When it comes to harsh words and denunciations from the West, Iran and Syria run neck and neck. Yet when it comes to taking meaningful action, the international community regrettably hesitates to do for Iran what it has done for Iran’s junior partner.
In recent months, EU member states and the Obama administration have not only been vocal in denouncing Syria’s brutal treatment of protesters, but have also backed up their words with serious penalties. Specifically, the European Union sanctioned Syria’s Central Bank on October 13, after deciding on September 2 to ban EU member states from importing Syrian oil. The embargo was particularly consequential, given that oil has been a major source of revenue for the Syrian regime, and 95 percent of its customers were EU members.
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