Tuesday, November 08, 2005

On Arafat's death (November, 2004)

The news this week is rioting by angry Muslim youths in France. The news every week is suicide bombing and terrorism. I wrote this at the beginning of last year, after the death of Yasser Arafat. It was inspired by Jeff Jacoby's excellent editorial in the Boston Globe. I thought it would be as good as anything to start a blog with, even if it is a little heavy.

For too long the father of modern terrorism was coddled, petted and fawned over by the Western World. His death provides us the opportunity to speak the truth about a hideously selfish, immature, and evil man. He took a poor, uneducated and hopeless people, and instead of lifting them above their circumstances to productive and happy lives, manipulated them and poisoned their spirits. Their "leader" showed them the way to hateful violence, abject poverty, and wretched butchery. He used his own people as human weapons in a murderous and cowardly reign of terror. He ended the lives of thousands, but ruined the souls of millions and sowed seeds which will produce a bitter harvest for generations to come.

In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter--bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."

"In the Desert," Stephen Crane

Except that the monster who just died was also slowly gnawing the author's leg off and killing his own children even as the author fed him and kept him in a large and comfortable cage.

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