The ME is always faced with short-term goals from both sides. There is no long term goal for peace presently on the table. The so-called road map to peace is as convoluted as a bowl of spaghetti and will never be unravelled. Therefore, the most probable solution is always the short-term one. In this case, a strike against the Iranian nuclear program could set the program back a decade or more if it is executed correctly. The blocking of the Straits of Hormuz is unlikely and even if the Iranians do sink a ship there, the U.S. will intervene at the Saudis' behest. Whatever the ME may think of the Iranian capability, in actuality, it is nearly nothing compared to the U.S. Navy. You may recall that the U.S. bested the Iraqi forces twice. The Iranians ha fought them for eight years with no measurable progress. There is a different mindset for fighting the shortest possible war with no likelyhood of trying to win the hearts and minds of the people and fighting a war in which the primary goal is to take down a tyrant and build a republic in his place. All the Iranians need is the opportunity that decapitation of the tyrant will provide and they will establish their own republic without the radical muslims. This will bring a significant peace to the ME that had not been anticipated. Additionally, it will cut off the hezbollah threat by denying them additional weapons with which to work their terror. I say, Go For It!
from the article: Israel attack wouldn't stop Iran nuclear program, says U.K. study