Which country should the US favor in its alliances, judging from these reactions to terrorist totalitarian murderer Arafat?
(a) The one whose leader says: "I think history will judge him very harshly for not having seized the opportunity in the year 2000 to embrace the offer that was very courageously made by the then Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, which involved the Israelis agreeing to 90 per cent of what the Palestinians had wanted."
(b) The one whose leader says: "It is with emotion that I have just learnt of the death of President Yasser Arafat, the first elected president of the Palestinian Authority. I offer my very sincere condolences to his family and to people close to him," and who "hailed the Palestinian leader as a man of courage and conviction who embodied the Palestinian struggle for a state."
If you answered (a), congratulations. You have some moral acumen. If you answered (b), go apply for a job with the BBC or learn French.
If evil is like matter, i.e., there is no reduction or increase in overall amount, then Israel and the US must remain wary. Arafat is dead, his evil is not.
HT: INDC, Cap'ns .25s.