I stand by my condemnation of the Israeli party leaders who have reportedly promised to overthrow the legitimate Hamas government in Gaza, but I can do no more than regret the bombing raids against Gaza that have killed more than 200 Palestinians. You might consider it a disproportionate reprisal for the rocket attacks that have followed the end of the recent truce, but those attacks required some kind of retaliation. While the Hamas cretins may think of them as something like counting coup, the rocket attacks are, for all intents and purposes, acts of war, and Israel is entirely within its rights to go punitive on Gaza. Now all the Palestinians will whine about the cruelty of Israel and the deaths of innocents, but they ought to listen to a fellow Arab named Osama bin Laden. He rejects the idea that citizens of a democracy are innocent of their government's crimes, since they vote the government into office and sustain it with their taxes. As I have stressed in defense of Hamas, it is the democratically elected government in Gaza. If anyone in Palestine thinks that bin Laden is right about civilian responsibility, then they have a lot of nerve talking about innocent casualties when they suffer for their government's offenses.
Unfortunately, the bombings probably guarantee fresh terrorism against Israel, perpetuating the cycle of violence in lieu of the fight to the finish which is probably the only way, short of the emergence of a new Abrahamic revelation or an even more unlikely Communist revival, to resolve the Palestine question once and for all. I can see why few people want such an event, since neither side really deserves to win. I sympathize with the original dispossessed generation of Palestinians, but their heirs have too often inflated their grievances into a religious cause akin to Zionism itself. As it happens, God didn't promise that land to anybody, so Zionism is originally wrong and the Palestinian cause, as it declines from PLO secularism to Hamas and Hezbollah fanaticism, is almost equally wrong. All these clowns need someone like Klaatu -- the original one, mind you, -- to show up and tell them to make peace by a certain time or die together. Failing that, the international community should force some sort of settlement sooner rather than later, perhaps based on the determination that "Palestine," as defined by the mandate inherited by the UN from Great Britain, has been in a state of lawlessness for the past 60 years. For now, however, score one for Israel.