Dennis Campbell
November 11, 2004
World's adulation heaped on master terrorist
By Dennis Campbell

To use a well-worn cliché, but one which clearly communicates its message, it is enough to gag a maggot.

"It" is the adulation being heaped on one of the world's master terrorists, the recently, and thankfully, departed Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

Arafat has been praised as a statesman, for his "undisputed" and "extraordinary" courage (does it take courage to send murderers to slaughter children?), and for his "successful acts of terror."

The latter comment came from columnist Gwynne Dyer, who at least had the honesty (decency clearly is beneath her) to admit that Arafat was a terrorist.

If those comments are not enough to cause you to leave your lunch in the nearest wastebasket, consider what French President Jacques Chirac said in tribute to the man who raised the art of the mass butchery of the innocent in their homes and schools to new and sophisticated levels (keeping in mind that the French are among the most anti-Semitic people on earth).

Chirac called Arafat "a man of courage and conviction who for 40 years has incarnated the Palestinians' fight for recognition of their national rights. I have come to bow before president Yasser Arafat and pay him a final homage."

Homage to a man who delighted in sending his surrogate monsters to kill moms and dads and their children in their homes? Who ordered the machine-gunning of school buses and the bombing of restaurants and nightclubs? A violent, vicious man with no conscience, no morals and no compunctions about the killing and maiming of anyone Jewish?

Despicable, even for the French.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair surely stifled the urge to vomit when he said that Arafat "lead his people to an historic acceptance of the need for a two-state solution."

Of course, Blair was entirely wrong in his analysis. Arafat had no desire for a Palestinian state. His sole objective, which is the same for all Islamic terrorists and virtually all Muslims worldwide, was the complete destruction of the Jewish people.

And while he could not achieve that entirely, he was successful in doing it a few children and grandparents and mothers at a time.

One of the most obnoxious statements came from — are you surprised? — former President Jimmy Carter, who for decades has showered adulation on some of the worst dictators in the world. Carter described Arafat as

"the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland."

Yes, indeed, it takes a powerful man to blow up a baby.

The Left Coast newspaper the Los Angeles Times spun this lie about Arafat: "The only leader most Palestinians have ever known, Arafat came tantalizingly close to establishing the state he dedicated his life to winning, surviving myriad brushes with death along the way: wars, plane crashes and Israel's best efforts to put him in the grave."

How many times must it be said? Arafat's life was not dedicated to establishing a Palestinian state — he had that opportunity when President Bill Clinton brokered an agreement granting him everything he supposedly wanted. He rejected it, because his true aim — let's all say it together — was the eradication of the Jewish People.

Surely it was nothing more than a political gesture when President Bush said "God bless his soul" when informed of Arafat's death. As a Bible-believing Christian, Mr. Bush knows that this international criminal is in the hands of a wrathful God.

When we consider the present state of Yasser Arafat, we should hearken to the words of Jesus Christ, who said: "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him."

Arafat will answer to the living God for his deeds on earth, and will not find a sympathetic ear. Why should he receive praise from us now?

© Dennis Campbell


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