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Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Common sense on Arafat

While the BBC is literally choking back the tears, John Hawkins talks some good sense on the future for the Middle East following the demise of the mastermind of modern terrorism:

I only regret that terrorist vermin is going to die in a bed instead of violently like so many of his victims.

I know some people worry about what will happen after Arafat dies, but face it, Arafat is just about the worst option imaginable. Here's one of the most murderous terrorists on the planet, who refuses to make peace with Israel, who turned the apparatus of the failed "Palestinian state" into a machine designed to produce new terrorists, and yet in Europe he's treated like a peacemaker thwarted by war loving Israelis. As long as Arafat rules, there can never be peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Whatever comes after Arafat will be -- in the long term -- better than anything "Mr. Nobel Peace Prize" could have ever delivered. Will there be Civil War? Better that the Palestinians kill each other than the Israelis. Plus, the more they fight amongst each other, the more likely it is that they'll get "fought out" and ready to seriously pursue peace. Will Hamas or some other group of terrorists take over? Maybe, but if they do, there will be no reason for Israel, Europe, or the US to treat Palestinian leadership as anything other than the terrorists. Even that would be an improvement over what we have today, which is terrorists masquerading as statesmen.
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