October 8, 2012
Hitting 'Ordinary' Iranians Is the Point
Colin Freeman, Daily Telegraph
What struck me last week, though, was the statement of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, highlighting the fact that the sanctions are hitting ordinary Iranians rather than the political elite. "The sanctions have had significant effects on the general population, including an escalation in inflation, a rise in commodities and energy costs, an increase in the rate of unemployment and a shortage of necessary items, including medicine," he said in a report.
At the risk of sounding callous, isn't that the entire point? Diplomats are fond of talking about sanctions only being aimed at hurting a country's elite. But it has been pretty clear from the experience in Iraq, Burma and elsewhere, that sanctions targeted against named individuals don't do much beyond...
TAGGED: Ban Ki-moon, Sanctions, Iran