Palestinians run for cover as militants fire rockets at Israeli army tanks and bulldozers during an Israeli army incursion in Beit Lahiya, in the northen Gaza Strip, Friday July 7, 2006. WRAL-Raleigh Durham. AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
Please, isn't it time for some grown-ups to take charge?
In two of the most volatile parts of the world, the same story: the powers-that-be, whether through stupidity or by design, have chosen symbolic action over substance and insist that the only remedy for attention getting behavior is brute force. Kindergarteners are taught better.
In Palestine, according to Gareth Evans and Robert Malley in the Financial Times:
There could be an alternative. Little as anyone may like Hamas, it did win "free and fair" elections. Stop boycotting the only force that can get Israel what it wants -- peace and quiet -- and deal.
On the other side of the world, North Korea has been seeking attention by (unsuccessfully) launching rockets. The nincompoop in chief assures us that if their rocket had worked, which it didn't, our missile defense system could have shot it down. Since this "system" has never worked, this seems unlikely, but then, what does he know?
Bruce Cumings and Meredith Jung-En Woo do know something about North Korea and they remind us that:
Now, if there were only someone home in Washington...