From A Different Perspective: Rethinking Ariel Sharon & Chris Christie
14 January 2014
By Jane Stillwater
Ever since Ariel Sharon began rising up through the
ranks of Israeli neo-con politics by hook or by crook,
I've always viewed him as a Bad Guy. But maybe he
wasn't all that bad after all -- at least not within
the time-frame right before his sudden stroke.
According to former IGF officer Roi Tov, Sharon might
have finally seen the light and started actually
implementing some of the few hopeful features of GWB's
ill-conceived "Road Map," now a document as
long-forgotten as Mr. Bush himself.
Tov is an Israeli journalist who I always love to read
because he always seems to have juicy insider
knowledge of all the latest hot gossip about what is
going on in the highest Israeli neo-con circles. And
according to Tov, Sharon had been taking the Peace
Process a little bit too seriously right before his
sudden stroke and, like Rabin, needed to be stopped.
Sharon himself must have constantly been aware, like
all good neo-cons everywhere have known since way back
in JFK's day, that when you play in neo-con Big
Leagues, you gotta toe the current party line or else.
But at least Sharon, there toward the end, might
possibly have tried at long last to do the Right Thing
toward establishing peace with Palestine -- perhaps
knowing full well that doing so would cause him to
tangle with the Shin Beth. Perhaps I should give
Sharon snaps for that. Taking on the Shin Beth is not
for the timid of heart.
Perhaps Sharon finally wanted to atone for being the
Butcher of Sabra and Shatila. Hey, it could happen.
But, if so, Sharon must have also forgotten the Number
One neo-con rule: "Cross us and you are a dead man. We
eat our young." Sucks to be you, Ariel Sharon!
Anyway. We may never know the whole story. Neither
Sharon nor Rabin are talking. And neither is the Shin
Israeli politics are so much fun to watch -- almost as
much fun as watching American politics. Which brings
me to the subject of Chris Christie. "What did he know
and when did he know it?" seems to be the big question
on everyone's lips. But, for me, the real question
here should be, "Why the freak do Americans continue
to passively put up with all of America's constant and
soul-killing traffic jams in the first place?"
If Christie and/or his loyal staff hadn't caused the
Fort Lee traffic jam, then something else would have
There are traffic jams all over America right now,
night and day. 24/7. And nobody seems to even notice
or care. We all just passively endure wasting hours
and hours of our life each day that we will never get
For instance, the new San Francisco bay bridge is
awesome to look at, but as a vehicle-mover, it sadly
fails. The old bridge handled up to one-third more
cars-per-hour than this new, spectacular one.
But all these new bridges and old bridges and freeways
and rush-hour traffic jams all beg the huge major
question, which is: "What kind of harsh air-pollution
hazards are all these idling, gridlocked vehicles
creating? And when are we going to finally take
climate change seriously and start eliminating the use
of pollution-causing motor vehicles entirely?"
This new scandal regarding Governor Christie and Fort
Lee might be offering us a really good opportunity to
start a national dialogue with regard to, first, the
development of more public transportation options in
order to alleviate traffic jams and save the air, and,
second, finally doing something about the limited
safety and diminishing returns of using cars
themselves in this disastrous day and age of
life-threatening climate change.
Ariel Sharon (1928-2014): My country, because of
Sweet land of liberty? "For thee I mourn."
Ariel Sharon just died. He was America's friend. What
does that say about us? The Butcher of Sabra and
Shatila just died, a friend of Washington DC for the
last 20-odd years, feted by the White House, praised
by Congress -- from every mountainside.
Sharon is the kind of man that catches the eyes of
American leaders. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/11/
Men like Ariel Sharon are lifted up and feted and
praised. Men like Ariel Sharon, who can coldly give
orders to kill hundreds of women and children without
a second glance or a second thought? These kind of
men? These are the kind of men we can teach our
children to admire and praise? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37297.htm
I'm sorry that Ariel Sharon is dead. I'm sorry when
any human being dies. I'll even be sorry at my own
death -- but it is for America that I mourn for the
most at the passing of Ariel Sharon. America, who used
to bravely condemn the actions of mass murderers?
America who fought against Stalin and Hitler? America
now actually feeds these monsters with cold hard cash
-- and places cold, hard weapons in their hands.
"Land where our fathers died...." Let freedom ring.