Instapundit on Said
Said has always been more anti-Israel (and anti-West) than he has been pro- Palestinian or pro-Arafat, but the idiocy of Arafat's strategy since Oslo has led things to such a pass that even Said is pointing out the problems. He's also quite hard on suicide-bombing as a strategy, though an uncharitable reader might conclude that's mostly because he sees that it's failing miserably.
He just can't bring himself to give credit without trying to smear Said again, can he? Evidence for Said either being more anti-Israel then pro-Palestina or Said taking not a principled but a practical stance against suicide bombing are not forecoming, of course.
The other interesting thing about this passage is that it's in Al Ahram, which means that the Egyptian government can't hate it too much. And when you strip away the still-present obligatory Israel and America-bashing, it looks to me like another sign that everyone thinks Arafat now represents a problem, not an asset.
UPDATE: A troubling thought. We're getting a lot of cooperation all of a sudden from Arab countries, including places like Syria that haven't been all that cooperative before. It's likely that this is the result of increasing pressure. But given the cooperation between Syria and Iraq on nuclear matters, is it possible they're just trying to keep us out of the picture until the Islamic Bomb is ready in sufficient quantities? I don't think that's what's going on, but such behavior would be very much in character.
Syria has never been Iraq's closest friend -even taking part in the anti-Iraq coalition during Gulf War II, Instapundit Watcher seems to remember. Nor are either Syria or Iraq Islamitic states; they're both ruled by the secular baath parties, which are of a nationalistic semi socialist bent, not an Islamitic one.
Not a word about Instapundit being wrong about Said missing no opportunity to criticize the United States' war against terror, while saying very little about the practices of our enemies, of course.