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Sanctioning Iran

The more pressure, the better.

Nov 8, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 08 • By MICHAEL RUBIN
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Sanctions are proving effective, and there’s no reason to relieve the pressure right now by rushing out to engage the regime. Certainly, a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions is ideal, but under the wrong circumstances engagement could hasten conflict. Against the backdrop of the Islamic Republic’s faltering economy, the worst move for the Obama administration to make is to offer incentives that mitigate pressure on Tehran. To slow Iran’s nuclear progress, delegitimize the Iranian regime in the eyes of the Iranian people, and avoid conflict, the best way forward is to augment, rather than alleviate sanctions.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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