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Ariel Sharon: What will he be remembered for?

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More top news is coming in today about the life and times of Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel who passed away at the age of 85.

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Sharon had suffered a stroke eight years ago from which he never recovered. He ended up in a coma. reports that the Israeli general was both admired and hated at the same time. He became well-known for his exploits on the battlefield and for his plans for the Middle East.

In terms of his military career, says, Sharon became famous for tactics that were bold and for an attitude that sometimes caused him to refuse orders.

In his political career, he became known around the world as "The Bulldozer," being "contemptuous of his critics," reports, but also able to get things done.

He was criticized for "leading (the) country into a divisive war in Lebanon in 1982 and was branded as indirectly responsible for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps outside Beirut when his troops allowed allied Lebanese militias into the camps," writes

He then became the Prime Minister of Israel and "Arik", as he became known to the Israelis, will forever be thought of in people's minds for the three separate stages:

"his eventful and controversial time in uniform, his years as a vociferous political operator who helped create Israel's settlement movement and mastermind of the Lebanon invasion, then his successful term as a pragmatist prime minister, capped by a dramatic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and curtailed at the height of his popularity by his sudden stroke," says

See the photos and slideshow of his son looking at the mother's grave.


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