We've got plenty of JDAMs
Posted by aogThursday, 05 June 2003 at 15:42 TrackBack Ping URL
For any one who follows the Middle East, a big question is why is Arafat still alive? He's a murderous dishonest brutal thug who is the single largest obstacle to peace in the Middle East. While the new Palestinian Authority head thug is pretending to be working toward a peaceful resolution, Arafat is out making speeches:
The great imperialistic Zionist conspiracy against our Arab nation and our homeland Palestine, which began with the Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland, reached its accursed peak on May 15, 1948. On this accursed day, the state of Israel was established by force of arms, as [the result of] imperialistic conspiracy, on the ruins of our homeland Palestine.
The standard response is that someone worse would replace him. That I find doubtful on its face – it's hard to imagine someone more corrupt or violent but the successor would likely be more open about it. Arafat's most dangerous ability is the one that enables him to look like a statesman to the gullible of the West. It's not clear a successor would do as well at that. But putting that aside, if the next one is worse why not frag him as well? It's not like that's the difficult part. I suppose it's a point for giving the Palestinians a state unilaterally so that fragging Arafat and his successors would be an act of war, not an assassination.