YASSER ARAFAT, 1929-2004

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YASSER ARAFAT, 1929-2004
Obituary, The Electronic Intifada

Although his political obituary was written again and
again, Yasser Arafat displayed a legendary tenacity and
an amazing ability to pull through at the eleventh hour,
usually thanks to his remarkable skill in cobbling
together coalitions and allies from very disparate
backgrounds. Trapped by Ariel Sharon in the rubble of his
Ramallah headquarters, though, Arafat was marginalized
politically and virtually powerless militarily since the
murderous Israeli attack on Palestinian cities in
March-April 2002 that killed over 500 people and
destroyed most of the infrastructure of the Palestinian
Authority. He departs the Palestinian and Middle Eastern
political stage as a wraith of his former self, with no
political heir apparent.

The man with a talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!