Fwd: Arafat Disavows bin Laden

From: Wade Smith (wade_smith@harvard.edu)
Date: Mon 16 Dec 2002 - 14:08:03 GMT

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    I mentioned earlier that I was concerned about any and all radical elements relying upon causes to feed and allow their own psychosis. This would now seem to be mirrored in this statement from Arafat- and yes, I know he is constantly under pressure to wiggle and squirm through opinion.

    The memeplexes of tyranny and villiany have always been parasitic. Religions are massive host farms with an artificial class system.

    Bin Laden enjoys royal status in this symbiocracy. The power such people have has never been earned, in any real sense, but supplied by privilege.

    In order to counter the memeplexes of islamofascism and royal privilege, what is needed? Here in the US, somehow we got some of the people to see all of the time that blood is just red. At one time, we got some of the people to see all of the time that religion is not a civil truth, but, like Abe said, the all/all combo don't happen.

    Of course, anyone who thinks their hands are clean has another form of psychosis, but, I suspect it is important to identify those leaders who might be operating from (the ultimate form of selfishness) madness and privilege.

    - Wade

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    Arafat Disavows bin Laden

    By IAN FISHER

    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/16/international/middleeast/16MIDE.html?pagewanted= print&position=top

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 15 Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian leader, sought to distance himself unequivocally from Al Qaeda in an interview published today, warning Osama bin Laden to stop justifying attacks in the name of Palestinians.

    "I'm telling him directly not to hide behind the Palestinian cause," Mr. Arafat was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times of London, referring to recent statements by Al Qaeda leaders.

    "Why is bin Laden talking about Palestine now?" Mr. Arafat said.
    "He never helped us. He was working in another, completely different area and against our interests."

    The comments appeared to be Mr. Arafat's strongest denunciation yet of Mr. bin Laden, and came as attacks attributed to Al Qaeda have been increasing and as the Israeli government has expressed suspicions that the group may be operating in the Gaza Strip.

    Since the Sept. 11 attacks, Palestinian leaders have parried any attempts to link their fight against Israel with Al Qaeda's cause, out of worry about losing international support. Israeli leaders, though, have sought to make the case that the attacks on Israelis and terror attacks elsewhere in the world are essentially the same.

    Al Qaeda, which has in the past mentioned the Palestinian issue only glancingly, claimed responsibility for the simultaneous attacks on Israelis in Kenya last month, in which a bomb at a hotel killed 10 Kenyans and 3 Israelis, and two missiles narrowly missed an Israeli charter jet. A statement from a Qaeda leader on the attacks said, "Liberation of our holy places, led by Palestine, is our central issue."

    In the article, Mr. Arafat is also quoted as dismissing as
    "lies" statements by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel that Al Qaeda is active in Gaza. On Saturday, Israeli officials repeated the accusation, saying moreover that the arrests in Jordan of two men in the slaying of an American diplomat there proved that Al Qaeda had opened up a "second front" in moderate Arab countries as the United States prepares for possible war against Iraq. Two men who Jordanian officials say admit to being Al Qaeda members have been arrested in that killing.

    Israeli officials today confirmed their decision that Mr. Arafat would not be permitted to attend Christmas ceremonies in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

    Israel's position was announced today at the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting, in which Israeli leaders also said they would not pull their troops back from Bethlehem before Christmas even while allowing tourists to go there for celebrations.

    Mr. Arafat, who is in effect confined by Israeli troops inside his damaged compound in Ramallah, about 12 miles away, had attended Christmas celebrations for six years before 2001, when he also was not permitted to attend. The decision today angered Palestinian leaders.

    "This is a continuation of the provocation policy that Sharon had always used," Yasir Abed Rabbo, the Palestinian information minister, said today. "I think he wants to please his extreme-right constituency to show how much he is tough and uses such methods."

    Also today, three Palestinian men were charged with planning to shoot down an Israeli government helicopter as it landed on the Parliament building, and to attack Mr. Sharon's home. Officials said the three men were arrested several weeks ago.

    A court also gave long prison terms to four Palestinian men who were convicted of being members of a terror cell that engineered eight attacks that killed 35 Israelis. One of the four, Waal Kassam, 31, was sentenced to 35 life terms; another received 50 years in prison. The attacks included the bombing at Hebrew University last summer and a suicide bombing at a cafe last spring.

    Copyright The New York Times Company

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