Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups have Israel's rogue government to deal with. They also have large numbers of Israelis representing its lunatic fringe.
Ariel Sharon's son, Gilad, is one. On November 18, he headlined a Jerusalem Post commentary "A decisive conclusion is necessary."
Don't end Operation Pillar of Cloud like Cast Lead, he urged. Finish off Palestinians "decisively".To accomplish this, you need to achieve what the other side can't bear, can't live with, and our initial bombing campaign isn't it."
Gaza isn't besieged, he claims. "(F)latten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza." America followed Hiroshima with Nagasaki, he added.
"There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they'd really call for a ceasefire."
If that doesn't work, reoccupying the entire Strip.
Gaza very much is occupied, oppressed, half-starved, denied fundamental rights, bombed and shelled intermittently, and treated like subhumans.
Not enough, says Sharon. He wants more. There's "no middle path," he says. "This needs to end quickly - with a bang, not a whimper."
He urges genocide and mass destruction. Imagine a publication printing what it should condemn and ignore. It happens often in Israel. It's common in America.
A previous article said America's favorite pastime isn't baseball. In Israel it isn't soccer. It's permanent wars. One begets others. Soft targets are chosen. One nation after another is ravaged, destroyed, and plundered.
In 1948, Israel stole 78% of historic Palestine. In 1967, it took the rest. Tel Aviv seeks regional dominance. America wants it unchallenged globally.
Life is being squeezed out of Syria. Iran is next. Peace and stability are spurned. War is prioritized. Debate continues about whether to attack Iran and when. Post-election makes it more likely.
In January, Israel has its own. Netanyahu is favored to win. Doing so frees him for war. He believes attacking Iran assures regional calm. He and Obama are on the wrong side of reality.
Iran threatens no one. Its nuclear program is peaceful. Its neighbors know it. So do American, European, and Israeli leaders. Admitting it would undermine their regional agenda.
Who knows for sure if war is likely. Odds favor it. Perhaps bombing and shelling Gaza is warm-up for what's planned. In the fullness of time we'll know.