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Death of a Monster: Yasser Arafat
Preparedness: Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst
Wikileaks War
The Rise of the Tea Party
Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration
Boycott The One
Into a Twisted Future with Gary Wolf
We Shall Not Go Quietly Into The Night
Dancing Under the Ugandan Skies - A Book Review
The 99 Most Memorable, Interesting and Outrageous Political Quotes of 2008
Obama's Natural Born Problem
The Giggle Monster Lost His Giggle (A children's story)
Victory at any Price
The History of the Huntwork Clan
Palin and those "scary" Christians
Our "Little Barracuda"
Civility at Saddleback
The Top Ten Reasons Obama Should Not Be President
The Coming Fascist State
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Hillary's Close Call
The Jerry Springer Party
Christianity, Obama, Identity Politics and Liberation Theology
Tis the Season to be PC
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The Sad Saga of Amanda Marcotte
The Left attempts to define Political Correctness
In Defense of Blackwater and the Modern Day Merc
Some Thoughts on the Senate Sleepover and the Iraq War
The Salt Lake Shooter and Sudden Jihad Syndrome
Successes and Setbacks in the "Long War"
The Rise of the Anti-Jihadists
The Little Boy and the Magic Snowman (A Children's Story)
Exploiting Children in the Name of Climate Change
Workshop of the Second Self: A Book Review
The Mystery of 9-11, Dr. Graham and Jamal Khan
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Myths (and Truths) of the Illegal Immigration Invasion
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Alternating Worlds: A Book Review
Defending Christmas
The Execution of Terri Schiavo
The Saga of SpongeBob SquarePants
Civility at Saddleback
Embedded Reporters: A Bad Idea
Death of a Monster: Yasser Arafat
Immigrations Unarmed Invasion
Post 47 and RAthERGATE
September 11th: Lives Lost and Lessons Learned
An Alliance of Evil
The Holy Land - A Book Review
The Nature of the Enemy
The Embracer: A Book Review
Final Battle of the Culture Wars
They Say Trevor Made a Mockery of MLK Day
Did You Lie to Your Kids at Christmas?
The Twists and Turns of the Jessica Lynch Story
Valley of the Dry Bones
Rush and Race
What's Wrong with the Caucasion Club?
The Seductive Temptress
A Just War
Living the Bill of Rights
The Institutionalism of Liberalism
Triumph of the Bush Doctrine
New Alliances for a New Century
The Real Reason for the Iraq War
The Family Historian
There Once Was A Little Brown Bug (A Children's Story)
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan
The U.N. Agenda
Powell the Pacifist

Thoughts on the Life and Death of Yasser Arafat

As I watched the French and Egyptian military honor guards escort the body of the Egyptian, Abdel-Rahman Abdel-Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini, better known as Yasser Arafat, back to his Cairo funeral and Ramallah burial I was saddened at the reverence given to such a merciless, depraved monster and murderer. Many European and Arab nations muttered about the low level minimal diplomatic delegation sent by the United States to the funeral. The question should really be why the United States sent any diplomatic delegation at all to the funeral of this despotic thug. Perhaps we should also send the minimum political delegation to the funerals of Saddam and bin Laden.

As the Liberal elites of world waxed nostalgic and BBC journalists became misty eyed in their reporting of his passing, one has to wonder at a world that mourns the passing of such a man. The United Nations flag was lowered to half staff as Secretary-General Kofi Annan led a tribute in the General Assembly, honors usually reserved for sitting heads of state. Jacque Chirac proudly, and in his own words, "bowed down to the body of Arafat to pay homage" and referred to his as "a man of courage and conviction."

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan praised Arafat for his efforts on behalf of "peace and his people." Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of Germany was mournful that "it was not granted to Yasser Arafat to complete his life's work." Jimmy Carter described him as "the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland." He went on to describe his "indispensable leadership to a revolutionary movement" and lamented that Arafat had been excluded from peace negotiations in recent years.

My outrage is nearly indescribable.

The truth is that Yasser Arafat is the father of modern terrorism. He pioneered the tactics of terror that have been enthusiastically practiced and pursued throughout the Middle East over the last half century; hostage taking, the killing of children, the slaughter of innocents for political purposes, airline and ship hijackings, the machine gunning at airports, suicide bombings and civilian massacres.

