After clearly hearing words of warning from its neighbors in the Middle East, the Israeli Cabinet thumbed its nose and declared a wider ground offensive in Lebanon. The news reported:
Israel's Security Cabinet early Tuesday approved widening the ground offensive, a participant said, and rejected a cease-fire until an international force is in place in southern Lebanon.
The participant, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said Israel's air strikes would resume "in full force" after a 48-hour suspension expires in another day.
The U.S. had the same opportunity to hear the words of Iraqi, Egyptian and Jordanian leaders incensed by the senseless killings. Both Israel and the United States will pay for their support and conduct of aggression, the question is how? Will it just be higher oil and gas prices or will we also bear some of the human toll?
As the cycle of violence escalates, I wonder how did the state of world leadership get so pathological?