When the guns start roaring, diplomats usually go silent. The very fact of a violent clash means that more peaceful measures failed. But this time, as soon as Hamas attacked Israel, two and a half weeks ago, diplomatic efforts picked up steam, with heads of state and government, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and special emissaries rushing over to contain the flare-up and gain the release of hundreds of hostages. Does diplomacy have a chance in these stormy circumstances? Who, if anyone, may have the power, pay us check and persistence to bring about a Kissingerian conclusion to the crisis?