People are confusing two things, Israel's right to exist and Israel's right to dominate the region. Of course, the Israelis have the right to get back their servicemen. But to cause suffering among innocent people? Lebanon didn't attack Israel. Hezbollah did, and there is a difference.
The illusion of technology makes it seem that the IDF can bitchslap their neighbors at will. Well, Hezbollah shows that time doesn't stand stil.
Israeli leaders think this is the early 80's. where they were surrounded by weak states and could impose their will with ease. But it isn't and Iran has the ability to halt oil production in the Gulf as well as make the occupation of Iraq untenable. Hezbollah isn't the PLO, they're willing to die in place.
I hope Gilliard is right and "this ends at a conference table". Unfortunately, we have a bunch of folks in this nation and Israel who are downright giddy over the prospect of a holy war and some of those folks have the ear of people in charge.
Raising the stakes:
Iran warned its arch-enemy Israel of "unimaginable losses" if it attacks Syria and vowed that it was standing by the Syrian people.
"We hope the Zionist regime does not make the mistake of attacking Syria, because extending the front would definitely make the Zionist regime face unimaginable losses," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.
So what's the point of bombing Lebanon when Hezbollah has a safe haven in Syria? Or does Israel plan to ignore the warning? Do I see the dead hand of Franz Ferdinand reaching up from the grave?