There are reports that the IDF is preparing for a major assault on the Gaza Strip.
Should Sharon keep ratcheting up the response to suicide/homicide bombing, or does he need to show restraint?
There are already signs that the Palestinians are getting the message that the response to suicide/homicide bombings is too high of a price to pay.
There is talk among Palestinians that they have gone too far -- that now children are throwing their lives away (naturally, because they have been told over and over it's the thing to do!).
There is talk that suicide/homicide attacks simply justify harsh responses.
There is evidence that other Arab countries will never come to the PA's aid militarily.
The U.S. now agrees there has to be new Palestinian leadership.
Even some European leaders are getting tired of terrorist attacks -- particularly as they are getting a taste of it themselves (about a dozen French nationals killed in bus bombing in Pakistan today; German tourists blown up in Tunisia recently, more terrorist atacks in Spain, etc.).
Sharon must ensure that the response remains harsh, both to restrain the Arabs' ability to carry out attacks and (most important) to spur Palestinians to rebel against their own terrorist leaders who are bringing death and destruction down on the Palestinian people through their senseless and evil tactics.
What do you think?