FauxPolitik

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Sh*t...meet fan: The despot is dead, long live the next despot! Now, aside from his death being part of the Zionist plot, what else do you think results from this event?

Number one will be to find the either couple million or several hundred million dollars that Arafat has squirreled away. His wife has apparently been getting by on a $100,000/mo, but there is no indication that she has the keys to the vault (or the numbers to the Swiss accounts) - although the French are investigating large-sum transfers that took place in 2002 and 2003. More likely though that money was just laundered through her accounts and ended up in the hands of Hamas et al.

The more interesting issue revolves around that age-old question: Is this good or bad for the Jews? Surely his death brings some rejoicing, but there's another age-old maxim that applies: The devil you know is better than the devil you don't. It would seem clear that the power vacuum will create a rather ugly struggle...seeing as how Arafat refused to ever nominate a number 2, and each attempt at a Prime Minister was an effort in futility. His rule was a cult of personality, and we all now how much those narcissists like to view their own mortality. I'm sure he imagined great wailing in the streets, and impassioned speeches from mullahs, rejoicing at his greatness. On the other hand, I can't imagine he wouldn't have forseen the battle for the power and money. The fact that he did nothing to prepare for this may turn out to be the greatest of his many disservices to his people.

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