Thursday, December 28, 2006

Declassified document: the Arafat murders

A report in yesterday’s WorldNetDaily (hat tip: LGF) cites the release of a de-classified document demonstrating that Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat was responsible for the murders of U.S. diplomats. Excerpts of the WND article appear below:

"After 33 years of secrecy, the U.S. State Department has finally declassified a document admitting it knew the late Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, plotted and supervised the murders of two U.S. diplomats in Sudan in 1973, a cover-up first exposed by WND in January 2001."

"The document, released earlier this year, with no fanfare, makes it clear the Khartoum operation 'was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval' of Arafat, a frequent visitor to the White House throughout the 1990s who died in 2004."

"A primary goal of the attack, it says, 'was to strike at the United States because of its efforts to achieve a Middle East peace settlement which many Arabs believe would be inimical to Palestinian interests."

This report raises numerous questions: For example, why was the report kept secret for all these years? Why did the U.S. continue to push Arafat as if he were some kind of great peacemaker when we knew the truth all along? Why has America continued to pressure Israel to give up more and more concessions to terrorist entities like Arafat’s Fatah or Hamas or Hezbollah that have absolutely no interest in peace whatsoever?

Our government’s endless appeasement Palestinian terrorists—apparently based on a naïve faith in the goodwill of its radical Muslim leaders—has not brought about peace but has only perpetuated the bloodshed.


Anonymous said...

It's amazing how ignorant of history you right-wingers are. Everyone suspected that Black September was under Arafat's control. Time Magazine speculated about it back in 1972! You act as if this is some big surprise. You don't make peace with your friends, you make peace with your enemies. Rabin knew what Arafat had done but he believed peace was more important. In the end Arafat lacked the guts to make peace, but at the same time Israel continued expanding settlements in the West Bank and then a right-wing extremist assassinated Rabin, which was when things began to fall apart. It's awfully easy for you sitting in your nice safe house thousands of miles away to tell Israelis and Palestinians that they should not even try to make peace. Who said Christianity is a religion of peace?

Dennis said...

What do you mean "Arafat lacked the guts to make peace?" This declassified document shows that Arafat didn't want peace! He wanted Israel! (The name of his "Palestine LIBERATION Organization" should have been your first clue). But you're right that Rabin believed peace was more important! It is the Jews who want peace!

The first step toward peace in the Middle East is a very simple one. If the various Muslim governemnts and organizations would simply recognize Israel's right to exist, and stop blowing up Jews, Israel would bend over backwards to make peace with their neighbors. This is the main issue. Everything else is just smoke and mirrors.

Anonymous said...

The document is from 1972! He didn't want peace in 1972. That doesn't say anything about whether or not he wanted peace in 2000. In 1972 Israel was systematically assassinating Palestinians they believed were involved in the Olympics massacre--as well as a few innocent bystedners.

How do you know Palestinians don't want peace? Have you ever talked to a Palestinian or been to the Palestinian Territories? What makes you think the average Palestinian doesn't want peace? Does every American want war in Iraq? Clearly not.

Maybe you should learn a little bit more about these issues before you spout your ignorant opinions.

If you are against peace, what is your alternative?

Dennis said...

Anonymous wrote: "How do you know Palestinians don't want peace?"

Hmmm, gee, for starters, how about the fact that they recently elected a terrorist government which wants the elimination of Israel? Does that count?

I'm not saying that all Palestinians are like this. But those who might like to make peace with Israel seem to be the minority and are undoubedly terrified to speak out.

Anonymous wrote: "Have you ever talked to a Palestinian or been to the Palestinian Territories?"

Yes, in fact, I have. I've been on the West Bank, looked down on Galilee from the Golan Heights, and traveled through Gaza to Egypt (of course we had to be careful about where we went because many of the residents wanted to kill us!)

I've also been in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey. So what? Have you?

Anonymous wrote: "If you are against peace, what is your alternative?"

I'm not against peace. I would LOVE to have peace! And like I said, if the Palestinians would just recognize Israel's right to exist and stop shelling Israel and sending suicide bombers to kill innocent Jews, that would be a HUGE step forward (It would probably also help if they'd stop teaching their children than all Jews are evil pigs!)

But they won't even do that much! Why? Because they want peace over the dead bodies of Israeli Jews!

If the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century have taught us anything, it should be the fact that peace will not come through negotiation alone or through appeasment.

We tried to negotiate with Saddam for ten stinken years and all we got for our efforts was to allow him to divert millions (billions?) from his own people--which deprived them of food and medical care--in order to make himself even more powerful and filthy rich.

Sometimes there are no good choices in this world--but appeasment and fruitless negotiation are often the worst of the bad choices.

Anonymous said...

So peace can only come from war? Have you read george Orwell?