Yasser Arafat was buried today. The respectful and even loving tone of such as Christiane Amanpour tends to make me want to hurl chunks.
Arafat was the father of modern terrorism. Bin Laden aspires to one day be as wicked as Arafat. Arafat is Charlie Manson to Bin Laden's Mickey Knox.
Jeff Jacoby has the right idea: Today would be a good time to remember some of the people massacred by the great Palestinian father.
Perhaps his signal contribution to the practice of political terror was the introduction of warfare against children. On one black date in May 1974, three PLO terrorists slipped from Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Ma'alot. They murdered two parents and their child at home, then seized a local school, taking more than 100 boys and girls hostage and threatening to kill them unless a number of imprisoned terrorists were released. When Israeli troops attempted a rescue, the terrorists exploded hand grenades and opened fire on the students. By the time the horror ended, 25 people were dead; 21 of them were children.
Thirty years later, no one speaks of Ma'alot anymore. The dead children have been forgotten. Everyone knows Arafat's name, but who ever recalls the names of his victims?
So let us recall them: Ilana Turgeman. Rachel Aputa. Yocheved Mazoz. Sarah Ben-Shim'on. Yona Sabag. Yafa Cohen. Shoshana Cohen. Michal Sitrok. Malka Amrosy. Aviva Saada. Yocheved Diyi. Yaakov Levi. Yaakov Kabla. Rina Cohen. Ilana Ne'eman. Sarah Madar. Tamar Dahan. Sarah Soper. Lili Morad. David Madar. Yehudit Madar. The 21 dead children of Ma'alot — 21 of the thousands of innocents who died at Arafat's command.
If there is a hell, it's meant for the likes of Yasser Arafat.