other Palestinian leaders will come forward. There is NO chance with Arafat.

Posted by Bill Maron at October 28, 2004 03:11 PM

And who said anything about things being better without Arafat? My guess is that the occupied territories will implode sans Arafathead, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch. Of course the Israelis will be blamed, but that's a given assuming *any* bad event in the West Bank or Gaza. Probably the U.S. will be blamed too, after all, we're the world's designated bad guys. Wear the black hat proudly!

Posted by Jason Bontrager at October 28, 2004 03:26 PM

. . .why you all believe it will be that much better when he's gone?

Because the vacuum at the heart of the Palestinian cause will be revealed. There is no goal, no leadership, no plan, nothing but a seething mass of angry and miserable victims.

With Arafat, there was the illusion of leadership and the pretense of a goal, which discouraged true leaders from emerging, and which gave other nations a focal point for futile Clintonesque "feel your pain" intervention.

Perhaps in Arafat's absence a real Palestinian patriot will emerge, who draws his support from his people and not from his Swiss bankers and corrupt Old Europeans, and the Palestinian people can begin to act like a proud people instead of a hopeless rabble.

Posted by Carl Pham at October 28, 2004 09:54 PM

Where was Sarah Brady when we needed her?


Posted by Alan K. Henderson at October 28, 2004 10:00 PM

Are you Sarah Brady?

Posted by Josh "Hefty" Reiter at October 29, 2004 08:15 AM

Nope. I don't even play her on TV.

Posted by Alan K. Henderson at October 30, 2004 10:37 PM

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