FOX NEWS is just reporting that Iraeli troops have enter Gaza --some 3000 strong--in the southern Gaza strip near where the kidnapping of the Israeli soldier occurred.
As you think about this, you might want to check out ShrinkWrapped's post today about "The Dance of Escalation and Reaction."
Will these abductions be the trigger for real war? If history is any guide, probably not; yet if it doesn't serve as the trigger, the logic of the Arab paranoid conspiracy dictates that they will need to escalate until they finally receive the all-out attack they so richly desire.
Wretchard also has some thoughts:
It's fascinating to watch this process unfold, which is neither war, which Halkin understands, nor "peace" as pacifists would understand it. So perhaps the "fence" isn't the national border as we would like to imagine it as either, but a kind of village palisade. Maybe the best end state we can hope for is a kind of chronic, but fairly low level violence of the sort that tribes which sporadically raided each other once understood.
Of course, the obvious "escalation" for the insane Palestinians-- who would rather kill Jews than try to establish a civil society in Gaza-- is this.
Whoopee. This should be fun.
UPDATE: So I was correct.
A spokesman for gunmen in the Gaza Strip said they had fired a rocket tipped with a chemical warhead at Israel early on Thursday.
The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the claim by the spokesman from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement.
The group had recently claimed to possess about 20 biological warheads for the makeshift rockets commonly fired from Gaza at Israeli towns. This was the first time the group had claimed firing such a rocket.
Make no mistake--if any of these Islamic fanatics have the capability--biological, chemical or nuclear--do you have any doubts that they will use it?