January 12, 2014

Ariel Sharon: Warrior, Farmer, Leader

Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Love him or hate him, Ariel Sharon was a stunningly consequential, larger than life, and historic figure the likes of whom we will not see again. For those Palestinians, Arabs, and even Israelis who will never forget or forgive his transgressions, that's just as well. Still, Sharon's passing highlights the troubling reality of a region without leaders. This isn't so much reflected in the comparison of what Sharon accomplished to what little has been achieved by current politicians in the Middle East; Sharon was far too controversial for greatness. Rather, it is reflected in the thought of what leaders of Sharon's stature, authority, and power might be able to do for the Middle East today if they had the necessary skill, strategy, and partnerships.

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TAGGED: Palestinians, Palestine, Middle East, Israel, Ariel Sharon

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