A fitting burial for Arafat

By Joseph Farah

Israel is now making contingency plans for the death of Yasser Arafat, according to recent news reports.

One of the Jewish state’s foremost concerns seems to be preventing a Jerusalem burial for the mass-murdering father of modern jihadist terrorism.

Frankly, I’d love to see Arafat buried as soon as possible – and I’m not at all sure Jerusalem wouldn’t be a great place.

First of all, if he is buried within the Palestinian Authority, he will continue to be an inspiration to those who perpetrate violence against Israel.

It reminds me of that old adage: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Where better for the old pervert to rot in a not-so-well-marked grave than in the Jewish city he tried to destroy?

Secondly, Israel should not fear Yasser Arafat in death any more than it feared him when he was alive. He’s a 74-year-old whose hands and lips tremble, probably from advanced Parkinson’s disease. Even in this state of debilitation, this monster who claims he wants to die a martyr still continues to train little children to do his dirty work and straps bombs on healthy young men in the prime of life to blow themselves to smithereens among any gathering of civilian Jews.

My only concern with regard to Arafat is that he will be allowed to die of natural causes. That would not be justice.

If the leaders of Hamas deserved to die violently in retribution for their terrorist acts against Israel – and they did – surely Arafat, with far more innocent blood on his hands, should be taken out sooner rather than later.

Whether he dies of an assassin’s bullet or from the effects of a cold he catches, Israel will surely be blamed for his death – no matter when it comes. Why put it off? Why wait? Let’s get it over with.

This twisted old man has lived long enough.

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.

Even life cooped up in a bunker in Ramallah is 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, Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden. If we got a chance to knock off one of those monsters, 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.

In fact, 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.

So don’t worry about where Arafat is buried. Just make sure he’s at least six feet under – and sooner rather than later.