Michael Totten

Arafat Officially Dead

It looks like Yasser Arafat is finally – officially – dead.

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people’s plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75. He was to the end a man of many mysteries and paradoxes — terrorist, statesman, autocrat and peacemaker.
Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat confirmed to The Associated Press that Arafat had died. The Palestinian leader spent his final days in a coma at a French military hospital outside Paris.

May the Palestinians find a leader who loves his people more than he hates his enemies.

UPDATE: Jacques Chirac is sad.