Saturday, November 13, 2004

Yasser, Yusuf, and Scott Peterson

For English 102 I've been working on a research project. I promised I wouldn't post until I got that paper handed in. Okay, so the event of John Ashcroft's resignation was the only slip-up...but the paper is done and handed in. YIPPEE!! Here are a few of the stories I've been working on, but haven't been able to post on until now (and it was just killing me!):

Arafat dies in Paris hospital, Buried in Ramallah--
In the last several weeks we had heard that Yasser Arafat, the controversial Palestinian leader was dying of some mysterious disease. He was admitted to a Paris hospital and it was announced that he was in the final hours of life.

There were stories of a Palestinian uprising if Arafat were to die, there were bizarre statements by Arafat's wife that they were killing him and that they were going to bury him alive as he wasn't really dying, and then of course the burial that had to be done within 24 hours of his death...
Arafat died Thursday (3:30 am Paris time) at the hospital in Paris. He was buried today in Ramallah after a funeral in Cairo. He wasn't buried where he wanted to be, he wasn't buried alive, and he was not buried quietly. No, quiet is definitely not what happened. I was watching the funeral at 4 this morning and I was amazed at the unbelievable amount of tension and the huge amount of people.

It was definitely an experience of a lifetime. The last big funeral I watched was Reagan's---what a vast contrast!

Cat Stevens Receives Peace Award--
Former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev awarded Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) with the "Man for Peace" prize at a global meeting for Nobel Peace Prize laureates on Wednesday. How ironic...

If you remember in September, the flight from London Stevens was on to America was grounded and he was deported back to London for being on the Homeland Security Department's no-fly list. (Also remember I was a bit irritated.) I just don't understand how you can tie Cat Stevens to terrorism. He's a peace activist for crying out loud! But as Gorbachev stated,"Cat Stevens' life has not been simple. Every person who takes a critical stance to make the world a better place...has a difficult life." Let him in America.

His recent award only strengthens my belief that Yusuf Islam is not a terrorist-- and never was. I bought a Cat Stevens CD today...

Scott Peterson Found Guilty--
Now there's some good news. The biggest trial of my life next to the trial of O.J. Simpson (and with a much better outcome than that of O.J.) neared an end today as Scott Peterson was convicted of 1st degree murder for the killing of his wife Lacey and 2nd degree murder for the killing of their unborn child.

Peterson faces the death penalty in the state of California...something I am quite against, but I'm pleased that he was not only found guilty, but found guilty for both murders. That is a huge accomplishment for the judicial system.

Better late than never. It has been two years since Lacey Peterson disappeared. Justice was served today.

Okay, so that's the rundown for the week. There are some promising stories coming up about the Bush administration cabinet changes, but for the moment I don't know anything solid. (I'm expecting the departure of Rod Paige, Tommy Thompson, and would expect some sort of plan regarding Colin Powell soon.) I'll keep you posted.


Nick Speth said...

The New York Times, which is not a member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, and others are speculating that Arafat had AIDS, because of his voracious sexual appetite (did you ever hear about that when he was alive). Yet the Palestinian Authority maintain he was poisoned by Israel, but are not allowing an autopsy to be performed.

If they really thought he was poisoned, wouldn't they allow the autopsy, because that would be great ammo against Israel. If they thought he really died of AIDS, wouldn't they try to keep it under wraps since, well, the types of things he was reportedly in to aren't exactly Koran-approved.



I'm thrilled about Scott Peterson too. The man is too obviously guilty, and had he gone free, my faith in California justice would be forever shattered. Now we just wait for his punishment.

Tara A. Rowe said...

I don't remember hearing anything about Arafat having AIDS, but I certainly wouldn't be surprised if he did. Do you think Israel would be so brave to poison him? It seems that would put all of their alliances in question-- but then again when did any of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict make logical sense? I once wanted to join the Israeil army (before the U.S. army wouldn't take me). I tend to side with Palestine. But I'm also a firm believer that there will never be peace in the middle east (Biblically speaking) and the death of Yasser Arafat doesn't make peace any easier or any less difficult.

I've heard that Palestine is asking the U.S. for help in electing a new leader. But then again that was from the same source that just told me Dick Cheney has had a full blown heart attack when really he's just having shortness of breath. We'll see about that...

Nick Speth said...

Here's some of the Arafat/AIDS links:

Tara A. Rowe said...


A Voice of Sanity said...

I'm thrilled about Scott Peterson too. The man is too obviously guilty, and had he gone free, my faith in California justice would be forever shattered. Now we just wait for his punishment.

His conviction reinforced MY view that the USA has no justice system. Consider:

• A visibly pregnant woman vanishes from her home. No signs of a crime can be found - anywhere - ever.
• Her body turns up four months later, found on the shore of San Francisco Bay, a place where many other bodies have been dumped.
• Her uterus has been cut open by someone unskilled in medical procedures.
• The fetus and the placenta are both missing.
• Some distance away, the body of her child is also found.
• He shows no signs of prematurity, he is full term and he is not curled up in the fetal position.
• The fetal cord has been crudely cut.
• A piece of twine has been double knotted around his neck, not to harm him but to keep his body wrapped in plastic bags to protect it. One of the bags is found nearby.
• The mother is wearing underwear with a wear pattern which shows she has worn it for the whole period of her abduction - which was 111 days.
• Her clothes are still on her body, something which could not happen unless they were retied after the baby was removed. It also shows she was in the water for a day or two at most.
• Her uterus is two to three weeks post partum, showing that she lived at least that long after the baby was removed from her body.
• Although the body of the mother is simply discarded in the sea, either from the Albany Bulb or more likely from Point Isabel (it has been suggested in the Hoffman channel), the body of the baby is carefully laid on the shore at Point Isabel so it can be found and buried. This is clearly the work of someone who cared for the baby.

What part of this does NOT look like a failed fetus napping, where both mother and child have died?