Gaza: Parting Shot

The New York Times's Steven Erlanger, about to decamp for Paris, has written (for the International Herald Tribune) this trenchant analysis of Israel's complex but not impossible choices in Gaza. Erlanger has been here over three and a half years and almost always provides what people in crisis need but don't always get from their analysts: empathy, to be sure, and a patience for the details, but also a graceful sense of irony. His humanism and dogged professionalism will be missed here. (So, may I say, will his person.)