William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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PRIORITIES, GENTLEMEN, PRIORITIES – AT 8:54 A.M. ET:  There are probably no people on Earth more poorly led than the Palestinians.  They've been told for 65 years that all they have to do is wait a little longer and Israel will be destroyed.  Their "leaders" are notoriously corrupt.  Foreign aid to "Palestine" seems to disappear.

Now we have the latest high-priority project, destined to improve the lives of millions.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Yasser Arafat's political heirs on Tuesday opened his grave and foreign experts took samples of the iconic Palestinian leader's remains as part of a long-shot attempt - eight years after his mysterious death - to determine whether he was poisoned.

Arafat died in November 2004 at a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill at his West Bank compound, at the time besieged by Israeli troops.

The immediate cause of death was a stroke, but the underlying reasons were unclear, leading to widespread belief in the Arab world that Israel poisoned the 75-year-old symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

Israel has denied involvement in Arafat's death.

The exhumation began before dawn Tuesday, under the cover of huge sheets of blue tarpaulin draped over Arafat's mausoleum in his former government compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah. By mid-morning, the grave was reclosed, and officials from Arafat's Fatah movement and the Palestine Liberation Organization laid wreaths at the mausoleum.

COMMENT:  What a charade.  Arafat was already dying.  Israel had no reason to harm him as he'd become a comic character.  But in the Arab world, rumor quickly becomes truth, one of the reasons these heirs and heiresses to a great civilization are now living in the 10th century.

This latest maneuver began with claims that radioactive material had been found in Arafat's wife's apartment.  It was quickly noted that the readings on the material made it impossible for it to have been active at the time of Arafat's death.  But, no matter. 

I wonder if they'll do the new autopsy on the grassy knoll in Dallas. 

You'd think these people would have something more important to do.

November 27,  2012