Roger Cohen insists that sanctions against Iran are not only futile but facilitating the war on the Greens:

''With respect to Iran, human rights and free speech efforts have been made illegal under federal law!'' said Austin Heap, a brilliant ''techie'' working for an organization that's been trying to get technology designed to bypass government filters and other censorship into Iran, but has been frustrated by sanctions that make that illegal. ''Sanctions are deterring people from doing things to help.''

That's right. With the Islamic Republic weaker than at any time in its 31-year history, fractured by regime divisions and confronted by a Green movement it has tried to quash through force, U.S. sanctions are abetting the regime's communications blackouts.

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