Ariel Sharon: Larger Than Life


3114609551Originally published by National Review Online

Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday at age 85, after being suspended comatose, between life and death for the past eight years, was the final Israeli prime minister from the generation that fought in the 1948 War of Independence.

And as with others of his generation, the growth and development of the country were reflected in his career.

Sharon was a dazzling military commander. He was one of the original authors of Israel’s trailblazing counter-terror strategies. The large battles against regular armies that he commanded in the 1956 Suez campaign, the 1967 Six Day War, and the 1973 Yom Kippur War are still taught in military academies around the world for their tactical brilliance.

Sharon was a risk-taker. The most prominent shared quality of his military battles and his political ones was that they were always over high stakes. As a general, Sharon’s gutsiness paid off in spades more often than not. As a politician, the results were less impressive.

His two big gambles as a political leader were the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza. Although the results of both actions were mixed, Israel could have won the gains it made in both at far less cost, if it had not gone along with Sharon’s plans.

Perhaps the most notable way in which Sharon’s life is a reflection of his country, at least outside of Israel, is that the blood libels published against him in the Western media are of a piece with the overall slander of Israel in the European and U.S. mainstream media.

Like Israel as a whole, Sharon saw his good name dragged through the mud by the Western media with tales published about him against which he had no means of defending himself. Sharon’s powerlessness was exposed in the libel suit he filed against Time magazine for a 1982 article in which the media alleged that Sharon had planned the massacre of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by Christian militiamen. When the jury rendered its ruling, it declared that although the story was false, Sharon had no right to monetary damages, because the lie was not actionable.

As prime minister, Sharon was caricatured as a baby eater, as a Nazi, the murderer of Jesus, and a hook nosed, greedy Jew. In the hours following the announcement of his passing, he was libeled repeatedly by such outlets as the BBC. And as was the case throughout his life, and throughout the life of Israel, so now after he has died, the libelers will pay no price for their misdeeds.

Sharon was one of the warmest, most engaging political leaders Israel has ever seen. He had an infectious sense of humor, a true love of life, of Israel, and of Israelis that made even his greatest Israeli critics like him.

Sharon was larger than life. His accomplishments and failures were similarly outsized. And while much of what happened to him, particularly at the hands of the media, reflects the larger predicament of all of Israel, there can be no doubt that Ariel Sharon was one of a kind.

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  • UCSPanther

    The reason why Sharon is so hated by progressives, Palestinian activists and neo-nazis everywhere is that he represents what they hate the most: The willingness of Israelis to stand up and defend themselves by any means.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      And win.

      • Tam

        Great points and very true.

      • Jack

        (And the whole mass-murder thing.)

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Libels R Us.

          • Jack

            If anyone wants some chilling reading, check out the passage in his autobiography (“Warrior”) that describes his murder of 69 civilians at Qibya in 1953. His excuse? When he blew up their houses, he didn’t think anyone was home! He goes on to describe the operation as a wonderful success anyway.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Sounds like a war going on or something. Who knew?

          • Jack

            Actually, I DIDN’T know Israel was at war in 1953! Thanks for filling me in!

          • objectivefactsmatter

            You’re welcome. See, you should do a lot more research before running your mouth.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            You’re welcome. Do more research next time BEFORE running your mouth.

    • Drakken

      You knew what Sharon was righteous by the high wailing and screeching of the palis and their Quisling supporters here in the west.

    • tickletik

      How is abandoning one community after another, and betraying the principles you were elected for, considered willingness to stand up and defend ourselves?

      The man literally started a second party composed of every corrupt LINO (Likud In Name Only) he could find.

      You want to know why he was so hated? Because the wicked hate those that flatter them. When they see they can break someone down, then they go all out.

  • Hallgard Vormann

    Sharon was not perfect, but Western media painted the image of him with broad brush as a horrible man. He was certainly no philanthropist, but compared to his adversaries in the Middle East he was a moral giant.

  • Bamaguje

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that the guy was in coma for 8 years and no one pulled the plug on him.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      That’s because Israel doesn’t have Obamacare.

      • trickyblain

        No, they have a full-blown socialist single-payer system.

