11/10/04: Arafat Death Watch searchers: You
want to go
here for the latest.
Those peaceful palestinians
Let's go back to an entry
from a day or so ago, where Reuters had this to say about Yasser (may
he die soon) Arafat:
It [Israel] accuses him of fomenting violence in a
three-year-old Palestinian uprising for statehood, an allegation he
Now let's look at an
article from the Sunday Jerusalem Post:
The official television station of the Palestinian
Authority has begun broadcasting a video clip depicting the destruction
of Israel and its replacement by a Palestinian state stretching from
the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW)
PMW Director Itamar Marcus said the clip, which was
broadcast twice within the past week, demonstrates that PA TV "continues
to promote and glorify violence."
The video shows hands clutching stones springing up
at various points on a map of Israel, he said, followed by the Palestinian
flag emerging and covering the entire area of the Jewish state.
So, who do you think approved that videoclip?
Die, Arafat. Faster, please. permalink
Back in New Jersey
There are a few things I've missed about New Jersey since moving to Richmond.
I never thought that road rage would be one of them. But when an SUV cut
me off on the highway, I applied the horn with the greatest pleasure.
Because you can't beep your horn in Richmond. It's worse than the law:
It's expected. If you want to turn on Richmonders' road rage, go ahead
and beep your horn. You're expected to sit still and wait until the person
in front of you discovers that the light did, indeed, turn green and nobody's
coming from the perpendicular road. You're expected to smile and wave
if you get cut off on the highway. The last thing you want to do is beep
your horn at someone on a local street, because then you are guaranteed
to get an automotive shadow for the next ten miles.
But when some schmuck tried to pass me on the right to get onto the Turnpike,
I leaned on the horn, which is a nice, bass beep, and it felt heavenly.
So did getting my hair done by Rocco, who refuses to move to Richmond
just because I did. And spending most of my Macy's gift card. (No Macy's
in Virginia, as far as I can tell.) But not driving on the Garden State
Parkway. Damn, those lanes are too narrow. I'm shocked that people aren't
killed on the Parkway every day. The average speed is 70 mph (it's a 55
mph road), and the lanes are extremely narrow because of two reasons:
It's one of the most heavily-traveled road in the state, and no trucks
are allowed on itwhich is how they can get away with narrowing the
lanes to an unhealthy degree. I must be turning into an out-of-towner.
I'm bitching about the Parkway lanes.
I was also reveling at the fresh kosher Empire chicken in the supermarket,
but didn't buy any. I can get it cheaper at my kosher butcher shop on
the way home.
Tomorrow, I'm meeting Susanna Cornett
at my favorite Chinese restaurant in Bloomfield, and then we'll go to
my favorite used bookstore in Montclair and meet my favorite former next-door
neighbor. Then off to my brother's for dinner and to give my nephew his
birthay present. (Simpsons Hit and Run for The XBox. Yeah, I know, I'm
such a good aunt.)
Major sighs of contentment coming from me today. Hey, I had a really
good roast beef dinner at the Randolph Diner (Virginia doesn't do diners,
either), while watching the Yankees beat Boston, chatting with my mother,
and offering "bips" to the child in the booth behind us ("chips,"
a.k.a french fries). And on Monday, I'll be stopping at a good bagel shop
and a good Italian bakery to complete the journey. Southern cooking is
really good, but southerners simply can't do bread the way Jews and Italians
Good morning. But not good enough,
the bastard's not dead yet
It seems Arafat might
be getting better. Damn.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat attended Muslim prayers
at his West Bank headquarters on Friday, repeatedly kneeling and getting
to his feet without help and looking stronger after what doctors said
was a bout of stomach problems.
In appearances earlier this week, Arafat, 74, was pale
and haggard, and seemed disoriented. This set off speculation, denied
by his doctors, that he was suffering from a serious illness.
On Friday, Arafat sat in the first row of worshippers
at a makeshift mosque in his West Bank headquarters. He was still pale
but looked stronger, and his lower lip did not tremble, as it often
does when he appears especially tired.
As required in Muslim prayers, Arafat repeatedly knelt
on the carpet and got up again, without assistance. In his earlier appearances,
he had held the hand of aides as he walked down the entrance steps of
his compound to address reporters.
Well, we'll just have to wait and see. This looks promising:
An Arafat confidant, speaking on condition of anonymity,
said Egyptian doctors have brought medical equipment with them and have
set up a mini hospital in the compound.
I read somewhere that the Time source has always been trustworthy before,
and they're standing by their stomach cancer story. To be continued...
but not until later today. I'm driving to NJ this afternoon, and my friends
have a wireless hub set up in their home, so I'll be piggybacking on their
cable modem after dinner. permalink
Arafat Death Watch Update: Stomach
Time Magazine says the murderous old creep may
have stomach cancer. If so, the Arafat Dead Pool begins in earnest.
That could be a quick and rather painful death. I'd post some of the article
but, well, it sucks. Their analysis is so lame as to be embarrassing.
How the mighty have fallen.
Thanks to all who emailed about the article.
Lair Simon wants December 24th:
I want Christmas Eve. That way when he "cancels"
Christmas in (Muslim-)Occupied Bethlehem again, all the Christian Palestinians
will have something to truly celebrate and find hope in.
Lair also runs a dead pool. The 2003
dead pool is closed, and he's waiting to hand out 26 points to the
many people who chose Arafat to die this year, but you can enter his 2004
dead pool. Start thinking about your entries now. I'd advise against
choosing Arafat; if he's got stomach cancer, I give him six weeks.
The reports are spreading around; various
news media are reporting the various stories about Arafat's health. But
it seems plain that the man is seriously ill, and probably dying. There's
analysis in the Jerusalem Post (subscription required) about what
I misnamed an email source earlier, but he says a
link will make it up to him. Sorry, Howard.
Say, Jeff has a blog, and I forgot all about it when I answered
his letter earlier. He's responded
to my post.
I'm giving Mac Thomason a
gratuitious link because he writes one of the best and funniest blogs
around. Do not miss the titles to his posts; they're generally
hilarious as well as commenting on the post itself. And he's a one-man
database on the Roy Moore Ten Commandments brouhaha.
