The media often does not present a balanced picture. Most of the internet media keeps citing the assination of the hamas guy as thhe pretext of the war.<quoted text>
But the day before, Hamas fired a RPG at an Israeli Jeep on the Israeli side of the border and injured a few soldiers. And for days and months before, Hamas had been firing hundreds of rockets into Israel. Basically, the Israelis got fed up.
I feel bad for the loss of life as much as anyone. But sometimes war is necesarry.