So Arafat's dead. Shame.
I'm going to have to avoid the news over the next few days. I don't think I can bear to watch world leaders earnestly mourning the passing of the inventor of modern terrorism; a man who filled schools with books teaching children that Jews are subhuman and deserve death and that killing them is so important that it's worth dying for; a man who believed that it was more important to kill Jews than to make peace; a man who took millions of dollars of aid intended to help "his" people and kept it for himself; a man who used children as human shields; a man who had people executed without trial for the crime of talking to Jews; a man who would have his rivals beaten to death in the street and hung from lamp-posts; the man responsible for killing Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. And he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Excuse me while I spit.
Good luck to the Palestinians. Their biggest obstacle to statehood, security, democracy, and peace has just been removed. I hope they can manage to take the opportunities now in front of them without having to have a civil war first.