The recently swelled up conflict between military Palestinian organizations and the Israeli armed forced has been called absurd by some publications.
That the murder of three Israeli men and then one young Palestinian man causes a military conflict that surpasses the accumulated violence of the last few years in the region isn't absurd. The death of 800 civilians in two weeks isn't absurd. The firing of rockets into densely populated areas to kill individuals isn't absurd. Destroying homes isn't absurd. Hamas using civilians as human shields to present them to the media afterwards isn't absurd. A professional army making children homeless by mortar fire isn't absurd. Both sides declining a ceasefire and negotiations isn't absurd. Bombing a school that is run by the UN without consequence isn't absurd. Indiscriminately firing explosives isn't absurd. Committing war crimes that rival those of Karadžic and Mladic and still finding new followers/cannon fodder isn't absurd. Jewish people all over the world facing racism and hatred over the deeds of the Israeli government isn't absurd. Fighting the same war across several generations isn't absurd.
None of these aspects are absurd. Journalists shouldn't be so cynical and condescending. What they are is disgusting, shameful, intolerable, an atrocity and a testament to the worst humanity has to offer.
What is actually absurd is that society seems to expect that pressure from the media, public protests at home and social media will make any difference. Benjamin Netanyahu and Khaled Mashal really must be blown away by all those retweets the pic of a wrecked nursing home is getting when they check their twitter accounts for feedback on their policies (Netanyahu's PR team actually has one). There won't be any crass reaction by either of the allied states that so eloquently condemn the general violence in the area without ever specifically calling out the responsible decision-makers.
There will be no internally developed solution to a conflict that is so fundamental, with both military factions (excluding the non-combatants) preferring the extermination of the opposition. Stability and safety require the decisive involvement of outside parties, significantly beyond the means demonstrated so far. John Kerry shaking hands and wagging fingers isn't going to defuse a conflict that is so deeply ingrained. However no external party will ever invest so much and take risks so high with so little to gain for themselves.
It's like a person addicted to heroin - suggesting to stop won't get them clean, only massive interference will. Cutting off their drug supply, forcing them to stay off it no matter how loud they scream and supporting them in finding alternative lifestyles might work, but only if you permanently change their mentality about the issue. It's difficult and intensive in cost and time for individuals, now try doing that to 10000 Hamas operatives at once.