Thursday, October 28, 2004


RAMALLAH, West Bank — An ailing Yasser Arafat performed Muslim prayers before dawn Thursday and ate a light breakfast, but his condition remained serious and Israeli security officials said he would be moved from his headquarters to a nearby hospital.

However, Israeli security officials said the Palestinians have only requested, for now, to take Arafat to a local hospital.

On Wednesday evening, Arafat's persistent two-week illness took a sudden turn for the worse. He vomited after eating soup, then collapsed and was unconscious for about 10 minutes, a bodyguard said.

This may seem like a rather mean thing to say but, I hope he dies. Arafat is 90% of the problem between Israel and the Palestinians. Until he dies, nothing we or anyone else does will do any good.