1 a: ability to act or produce an effect b: legal or official authority, capacity, or right.
2 a : physical might b : mental or moral efficacy c : political control or influence
3: a source or means of supplying energy.
By now, everyone in the world should know that Yassir Arafat was a despicable man. A corrupt, lying, murdering, Nobel Laureate/terrorist who not only wrangled an invitation to address the General Assembly of the United Nations but was received at the Clinton White House on many occasions. Caroline Glick has shed a little light on why and how this happened in our "modern, civilized world." It appears that we aren't nearly so modern and civilized as we like to think as once again, "money and power" corrupts history. Glick writes about how Arafat hid behind a veneer of lies about himself, the PLO, Fatah, Black September and his other terror and criminal enterprises.
ON MARCH 1, 1973, eight Fatah terrorists, operating under the Black September banner stormed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan during a farewell party for the US Embassy's Charges d'Affaires George Curtis Moore. The terrorists took Moore, US ambassador Cleo Noel, Belgian Charges d'Affairs Guy Eid and two Arab diplomats hostage. They demanded that the US, Israel, Jordan and Germany release PLO and Baader-Meinhof Gang terrorists, including Robert F. Kennedy's Palestinian assassin Sirhan Sirhan and Black September commander Muhammed Awadh (Abu Daud), from prison in exchange for the hostages' release.Arafat pretended to tell the truth and everyone pretended to believe him. Why would the world tolerate this kind of modern pirate? Why would the world toast him in their salons? Why would the world shower him with honor, prestige and power?
The next evening, the Palestinians brutally murdered Noel, Moore, and Eid. They released their other hostages on March 4.
Arafat denied any involvement in the attack. The US officially accepted his denial. Yet, as he later publicly revealed, James Welsh, who served at the time of the attack as an analyst at the National Security Agency, intercepted a communication from Arafat, then headquartered in Beirut to his terror agents in Khartoum ordering the attack.
In 1986, as evidence of Arafat's involvement in the operation became more widely known, more and more voices began calling for Arafat to be investigated for murder. As the New York Sun's online blog recalled last week, during that period, Britain's Sunday Times reported that 44 US senators sent a letter to then US attorney-general Edwin Meese, "urging the American government to charge the PLO chief with plotting the murders of two American diplomats in 1973."Money and Power. The oil money and oil power of our friends in the Arab world. This is a disgraceful chapter in US history. Our State Department sacrificed three of their own at the altar of power and we're pathetic oil junkies who have sold our souls for the precious petroleum.
The article went on to note that the Justice Department's interest in pursuing the matter was making senior State Department officials uneasy: " State Department diplomats, worried that murder charges against Arafat would anger the United States' friends in the Arab world, are urging the Justice Department to drop the investigation."
So it was that for 33 years, under seven consecutive presidential administrations, the State Department denied any knowledge of involvement by Arafat or Fatah in the execution of its own people.
Until last week.
THE CABLE released by the State Department's historian states, "The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasir Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, (PLO), and the head of Fatah. Fatah representatives based in Khartoum participated in the attack, using a Fatah vehicle to transport the terrorists to the Saudi Arabian Embassy."
Read the whole column, curse the State Department and remember that Fatah is Arafat's spawn. There are no good guys in Palestinian politics. Not Fatah, not Hamas. None of them can be trusted. None of them should be aided, armed or spoken to. Ever.
And isn't it time we kicked our oil addiction so that we can once again look at ourselves in a mirror. Isn't it time to free ourselves from the evil power of power. Isn't it time to tell our "friends in the Arab world" what they can do with their precious "power"?