I've tried to stay on the sidelines on this one. I'm not a big fan of Israel. It always seems to me that their military responses end up killing ten to a hundred times the number that the insurgents do. Israel is reporting 4 dead from rocket attacks. So far, they've killed over 400 with their bombing. Seems like a fair exchange. Not.
Bush and the US have been fairly non-committal during this whole escapade. Now we've gone so far as to block the UN Security Council statement calling for a cease-fire. Their excuse? Hamas won't adhere to the resolution so it would make the Council look bad. Does that seem backwards to anyone else?
Seems to me calling for a cease-fire is the responsible thing to do. If Hamas doesn't abide by the cease-fire, it only strengthens the perception that they're terrorists. I suspect the real reason that the US didn't want to see this statement become official is because they're afraid that Israel won't abide by it, thus making our putative ally look like the bully. Which one could argue they are.