Ariel Sharon has my prayers. Despite his antagonists (and not a few of them either on either side of politics, both nationally and internationally), Ariel Sharon has been pragmatic in his approach to the Palestinian intifada. He has been extremely concilliatory, despite accusations otherwise, but pragmatic in ensuring the security of the Israeli people.
However, it seems he will not make it through the night. I hope and pray he does.
It seems fitting therefore, that the probable passing of this giant (excuse the pun) should be compared with the utter guttlessness of some others.
Ariel Sharon has been instrumental in suppressing Palestinian homocides against Israelis with his policy of walls and zero tolerance toward terrorist leaders.
On the other hand we have Jacques Chirac giving "dissenfranchised youth" $400 million (Euros?) in order for them to stop the car burning, the violence and the "social unrest". This was several weeks ago. On New Year's Eve, these "dissenfranchised youth" burned 425 cars and terrorised 600 passengers.
One leader protects his people, the other finances terrorists to savage his own people. One is portrayed as a bloodthirsty general and the other a promoter of peace and justice.
Yeah, and war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
[Update: Please read the excellent round up of recent comments by Arab and Persian leaders regarding Ariel Sharon's health and how Ariel Sharon's passing will bring great uncertainty to the region.]