When his eyes were bugging out of his rapidly thinning skull, his lips quivering, a look of utter confusion on his 76 year-old, guant face... all I could think was, "Wow, this guy looks really healthy!" Who the heck is Abu Sharif kidding? Arafat was in TERRIBLE health by 2004. He didn't die "suddenly"... his body (and MIND) were deteriorating rapidly during the last years of life, especially after the outbreak of the so-called "Al Aqsa Intifadah" and the added stress this caused for him. Indeed, foreign diplomats after the year 2000 repeatedly commented on his degenerating appearance (and increasingly erratic behavior & verbal outbursts). And as many people in this forum have already noted, Arafat may have contracted AIDS. This would easily explain the multiple symptoms appearing almost simultaneously, as his immune system collapsed. The real reason that Arafat's cause-of-death is a "secret" is because very few Arabs can handle the truth about their flawed, embezzling hero.
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