BigJ, you dont have a clue why he got it do you?
He WAS a terrorist, but gave up his status in order to reach a peaceful settlement, and encouraged many other militant groups to go for peace.
We have all done bad things in the past, Arafat was one of those people that discovered the err in his and other's ways, and tried his best to stop it. Guess what? IT ALMOST WORKED. There was peace in Israel for a few months at a time. Guess what happenned? Clinton leaves, and years of work are thrown done the drain.
Now i dont know if you guys know anything about terrorism in that area besides the stuff you sometimes hear in the news, but here is some background info.
The jews(btw, i am jewish) believe they have claim on that land. The problem is, there are muslims allready living there. Their claim is a book called the tora(sp). NOW, put it into this context-if somebody showed you a stephen king book, which said that your house actually belonged to them, and told you to get the fuck out, would you be happy? Does that even make sense?
Now at first the jews did not get their way, so do you know what they did? They strapped bombs to their chest, and blew up hotels, theaters, etc. Does this sound familiar? It should, however this was not necesarily for religious reasons at is was to get attention. So, Britain, USSR and US all declare palestine become israel. 1 year later, the UN does the same. Palestinians are fucked. Arafat witnesses all of this, decides that he doesnt want the palestinians to be 2nd class citizens, so he organizes terrorists cells to blow shit up, until palestine is free again. He finds out that he is killing innocent people, and decides that violence just makes it worse.
Now, he WAS a terrorist, that is obvious. He tells all of his members and other organizations his epiphany, some follow and some like the HAMAS dont. He becomes a leader of palestine, and strives for peace. However, he doesnt have everybody listening to him, and this may be a reason why peace does fail. However, he dedicated the rest of his life to achieving peace, and converting militants. The nobel peace prize, like all other nobel prizes(including economics) is not about what you did your entire life, its what you do at one point in your life. Nash, from a beautiful mind was not an economist, he was a mathematician, but he got a nobel prize for economics, kapiche?
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