A sanctions package, targeted largely on the IRGC, has been introduced at the U.N. Security Council and now it’s on Susan Rice to secure Russian and Chinese support. I have mixed feelings about sanctions. But my feelings matter less than those of the Iranian people, and I admit to being surprised when I elicited this reaction from a pseudonymous Green Movement activist:
Ackerman: What do you think about sanctions? My sources in the Obama administration say that they’re not having any luck talking to Iran and so now are trying to get the international community, including the United Nations, to support sanctions, particularly sanctions targeting the IRGC?
Mr. A: It is a very good move, provided that the people [aren’t] affected very much by these sanctions. It’s already hard for us to send and receive packages lately, for instance. Another thing is that there have been so many arrests. Civil rights are the last thing [the regime] cares about. So besides sanctions, we need international pressures to prevent numerous arrests everyday.