Friday, January 06, 2006

With 'all' the details of Ariel Sharon's medical condition being brought into the open on television and in newspapers ( about 50% of all MDs in Israel must have appeared in one medium or another ), every Israeli has become an expert in neurosurgery, it seems. The medical staff and advisers of the PM who were responsible for him in the hours before he was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday evening got buckets of sh*t emptied out over them. They are accused of negligence, making questionable or bad decisions ( letting Mr Sharon stay at home, on his isolated farm, on the eve of his planned operation; giving him bloodthinning medicines without putting him under permanent medical observation; bringing him to a hospital in Jerusalem and not in Be'er Sheva; rushing him to hospital by ambulance and not by helicopter ). Isn't it all too easy to blame this or that person for all this? After all, "The best horseman is always on his feet", and as far as I know in order to make medical diagnoses and decide on the best possible measure or treatment you have to consider all known details of a patient's condition, and except for the doctors directly treating Mr Sharon nobody has or had a complete file on his medical record and current situation, no matter how many details we are given through the official spokespersons. Don't forget that we are talking about a self-willed soldier-politician, who has been living a not very healthy life for decades. Like Rehav'am Ze'evi and Yitzhak Rabin, who often ignored warnings and advice from those responsible for their security, Ariel Sharon had a say in what he did, and how and where he did it. Of course those in charge of their safety and health are blamed, and maybe, or even probably, mistakes were made, but the P&E ( personality/ego ) factor of the VIPs themselves should be taken into account ( and blamed accordingly ) as well.

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