When All You Have is a Hammer, Every Iran Problem Looks Like a Nail
The Huffinton Post / Patrick Diseny
08-Aug-2009 (7 comments)

What better way to show our support than by casting the common man into financial ruin? Think about who suffers the most in the US when gas prices rise due to shocks--it's the poor. Why would it be any different in Iran? Certainly the elite won't suffer the brunt of these sanctions--the Revolutionary Guards have been getting rich off smuggling sanctioned goods into the country for years. And with Russia and China ready to provide anything the US won't sell to Iran, the mullahs will surely find a way to fill their gas tanks. So that will just leave the poor and middle class to suffer.


Sanctions will ruin Iranians' lives...

by Ostaad on

Even neoconservative scholar Fred Kagan has acknowledged the real effect of these petroleum sanctions, saying "Look we need to be honest about this: Iranians are going to die if we impose additional sanctions."

Those who support sanctions will have Iranian blood on their hands which makes them equal to IRI goons.


khaleh mosheh

You need to break a few eggs

by khaleh mosheh on

To make an omlette.


The IRI cancer will need to be readicated from Iran and unfortunately for all concerned they have clearly demonstarted that they will not go painlessly in a 'Velvet Revolution'. They will extract a heavy price from all Iranians in terms of loss of life, liberty and treasure. 

Mola Nasredeen

You go Patrick! That's what I'm talking about

by Mola Nasredeen on

Now if I (we) say this they lable us as anti semite, non-Aryan, non American, foreigners, Islamist, leftist, IRI and more. This scenario has been developed by the Israel Lobby and is exposed brillantly by his analysis. 

Patrick Disney indicates: "AIPAC has been lobbying for months on the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act (IRPSA), and on September 10 the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will kick off a massive nationwide lobbying effort, which they compare to the "Save Darfur" movement. All of this will culminate at the end of the month when, conveniently enough, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in New York for the UN General Assembly."

As we get closer to the above date I bet Israeli agents presence will be felt more on Iranian.com . Ostaad maghaleh khobi bood.


Who loves Iranian

by capt_ayhab on

hallucinating even for one moment that these warmongering goons who propagate[airtight] sanctions have love of Iranians at heart is utter stupidity.

The War Party has no other agenda but creating another Iraq out of Iran.



sanctions vs the safety of the people

by IRANdokht on

There is a popular joke in Iran that says Iranian pilots always say their prayers on the intercom before taking off. For years now, the safety of Iran's civilian planes and the lives of hundreds of their passengers have rested on a wing and a prayer. How many more people will have to die before lawmakers realize that our broad sanctions on Iran -- which have little or no impact on the government's behavior -- are unnecessarily killing innocent people? Can't we figure out a way to put pressure on the government but spare the men, women, and children of Iran just trying to travel from one place to another? I would like to think that we can, but until politicians in Washington take a closer look at the unintended consequences of our Iran policy, it is the people of Iran who will suffer the most.






"F", can you explain how...

by Ostaad on

these "airtight sanctions" work to help the Iranian people in their struggle with the regime, without hurting financially and/or killing them?

Sanction or war are not the only available options.

No obfuscation please.


Airtight sanctions

by Fred on

To avoid an unwanted war, airtight sanctions are a must.