I think this pretty effectively sums up my mindset as to how I think the current conflict in Lebanon and Israel needs to play out. Obviously, the injury, death, and destruction are awful, and it would be better if it weren't happening (or weren't necessary), but if we (the nations of the West) don't put our collective foot down somewhere to stop Islamist aggression, we'll just fold underneath it and be overrun. Not today, not tomorrow... but eventually.... Diplomacy is ineffective as a persuasive tool—unambiguous displays of force and/or power are ultimately the only effective means of deterrence.
(H/T: Big Lizards)