Friday, October 29, 2004

Arafat Seriously Sick (physically too)

Head Palestinian Terrorist Arafat has been flown to Paris to receive emergency medical treatment. He has apparently lost consciousness. Though Arafat’s doctor has claimed that Arafat does not have leukemia, Israeli intelligence has speculated that he does. Read a full story here.

Click here for a past blog on the Palestinian’s behavior under Arafat.


At 8:26 AM, Blogger John White said...

I wonder if Bill Clinton will fly to Paris to see his big bud- seeing that no foreign leader visited Clinton at the White House more often than Arafat!

John White

At 8:30 AM, Blogger John White said...

I wonder if Bill Clinton will fly to Paris to see his big bud Arafat- since Arafat visited Clinton in the White House more often than any other foreign leader!

At 1:44 AM, Blogger Kieran Jadiker-Smith said...

There are very few people on whom I'd wish a slow and painful death.

But Arafat makes the cut.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger britt said...

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum has an interesting theory about Arafat's sickness. He thinks he might have AIDS. Wild guess? Maybe. But consider:

A)He has a blood disease that's depressing his immune system

B)He experiences intermittent mental dysfunction

C)He's lost considerable body weight

D)There are videotapes of him holding orgies w/his body guards

E)He's getting treatment in France as opposed to the Arab world -- need I say more?

We may never know the truth, but it sure is stimulating to speculate!

At 3:25 AM, Blogger Kieran Jadiker-Smith said...

First of all, we don't "know" that there are videotapes of orgies involving Arafat and his bodyguards. We know a Romanian intelligence chief claims such tapes were made by the Ceaucescu regime, but, so far as I know, no one has ever produced the tapes or corroborated the report.

Second, Arafat's symptoms are explicable by a wide range of illnesses, especially since he's long exhibited signs of Parkinson's, including tremors which are precisely consistent with Parkinson's. And he hasn't exhibited (so far as one can observe from television) anything more directly suggestive of HIV/AIDS, like KS lesions or wasting. Other HIV-related symptoms are typical of many other diseases, too, like hepatocellular carcinoma, or metastatic cancer generally, neither of which are uncommon in a man of Arafat's age.

Third, his going to hospital in France doesn't mean anything except that French hospitals are typically better than Arab hospitals. Even setting aside the fact that I'm Jewish, I would far rather be treated in a hospital in France than, say, Syria or Egypt. And France is pretty friendly territory for a Palestinian leader. Or for Islamist thugs generally: France gave Ayatollah Khomeini refuge in Neaufle-le-Château after he was exiled from Iran and subsequently kicked out of Iraq.

It's amusing to think of how Arafat's reputation in the Arab world might tank if it turned out he had HIV or AIDS, but I think that's wild speculation based on virtually no evidence.


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