She's shedding a tear for Yasser Arafat. Who is? Barbara Plett is. And who is Barbara Plett? She's the BBC's correspondent on the West Bank. Where is she shedding her tear? Why, on the BBC website:
Yet when the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry... without warning.She explains her 'sudden surge of emotion'. The explanation includes this:
Despite his obvious failings - his use of corruption, his ambivalence towards violence, his autocratic way of ruling - no one could accuse him of cowardice.Despite all that, so touching that she should cry.