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article imageOp-Ed: The human cost of sanctions against Iran

By Alexander Baron     Nov 10, 2013 in Politics
The playwright Mahmoud Ostad-Mohammad died in July at the age of 62. He is one of the countless Iranian victims of Western sanctions.
His death was reported by CNN last month, including in this video clip which had been viewed only 12 times by yesterday afternoon, which is perhaps a barometer of how much or how little most Westerners care about the suffering that has been inflicted on a peaceful nation.
If you don't believe Iran to be a peaceful nation, you should perhaps consider the simple fact that the ancient civilisation that is Iran has fought fewer wars than the still relatively young United States.
Recently, the BBC published a question and answer page on Iranian sanctions. The bottom line is that Iran is being so targeted because it continues to enrich uranium. The question that is not asked is why shouldn't Iran do so, and what business is it of America, Israel or anyone else if it does?
If you want the long version of Iranian sanctions, the US Treasury has masses of documentation.
Here is a report from January last year; two minutes into the video our obviously Marxist friend makes some very good points.
Tragic though the death of a 62-year-old playwright may be, what hope is there for younger victims, like those shown here?
Iran has a population of over 75 million and apart from oil and sunlight, precious little in the way of natural resources. It needs to trade in order to feed its people, and to supply the unfortunate with medicines. To do this properly, sanctions need to be lifted. Iran is being punished for the imaginary crimes of its leaders, and as always it is the common people who suffer.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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