Yasser Arafat has just played his finest role, that of the "eternal" hapless victim. I don't know whether to laugh or to cry. "Yasser the Clown" has just turned in another star performance. If he weren't responsible for the deaths of so many innocent people in his over 40 years as terror king, he would rival "the Little Tramp" as the greatest tragi-comedic star of recent memory.
Responding to recent comments by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that Arafat's days might be numbered, Yasser addressed a crowd outside his Mukatah "prison" compound saying, "All of us are martyrs-in-the-waiting." This wasn't the first time he spoke of martyrdom. In response, some 4,000 people chanted they would sacrifice their "blood and souls" for their leader.
Arafat wants martyrdom? Oh really?
Is that why just last week he kicked 20 wanted terrorists -- from his own Fatah-led al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades -- out of his compound in Ramallah, when he became fearful that Israel might storm the building to take them prisoner?
Ali Barghouti, one of the leaders of the terrorist group, al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, complained to Agence France Press that he was among those forced to leave and called the expulsion a crime. "Arafat has abandoned us," Barghouti said. "It's a crime, because we are, above all, members of Fatah and he should protect us. At the moment, we are on our own and everyone is trying to find shelter."
And this is not the first time that good ol' Yasser has abandoned his "troops" to save his own skin. He wants martyrdom? What a joke.
But then again, notice the behavior of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders, crawling into the woodwork every time Israel picks one of them off. They are the "religious Palestinians" who send out other people's children to blow up and kill, then pass "Go" and collect 72 virgins....
Maybe Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders don't like virgins? They sure don't seem to be in a rush to meet them.
The funny thing is, most of the children and close relatives of the Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, and others in the Palestinian Authority leadership circles, are kept a safe distance from any "martyrdom missions." Arafat's daughter is living in France with his wife who allegedly can't stand Arafat's "stinking little country."
But back to Yasser, who assured everyone that he's a "believer" and prepared to meet his Maker (just not yet, I suspect).
He did have a few more chances in the past: the airplane crash in the Libyan desert back in 1992; the chance to stand and fight the Israelis in Beirut instead of leaving for Tunis in 1982; and oh yeah, he could have stayed with his PLO fighters in Jordan in 1970 and suffered the same fate as them in King Hussein's "Black September," where the Jordanian army killed an estimated 10,000. Instead he stole away, allegedly dressed as a woman.
So much for Yasser's interest in martyrdom....
Besides being a terrorist mastermind who has managed to finagle -- from those supposedly brilliant Jews -- a terrorist base right inside their own country; Yasser plays a pretty mean "victim" role.
My question is, when are we going to see him on CNN, crying about how the Israelis won't let him become a martyr?