Thursday, November 11, 2004
The Bell Tolls for Arafat
It is sad to know that the death (finally) of one man may serve as a catalyst to bring a semblance of peace to a region defined by war.
Yasser Arafat has long served as little more than an obstacle for peace and a catalyst for terrorism. As much as I hate to disagree with Jimmy Carter, Arafat was not a "powerful human symbol" for uniting Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland. He was a man who fought tirelessly for the destruction of the only democracy in the Middle East. He was a man who funded and otherwise encouraged the systematic use of suicide bombing as a way to get his point across.
He was a terrorist. He was a murderer. He was a despicable human being. He oppressed the people he claimed to fight for. He lowered them so as to raise himself. I do not mourn his passing. I, and I believe I am not alone, am glad he is dead and hope his successor will actually do something constructive for the Palestinian people and pursue a lasting peace with Israel. Hope springs eternal.
Good riddance Yasser.
Here endeth the lesson.