By Nizar Sakhnini
Sharon was a typical Zionist who embodied Zionism’s contradictions, fallacy and bankruptcy. His end represents the end of the beginning that started with the creation of the World Zionist Organization in 1897 and the beginning of the end for the bankrupt and illusive Zionist Project in Palestine.
The Zionists were well organized and managed to get the support of world Jewry. Nevertheless, Herzl’s Der Judenstaat would have been buried with him in 1904 had it not been rescued by “Great Britain” through the Balfour Declaration. British support aimed at creating a militarized outpost in the heart of the Arab homeland in order to serve the interests of the imperialist powers. Imperialist support facilitated the job for the Zionist leadership but represented its Achilles heel.
British leadership of the imperialist club ended during WWII when the U.S. emerged as the major superpower and began its path for world domination. At this point, the Zionist leadership switched horses and began a new path that was reflected in the Biltmore Program of 1942.
Disintegration and end of the USSR in 1991 was a landmark of world history and opened the road for the U.S. to fulfill its dreams of world hegemony and control. Reshaping the Middle East was a major and an integral part of these plans, which required an end to the Zionist-Arab conflict and the need for defining the final borders of the “Jewish State”.
Sharon realized what was going on and, as a loyalist Zionist, wanted to do what he thinks is in the best interest of the “Jewish State”. He came to power in 2001 with a declared goal of ending the “War of Independence” of which the war in 1948 was “just one chapter”. (For more details see: “Six Red Lines for Peace” by Ariel Sharon, published in the Jerusalem Post on 21 July 2000 and “Interview with Sharon: Sharon is Sharon is Sharon” by Ari Shavit, published in Ha’aretz on 12 April 2001)
Ever since he assumed power in 2001 and was in race with time to end the job he came to do. He made life almost impossible for the Palestinians hoping that they might just disappear into the thin air. He killed, wounded and detained more Palestinians, uprooted more olive trees, and demolished more Palestinian homes. In addition, Sharon began building a wall that would cage the Palestinians into an open air prison and, simultaneously, would demarcate Israel’s boundaries and grab more Palestinian lands.
Sharon promised to end Palestinian resistance and bring Palestinians to their knees in 100 days. He failed to do that in five years. While he is on the brink of being dumped into the dustbin of history, Palestinian resistance to the Zionist project is on the rise.
The crusaders ruled for two hundred years. The Zionist Project would not live that long. History repeats itself and he who laughs best is the one who laughs last.