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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Defense Sec. Gates: Sanctions Will Get Iran to Negotiate
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that economic sanctions would be more effective than diplomatic overtures in bringing Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear program.

if there is enough economic pressure placed on Iran, diplomacy can provide them an open door through which they can walk if they choose to change their policies," Gates said on Fox News Sunday.

That's a mighty big "if."

The problem, Mr. Gates, is you will NEVER get China and Russia to cooperate in having the kind of sanctions that you would need to accomplish that which you want to acccomplish.

As George Friedman, analyst for STRATFOR , writes:
First, the sanctions don’t work very well. Sanctions only work when most powers are prepared to comply with them. Neither the Russians nor the Chinese are prepared to systematically comply with sanctions, so there is little that Iran can afford that it can’t get. Iran’s problem is that it cannot afford much. Its economy is in shambles due more to internal problems than to sanctions.


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