Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002

Ariel Sharon

A lifelong hawk who has fought for Israel since 1948, Sharon has reinvented himself as a centrist, at least by his Likud Party's standard. But he hasn't forgotten how to fight. As over 400 Israelis died in terrorist attacks in 2002, Sharon's soldiers killed more than 1,000 Palestinians — some combatants but many civilians too. He came to power promising peace, but Sharon knows best how to wage war.