Mog wants October 17th. Um, folks... does this mean I actually have to,
like, keep track of who called what? Naaaah. I can just do a search on
the date when Arafat keks and figure out who had it. Dreamweaver has a
great search function.
There are more emails that I'm too tired to get to right now. Tomorrow
is a travel day for me, but when I wind up in central Jersey, I'll have
a wireless connection to piggyback onto. There will be blog. Well, plus,
there will be blog tomorrow morning before I leave, and possibly even
tonight before I collapse.
No, probably not tonight. I think I'm done. Four hours sleep is not enough.
But before I do that, thanks to all of my new readers who sent some very
kind emails my way. I look forward to seeing you back here regularly.
Well, this is downright disappointing:
Death Watch update
But it's Reuters,
so it may all be lies.
A senior Israeli military source said Arafat's ailment
did not appear to be life-threatening.
"We don't think his life is at risk. From what
we know, he had some problems with his stomach. He is weak a little
bit, he is operating. He is taking part in meetings. It was not a heart
attack," the source said.
However, leave it to Rotters News Service to pass along the poisoning
"People around him are afraid of complications
because of his age but especially because of the unhealthy situation
he is living in, in his office," another senior aide said.
"Others are looking into the possibility that
he might have been poisoned, so the...medical team has taken blood samples."
Israeli army roadblocks and patrols have kept Arafat
confined to his battered Muqata compound for the past two years.
Notice how noncontextual that last statement is. It isn't until you hit
the last paragraph that you get a reason for the confinement. A qualified
reason, of course.
It accuses him of fomenting violence in a three-year-old
Palestinian uprising for statehood, an allegation he denies.
So when he said "A
million martyrs marching to Jerusalem!", he was just, you know,
By the way, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigadea division of Fatah, Arafat's
responsibility for the suicide bomber who injured two soldiers at
a checkpoint today.
Reuters headline bias watch: Suicide
Bomb Wounds 2 Israelis in West Bank
Because they have to deligitimize the victims, which were two
soldiers at a checkpoint. Interestingly, female
soldiers have been assigned to various points along the seam line
in case they need to do body searches on possible female suicide bombers.
And a victim of the Haifa bombing succumbed to her wounds today. But
Reuters says Arafat denies fomenting violence, therefore, it must be so.
Die, liver-lips. Die painfully, and die soon. permalink
While I have your attention
My blogdaughter, Shanti, hosts the
Carnival of the Vanities this week.
Combustible Boy sent me a very funny
Mysterious virus, eh? You just know the PA is setting
up to claim Yasser was felled by that secret Israeli bioweapon that
only kills Arabs -- which I like to call the "Poonawalla Strain".
Reuters would report it uncritically, of course.
And I see that I'm having some server problems. Seems an Instalink
has the power to now overload my server. On the phone with my hosting
service now; this should be fixed soon. (Update: It was a server reboot,
not an overload.)
Oh. And I added a few things to my Amazon
wishlist. I don't have a tip jar, but I sure do like presents. permalink
The meme spreads: Deathwatch
All right, I'm back. (Yay, Fandango!) So let's talk Arafat Death Watch.
Bawaba always amuses me, and not just because it's fun to say that
name out loud. (Go ahead. You know you want to. Al Bawaba. Al Bawaba.)
Dr. Ashraf Kurdi, Yasser Arafats Jordanian doctor,
on Thursday told Al Bawaba that the PA leader is denying any deterioration
in his health and the alleged mild heart-attack he was struck with,
and instead has attacked the Israeli press for their accusations saying
the Israeli press is who infected me with the disease (accusing
them of fabricating the story).
Kurdi, the former Jordanian Minister of Health and
Arafats personal doctor for twenty years, confirmed that he personally
called Arafat last night to enquire about his health after hearing in
the media reports on the worrying state that he was in.
According to Kurdi, Arafat denied the reports to him over the phone
saying, I do not suffer from a thing.
Kurdi, speaking to Al Bawaba, said despite the
fact that I am fully aware of Arafats (74) health conditions,
what I heard in the press really worried me and so I decided to call
him just to make sure he was alright.
Kurdi added I asked Arafat to tell me more about
his condition, however he told me that he was doing fine and that it
was the Israeli media that has infected him with this so called disease.
Interestingly, Al Bawaba did not talk to Arafat, who does not "suffer
from a thing." Arafat's (74) health conditions mean nothing;
that's just their translators way of telling us that the murdering bastard
is 74 years old.
[...] Kurdi believes that the reason why he appears
very weak on TV is due to the mental and physical exhaustion and stress
that he has to live under on a daily basis. Kurdi also is not surprised
by his appearance, stating the man leaves in a sorry state
am surprised he made this far as no human can live under the conditions
he lives under. When asked about those conditions, Kurdi noted
that He sleeps in a room that is one meter by one and a half meters
lot of the time the electricity and water goes out, and the room does
not usually receive enough oxygen and fresh air. His room is also quite
heavily trafficked by people working for him.
Why, it sounds almost likea prison! Well, except for the
heavily trafficked part. Mind you, they contradict themselves in their
A senior PA official told The Jerusalem Post that despite
his illness, Arafat received a Turkish delegation in his office on Wednesday.
"I can't say that there is a real improvement in his condition,"
the official said. "Unfortunately, he continues to be very ill."
Another official, however, said there was a "slight
improvement" in Arafat's health.
There go those palestinian spokesmen, moving their lips again.
For contrast's sake, here's an
article from the AJC from September 30th on Arafat's recovery from
flu. Al-Kurdi sure has his talking points down pat.
Al-Kurdi, who has treated Arafat for many years, said
he was joined by a heart specialist, neurologist and internist. "We
checked President Arafat and we found him in good health," al-Kurdi
said. "There is no doubt that his Palestinian doctors did what
was necessary, and we were astonished to find him in good health despite
his living in unhealthy conditions."
There is nothing to be found on the Palestine
Media Center site, or the PA site.
Nothing on the Arab News site.
Gee, let's try to think why this could be.
Arafat dies. Then comes the civil war that the pals have been avoiding.
There will be a bloody struggle for control of the West Bank and Gaza.
