Does Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Iran go far enough?
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As we speak, the Iranian people are protesting against their tyrannical regime, demanding their freedom. While they have been protesting for some time, Trump’s reimposition of sanctions gives the Iranian people even more reason to seek regime change. The only question is whether reimposing sanctions is sufficient to put an end to Iranian aggression throughout the world. Or is more comprehensive action needed?

The Iranian regime is already exhibiting signs of duress from the sanctions reimposition alone. The Iranian economy is crumbling, with its currency losing almost 60 percent of its value and a third of its citizens under age 30 presently unemployed, the Observer Research Foundation reported. Even Iranians who are still working live a dismal existence. Many Iranian citizens are disturbed that their government is investing in building a Shia Crescent to the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea rather than addressing these issues.


However, with the reimposition of sanctions, the Shia Crescent is not as strong as it used to be. According to an Iraqi source, one of the main reasons why protests have erupted in Iraq is that the Iraqis are suffering from severe power shortages because Iran cut off its exports as a result of Iran’s own chronic power shortages. These developments are all directly related to the sanctions that Trump has reimposed on Iran. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stated that after Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran, business with Iran cannot continue in the previous framework, Al Arabiya reported. Furthermore, various analysts believe that as Trump’s sanctions take increased effect, Iran’s position in the Middle East and domestically will deteriorate even further.

According to Iranian political theorist Reza Parchizadeh, “the US was absolutely right to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic because the regime utilizes unhindered international trade and banking systems to advance its terroristic and imperialist agenda in the region and the world. However, sanctions alone are never enough. When the sanctions go fully into effect, the region will be weakened but it will maintain its hostile ideological attitude towards the US, Israel and the Arab world. As such, as long as the Islamist regime is in power, the region and the world will not see peace or stability. It must be toppled and replaced with a democratic system.”

Syrian Kurdish dissident Sherkoh Abbas concurred, emphasizing that any successful Iran policy must include regime change: “With this policy, Iran is now playing the Europeans and the world against the Americans. That is not helpful. What are you trying to achieve? You want to disarm Iran and to make it no longer a rogue nation. This policy does place some pressure in order to make some changes but it does not force Iran to [comply] with international rules and norms.” When you are trying to control Iran, he adds, it isn’t enough to pull out of the nuclear deal. “You have to bring in allies to help you. The Americans are not using all of the tools necessary in order to bring about a regime change in Iran.”

Many Iranians and other peoples throughout the Middle East are yearning for American support in crushing the Iranian regime. It would behoove the Trump administration to take his tough-on-Iran policy a step further and support regime change. As Iranian human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi declared, “The majority of Iranians no longer support the regime and we desire support for the pro-democracy Iranians, whose goal is to replace the regime in Tehran with a secular and democratic government. The time is now to support the plight of the Iranian people.”

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst based outside of Tel Aviv. She is a contributor to the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center and author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian female suicide bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”