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Mourning over a monster

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Submitted by Alex Karelin (Canada), Nov 11, 2004 at 12:31

Dr. Pipes, right on as always! From strength to strength.

I'd like to offer a couple of observations here:

We are witnessing today a passing of a man who embodied and represented *all* of the main evil "Isms" of 20th century: Fascism, Communism, Terrorism. He was the spiritual "adopted nephew" of the grand-mufti of Jerusalem and a close ally of Hitler (may their names be blotted out) in the "Final Solution". He was supported, groomed and trained by the Soviet Block Communists as a weapon in their war against the West. He is credited (and rightfully so) for inventing and promoting the Islamo-Fascist / Pan-Arab terrorism we see today, complete with all of its core tools: plane hijackings, hostage-takings (in schools), suicide bombings, etc.. Has there been another case in history where a single personality would be able to absorb and synthesize so much evil?

Nevertheless, from the mainstream media it would appear that the entire world is now preoccupied with eulogizing and weeping for this murderer. This may very well reflect the truth. I see many people around me today either openly worshiping the guy or resorting to the pseudo-Christian and quite abominable "bless his soul" attitudes. Sheesh… I do harbor some hope however that an awakening is coming soon. When in 1953 Joseph Stalin died after *his* mysterious illness there were overwhelming expressions of grief throughout the communist empire and beyond. People were utterly devastated – they didn't mourn passing of their own loved ones as they did passing of that monster. Only rare brave individuals stood up and said that his passing was indeed a very good thing. My Grandfather of blessed memory was one and he ended up in a KGB lock-up for several weeks for speaking his mind. A few short months after Stalin's death the eyes of the people were opened and they saw what sort of a person they worshipped. Let's hope that a similar revelation will visit us soon concerning Arafat.
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