Max Blumenthal goes for the jugular on the recently deceased former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon:
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 on the ground.
The piece is well worth reading in full, and lays to waste any pretension that Sharon was a 'great man'. He wasn't, and should be remembered for the enormous pain he inflicted on Palestinian people, the massacres he committed in the name of 'security' and damage he caused to the peace process. Sadly, Sharon's legacy was simply more extremism, culminating in the ascent of Benjamin Netanyahu - a politician whose sole purpose in life is to perpetuate war and colonize what is left of Palestine.
Sharon is being hailed as a hero by the Israeli and American press, but the truth is that he was anything but.