2002-12-21 / Community

Weiner To Time: Not Arafat

Weiner To Time: Not Arafat

Time Magazine is considering naming Yasser Arafat its 'Person of the Year', going so far as to post his name on their web site along with 15 other potential recipients.  Congressman Anthony Weiner, a member of the House Homeland Security Task Force, issued the following statement:

"Yasser Arafat has long craved the kind of prestige and stamp of legitimacy Time's 'Person of the Year' award conveys, but he's the last person in the world who should get it. Maybe if he returns his Nobel Prize first, but until then 'Terrorist of the Year' would be more like it--especially if it's a lifetime achievement award.

"Time says its 'Person of the Year' merely goes to the person 'who has most affected the news', but when it comes to Yasser Arafat that's an excuse worth less than the paper its printed on.  For years, he's presided over one of the most corrupt and blood thirsty regimes in the world, forging ties with terrorist and axis of evil states, and claiming the lives of hundreds of innocent Israeli's."

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