What an incoming Kassam rocket looks and sounds like as captured by Shlomo Wollins of Israel Reporter in his backyard in Sderot on the afternoon of May 15th, 2007. You can hear the twitter of the birds right up to the moment when the warhead impacts.
Now back in the old World War 2 days, the standard response would be counterbattery followed by an infantry attack to clear out the launch sites. That kind of response would effectively mean the destruction of Gaza and the expulsion of its residents. Not so very long ago the Russians attempted to root out the Chechens from Grozny with artillery fire. The Presidential Palace alone was hit at the rate of one shell per second. This was in the year 2000. The "good old days" pass away at different times for different countries.
Of course the Stalingrad firepower solution is completely out of the question as far as Israel is concerned and there's no use bemoaning it. Israel is not Russia. Nor is 2007 the same year as 1943. Or even 2000. So Gaza is going to sit there like a terrain feature as immoveable as the Hindu Kush and Israel is going to have to find another way to solve its problems. What this implies, however, is the need for patience. The need to develop human capabilities and intelligence resources that will permit the solution of the problem within the given constraints. As I've argued elsewhere people who are unwilling to accept brutal solutions had better be willing to counsel patience and invest in building capability. And maybe this applies to Iraq as much as to Gaza.
Another view of Grozny.