Claude Salhani, World Peace Herald journalist, has reported that medical sources in Paris have confirmed that Palestinian leader Arafat is in a coma, on life support. It is “now a matter of time — more when, rather than if — his death becomes a reality.”

Arafat was the guy who established the resistance group Fatah and headed the Palestine Liberation Organisation, not unsimilar in many ways to the IRA. He “leaves behind a tattered territory in the West Bank and Gaza, an economy in shambles, peace talks indefinitely shelved, a deplorable security situation, high unemployment and all the other trappings of what constitutes a failed state.”

And now he appears to be, for all intents and purposes, DEAD.

Forgive me if I don’t find myself reaching for a Kleenex.

John Wright