In the Gaza Strip today, a group of Palestinian terrorists gathered in a farm field and decided to fire several mortar rounds at Israeli civilian targets. One round injured an Israeli woman. Another landed near, but thankfully missed, an Israeli schoolbus filled with children.
In response, an Israeli tank opened fire, killing seven Palestinians and wounding six more.
The headline for the Associated Press story describing this incident reads "Israeli Tank Fire Kills 7 Palestinians".
Another, more accurate headline might read "Palestinians Fire On Israeli Civilians". The most newsworthy event here is an unprovoked Palestinian attack. Without it, there would not have been an Israeli response.
The Palestinians were trying to kill Israelis, but they failed. Israel's retaliation does not become more significant just because its soldiers are skilled enough to hit their targets.
The situation reminds me of a scene from the Whit Stilman film Barcelona, in which Fred, a U.S. Navy officer, is chatting with a European woman at a party:
Woman: You can't say Americans are not more violent than other people.
Fred: No, we're not.
Woman: But all those people killed in shootings in America?
Fred: Oh, shootings, yes. But that doesn't mean Americans are more violent than other people. We're just better shots.