Thursday, November 04, 2004

Burn, baby, burn

At 11:49 am EST, a member of the White House press corp informed the President that Yasser Arafat is dead. No confirmation yet. First step to Pali/Israeli peace?

Update: Only a couple sources maintain that Arafat is dead; most say that he's brain-dead. If his condition is improving, why didn't they just say so?


Blogger andy said...

First step to Pali/Israeli peace?I don't see it that way. In fact, I would think it may bring about more violence as they all attempt to take over his spot.

How do you see it as helping peace?

8:53 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

There would be no peace as long as Arafat and Israel both existed; the former would not tolerate the latter. There might well be some messiness on the Palestinian side in his wake, but I'm less concerned about that; there is potential that a replacement will consolidate Palestinian security, and quit playing one against the other to prevent peace. It's only 'potential', but that's more than we had with Arafat.

9:00 AM  

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