There is a reign of terror in Gaza -- not a reign of terrorists, since that's been true for a while, but a reign of mass terror with the coming of the Israeli army. The latest news is the deaths of at least 30 people, civilians apparently, from a shell that hit a school that was used as a shelter. Some will say it was a stray shell; others will suggest that the Israelis were targeting the school because it's the kind of place where Hamas fighters like to embed themselves among civilians. Howls are outrage are inevitable and understandable, but I grow impatient with them. Hamas brought this upon the people of Gaza. Israel is only doing what any country would do if idiots were firing rockets at them across the border. The Israelis are going to make sure those rockets are destroyed, and I don't see why they have to bargain for the cessation of rocket attacks.
I see nothing, however, to convince me that this won't happen again sometime. It'll keep happening, I fear, as long as the world expects the two sides to compromise. There seem to be only two realistic options. One is final and unconditional Palestinian acquiescence to Israel's permanent presence, an admission of definitive defeat. The other is a genuine fight to the finish, whether between the Palestinians and the Israelis or between Israel and the wider Arab world. The world as a whole seems unwilling to permit the latter, but their hopes for the former option have been in vain. We can keep on hoping that they'll all learn to get along, but that would require an act of renunciation that neither side seems capable of. One or the other can only be beaten into submission, it seems. Such an outcome is more likely than the emergence of a Palestinian Gandhi or an Israeli equivalent. If the world doesn't want war, then it must intervene to make peace whether the locals want it or not. If there's no political will for that, then there's nothing to do but stand back and watch -- or grab a gun and go if you feel strongly enough one way or the other.