I don't believe a single leader will emerge. I think there will be two
or three factions that will try to work together, or at least say they
will. Judging by past history, the consensus will break down early and
often, leading to more civil wars. In the meantime, Arab leaders who have
been funneling blood money to the terrorists will not be able to support
a single leader the way they have supported Arafat. It may break the consensus
between the Arab states, which have always had a fragile relationship
in spite of claims to the contrary. (Go read up on the Sinai war: Egypt
had to remove its troops from Yemen before attacking Israel. Oh, and Egypt
used nerve gas on its enemies, who were supported by the Saudis.)
Can you hear the bells tolling? They're ringing the death knell of the
status quo. The Saudis, the Egyptians, the Jordanians and the Syrians
are shaking in their sandals. Israelis aren't afraid of the chaos that
will erupt. It can be no worse than what they've suffered these past three
years. But the current Arab leaders are in for a world of trouble. Once
their people stop focusing on the plight of the palestinians, the state
of their own countries will finally register on the vast unwashed massesas
Iraq inches closer to being the only Arab nation with democratic rule.
Faster, please. permalink
Stronger than the Arafat death
watch: The Ring
This is going to be your last update for a few hours, as I'm heading
off to my local Regal Cinema to try to score tickets to the Trilogy Tuesday
LOTR marathon. Sorry, but the Ring is a stronger draw than even the death
of the world's ugliest mass murderer. Yeah, I'm a Tolkien geek. Why do
However, Geoff C. points out that the pals are already
using the poison card. The sad truth is, the people they're going
to snow are so effing stupid as to believe anything and everything bad
about Jews, so it'll probably fly as fast and as far as that lie about
the Mossad being behind 9/11. Some choice bits from the article:
Nabil Abu Rudaineh, Arafat's spokesman, said Arafat
is feeling well and accused "hostile elements" of spreading
rumors about his failed health.
Dr. Yousef Qassous, a heart specialist who examined
Arafat last week, told reporters in Amman that the report in The Guardian
on Wednesday was "untrue." He said an electrocardiogram showed
that Arafat had no heart
What? Even the pals are saying what we already knew?
Oops. (I couldn't resist.) Okay, here's the moonbat theorizing already
The Hamas-affiliated Palestine Information Center Web
site quoted an anonymous Palestinian security official as saying he
did not rule out the possibility that Arafat has been poisoned by Israel.
"We have information which we are trying to verify
according to which President Arafat may have been injected with a lethal
dose that slowly and gradually leads to a natural death within a month,"
the official said.
Once again, how can you tell when a palestinian is lying? His lips are
moving. Let's take a poll of those moving lips.
Arafat has been ill for more than a week, and some
of his aides are expressing serious concerns about his condition.
A senior PA official told The Jerusalem Post that despite
his illness, Arafat received a Turkish delegation in his office on Wednesday.
"I can't say that there is a real improvement in his condition,"
the official said. "Unfortunately, he continues to be very ill."
Another official, however, said there was a "slight
improvement" in Arafat's health and he might be able to attend
a meeting of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah on Thursday.
The meeting has been called to approve the new cabinet of Prime Minister
Ahmed Qurei. PA officials denied a report in a British newspaper according
to which Arafat suffered a mild heart attack last week.
Nabil Abu Rudaineh, Arafat's spokesman, said Arafat
is feeling well and accused "hostile elements" of spreading
rumors about his failed health.
[...] "The report about the heart attack is a
complete lie," said Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a senior aide to Arafat.
"President Arafat suffered acute pain in the stomach last week
but is now recovering." He said Arafat's frail appearance was the
result of "vomiting and a loss of appetite."
This is better than any of the so-called reality programs. They should
film these guys, put them on TV, and let us decide which of them is the
best liar and boot the others. Fox? Anyone? I think it's a winner!
By the way, it's hit the big media outlets. CBS
News has an article about Arafat looking ill, the papers are picking
it up, and you should be able to follow it via a Google
News Search while I'm out getting tickets.
Michele wants October
13th. Shell from Across
the Atlantic wants October 24th, United Nations Day. Oooh. I like
the way you think.
And lastly, I suspect that Lesley's
mom was the one that got the Arafat Death Watch into the Best
of the Web. Thanks, Lesley's mom. The power of the WSJ rolls on. permalink
Arafat death watch: Coincidence,
or psychic moment?
When I called him "old
liver-lips" yesterday, I was on the money. Reader Geoff C. sends
me to this breaking news story from the JTA:
Yasser Arafat has potentially fatal liver complications
from gastritis, an Israeli newspaper said. The story in Maariv on Thursday
followed reports the 74-year-old Palestinian leader suffered a mild
heart attack last week. Palestinian officials said Arafat was believed
to have had only a bout of the flu but that a visiting Egyptian medical
team would assess his condition fully -- not least in order to address
suspicions he may have been poisoned by Israel.
And the death watch continues.
Max J. wants December 29th, his birthday. You've got it, Max, but I hope
you get a very early birthday present. Remember, even if your date
doesn't come in, you still win in the Arafat Dead Pool. There are no losers
Another Arafat death watch update
Sadly, I'm going to have to conclude that the report of Arafat's demise
was exaggerated. But I'm going to hold out hope that he's on his way out
for good this time. In the meantime, a few more letters. First, the funny
ones. Michael L. says:
I'm a bit surprised that the old murderer didn't die
from terror when four ambulances entered his compound, given the way
the Palestinian terrorists use ambulances to transport bombs.
Yeah, but he knew it was his own in there, and the Gush Shalom and ISM
Jews are currently too valuable to blow up.
Alex Bensky writes:
This is my prediction: within three weeks of Arafat's
death, whenever it is, at least two of what passes for respectable Arab
media will claim that he was really killed by Israel. I'm not speaking
of protestations that the horrid and nasty Israelis hastened his death
by their settlement policies, or some such, but that the actual, proximate
cause of his death was an action by Israel.
I further predict that within two weeks of that occurrence
the French media will pick up the story and report is as if it were
real news. There will be at least one demonstration somewhere in Europe
or the Middle East demanding condemnation of Israel for this.
As to the likely laudatory obituaries and speeches,
I don't care to offer predictions--they are as inevitable as they will
Meanwhile, when the bastard does die I'm going to mark
the occasion by doing what his savage and psychotic people did on 9/11/01,
go out and have some candy. It seems the appropriate thing to do. I
know we're cautioned every Pesach that God admonished the angels about
rejoicing even at the drowning of Pharaoh's army...but I'm going to
do it anyway.
