Arafat's Death & Peace
At one point this afternoon, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was reported dead. Then, moments later, it was reported that he was still alive, but gravely ill. From all accounts, it appears as if he has slipped into a coma from which he will never emerge.
I'm a big fan of peace. Peace is a very cool thing. The more peace this world has, the better off we'll all be. The middle east is not a very peaceful place these days. Israel and the United States have in recent years shunned Arafat as a terrorist and an obstacle to peace, and his replacement by a new leadership could open the door to renewed peace talks. Such a scenario could affect Israel's current plans to pull soldiers and settlers out of the Gaza Strip in a unilateral move not co-ordinated with the Palestinians.
Peace, brother. Peace.
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