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Another “Success” Story from U.S. Sanctions

Another “Success” Story from U.S. Sanctions
by Jacob G. Hornberger

U.S. officials can claim another “success” with their sanctions against Iran. A Russian-made Tupolev airplane crash-landed in Iran, injuring 42 passengers.

Those passengers were much luckier than those traveling on an Iranian flight to Armenia last summer. All 168 passengers were killed. That plane was Russian-built too.

Also last summer, another Iranian Russian-built plane skidded off a runway and caught fire, killing 16 passengers and injuring 21 more.

In February 2006 another Russian-built Iranian plane crash-landed, killing 29 passengers.

What do all those plane crashes have to do with the brutal sanctions that the U.S. government has been enforcing for several years against Iran?

According to an article about the latest crash in the Washington Post: , “U.S. sanctions against Iran have prevented it from buying new aircraft or spare parts from the West, forcing it to add to its aging fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes with aircraft from Russia and other former Soviet Union states.”

An article published a couple of weeks ago on Wired, entitled “Sanctions Keep Vintage Aircraft Flying in Iran” by Keith Barry, addressed the heart of the problem:

“Blocked from purchasing modern Western aircraft by economic sanctions in place since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s domestic airlines rely on an aging fleet of planes that have largely disappeared from North American and European skies. As a result, what Havana is to old cars, Tehran is to old airplanes.”

The reference to Havana and old cars is to the 50-year U.S. sanctions/embargo against Cuba, which, operating in conjunction with Castro’s socialist economic system, has succeeded in squeezing the economic lifeblood out of the Cuban people.

The sanctions against Iran also bring to mind the 11 years of brutal sanctions against Iraq, which succeeded in contributing to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children. Part of the reason for this was the same problem that afflicts the Iranian airliner fleet: the Iraqi sanctions precluded Iranian officials from acquiring the necessary equipment and parts to repair the water-and-sewage treatment plants that the U.S. government intentionally destroyed during the Persian Gulf War, with full knowledge of what effect that would have on the spread of infectious illnesses.

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we may reap what we have sowed

The practical reason for the denouncement of torture(aside from the fact it is morally reprehensible)is that it exposes our own sons' and daugters' to similiar atrocities. The same idea could have been applied to the implimentation of sanctions against "rouge" states. Now here we stand on the verge of economic perils, the likes I believe, previously unknown in our history as a Rebublic. Being heavily reliant on imported goods from various nations will place us in an uncomprimising position with respect to the central banking systems abroad. Our government has thus far maintained an amiable relationship with many of the states we recieve these exports from. However, friendships often run out with the funding that bolsters them. The result may be not only are these resources more costly in relation to the now fragile dollar, but eventual sactions against an America that will not play ball with the international central banking system. If that event unfolds many within the world community, who not being aprisied of the less than virtuous motives of these financial cartels, may well think it is our own demons rushing back to haunt us. Moving forward WE THE PEOPLE must become aware of the causality resulting from our actions, both long and short term. Unfortunately, I believe we will be dealing with effects due to that lack of foresight by many(including myself) for years to come. It will be an interesting time for this nation that will either steel our collective character or expose the weakness of it to the world. Regardless of the result, I believe a shift toward actions with relation to pure justice, absent of limited self interests, is not only good for the soul it holds practical empirical value as well.

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke

I still have to wonder if Armajinadad is a KGB asset



"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Sanctions that kill are 'worth it"

Madeleine Albright says the sanctions that killed 500,000 in Iraq were worth it. So,I suppose it will be 'worth it' again in Iran?


"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd


find, Latins...

"...I would be remiss if I failed to point out the official mindset of Washington regarding the “success” of the Iraq sanctions, as reflected by the immortal statement of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright, who told “Sixty Minutes” that the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children were “worth it.”

The purpose of the U.S. sanctions against Iran? It’s the same as the sanctions against Cuba and Iraq: regime change — that is, the ouster of regimes that oppose the U.S. Empire and their replacement with regimes that will do the Empire’s bidding..."
Do these "people" hear themselves? I think it's time to elect/appoint only those with a heart and soul, a conscience...

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Ron Paul 2012...and beyond