Red Sox are leading the Yankees, and the hopes of every
decent and civilized person are with them.
(You had to get a Yankees blow in there, didn't you? Well, they're just
letting the Boston fans think there's a chance. There isn't.)
Joel G. and Scott C. both want October 31st. Daniel S. wants October
10-12th. Bruce P. thinks he's dead already and it's being covered up,
and chooses the 8th. A reader who wishes to remain anonymous has a request:
I think that you should offer to put an audiofile of
yourself ululating on your site upon delivery of the 10th (or some other
number) Godiva delivery. I might even pony up a couple bucks on Godiva.com
to have that .wav to replace the boring old "you've got mail"
on my lame aol account.
Okay. You must be a new reader, so here's my answer to your request,
and please don't take offense: Never. Gonna. Happen. Ululating and Meryl
do not go together. Not even for Godiva chocolates. Say, if I can put
them on my site like the Amazon wishlist... no, wait. I'm already trying
to lose the nonsmoking weight, Godiva chocolates would just make me balloon
up like, well, like Arafat.
Now for the flip side: Jeff S. raises a serious issue about the gleefulness
of my Arafat Death Watch.
While I've got your attention, let me raise an issue
with you. This is prompted by this morning's "arafat
death ditty" that you posted. I share the rage and frustration
that inspired you, believe me. And I will probably be happy about Arafat's
death, when it happens. But there will still be a part of me that is
ashamed at that happiness. What sets us apart from the Palestinian savages
(and I cling stubbornly to the hope that that term is not redundant)
is that we DON'T exult at the deaths of our enemies. Is their death
necessary? Yes. Is it justified? Yes. But is it a cause for rejoicing?
I think not. And was it for their death that we fasted Monday? Is THAT
the fast we have chosen?
I've actually thought about that throughout these postings, and went
through a struggle deciding whether or not to post them each timeparticularly
the more bloodthirsty of the posts. As Alex pointed out, God admonished
the angels who rejoiced at the death of Pharoah's army. And I've been
trying to decide if He'd be really unhappy with my thoughts of the past
day or so.
But Jeff, I didn't fast on Yom Kippur in the hopes that Arafat would
die. That's just a line I stuck into the song parody. Yes, while I was
praying, I prayed for Israel, for her safety and success and for the defeat
of her enemies. I was praying that Israelis would get through another
holiday without being blown up. I wasn't thinking about Arafat dying at
all, though that thought has crossed my mind many, many times before.
On the other hand, I think that the case of Arafat is nothing like the
case of the drowning of Pharoah's army. The man is singlehandedly responsible
for the death, wounding, and misery of thousands upon thousands of people:
Israelis, Americans, Jordanians, Palestinians, Lebanese, Christians, Muslims,
Jews. Maybe God would remonstrate with anyone who celebrates Arafat's
death, but I won't. And I don't think this brings us down to the level
of the palestinians who celebrate each bombing with sweets and candies
and joyous parties. They celebrate the deaths of innocents. We'll be celebrating
the death of a mass murderer.
I've heard the John
Donne quote many times: "Any mans death diminishes me,"
and I think it is absolute bullshit. In what way did Hitler's death diminish
anyone? How about Goebbels? Eichmann? How did the death of Idi Amin diminish
mankind? The fact is, living his life unpunished is what diminished us,
and especially the loathesome Saudis who gave him safe haven from his
crimes. When Yasser Arafat dies, the human race will be lifted just a
little higher out of the slime, as another mass murdering piece of filth
will be gone and unable to harm anyone anymore.
And yes, I'll celebrate it. I won't hand out candy to the fourth graders
I teach in my synagogue religious school, because you're right, JeffI
am better than that. But I will raise a glass to the death of one
of the worst human beings ever to walk the planet. And yes, I'll be happy
that he's dead. But I won't be ashamed of it. Not for Arafat. I feel nothing
but hatred and contempt for him. He can't die soon enough to suit me.
Unconfirmed: Arafat may be dead
Johnson (and reader Howard H.), there is an unconfirmed
report of Arafat's death.
20:36 Nous n'avons plus d'information sur l'état
de ''santé'' d'Arafat . La nouvelle de son décès
n'est toujours pas confirmée. (Guysen.Israël.News)
I barely remember my high school French, but I'm pretty sure that it
says he died today but that it has not been confirmed. I sure like this
Babelfish translation, though:
We do not have any more information on the state of
''santé'' of Arafat. The news of its death is still not confirmed.
That's right. It's an it. Not a human. But what's with that "sante"
stuff? Please tell me it doesn't mean saint. Ou est la plume de mon
Update: Thanks to all who wrote to tell me that "sante"
means "health." permalink
Arafat death watch update: The
Arafat Dead Pool
I can keep doing this forever, or until Arafat dies, whichever comes
first. Whoops, gonna be the latter.
Well, old liver-lips' spokesmen
have spoken, and we are reminded of the old ethnic joke that can now
be used with Arafat's spokespeople: How can you tell when a palestinian
spokesman is lying? His
lips are moving.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been weakened
by flu but a doctor today denied a report that the 74-year-old suffered
a mild heart attack last week.
In brief appearances this week, Arafat looked drawn
and pale and his lower lip trembled considerably. He spoke with great
effort and with prompting from his chief adviser, Nabil Abu Rdeneh.
At times, he appeared in a daze, staring straight ahead.
The British newspaper The Guardian today quoted Arafat
aides as saying he had a slight heart attack last week,
but that the incident was kept secret for fear of creating panic.
One of Arafats doctors denied the report.
He didnt have a heart attack ... he had
a stomach flu, said D. Yousef Goussous, one of four doctors who
rushed from Jordan to Arafats compound in the West Bank town of
Ramallah 10 days ago to examine the Palestinian leader.
You know, my grandfather had a few stomach flus, and then he had to have
heart surgery to cure them. I had an uncle who died of the stomach flu.
They can be deadly, those flus. And Arafat's looking mighty sickly in
picture in this article. That flu just may do him in.
"He didn't have a heart attack ... he had a stomach
flu," Dr. Yousef Goussous, one of the four doctors, said Wednesday.
