The immense cruelty of Ariel Sharon
Ariel Sharon lies in the Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv. where he has been in a coma since 2006. As his condition deteriorates further, Doctors are saying that his life is in danger, and we should expect an announcement of his death at any time.
When that happens, there will be the usual outpourings of grief, tributes from many world leaders and the endless reviews of his life and times in the media and on television. It should also be remembered what role Sharon played, as Israeli Defense Minister in the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre, the withdrawing of Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005 whilst maintaining Israeli still control of Gaza’s air and sea borders, paving the way for a siege and the ongoing attacks on Gaza .
Sharon was a member of Gadna and Haganah before becoming an officer in the IDF in 1948.
This article written by David Cronin and published in the "The Electronic Intifada" puts some of the myths surrounding Ariel Sharon into some kind of perspective.