Arafat Plays Victim Again
by Ariel Natan Pasko
26 April 2004
Besides being a terrorist mastermind, Yasser Arafat plays a pretty mean victim role.
Yasser Arafat has
just played his finest role, that of the "eternal" hapless victim. I don't
know whether to laugh or to cry. "Yasser the Clown" has just turned in another
star performance. If he weren't responsible for the deaths of so many innocent
people in his over forty years as terror king, he would rival "the Little
Tramp" as the greatest tragi-comedic star of the 20th century.
Responding to recent comments by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that
Arafat's days might be numbered; Yasser addressed a crowd outside his Mukatah
"prison" compound saying, "All of us are martyrs-in-the-waiting." This wasn't
the first time he spoke of martyrdom. In response, some 4,000 people chanted
they would sacrifice their "blood and souls" for their leader.
Arafat wants martyrdom, oh really?
Is that why just last week he kicked twenty wanted terrorists -- from his
own Fatah-led al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades -- out of his compound in Ramallah,
when he became fearful that Israel might storm the building to take them
Ali Barghouti, one of the leaders of the terrorist group, al-Aksa Martyrs
Brigades, complained to Agence France Press that he was among those forced
to leave and called the expulsion a crime. "Arafat has abandoned us," Barghouti
said. "It's a crime, because we are, above all, members of Fatah and he should
protect us. At the moment, we are on our own and everyone is trying to find
And this is not the first time that good ol' Yasser has abandoned his "troops"
to save his own skin. He wants martyrdom, what a joke.
But then again, notice the behavior of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders,
crawling into the woodwork every time Israel picks one of them off. They
are the "religious Palestinians" who send out other people's children to
blow up and kill, then go past stop, collect 72 virgins and...
Maybe Hamas and Jihad leaders don't like virgins? Because, they sure don't seem to be in a rush to get there.
The funny thing is, most of the children and close relatives of the Hamas,
Islamic Jihad, Fatah, and others in the Palestinian Authority leadership
circles, are kept a safe distance from any "martyrdom missions." Arafat's
daughter is living in France with his wife, who allegedly can't stand Arafat's
"stinking little country."
But back to Yasser, who assured everyone that he's a "believer" and prepared to meet his maker (just not yet, I suspect).
He did have a few more chances in the past. Let's see, the airplane crash
in the Libyan desert back in 1992; the chance to stand and fight the Israelis
in Beirut instead of leaving for Tunis in 1982; and oh ya, he could have
stayed with his PLO fighters in Jordan in 1970 and suffered the same fate
as them in King Hussein's "Black September," where the Jordanian army killed
an estimated 10,000. Instead he stole away, allegedly dressed as a woman.
So much for Yasser's interest in martyrdom...
Besides being a terrorist mastermind who has managed to finagle -- from those
supposedly so smart Jews -- a terrorist base right inside their own country;
Yasser plays a pretty mean "victim" role.
My question, when are we going to see him on CNN, crying about how the Israelis won't let him become a martyr?
Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst & consultant. His articles can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko.
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