A balanced accounting of Arafat's legacy in Slate.
On the one hand, he had good reasons for turning down the 2000 Camp David deal engineered by Clinton. And, contrary to what some right-wing politicians would have us believe, he is not a "terrorist."
On the other hand, his relationship with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is murky, and troubling. This Slate piece has lots of helpful links.
ALSO: the next big controversy will probably be over whether Israel accedes to his wish that he be buried at the Al-Aqsa mosque.
UPDATE: Moorish Girl has a nice timeline on him. Also see the picture of the studly Arafat from the 1970s.