John Schwenkler smacks down Raymond J. Learsy's call for boycotting Iranian oil:

The usual consequences of sanctions and trade embargos on the lives of the people most directly affected have been well documented; what sort of “solidarity” with the demonstrators would “we, the world” be showing if we were to destroy their livelihoods by refusing the one export that keeps their nation’s economy afloat? Somehow I suspect that this is precisely the sort of self-aggrandizing “gesture of support” that the brave Iranians would just as well do without.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.