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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Sharon's 2nd Stroke

Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, is under general anaesthesia after being rushed to hospital. He has suffered what his physicians are calling a "significant stroke".

Power has already been transferred to the Deputy PM, Olmert.

This is the second catatrosphe in one day, newswise.

There isn't a more key player in the whole Middle East than Ariel Sharon. On his stout person, so recently reviled for his hard stance against Palestianian terrorists, rests the hopes of the same Palestinian people for an independent homeland.

It's too much to want to see people praying for him, but I hope a few of his so-called enemies do just that tonight.

UPDATE: Of course, national leaders have frequently been incapacitated whilst in power. Everyone remembers reading of Woodrow Wilson's major stroke in 1919, after having barnstormed the US to gather support for his League of Nations idea. His wife, Edith, became titular President of the US, as she read classified memoranda, signed bills into office surreptiously, as well as prevented certain cabinet members from "disturbing" her husband, who was never the same again.

In 1956, President Eisenhower suffered a stroke, but his was more benign.

(CORRECTION: It was November 25, 1957. I misremembered by a year)

It's possible that Winston Churchill also suffered a stroke in office, but it might've been covered up and said to be something else, so as not to alarm the nation in time of World War.

When I saw Ariel Sharon at a memorial service last week, only a few days after suffering a "minor" episode, I was aghast.

He should've had, at the minimum, one week's bed rest under observation.

That Thursday he would've undergone a followup operation, surely it's a mixed blessing today that he didn't.

He wouldn't have made it through.

1:20 AM EST COMMENT: I am not a macabre person, and I am very much into positive thinking, but I have a sinking feeling Mr. Sharon will have passed on by the time I wake up tomorrow...or maybe I am just shell-shocked by the media because of the miner situation.

Last I heard, he was still being operated on...here's hoping for the best. No one can touch his presence politically, in Israel today.

15 Comments:

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Paul, at Wed Jan 04, 06:35:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Listen, you are my favorite History teacher, besides beauty, brain, wit, personality and all that other stuff, you make up words.
    "Misremembered?" - this is what makes classes at Sundries the most fun.


    Don't misunderestimate my powers of invention, Paul!

    I'm a Netanyahu man myself but have a lot of respect for Sharon, from what little I've read. He could be the Palestinian Nixon and Reagan but there's too much hatred and fear of their own kind to openly support him.

    Yes.

    And I wonder how the the rank-and-file of Palestinians, who so reviled Sharon and likened him to Hitler (how disgusting is that), feel now that he is their nation's best champion, and even broke with his own party to guarantee it?

    For the record, I love the Israelis, brave, kind, peaceful and still sane after all these years.

    I know what you mean.

    I am extremely pro-Israel, but I have never been the kind of person to say (with any truth),

    "I like blacks, Italians, etc."

    I've always felt it's beyond the realm of human comprehension to dislike a whole group of people.

    And the obverse is certainly true: you can't like an entire group of people either.

    By force, one must refer to a specific number of people, or attitudes one has encountered.

    That came out more ponderously than I hoped for, but perhaps you can forgive me, as I pooped. ;)

    The League of Nations was a sincere effort, wasn't it?

    A very sincere effort.

    Look what into it has evolved.

    It lacked bite. As does the UN.


    (Bad English, nothing new). Preventing another big war wasn't that it's main thrust? Not all inventions are accepted by people.

    Perhaps.

    But tying oneself down to a world organisation, is not my cup of tea, either.

    I suppose that's why I never really got into Star Trek. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Jan 05, 12:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Jan 05, 01:25:00 am GMT-5  

  • "And I wonder how the the rank-and-file of Palestinians, who so reviled Sharon and likened him to Hitler (how disgusting is that), feel now that he is their nation's best champion, and even broke with his own party to guarantee it?"

    Hah. Are you surprised? Only if you've forgotten this, I'd think...

    (Incidentally, this rash of self-deleted Paul posts is getting to be noteworthy.)

    By Blogger JSU, at Thu Jan 05, 11:25:00 am GMT-5  

  • JSU, see my very little used blog, top comment, which I wrote before even thinking of slopping up a very nice comment section.

    I didn't realize I was coming off as a Bigot here, demeaning a group and myself. Quite taken aback!
    I had use Israelis as synonymous with Israel the country whereas I would never address say, blacks for all of Africa, it's not in me. I just do not think like that.

