In relation to Iran, he gives us some hints:
There is hope, though. The Iranian people are not an anti-Western horde. They’re an educated and freedom-loving people for the most part, and reformers there have been begging us for support and sanctions that would weaken the ruling theocracy. Instead, they’ve just seen the Iranian dictatorship successfully bully the West into impotent submission. This is not a good thing.
We need to understand this and use every means at our disposal, starting with serious and painful international sanctions, to prevent Iran’s rulers from becoming the nuclear-armed blackmailers they want to be. Unfortunately, we are hearing demands that we abandon the people of the Middle East who have stood up to Islamo-fascism because they believed us when we said we would support them.
Read the whole entry. It’s been causing quite a buzz in the blogosphere. But count me among those that aren’t impressed. Thompson’s claim that the Iranian people are not anti-Western is true, which makes his call for sanctions confusing. Who does Thompson think will be harmed more by such sanctions – Ahmadinejad and the mullahs, or the (often pro-Western) people of Iran? Who suffered more from the sanctions on Iraq, Saddam Hussein or the Iraqi people?