Thomas Friedman, in this op-ed from today's NY Times, is a good frame of reference into which we can place what is going on in the Middle East, and specifically Israel and its neighbors. The piece also goes right to the heart of what the leader of Israel is doing, and Friedman says he is the worst person for the job right now.
Q. What is the difference between a law-abiding gun owner and a criminal?
A. The .2 of a second that it takes to pull a trigger.