"It's hard to imagine a world without Arafat. What will it mean?"
Here's how I imagine it:
- The Palestinian people might have a REAL chance at peace for the first time in 20 years
- Israel might have a REAL chance to negotiate a peace with the Palestinians for the first time in 20 years
- A peace conference that is set up after Arafat's death just MIGHT have a chance to succeed
- The next President of the Palestinians might actually be someone who cares about the Palestinians and their future
- Hamas, Al Aqsa and other terrorist groups might not have a stooge among the Palestinian Leadership
- There will be a sigh of relief by every sane person in every sane country of the world at his passing and a prayer that maybe, just maybe, things will get better in the Middle East
- There will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth by many of the world's most prominent evil-doers at the loss of one of their own
- There will be sanctimonious accolades and honeyed speeches of admiration for someone who condemned his own people to years of unnecessary misery and poverty
- Idiots will pronounce great sadness over the passing of this great muslim leader--the same ones who are sad that Saddam Hussein is no longer in power
- The Earth will continue in its orbit; the sun will continue to shine (only brighter); and all the stars will twinkle at the rebirth of hope in a small, dark part of the universe.