ISRAEL's aerial bombardment of Gaza that is a part of an 'all out war' has entered its eighth day killing at least 422 Palestinians and wounding thousand others. It appears that by targeting non-combatants on such a wide scale the sole agenda is to spread terror among the people. On Friday a group of children aged between 8 and 12 who were playing on a Gaza street were killed by an Israeli jet fighter. But the pity is it intends to wreak more havoc. According to the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Israel is now all set to launch a ground offensive. This would spell nothing but a disaster of unmatched proportions for 1.5 million Palestinians living in the area, who for the past several weeks have been trying to cope with an Israeli economic blockade of the strip that had cut food, medicine as well as other emergency supplies. Since Israel already controls the strip's land, air and sea routes and keeps a strict vigil on virtually anyone coming to and fro, leaving little room for any terror network to penetrate into the area, it appears that it is only the craving for more bloodletting of Palestinians that is propelling it to initiate a ground offensive. At the same time, it is quite painful to hear the Bush Administration assuring "solid support" to the Jewish state but what is worse the reaction from the Muslim world has only been made in hushed tones. This is not the first time that Israel has killed such a large number of civilians. In the past on many occasions it carried out massacres in the Palestinian lands, in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps for instance, in which thousands of Palestinians were killed in cold blood. Recently it bombed Lebanon and killed hundreds of civilians there. Those who argue that Palestinians need to advocate their cause through non-violent means are no doubt right but they forget that Palestinian intellectuals of the stature of Edward Said failed to convince the Israeli state to find a viable solution.