The arguments are interminable, the press self righteous and extraordinarily one sided.
If you frame the argument differently the responses is different and immediate.
If an aggrieved party exploded a rocket with a war head in the Melbourne CBD (replace with your own locale) what would an appropriate response be? A diplomatic shrug? A look of annoyance or a military response?
We all know what it would be - remember 9-11, the IRA and many, many more?
Not apparently in the case of Israel and the Gaza terror. Not one rocket but several a day for years. During this time the hardware is getting more sophisticated due to deliveries from Iran.
So what is the appropriate response? Do we count the number of rockets fired or is it a game of counting dead bodies? How many rocket attacks on your child's school would make you demand that your government act now?
It is only a matter of time before the Gaza militants have a nuclear device and the capability to deliver it to Jerusalem and/or Tel Aviv. That is a scenario I don't want to hear about or spend too much time in contemplation of.
No wonder the rumours of a pre-emptive strike of Iran by the USA/Israel are so rife.
Something must be done.
It's not easy to sit at the table with people who believe in martyrdom and cosmic rewards for acts of insanity.