The title of a recently released Fox News article is “Ariel Sharon eulogized as Israel’s ‘MILITARY HERO‘ (and) ‘WARRIOR‘” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/01/13/ariel-sharon-eulogized-as-israel-military-legend-warrior/).
“In his eulogy”, President Shimon Peres, “a LONGTIME FRIEND and SOMETIMES RIVAL of Sharon”, said: “Arik (Ariel Sharon’s nickname) was A MAN OF THE LAND (Israel). He DEFENDED this land (Israel) like a lion and he taught its children to swing a scythe (tool used to MOW GRASS or SOW CROPS). He was A MILITARY LEGEND (?) in his lifetime and then turned his gaze to the day Israel would DWELL IN SAFETY when our children would return to our borders and peace would grace the Promised Land“. Was Sharon “a military legend?” This is OPEN TO INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, YES IT IS POSSIBLE to be “a longtime friend AND sometimes rival of” someone. We must DISAGREE EFFECTIVELY.
According to Israel’s current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “who resigned from Sharon’s government to protest the Gaza withdrawal”, “I DIDN’T always agree with Arik and he DIDN’T always agree with me“. This should be “I didn’t always agree with Arik” and he didn’t always agree with me”, but WE WERE STILL ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER.
“Nonetheless, he called Sharon “one of the big WARRIORS ” for the nation of Israel”. “He was PRAGMATIC. His PRAGMATISM was rooted in deep EMOTION, deep emotion for the state, for the Jewish people”. So Sharon acted “emotionally” instead of RATIONALLY. This was A WEAKNESS.
“In a heartfelt address, Biden talked about a DECADES-long friendship with Sharon, saying the death felt “like a death in THE FAMILY“.
“When the two discussed Israel’s security, Biden said he would understand how Sharon earned the nickname “The BULLDOZER,” explaining how Sharon would pull out maps and repeatedly make the same points to drive them home”.
“He was INDOMITABLE“, In other words Sharon’s SPIRIT COULD NOT BE BROKEN. “But like all historic leaders, all REAL leaders, he had A NORTH STAR that guided him. A north star from which he NEVER, in my observation, NEVER DEVIATED“. Sharon was certainly COMMITTED/DETERMINED/STUBBORN. “His north star was the survival of the state of Israel and the Jewish people, wherever they resided“.
Finally, “He (Biden) also praised Sharon’s DETERMINATION in carrying out the Gaza pullout”.
“The POLITICAL COURAGE it took, WHETHER YOU AGREED WITH HIM OR NOT, when he told 10,000 Israelis to leave their homes in Gaza, in order from his perspective to STRENGTHEN Israel … I can’t think of a more difficult and CONTROVERSIAL decision he made. But he BELIEVED it and he DID it. THE SECURITY OF HIS PEOPLE was always Arik’s UNWAVERING MISSION“. The “death in the family” remark is THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL because as we know, Israel is HATED by MANY throughout the Middle East.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Ariel Sharon eulogized as Israel’s ‘military legend’ ‘warrior'”. We can immediately tell that this is a FOX NEWS commentary because this article is FIERCELY SUPPORTIVE of Israel and we know that many people/countries DON’T share this sentiment.