The World Prostrates Itself Before a Monster
As expected, the world is lining up to laud the father of terrorism and murderer of thousands, Yasser Arafat. In doing so, they say more about themselves, than I could ever hope to.
What more do you need to know about Kofi Annan and the UN?
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan praised Arafat's struggle to win international recognition for the Palestinian cause, as he ordered flags to fly at half-mast at the United Nations, even though the Palestinians only have observer status at the world body.
By signing the 1993 Oslo peace accords, Arafat "took a giant step towards the realization of this vision. It is tragic that he did not live to see it fulfilled."
Or, Jacques Chirac?
French President Jacques Chirac visited the Percy military hospital to bid a final farewell to Arafat, pledging that his country would continue to work to achieve a settlement in the Middle East.
"I have come to bow before president Yasser Arafat and pay him a final homage," he said after the 25-minute visit.
Or, Jimmy Carter?
Former US President Jimmy Carter called Yasser Arafat "a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate" who united Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland.
"Yasser Arafat's death marks the end of an era and will no doubt be painfully felt by Palestinians throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world," Carter said.
"He was the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland," he said in a statement distributed by his Atlanta, Georgia-based Carter Center.
What is the true legacy of this man of whom they speak so fondly? In part:
In fact, groups under Arafat's direct or indirect command - including Fatah, Black September, Tanzim and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade -were responsible for hundreds of bombings, hijackings, assassinations and other attacks, including the 1972 murder of 11 of Israel's Olympic athletes in Munich, the 1973 murder of the American ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noel, and the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruiseship (resulting in the murder of wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer).
As we mark the death of this tumor on humanity, let us pause to remember the victims of his reign of terror. Here is a list of those murdered by Palestinian terror, just since September, 2000.
Do click on it, scroll down and think of this list as you keep the mental picture of Jacques Chirac "bowing down before Yasser Arafat and paying him homage". Scroll down and picture the UN flag flying at half mast in honor of this abomination. Scroll down thinking of Jimmy Carter calling him a "powerful human symbol".
These are people, among others, who have been highly critical of our conduct of the War on Terror, but now choose to heap praise and lionization upon the very father of modern terrorism! If one can truly be judged by one's enemies, our judgement is favorable indeed. If one can be judged by one's friends, their judgement may not be so favorable.
(Tip o' the hat to LGF for the links)