Saturday, November 06, 2004



Can you spot the key word in this story? I've added a subtle (pronounce the 'b'!) clue:

Yasser Arafat has issued a political last will in which he appoints head of the PLO politburo Farouk Kadoumi as his successor, senior Palestinian officials claim.
Yes, the PLO has its very own "politburo." Arafat, remember, was a creation of the USSR.
Right after that meeting, I was given the KGB's "personal file" on Arafat. He was an Egyptian bourgeois turned into a devoted Marxist by KGB foreign intelligence. The KGB had trained him at its Balashikha special-ops school east of Moscow and in the mid-1960s decided to groom him as the future PLO leader. First, the KGB destroyed the official records of Arafat's birth in Cairo, replacing them with fictitious documents saying that he had been born in Jerusalem and was therefore a Palestinian by birth.
What's in a word? Quite a bit, actually.