Dissent Of The Day

A reader writes:

I have to take exception to your equation of what's happening in Gaza right now to neoconservatism.  Of course today's bombing of the UN facility was a terrible and tragic mistake, and will do nothing to help move the peace process forward.  Of course the entire situation, the deaths of Palestinian civilians, the international outrage, in essence all of the negative results of the Gaza offensive, are sad and unfortunate.  Ultimately, what this comes back to, though, is the bottom-line question of what you would have Israel do?  Hamas will simply never be a reasonable player in the move toward a two-state solution.  Its charter calls for the destruction of Israel, and its stated attitude is that there is no need for a long-term truce, because it won't be terribly long before Israel is in fact destroyed.
No other country on earth would be asked to stand still while its neighbor, bent on its destruction, continuously fires rockets at populated areas.  Removing Hamas from power is going to be ugly and cause tremendous collateral damage, but it's an absolute pre-requisite for any hope of a lasting peace.