As far as the effects of this action, we’re told this will be “a sharp blow against Iran.” Really? The rent collected on the skyscraper in Manhattan is $4.5 million a year. Let’s see. Iran has a GDP of $830 billion, of which 60% ($500 billion more or less) is government-owned. $4.5 million is exactly…0.0009% of Iran’s budget. Yup, that’s going to put a big dent in their nuclear program and their support for Hamas and Hezbollah, all right. Not.
The purpose of this seizure was not to strike “a sharp blow against Iran.” It was to continue to wave the red cape of “terrorism” in front of the American people, and to put the kibosh on any possibility of a diplomatic rapprochement with Iran. Striking fear into the hearts of American Muslims, and intimidating them from contributing to any Muslim charities lest they be branded a “supporter of terrorism,” was no doubt a bonus.