If one can just get past the moral qualms of massacring and maiming innocent people, terrorism is a proven successful tactic.
I recommend behavior therapy and strong drink:
“Crime doesn’t pay” is a nice saying. When it comes to diplomacy, however, it nearly always does pay. Without murderous terrorism, Yasser Arafat would not have led the Palestinian national movement to many of its achievements, including his successor Mahmoud Abbas’ plan to ask the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as an independent state next month. Abbas has secured a majority in support of this, although not for UN membership, which must be authorized by the UN Security Council.
On the eve of UN recognition of Palestine, 18 years after the Oslo Accords carried Arafat to the White House and from there to the Nobel Peace Prize, and seven years after his death, the U.S. government now confirms that Arafat was responsible for the 1973 murder of its ambassador and his deputy in Khartoum, Sudan. The two were taken hostage and killed “with the full knowledge and by the personal authorization” of Arafat, according to a study released last month by the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Historian, entitled “Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XXV, Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1973.”
The incident began on March 1, 1973, when eight members of Black September stormed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum during a reception, and captured the Saudi ambassador and four of his guests: American ambassador Cleo Noel, U.S. deputy chief of mission George Curtis Moore, and the Belgian and Jordanian charge d’affaires in Sudan. Black September was a transparent front for Fatah, and Arafat was the commander of both, as well as head of the PLO. When the kidnappers understood that Jordan, Israel and the United States would not be releasing prisoners in exchange for the captives, Fatah headquarters in Beirut ordered them to shoot the two Americans and the Belgian, Guy Eid.
Foreign Minister Abba Eban visited U.S. President Richard Nixon’s National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger.
“During the Khartoum incident, someone suggested we ask you for help,” Kissinger said, according to the newly released report. “You would have blown up Beirut.”
Eban replied: “You know that it was from Beirut that the phone call went to finish them off.”
Kissinger concurred: “We know that.”
The US had information at the time—which it covered up—that Arafat and his newly-christened Palestinian terrorists had murdered American diplomats.
That’s bad enough. But read how they reacted to that revelation:
Nixon and Kissinger wanted to moderate Arafat’s policies and prevent further terror attacks (against Americans; the others didn’t count ). For his part, the Palestinian leader leveraged the attacks to conduct diplomatic negotiations, unbeknownst to Israel and Jordan.
In a meeting at the White House with Noel and Moore’s widows on May 17, 1973, Nixon said he envied the “ruthlessness” of the Soviet and Israeli responses to terror, adding that “damned terrorism” was tearing other countries, like Lebanon, apart.
“It’s poisoning the whole Middle East,” Nixon said. “It gets down to the Arab-Israeli problem. Until that is solved, it will go on. I have talked to Mrs. [Golda] Meir as strongly as possible.
Arafat slaughters two Americans, and Nixon leans on Golda Meir (while expressing envy at her tactics against just such terrorism). Just let that sink in for a minute.
Now consider how the language of 1973 is the same as the language of 2011: terrorism is a result of the Arab-Israeli problem. Once we get Israel to capitulate, everything will be great.
How’s that worked out for you, world? How’s it worked out in Pakistan and Afghanistan? In Iraq and Saudi Arabia? At the WTC and the Pentagon? Israel gave back the Sinai and Gaza; Judea and Samaria are up for negotiation. Yet today, Obama speaks in the same tones and phrases as Richard Nixon: if only Israel would capitulate.
Just because I think America is the last best hope for the world doesn’t mean I think America is all that smart.
PS: It should go without saying, but since he says it:
Now that the information has been declassified, this means the U.S. government’s official position is that the attack was planned and carried out with Arafat’s full knowledge and personal approval.
The Clinton and the first Bush administrations considered Arafat a partner for diplomatic dialogue and he was a high-ranking guest at the White House.
You libs who like to think America is the world’s number one criminal might have a point, though you’re looking at the wrong people.