Jeffery Goldberg: "It is possible that at some point in the next 12 months, the imposition of devastating economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran will persuade its leaders to cease their pursuit of nuclear weapons" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 19.11.10 | 03:45 (IST)

    This is how Jeffrey Goldberg's "The Point of No Return" article, published back in september. In fact, it is its opening phrase. Just the words "devastating economic sanctions" is ridiculous. There's nothing devastating about them. They hurt the IRGC and the nuclear / nuclear weapons related fields. Everybody knows they have been significantly watered down so as to have Russia and China on board, super-powers whose trade with Iran is very robust, and at least in Russia's case, definitely nuclear and military related. There just are sanctions, but by faor not "devastating" nor crippling nor likely to lure the Mullah's to abandone a dream that has costed enormously to Iran, is a matter of pride, ideology and a chauvinist factor (in the French, not American sense) unifying Iranians. Sanctiosn watared down and not global are certain to fail.

    from the article: Here's why Israel must not attack Iran now
    First published 00:53 18.11.10 | Last updated 00:53 18.11.10
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