The Right Coast

November 16, 2004
 
Oh, Canada
By Mike Rappaport

The Canadian Coalition for Democracies gets it right:

Today, Prime Minister Paul Martin said that Yasser Arafat "personified the Palestinian people's struggle" and that "I offer on behalf of Canada, my condolences and sympathy to the family of Chairman Arafat, as well as all Palestinians."

"Perhaps rather than offering condolences to the Palestinians for the death of Chairman Arafat, Prime Minister Martin should offer condolences to the Palestinians for the life of Chairman Arafat," said Alastair Gordon, Director of Communications for the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD). "Without Arafat’s leadership, the Palestinians could today have a democratic homeland..."
Celebrating Arafat is like celebrating the Haj Amin al-Husseini, who led the Palestinians to reject the original two state solution in 1947. (Of course, while al-Husseini was indicted for war crimes in Yugoslavia, Arafat won a Nobel Prize.)