First of all, kudos to the counterterrorism spooks and police investigators on both sides of the Atlantic who work tirelessly day and night to keep us all safe and who foiled the attempt to blow up US airliners.
However, of even greater significance, in my view, is this story.
It's one thing for the wack-jobs in Iran to spout their holocaust-denial and call for the destruction of Israel ... it is something in a completely different category for Iran to send Revolutionary Guard soldiers into southern Lebanon to fight alongside Hizbollah terrorists and to help them launch rockets into Israeli civilian populations.
In a world that's right-side-up, Israel would already be launching attacks into Iran for this. In fact, so would the U.S. However, judging from the low-level of coverage this story is getting in the MSM and the fact that no Israeli official has made any statements that I can find about it, I suspect that Israel is going to pretend it didn't happen.
I can understand their reasoning, here. They are already deep into a shooting war and mired in a messy ground invasion of Southern Lebanon. They last thing they want to do right now is expand this into a war with Iran.
That said, this is evidence of how dangerous and calculating the Iranian leadership can be. I suspect that they knew the Israelis wouldn't make a fuss if they discovered Iranian soldiers in Lebanon. It was a calculated risk, and it looks like they are going to come out on top ... yet again.
All of this -- from the kidnappings to the rocket attacks, is Iran is making its move, folks, and sooner or later they are going to miscalculate. When that happens, either the U.S. or Israel (or both) is going to eat their lunch. For the sake of everyone, and particularly the Israelis, I just pray it stays conventional.