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For the last week of his life, the scuttlebutt about the Palestinian movement's centrifugal force concerned whether his impending demise was driven by AIDS, likely contracted, according to leaked foreign-intelligence reports, by his omnivorous, orgiastic sexual appetite.
This as if, after three quarters of a century's worth of megalo-sadism, additional indicia of Yasser Arafat's throbbing depravity were somehow necessary.
And so, evidently, they were. Thus is reflection on his life, a signal emblem of the late 20th century's triumph of terror and fraud over security and reason, as instructive about our times as it is about him.
A Terrorism is known as psychological warfare Life About him, while there is much to say, there is little to glean. He was a thug. One of the most cunning of all time for sure, but quite simply a ruthless, thoroughly corrupt, will-to-power thug.
As is often the case in the modern information age, just about everything in his life is known and almost nothing in his proffered legend is true. The man airbrushed in Thursday-morning encomiums from Kofi Annan and Jacques Chirac among others as the courageous symbol of Palestinian nationalism was not really named Yasser Arafat, was not a native Palestinian, and tended to sit out warfare with Israel whenever conventional fighting was involved.
Although he occasionally claimed to have hailed from what are now the Palestinian territories, Muhammad Abdel Rahman Abdel Rauf al-Qudwa al-Husseini was actually born in Egypt inthe fifth child of a well-to-do merchant.
He was educated in Cairo, although, after his mother's death when he was four, he lived at least part of the time with an uncle in Jerusalem. Jerusalem was then the heart of the territory known as Mandatory Palestine, which chafed under British rule as a result of a League of Nations mandate.
The era, to put it kindly, was not the Crown's finest hour. Sowing seeds for recriminations that persist to this day, the Brits appeared during WWI to promise some or all of the territory alternatively to Arabs and to Jews, only to exacerbate matters by keeping Palestine themselves for three decades.
Arafat's formative years were thus spent in a milieu of sectarian violence, annealed in a hatred for Jews that, far from ever subsiding, propelled him. As an engineering student in Cairo during World War II, he was powerfully influenced by Haj Amin el-Husseini, the Islamic mufti of Jerusalem who was closely aligned with Hitler and schemed from Berlin to import the Fuhrer's genocidal program to Palestine.
Indeed, as the New York Sun observed in an editorial last week, one of el-Husseini's biographers relates that Arafat was a blood relative of the mufti, who preferred him to another up-and-comer, George Habash al-Hakimamong the fiercest of Israel's Nasserite enemies who eventually founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFLPa frequent Arafat ally.
Nevertheless, though he may have been a local gun-runner, the year-old Arafat refrained from combat inwhen, upon Israel's declaration of independence, it was attacked by the Arab League Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon, and Iraqwhich was defeated in the war still regarded by Palestinians and other Arabs as "al-Nabka" the Catastrophe.
Nor did he partake in the Suez War, although, as recounted last week by the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens, he later claimed to have done so.
Raising Terror While Arafat's mantel as the "Father of Palestine" is dubious given that he is singularly responsible for the failure of a Palestinian nation to emerge, his credentials as the "Father of Modern Terrorism" are solid.
The first efforts were ham-handed: But the organization soon hit its stride, successfully attacking villages and civilian infrastructure.How Modern Terrorism Uses the Internet Summary • The great virtues of the Internet—ease of access, lack of regulation, vast potential surprisingly little is known about the threat posed by terrorists’ use of the Internet.
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This is a well-known component in psychological warfare (Ganor, ), which often includes a direct appeal to the head of state to accede to the demands of the captors. The War on Terrorism: Psychological Warfare? Again? by Hari Heath Manipulation of the mass mind has been developed into an exact science.
In the wake of our recent national tragedy, government and major media's coordinated response is no accident. The Father of Modern Terrorism.
just about everything in his life is known and almost nothing in his proffered legend is true. We will make life . Alternatively, responding to developments in modern warfare, Paul James and Jonathan Friedman distinguish between state terrorism against non-combatants and state terrorism against combatants, including 'Shock and Awe' tactics.