Wednesday, March 10, 2004
ARAFAT'S INSULT: MOURNS ABU ABBAS AS A "MARTYR"
John Kerry has called Arafat a "statesman" but Arafat mourned a terrorist on Wednesday
Yasser Arafat mourned Abu Abbas as a "martyr" despite the fact that Abbas was in American custody for hijacking a cruise ship and killing an American passenger because he had a "Jewish sounding name." Abbas masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship, "Achille Lauro." Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair bound American, was thrown overboard by the terrorists who boarded the ship.
John Kerry hailed Yasser Arafat as a "statesman" in his 1997 book. Kerry has now flip-flopped and changed his position by now saying that Arafat is an "outlaw" but "he was a statesman in 1995."