How Ariel Sharon Shaped Israel’s Destiny ~ Max Blumenthal, The Nation.
In a bloody career that spanned decades, he destroyed entire cities and presided over the killing of countless civilians.
Ariel Sharon at a cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office in 2005. AP Photo/Oded Balilty.
A central player in Israeli affairs since the state’s inception, Ariel Sharon molded history according to his own stark vision. He won consent for his plans through ruthlessness and guile, and resorted to force when he could not find any. An accused war criminal who presided over the killing of thousands of civilians, his foes referred to him as “The Bulldozer.” To those who revered him as a strong-armed protector and patron saint of the settlements, he was “The King of Israel.” In a life acted out in three parts, Sharon destroyed entire cities, wasted countless lives and sabotaged careers to shape the reality…
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