The medical team from Jordan said at the time that
Arafat was in relatively good health. However, Arafat has not improved
since that visit, aides said on condition of anonymity. Arafat continues
to pick at his food and requires a lot of rest, they said.
Toldja to send in a Jewish doctor. They know how to fix those stomach
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Jonathan Peled said
Wednesday that Israel "probably would" permit Arafat to leave
the compound if he needs to be treated at a hospital.
"We're following it (Arafat's health)," Peled
said. "I wouldn't say we're worried, or upset or anything. We're
simply following it."
Those wacky Israeli spokesmen. They're masters of understatement.
Erica S. sent in her dates for the Arafat Dead Pool. She wants October
15th-30th. Okay, those two weeks are yours, Erica. But if any of you want
a more specific date, or even want to go in on any of the dates already
claimed, jump right in. Because there are no losers in the Arafat Dead
Pool. If he dies on the date you pick, you win. If he dies on the date
you didn't pick, you still win. If more than one of you picks the date,
you all win. The principle behind the Arafat Dead Pool is simple: he dies,
Some email from my fellow terrorist-haters. Danny vO says:
Die, Arafat. Die painfully, die quickly, and
How can you write such a thing? Shame on you! Would
that he dies slowly and torturously. Have some patience, girl!
Sorry, Danny, I stand by wanting him to die quickly. Faster, please.
I can't remember if a reader sent this to me, or if I saw it in an article
somewhere. If it was a reader, tell me, and I'll credit you.
Arafat is going to die on a Jewish holiday. Any day
he dies will be a Jewish holiday.
I really do seem to be on a major theme today. I'd call it beating a
dead horse, but the horse isn't dead yet. Faster, please. permalink
Arafat death watch update
Here are more
details on Arafat's appearance at his "cabinet" swearing-in
ceremony. (Just call them rubber-stampers, and be done with it.)
Looking frail, Arafat presided over a modest swearing-in
ceremony for Qurei and the new ministers, attended by members of the
PLO Executive Committee and other senior PA officials. He stood in a
second-floor conference hall of his headquarters, at times leaning
heavily on the table, and embraced the ministers after they had
sworn an oath on a small silver-bound copy of the Koran.
Faster, please. permalink
Nigerian spam goes to Libya
How low can they go? Check this one out:
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Nice touch, including the news articles. And including the alternate
email address. Well? What are y'all waiting for? He's giving you the chance
of a lifetime to bilk someone out of ten million!
These people really are a lower form of life. Go ahead, fill his mailbox,
Say. Do you think he'll answer any of the Nigerian spam he gets in his
mailbox? Or would that be an infinite loop? permalink
Meet the new boss; same as the
The IDF prevented
another terror attack yesterday.
Two Palestinians on their way to carry out suicide
attacks in Israel were captured overnight Monday by IDF troops near
the West Bank city of Jenin.
Here's what the current palestinian "prime minister" has to
say about preventing
such occurrences by disarming the terrorists:
"We will not confront, we will not go for a civil
war," he said. "It's not in our interest. It's not in the
interest of our people, and it's not in the interest of the peace process."
Preventing terrorists from killing civilians is not in the interest of
the peace process. And yet, the world calls Ariel Sharon the criminal.
How low can I go?
Pretty low. The song parodies have begun. To the tune of Mercedes Benz:
Oh Lord, won't you give us an Arafat death?
We've waited for decades, so please stop his breath
Prayed hard for this deed, and fasted, no less
So Lord, won't you kill him, and settle this mess?
I think this subject is going to continue unless the murderer recovers.
In which case I will don sackcloth and ashes in mourning for what might
Really, Lord. He's had his three-score and ten, you can get rid of him
Arafat death watch update
Apparently, Terrorfat had
a heart attack last week.
Yasser Arafat has suffered a mild heart attack but
the Palestinian leadership has sought to keep his health problems secret
for fear it will "create panic".
The 74-year-old Palestinian president, who is suffering
from Parkinson's disease, disappeared from public view last week and
re-emerged at the weekend looking extremely ill. His face was pale and
pinched, he had lost weight and he was almost inaudible. He had trouble
standing for more than a few minutes at a time.
The Palestinian press said he was suffering from flu.
But Palestinian officials told the Guardian that Mr Arafat had suffered
a heart attack last week. "Although he has had a slight heart attack,
the doctors say he will make a full recovery. He is in full control.
There is nothing to worry about," said a close aide to Mr Arafat,
who did not wish to be named.
Asked why it had not been made public at the time,
the official said that it would "have created panic at a critical
time when the Israelis are threatening Arafat's life".
I do believe I may start an Arafat Dead Pool if we keep on getting stories
Arafat swore the ministers in during a quiet ceremony
in his compound in Ramallah. He stood behind a desk as each minister
in turn approached, put his hand on the Koran and swore "on the
great God to be loyal to the homeland and to preserve the law and the
Palestinians' highest interests and to do my duties to the best of my
Each minister then hugged Arafat, who appeared tired
and drawn during the ceremony.
Die, you murdering bastard. Like we used to say on LGF: Faster, please.
And now, a moment of kitty zen
Because today's posts have been filled with non-soothing emotions (how's
that for a euphemism?), I thought it was time out for a kitty picture.
That's Gracie, taken this morning. Of course, it could be taken as her
version of the Monty Python's John Cleese Frenchman insult, but then,
this is our moment of kitty zen. It means only peace, relaxation, and
Arafat death watch
Yasser Arafat is sick. (Via Charles)
Perhaps our prayers are about to be answered.
Four ambulances that were seen entering Palestinian
Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah on Monday afternoon
triggered off rumors that he was seriously ill.
Within minutes, senior officials in the compound were
bombarded with phone calls from curious journalists. Arafat's spokesman,
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, dismissed reports that Arafat had been taken to
a local hospital. He said Arafat suffered from exhaustion and was recovering.
Yes, you'd have to say that.
But another senior official said Arafat's health has
rapidly deteriorated over the past two weeks. "I don't think it's
the flu as some people say," he said. "The president hasn't
been feeling well for some time and his health seems to be worsening."
We can always hope.
He said it was possible that Arafat, 74, has caught
a number of viruses as a result of shaking hands and exchanging kisses
on the cheek with thousands of people who came to see him over the past
few weeks following Israel's decision to "remove" him.
