Sunday, November 14, 2004

A Eulogy to Reason


"Western Leaders Issue an Open Invitation for Islamic Extremists to Slaughter their Citizens"

No, really.

I noticed this CNN story about the reactions of different world leaders to Yasser Arafat’s death. Small snippets of official statements of reaction.

(Yes, I realize that this is a Thursday news story, but I’ve been rather absorbed in one thing or another in the intervening days – it’s still relevant – stop being such a ‘fresh news’ snob.) :)

Reading through these statements, I was utterly horrified by the leaders of the free world essentially giving terrorists carte blanche – a goddamned invitation – to keep doing exactly what they’ve been doing for years, namely kill and maim in the name of their cause.

The usual suspects from the Coalition of the Killing had their say – this I was expecting.

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri - "The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas mourns with pride… An icon of our struggle and a great Palestinian symbol."

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono - "…a hero to us all. He was the ultimate embodiment of decades of the just struggle of a nation for its undeniable rights to self-determination. A figure much loved and respected not only by Palestinians but also many in the world over, including Indonesia."

Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar - "a great leader who dedicated his life to defend the rights of his fellow Palestinians."

THIS, though, is what most shocked me. These people are ostensibly on our side, yet they choose to use the slipperiest diplo-speak to avoid any condemnation of the man that has terrorized the world for decades. They praised him…actually praised his ideals and invited his surviving compatriots to KEEP GOING.

French President Jacques Chirac - called Arafat "a man of courage and conviction who has incarnated, for 40 years, the fight of Palestinians for the recognition of their national rights. May this loss unite all Palestinians. By remaining united they will continue to be faithful to Yasser Arafat's memory and will uphold the ideal to which he devoted his life.

The ideal to which this monstrosity devoted his life was the annihilation of anyone who didn’t agree with his particular methots to grab power. The means of this devotion was violence, terror, murder, torture…. Surely it can’t be possible that the President of France is telling these people to continue in the way they always have, using the same means?

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan - "For nearly four decades, he expressed and symbolized in his person the national aspirations of the Palestinian people."

‘Symbolized in his person’, eh? The man was a mass murderer, a religious bigot, a racist. Is this, then, what Palestine stands for? Is this the kind of Palestine that you would be quite happy to embrace as an international neighbour?

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton - "However others viewed him, the Palestinians saw him as the father of their nation"

Ever willing to press his lips to the ass of someone else’s cause, Clinton proves that it is important to respect the opinion of the supporters of one’s deadly enemy. It is wise to remember that the way those ‘others viewed’ Arafat was with utter horror, abject fear or extreme hostility - likely because he had instigated some form of violence against them.

Those ‘others’, incidentally, were America and it’s allies – one has to ask where Clinton’s sympathies actually lay during the time of his Presidency if he so easily identifies with the views of the Palestinian people now.

The Vatican - "He was a leader of great charisma who loved his people and sought to lead them towards national independence.”

Let me just finish that sentence: “…by any means necessary using techniques that are decidedly un-Christian.” A smack on the wrist and 20 Hail Mary’s for the acolyte who scrawled that one.

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."

Sacrifice is something that one gives of ONESELF, all I seem to recall is the repeated and bloody sacrifices of everyone around the safely coddled Mr Arafat.

It is unbelievable that a country’s leader can officially label Arafat’s struggle ‘noble’ and ‘just’ without expecting to be barred from membership of any international body and fear of having his IMF loans cancelled.

Thankfully, there was a little sanity in the mix. Also, predictably, most of it was from the country who has it’s citizens regularly de-limbed by terrorists.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon - "I hope that the new Palestinian leadership ... will understand that the advancement of the relations ... depends first and foremost on them stopping terror."

Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid - "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."

Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - "The tragedy was that Arafat, who had the power and prestige to move his people to peace, instead moved them and us into a terrible war of terror that cost thousands of lives, Israelis and Palestinians alike.

"This is the man who also pioneered international terrorism, the art of hijacking planes, ships, kidnapping and seizing of hostages and you name it. Which gave birth, of course, to other terrorist groups who emulated him, including al Qaeda."

Israel keeps its eye on the ball…probably because ‘the ball’ is grenade-shaped more often than not. The way that some in the west have reacted to Arafat’s death is just nauseating. He didn’t deserve a state funeral so much as a pine coffin and a pit filled with said coffin in the middle of the night.


(Cross posted to A Western Heart)

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