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There seems to be confusion being spread (go fig) about Yasser Arafat's current medical condition.

An Israeli TV report apparantely reported him clinically dead about a half hour ago. Since then, other reports have surfaced saying he is very stable and alive.

Read for yourself...

A Canadian news piece -  http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2004/11/04/arafat_health041104.html

CNN's version -

If Arafat were to die, I can't even guess what might happen to that region.


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Nov. 4th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
According to Israeli news....(I have two co workers including my boss that speaks Hebrew) They are saying he's clinically dead. Brain dead. They basically are keeping him alive via a breathing tube.

I'm not sure if I can trust the source considering how badly Israel would want that.

What it will do to the region has been abuzz in the office all day today. It's almost bigger than the election. My boss and co-boss are excited about the possibilities.

It's weird. I never thought I would be interested or concerned about it until now.
Nov. 4th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
I don't think Israel "wants" the death, so much are hopeful that it might spark change. here's a link for an African article on it:


google news rocks!
Nov. 4th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
If you spoke to the two men in my office you'd understand my statemnet.

But I agree.
I hope it's just the potential for change that they want.
Nov. 4th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
I was hoping you would write back with exactly that comment. It just read funny. I too would like to see an end to the situation in the region. But when a tyrant dies it doesn't always bring about the peace we hope for.

I get their senitment. I believe I share it.
Nov. 4th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC)
Arafat's death may not bring peace to the region. It will bring HOPE for peace to the region.

His death will be one of the greatest opportunities for both the Israeli and Palestinian people.

In 1999, Israel and Palestine were on the verge of peace. Barak had offered Arafat 99% of everything the Palestinian's had wanted. Arafat's response was to walk away from the deal and start the intifada whereby suicide bombers began blowing up piza parlors. This dealt an embarrassment to Clinton, and toppled Barak's government, as the Israeli people turned to the right-wing Ariel Sharon to protect them.

Up until that point, the economy of Israel and even Palestine were beginning to thrive as foreign investors began trading in the area. However, the influx in the Palestinian economy was not felt by the Palestinian people, because any money was literally stolen by Arafat and his cronies. Eventually, the Palestinian people started to question Arafat's leadership. So, Arafat responded with a tactic that always worked before. Blame the Jews. That's when he walked away from the peace deal and started sending 12 year-old children to become suicide bombers.

He's always been a terrorist and a monster. He has done more damage to his own people than anyone in history. His death will hopefully be a harbinger of peace and hope.
Nov. 4th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)
Maybe he was just *mostly* dead.
Nov. 4th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
It's too bad then that Arafat fired his miracle worker Max, claiming he was an Israeli spy.
Nov. 4th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
What does the Koran say about zombies?
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