This seems mighty obvious–as people are wont to say in speaking of Israel v. Palestine.
Banish Arafat? Arrest him? Kill him? Cut out his tongue?
Hasn’t anyone noticed that this guy is IN HIS 70s and not exactly in the world’s most cushy job?
Why don’t those for whom the “final disposition” of Arafat is an issue just wait 5 years or so?
Has the Sharon government given a reason why action must be undertaken NOW? Is it some kind of rule about getting one’s revenge while the revengee is still there to experience it? Is it proposed that “doing something about Arafat” will lead to a better resolution than just letting him shuffle off this mortal coil?
Or, gee, is it all about politics and image and electoral advantage?
That’s not the mystery, though. What I don’t understand is why no one ever raises the issue in these terms, not our talking-head pundits, not our free press, not the Arabs, not ANYONE! What obvious element am I missing here?