Denying the earlier report in the Guardian that he’d suffered a mild heart attack, aides to Yasser Arafat say now that he was suffering from a severe case of stomach flu.
Considering that Arafat is 74 years old, the question of succession has to be asked. Arafat’s power, like Saddam Hussein’s, was based on an unholy blend of violence and personal wealth. Who stands ready to fill the void his departure will create?
The Jerusalem Post quotes Arafat’s spokesman as accusing “‘hostile elements’ of spreading rumors about his failed health.'”
You don’t suppose “hostile elements” are in any way responsible for his failing health?