Really interesting article about the effect U.S. sanctions are having in Iran — and it’s not what’s intended.

I was struck by what Juan Cole said here:

I think that the people who used to have the money to play politics and impact candidates and maybe get up demonstrations are increasingly going to be poverty-stricken, and not have those resources.

I’m afraid I think that the sanctions probably forestall, rather than encourage, an “Iranian Spring.”

Sounds like the U.S., too!

One Response to Iran

  1. lless October 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Wait a minute. If this is true, why would Iran loose the Basiji thugs in its private money markets? Sure sounds like the sanctions are imposing collateral costs on the regime.

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