There has been considerable news coverage of the "worsening" health condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. I was utterly amazed to discover the fact that he had been in a coma for more than eight years, since undergoing surgery in January of 2006. I have no ill-will towards Mr Sharon, or indeed anyone in his condition. But seriously, someone who has been in a coma for most of a decade isn't really "alive", and frankly I would look upon dying at that point as being a blessed relief. He may not technically have been "brain dead" - but he certainly doesn't meet my definition of being "alive." PS: I'd really prefer if discussion stayed away from Sharon's position as Israel's PM, and Middle East politics in general. Mainly interested in how people feel about long-term comas, etc.