There are shrill voices in Israel and the United States who speak of “surgical strikes” to wipe out Iran’s military nuclear development while shrugging off any implication how such an adventure would impact the Middle East. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned any such action would have serious consequences and would not accomplish its purpose. “If we or the Israelis or somebody else strike Natanz–the site of a uranium enrichment plant–militarily, in my view, it would delay the Iranian program for some period of time, but only delay it, probably one to three years. You would only unify the nation, you would cement their determination to have a nuclear program, and also build into the whole country an undying hatred of whoever hits them.”
Israel leaders like current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the past have called for such attacks, but Gates is correct, there would be consequences. Iran would unleash missile attacks on Israel and hundreds of suicide bombers would be exploding themselves all over Israel. The solution is to continue working the diplomatic route regardless if it takes time or not.