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Question: Sirhan Sirhan

Reader comment on item: [Michael Smerconish and I Debate:] What Kind of Airport Profiling?

Submitted by Alan Bornstein (United States), Oct 8, 2004 at 12:52

My question does not relate to your TSA article, but rather to Sirhan Sirhan and his private act of jihad in 1968.

My recollection is that Yasser Arafat in 1970 or 1971 tried to negotiate the release of Sirhan Sirhan in exchange for the release of the U.S. Ambassador to the Sudan and some other hostages held by Palestinian terrorists. Perhaps my memory is bad or the report I remember reading was apocryphal.

If my recollection is correct or partly correct, to what degree is Sirhan Sirhan venerated in Palestinian circles, press, books? Do Arab groups lobby for his parole?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

You remember well; the terrorists did make Sirhan Sirhan's release part of the 1973 Khartoum negotiations (on this, see http://www.danielpipes.org/article/608.

But Sirhan seems latterly to have been forgotten.


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