Aha! It was a deadly Mossad plot that's doing him in! Ariel Sharon is
brilliant! That's why he said he was going to "remove" Arafat!
He probably infected hundreds of the well-wishers to make sure that Arafat
would get sick.
On Sunday, a pale and fragile-looking Arafat met in
his office with the new PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei. Palestinians
said they have never before seen Arafat in such a condition.
"You can see that he's very ill," said someone
who attended the meeting. "He can hardly speak. Something bad is
happening to him."
I saw him on a news report before Yom Kippur. He looked totally zoned
out on drugs and was barely able to speak.
Some PA officials said Arafat's decision to declare
a state of emergency in the West Bank and Gaza Strip could be linked
to his illness. "It's possible that he doesn't want to leave a
vacuum behind," said one PA official. "He must have discussed
the issue with Abu Ala [Qurei]."
Oh, there will be a vaccuum. And there will absolutely be war between
the factions vying for control once Arafat is gone. Expect to see a lot
of schadenfreude on this blog. I'm positively looking forward to
the death and destruction that the pals will wreak among themselves. (That's
so going to get me nasty letters. Oh, well. You reap what you sow, people.)
Last week, the PA summoned a team of doctors from Jordan
to examine Arafat after he complained of severe abdominal pain. They
concluded that he had recovered from a mild illness and only needed
At first, his aides suspected that he had been poisoned.
Arafat had been vomiting for several days. Shortly after the Jordanian
team returned home, a journalist in Ramallah quoted a senior PA official
as saying that "Arafat's days are numbered."
Severe abdominal pain. Vomiting. Hm. Those crafty Zionists! They've sent
agents to poison Our Dear Leader! (Of course, as Lair
pointed out, if they wanted him to get well, they should have summoned
On Monday evening, journalists and visitors were barred
from entering Arafat's compound. The decision only added to the growing
speculation about Arafat's health.
Everyone start singing with me: "Ding-dong, the witch is dead...."
No, wait. Let's send the jokers who kept David Blaine from sleeping over
to the Muquata. No rest for the wicked!
I breathlessly await the email from those twisted people out there who
think that a mass-murderer responsible for the death of thousands, both
of Israelis, Americans, and his own people, deserves any form of
sympathy whatsoever. Die, Arafat. Die painfully, die quickly, and die
soon. But pleasedie. permalink
Two new sites about Iraq
Chief Wiggles and Michele
Catalano have launched Operation
Give, a website where you can donate toys to the children of Iraq.
Many boxes of toys have already arrived and are being given to the children
as we write this.
Also, Frank J got tired of the media
bias, and started a website called Frontline
Voices, whichs posts letters from soldiers in Iraq. Here, you can
read first-hand the things the media refuse to tell us aboutbecause
good news doesn't sell papers. Or because it doesn't fit their current
If you haven't yet linked to these two worthy sites, please do. Although
Operation Give is really ruining Michele's reputation for being a bloodthirsty
warmongerer. Sorry, Michele. It's your own fault for having a heart. permalink
Reuters headline bias watch
So how's that Reuters
headline bias going?
Sharon Threatens to Hit Israel's Enemies Anywhere
Phew, that's some headline. Is that really what Sharon did?
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
buoyed by U.S. backing for Israel's right to defend itself, said on
Tuesday the army was ready to "hit its enemies any place and in
any way" after an air raid deep inside Syria.
Wait a minute. In the article, the word is "said," not threatened.
Speaking at a memorial service marking the anniversary
of the 1973 Middle East war, Sharon took a tough line but made no specific
threats after Sunday's strike on what Israel said was a training camp
for Palestinian militants.
Hey! In the second paragraph, you're saying that Sharon "made no
specific threats." I thought the headline says he threatened
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, breaking his silence
on the attack near Damascus, accused Israel of trying to drag Syria
and the rest of the Middle East into a wider conflict. Syria says Israeli
warplanes hit a "civilian" site.
Liar. And in impotent liar, no less. The whole world is laughing at Syria,
because we know you can't respond to Israel's attack without getting your
It was Israel's deepest air raid in Syria in three
decades and followed a Palestinian suicide bombing that killed 19 people
in a restaurant in the Israeli port city of Haifa a day earlier.
And may I say: More! More! (and even "Author! Author!") ((There,
that ought to get my buddy Aziz's blood boiling.))
President Bush insisted on Monday that Israel should
not feel constrained in defending itself but said he told Sharon: "It's
very important that any action Israel take(s) should avoid escalation
and creating higher tensions."
Yeah, because, like, tensions could get any higher. Even with a full
closure on, the effers managed to get a twisted, pathetic woman to blow
herself up in a restaurant filled with children. Children she did not
have. Did anyone else notice that she was a 27-year-old single
Muslim woman, engaged? Who wants to bet she was infertile, possibly divorced
from her first husband, and shunned by her family and neighbors? In other
words, the perfect idiot to brainwash into being a "martyr."
This is the line of brainwashing they probably took: "Sister, you
have not borne children, you have no husband. You are not a proper Muslim.
Your brother and cousin were killed... Allah will reward you in heaven
if you become a shahid."
So she stood in Maxim's restaurant and looked at all the women with their
husbands and children, and figured if she couldn't have them, nobody could.
Funny how nobody ever follows that angle. Only the "IDF killed her
brother and cousin" angle. Who were, by the way, terrorists. Great
Sharon's first public comments since Sunday's strike
came just hours after violence flared on the Israel-Lebanon border.
That violence was Hizbullah
firing at an Israeli border patrol and killing one soldier.
A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
blamed the attack which killed the soldier, on Hizbullah, the anti-Israeli
militant guerrilla group active in south Lebanon. But Hizbullah said
in a one-sentence statement faxed to The Associated Press in Beirut
that it was not involved in Monday's shootings.
The spokesman said the soldier was killed after Israeli
forces came under light weapon fire from Lebanese territory.
I guess the rockets that followed the attack came out of nowhere, too.
But back to Reuters:
"Israel will not be deterred from defending its
citizens and will hit its enemies any place and in any way," Sharon
said in a speech broadcast live from a military cemetery in Jerusalem.
