11/09/2004

No Rest For The Wicked

Yasser Arafat wants to be buried in Jerusalem, according to a senior Palestinian cleric. Unsurprisingly, Israel is taking a hard line on the issue...

Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid said Arafat "will not be buried in Jerusalem because Jerusalem is the city where Jewish kings are buried and not Arab terrorists."
Some Palestinian officials are saying that such a generous gesture could go a long way towards building trust destroyed in years of fighting.

For me, the question is simple. If Osama Bin Laden were dying and asked to buried in Manhattan, what would the response be? If Timothy McVeigh had asked before his execution to be buried in Oklahoma City, what would the response be? The response, justifiably, would be "go to hell." Israel is being gracious by not launching his corpse into the Gaza strip from a catapult, Return-of-the-King-style.

For justice to be served, it would be necessary to pour molten pig fat over Arafat's body and the fat allowed to harden. Then, like Han Solo encased in carbonite, he would have to be mounted on a wall somewhere. Maybe in a mall in Tel Aviv. People could stand next to him and have their photo taken next to him. For added irony, his Nobel Prize should be affixed to a nearby plaque along with a list of every Israeli butchered by an Islamikaze bomber.

This may sound silly, but it's no more ludicrous than honoring a murderer's request to be buried among the very people he chose to slaughter. He lived as a terrorist and a blight on humanity, and it is approrpriate that he be buried as such.