Sunday, January 22, 2006

Assad Claims Israel is Behind Arafat’s Death

Just after meeting with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week, and while being investigated or the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused Israel of assassinating Yasser Arafat.

Of the many assassinations that Israel carried out in a methodical and organized way, the most dangerous thing that Israel did was the assassination of President Yasser Arafat. This was under the world's gaze and its silence, and not one state dared to issue a statement or stance towards this, as though nothing happened.

Sorry, but that is just ridiculous. There are no indications whatsoever that Israel had any complicity in Arafat’s death. True, Arafat’s enclosure in his West Bank compound for nearly two years before his death could not have helped his health. But the French hospital which cared for Arafat refuted claims of poison, and Arafat’s health had been in question for years.

This is another sensationalist claim, reminiscent of many of the ridiculous claims made by Ahmadinejad in recent months. I suspect we are going to have to get used to a strong new alliance between the governments of Syrian and Iran. Perhaps we have driven Syria to this alliance, as Assad faces serious issues from the investigation of Hariri’s death.

But this is alliance of two governments of hate, which is a very scary thing. Both have large and powerful militaries, and a history of brutal military actions. I know it sounds like the same old story, but we cannot let a nuclear weapon get into the hands of this alliance.

Posted by Scottage at 6:18 PM / | |