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article imageOp-Ed: Western sanctions hit Iran's economy hard

By Eliot Elwar
Oct 7, 2012 in World
This month, Kissinger says a strike on Iran should be an American decision, the US rejected Iranian compromise, and 'Iranians protest over collapsing economy.' Ahmadinejad could be removed from power by assassination.
From Israel National News: Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said recently that any resolution to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities should be an American decision. When a reporter asked Kissinger if he believes America should join Israel by setting ‘red lines’ for Iran, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu mentioned during his UN General Assembly speech recently, he said ‘there are two ways to look at red lines.’ According to Kissinger, the US should not make public announcements that can be employed by Israel or any nation as a justification for a country going to war. The US cannot subcontract the right to go to war. That is an American decision.’ According to Kissinger, the US needs to define for itself, when it says that nuclear weapons capability is unacceptable. The US should know that means a private red line before it publicly decides it in terms of tactical necessity.
From Israel National News: Iran presented a plan designed to resolve concerns over its nuclear weapons program, but the US rejected Iran’s offer. According to US officials, Iran’s plan would not guarantee that Iran could not produce a nuclear weapon. Iran’s plan wants the West to lift sanctions and it would not require Iran to answer questions from the UN’s IAEA nuclear watchdog group. It would require the IAEA to declare that all issues have been resolved. This strategy would allow Iran more time for research and development of its nuclear weapons program.
From the Jerusalem Post: According to an adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran will defeat an enemy ‘conspiracy’ against its foreign currency and gold markets. The adviser’s words followed violent protests that forced the closure of Tehran's grand bazaar. Riot police fought demonstrators and arrested currency handlers around the bazaar during demonstrations triggered by Iran’s currency collapse. Protesters called President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a traitor due to his economic mismanagement, which has been hit hard by Western sanctions enacted over its nuclear enrichment program. However, there has been no public criticism of Iran's most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Analysis
Today, there has been significant economic pressure on Iran. Iran’s currency is collapsing rapidly and Ahmadinejad is in serious political trouble. Iran will not recover from this financial collapse. The country is heading for economic and military defeat because America and the Western powers will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons to destroy Israel and threaten other Mideast nations. Ahmadinejad could be removed from power within the near future by the evils of assassination during the next Iranian revolution.
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