Re: Fatal Flaw?
You are deranged. Sorry.
The goal was for Rick to resolve his relationship with Ilsa. He accomplishhed that, although not in the manner he originally desired. He chose a "higher" path. Pay attention to the backstory. Rick's altruism was resurrected when he was finally able to cope with Ilsa's leaving him when he realized she truly loved him.
This movie could easily have been written without Laszlo even appearing and nothing would change. He presence was only instrumental to the plot by re-inforcing Ilsa's motives. Better to see the man rather than just talk about him, right?
Rick is the protaganist. Any other choice is bunk.
It's the old inner goal/outer goal thing.
We're making a movie here, not a film! - Kit Ramsey