Rosa Brooks writes one of the best pieces I've read in a long time on the conflict in Gaza. Her take: these are examples of the stupidity on both sides. And on the part of George W. Bush. The Israelis and Palestinians are trapped in their own cycles of violence and victimization. Both sides have both great weaknesses and great strengths. There are far more Arabs than Israelis, but the Israelis are much stronger militarily than the Palestinians.
This conflict feels like the end game. The entire world is sick of this. All we want is an end to it. Hamas will never destroy Israel; Israel will never destroy Hamas. Once each of them accepts those basic facts, maybe we can start to see some progress.