“Well, you know, this is difficult. To some extent, they [Iranian public] blame the government of President Ahmadinejad for mismanagement of the economy. They blame him - or his government, at least - for the corruption. But in terms of the actual sanctions, they kind of blame America, and it kind of baffles them a little bit, the policy.
The U.S. policy towards Iran is not really well understood by Iranians. If the goal is to make Iran stop its nuclear program, well, nobody in Iran believes that’s going to happen. If the goal is to change the regime in Iran, well, nobody believes that’s going to happen through sanctions, either.
So there really isn’t - it’s not really clear what America and the West are trying to do to Iran. And when you get squeezed because of the actions of a foreign power, you tend to blame that foreign power more than you do your own government.”
Hooman Majd (writer/journalist), Sanctions On Iran Effect Ordinary Iranians Psyche : NPR
USA really doesn’t make sure how what it does perceived on the receiving end. Joseph Nye Jr called this ‘American White Noise’ - Americans can domestically fight and war and argue over ‘right’ foreign policy for decades -
but then in that decades none of them actually really check how it’s perceived or their messages correctly heard by the recipient of those policies.
January 07, 2012, 12:22pm 2 notes