Tomorrow morning (Israel time) Sharon's doctor's will begin to step back the medication that keeps Sharon in his medically induced coma. Whether he is awake underneath that coma remains to be seen. While hopes are high and Gd always surprises us, it is pretty safe to say Sharon will not be running the show.
My thoughts? Sharon's imminent passing will change nothing. He knew he would not live forever and it almost seems as if he came out of his earlier stroke to put his affairs in order.
Iran is on the path of jihad.........with or without Sharon. And this has been evident for quite sometime, it is only now that the world has decided to pay (scant) attention. Even with Sharon alive, the Sisyphean task of "disarming" Iran demanded US/EU involvement and still does. There is no avoiding this.
I loved Sharon, the "bulldozer" embodied for me all that was astounding about "Galt's Gulch" - his military genius, his compassion, his single mindedness, his bravery, his analytical skills, his wit, his total lack of self consciousness, and his breathtaking love and passion for that great country (or "shitty little country" depending upon who you are talking to)...............Israel loses an identity when she loses Sharon. The same loss Israel experienced with the passing of Golda, Ben Gurion, etc.
But insofar as Israel's destiny and Sharon's passing? Nothing has changed.
Lockdown it's borders, develop the Negev, and take out anyone that dares to fuck with her survival. They only need to pick a leader that can execute that plan.
Baddah bing, bahdah boom
Iran is a place where the lunatics are in charge of the asylum and there are a great many out there that think that if they ever wanted to strike Israel (or Europe, or us), this is their best chance, while things are in flux.
I do not believe this for one moment.
If anything the opposite is true. Because the perception might be such, Israel will retaliate with uncharaterstic impunity and pain.
This would be the worst time to strike. Because Israel could react mercilessly with good reason.
The Arabs know Israel.
UPDATE 10:15 am: Doctors: Slight movement in Ariel Sharon's right hand and leg in response to stimuli Still to early to determine if any cognitive damage PM breathing on his own as doctors reduce sedation; doctors caution that his condition remains critical.