Even with thousands of years of buildup and millions of people involved, sometimes massive historical shifts can come down to a change in the mindset of a single person or even to a physical reaction within one’s individual body.
Will the near term future of Middle East peace come down to a few pints of blood in one man’s body?
It might. Ariel Sharon is fighting for his life and almost certainly has brain damage.
One doesn’t have to go back too far into the history of the region to know that one person lost can make all the difference.
What if Sharon had checked into the hospital a day earlier? What if doctors had seen signs of a massive problem when he suffered a minor stroke weeks ago? A single moment in one person’s life can shape history for generations. That’s both awesome and awful when you think about it.