The More the Merrier!

How appropriate is it that the investigation into Yasser Arafat’s cause of death has turned into an orgy? He’d feel right at home!

Russia will join an international investigation to determine whether the first Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, was murdered, the current Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Sunday.

French and Swiss experts are due to exhume Arafat’s body in Ramallah later this month in an attempt to discover how he died after an Al Jazeera documentary in July suggested he was killed by a rare radioactive poison.

“There’s full cooperation these days between us and the French investigators and Swiss experts, and also from the Russian government,” Abbas told a rain-drenched ceremony on the eighth anniversary of the death in France of the former guerrilla who led Palestinians’ campaign to create a state through years of war and peace.

Has it been eight years already? Time flies. Still, just a small fraction of eternal damnation, right Yasser?

PS: If Arafat was killed by a poisoned umbrella tip, you can bet the Russians will feign complete ignorance. Ve never hheard of such a ting.

PPS: I still maintain that Arafat died not of cesium 137 poisoning, but of Suleiman, 19, poisoning—if you get my drift. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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