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U.S. sanctions result in Iran plane crash, 72 killed

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A tragic plane crash yesterday in Iran as reported by Xinhua:

“A passenger plane with 105 passengers on board crashed Sunday evening in northwest Iran and 72 passengers, including 12 crew members, were killed, the semi- official Fars news agency reported early Monday morning.”

U.S. sanctions from 1979 to the present have prevented Iran from being able to upgrade and modernize its air traffic to modern safety standards as reported by Wired back in January 2001:

“Visitors to Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport may be forgiven if they feel they’ve stepped back in time, and it’s not just because of the old terminals that lost their luster after a brand new airport opened outside the city.

Blocked from purchasing modern Western aircraft by economic sanctions in place since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s domestic airlines rely on an aging fleet of planes that have largely disappeared from North American and European skies. As a result, what Havana is to old cars, Tehran is to old airplanes.”

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson explains the policy motives and effects of U.S. sanctions on foreign countries on RT: (2:10)

“Sanctions do not work…We hurt people through sanctions.”

Joy Gordon at Harper’s highlighted the devastating aftermath of U.S. lead sanctions on the Iraqi population in the 1990s:

“In searching for evidence of the potential danger posed by Iraq, the Bush Administration need have looked no further than the well-kept record of U.S. manipulation of the sanctions program since 1991. If any international act in the last decade is sure to generate enduring bitterness toward the United States, it is the epidemic suffering needlessly visited on Iraqis via U.S. fiat inside the United Nations Security Council. Within that body, the United States has consistently thwarted Iraq from satisfying its most basic humanitarian needs, using sanctions as nothing less than a deadly weapon, and, despite recent reforms, continuing to do so. Invoking security concerns—including those not corroborated by U.N. weapons inspectors—U.S. policymakers have effectively turned a program of international governance into a legitimized act of mass slaughter.

Since the U.N. adopted economic sanctions in 1945, in its charter, as a means of maintaining global order, it has used them fourteen times (twelve times since 1990). But only those sanctions imposed on Iraq have been comprehensive, meaning that virtually every aspect of the country’s imports and exports is controlled, which is particularly damaging to a country recovering from war. Since the program began, an estimated 500,000 Iraqi children under the age of five have died as a result of the sanctions—almost three times as many as the number of Japanese killed during the U.S. atomic bomb attacks.


Written by peripheralrevision

01/10/2011 at 2:38 am

Posted in Iran, Iraq

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