Smarter sanctions against Iran
On Iran, the options for the U.S. are limited, but the best ones are through the U.N. Security Council.
March 19, 2007


ECONOMIC SANCTIONS have a bad reputation. That's unfortunate, because the kind of sanctions the United States is proposing for Iran are more effective and more humane than sanctions used to be. They also happen to be more realistic than any of the other options regarding Tehran.

So just how good is the draft package of sanctions against Iran that is now pending before the U.N. Security Council? Better than expected, actually, though not as tough as the United States would like.

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