There’s a debate raging in Jerusalem and in Washington about whether it is appropriate to exile Yasser Arafat – to expel him from the Palestinian Authority.

I say don’t expel him … shoot him.

Yasser Arafat is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent Israeli citizens, the lynching deaths of untold Arabs and the killing of more than 100 U.S. citizens, including two U.S. diplomats assassinated in cold blood.

Exile is far too good for him.

Some people get squeamish about calling for violence against “foreign leaders.” Arafat is no more a legitimate foreign leader than Adolf Hitler or Saddam Hussein were. If we got a chance to knock off one or both of those tyrants, can anyone honestly say we shouldn’t have done it?

Some people say we can’t eliminate Arafat because to do so would only make him a martyr to his people. Would we hesitate for a moment to kill Osama bin Laden for the same reason? No way. Therefore, that argument holds no water.

Some people insist there is nobody better to work with in the Palestinian Authority than Arafat. Maybe that’s true. I doubt it. But one thing is certain: Nobody in the Palestinian Authority has more innocent blood on his hands than Arafat.

Arafat is the father of modern terrorism.

If we’re serious about fighting a war against terrorism – particularly the brand of Islamo-fascism he represents – there’s no better place to start than by offing Arafat.

It’s justice. It’s the right thing to do.

If you want to give him a fair trial first, that’s fine with me. But he needs to pay for his crimes with his life. His crimes are well-documented, but here’s a brief refresher course:

In May 2002, Israel discovered documents linking Yasser Arafat directly to terrorist acts and sponsorship of suicide bombings. He should have been executed right then and there. But, under pressure from the United States, the Israelis let him off the hook – to kill even more innocents.

But he should have been dead long before that.

A long-buried Central Intelligence Agency report, found last year in the National Archives by a historian chronicling President Nixon’s career, shows the agency, former Secretary of State William Rogers and many other officials were aware of Yasser Arafat’s involvement in the 1973 murders of two U.S. diplomats by Arab terrorists. The files were discovered by Russ Braley, author of “Bad News: The Foreign Policy of The New York Times” and a Nixon researcher who has plumbed the National Archives “Nixon Project” – created when Congress took control of the late president’s papers – for bits of information about the administration not released to the general public and press.

Braley found several boxes of documents related to the 1973 kidnap-murders in Khartoum, Sudan, of U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel and Charges d’Affaires George Curtis Moore, along with Belgian diplomat Guy Eid by Arab terrorists. Though the files had been, according to Braley, thoroughly purged of information regarding intercepts of Arafat giving the explicit order for the machine-gun murders of the diplomats, one surviving CIA report, found in NSA box 666 and enclosed in a message from Rogers to some 40 U.S. embassies, shows Arafat’s complicity in the terrorist crimes.

In 2001, WorldNetDaily broke the story of the former National Security Agency operative, James J. Welsh, a witness to the communication intercept. Welsh was the NSA’s Palestinian analyst at the time.

But Arafat should have been dead long before 1973. It was in the 1960s he became the father of modern terrorism – pioneering airline hijackings, suicide attacks and other methods now employed by groups like al-Qaida.

Please don’t exile him, because he will come back. He always does. If he lives, others die. It’s time to take out Arafat – permanently.

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