In Memoriam: Ariel Sharon

A comprehensive obituary is here. See also this profile; it is a critical one, but interesting in its way. For a favorable remembrance, see this profile. I imagine that if Sharon had not lapsed into a coma, we might have seen greater movement towards a comprehensive peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians; as a realist, I am reluctant to endorse the “great leader” affect on human history, but in Sharon’s case, he had military credibility and a reputation as a fierce defender of Israel that might have allowed him to sell painful compromises to the Israeli people.

Requiescat in pace.

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