It does, and certainly has, helped to escalate the crisis by having this militaristic response to it.
Republicans should not use this as an excuse to escalate further, now that the main threat of retaliation has been removed.
Observers: Border skirmishes may escalate to wider regional conflict.
Perhaps that encourages them to escalate: if Sports Illustrated didn't check, why would anyone else?
There are several verbal confrontations between the two that escalate throughout the film.
Given the potential for a cyber tit-for-tat to escalate, Obama has even more incentive to find a diplomatic solution.
The legacy of disaster in Vietnam has permeated the recent White House debate over whether, and how, to escalate in Afghanistan.
Our society has a tendency to escalate conflict and immediately go into destroy mode.
Nyuon says she was surprised to see tensions with Sudan escalate the way they have, despite a long history of violence.
If Obama's strategy is to dial back the blue/red civil war to a detente, Franken's is to escalate it to World War III.