    I promise though, I think, to stop deleting so a thread will make sense.

    Sorry about that, Victoria.

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Jan 05, 02:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Paul!

    Please don't think you have to remove your posts.

    I mean, if you feel like you've made spelling or grammar mistakes, and want to post a "clean" reply, as I do many times, fine.

    But not when it's contentious.

    You are entitled to your opinions, and as long as they're not filthy (especially about my boobs), I certainly don't mind them. :)

    Relax, chill.

    Besides, when you remove these replies, it makes the followups awkward.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Jan 05, 06:19:00 pm GMT-5  

  • JSU, thanks for the links!

    I especially found myself echoing this reply by M. Morgan in the first link:

    It's interesting that the signs are also in English. Who is their target audience? The US media of course but why? It seems that as of late, the Palestenians have sought to project a moderate image and the signs reading "Go to hell" do not help that image.

    Quite.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Jan 05, 06:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hmm, the second link is an mpg, and I suppose the University's labs are configured not to d/l them, in case they are copywritten.

    Isn't that controlling?

    Donna Shalala, boo. :(

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Jan 05, 06:22:00 pm GMT-5  

  • BTW, Paul, my sleepy reply was, as I said, very ponderous.

    I know full well you were not throwing a net of bonhomie to all people, indiscriminately.

    I guess _I_ should've kept my mouth shut about that too, since it's a given most people feel like that too. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Jan 05, 06:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You are entitled to your opinions, and as long as they're not filthy (especially about my boobs), I certainly don't mind them. :)

    I would very likely have a stellar opinion about them, I can't imagine less.

    I know full well you were not throwing a net of bonhomie to all people, indiscriminately.

    Thank you, Victoria. You opinion of me is quite important. It just is. Idol worship on my part? Perhaps. More it is your strength of character and honesty.
    Now, I'm shutting up. You are great, as is Sundries and it's cast..

    By Blogger Paul, at Thu Jan 05, 08:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Vic, the second link is the now-suppressed CNN footage of Palis celebrating, dancing, and passing out candy on 9/11. I wish similar scenes on Atlantic Avenue and in Hoboken had also been preserved. Lest we forget.

    At the moment, though, I'm more wondering how Mini-Me got into a militia...

    By Blogger JSU, at Thu Jan 05, 09:00:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I would very likely have a stellar opinion about them, I can't imagine less.

    *LOL*

    Thank you, Victoria. You opinion of me is quite important. It just is.

    Thanks Paul. That means a lot too.

    But don't sweat it. Once you're in with me, it takes a LOT to get out.

    I'm also sincere -- if I don't like something, I don't pussyfoot. I let the person know.

    Idol worship on my part? Perhaps. More it is your strength of character and honesty.
    Now, I'm shutting up. You are great, as is Sundries and it's cast..


    A tsunami in a teacup. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 06, 12:53:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vic, the second link is the now-suppressed CNN footage of Palis celebrating, dancing, and passing out candy on 9/11.

    WHAT! They suppressed it?? How lame (but oh so typical).

    Now that you mention 9/11, I am reminded exactly of that event, but in the way that people tried to suggest that footage of the old grandmother and others jumping around in glee, was staged after 9/11, or old footage.

    It turned out a Brazilian Univ. student had spread the rumour, which wasn't true.

    Goes to show, they bend over backwards, when it's not convenient to their precepts.

    I wish similar scenes on Atlantic Avenue and in Hoboken had also been preserved. Lest we forget.

    Yikes...didn't know. :(

    At the moment, though, I'm more wondering how Mini-Me got into a militia...

    LMAO!!

    That is hilarious.

    It's Mini-Me meets Allan Corduner.

    You know, the guy who played Sir Arthur Sullivan in "Topsy-Turvy". :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 06, 01:00:00 am GMT-5  

  • Him!

    ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Jan 06, 01:01:00 am GMT-5  

  • It is a vexing situation. I blogged on it here on my (Liberal) blog.

    Of course, no matter what happens, you can always count on right wing buffoon Pat Robertson to always say something stupid (his statement that the stroke is God's way of punishing Sharon for the Gaza pullout is at the same time shocking, tasteless and not a surprise, coming from Pat.)

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Fri Jan 06, 03:01:00 am GMT-5  

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