Escalation in the Middle East

| Wed Jul. 12, 2006 6:49 PM EDT

So Israel invades southern Lebanon after two of its soldiers are seized by Hezbollah. The Bush administration, no doubt with lots of proof in tow, immediately blames Syria and Iran for the kidnappings. And now Yossi Klein Halavi in the New Republic says that Israel is about to start a wider, multiyear war against Syria and Iran, and that the United States should help by bombing the latter's nuclear facilities. Is there anyone out there with any interest in trying to de-escalate this conflict?

MORE: Jonathan Edelstein sheds a lot of light on the situation.

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