US Financial war on Iran takes more Civilian Lives
At least 77 people are confirmed dead after a commercial IranAir passenger jet crashed in Northern Iran. The plane was almost 40 years old. Israel/US initiated UN Security Council sanctions that have been strangling various elements of Iran’s economy for years seriously limit Iran’s ability to purchase new parts or aircraft. Proponents of sanctions such as Undersecretary of the Treasury for Financial and Terrorism Intelligence Stuart Levey argue sanctions will force Iran into complying with Israel/US demands. Of course, we have no actual evidence to support this claim in the case of Iran (except for the side-effect of innocent dead civilians) and we already know about the deadly effect of sanctions in Iraq, especially on Iraqi children.
According to former Bush administration officials and Iran-US policy analysts Hillary Mann and Flynt Leverett:
We have criticized sanctions as being futile and counterproductive, in that America’s continued resort to multilateral and unilateral sanctions against Iran undermines whatever credibility U.S. offers of “engagement” might otherwise have. But, the Levey interview makes clear that the damaging effects of sanctions go beyond even this. Levey says that sanctions are meant to press Iran to engage in serious diplomacy with the United States and the international community. But, he has, in effect, created a sanctions policy which will be very difficult for the United States to walk back, even as part of a process of negotiation and prospective rapprochement. We suspect that this is precisely what Levey intends. That President-elect Obama moved so rapidly to retain Levey was a sad indicator of how internally contradictory and incoherent the Obama Administration’s Iran policy would turn out to be.
For a recent take on the Iran sanctions by Flynt Leverett click here.