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1 Destro  Thu, Jul 5, 2012 7:17:17am

Arafat had long ago lost his power or his ability to change things in regards to the Palestinian Israeli conflict at the time of his illness. That is why the assassination conspiracy seems to me to be off in logic because it would be like assassinating JFK after he left office. What's the point?

2 sliv_the_eli  Thu, Jul 5, 2012 9:40:32am

re: #1 Destro

Arafat had long ago lost his power or his ability to change things in regards to the Palestinian Israeli conflict at the time of his illness. That is why the assassination conspiracy seems to me to be off in logic because it would be like assassinating JFK after he left office. What's the point?

Right there in bold-face is the fallacy in your reasoning. To the date of his death, Arafat had the ability> to change things. What he lacked was the desire to change things for the better. There could have long ago been a state of Palestine encompassing virtually all of the West Bank, the entire Gaza Strip, a portion of Jerusalem and even a portion of land that has since 1948/49 been within the State of Israel. Arafat chose to walk away from that possiblity and start a campaign of terror against Israeli civilians because his thirst for total victory over and destruction of the Jewish state was more important to him than achieving self-determination for the Palestinians.

Even today, nearly a decade after his death, Arafat has nearly as much power to change things as do those in power in the PA. Unfortunately, the power of the Arafat icon at present is only to affect things for the negative by becoming the spark for a new round of violence. (Which, incidentally, is what the PA leadership has repeatedly "warned" would be the result if they did not get what they wanted from Israel).

3 Buck  Thu, Jul 5, 2012 1:54:46pm

I find the entire concept of even entertaining the possibility that any of the supposed evidence is anything more that utter ridiculousness to be very disturbing.

This is nothing more than the Kennedy assassination, Trutherism and Birtherism style news.

I am shocked and disappointed by anyone that thinks there is anything to this.

4 sliv_the_eli  Thu, Jul 5, 2012 3:23:46pm

re: #3 Buck

The problem is that while you, and many others, call bulls--- on this, there is a large population of people in certain parts of the world who revere the Nobel laureate arch-terrorist, and who are ready to believe that Israel and, more particularly, Israeli Jews, killed him.

I fear it is more than coincidence that al-Jazeera suddenly began to"investigate" the cause of Arafat's death at about the same time that the U.S. and some of its allies derailed the Palestinian Authority's attempt to have the UN hand them a state as a reward for not negotiating with Israel. Between that, the revolutions sweeping the Middle East and the Maghreb, the ongoing civil war in Syria and Iran's drive to build nuclear weapons , the Palestinian "cause" has been shunted to the side of world policy concerns.

History has shown that it would be all too easy to ignite a new wave of violence directed at Israelis, and place the Palestinian "cause" back at the forefront (to say nothing of getting their Arab brethren to make good on their financial pledges), by orchestrating an "investigation" which "concludes" that Arafat was poisoned and that Israel did it.

It took far less for Arafat to trigger the so-called "second intifada".

5 Buck  Fri, Jul 6, 2012 3:18:28pm

re: #4 sliv_the_eli

The problem is that while you, and many others, call bulls--- on this, there is a large population of people in certain parts of the world who revere the Nobel laureate arch-terrorist, and who are ready to believe that Israel and, more particularly, Israeli Jews, killed him.

I don't see where it is a good idea to help spread these lies and conspiracy nonsense. Maybe make fun of them. Maybe shame them, but not discuss it like it is real news.


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