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Iranian Official: Sanctions Make Us Stronger

December 10, 2012 by  

Iranian Official: Sanctions Make Us Stronger
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A senior Iranian commander in the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said last week that sanctions from the West are not hurting the nation, but actually making it more self-reliant and resilient.

General Mohammad Reza Naqdi told worshippers at Tehran University that Iran should welcome Western sanctions because they are helping Iranians make their country more self-sufficient, according to The Associated Press.

His remarks are similar to other conservative Iranians who believe that, despite U.N. sanctioned embargos on Western oil, banking and trade with the country, Iran is making technological and industrial advances.

Naqdi said a man who runs 100 meters in 20 seconds can finish it in 7 seconds if a wolf is chasing him, explaining why he believes the country will persevere in missile, drone, satellite and uranium enrichment advancements.

“What we could not achieve in about two decades was achieved in one and a half years,” Naqdi said.

The sanctions have cut Iran off from the Western world and severely damaged its oil trade, which previously accounted for about 80 percent of economic revenue. The Nation’s currency has been severely weakened, most heavily affecting small-business owners and wage earners in the country.

But Iran has made advancements under its “resistance economy,” most notably by constructing facilities to become self-sufficient in producing its own gasoline. The country had worked to do this since 1991 but wasn’t successful until 2010, two years after sanctions began.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    WELL, IF SANCTIONS HAVE CAUSED IRAN TO BECOME MORE SELF-RELIANT AND RESILIENT, THE UNITED STATES SHOULD LEAVE IRAN ALONE. MOST PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE IN THEIR BUSINESS, ANYWAY. AMERICANS CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT OUR OWN OIL RESOURCES, SO, LET THE MIDDLE EAST DO THEIR “THANG” IN PEACE.

    SINCE ISLAM IS A NEGATIVE- AND “HOT TOPIC” ON THIS SITE, MOST Personal Libertarians SHOULD AGREE WITH ME.

  • Warrior

    See, by their OWN words they are prosperous without sucking on a gubmint teet! Oops. Guess I spoke too soon. This dude is the “gubmint”!

  • eddie47d

    Threats and sanctions can indeed backfire and Cuba is a strong case in point. After 50 years they are surviving and the life they now have is considered normal to them. They may not have the hyped up consumerism the USA has yet they learned to do with what they have. In reality that makes them more self reliant and efficient than alot of Americans.

    • Vigilant

      Eddie, see my comment below.

      • eddie47d

        Reply to you not reposted!

  • Vigilant

    If you believe that Iran is stronger in the face of severe economic troubles, weakening of currency and destruction of its businesses and wage earners, then you’ll believe that the US is stronger for the same reasons.

    Iran must be using the same propaganda organization that Obama uses.

  • http://roberttitle.wordpress.com roberttitle

    Eddie, you are correct. People pull together, as nations do, when sanctions are imposed. Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and allows inspectors in over and over again, but is allowed to have nuclear power plants under the treaty. Israel has hundreds of nukes, including submarines carrying nuclear warheads, refuses to sign the NNPT and refuses to allow inspectors into their nuclear facility at Dimona. They have bombed nuclear power plants in both Syria and Iraq which were later proven to be only power plants….such hypocrisy. Their lobby, AIPAC, in America refuses to register as a lobby as well. They make huge donations to Senators and Congressmen/women.

    • Vigilant

      “AIPAC is registered as a domestic lobby and supported financially by private donations. The organization receives no financial assistance from Israel, from any national organization or any foreign group. AIPAC is not a political action committee and it does not rate, endorse or contribute to candidates.” (http://www.aipac.org/en/about-aipac)

      Engage your brain before you put your mouth in gear.

    • wheels

      Israel was thinking clearly when they said no thank you to the nonproliferation act. What woud you do if the country you lived in was surrounded by other nations that vowed to see the total annihilation of you and your country year after year, decade after decade. The “nuke” is the only hole card they have in their hand, Pal.

      • http://roberttitle.wordpress.com roberttitle

        And Israel is just crazy enough to use them under a false flag and blame Iran or some other nation for the provocation. There needs to be a “balance of power” in that region to bring down that threat and that would other nations in the area that also have nuclear capabilities.

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