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November 12, 2004

Relief and Disgust

Though we should pray for a change of heart in our enemies, that they might turn from the wrong path to the right one, it is very hard not to feel relief that Yasser Arafat is dead. The disgust I feel, however, is by no means limited to Arafat's evil deeds, the pain and suffering be brought to others and his own people, the billions he stole, nor even his carefully hidden sexual perversions, it more aimed at the response of much of the so-called "liberal" masses in the West. Arafat is hailed as leader of the freedom-seeking Palestinian people, not as the terrorist oppressor of those same people. He's been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for what? For turning down an offering of 90% of what he demanded because it did not include the dissolution (read: "distruction") of Israel?

Lest any forget who was this man, let me offer one example of his known deeds to stand in for the many other unknown or unproven deeds at his hand, his orders, or with his complicity by his minions whom he refused to restrain.

Before being "elected" as head of the Palestinian people, Yassir entered many of our consciousnesses as the head of the Black September organization. This group of terrorists, among their other atrocities, abducted several Americans from a reception at the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum in early 1973. One of those men was U.S. Ambassador Cleo A. Noel, Jr. Black September demanded the release of the Palestinian assassin of Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, as well as terrorists held in prisons in Europe and Israel, as condition of the release of the Ambassador and George Curtis Moore. President Nixon refused to negotiate with terrorists.

As recorded on the Arlington National Cemetary Website:

Their lives hung by a thread, a thread that Yassir Arafat ordered cut. His words ordering the execution of these top American officials and a Belgian diplomat were recorded by the Israelis who gave the tape to the State Department and President Nixon in March 1973. This was later confirmed by Gen. Ariel Sharon.

Cleo A. Noel Jr. and George Curtis Moore were among a group of men seized by Black September terrorists during a reception held at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum [Sudan]. The terrorists demanded the release of Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian assassin of Robert Kennedy, as well as terrorists being held in Israeli and European prisons. President Nixon refused to negotiate. The tape was of conversations between Arafat in Beirut and his thugs in Khartoum. Execute the diplomats, ordered Arafat. The terrorists obeyed, machine gunning the unarmed, hapless Noel and Moore. They also killed a Belgium diplomat. The authenticity of the tape was verified in U.S. laboratories by both the State Department and the White House.

On March 2, 1973, around 8:00pm (local) --Abu-Iyad called Abu-Ghassan and gave him the Cold River [Nahr al-Bard] code: "Remember Nahr al-Bard. The people's blood in the Nahr al-Bard is screaming for revenge. These are our final orders. We and the world are watching you." The execution took place on 9:06. (Reportedly, about half an hour later than planned because Abu-Tariq let the Americans write last letters and wills.) A few minutes later, when the international media still did not report the killing, Beirut wanted to make sure that the executions took place. Arafat himself did the talking to Abu-Ghassan. He asked him if he received the code word Nahr al-Bard and if he understood what it meant. Abu-Ghassan assured Arafat that he had understood everything and that his -- Arafat's -- orders had already been carried out fully.

This was the man the media hails and for whom Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, ordered the U.N. flag flown at half mast.

Perhaps now that he is gone his people can find peace. If his poison has not too deeply injured them, perhaps some man of courage and integrity will step forth and lead. If so, I expect he will be no friend of the U.N. nor feted by Western media or liberal spokespeople. But facing them is nothing compared to facing what Arafat is facing now. Arafat is not spinning in his grave. There is no spin before the final judgment.

This National Review Online article by Andrew McCarthy, "The Father of Modern Terrorism," does better justice to the memory of Yassir Arafat than I can or wish to do.

Posted by dan at November 12, 2004 02:56 PM | TrackBack
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