Despite protestations by both Iran and some in the United States, the majority of Americans believe that the Middle East country is building their nuclear program for the sake of creating weapons. This is likely the case. However, where most Americans likely get the situation wrong is with the target. Most assume that Israel would be the victim of a nuclear Iran, but there is growing concern that the United States would actually be the recipient of a nuclear attack from Iran.
To their leaders, the United States is the “Big Satan”. Israel is the “Little Satan”. Their primary goal is not the destruction of Israel but rather the consolidation of power in the Muslim world with a major secondary goal of destroying the sinful western way of life represented most heavily by America. Destruction of Israel is something that they want, but it’s not their biggest challenge. If they can eliminate their foes in the Muslim world and prevent America from interfering, Iran believes that the destruction of Israel will be easy.