Gaza: the definitive statement
Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do. And that is the position Israel is with Gaza and Hamas. You don't have to move your camera back to super wide angle to get a global view of history: Israel withdrew from Gaza voluntarily (the "disengagement plan") in August-September 2005, but that apparently was not enough for Hamas. The religious psychopaths who run that organization and their cohorts in Islamic Jihad couldn't control themselves. Now they are facing the consequences.
Whatever one thinks of Ehud Barak as a politician, he certainly is a more than capable general and defense minister. He knows how to saber rattle when necessary. According to Haaretz: Defense Minister Ehud Barak said at a Knesset session Monday that the military was fighting a "war to the bitter end against Hamas."
Now that's a definitive statement.
UPDATE: Now here's something interesting from our friends in Iran. They're doing some saber rattling of their own, via obvious cut-outs: A group of Iranian hard-line clerics is signing up volunteers to fight in the Gaza Strip in response to Israel's air strikes that have killed at least 300 Palestinians, a news agency reported on Monday.
"From Monday the Combatant Clergy Society has activated its website www.rohaniatmobarez.com for a week to register volunteers to fight against the Zionist regime (Israel) in either the military, financial or propaganda fields," the semi-official Fars news agency said.
They pretend to be non-governmental, but, as we all know, in Iran, nothing is. If they go too far, this plays directly into the hands of the Israelis. My guess is they won't be that stupid, but who knows?