Not yet; not yet. And yet- how far down that awful road have they travelled? How far down that awful road will they go? Were not the Germans the most civilized of races at one time? There are five stages: the formation of an in-group and an out-group; the definition of the out-group as a mortal threat; the complete disarmament of the out-group, putting it in the complete power of the in-group; the isolation of the conflict from outside intervention; and finally, leaders willing to give "the" order. On this scale Israel in Gaza appears to be at around 4.5, out of a possible 5. History tells us that this is a very dangerous time.
from the article: Israel’s Greatest Loss: Its Moral Imagination