        • Post-Juggalo

          They are a socialist state which we should not subsidize. Not a penny should go to socialist regimes

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Ariel Sharon was human, just like the rest of us. He had his good points and his faults. We all do. I’ll give a huge credit here: he had balls!!! Big massive balls! Why do I say this? Because he stood up for his people! And good on him. RIP.
    To Barack Obama: grow a set. Stand up for your country like Ariel Sharon stood up for his!

    • Danny

      I don’t consider the forcible removal of Jews from their homes in Gaza to be an example of standing up for his country.

      • Drakken

        It was a tactical decision that had to be made, you cannot leave your own in the midst of bloody thirsty savages which you cannot defend. So withdrawing them to defensible positions was the sensible thing to do.

        • Bamaguje

          It was a stupid self-defeating decision that enabled rocket launching Jihadists to set up shop on Israel’s doorstep.

          Going by your illogic, Israel should also pull out of the West bank (Judea & Samaria), since there also ‘bloodthirsty savages’ over there.

          • Drakken

            My logic states that you withdraw your civilians from hostile territory, as for Gaza itself after that? Level the goddamn place and kill every bloody wog there and then return, at least you have some great sea front property to develop and no more pali wogs to launch ordinance against you.

          • Bamaguje

            The bloodthirsty Palestinian savages in West bank & Gaza had been tamed prior to Oslo accords, when Israel was in total control.
            There were virtually no terrorist attacks in these areas until Rabin’s Israel was pressured to give up control to Palestinian authority in the elusive quest for “peace.”

    • Taimoor Khan

      Human? Are you sure? He administered murder of thousands.

      • defcon 4

        “Murder” is that what you call armed resistance to islam0nazism?

        • Taimoor Khan

          And “terrorism” is what you call armed resistance to Israeli and American interventions and occupations?

          • Drakken

            Your living proof that a thousand years of inbreeding leads to your demise. Good riddance wog.

          • Omar

            Actually, “terrorism” and “imperialism” is what you call armed resistance to so-called “Palestinian”, Soviet/neo-Communist Russian, Chinese Communist, Cuban Communist, Iranian Islamist and Sudanese Islamist aggression, interventions and occupations. Fact-check.

    • DontMessWithAmerica

      What are you talking about? America is not Obama’s country! How can he stand up for it? He stands up for Muslims wherever they are.

  • Taimoor Khan

    He was a butcher of innocent people.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      “He was a butcher of innocent people.”

      You of course are referring to the prophet of Satan called Muhammed.

      • Air4099

        AKA goat fucker

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Enemies of Israel are NOT innocent. Gen.Ariel Sharon was a great defender of the victims. Once in a while a nation is lucky enough to have such a hero defend the nation. He will be missed. RIP Arik.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      You’re confusing Sharon with Mohammed

      • Drakken

        Daniel, I would much prefer that everyone gets to see in plain sight what these folks of anti-civilization have to say, for it gives everyone the unvarnished enemies point of view.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Me too.

          I don’t moderate comments

        • Taimoor Khan

          LOL! Reading your comments should make every sane human being puke!

          • defcon 4

            “sane human beings” referring to whom? Fellow muslo-nazis such as yourself?

          • Drakken

            Well it is too bad that my cold, harsh, brutal Teutonic/Prussian/Hapsburger logic fails you and bloody scares the jihad right out of you, trust me you inbred bloody wog, you will see it play out soon enough.

          • Omar

            Actually, it is you who is the insane human being, you schmuck.

    • Omar

      Uh, no. That would be your beloved role model, Yasser Arafat, who was a monster who stole a huge amount of money from his own people and from Israelis and placed it in his Swiss bank account. Arafat also supported your beloved Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq and its invasion and attempted military occupation of Kuwait. Unlike Arafat, Sharon wasn’t a terrorist who supported a madman’s dictatorship. Unlike Arafat, Sharon didn’t steal money from anyone. And unlike Arafat’s friend, Saddam, Sharon didn’t gas to death innocent people from different ethnic groups. You see, Israel’s leaders have morality, which is nonexistent in Islamist and Baathist states.

