Joel Mowbray

Palestinian newspaper Al Quds was ordered by Arafat?s minions to run an article on the thug?s meeting with a Greek Orthodox leader on the front page. When it ran on page 8 instead, armed guards arrested Al Quds editor Maher al-Alami, ?detaining? him for six days.

Violence and intimidation continue to play significant roles in Arafat?s playbook.  On Tuesday, former Cabinet minister and longtime Arafat critic, Nabil Amr, was shot on his way home by unidentified ?gunmen.?  Early reports indicate he might lose his leg.

Maybe it?s no surprise that Abbas refused to cross Arafat, and Qureia chose resignation over a ?mysterious? death. 

At least Arafat treats political enemies better than he does Israelis.  He openly desires nothing short of the complete destruction of the Jewish state.  He is, after all, a partner for peace.

While charming diplomatic dupes in the West with beautiful English-language statements, he has for years been rallying Palestinians to Jihad?in Arabic

It?s all part of Arafat?s cult of death.  It starts by brainwashing youths not long after they are out of diapers, and the incitement continues with the bombardment of constant anti-Semitism and calls to arms over radio and television.  With so much venom injected into Palestinian hearts and minds, it?s a fair question if peace can come even after Arafat exits stage left.

Offering a glimmer of hope, though, that Palestinians might be able to overcome Arafat?s cancerous reign is decades of exposure to Israeli media.  Though Palestinians may not love their neighbor, they do envy it.  According to a recent poll, Palestinians preferred an Israeli-style democracy over that found in any other nation, such as the U.S., France, or Germany.

It would be messy, and likely bloody, but after the demise of Arafat, the Palestinian people might eventually get just that.

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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