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    [b]Palestinian leader Arafat dies at 75[/b]

    PARIS, France (CNN) -- Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, 75, the leader who passionately sought a homeland for his people but was seen by many Israelis as a ruthless terrorist and a roadblock to peace, died early Thursday in Paris.

    Arafat had been sick with an unknown illness that had been variously described as the flu, a stomach virus or gallstones. He flew to Paris last week seeking medical treatment and was hospitalized with what Palestinian officials said was a blood disorder.

    For five decades, Arafat -- adorned with his trademark checkered kaffiyeh -- was the most prominent face of Palestinian opposition to Israel and the push for a Palestinian state, first as the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which carried out attacks against Israeli targets, and later as the leader of the quasi-governmental Palestinian Authority after parts of the West Bank and Gaza were returned to Palestinian control.

    His death leaves no clear immediate successor in the often fractious world of Palestinian politics.

    The Palestinian constitution provides that the speaker of the Palestinian House of Representatives assumes temporary power if the president dies or is found to be unable or incompetent to rule.

    The constitution calls for elections within 60 days to fill the post permanently.

    The president holds office for five years and can stand for re-election once.

    Arafat was first elected head of the PLO in 1969, and by 1974, Arab leaders recognized the group as "the sole legitimate representative" of the Palestinian people.

    In 1994, Arafat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Israeli leaders Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, for their work on the Oslo accords, seen at the time as a breakthrough toward an independent Palestinian state and a permanent peace with Israel. Yet a decade later, Arafat died without seeing his dream of a Palestinian homeland come true.

    At a summit at Camp David, Maryland, in 2000, Arafat decided to turn down a U.S.-brokered deal offering Palestinians control of most of the occupied Palestinian territory. Three months later, intense fighting broke out between Palestinians and the Israeli army.

    Israel -- in retaliation for increased terrorist attacks on Israeli civilian targets -- severely restricted Arafat's movements, confining him to his West Bank compound in Ramallah in December 2001.

    Continuing violence, along with corruption and economic problems, raised questions at home and abroad about Arafat's ability to lead the Palestinian Authority.

    In 2003, under pressure from the United States and members of his own Cabinet, Arafat appointed Mahmoud Abbas to the new position of prime minister, a move designed to decentralize power. But Abbas resigned less than six months later, saying he didn't have enough support to do the job.

    In July, Arafat announced a program designed to unify security forces and tackle corruption after his frustrated second prime minister, Ahmed Qorei, also tried to resign.

    Arafat is survived by his wife, Suha Tawil, whom he married in 1991, and their daughter, Zahwa, who was born in 1995.

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    Word on the Arab street is the election results from last week did him in!

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    I would react the same way if you died. You like him, do nothing but divide and spread hate.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by ShadeTree#55[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 09:12 AM
    [b] I would react the same way if you died. You like him, do nothing but divide and spread hate. [/b][/quote]
    You really are an ass. Arafat was a terrorist with blood on his hands. His death should be celebrated. He was the biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East. CBTNY is right for pointing that out.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by chiefst2000+Nov 11 2004, 10:32 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (chiefst2000 @ Nov 11 2004, 10:32 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-ShadeTree#55[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 09:12 AM
    [b] I would react the same way if you died. You like him, do nothing but divide and spread hate. [/b][/quote]
    You really are an ass. Arafat was a terrorist with blood on his hands. His death should be celebrated. He was the biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East. CBTNY is right for pointing that out. [/b][/quote]
    I hear ya, but I don&#39;t celebrate anyone&#39;s DEATH. Mr. Jones is correct IMO that it only continues to divide and spread hatred. A celebration of Arafat&#39;s death would only serve to piss MORE terrorists off.

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    I am celebrating, as I would if un-American lowlifes like CBTNY met a similar fate.

    People who live to divide our nation, are in fact a threat to this great country.

    People like Mike Moore and CBTNY are disgusting.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Enrique Pallazzo+Nov 11 2004, 09:34 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Enrique Pallazzo @ Nov 11 2004, 09:34 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> [quote]Originally posted by chiefst2000@Nov 11 2004, 10:32 AM
    [b] <!--QuoteBegin-ShadeTree#55[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 09:12 AM
    [b] I would react the same way if you died. You like him, do nothing but divide and spread hate. [/b][/quote]
    You really are an ass. Arafat was a terrorist with blood on his hands. His death should be celebrated. He was the biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East. CBTNY is right for pointing that out. [/b][/quote]
    I hear ya, but I don&#39;t celebrate anyone&#39;s DEATH. Mr. Jones is correct IMO that it only continues to divide and spread hatred. A celebration of Arafat&#39;s death would only serve to piss MORE terrorists off. [/b][/quote]
    Celebrate in private then ;)

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by ShadeTree#55[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 09:35 AM
    [b] I am celebrating, as I would if un-American lowlifes like CBTNY met a similar fate.

    People who live to divide our nation, are in fact a threat to this great country.

    People like Mike Moore and CBTNY are disgusting. [/b][/quote]
    CBTNY is not the counterbalance to Moore. Jerry Fallwell and his ilk are.

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    Good News, I hope he rots in hell. The man was never anything other than a terorist.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by ShadeTree#55[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 09:35 AM
    [b] I am celebrating, as I would if un-American lowlifes like CBTNY met a similar fate.

    People who live to divide our nation, are in fact a threat to this great country.

    People like Mike Moore and CBTNY are disgusting. [/b][/quote]
    intelligent thoughts internet ruffian. :lol:

    If you feel thoughts on Arafat&#39;s death are dividing America then you really are pathetic....and the facts are the likes of clinton and carter, both liberals, were allies of that terrorist.

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    No moron I was comparing stooges like yourself to Arafat. All you do is spread hate and rhetoric.

    I am happy a scum like Arafat is gone, I wish scum like you would be gone as well.

    Get it now?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by ShadeTree#55[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 01:14 PM
    [b] No moron I was comparing stooges like yourself to Arafat. All you do is spread hate and rhetoric.

    I am happy a scum like Arafat is gone, I wish scum like you would be gone as well.

    Get it now? [/b][/quote]
    dogs on chains bark loud, huh internet tough-guy...

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    If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by ShadeTree#55[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 01:31 PM
    [b] If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound? [/b][/quote]
    only if it falls on your thick head...then there is a loud crack.

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    Real witty, why don&#39;t you make a cute little "protestwarrior" poster with that on it. Now I see why you idiots just rely on name calling, your just plain dumb.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by ShadeTree#55[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 01:47 PM
    [b] Real witty, why don&#39;t you make a cute little "protestwarrior" poster with that on it. Now I see why you idiots just rely on name calling, your just plain dumb. [/b][/quote]
    that hurts...coming from someone of your intelligence.

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    um... can you guys cut the crap or at least take it up on PM? please? I keep thinking I&#39;m opening up a thread only to be annoyed that nothing intelligent was posted. come on already.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Enrique Pallazzo[/i]@Nov 11 2004, 01:49 PM
    [b] um... can you guys cut the crap or at least take it up on PM? please? I keep thinking I&#39;m opening up a thread only to be annoyed that nothing intelligent was posted. come on already. [/b][/quote]
    no problem...I&#39;ve got to go to the office now anyway...must help pay for those liberal entitlement porgrams you know.

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    So, get this, they plan to bury Arafat in Ramallah encased in a marble casket with hooks on it so that the body can more easily be removed later and reburied in Jerusalem as where his wishes after the Palestinians realize their independant state with Jerusalem as its capital.

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