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April 13, 2002 8:29 AM   Subscribe

Palestinian leadership condemn bombings in english and arabic as demanded by the US and Israel... any opinions out there?
posted by specialk420 (19 comments total)

 
Very funny! When Arafat wanty to meet with Powell, he finally says killing is bad, bad, bad. Meantime, the last suicide woman says on video that had Arafat said not to kill, she would not have (See Drudge)...I guess the Fatah and Brigade guys. lined up for the next bombing have already been told "disregard message when Powell goes home."
posted by Postroad at 9:26 AM on April 13, 2002


soory for an add-on: A number of American officials have already noted that the American request was for a condemnation in Arabic on TV and radio to all Arabs in the area but what they got instead was a statement in writing.
posted by Postroad at 9:37 AM on April 13, 2002


The inveterate scammer. Still got his old spunk! Of course he knows through channels that his credibility having sunk someplace far south of zero, meeting with Powell will win him nothing, so he offers up nothing in return.

I think he should stick around a little longer and meet with everybody he can except Arafat, just to drive the point home. The taxicab drivers' association. The head of the office of veterinary medicine. The union shop steward for Magen David Sheet Metal and Pipe Fitting.
posted by dhartung at 10:30 AM on April 13, 2002


maybe im wrong - but it seems like a it would be a little tough to make a statement on TV and radio when arafat is confined to his bombed out HQ hemmed in by tanks with sporadic power in addition to the palestinian broadcast center being blown to bits about two weeks ago.

not meaning to defend the suicide bombings...in any way....
posted by specialk420 at 10:33 AM on April 13, 2002


If Arafat wanted to make a public, televised statement I'm sure he could have arranged it. The Israelis and American's would surely provide the technology required since they have been requesting this statement for months.
posted by fried at 10:51 AM on April 13, 2002


it seems like a it would be a little tough to make a statement on TV and radio when arafat is confined to his bombed out HQ

One thing that's become very clear is that if Arafat wants the word to get out, the word gets out, regardless of his circumstances. I was watching C-Span (the Prime Minister's Questions) and a conservative member made the point that Arafat didn't want to negotiate with Netanyaho, and was waiting to deal with Barak, which ultimately failed as well.

He didn't want to negotiate with Bibi, or Barak, and especially Sharon. He thinks terrorizing the Israeli populace is his strongest chance to promote his agenda.

And BTW, I believe that Arafat made the statement just to meet with Powell, and it looks like he can still fool 'em.
posted by Rastafari at 11:01 AM on April 13, 2002


Update: Powell and Arafat to meet on sunday.
Powell has got such a thankless mission on his hands ....
posted by justlooking at 11:18 AM on April 13, 2002


I think being forced into making a meaningless statement would be pretty humiliating. You can't blame the guy for being reluctant to bow to our bullshit.
posted by Settle at 12:02 PM on April 13, 2002


Postroad: you are special. First you want Arafat to condemn the suicide bombings in Arabic, then when he does, you call foul. Now I don't have an axe to grind - I think both sides are dicks, but your comment was no surprise.
posted by jackiemcghee at 12:08 PM on April 13, 2002


Have we already forgotten that after the Passover Massacre, Arafat said he was ready for a full cease fire?

Which smacked of "gotcha last!!" but I'm cynical.

"We got one last big one in umm, please don't kill me" is how it read to me. And to Sharon. Who is obviously no angel either, but he is an elected leader of a country under seige.
posted by swerdloff at 12:52 PM on April 13, 2002


in this climate I would have figured the blood of 500 Palestinian civilians was roughly equivalent to that of 6 Israelis, but I'm obviously far too conservative.

if Sharon were burying 5000 corpses in the mass graves he's now digging in Jenin, and Arafat were in shackles, people here would probably still be ranting against their bogeyman.
posted by ssdecontrol at 1:40 PM on April 13, 2002


Under seige..sure...Arafat isn't under seige in any sense...he just sleeps at his office..
posted by Settle at 1:41 PM on April 13, 2002


A meeting with arafat, or Not, will not change any thing. To my mind, it doesnt make a difference. It would make a difference only if the states had any credibility in Palestinian minds. Similar to the no credibility status of the Palestinians in Israeli minds.

The facts are, that Israel continues to occupy Palestinian land, people, lives, even dead bodies. The Palestinian people have the God given right to fight the occupying army and inflict as much damage to it as possible. I support any and all attacks on the IDF personnel and facilities, similarly as I supported the US attack on the Taleban and Al Qaeda. I do, on the other hand, condemn the killing of civilians by both sides.

There are two wars being fought in the Middle East. One by the Palestinian people against the Zionist occupation of its lands and lives, and the other fought by an angry, fanatic bunch against the existence of Israel itself.

The best way would be for Israel to get rid of its Zionist side and win hearts in the Palestine. The longer this war goes on, the more chances are that it is going to mix with the war against Israel itself. And the longer this violence will last, even if Israel goes back to 1967 boundaries, people will still think its the violence that made it happen. which is a wrong lesson for our future generations.
posted by adnanbwp at 6:32 PM on April 13, 2002


"Very funny! When Arafat wanty to meet with Powell, he finally says killing is bad, bad, bad. Meantime, the last suicide woman says on video that had Arafat said not to kill, she would not have"....i said in a thread a few days before this Drudge stuff(which is an obvious *plant*) that the only one(s) who could really stop *this* is the bombers them-selfs. ya know. picture some 17 yr old kid, snipping the primer and locking the detenator. walk up to a Israeli check point and say "I was going to walk into that cafe and kill as many as i can, but i dont want too." then another, then another, a whole series of random 'i will not die'. thats about the only way.
posted by clavdivs at 7:04 PM on April 13, 2002


It would make a difference only if the states had any credibility in Palestinian minds.

Question for you, adnanbwp: Which of these would have the greater consequense: States (the US) having credibity with Palestinians, or the Palestinians (rather, the right of the Palestinians to self-govern) having credibilty with the US? In other words, who has more to lose? You decide.
posted by Rastafari at 8:15 PM on April 13, 2002


To tell the truth, I think it's more important that the Palestinians trust the US. If they negotiate some sort of peace deal, but the Palestinians don't trust the middle-men, there will be no peace.

If the US doesn't trust the Palestinians, but negotiates a peace deal in good faith, there is more chance of peace. Remember, it's how the Palestinians feel about the process that will end the suicide attacks, not how the Americans feel.
posted by robcorr at 10:44 PM on April 13, 2002


any opinions out there?

Now that's funny.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:50 AM on April 14, 2002


"Remember, it's how the Palestinians feel about the process that will end the suicide attacks, not how the Americans feel."??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????this is metfilter lately????????????????????????????????????
posted by clavdivs at 9:04 AM on April 14, 2002


"There are two wars being fought in the Middle East. One by the Palestinian people against the Zionist occupation of its lands and lives, and the other fought by an angry, fanatic bunch against the existence of Israel itself." this tells me you know little about the siuation if you 'boil' it down to that.."The longer this war goes on, the more chances are that it is going to mix with the war against Israel itself" what does that mean?"IDF personnel and facilities, similarly as I supported the US attack on the Taleban and Al Qaeda. I do, on the other hand, condemn the killing of civilians by both sides." in a FFZ or war zone, there are no civilians
posted by clavdivs at 9:29 AM on April 14, 2002


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