Another Icon of the Left Falls...well, he's dead and presumably in hell--so you can't fall much further than that. But now that we have definitive proof (in the form of declassified documents) that Yasser Arafat planned and oversaw the murders of two American diplomats...I wonder if his Nobel Peace Prize will be revoked?
"The decision to award Arafat the coveted Nobel Prize was based on the belief that he had renounced acts of terror and had become a sincere participant in a true peace process. But this was all a fiction. Even in 1993 and 1994, with the ink fresh on the peace agreement papers, there was a high rate of terrorism against Israel; seventy-three Israeli soldiers and civilians were killed and more than 100 wounded in 1994, up slightly from 1993." (source)
This double execution took place in the early 70's...which would indicate that Clinton knew he was negotiating with a man that had a direct hand in murdering Americans with immunity...
"...James J. Welsh (then the National Security Agency's Palestinian analyst) believes the initial cover-up of the communications breakdown and the role of Arafat was launched to prevent embarrassment to the State Department and White House. President Nixon, he points out, was in the death throes of the Watergate scandal at the time. The last thing he needed, Welsh speculates, was an international scandal to deal with on the front page of the Washington Post.
Later, after Nixon was gone, Welsh believes the whole matter of the Arafat tapes was kept quiet to protect the future viability of signals intelligence intercepts of this kind. And, finally, he said, the cover-up persisted to foster Arafat's role as a "peacemaker" and leader of the Palestinian cause..." (source)
We all argue here day after day...but is there any situation where we can really take an educated stand...is there any happening that civilians actually have all the facts...?