There is often such pathetic symbolism to what Yasser Arafat does. For the past three years essentially imprisoned in his own Muktada compound, within a surrounded city of Ramallah, itself within the apartheid wall and military occupation of remnants of his country, now Arafat emerges more frail and confused than ever.
And even in this modern-day 21st century he doesn't go to an Arab hospital somewhere in the 'Arab world' -- but rather flies off to a western capital for treatment.
Add to that the image of his 'wife' -- herself living in Paris luxury with her mother and family for many years now and not even having seen her 'husband' for many years -- 'rushing' to his bedside to accompany him to her own home in exile in Paris.
The vultures are all out wanting to get the numbers and keys to the secret bank accounts, to claim the legacy and legitimacy of 'The Old Man' should he pass from either the worldly scene or just the political one --