Still waiting for the part where Sharon threatens anyone. I see a leader
of a nation promising to defend his nation against all enemies, foreign
and domestic. Reuters editors apparently see a threat.
"At the same time we will not miss any opening
and opportunity to reach an agreement with our neighbors and peace."
So why wasn't the headline "Sharon offers peace to Israel's neighbors?"
Hm? (Yes, of course that was a rhetorical question.)
Israeli Vice-Premier Ehud Olmert told Israel Radio
the air strike was justified in light of what he called "insane
murder" perpetrated in the Haifa bombing.
"What he called..." Do you see the little pinpricks? Every
way they can, delegitimize the Israeli quotes, while reporting anti-Israeli
Israel accuses Syria of giving safe haven to militants
spearheading a three-year-old uprising for independence.
No, Israel accuses Syria of giving safe haven to terrorists. Nice little
slip-in of your boilerplate intifada definition, you anti-Semitic bastards.
Assad, in an interview published with the daily al-Hayat,
said Syria would not yield to U.S. demands to expel Palestinian organizations.
"(The raid) is an attempt by the Israeli government
to extract itself from its big crisis by trying to terrorize Syria and
drag it and the region into other wars," he said.
Like I said. Report the other guys' stuff uncritically. Assad said.
Pals state. Israel claims. Israel accuses.
A senior Sharon adviser said Saturday's suicide attack
meant Israel was likely to act faster on a decision it took in principle
last month to "remove" Palestinian President Yasser Arafat
"How he will be removed and when will be decided
according to the circumstances," Raanan Gissin told Reuters.
Interesting. When it comes to removing Arafat, a policy which is by no
means set, suddenly, the Israeli spokesman have the same authority as
the Arab spokesmen.
Arafat on Tuesday swore in an emergency eight-member
cabinet led by Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie, who has close ties to the
Qurie is the latest palestinian sock-puppet. "Close ties" my
The Palestinians are required to rein in militants
under a stalled U.S.-backed peace "road map," but Qurie has
ruled out a crackdown for fear of starting a civil war.
Political analysts doubt three years of Israeli-Palestinian
conflict will trigger violence across the Middle East, but note Israel
now faces heightened tension with Syria and Lebanon.
Don't you mean "Syria-occupied Lebanon"? How many soldiers
does Syria have there? Twenty thousand?
Israeli military sources said "terror groups"
in southern Lebanon fired missiles and rockets early on Tuesday that
landed near an army base and a communal farm in northern Israel. No
casualties were reported.
See the scare quotes? I didn't see scare quotes around "Prime Minister"
Qurie, though we really should use them. That will be my new policy here,
I think. "Prime Minister" Ahmed Qurie.
A missile also hit a house in southern Lebanon, killing
a boy and wounding his brother. One security source told Reuters in
Beirut the missile's origin was unclear, and other security sources
said it was probably fired at Israel from inside Lebanon but fell short.
Well paint me purple and call me a grape. The editors missed a
The army said a soldier was shot dead at the border
on Monday, and military sources blamed his death on Hizbollah guerrillas
backed by Iran and Syria. Hizbollah denied its forces had been involved
in any shooting.
They didn't miss this one. "Blamed his death on." Like it's
two kids fighting. When Israeli soldiers kill pals, the wording is usually
"Israeli soldiers killed a palestinian blahblahblah."
An official from the United Nations peacekeeping force
in Lebanon said one of its water trucks was hit by three bullets fired
from inside Israel during the incident.
Were the terrorists firing from behind the truck, using it as cover?
Oh, gee, am I being mean to the UN peacekeepers again? The ones who are
supposed to prevent or stop incidents like shooting at Israeli border
patrols? Poor babies. Their truck got hurt.
Major General Benny Gantz, commander of Israel's northern
corps, pointed the finger at Syria, Iran and Lebanon, saying: "If
these three states are not careful, the situation is likely to deteriorate."
That's the meat of the matter. The attack on the camp, which didn't seem
to do much in terms of destroying a weapons supply or killing terrorists
(it killed none and destroyed few, from what I can find), was a signal.
It was a shot across the bow to the ones who support the terrorists who
are murdering Israelis. It was Ariel Sharon saying that Jews are done
being targets again. We've been in that role before, and the last time
we chose to let the world help us, the world did help us. Right
into the ovens and gas chambers.
Syria called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security
Council on Sunday, but Washington, which has a veto, said it would not
support a resolution that condemned the raid but did not mention the
Haifa suicide attack.
Yeah, and eff you too, Syria. Finally, W. is giving Israel decent support
in her war against terrorism. Let's not forget, her war is our
war. Yasser Arafat and his brothers-in-blood gave the world an example
of what terrorism could achieve. Al Qaeda watched carefully, and learned
much. Give Arafat the state he so desires, and you'll never see an end
to the bloodshed.
End the bloodshed first. Then they get a state. Not before. permalink
Until next year
Made it through 25-plus hours of fasting. I still have a headache, and,
well, forget about blogging until tomorrow, if you don't mind. I'm going
to retire to The Chair That Swallows You Whole and watch soap operas and
eat candy until the headache goes away. Then I'll go to bed.
I did the marathon today. I was in synagogue from 10 a.m. until the finish
(after 7 p.m.), with about an hour break at 3. I didn't see the point
in going home for an hour, where I'd have been tempted by all of the food
in my house calling out my name, doubtless in varying volumes and even
Of course, it was hugely amusing when one of my students, who came for
a couple of hours this morning, came back for the evening service, saw
me, and said, "Are you still here? Did you stay the whole time?"
It's so easy to impress nine-year-olds. Then again, it's not hard for
them to get on my good side. They're so cute. Especially when they're
not in class. permalink
More on the response
from an Israeli spokesman:
"Syria has been warned more than once by the United
States that it should close all the facilities of the Islamic Jihad,"
said government spokesman Avi Pazner. "Apparently it has not done
so. And it is our policy after what happened yesterday to go after Islamic
Jihad wherever they are."
And more background on the camp:
The Syrian government had no immediate response. Speaking
on the al-Jazeera television network, Abu Emad El-Refaei, an Islamic
Jihad spokesman in Beirut, Lebanon, denied that there were any Islamic
Jihad bases in Syria.
"We do not have any training camps or bases in
Syria or any other country," he said. "All our bases are inside
the Palestinian occupied territories."