The descriptions of the individual atrocities would fill volumes, but a select few are worth mentioning. Arafat personally ordered the execution of American Ambassador to Sudan, Cleo No'l, charges des affaires George Moore and the Belgium aid, Guy Eid in Khartoum. He is also responsible for death of some 100 U.S. citizens. During the twelve year civil war in Lebanon entire villages of Christians like Damour were massacred, the residents chopped into pieces with machetes on his orders. More than 10,000 were slaughtered by Arafat's PLO in that village alone. During his reign of terror he and his minions were responsible for the death of tens of thousands of Christians, Israelis, and fellow Arabs and the cruel maiming of thousands more. Arafat orchestrated the hostage taking and murder of eleven Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich before a horrified world audience. And the heart wrenching stories of the pointed slaughter of civilians including pregnant women, the old and little children in Israel are endless.

Despite his advancing years, increasing mental instability and blood spattered Nobel Peace Prize; the Palestinian leader continued his support of terror to the very end. After the outbreak of the violence in September 2000, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's faction, Fatah, coordinated together under the umbrella of the "Nationalist and Islamic Forces," led by Fatah. They were united in one goal. To kill as many Israelis as possible by whatever means necessary. Arafat never ceased the weapons smuggling, the payoffs to the families of suicide bombers, the financing of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the looting of billions of dollars designated for the Palestinian people, and his praise of the late Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin and Saddam Hussein.

The quotes of Yasser Arafat are a priceless look into his soul. "We know only one word — jihad! Jihad, jihad, jihad! Whoever does not like it can drink from the Dead Sea or from the Sea of Gaza." (Bethlehem — Oct. 1996). "We plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion... We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem" (Stockholm in 1996). "People aren't attracted to speeches, but rather to bullets" (from his early days). The man who uttered such quotes never seriously sought peace and spurned all avenues and opportunities to gain his stated goal of Palestinian statehood.

"I've never before seen so much cleverness, blood and filth all together in one man." said Constantin Munteaunu, a communist Romanian general assigned to teach Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization operations in deception and influence designed to persuade the West into granting the organization recognition (as quoted by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the former head of Romanian intelligence.) Arafat was no Islamist and delighted in flouting its dogma, but cleverly used the teachings and beliefs of Islam to inspire the vicious hatred and fanaticism of the Palestinian cult of death and its infamous suicide bombers. Now Arafat is to be honored with a shrine and a mosque at his burial site contributing yet another stain to "the religion of peace."

Unfortunately, Yasser Arafat's legacy of death will continue long after he is gone. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades released this statement. "Zionist Israel and the government of (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon are responsible for the assassination of our leader by putting him under siege," Announcing a state of high-alert across the Palestinian territories, it called on people to "hit out and strike the occupation everywhere. This crime will not go without punishment."

And what can be said of the 'cause' that this man championed? Couched in the language of liberation and the struggle for a homeland, it was a thinly veiled crusade to slaughter Jews at every opportunity and orchestrate the destruction of the state of Israel. Perhaps Zahir Muhsein, a former PLO executive committee member, stated it best in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw on March 31, 1977.

The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism."

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

- President Ronald Reagan

 ”I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.”

—William F. Buckley Jr.

"Liberals want to regulate just about everything: where we live, what fuels we use, what car we drive, whether we can drive or be forced to use government mass transit, where we send our kids to school, what doctor we see, and even to what extent we express our approval or disapproval of others’ lifestyles. It’s hard to find something liberals don’t want to regulate. Is that a world you want to live in?” 

"At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers. It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make all men equal in His sight. "

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end."

- Orson Scott Card

"In response to skyrocketing gas prices, liberals say, practically in unison, 'We can’t drill our way out of this crisis.”' What does that mean? This is like telling a starving man, 'You can’t eat your way out of being hungry!'  'You can’t water your way out of drought!' 'You can’t sleep your way out of tiredness!' 'You can’t drink yourself out of dehydration!' Seriously, what does it mean? Finding more oil isn’t going to increase the supply of oil? It is the typical Democratic strategy to babble meaningless slogans, as if they have a plan. Their plan is: the permanent twilight of the human race. "

-Ann Coulter

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
-Samuel Adams