Not like this.
It just wasn't supposed to happen this way.
Waking this morning to discover that Ariel Sharon was fighting for his life, after suffering a massive stroke...
Sure, I believed that Ariel Sharon's policies since becoming Israel's Prime Minister were harmful towards the Jewish People and Jewish State (and the Land of Israel).
Sure, just about everyone in the country knew that he was most likely corrupt - very corrupt.
And, lastly, sure, I very much did not want to see Ariel Sharon re-elected in the upcoming elections.
But, as strong as my politics and beliefs might be, and as great as the threat that Sharon posed to them - I didn't - and I don't think anyone except for some very sick people - wanted salvation to come from Ariel Sharon becoming terminally ill (or worse).
As much as I was against Sharon for what he did to Gush Katif, that's how grateful we all should be for what he did over the years for all that he did defending Israel, the Jewish people, and building up the Land of Israel.
He deserved to live out his life quietly on his ranch, raising cows, riding off into the sunset.
Just not this way.
Sadly, throughout Jewish history we have found that not all Kings of Israel get the ending they deserve.
Here's hoping that Arik - "Melech Yisrael" is able to recover enough to live out his life in peace and tranquility, surrounded by those who love him.
More thoughts later - as right now, my thoughts are pretty much jumbled.