If only he would have passed from the scene fighting for his country. If only he would have been gone before it became the central demand of Israel and the US that he go. If only he had declared the 'Palestinian State' before he allowed and helped legitimize the Apartheid-style system the Israelis have put in place; and when he would have been able to easily get nations throughout the world to recognize it. If only he hadn't been so despotic and allowed such terrible corruption, both economic and political. So many 'If onlys' when it comes to Yasser Arafat. And now he may finally be departing at the very time when he should not precisely because it is the demand of the long-time enemies of the Palestinian people.