8/11/2002 08:35:00 PM
by Ocean Guy
Did our friend Saeb Ereket actually think he'd get something he'd copnsider positive out of Washington? Only Arafat, who has to be thrilled that his representatives were even being received in the US, could find anything positive. The Jerusalem Post reports that Erekat reported back that the talks did not achieve the hoped-for break through.
Arafat said in interviews published yesterday that he would not allow the US to turn him into "a puppet president." "If they think they will make me an honorary president," like Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, "they are mistaken."
So says Arafat. He makes himself more and more irrelevant every day, meanwhile his underlings scramble for a lifeline to Western approval. Sadly, for the average Palestinian Arab, Arafat is succeeding while his organization is not.