Ian Welsh has a point, enough of a point that makes me wonder exactly who thought up this scenario.
Smells like a Company diversion to me, and just because lives are being lost on it, it makes it all the better diversion.
It's a win-win situation for the Daddies Warbucks, who realize better than most, the tail does not wag the dog.
A nice little hot war this summer would do a lot to make sure no rational minds were heard regarding Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Wall Street, the economy, or the catastrophe in the Gulf.
So nice for everyone with a stake in the action if tens, hundreds, even thousands of lives were lost, and the jingos went marching to the forefront of every political website on the Left and the Right.
And really, pictures of Palestinean children starving and Israeli geriatrics cringing from feared rockets ought to drive every oily pelican and dead dolphin right off the pages of Pravda.