Yep, Arafat is dead. Sleeping with the fishes. Pushing Daisies. Checked out. Kicked the oxygen habit. Became living impaired. Retroactively aborted. Taking a dirt nap. Worm food. Dead dead dead.
Needless to say, there have been various reactions.
Jimmy Caahtah says he was a "legitimate leader". Here is the Cox and Forkum version of the PLO "elections" that put Arafat in as terrorist in chief.
Alison Sommer, listed to the right on my blogroll is a mother living in Israel. She has various reactions from the Israeli media, this one from Uzi Benziman in Haaretz Daily spells out how Israel will remember him-
It will remember Yasser Arafat as the person who eight months after he signed the Oslo Accords whispered in a Johannesburg mosque that the agreement was equivalent to the one between Mohammed and the Qureish at Hudbeiya that the Prophet broke two years later and is considered a paragon of Muslim cunning and tactics.
It will remember him as the person who two months after he competed in courtesies with then prime minister Ehud Barak at the Camp David summit gave his blessing to - if not the signal for - the outbreak of another fatal round, which has been going on for more than four years, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It will remember him as the person who gave the green light for the continuation of cruel terrorist acts while he was still conducting truce negotiations with Israel's leaders.
Israel wished for Arafat's death not only because of the vast amount of its blood he has spilled and not only because of the terror he imposed on its streets, but because of the crushing of the belief in the ability to reach an agreement with the Palestinian people.
A month after he appeared on the stage of Oslo's City Hall at the side of Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, the terror attack in Beit Lid occurred; Arafat blamed Israel for carrying it out.
Israel has not forgiven him, and will not forgive him on the day of his death, for releasing the beast of terror from its cage and letting it sow killing and destruction in every corner of the country. It has not forgiven him for having broken his commitments, for having shattered its hopes and for having brought down upon it rampages in the style and methods of a primitive tribal world.
Jeff Jacoby from the Boston Globe wrote a stunning piece here-Arafat the Monster-
In a better world, George Bush would not have said, on hearing the first reports that Arafat had died, "God bless his soul."
God bless his soul? What a grotesque idea! Bless the soul of the man who brought modern terrorism to the world? Who sent his agents to slaughter athletes at the Olympics, blow airliners out of the sky, bomb schools and pizzerias, machine-gun passengers in airline terminals? Who lied, cheated, and stole without compunction? Who inculcated the vilest culture of Jew-hatred since the Third Reich? Human beings might stoop to bless a creature so evil -- as indeed Arafat was blessed, with money, deference, even a Nobel Prize -- but God, I am quite sure, will damn him for eternity.
Meryl Yourish has a detailed list of the multiple atrocities that Arafat is responsible for.
My thoughts are that this man deserves to be remembered as the person responsible for preventing the Israeli's and Arabs from reaching a peaceful agreement to their territorial disputes. Jews have been in Judea/Palestine/Israel for over 3,000 years of recorded history. They are not leaving. The ex-egyptians/syrians/jordanians who refer to themselves as "palestinians" are under the misguided perception that one day the Jews will leave Israel and they can have it all to themselves. Arafat is the one to blame for this misguided mindset, and the world is now responsible for reforming a literal death cult in to a respectable nation.
Good luck with that.
I hope you suffer for all eternity Arafat. You deserve nothing less.