I suppose something should be said about the current situation in the Middle East. Hamas, based in the Gaza strip (a 30 mile long, 10 mile wide strip of land on the Med coast which would be prime real estate in other circumstances) have fired several hundred Iranian-built rockets, smuggled in through Egypt, into southern Israel and successfully killed three Israelis. In retaliation the Israelis have dropped American bombs from their American F16s and killed about five hundred Gazians.
Hamas seem to favour storing their munitions in, and launching them from, mosques, schools and hospitals. Their logic might be that the Israelis won’t shoot back because of the danger to non-combatants. That might have been their logic the first time they tried it. Since they now know that the Israelis will always shoot back, regardless of the risk to innocents, it can’t be their logic anymore. So their current logic must be that the deaths of innocents including children and hospital patients at the hands of the IDF is actually a good thing because it makes the Israelis look like villains.
So we can safely say:
1) It’s a very dirty little war.
2) It’s a proxy war. The Americans are fighting the Iranians; both sides using proxies.
I suppose one could ask: which side is in the right?
Well, the Gazians shouldn’t be sending rockets into Israel, but Israel shouldn’t have founded their state in someone else’s land. So the Hamas action could be regarded as defensive or retaliatory, but the (modern) state of Israel was founded in 1948 so it might be time for the Arabs to accommodate themselves to the fact. Probably the best any third-party involvement can hope to achieve is a return to a peaceful status quo.