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My Question for the CNN Reagan Library GOP Debate: Are Economic Sanctions on Iran Moral

If I were permitted one and only one question for the 16 (Let us hope Gov. Gilmore is invited) candidates at the September 16 debate hosted by CNN and held at the Reagan Library it would be this:

Iranian economic sanctions:  Most of the GOP field seems to be for them even though one prominent US Senator suggested the effect was to ruin or destroy the Iranian economy.  How do you defend as moral economic sanctions that hurt innocent people that have no say in their own government?  If not, how would you change the sanctions regime?

I plan to send this post to CNN for their consideration.

Here is the blog post on the Senator who supports sanctions even though it is hurting the economy.

Here is another about the morality of sanctions with a surprise.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

4 Responses to “My Question for the CNN Reagan Library GOP Debate: Are Economic Sanctions on Iran Moral”

  1. Peace at any cost

    No! We should; never have fought the Nazis and the Japanese imperial army for those very same reasons. Hence, we should never fight a war or defend ourselves from attack because some innocent people might get hurt! We should just have sucked it up when Pearl Harbor was bombed, buried and mourned the dead and pleaded with Tojo not to do bad things to us because there were innocents among us! Blessed are the peacemakers!

    • Sandy Sanders

      I appreciate your comment, Peace at any price. It made me think. That’s good and healthy. But I think there is a difference between the WWII where we were attacked and economic sanctions. Our goal is to prevent a nuclear weapon. I think we need to be aware of the weapons we use ought to be targeted to prevent that goal. Come by again.


  2. Gene Lefty says:

    Tom, after reading this article, i have come to the conclusion that the Iranians have hacked your website and posted this article under Sandy’s name.

    That is the only logical reason that somthing like this could get posted.

    • Sandy Sanders

      I am disappointed that Gene Lefty doesn’t agree with me on Iranian sanctions. I am against all economic sanctions that are not targeted to limit their effect on innocent people. Compare with Zimbabwe that are targeted on those who are in the government or known human rights abusers. Of course there needs to be a hearing requirement so someone can challenge the US government designation of human rights abuser. Watch the show Cuban Chrome on discovery channel to see the effect of indiscriminate economic sanctions on innocent people. And no the Iranian government did not hack the blog site!

      Thanks for coming by, Gene!



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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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