Ariel Sharon's condition continues to worsen. He may die today, next week, or next month. For most anti-Zionists, Sharon has been a figure of hate. For me, and despite his Zionist beliefs, he was Israel's greatest leader. If only Sharon was still in charge today... He would never have allowed Israel to be used by the US as a proxy against Iran - instead, he would have used America for Israel's purposes, as he always did. He wouldn't have acted as Olmert has done against Lebanon, which has only strengthened Hezbullah and weakened Israel. Basically, and unlike his successor, Sharon was a true leader and his own man, not America's.
I've written previously, speculatively, about the deaths of Yasser Arafat and Rakik Hariri, and how their passing appeared to help the Americans in their attempt to create a new Middle East. In light of the above and of current events, Sharon's removal from power could also be seen as another fortuitous event for the White House. Now, I'm not saying that the Americans took Arik out of the game but, given the consequences of his departure on US foreign policy, who could confidently say that they didn't?