War spills. War spreads. Hatred is contagious. It is dangerous to think that the ever expanding war in Syria — now spilling into Lebanon and Iraq — will leave the US and Israel unscathed. There is room for, and need for, a US response, less than intervention, more than retreat.
“Iran and Iraq are bad actors; so just let them keep beating up on each other. We’ll sit back and get safer by the minute in direct proportion to each Iranian and Iraqi soldier killed, and each weapon destroyed.”
So said the callous and the short-sighted during the Iran-Iraq war, 1980-1988.