These people are insane. Some of their high ranking officials have been on record as saying they'd rather have their own children die rather than have a medical cure tested on an animal.
Personally, I think using the donkey is a great idea. 1) You save one of your own troops from blowing up and 2) who in the hell would ever suspect a poor old donkey of beinng a suicide bomber?
To be fair, PETA should fax Ariel Sharon since he's the one that sent in the bulldozers and scared all those poor kitties.
I can see this having the opposite effect that they want. If Arafat was smart, he'd blow up a shitload more donkeys so that hot supermodels who get naked for the 'Fur is Murder' campaign will come over to Ramallah and do their strip act there.
And taken out of the context of the article, this is a great line " ...PETA weeps for the ass."
'But if one is struck by me only a little, that is far different, the stroke is a sharp thing and suddenly lays him lifeless, and that man's wife goes with cheeks torn in lamentation, and his children are fatherless, while he, staining the soil with his red blood, rots away, and there are more birds than women swarming about him.' Diomedes, The Iliad of Homer
If Arafat actually read this letter, you gotta wonder what went through his head. We kill thousands and thousands of people and these people are worried about the animals? They're right, you can kill men, women and children but stay away from the animals.
I read an interesting article at the font of all things evil and wrong (according to the right) the New York Times, talking about how young conservatives are having something of an internal ideological struggle for self-definition.