Monday, November 15, 2004

Arafat's (and the world's) Disgraceful History

Arafat's (and the world's) Disgraceful History

Andrew McCarthy wrote an excellent overview of the history of "The Father of Modern Terrorism." He covers the violent history of the recently deceased terrorist.

For the last week of his life, the scuttlebutt about the Palestinian movement's centrifugal force concerned whether his impending demise was driven by AIDS, likely contracted, according to leaked foreign-intelligence reports, by his omnivorous, orgiastic sexual appetite. This as if, after three quarters of a century's worth of megalo-sadism, additional indicia of Yasser Arafat's throbbing depravity were somehow necessary. And so, evidently, they were. Thus is reflection on his life, a signal emblem of the late 20th century's triumph of terror and fraud over security and reason, as instructive about our times as it is about him.

(This first paragraph recalls Daniel Pipes's "Arafat's Bedroom Farce.")
McCarthy's point about how Arafat's life representing the "...triumph of terror and fraud over security and reason" is important. Perhaps a worthwhile exercise would be to study McCarthy's history next to Jeane Kirkpatrick's "How the PLO was legitimized"
While McCarthy outlines Arafat's terror CV, Kirkpatrick gives a history of how the PLO became accepted internationally. (The aritcle is 15 years old; but still relevant.) I think studying these two phemomena in parallel would be quite instructive. What outrages were being ignored while the PLO was getting an international legal imprimatur for its actions?

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