Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Terrorist leader finally declared

Dead.

The terrorist leader beloved by so many Europeans, the UN, and terrorist organizations everywhere died today. Finally.

From 1920 through 1999, a total of 2,580 residents of Mandatory Palestine and, since 1948, the State of Israel fell victims to hostile enemy action; in most cases, terrorist attacks.

The last terror-related death in 1999 was recorded on August 30, 1999. The first death in 2000 was recorded on September 27, 2000, with the outbreak of the current wave of Palestinian violence and terror.

...1,032 people have been killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism since September 2000.


It's about time. Make no mistake this man was not a statesman he was a terrorist. A thug. A gangster. A dictator. A murderer. A thief.

His passing should be marked by a single line of news buried somewhere in the back pages along with how many local burglaries and incidents of jay walking there were last week: "Terrorist leader dead at age 75. Good bye and Good riddance."

So where's the money? Arafat controlled a vast amount of money, almost all of it from aid to Palestine. He plundered 'the treasury of palestine' and treated it as his own personal wealth. In fact, Forbes estimated his personal net worth at $300 million dollars.

As Yasir Arafat lies dying in Paris, the battle over his legacy involves an unstated but widely acknowledged concern: He personally controls several billion dollars, and no one else knows where it all is.

The extent and whereabouts of this fortune, which relies on different aides and advisers as co-signers, have been a hidden part of the disputes at his bedside, Israeli and Palestinian officials say, giving the imminent death of this revolutionary figure the elements of a Victorian novel.

Mr. Arafat has kept knowledge of the accounts compartmentalized, and only he knows all the details, well-informed Israeli officials say, in assertions confirmed reluctantly by Palestinian officials who do not want to harm Mr. Arafat's legacy.

Much about the financing of the Palestinian movement in the last four decades has been shrouded in secrecy, and its details are hard to pin down. But Palestinians say Mr. Arafat used the money to finance the Palestinian movement and administration, to pay salaries, bestow gifts, ensure loyalty, establish embassies, buy arms and pay groups ranging from charities to young fighters like Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
There's nothing to see here. Let's just move on.

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