Writing in Macleans magazine, Mark Steyn remembers how Yasser Arafat?s death was accompanied by much ululating in the Western press. He cites the BBC’s Barbara Plett (pictured) who broke down in tears live on air as Arafat was taken away by helicopter to a Paris hospital.
According to Steyn: ?Indeed. We have been here before, of course. Three years ago, Yasser Arafat expired in Paris from an unspecified ailment, which the lads at Hamas now say was AIDS ? or, to be more specific, the fetching young aides from Eastern Europe with which the Soviets endowed him so lavishly. At any rate, the old kleptocrat monster’s passing was accompanied by much ululating in the Western press. The BBC correspondent broke down in tears live on air: if she’d been doing her job, she might have noticed how dry-eyed the locals were ? hence, the Hamas takeover in Gaza shortly thereafter."