With Arafat's Death, will there be peace? - Page 3




 
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November 11th, 2004  
Kane
 
And yes, The Palestinian people also suffered enormously. Homes destroyed, families torn apart, living in a never ending warzone, death....how can one endure such hardship?
November 12th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
All this talk about Arafat and the Palestinians prompted me to do a few searches to find other more knowledgeable opinions than my own on the subject. There are of course many. There was one in particular that I thought I'd share here and perhaps solicit opinions on. Here's the article in part. What are your thoughts on this article?

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Isn't it interesting that prior to the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, there was no serious movement for a Palestinian homeland?

"Well, Farah," you might say, "that was before the Israelis seized the West Bank and Old Jerusalem."

That's true. In the Six-Day War, Israel captured Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. But they didn't capture these territories from Yasser Arafat. They captured them from Jordan's King Hussein. I can't help but wonder why all these Palestinians suddenly discovered their national identity after Israel won the war.

The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. The first time the name was used was in 70 A.D. when the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. The name was derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier. It was a way for the Romans to add insult to injury. They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even less staying power.

Palestine has never existed -- before or since -- as an autonomous entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their homeland.

There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass.

But that's too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today. Greed. Pride. Envy. Covetousness. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.

What about Islam's holy sites? There are none in Jerusalem.

Shocked? You should be. I don't expect you will ever hear this brutal truth from anyone else in the international media. It's just not politically correct.
Joseph Farah's entire article can be viewed at http://www.betar.co.uk/articles/betar1056647331.php
November 12th, 2004  
dougal
 
 
If he was such a terrorest how come he had great relationships with most world leaders?

I dont know much about the man, but he did repersent a people who would kill themselves to kill others.
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November 12th, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
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Originally Posted by dougal
If he was such a terrorest how come he had great relationships with most world leaders?

I dont know much about the man, but he did repersent a people who would kill themselves to kill others.
Right: to kill others. Innocent civilians, kids.
November 12th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 
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Arafat has no control over the Radical factions notorious for their bus bombings and terrorist attacks. I share my condolences with the Israeli people for the terror and destruction that have brung misery among the Israeli Population.
That is absurd. PLO has preformed many suicide bombings. Some of Arfafats own bodyguards were involved in suicide bombings. He was a trrorist. He always saw use of terror as the solution, and as a result the Palestinians are in their current shape...\Arafat esteblished the PLO in 59, 8 years before the six days war. common. Dont make a man of peace out of a man who refused to settele for 99% of the land and went to war.

As to his "great" relations with world leaders, Saddam Hussain was very popular amongst Europian leaders before 1991 as well....
November 12th, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
how can anyone deny that he was a terrorist and a terrorist leader??
November 12th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
That man is a terrorist.
He shook hands etc. to look good in front of the world and put Israel on the back foot.
The Nobel peace prize has always been a joke anyways.
November 12th, 2004  
Kane
 
Calling Arafat a terrorist is dangerous....reconsider the consequences please. The start of all this chaotic middle eastern conflict starts from here. I'm asking everyone to stop this one Pro-Israel side. Everyone suffers from this conflict, including the United States. Got it?
November 12th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
What would you prefer, "Freedom Fighter" ? When groups wage war by terror i.e. terror bombing campaigns against none military targets. Buses, schools, restaurants. Or shoot school children, house wives, or any civilian to spread terror, they are by definition terrorists.
Whether you agree with it or not most of the Islamic extremist groups and the PLO fall under that definition.
November 12th, 2004  
Darcia
 
Arafat did have a few freinds in Europe, However his "Friends" Here in The USA wich of course were mostly Clinton and Carter, both of them just wanted peace.

He was a terrorist, Most Political leaders in the world do not have to wait for permision to leave thier HG without being fired on and do not have "...He was a Soilder" Chanted by a terrorist group with links back to his orginization at thier funeral.