    • logdon

      When all that is going on in Syria, whether slow knife beheadings on an epic scale, forced prostitution, slaughter of children or eating human organs you have the temerity to talk of Israeli butchery you really have a problem.

      Then again, I take it that you are a Muslim which explains all.

      • Taimoor Khan

        What about expulsion of great many Palestinians from their homelands? Why are they not allowed to return and settle in their historical homes? It’s not abuse?

        • defcon 4

          What about the expulsion of a million Jews from the muslo-nazi states of the Mid-East and N. Africa? What about the synagogues that have been blown up by muslimes in Turkey and Argentina? What happened to the Jews of Gaza again lying muslo-nazi?

        • DontMessWithAmerica

          Stop the cliches. There was never any expulsion of so-called Palestinians. They were told to get out by the invading Arabs who said they could come back in hours after the Israelis had been driven into the sea. The poor bastards are designated as refugees two generations later simply for propaganda and fund raising. If the Israelis allow just one of them back then they could be accused of total insanity. When you attack a neighbor and get beaten back you lose all rights. All the arguments about historical rights is nonsense. Where Israel can be faulted is for not going far enough. If you tell me that you will kill me and drive me into the sea, I’ll kill you on the spot. That is what Israel should have done years ago. They certainly have the capability but apparently not the will. The only people in the world today that I admire are the Egyptians. They are realists. They call a spade a spade and they act on it. You are an irritating loser who sits in the back of the classroom and makes snide remarks. You learn nothing and do nothing but just prattle stupidly. I know, it’s difficult when you’ve had your brains washed out before you could develop critical faculties but realize this – YOU are a victim. Your culture has victimized you.

          • logdon

            Great reply.

            I’d add the question, who was there first?

          • defcon 4

            Some muslimes sold their properties to the Jews of the nascent state of Israel in the hopes they would reclaim said properties when the Jews had been murdered by their fellow islam0nazis.

    • DontMessWithAmerica

      No Muslim over the age of four can be innocent. Your brains are washed with dung by then.

    • Gee

      Considering that is exactly what you Islamofascists do – ironic and no I did not like Sharon at all

    • Drakken

      You have to give great credit to Sharon, the more you muslims squeal, the more you know you are on the right track. Warfare is a bitch haji, something your going to find out soon enough.

    • 11bravo

      No Muslim is innocent, therefore your statement is false!

  • Gamal

    Sharon uprooted Jewish families from their homes in Gaza so that the left would not pursue corruption charges against his son and perhaps him.

    • logdon

      Nothing to do with the inordinate expense of defending Jews from the insane savages then?

      • Gamal

        Look at the cost now. He didn’t save any lives or any money. He was too smart to think that he would.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Sadly at the end, he totally destroyed his legacy when he idiotically surrendered Gaza. What a foolish move that was.

    • defcon 4

      When it will be time to take it back and deport the islam0nazi, arab squatters to the rest of their arabian homelands?

      • Drakken

        It is far too late to deport those savages from Gaza, they will be dealt with the good ole fashioned way, think Carthage.

  • Daniel Rubio

    This site has been infected by a self-appointed defender of muslims
    who dubs himself “Taimoor Khan”. He is the classic jerk who thinks
    himself as a well-educated, well-balanced universal all-knowing knight
    of the truth.

    And he has been trying to defend his defense-less idiotic arguments
    left and right, brandishing factoids here and there.

    What he will fail to notice, as all of his ilk do, is that he holds
    two rods to measure up things. For these self-elected purveyors of the
    truth, what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the
    gander. Antisemites like him always hold Jews to stricter standards than
    they hold say, a lowlife muslim. And a muslim antisemite has even lower
    standards, for he considers holy the teachings of a criminal,
    hate-filled, impotent, delusional pedophile who thought he was someone.

    Hopefully this jerk will move on to sites where his stupid, biased
    views are more welcome to brain-washed ignorants. Unless in the case
    like, just as his prophet did, he gets his highs from molesting and
    annoying other people

    • defcon 4

      I’d suggest he relieve himself at the Daily Kos — where brain-dead, amoral, lieberals lap up islam0nazi lies as if they were manna from heaven.

