James Denselow
guardian.co.uk
Feb 1st 2010

Are US sanctions against Iranian airlines punishing the state or simply endangering innocent passengers?

The stakes were dramatically raised in the Middle East at the weekend by news that the US is deploying defensive missile systems throughout the Gulf. Writing in the Guardian, Robert Tait warned that the deployment “may strengthen radical elements in the revolutionary guards”. It is for this reason that President Obama should realise the importance of balancing bigger sticks with bigger carrots, including the reduction of sanctions against Iranian civilian airlines.

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