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Thursday, October 28, 2004
  Arafat
Palestinian "leader" Yasser Arafat is in bad shape; many speculate he is on his deathbed. Wretchard at Belmont Club makes some good observations:
Twenty years of European and UN Middle Eastern policy may be lying on the deathbed with Arafat. That they had to fly in doctors to treat him in a makeshift clinic underscores how, after 50 years of UN relief and billions in European investment, there are no Palestinian institutions. Not even decent hospitals for its supreme leader. The downside of the Arab Way of War -- the Intifada in this case -- is that the concept of victory through denial is inherently pyrrhic. 'We burned our village in order to keep it from falling into enemy hands' is like lighting a match to examine the gas tank; it works but misses the point.

 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:13 AM


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