So this is how the fate of nations is determined. Ariel Sharon had a massive brain hemorrhage, which has put Israeli politics into chaos. This being the Middle East, my guess is that the overall effect of this will be terrible, for no other reason than its taking place in the Middle East. In related news, we can always count on Pat Robertson to say exactly the wrong thing.
Speaking of terrible, bloody day in Iraq. Eleven U.S. troops and 140 Iraqis were killed in attacks on Thursdays alone. The pattern is now fixed: Violence, Violence, Violence, peaceful election after massive security effort and County-wide lock-down, Violence, Violence, Violence. The solution is now clear: have an election every week. Its the only thing that stops the killing.