Arafat’s health crisis has highlighted how unprepared the Palestinians are for their leader’s death, making a chaotic transition period all but inevitable. Arafat has refused to groom a successor, fearing an impatient protege could turn on him.
No leader of Arafat’s stature and popularity is waiting in the wings, said Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi. “It’s only natural to expect that there would be either a power struggle or there would be a loss of cohesion,” she said.
I pray for the old monster’s death. First Castro falls down and breaks his knee, and now Arafat collapses into his soup. I see the work of angels in this.
And in Iraq, the missing explosives issue still captures the media’s hearts and minds. The newest piece of news is that there’s now a “discrepancy” between reports of the amount of explosives that went missing. One report says 377 tons, one says 3 tons. Either way, it’s all Bush’s fault, according to Kerry. The greater likelihood that these explosives were missing before we got there hasn’t gotten in the way of good campaigning. I’m sure the military would just love to vote for a C-in-C who implies that they’re incompetent idiots for letting close to 400 tons of explosives “get up and walk away.” The Washington Times reports that Russian Special Forces absconded with it. Go figure.
CBS planned to release this story on 60 Minutes the Sunday before the election in order to create maximum damage to President Bush’s reelection bid, but the New York Times beat them to it (more for competition’s sake than ethics, I’m dead certain). One would think that after Rathergate, 60 Minutes would’ve tried to tone it all down a bit. Apparently not. It’s another blatant, partisan attempt to sway the election toward John Kerry, and I’m glad that this time, the truth has come out before the manufactured damage could be done. Makes the Sinclair Group seem like a bunch of pikers, for all the outrage from the left. Somebody needs to be held accountable. I can only hope that this (hopefully) last-ditch effort by the “objective” news media to help Kerry win the Presidency blows up in their faces like 3 or 377 tons of RDX.