Thursday, November 11

Check out this link which details some "milestones" in the life of Yasser Arafat.

Other takes:

Pay attention, if you can, to how the major media outlets are covering the death of Arafat, and see how much of the truth is reported.

Compare the above timelines to this one from CNN. And this one from the AP.

The reaction from world leaders has been telling.

Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid said: "Arafat missed the opportunity to have peace in the Middle East and a Palestinian state and chose terror as a weapon, not only against Israel but against Western civilization.

"He was the godfather of al Qaeda and of bin Laden. And perhaps we now have a new opportunity to start talks with Palestinians who genuinely want to have peace."

French President Jacques Chirac called Arafat "a man of courage and conviction."

South African President Thabo Mbeki: "History will record that President Arafat epitomized that rare breed of leaders whose lives were defined by the unflinching sacrifices they made in the noble and just cause of the struggle of their peoples."

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called Arafat "a pioneer who had laid out the foundation for the establishment of a Palestinian state."

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called Arafat "a hero to us all."

Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Arafat "had long been a beacon of hope for Palestinians in their struggle to live with dignity."


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