posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 01:06 PM
Reactions to Arafat's death are interesting.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Japanese
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan all have something kind to say about him,
and express the hope that the Palestinians will find unity and peace in the wake of his passing.
U.S. President George W. Bush didn't say anything about Arafat, but "expressed his condolences":
"For the Palestinian people, we hope that the future will bring peace and the fulfillment of their aspirations for an independent, democratic
Palestine that is at peace with its neighbors," Bush said.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid were the harshest on Arafat. Lapid called him a terrorist and the
"godfather of Al Qaeda", while Howard said "history will judge him harshly."
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was more neutral, not mentioning Arafat but hoping the next leadership will be more cooperative.
I know Arafat's legacy is controversial... but there are a good number of countries out there who honor his passing.