Scott interviews Muhammad Sahimi about President Trump’s new sanctions on Iran, which are even stricter than those imposed by President Obama, since they eliminate some of the previous waivers and cover even necessary goods like food and medicine because, even though not technically sanctioned, the financial institutions necessary to broker any kind of deal are not willing to operate in Iran for fear of legal action by the U.S. government. Sahimi likens these sanctions to those placed on Iraq in the 1990s, which the UN estimated led to the excess deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children. Sahimi fears the same will happen in Iran, but it will be seen as justified and necessary.
Discussed on the show:
- “Economic Sanctions Will Kill Tens of Thousands of Innocent Iranians – LobeLog” (LobeLog)
- “5/18/18 Richard Garfield on the excess death rate of the 1990s U.S. sanctions in Iraq” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “Economic Sanctions, Humanitarianism, and Conflict After the Cold War” (JSTOR)
- “Regime change is the Trump administration’s goal in Iran” (The Washington Post)
Muhammad Sahimi is a professor of chemical engineering at USC, Iranian expatriate, and expert on Iranian and U.S. foreign policy.
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