Today’s Washington Post reports that PETA co-founder and president Ingrid Newkirk has faxed a letter to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, pleading with him to stop the senseless killing of middle-Eastern animals.

On January 26, a donkey was loaded with explosives and detonated in Jerusalem. Thankfully, no human beings were killed (although this was really the exception that proves the rule). But rather than take Arafat to task for sanctioning terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens, Newkirk chose to berate him for neglecting to “leave animals out of this conflict.” Newkirk also referred deferentially to him as “Your Excellency.”

The Post‘s Lloyd Grove adds a better exclamation point than we could dream up:

Yesterday we asked Newkirk if she considered asking Arafat to persuade those who listen to him to stop blowing up people as well. “It’s not my business to inject myself into human wars,” she replied.