Boy, they sure do know how to serve up an insult in a certain part of the world. I've never heard "the dozens" played like this.
The Syrian defense minister called Arafat the "son of sixty thousand whores."
Even Arafat’s kinsmen knew what he was. But I guess that he served their purpose: the attempted destruction of Israel.
Apparently, Arafat was something of an inventor (subscription required).
"I invented the hijackings [of passenger planes]," Arafat bragged when I [former Romanian intelligence chief Ion Mihai Pacepa, who defected to America in 1978] first met him at his PLO headquarters in Beirut in the early 1970s. He gestured toward the little red flags pinned on a wall map of the world that labeled Israel as "Palestine." "There they all are!" he told me, proudly. The dubious honor of inventing hijacking actually goes to the KGB, which first hijacked a U.S. passenger plane in 1960 to Communist Cuba. Arafat's innovation was the suicide bomber, a terror concept that would come to full flower on 9/11.
Nothing like leaving a legacy.
UPDATE: Did you all see that wild scene in Ramallah? Jeeps ramming the crowd, the crowd looking as though it was about to do a Khomeini. There were so many wild, crazy jihadis working themselves up into a frenzy that the original two-hour funeral was cancelled; they just said a couple of prayers and dropped the guy in the ground. It was interesting to note the Palestinian and French flags flying together.
Can you imagine what this would have been like had the Israelis been dumb enough to let Arafat be buried in Jerusalem?
UPDATE: Ah, here's the great terrorist getting a boost from his friends, the French military.