In an companion piece, M K Bhadrakumar, the former Indian diplomat, argues that an American attack on Syria provides just the right argument for Iran to go ahead with its plans to acquire nuclear weapons.He also outlines the rationale for an attack that falls well short of being an all-out war:
In sum, the plan behind the "limited" attack is to degrade the Syrian armed forces. The political objective is clear. The Obama administration insists that it is not "regime change''. What it means is that the US and its allies would hope that coming under immense pressure of death and destruction, the Syrian armed forces might begin, finally, to begin to question President Bashar al-Assad's leadership quality, which, in turn, could lead to a coup against him that will not be a "regime change" and yet a sufficient-enough "regime change''.