A badly designed butterfly ballot and some hanging chads changed the direction of this country and the world, in a way we could not have imagined back in 2000. Will the tides of history again alter course with breaking news of Sharon's likely incapacitation? Just four years ago, when he leveled the Jenin refugee camps, Ariel Sharon was the most widely loathed figure in world politics. Today, Sharon's is the most courageous and admirable leader on the world stage, a striding colossus amid a sea of dwarves.
If Sharon falls, I fear the Middle East may erupt in flames again.