Lest anyone get carried away by the (distasteful)outpouring of praise and honor; weeping and wailing over the death (finally) of Yasser Arafat, Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe throws a splash of cold water in the face:
God bless his soul? What a grotesque idea! Bless the soul of the man who brought modern terrorism to the world? Who sent his agents to slaughter athletes at the Olympics, blow airliners out of the sky, bomb schools and pizzerias, machine-gun passengers in airline terminals? Who lied, cheated, and stole without compunction? Who inculcated the vilest culture of Jew-hatred since the Third Reich? Human beings might stoop to bless a creature so evil -- as indeed Arafat was blessed, with money, deference, even a Nobel Prize -- but God, I am quite sure, will damn him for eternity.
As I posted in October: With Arafat's death, the Palestinians may actually have a real future, instead of the dark despair offered by an unrepentant terrorist. 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.