Thursday, November 11, 2004

Arafat’s Passing

The fact that Yasser Arafat teetered on the brink of death for two weeks, that no one was able to say for certain what caused his illness, that his wife, whom he hadn’t seen in two years, acted as his gatekeeper and lashed out at his allies when they tried to see him, and that his final resting place had to be fought over and bargained for, seems to be a microcosm of the futility, desperation, and pettiness that is so much of the struggle in the Middle East.