Random "Sharon" Thoughts
With Ariel Sharon now out of surgery, still in grave condition, and as we all are awaiting any news of his ability to hopefully recover from this massive stroke, there are a number of thoughts beginning to take shape in my head, and what better place than my blog for me to express them.
I imagine that throughout the day I will have many more of these little thoughts, some better (or more thought out) than others, so take them for what they are worth...
1) In the span of 24 hours, the Sharon family's involvement in politics ended - with Omri Sharon resigning his seat in the Knesset for criminal activity, and Ariel Sharon suffering a massive stroke.
Who would've thought that the family that had dominated Israeli politics for the last 5 years would disappear so suddenly?
2) Kadima, Ariel Sharon's new party, is in trouble.
Not just because he will most likely no longer be heading the party, which was the party's only real draw, but for another reason.
Kadima, as a new party, has no party institutions. Ariel Sharon was going to personally determine the party's list for the Knesset, and only Sharon had the power to control all of the egomaniacs in the party.
Who is going to determine the list now? Ehud Olmert? Tzipi Livni? Shual Mofaz? Shimon Peres?
As I see it, there is a very good chance that Kadima is going to self-destruct before the elections ever role around, and whatever is left of Kadima by then will only be a shell of the party that was once polling at 42 seats.
Frankly, there is no one in that party, aside from Sharon, that the Israeli public had confidence in to lead the country.
3) I do believe in the idea of Divine reward and punishment, and that we all will be held accountable for our actions - but I don't know if any of us (at least I don't) have the ability to say that this stroke is because of... We are not privy as to how He metes out His judgement, which is ultimatley true and just, whether in this world or the next.
More thoughts to follow...