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Yasar Kicks Bucket

I do not know if he was posion but death appears to come for us all.
Too Bad its not sharon first
Too Bad its not sharon first
 http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/041111/481/ny51111110417

Palestinian Leader Arafat Dies at 75
(AP) - Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people's plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75. The French military hospital where he had been treated for since Oct. 29 said he died at 3:30 a.m. The Palestinian leader spent his final days there in a coma. Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb Erekat and Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a top Arafat aide, confirmed that Arafat died in a conversation with reporters at Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. More...
This imbecile is another typical American 11.Nov.2004 05:01

fer

as ignorant as they come by and with his ignorance, passing judgement on dead men who did more for the world than the entire country he belongs to will ever achieve. Rant on honky redneck idiot!

fer has a point, at least when people die... 11.Nov.2004 06:27

Mike

we should abstain from making our "typical" American (read ignorant) judgments on people and cultures we do not understand and probably will only insult. When will we learn that we are not the only, and now definitely not the best, people to comment on other societies and especially their heroes?

A bit of an exaggeration to say 11.Nov.2004 07:08

toblerone

that Yassar Arafat achieved more than anyone, ever, who ever ever lived in the United States was able to achieve.

As terrible as the U.S.' foreign policy and environmental policies have been, we've still had pretty incredible accomplishments in this country. Usually these accomplishments came at the hand of a groundswell of common people coming together to create positive change. Sometimes, they even came at the hand of a benevolent individual or institution within the U.S.

fer's post somehow implies that the U.S. has accomplished absolutely nothing of worth. I'd have to say this is patently untrue. Are we the best country on Earth? No. Have we achieved more than anyone else? No.

It should be understood that despite Arafat's continuing popularity among many Palestinians and Arabs, there were many Palestinians who did see him as an impediment to peace. Before I get smashed over the head as a Fascist American Zionist, let it be that my understanding of why some Palestinians considered him an impediment was based on his interests in accumulating and maintaining political power and wealth, and not because of a belief in Arafat being a terrorist.

I think it was a huge mistake for the Israeli goverment to close off all communication with Arafat and to keep him in isolation. Even if he wasn't the best leader the Palestinian people could have asked, he was their defacto leader. By choosing to isolate him, the Israeli government deified him in the eyes of Palestinians and made any progress towards peace impossible.

With Arafat in power, there probably wasn't a chance for permanent peace. On the other hand, the Israeli government has done more to ruin the chance of peace than Arafat has ever done.

The main point -- Arafat deserves more respect than the original poster accorded him, but I do not believe he amounts to more than the U.S. has ever been able to achieve.