I was listening to the radio briefly this morning on the way to work, and one of Rush's callers was astounded that anyone wouldn't love Yasser Arafat -- after all, he won the Nobel Peace Prize! And yes, she was entirely serious. So, for her benefit and yours, here are some famous Arafat quotes that might shed some light onto why he should be rightly reviled. (Note to Rush: you can send your listeners directly to my site.)
"Our law is a Jordanian law that we inherited, which applies to both the West Bank and Gaza, and sets the death penalty for those who sell land to Israelis.... We are talking about a few traitors, and we shall implement against them what is written in the law books. It is our right and our obligation to defend our land."
"When we stopped the Intifada we did not stop the Jihad to establish Palestine with Jerusalem as our capital.... We know only one word: Jihad, Jihad, Jihad.... We are at conflict with the Zionist movement...."
"The Israelis are mistaken if they think we do not have an alternative to negotiations. By Allah I swear they are wrong. The Palestinian people are prepared to sacrifice the last boy and the last girl so that the Palestinian flag will be flown over the walls, the churches and the mosques of Jerusalem."
"All of us are willing to be martyrs along the way, until our flag flies over Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine. Let no one think they can scare us with weapons, for we have mightier weapons - the weapon of faith, the weapon of martyrdom, the weapon of jihad."
"I say once more that Israel shall remain the principal enemy of the Palestinian people, not only now but also in the future."
"Cooperation and understanding between the P.L.O. and the rejectionist organizations is what will lead to the speedy retreat of Israel from the occupied territories in the first stage, until the establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. Only a state like that can then continue the struggle to remove the enemy from all Palestinian lands."
"The jihad will continue... You have to understand our main battle is Jerusalem... You have to come and to fight a jihad to liberate Jerusalem, your precious shrine... No, it is not their capital. It is our capital."
"The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromise."
"You are the generation that will reach the sea and hoist the flag of Palestine over Tel Aviv."
"Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations."
"The victory march will continue until the Palestinian flag flies in Jerusalem and in all of Palestine - from the Jordan River to the Meditteranean Sea and from Rosh Hanikra to Eilat."
"Palestine is onle a stone's throw away for a small Palestinian boy or girl."