    • Drakken

      What do you expect from a paki muslim who has been inbreed for a 1,000 years? Effem!

      • Taimoor Khan

        You imbecile, Jews are the most inbred folks! Consult geneticists.

        • UCSPanther

          For “inbred savages”, they keep dominating you on the battlefield and have actually built a modern nation in an area still dominated by an archaic and medieval ideology and governments.
          Projectionism is in full swing here on your part.

        • Drakken

          Yes lets discuss those genetics shall we, you bloody paki wogs are the most inbred species of man, after that comes the effing arabs and the fakestinians are 98% arab dumbazz.

          • Taimoor Khan

            Open this link up:

            http://www.jewlicious.com/2006/01/science-reveals-jews-fantastically-inbred/

            Cousin marriage are not bad if separated by a generation or two, btw.

            Cousin marriages are okay in ALL religions.

            Cousin marriage was the norm in Monarchies and higher echelons of power (not including marriage to siblings, of course).

          • objectivefactsmatter

            As populations grew through time, it was recognized as something less than ideal.

            But if you think you’ve got “the book” for the unchanging rules for all time, you emulate and follow a 7th century warlord as you’re told.

        • logdon

          Here in Britain Pakistani cousin marriage is producing an epidemic of birth defects.

          Check your facts before mouthing off the usual anti-semitic drivel.

          Here are some to ponder……

          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2355277/Warning-cousin-marriages-Unions-blood-relatives-Pakistani-community-account-birth-defects-children.html

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-23183102

          • Taimoor Khan

            Oh, so calling Pakistani marrying cousins as inbreeding and disparaging them is okay, but talking the same about Jews is “anti-Smite”?

            This wont’t work on Asiatics and Middle Eastern. Apply your lingo to yourself.

          • defcon 4

            Since when do Jews regularly marry their cousins Taimoor Khan Al Taqiyya?

          • Post-Juggalo

            Hasidim aren’t Jews?

    • Taimoor Khan

      Why are you so annoyed by me? Is a single voice of truth among the darkness of falsehood and hatred enough to cause cracks?

      I’ll answer it for you – YES!

    • Taimoor Khan

      Why are you so annoyed by me? Is a single voice of truth among the darkness of falsehood and hatred enough to cause cracks?

      I’ll answer it for you – YES!

      • Drakken

        Living proof that you just can’t fix stupid, but you can put it down with a lead injection. Inbred paki wogs, dregs of humanity.

        • Taimoor Khan

          “Living proof that you just can’t fix stupid, but you can put it down with a lead injection.”

          I will try rehab on you first, as I am an humanitarian. And if that didn’t fix…

      • Omar

        Monkey-f**k, we are annoyed by you because you post anti-American, anti-Jewish, pro-Communist and pro-Islamist hate speech on the internet. Quit repeating Communist/Islamist lies and propaganda and learn from facts.

        • Taimoor Khan

          Why it’s annoying you? Can’t take facts?

          I love bursting the tiny bubbles of hateful kids!

          They spend a great deal of time constructing a worldview suited to their perverted mindset, and here I come, destroying their myths and exposing then for the fables they are!

          Apologies, apologies! But old habits die hard!

          • Omar

            Monkey-f**k, I can’t take your evil BS lies about the world stage. I bet that, based on your evil mentality, if you had lived in the time of the American Revolution, you would have supported King George III’s Britain over the American colonists’ revolt led by George Washington because you hate democratic America so much that you would side with the worst dictatorship over the greatest democracy in the world. Why don’t you denounce Communist-sponsored crimes like killing more people than the pre-World War II European fascist regimes, creating a huge empire of client states based on Communist ideology and anti-Westernism, illegally occupying an ancient country (Tibet) and committing ethnic cleansing against people of that ethnicity living in that country and many other horrible crimes. Why don’t you denounce any Communist-sponsored crimes at all? It is because you are a Stalinist/Maoist totalitarian. Learn from facts, you monkey-f**k.

