Is Sharon Trying to Create an All-Out War?
In the immediate wake of massive protests about his assassination of Yassin, now Sharon is threatening the assassination of Arafat?
Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, said on Saturday he was unmoved by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's threat to assassinate him.
"I don't care for it. I am caring for my people, for our children, for our women, for our students," the Palestinian president told reporters at his battered Ramallah headquarters.
It was his first response to Sharon's most explicit threat yet. In comments published on Friday, Sharon called Arafat a poor insurance risk, an ominous phrase two weeks after Israel assassinated the Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
All of which is causing Arab states to pay heed and even make threats of their own:
Jordan warns Israel against harming Arafat
AMMAN: Jordan said on Saturday any Israeli attempt to harm Palestinian President Yasser Arafat would be a crime with unpredictable consequences.
“Killing President Yasser Arafat would be an escalation with hard to predict consequences,” government spokeswoman Asma Khader told Reuters. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made his most explicit threat yet against Arafat in newspaper interviews on Friday, calling him a poor insurance risk.
Just as with the US invasion of Iraq, we have to remember that as nightmarish as these conflicts are for those involved, "destabilization" has very real benefits for people in the right positions.