Yasir Arafat, a True Peacemaker

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You have to understand that Yasir Arafat has been demonized by the American political establishment almost to the degree they have done a number on Saddam Hussein. Both men were considered good guys in Washington as long as they were acting on behalf of perceived U.S. interests, but as the world turned in another direction they were thrown to the U.S. media wolves. Now apparently on his death bed, Arafat has even less opportunity to defend himself. The New York Times yesterday devoted a lead editorial to blasting him for refusing to agree to the peace plan offered him at Camp David by President Clinton in 2000. Boo on the Times! Here is a memo on the margin I wrote about the alleged “peace plan,” which the Times can not dispute, but which it prefers to ignore.

With Arafat now in a Paris hospital on life support, it is fairly obvious that his time as the Palestinian leader is over. The Islamic news network, Al Jazeera asked me for my thoughts. Here is what I wrote, which appeared on the network’s English website yesterday: