1. Geraint Vincent

Fears in Israel as conflict in Syria intensifies

Israel's Prime Minister has warned that if Syria's President Assad does launch any kind of retaliatory attack then Israel will, in his words, respond forcefully.

Any Israeli attack on Syria under those circumstances will be be large scale, and Asad's allies in Lebanon and Iran will feel bound to respond. So this is one way in which a punishment action by the Western powers could lead very quickly to a regional conflict.