I suppose I should be talking about the disaster in the Middle East, but what can I say? Obviously it is untenable to have Hamas lobbing rockets whenever they feel like it, and obviously the Israeli response is disproportionate but completely understandable in one regard, but for the life of me I can not figure out why anyone thinks bombing the living shit out of the Palestinians is going to lead towards peace. Even if the Israelis are attempting to target only those in Hamas, it goes without saying there will be collateral damage, and killing someone’s friends and family in bombing runs in reaction to military actions undertaken by someone else is a sure fire way to create more terrorists. When you consider they are trapped in the area, the Egyptians are shooting at the folks trying to get out, the IDF is quite literally shooting fish in a barrel. The whole thing is mortifying and awful, but my understanding of the ongoing crisis is as superficial as most Americans, so it would be really stupid for me to try to pretend otherwise.
The situation is just awful, as it has been for years. That region really seems to specialize in creating awful situations, and I have no idea how it will be solved.