Originally Posted by JimHull
... I'd be willing to change if a good argument for the goal of the story, the goal that affects everyone, could be engineered in such a way as to place Rick as the one driving the efforts towards the successful outcome of that goal. ...
How about if the Paris flashback was not a flashback at all, but started the movie and the story progressed in "real time"?
edited to add:
There's no flashback showing Laszlo wanting letters of transit.
Did Laszlo even want those specific letters?