It is the purpose of this blog to glorify God, not mortal men. But Ariel Sharon was one of the most valiant warriors in the tumultuous modern history of God's nation, Israel, and his passing deserves note. One of the most controversial men of his times, Sharon served as a soldier, a General, a Defense Minister, and, ultimately, as Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006). His enemies called him a "butcher," and his allies called him "The Bulldozer" and "the Lion of Judaea," but, ultimately, he will be remembered both as a man of war, and a man of peace. This is not the place for his biography, but his biography deserves attention. In an age with few genuine heroes, Ariel Sharon was one.
Already, the Philistines, who call themselves "Palestinians," are joining their Arab brethren in a celebration of their favorite emotion: sheer hatred, and happiness at a Jewish death. As they howl for "Allah" to punish and torture Sharon, and as they stage cowardly demonstrations in which they stomp and shriek like the maddened beasts they are, we note Ariel Sharon's passing with respect, calm, and thankfulness for his service to God's nation. And with a simple rendition of his most beloved song.
See also: The Lion of Israel