So says The Elder of Ziyon, who I endeavour to serve as faithfully as I can, always.
Kidding, of course.
The long and short of Elder's commentary is that Bush's concessions and tendency to look the other way immediately following the 2006 Hamas electoral landslide gave them something of a "veil" of legitimacy from which they're launching their current attacks. Or something to that effect.
Personally, I'm not sure I'd go so far as to blame W. personally for this current war. After all, the scorpion's nature has been predetermined for generations, so it's not like we should be surprised that it is what it is. But alas, I'd definitely be willing to argue that there are some misguided souls in the State Department who have enabled Islamic extremism to become as strong throughout the world as it is.
If you want to solve the modern problem of terrorism, we need to take our gloves off, and use The Fred! Approach to Diplomacy and take the battle back to the insurgents, on their horrific terms.
A bloodthirsty people, when confronted with extinction, are certain to reconsider their insanity.
Update: Here are some brilliant words of wisdom from Ed Morrissey:
We've seen some of the same nonsense in comments here, and that's exactly what it is -- nonsense. People have been pushing for a two-state solution since at least Oslo, but no one wanted to confront the reality of the Palestinian condition. Holding elections and withdrawing from Gaza proved what many had tried to tell the world: that the Palestinians weren't interested in two-state solutions.
In a free and fair election, the people get the government they choose. The Palestinians chose the worst of two terrorist groups to govern them. That finally forced the US and the EU to quit pretending that the Palestinians as a whole were a peace-loving people who just wanted their own piece of land. The Palestinians want to destroy Israel, and they voted for the faction that most clearly expressed that desire as policy.