    • Daniel Rubio

      Taimoor Khan: Exhibit “A” of why muslims are filthy liars, scumbags and lowlifes. It (taimoor) is one of their finest. A rusty piece of crap whinning here and there, spreading garbage wherever it roams, a fine example of what islam can do to an otherwise normal mind. And the planet has to bear the burden of 1,500 million of schmucks just like it.

      • Taimoor Khan

        You need anger management like most of you on here.

        If my comments show Muslims in bad light like you state, you should be happy! Instead, you are angry.

        Why the anger?

        You don’t belief your own words, and hence the frustration?

        See, I also have some knowledge in psychology too…

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “If my comments show Muslims in bad light like you state, you should be happy! Instead, you are angry.”

          Care to explain that?

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    He was a great soldier but cursed with that Jewish DNA that irrationally seeks to make peace with animals that can’t understand peace or give and take.

    • Phương Trinh

      In the hours following the announcement of his passing, he was libeled repeatedly by such outlets as the BBC

      teen teen, game ibet88.

    • Taimoor Khan

      That DNA doesn’t stop them from stealing other people’s land and resources? Oh, that continues from Canaanite days, doesn’t it?

      Who is the animal now?

      • DontMessWithAmerica

        When it comes to naivete, I’m afraid you are.

        • Taimoor Khan

          And when it comes to licking up to Israel?

          • Drakken

            Your really good at that licking thing aren’t you paki wog? Just ask your boyfriend.

          • defcon 4

            Maybe Khan is a bacha bazi man!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “That DNA doesn’t stop them from stealing other people’s land and resources?”

        Actually it does. Otherwise there would be no “Palestinian Authority” and no other pretenders in the so-called peace process.

  • Gee

    I served under Sharon’s command in 1973 – we didn’t think very highly of him. Would have had half the casualties with any other commander and still suceeded. The simple fact is like most of our commanders from 48 they were promoted beyond their abilities.

    Dayan was a good company commander – and over his head beyond that. Sharon’s forte was a Brigade – more than that and he was too bull headed to use the resources that were available.

    As Prime Minister he was a total disaster.

    • Drakken

      He certainly couldn’t hold a candle to Rommel, but he is better than anything the ragheads could put up against him. Your leadership to this day isn’t all that great.

      • defcon 4

        Wasn’t the IDF outnumbered some three to one (in tanks, APC’s and infantry) in the Sinaiin ’73′? I don’t think Rommel ever faced those kind of odds.

  • Metatron

    Ariel Sharon was A MENSCH! That’s why good people respect and adore him…and inadequate people criticize.

  • 11bravo

    Caroline, most Americans are so tired of this PLO, west bank, Palestinian Authority crap. The Jews need to step out of the shadow of the US government blackmailing them…and take care of this problem once and for all.
    If the citizens of San Diego were getting what the Jews have been receiving, Mexico would have been defeated and annexed as part of the USA decades ago. I am surprised (not) that oil could warp the morals of men like Reagan – Nixon – Ford – and the Bush’s. This is one of the areas in which America is looked down upon. Our lack of moral conviction concerning oil. It has been the scourge of capitalism, and ammo for the Commies for a century now.
    The world – including the anti Semites of Europe know the Jews are morally right in all of this. We are honestly waiting for Israel to be done with it already. What-ever that would entail.

  • Post-Juggalo

    He should have kept his real name, Erik Westermann. A German name would fit a war criminal

    • defcon 4

      “war criminal” yeah right. ONly in your delusions Ahmed.

    • Drakken

      What is the matter haji, don’t like when an Israeli wipes you wogs off the map?

  • Taimoor Khan

    Why my comment saying “He [Sharon] was a killer” deleted? Freedom of Speech, anyone?

    • Daniel Rubio

      Because you are an idiot, a bigot, a muslim, a jerk, a schmuck and an antisemite. With such credentials, nobody here would like to read your garbage anyway. So whoever deleted it, was doing a favor to all of us.

      • Drakken

        As much as I despise this little wog goat fuc**r, I want everyone to see what us infidels are dealing with, and when the time comes, there will be no mistake on what we must do to eradicate this problem.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      You’re saying that a general in the Israeli army killed someone?

      Holy crap. What should we do now?