Arafat's Unrelenting Ailments...
The Word Unheard out of the West Bank is that Yassir Arafat is again under watchful care of physicians...because he is dying of AIDS.
John Loftus stated in an interview on ABC Radio's John Batchelor Show (22OCT04) that American Intelligence has known this, which explains why the Bush Administration insisted that Israel not harm Arafat during their incursions into the West Bank. Reminding that his wife has lived in France for many years, Loftus deadpanned that Arafat has (at least) since been engaged in a homosexual relationship. While Loftus offered no further elaboration, he seemed very confident in his information.
I must admit that I was puzzled at the time when Israel held back at the PA compound. I felt willing to load the tube and pull the trigger myself from inside an IDF tank. I would have done nothing more than to relieve his suffering and elevate him to 'martyr' status.
Think about that for a moment.
Bear in mind that this is the same Muslim culture that is centered around Islamic Law. Burqas, veils and religious police to enforce public prayer times. They publicly abhore Western culture and all of its ills. It takes little imagination to predict the psychological trauma that would result from the revelation that their Great Palestinian Hero was himself homosexual. I am reminded through conversations with friends (hat-tip ribbip) that the use of blackmail (blow yourself up and meet Allah or prepare to face your community as an exposed homosexual) has long been an effective recruiting tool for 'martyrdom volunteers'. Shock is not an ample term to describe the impact a homosexual Arafat would have.
Surely, if this is true, there will be no small measure of counter-spin from within to protect the image. It likely will be so shocking that it will be largely disbelieved even if there were photographic evidence. Even if this is true, it will be hard to imagine how it can be disclosed by any entity west of Ramallah and still accepted as fact. Tough sell, fact or not.
I would be skeptical if Loftus were not the source. For those not familiar with him, this is the same John Loftus that was solely responsible for the outing and eventual arrest and prosecution of Sami al-Arian (University of South Florida professor that was the chief fundraiser in America for Palestinian Jihad).
Loftus has proven rock-solid in the past. I have no reason to doubt him this time.