The Iran Sanctions Regime: Tracking Criminals Who Transship $5,241 of Dental Equipment

As the sanctions regime makes life worse and worse for ordinary Iranians, we will hear more about the humanitarian impact of it.

Which is why I find OFAC’s latest enforcement action of note: Treasury fined the medical supply company, Brasseler, $18,900 for transshipping a total of $5,241 of medical supplies through third countries to Iran once in 2006 and twice in 2009.

To be fair, some of the dental equipment that Brasseler makes might be imagined to be a dual use item, in that aluminum tube kind of way. So I guess you gotta bring the hammer for shipping medical supplies that might help the Iranian people.

Cause part of accomplishing regime change in Iran is to ensure Iranians’ teeth fall out, I guess.

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7 replies
  1. erichwwk says:

    I consider embargoes to be an act of war. How many know that prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 the US Navy encircled Japan, embargoing steel and oil? That WAS as act of war, and the Americans knew it, yet try to teach their school children that “Japan started it”.

    Ditto for the embargo on Iraq under Bill Clinton, which killed roughly TWICE as many Iraqis (2 million as GWB (~1 million)

  2. bell says:

    causing pain and suffering on innocent people… a usa and etc. authorized sanction, justified any number of ways, but with the end result as mentioned, or worse – death to many innocent people.. erichwwk – i agree with you.. these are indeed acts of war, with the aggressor being the same as the last time..

  3. Jeff Kaye says:

    Ah, how much better off the Iranian people were when the kindly intended American people put the Shah in power and trained SAVAK, who in turn guided the people!

    Why the goodly folk of America know that a little torture is good for a people. We simply don’t appreciate those who have different priorities than than we do. We certainly do not oppose theocratic, undemocratic states. Just ask our good friends, the Saudis.

  4. Casual Observer says:

    Given that

    1) the world seems intent on inflicting pain on the Iranian people;
    2) we want to pull the Iranian regime’s fangs;

    we should be shipping tons of dental equipment to Iran for free. That, and they should be forced to watch all our political ads.

    Also, CNN. Too.

  5. earlofhuntingdon says:

    Perhaps we should consider that the Iraqi sanctions led to the deaths of half a million children. But let’s not get our hair mussed.

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