"Numbers have nothing to do with this; for the question is, who has the guns and will use them. In Lebanon, it was Hezbollah, and by merely surviving the Israeli onslaught, they have raised the standard of 9/11 to new heights. The bitter consequences of that must now be harvested not only by Israel, but by the whole West."I agree in part with his conclusion but I would say that it is more probable that it will be Tehran which reaps the bitter harvest. The lack of skill and will exhibited by Israeli politicians will embolden Hezbollah but the politicians involved will soon be replaced. Those that follow will be much slower to go to war but once they go they will go all the way. Israel did not lack the will nor the arms - it lacked the intelligence and experience within its leadership that should have prevented the haphazard initiation of the battle at inception.
The US will not act on Iran until a time of its choosing and it will not be at all haphazard in its application of the force necessary to effect the change required. I believe that the incompetence demonstrated by Israeli leadership will prove to be a singular event and that we aren't going to have to wait for very long for that to be proven.