Sunday, July 14, 2002
Some stories appear to be floating the idea of leaving Arafat as a figurehead without powers.
I can't emphasize enough what a stupid idea this is. Arafat currently is "limited" in his powers by the Palestinian Authority's structure. He just ignores it. Arafat rules using a gangland structure of thugs that owes more to Mario Puzo than any real government constitution. If the Bush administration is seriously thinking that any fresh set of meaningless papers would remove Arafat from power, they are showing more naivete than I thought possible. If allowed to remain in the Palestinian Authority in any role, Arafat will retain power through the same methods he's obtained and kept it before: murder, extortion, torture, and terror. In the last decade, the PA has spent more time terrorizing its own people than Israel.
Kill him, imprison him or exile him. But do it soon.
UPDATE: Here's a discussion of the terror of the Palestinians by Arafat's thugocracy.
Robin 2:17 PM