As Hamas war goes into sixth day, Israel steps up air strikes after rocket barrage on central Israel | The Times of Israel  ‘ Israel fires into Lebanon after three rockets hit; Army tells Gazans to leave some areas, as death toll in Strip reaches 150 following strike on Hamas police chief’s home that kills 15; UN urges cease-fire; American woman dies of heart attack after siren in Jerusalem’

It looks like the central players in their ever increasing efforts at mutual destruction are not yet ready to stand down and relinquish whatever advantage their current state of belligerence has obtained for them.This latest exchange of aerial artillery may well go on for quite some time to come.

But, even if these present proceedings were to be halted as a matter of some urgency, the damage is already done, the death toll reached will again have been far too high and the likelihood of future hostilities boosted to near certainty by all that has transpired over recent days.

It has been obvious for quite some time that piecemeal efforts to restore some semblance of harmony and balance to what is essentially an unstable and crisis-prone situation will never amount to much over the longer term. Even short-term measures are becoming harder to source as more and more of the conflict takes place, the display of its many elements graphically rendered by almost every media outlet in existence.

Then a truly global approach may be needed to take on and assume the responsibility for remedying so constant and intractable a clash of cultures and mindsets. – ‘ for those of us with better things to do,’

Neither side here may welcome the concept at first glance but, at this late stage in the game, alternatives are becoming fewer and far between.

Indeed, matters might well come a point where only a procedure such as this will allow any relief and rescue from so chronic a condition as that which presently confronts us all.