Thursday, November 11, 2004

Somebody flush the Arafish...

Arafish, dead, age 75. May I suggest a closed-casket? I mean, Arafat was not the most, er, "handsome" terrorist out there. He has surely gone to terrorist heaven, which is, ironically, hell.

May I also suggest to the press that they suppress their disgusting urge to eulogize and wax sympathetic over the death of this monster? This man is known as "the father of modern terror" for a reason. He founded the terrorist group Fatah and the suicide bomber gained prominence under his watch in Palestine. The issue of Palestine has been inflamed by Arafat into a global terror recruiting tool, not to mention the tool by which many Europeans justify their anti-Semitism.

If Arafat had accepted and followed through with the Oslo accords, Palestine would now be a prosperous (probably the MOST prosperous) Arab state. Instead, Arafat rejected the incredibly generous terms of this treaty in favor of bloody intifada. He stole the Palestinian people's money and invested it in Swiss accounts, of which may now be lost to the Palestinian people altogether as Arafat was supposedly the only person with access to them.

One of Arafats most disgusting and damning legacies is the hatred that he has imbued in the Palestinian youth, a case of massive societal child abuse. Palestinian Media Watch reports that Palestinian polls show that 72% - 80% of Palestinian children desire death as Shahids. 72-80 percent of children desire death in Palestine... let the enormity of that sink in. 72-80 percent desire death. LGF has this slideshow which displays the rampant militarization of the youth and the inculcation of them into a vile ideology of death. Arafat has radicalized a generation. This is not only a threat to the Israelis, but to the US, which is seen as Israel, Sr. We will see the repercussions of Arafats corruption of the youth for some time to come.

Already, Arafat is being portrayed among the media as a hero, flawed, yes, but still a symbol of Palestinian liberation who was never able to see his dream fulfilled, no matter how hard he tried. Which, of course, is BS. If he wanted peace he could have had it at Oslo. The truth is that Arafat knew nothing except perpetual conflict and he didn't want to give this up and risk losing his importance as the head of the Palestinian people.

If you want to reflect on Arafats death, I suggest you do it by checking out these links:

--CAMERA has a comprehensive list of the Arafats past, and its none to flattering.

--"The Godfather of Terror" Honest reporting has a short documentary on the real Arafat.

--Arafat ordered the deaths of two Americans. And yet he never got a cruise missile to the jaw... just a handshake from Clinton.

update: Jeff Jacoby provides what will henceforth be referred to as "the official Arafish obituary." Although, strangely, profanity is absent:

In a better world, the PLO chief would have met his end on a gallows, hanged for mass murder much as the Nazi chiefs were hanged at Nuremberg. In a better world, the French president would not have paid a visit to the bedside of such a monster. In a better world, George Bush would not have said, on hearing the first reports that Arafat had died, "God bless his soul."

God bless his soul? What a grotesque idea! Bless the soul of the man who brought modern terrorism to the world? Who sent his agents to slaughter athletes at the Olympics, blow airliners out of the sky, bomb schools and pizzerias, machine-gun passengers in airline terminals? Who lied, cheated, and stole without compunction? Who inculcated the vilest culture of Jew hatred since the Third Reich? Human beings might stoop to bless a creature so evil -- as indeed Arafat was blessed, with money, deference, even a Nobel Prize -- but God, I am quite sure, will damn him for eternity.

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It would take an encyclopedia to catalog all of the evil Arafat committed. But that is no excuse for not trying to recall at least some of it.

Perhaps his signal contribution to the practice of political terror was the introduction of warfare against children. On one black date in May 1974, three PLO terrorists slipped from Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Ma'alot. They murdered two parents and a child whom they found at home, then seized a local school, taking more than 100 boys and girls hostage and threatening to kill them unless a number of imprisoned terrorists were released. When Israeli troops attempted a rescue, the terrorists exploded hand grenades and opened fire on the students. By the time the horror ended, 25 people were dead; 21 of them were children. Thirty years later, no one speaks of Ma'alot anymore. The dead children have been forgotten. Everyone knows Arafat's name, but who ever recalls the names of his victims?


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