April 22, 2003

RAMALLAH BOB: Muhammad Saaed al-Saef

RAMALLAH BOB: Muhammad Saaed al-Saef is likely dead, but that doesn't mean it's the end of nonsensical, head-scratching declarations by the spokesmen of Middle Eastern terrorist states. After Abu Abbas, the long-at-large terrorist responsible for the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, was arrested in Baghdad as the war was winding down, PLO spokesman Saeb Erekat almost immediately demanded that Abbas be freed, under a little-known clause of the 1993 Oslo Accords which essentially gives PLO terrorists blanket immunity for acts committed prior to the peace process.
Now leave aside that the Palestinian side hasn't exactly done a great job in keeping their end of the bargain in regards to Oslo. At this particular point in history, with leading PLO benefactor Saddam Hussein deposed, suicide bombings drastically reduced, and the new "road map to peace" gaining favor among noted doves from Paul Wolfowitz to Ariel Sharon, what public statement is issued from the PLO side? They're defending a terrorist! They want him freed!
Saeb Erekat is exhibiting a lack of public relations savvy unseen since the heyday of Gary Condit.

Posted by Stephen Silver at April 22, 2003 12:38 AM
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