11/12/2004

Flagged

The flag of the United Nations will be at half-mast today to honor Yasser Arafat. Some highlights from the U.N. briefing:

"President Arafat was one of those few leaders who could be instantly recognized by people in any walk of life all around the world."
Being an international terrorist gets you onto the front page of many newspapers. Most people also recognize Osama Bin Laden. Will the U.N. colors dip when he meets his richly-deserved end?
"For nearly four decades, he expressed and symbolized in his person the national aspirations of the Palestinian people."
Those "aspirations" being, in short, to grind the Israeli people into dust beneath their boots.
"President Arafat will always be remembered for having, in 1988, led the Palestinians to accept the principle of peaceful coexistence between Israel and a future Palestinian state."
An "acceptance" that manifested itself in dozens of Islamikaze bombers killing civilians in markets and on buses.

It is not embellishment or hyperbole to identify Arafat as the greatest enemy of the Jewish people since Adolf Hitler. One needs to look no further than the U.N.'s reaction to his death to understand Israel's distrust of the organization. Rather than bringing their standard to half mast, the United Nations should strike their banner completely and run up a white flag in its place.