Middle East: Arafat Is Finished

A leader pinned against the sea, and eye-for-an-eye air strikes

"How can you ask me that question?" demanded Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat after a reporter had inquired whether this was Arafat's last stand in the Middle East. "We are 5 million Palestinians.* We are not the red Indians. We know that we are the sole representatives of the Palestinian people." As he addressed a news conference in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli to show that he was alive and still fighting, Arafat smiled broadly and spoke as boldly as ever. When reporters...

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