Stop the Collective Punishment of the Iranian People

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“[T]he most helpful and constructive thing that the U.S. could do right now is to provide the Iranian people with extensive sanctions relief. It is ordinary Iranians that have borne the brunt of our government’s economic war, and they will be the ones that benefit if the war is ended. We need to reject the conceit of sanctions advocates that they ‘stand with’ the people when they are the ones responsible for impoverishing and strangling them. Collective punishment is as far from solidarity with the Iranian people as it is possible to get, and no one interested in a freer Iran can be on board with keeping it under siege and trying to cut it off from doing business with the rest of the world.” (11/15/22)