Thursday, October 09, 2003

What is Arafat Really Suffering From?

If Time is to be believed, it's stomach cancer, while the Guardian was recently being quoted as saying he had a heart attack. Whatever it is Arafat is really ailing from, I can only say that his departure from this world, even if not to be actively hoped for, will not be regretted by any who wish for real peace in the Middle East. Arafat has been nothing but an obstacle to the attainment of a settlement, a man who has worked hard to sabotage many an opportunity for compromise, and a thoroughly crooked and incompetent administrator to boot. The Palestinians have got to do better than the likes of Yasser Arafat and Sheikh Ahmed Yassin if they ever want to have a state of their own - assuming that this is what they really want, as opposed to the destruction of Israel, even at the cost of their own continued existence.