Mr. Ahmadi-Nejad is the President of Iran. For the second time in Iran’s history the President is being summoned by the Parliament. The first time was last March when this same President was summoned to answer accusations of disloyalty to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, and economic mismanagement. This time it is to explain why he forced the delay of curbing currency fluctuations in September and October, permitted imports of luxurious cars and neglected domestic wheat production. The Parliament is blaming the President for the country’s economic woes but the President insists that the 50% reduction in their currency has been due to the sanctions placed on Iran by the International community over Iran’s nuclear programs. This summoning could pave the way for the President’s impeachment.
The Revolutionary Guard announced that they had recently fortified their naval might in the Gulf by building another naval base near the disputed island of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa. It is believed that this move is in preparation for any attack by Israel on Iran’s nuclear sites. The military has also announced that they have developed advanced drone weaponry. They claim to have a drone that takes off vertically and that it is so advanced that it is the first of its kind in the world. Some are skeptical.
Our sanctions against Iran are being used to try and change Iranian policy on matters that we currently find unacceptable. That matter is currently Iran’s nuclear program. But does it have to end there? My questions are how far should we go with sanctions? What policies should we not use sanctions to affect? A 50% decrease in their currency value is a serious hit. This may eventually break their economy. Should we limit our sanctions solely on the matter of policy or can we use it to help spread more democratic ideals to countries that don’t have it?