Changing The Subject
What do you do when you're a dictator who may have ordered the murder of a political opponent? What else, but blame Israel for something like the death of Yasser Arafat:
The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has caused outrage by accusing Israel of murdering Yasser Arafat.This is barely worth a response, but:
He used what was billed as a speech on democratic reform to accuse Israel of a "methodical and organised" killing.
Mr Assad, who himself is suspected of ordering the killing of the Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, said: "Of the many assassinations that Israel carried out in a methodical and organised way, the most dangerous thing that Israel did was the assassination of President Yasser Arafat."
"When the Syrian president thinks up this sort of delusional accusation one has to wonder what is going on behind the scenes in Damascus," said Israel's foreign ministry spokesman Mark Ragev. "We have said on more than one occasion that we are for a full public disclosure of Mr Arafat's medical documentation. We have nothing to fear from full transparency."