The Ein Tzahab base, a safe haven and training camp
for Islamic Jihad terrorists, is said to be sponsored by Iran and Syria.
The base is 22 kilometers (14 miles) northeast of Damascus.
"Following the attack, the army has started operating
against those behind the attack, those who support (terror) and those
who use the strategy of terror in order to harm citizens of Israel,"
the army said in a statement.
The army would not say if other forces beside the warplanes
were involved in the strike on the training base.
Military sources said the base at Ein Tzahab was used
to train Palestinian terrorists belonging to the Islamic Jihad and Hamas
groups. Recruits there are taught how to assemble bombs, conduct guerrilla
warfare, learn usage of artillery and even get aviation instruction.
Some men training at the base were slated to return
to the Palestinian Authority to set up operational terrorist cells,
military sources said. Others were activists from Lebanon and Syria
who were to buffer the terror groups' ranks there.
More, more, and still more good news:
"Syria is a state that supports terror, that constantly
tries to frustrate efforts to bring calm and stability to the region
and gives cover in its territory and capital to the terror organizations
that act against Israeli citizens," the army said. "Iran is
funding and directing the organizations."
The army said Israel will not accept the rules of the
game that the terrorists are trying to dictate, and "will act with
determination against all who harm its citizens, in accordance with
the right to self defense and defense of the state."
Israel has accused Syria of harboring Islamic Jihad,
Hamas and PFLP terrorist groups, a charge Syria has denied, saying it
has officially closed down their offices - mainly due to US pressure.
Nevertheless, Islamic Jihad leaders like Ramadan Abdallah
Shalah continue to enjoy immunity in Damascus. Security sources said
Hamas leaders in Damascus are behind the funding and recruitment of
Palestinians undergoing training in Hizbullah camps, where they have
learned such skills as assembling suicide bomb belts, kidnapping techniques
If this is truly Israel's new policy, and the world doesn't get in the
way, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel.
On the other hand, if you want your gorge to rise, read this disgustingly
biased piece from a BBC "analyst," who blames the state
of war between Israel and Syria this way:
Syria is, of course, Israel's enemy. The two countries
are still in an official state of war, caused by Israel's occupation
and illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights.
Right. Syria was minding her own business in 1967, doing absolutely nothing,
when Israel suddenly up and took over the Golan Heights. For no reason.
And now, since Yom Kippur starts this evening, and I have an apple cake
to bake this afternoon, I'm going to cease posting until tomorrow night.
May you all have an easy fast, and my holiday got a little more joyous.
I'm sure I'm going to be accused of being a warmonger, but it's the steps
taken towards self-defense that are making me feel that we could be witnessing
a major turnaround in the Oslo War. Here's hoping we're seeing the beginning
of the end. permalink
Now that's a response
a terrorist training camp in Syria. Unsurprisingly, the Arabs are
"What the Israelis did today is a major move on
the strategic chessboard throughout the Middle East, as well as globally,"
he told CNN. "This move requires a very deliberate reaction, given
the high stakes involved."
Syrian President Bashar Assad is faced with a particularly
tough choice, Fandy said. He "has to respond and put the Middle
East on a countdown to hell, or he does not respond, and undermines
his own legitimacy internally."
Emergency workers care for victims of suicide bombing
in Haifa. He added: "Everybody's shaking in their boots now. They
don't know how to respond to this major bluff."
It's not a bluff, asshat. It's a statement of purpose.
The Syrian foreign minister called the raid "a
flagrant violation and a serious escalation" and said Damascus
would file a complaint with the United Nations, demanding that the Security
Council meet immediately to discuss the attack.
My heart bleeds for you. Remove the tens of thousands of Syrian soldiers
from Lebanon, and while you're at it, get Hezbollah off the Lebanese border
Arab League spokesman Hisham Yousof said Syria had
asked the Arab League to meet Sunday night to discuss the situation.
A spokesman from Islamic Jihad in Beirut said the group carried out
no military activities in Syria.
That would be because all the "military" activities are carried
out in Israel. On civilians, sitting down to lunch with their families.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called on the U.S.
to restrain Israel and expressed concern the attack could presage a
new cycle of violence.
"We condemn what happened today concerning the
aggression against a brotherly state under the pretext that some organizations
exist there," Reuters quoted Mubarak as saying in a joint news
conference with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
The Brits are playing the hypocrisy card:
The United Kingdom said it had urged all sides to exercise
restraint. A Foreign Office statement said: "Israel is of course
entitled to take steps to protect itself from terrorist attack, but
these steps should be within international law.
"Every act makes it more difficult to get
back to the peace process."
So, Israel bombing a terrorist camp in Syria is illegal, but the Brits
and Americans doing it in Afghanistan and Iraq is legal. Yup.
On the other hand, it could very well be a new step in the war on terror.
Without asking permission from the United Nations, on whose Security
Council isoh, that's right. Syria.
Israeli government spokesman Ra'anan Gissin told CNN
the camp was 10 miles from the Syrian capital city of Damascus.
"We will take whatever measure is necessary to
defend our citizens, regardless of geographical location of these training
camps," Gissin said.
Israel, he said, had decided "to enlarge the scope
of our operation against the Islamic Jihad and Hamas."
The attack, Gissin said, sent a message to Syria and
Iran to end their support for terrorism against Israel.
"We will not tolerate the continuation of this
axis of terror between Tehran, Damascus and Gaza to continue to operate
and kill innocent men, women and children," he said.
This is an entirely new step in Israel's fight against the terrorists.
This is huge. Syria probably does not have the stomach for a battle
with Israel, because the Arab states know that they cannot defeat Israel
in an actual war. They can only continue to supply the terrorists who
kill civilians with their suicide attacks. If President Bush doesn't go
wobbly on this, Syria will bull and bluster and get a resolution against
Israel passed in the General Assembly. If Bush goes wobbly, they'll get
it in the Security Council. But he will lose a lot of credibility from
those who agree with his stance on the war on terror. This is a definining
moment for both Israel and the United States and her allies.
Ten miles from Damascus. The message is being sent loud and clear to
Baby Assad: "Next time, we won't strike a camp of one of your tools."
The ground in the Middle East just got a little bit shakier. permalink
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