Arafat, AIDS and afterlife

The little rodents running around the rumour mill have been working overtime lately, throwing up a couple of interesting questions about Arafat, and some even more interesting answers. Two questions to think about: does Arafat have AIDS, and is Arafat in fact already dead.

Yes of course he does, they're the ones who get him coffee in the morning. Boom boom. The suggestion has been circulating for years that Arafat has been an active bisexual, since at least the late 70s if this report is accurate:

Ion Pacepa, who was deputy chief of Romanian foreign intelligence under the Ceaucescu regime and who defected to the West in 1978, says in his memoirs that the Romania government bugged Arafat and had recordings of the Arab leader in orgies with his body guards.

Recent reports that doctors have had difficulty diagnosing his illness would add to the credibility of the AIDS story. It is heard to believe that Arafat might have a 'mystery illness', more likely he has an illness that has been diagnosed, but the nature of it might be seen to reflect badly on him, eg AIDS. The fine folks at 365gay (personally, my favourite news source for the ins and outs on the Middle East) have taken up the story.

Just what is that mystery illness?

This one has been going around for a couple of days, but now it is starting to reach respectable circles. The logic is that Arafat died some time last week, and that the announcement is being delayed until his minders can get him buried as requested in Jerusalem, and also until a desirable successor can rise above the fray and take over from Arafat. This would be a conspiracy of monumental size, particularly given the need for the French Department of Defence to be complicit - he's being treated at the Hopital d'Instruction des Armees de Percy, where, incidentally, France's best HIV specialists practice - as well as the stream of people who have been in contact with him.

A few outlets have toyed with the story, but so far no one has the Smoking Gun, or is that the rotting corpse, to run with it with confidence.


Anonymous said…

I found it a little sickening to look at Arafat and his 75 year-old pubic hair mustache before I read your post suggesting that he was bisexual. Now I may never forgive you for letting me read of his orgies with his bodyguards. Not a pleasant image to have in one's mind.

Anonymous said…
Simon you need not worry.
Even if we take Ion Pacepa's account as true (this man is now being wheeled out as an apologist for the lack of WMDs discovered in Iraq, apparently Putin hid them!) he only talks about one incident with one bodyguard.
How and why this has been hyped into "orgies with bodyguards" and everything this implies, we can only guess.
Although I think I might know.

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