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Iran sanctions now causing food insecurity, mass suffering

Iran sanctions now causing food insecurity, mass suffering

Yet again, the US and its allies spread mass human misery though a policy that is as morally indefensible as it is counter-productive
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Glenn Greenwald
Sunday 7 October 2012 14.09 EDT

The Economist this week describes the intensifying suffering of 75 million Iranian citizens as a result of the sanctions regime being imposed on them by the US and its allies [my emphasis]:

"Six years ago, when America and Europe were putting in place the first raft of measures to press Iran to come clean over its nuclear ambitions, the talk was of "smart" sanctions. The West, it was stressed, had no quarrel with the Iranian people—only with a regime that seemed bent on getting a nuclear bomb, or at least the capacity for making one. Yet, as sanctions have become increasingly punitive in the face of Iran's intransigence, it is ordinary Iranians who are paying the price.

"On October 1st and 2nd Iran's rial lost more than 25% of its value against the dollar. Since the end of last year it has depreciated by over 80%, most of that in just the past month. Despite subsidies intended to help the poor, prices for staples, such as milk, bread, rice, yogurt and vegetables, have at least doubled since the beginning of the year. Chicken has become so scarce that when scant supplies become available they prompt riots. On October 3rd police in Tehran fired tear-gas at people demonstrating over the rial's collapse. The city's main bazaar closed because of the impossibility of quoting accurate prices. . . .

"Unemployment is thought to be around three times higher than the official rate of 12%, and millions of unskilled factory workers are on wages well below the official poverty line of 10m rials (about $300) a month."

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/07/iran-san...

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95% of the american people

95% of the american people will be happy about the conditions you spoke of. This is exactly what the sanctions are designed to do. While the USA has no moral authority to place these hardships on the Iranian people, it is still vastly preferable to dropping bombs on them or supplying weapons to enemies of Iran so they can kill millions of Iranians like we did in the past when we supplied Saddam Hussein with weapons for his war with Iran.That war lasted 8 years and 1.5 million people were killed.I would not be surprised if we supplied both sides with weapons so they could kill each other and weaken both nations.

Thanks elmalvini!

Another great post.

So sad though. So sad.

It is sad..

...and you're welcome!