I know - that's the mad thing about it all. At least while the USA kept it's interest fixed on the issue then Sharon could be held back a little - and at least threaten a breaking of the retaliation cycle. I guess the whole situation now is moving towards a head - attacking the spiritual leader of Hamas may make for a tactical military target, but it also opens the promise of more savage violence. I was quite hopeful before, but Sharon and Arafat now seem in the way of peaceful progress, rather than able helmsmen to steer it through. I guess the sides involved are more used to such let downs, though. Shame they don't seem to count the cost of the loss of every opportunity.