Thursday, November 11, 2004

How Arafat's Obituary Should Read

The Boston Globe has a great column on the real Arafat, and how he is the modern father of terrorism.

[How can the World praise a man ] 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....

And what about those victims? Why were they scarcely remembered in this Arafat death watch?

How is it possible to reflect on Arafat's most enduring legacy -- the rise of modern terrorism -- without recalling the legions of men, women, and children whose lives he and his followers destroyed? If Osama bin Laden were on his deathbed, would we neglect to mention all those he murdered on 9/11?

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?

Here's a short, one-minute video on Arafat.


At 7:49 AM, Blogger Mike (RightWingSpic) said...

Arafat accomplished absolutely nothing to benefit the Palestinian people. He killed plenty of Jews, though. He even won a Nobel Peace Prize (?!). He is the godfather of modern Islamic terrorism, which all started with the slaughter of Jewish athletes the Olympics in Munich. What a guy.

Now that he's gone, perhaps some progress can be made in the middle east.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Bear said...

This page is a must read for those who truly want to remember Arafat.


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