I think this is true in general about people's political opinions -- rather than change their views in response to events, people interpret events in ways that reaffirm their own opinions.To the average Iranian citizen it’s tough to discern whether deteriorating economic conditions are due to international sanctions or domestic mismanagement.While it’s difficult to make generalizations, I think sanctions often accentuate people’s existing political disposition. For government critics, it’s another example of the regime’s disregard for their general well-being. A very common refrain you hear among Iranians is, “they [the government] do whatever they want, and we [the people] suffer the consequences.”For government supporters, however, the sanctions offer another reason to criticize so called “American arrogance”. I don’t get the impression that sanctions really compel people to change their political orientation.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
It's Hard to Change People's Minds
This is from a very interesting interview with Iran expert Karim Sadjadpour, responding to a question about the effect of sanctions on the Iranian people: