Why Iran sanctions won't work
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Getty Images)
February 29th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Why Iran sanctions won't work

Editor's Note: Ali Vaez is the director of Iran Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

By Ali Vaez - Special to CNN

The Iranian nuclear crisis is nearing its tenth anniversary. All attempts to resolve the standoff during the past decade have come to naught. There are simply no easy solutions to this conundrum.

For some in the West, however, firm belief in the elixir of crippling sanctions has congealed into a doctrine. It is only a question of time, they argue, but Tehran will eventually give in to “overwhelming force.” The Obama administration’s mastery in marshaling international support for imposing a panoply of draconian sanctions on Iran is beyond doubt. Yet the fundamental premises of this policy are misguided at best, misleading at worst.The first presumption is that by pushing the Iranian theocracy to the brink of economic meltdown with unprecedented sanctions, the regime will capitulate and forfeit its nuclear program to secure its survival. Advocates of this coercive policy evoke historical precedent as a testament to propensity of the custodians of the Iranian revolution to surrender under pressure. FULL POST

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Topics: Foreign Policy • Iran • Strategy • United States