Syria may be on the verge of a full blown civil war with the attack and assassination of three high ranking Syrian government officials by the Syrian opposition this week in Damascus.
The latest reports have the opposition controlling the four border crossings with Iraq and one with Turkey.
Meanwhile the Assad government is not backing down firing rockets from helicopter gun ships in the Damascus suburb of Qaboun.
Thousands of Syrians have fled into neighboring Lebanon while other thousands are living in refugee camps in Turkey.
As the fighting has escalated, the U.N. Security Council rejected economic sanctions on the Assad regime with Russia and China vetoing the U.S. sponsored resolution.
Also earlier this week, Assad moved troops from the Golan Heights area with Israel as a means to bolster his army's numbers in other areas of resistance throughout Syria.
Yet as bad as the fighting escalates within Syria the chances of it spreading beyond the Syrian borders aren't likely. So the situation in Syria though horrific as it appears won't be the catalyst for a wider Middle East conflagration.
From here the catalyst for a wider conflagration rests with Israel as the country to watch is Israel and NOT because of the widespread fighting in neighboring Syria.
It is Israel's obsession with Iran and that country's nuclear program that remains at the epicenter of a potential conflict with worldwide implications.
The latest incident raising tensions oddly occurred in Burgas, Bulgaria when on Wednesday a suicide bomber killed five Israeli tourists on a bus outside the airport.
The bomber, this according to American and Israeli officials (without providing details) was allegedly a member of Hezbollah, the Shiite Lebanese group supported by Iran. An investigation is currently underway in Bulgaria to confirm the identity of the bomber.
But needless to say, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn't waiting for any investigation. On Wednesday, the day of the attack he immediately accused Iran of being responsible and then yesterday continued his bombast saying, "The time has come for all countries that know the truth to speak it. Iran is the one behind the wave of terror. Iran is the No.1 exporter of terror in the world. A terrorist state must not have a nuclear weapon," (it would be appropriate to counter Netanyahu about his idea of what constitutes the "truth", Israeli terrorism against the occupied Palestinian's in Gaza and the West Bank and Israel's having its own not so secret nuclear arsenal while not being a signee to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty [which of course Iran is a member in good standing] but such a discussion is a whole other issue for another time and not the intention of this short piece.
As for Iran's reply to terrorist the attack in Bulgaria, an Iranian spokesman Ramin Mehmanparest said, "Terrorism endangers the lives of innocents." Meanwhile, Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iran's Parliament, criticized the U.S. saying," By not condemning the assassination in Syria, the Americans show they believe in good assassinations and bad assassinations."
But getting back to Netanyahu and Israel's obsession with Iran, the potential for a disastrous and unnecessary attack by the Israeli's on Iran's nuclear facilities remains the most imminent danger facing the world.
Lest we forget, it was Israel along with the U.S. that conducted the cyber warfare attack with the "Stuxnet" computer worm disabling Iranian nuclear centrifuges refining uranium last year as well as initiating the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists within Iran these past few years. Then there's the two U.S. aircraft carrier groups operating in the Persian Gulf which of late has added mine detecting mini subs in its arsenal to combat any Iranian intention of mining the Strait of Hormuz and disabling the oil traffic that must pass through the Strait before entering the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. Then add in the latest severe U.S. sponsored sanctions restricting Iranian oil shipments just put into full effect on July 1 and Iran remains the flashpoint for a war with immense, unpredictable consequences for the world.