War is imminent in the Middle East

Is the so called self-defense by the Israeli Government against the Hizbollah kidnaping of two Israeli soldiers on the northern border of Israel and Libanon just an excuse for a thorough and preplanned attack against Lebanon? Is the Israeli attack against Lebanon just a prelude to a major US attack and war against Iran?

Bush ‘helped Israeli attack on Lebanon’ The Guardian 14. august 2006
Watching Lebanon newyorker.com 14. august 2006
The Coming Wars newyorker.com 17. januar 2005