The surest sign that things are going well in Iraq is the growing violence in Palestine and across the Lebanese border into Israel. The latest attack — this time by Iran-financed Hizballah terrorists — added two Israeli soldiers to the number of hostages now held. This is the result not of Israel’s Gaza incursion but the fact that the Israelis — like us — aren’t taking the battle to the source of the enemy.
In Israel’s case, the center of gravity lies in Syria and in Egypt. For us, it’s in Syria and Iran. The longer we and the Israelis wait, the greater the cost to both nations in blood and treasure.
It’s 1973 all over again. If Israel sends a force into Lebanon it will probably face Syrian troops. We’re awaiting reports of Syrian tank dispositions, and the movement of Egyptian and Saudi air forces. Watch. Watch closely. This is about to be a very big war.