|Posted: June 10, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2002 WorldNetDaily.com
The debate continues.
As the terrorism and suicide bombing campaigns rage on against Israelis, the world debates what to do about Yasser Arafat.
Should he be held responsible?
Does he have plausible deniability?
Is he the best leadership the Palestinians are capable of producing?
Will his successor inevitably be worse?
What will happen if Arafat dies or is rendered irrelevant?
These are the questions the talk shows are debating. These are the issues the opinion writers are grappling with, particularly in the wake of the most recent attack by Islamic Jihad that killed at least 16 Israelis and Israel"s reaction in storming Ramallah.
First, let"s deal with the issue of responsibility.
On Monday, Arafat asked the terrorists in Islamic Jihad, as well as Hamas, to serve in his cabinet. On Wednesday, Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the latest suicide bomb attack - perpetrated by a 16-year-old terrorist.
Whether Arafat had advance knowledge of this attack is really irrelevant. He fully embraces the agenda of Islamic Jihad and Hamas. He wants them to join his government. He attends the same international terrorist conferences. In fact, his own Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization emulates these groups with its own campaigns of suicide bombings. His Palestinian Authority serves as the conduit of blood money paid to the survivors of such suicide missions. Arafat writes checks for the bombs used in those missions. According to documents captured by the Israelis, Arafat himself has been intimately involved in planning the missions.
We"re way beyond plausible deniability. Any deniability of Arafat"s role in this kind of terrorism is completely implausible.
So what should we do about Arafat?
For starters, the U.S. should stop pretending that he is a partner for peace. The U.S. should halt all funding of the Palestinian Authority - direct or indirect. The U.S. should, once and for all, denounce Arafat for his terrorist activities and break all relations with him - formal and informal.
We don"t have to take his life. We only have to make him irrelevant politically.
Let the Israelis do what they will with him.
Arafat has chosen sides in the war on terrorism. He has made it clear that he is on the side of Osama bin Laden. His suicide bombing campaign was inspired by the Sept. 11 attacks. Suicide attacks of these kinds were virtually unknown before then.
In the same way, Arafat is truly an inspiration to bin Laden. Arafat is the modern-day inventor of Arab terrorism. Factions of his PLO hijacked the first airplanes, attacked the Olympics, kidnapped and assassinated U.S. diplomats, shot up airports, etc., etc. Bin Laden may have topped them all in death toll, but without Arafat, there would be no bin Laden.
Arafat is responsible not only for the deaths of hundreds - perhaps thousands - of Israelis over the last 40 years. He is also responsible for as many as 100 American deaths, including those diplomats.
President Bush said nine months ago that you"re either for us or against us in this war on terrorism. Is there really any question about where Arafat stands? Is he a terrorist or a peacemaker? Does anyone seriously have any doubts?
How many more chances does he get? How long will we wait for him to fulfill his promises? How many more terrorist attacks will we allow him to blame on others - even while he is facilitating them, planning them, paying for them?
Let me remind you that Islamic Jihad makes no bones about where it stands. Islamic Jihad is allied with bin Laden"s al-Qaida - openly and unashamedly. Just like Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad works hand in hand with bin Laden. It always has and it always will.
This is a group Arafat considers worthy of a cabinet post in his new government. Why would we ever want to see such a government take power?