Yasser Arafat dead at 75

Yasser Arafat is dead.

Yasser Arafat died early this morning, leaving behind a mixed legacy and unrealized statehood for his people.
I’m not prepared to write a long post on this right now, but for the past week I’ve been working the Palestinian refugee angle here in Lebanon (home to about 340,000 refugees in camps dating back to 1948) for TIME Magazine. I’m off to some of the camps today for more reporting.
This work has been the cause of my silence, and also: Why interrupt the good conversation from “this previous post?”:http://www.back-to-iraq.com/archives/000835.php