Three Israeli soldiers captured. Three runways at Beirut's Rafik Hariri airport and a Hezbollah TV station bombed. 27 Lebanese civilians dead. Sixty Lebanese rockets fired at the Israeli border town of Nahariya. In Gaza: 23 Palestineans dead after an Israeli attack that wounded senior Hamas leader Mohammad Deif.
Are we witnessing the start of a regional war, or just a bloody series of reprisals between Israel and the Iranian proxies Hezbollah and Hamas?
It would seem the Middle East tinderbox is primed for an explosion. The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq could quickly be caught up in a larger conflagration among Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinean authority.
Here's hoping cooler heads prevail...