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The world's first celebrity terrorist died peacefully today, a fate that he denied thousands of others during his murderous life:
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, 75, the leader who passionately sought a homeland for his people but was seen by many Israelis as a ruthless terrorist and a roadblock to peace, died early Thursday in Paris.
Arafat had been sick with an unknown illness that had been variously described as the flu, a stomach virus or gallstones. He flew to Paris nearly two weeks ago seeking medical treatment and was hospitalized with what Palestinian officials said was a blood disorder.
He had been on a respirator since slipping into a coma November 3.
A hospital spokesman said he died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday (9:30 p.m. Wednesday ET).
For all the crimes he committed and people he terrorized, the most ironic legacy Arafat left was the utter poverty and degradation he rained onto his own people -- while he and his wife lived it up on their money. And now the people of the West Bank will send him off with a hero's funeral, compounding the irony.
Maybe God will forgive him; I don't presume to know His will and judgment. All I know is that Arafat hastened a whole lot of innocent people into His personal audience. Arafat may be hoping He's grateful for the business ... but I rather doubt it.Sphere It View blog reactions
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» Arafat Is Dead. Period. from Ubique Patriam Reminisci
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» my father said it best from Skeet Skeet Skeet
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» Yassar Arafat Dead Again from Diggers Realm
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» R.I.H. from Pirate's Cove
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» Hero? Or One Of The Worst Terrorists? from DOUBLE TOOTHPICKS:Worldviews Behind The News
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Tracked on November 11, 2004 9:26 AM
» Arafat dead. No, really. from bLogicus
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