If only innocent Lebanese children would quit getting in the way of Israel's attempt to entirely destroy Hezbollah (see here and here for details)--perhaps the 'lasting' cease-fire the Bushies are after would be possible (see here). In the meantime, it's worth pointing out how curious the administration's line on this really is. You see, it's apparently better to have no cease-fire at all than a temporary cease-fire. It's as if you would prefer a raging fire to intermittent fires so long as you can't make the fire entirely go away.
The logic here is as outrageous as the deaths of so many innocent Lebanese children yesterday. Of course, this is not to minimize the tragedy of the deaths of innocent Israelis--even if the ratio of Lebanese civilian deaths to Israeli civilian deaths is disproportional. Now if only Dershowitz's "continuum of civilianality" made sense, we could make the events of the past few days less tragic simply by linguistic fiat (see here). For my take on Dershowitz as well as the ominous cloud spreading over the middle East, see here, here, and here.