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Sharon Suddenly Peacemaker?

After a career, nay a lifetime, of being branded as a warmonger and a war criminal, it appears that Ariel Sharon is now being seen as a peacemaker. Consider, from the New York Times: With Sharon Ill, Palestinians Face Own Travails.

The article looks at the dire state of the Palestinian Authority, itself a very grave concern going forward. But what stands out is that Sharon is, seemingly only now, being given credit without sideswipes for handing over Gaza unilaterally in an attempt, as seen by some, to foster the growth and emergence of Palestinian leaders. Where was this praise without the backhand months ago?

The Belmont Club takes a closer look at this.