I have noticed that those of us who are in favor of sanctions are categorized in two groups. Those who have no tarof and are actually more realistic and openly advocate more and more sanctions and war – pre-emptive or full scale – and don’t differentiate between the regime and Iranian people and say fuck them all!
Then we have those who somehow think these “enhanced” sanctions are really just for the regime and the Sepah and the “bad guys” and the Iranian people in general are somehow not that affected by it. Or that they joke around that oooooh what’s all the crying? No one is dying, don’t be so dramatic, etc.
As an example, I use our good friend Faramarz’s response that “No one is starving“. He says; The only people that are starving in Iran are Sepah Mafia who are starving from the lack of $$$ for their regional “projects.”
Bolding by me.
I really don’t care about the first group who are openly advocating war on Iran and have nothing else to say to them other than Fuck You!
To those who think these sanctions are not hurting average Iranians or if they’re are it’s ok and it’s part of the process, I’d like to ask them to be more fair minded when you advocate more sanctions. At least say it if hurting average Iranians is meant to ignite a revolution and uprising to overthrow the regime, say it, don’t be shy! Or if the sanctions is meant to make the regime fold say that too!
Every piece of news that you read or see in the media the foreign reporters always say these sanctions are hurting “millions of Iranians”. Why can’t we as Iranians say the same in iranian.com? Why are we so gong ho in advocating sanctions but gun shy in saying who it is hurting? Here in this report from CBS News it says: “Sanctions have taken a toll on the Iranian economy. The government is reluctant to admit it. Inflation is high. The number of young unemployed is a growing concern.”
When faced with high inflation Iranians will tighten their belts and buy less. To highlight this point the same report interviews and Iranian women and here is how it goes: “Did she think things would ever balance out and the price of goods would come down to what they were before. “Unfortunately I don’t think so. The thing with Iran is that once the price of something goes up, it never comes down again.”
So what’s the solution? “Eat less limes,” she jokingly replied.
Eat less limes. Get that? Furthermore, the affects are mostly highlighted in daily goods and services like food and groceries. When you have less and less to spend you don’t spend anything on “luxury” or “fun” items, so those who are making their living on selling handicrafts or clothes or electronics or other stuff find less and less customers.
Now the reason behind all this is the nuclear issue, it appears the positions are now clear after Iran has announced it will stop enrichment at 20%, with or without lifting the sanctions, with or without more IAEA inspections. This appears to be a uni-lateral position by Iran where all else have failed. So we’ll have to wait and see the effect of this line of diplomacy and unilateral actions.
This devaluing of Rial happened once before during the Iran-Iraq war. Once Khomeini accepted the UN resolution and ended the war, the Dollar fell sharply. Some of you may recall that many in Bazaar had heart attacks because of it and lost their livelihood.
So what is my solution? My solution is that Iranian people should be left alone to decide their own future. Iran has a large population, nearly 80 million, and they have shown time and time again that they are politically savvy and they have shown that they’ll speak their minds despite all odds and all suppression. The uprisings in 2009, prior to Arab Spring, is the latest example.
Ultimately the only solution is time. Time will fix everything. I just ask that you show some compassion and don’t humiliate or forget average Iranians in the midst of all these.
Photo caption: Oil ministry in Telaghani (previously Takht Jamshid).