Obama, Romney and Iranian Sanctions
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As the US election reaches its final stages the third of three tedious debates took place last week on US foreign policy. The amazing thing about the debate was the level of agreement between the two candidates, and nowhere was there more bi-partisan approval then on Iranian sanctions. Barack Obama’s statement on the sanctions was: “We then organized the strongest coalition and the strongest sanctions against Iran in history, and it is crippling their economy. Their currency has dropped 80%. Their oil production has plunged to the lowest level since they were fighting a war with Iraq 20 years ago. So their economy is in a shambles. "And the reason we did this is because a nuclear Iran is a threat to our national security, and it is a threat to Israel's national security. We cannot afford to have a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world.” Mitt Romney agreed with Obama on this one, and then added this interesting thought: “Secondly, I'd take on diplomatic isolation efforts. I'd make sure that Ahmadinejad is indicted under the Genocide Convention. His words amount to genocide incitation. I would indict him for it.” This is no doubt referring to the mythical Ahmadinejad quote that "Israel should be wiped off the map", a quote that has been a cornerstone of many pro-war arguments for the destruction of Iran. Juan Cole, American Academic and Farsi speaker, gave the correct version to hawk Christopher Hitchens:
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