Iranian Flag (R)_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
When debating whether or not to undertake a unilateral strike on Iran’s nuclear
facilities, one key consideration for Israeli decision makers will be whether
such a strike will force the Iranian people to “rally around the flag,”
supporting their otherwise hated regime? This is essential because an Israeli
strike on Iran, unlike an American-led strike, does not pose an imminent threat
to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. They realize that such an attack will not endanger their personal
safety. What keeps them up at night is their fear of sharing the fate of
Mubarak, Ben Ali, Saleh, or Gaddafi.