A Possible Junction
I truly don't want to be premature or presumptive, but it seems pretty apparant that the era of Ariel Sharon has closed. That seems to be the inevitable. The blogosphere is replete with concern --even trepidation-- about that fact. What does it mean for Israel? What does it mean for the Middle East? Iran? Israel has been blessed with great leaders throughout its history. One after the other, the right man (or right woman) has stepped forward at the right time. My guess is that it will happen again. The key is that whomever it is, it will have to be someone in whom the Israeli public has overwhelming faith and confidence. Personally, I like Benjamin Netanyahu, but I suspect that the majority of Israelis don't have that overwhelming faith and confidence in him.
And what to make of Pat Robertson? On his television show, "The 700 Club," Robertson said, "Sharon was personally a very likable person, and I am sad to see him in this condition, but I think we need to look at the Bible and the Book of Joel. The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who 'divide my land.' "
One thing I won't do is jump onto the bandwagon and bash Robertson. It's not because I agree with or like what Robertson said. It's because I don't like the people --the usual suspects-- who routinely bash Robertson, and I choose not to be lumped in with them.
What I will do is point out the comments of another anathema and pariah for the left, radio talk show host Michael Savage. On his show yesterday Savage made the observation that Sharon, being almost 78 years old, and 5' 7" tall, and weighing in at 260+ lbs, the argument can be made that God actually went out of his way to keep Sharon alive and healthy 10 years longer than he really deserved, and maybe God did that precisely so Sharon could give Gaza to the Palestineans.
Savage is one of those guys that is reviled by both the left and the right. The left hates him for his ideas. The right is embarrassed by him. I admit that he is bombastic, even incendiary, often to a cartoonish degree. But if you listen patiently, with willing suspension of disbelief, you will not be disappointed and will find genuine pearls in what he says. Just about every day in fact.