In part three of a four-part series, AuthorHouse author Charles L. Levy, neurosurgeon and former military advisor, returns to Author’s Digest to discuss the United States and its policies toward Iran. Charles is the self-published author of the award-winning novel El Volcan.
You can find parts one and two on the Author Blogs page here.
THE AGE OF THE EMPIRE OF INFLUENCE, Part Three
I believe that the immediate, complete removal of all economic sanctions against Iran will hasten a move toward democracy and the eventual end of the current tyrannical Iranian regime via internal political changes leading to more moderate governmental leadership. With the end of sanctions would come a freer exchange of information, greater economic power in the hands of Iranian citizens, and, concomitantly, greater political power for Iran’s people.
With economic sanctions no longer in place, a path to eventual restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran–once fast friends and allies–would be open. Historically, the most effective way to encourage a nation to engage in peaceful endeavors both internally and externally has been through trade. The most ineffective way has been through the use of threats or coercion.
Another question that is reasonable to consider is whether or not economic sanctions have had any effect on slowing down Iran’s construction of centrifuges for the refinement of uranium. The answer to this question is clearly no. The construction of centrifuges was increased during President Bush’s second term and has been rapidly accelerated during President Obama’s first term leading to some thousands of these devices scattered all over Iran.
Economic sanctions have done nothing, other than to increase Iran’s sense of isolation and estrangement from the rest of the world, while probably doing more to drive the Iranian government to seek regional alliances and an offensive nuclear capability than any other single aspect of our policy in the Middle East.
Rather than heeding Saudi warnings of an Iranian drive toward hegemony, we should at least consider the possibility that we and our European allies are at least partly to blame in causing these Iranian strategic policies to unfold. Is it not possible that Iran’s current strategic alliances with Iraq and Syria are due to the severe economic duress that pointless economic sanctions have caused? Does Iran’s leadership not consider its own security and the livelihood of its citizens when it makes decisions?
Check back at Author’s Digest in one week for the conclusion of our guest blog post from Dr. Charles Levy.