This does point out the limited value of sanctions.
The people who are hurt the most are not the power elite making the decisions. - it is the man in the street, the family trying to make ends meet and feed their family, the small businessman.
I know the argument - they should throw off their incompetent leadership and end the conditions that brought about the sanctions.
But that is easier said than done.
We have had an absolute disasterous president for four years and nothing has been done to change the situation. And now that we have a chance to change direction it still looks like he has a good chance of staying in office.
And the difficulty of making a change in a place like Iran is much higher than in a place like the US.
At least here the government has only killed citizens in small groups (so far) - not by the hundreds and thousands like Syria and Iran.
This is 2007, on Ahmadinejad’s whim and not even the Green Revolution:
JULY 2007 : (IRAN : MASS EXECUTIONS OF “ANTI-ISLAM HOOLIGANS” FOR 6 WEEKS RUNNING; AT LEAST 150 MORE SCHEDULED TO DIE IN COMING WEEKS...) Iran has just carried out the largest wave of executions since 1984.
It is early dawn as seven young men are led to the gallows amid shouts of Allah Akbar (Allah is the greatest) from a crowd of bearded men as a handful of women, all in hijab, ululate to a high pitch. A few minutes later, the seven are hanged as a mullah shouts: Alhamd li-Allah (Praise be to Allah).
The scene was Wednesday in Mashad, Irans second most populous city, where a crackdown against anti-Islam hooligans has been under way for weeks.
The Mashad hangings, broadcast live on local television, are among a series of public executions ordered by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last month [JULY 2007] as part of a campaign to terrorize an increasingly restive population. Over the past six weeks, at least 118 people have been executed, including four who were stoned to death. According to Saeed Mortazavi, the chief Islamic prosecutor, at least 150 more people, including five women, are scheduled to be hanged or stoned to death in the coming weeks.(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...-————Domestic Terror in Iran
OpinionJournal.com ^ | August 6, 2007 | AMIR TAHERIhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1876899/posts
410 posted on 08/06/2007 2:28:30 AM PDT by Cindy