Case vs. Arafat Even Stronger Than One Against Saddam

(Chicago Sun-Times) Joel Sprayregen - Israel has at least as much justification to oust Yasser Arafat as the U.S. did to oust Saddam Hussein. Some foolishly argue that Arafat cannot control the "radicals." Barry Rubin, co-author of a new biography of him, points out: "What many foreign observers have failed to understand is that for more than two years Arafat himself has been firmly in the radical camp." Arafat received more than $2.5 billion in aid, yet Palestinian standards declined. Michael Kelly, a brilliant Washington journalist who died in Iraq, commented: "Arafat has established in Gaza and the West Bank a nasty, thuggish little kleptocracy run by and for the benefit of President Arafat and his gunsels and cronies."

2003-10-17 00:00:00

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