First, I am deeply saddened by the loss of innocent life in the Mideast, both Arab and Israeli. Whenever children and other innocents are killed, it is a tragedy. I wish for the injured to recover speedily and for the families who have lost their loved ones to find comfort as quickly as possible.
I also keep in mind the thousands of Israelis murdered in cold blood and those injured and maimed for life who now must struggle through their medical rehabilitation and learning how to live life without their eyesight, or limbs. Their Israeli families are burdened by providing medical care and emotional support for the victims of Arab terrorism.
Apart from my sympathy for the victims of Palestinian massacres and also for the casualties of Israel's self-defense actions, I blame Arab and Islamic society for this needless suffering. It is a culture which glorifies terrorism as a tool of the Islamic Jihad. It is a society which pays handsomely for the slaughter of innocent Jews, and which holds mass murder in high regard. Arab society admires those who make bombs, but does not encourage the same people to make a living.
In this environment of hatred and despair meticulously planned and implemented by brutal and corrupt Arab dictators and religious fanatics who consolidate their power by mind control of their ignorant brethren, there is a terrible price to pay. It is a price paid not only by Arab and Islamic society itself, but unfortunately by the victims of their terrorism, like in Israel and the U.S. on 9/11.
Clearly, civilized countries are required to defend their own citizens against Arab and Islamic terrorism, and so the cycle of violence rolls on, if it can be viewed as a cycle at all. Self-defense action like that taken by Israel against the leader of the Hamas monstrosity is an example of what it takes to rid the world of the Islamic terrorist blight.
It is unfortunate that those terrorists like Shehada insist on causing the death of their own families by operating in residential settings, but it is their own conscious effort to inflict death and destruction on all who are unfortunate enough to cross their path.
Until such time as Arab and Islamic society decides to free itself from the misery caused by their dictators and their Mullahs, unfortunately, more innocent people on both sides of the conflict will be killed. Maybe, just maybe, the Palestinians will finally decide to turn over a new leaf by rejecting terrorism, especially seeing that it has brought them no political gains and only harm.