Friday, January 06, 2006


Whatever else you are reading about Ariel Sharon, please make sure to look at this view of the man from an Israeli and a Palestinian perspective. The Palestinian view is written by Karma Nabulsi, a colleague here at Oxford. Sharon is already on the way to being eulogised (not just in Bush's 'man of peace' doublespeak), but also in more sober analyses as a brutal general-turned statesman who knew how to take difficult and unpopular decisions. Karma's piece makes for chilling reading, as can only be expected from someone who has lived under the boot of this murderer. Our humanity demands that we wish Sharon well and hope that he does not suffer very much more, but we would be kidding ourselves if we did not see him for what he was: one of the most blood-spattered heads of a(n incompletely) democratic state. And before you start praising him for the Gaza disengagement, please remember that there were all kinds of motivations for disengagement including these.

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