Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Holocaust denier, misogynist and master of cronyism. There is a whole section on his Wikipedia page filled with his many controversies, and a whole page focusing on his relations and views on Israel, once claiming it should be “wiped off the map”. He enjoys wasting the time of the UN, speaking at General Assemblies about women at football matches and certain countries that ought to be looked at carefully for racism (one of whom happened to be Israel). His friends enjoy no-bid contracts and governmental positions for which they seem to have no obvious qualifications. This man is not fit to run a country.
I am not the only one to think this. Many thousands of people are marching through Iran’s cities right now to protest against him. Some have been killed by the Presidentially-endorsed Army. What is the Western world doing about this? We are sticking our foreign ministers out in front of the cameras and getting them to condemn the country. Ahmadinejad is a very determined man; he’s shown that many times. Words will not make any difference to him.
A solution to the problem is simple. Place a trading embargo of certain goods to Iran. Iran’s major import is raw materials, followed by capital goods. Iran’s main import partner is China, who seem to have no conscience in terms of countries they trade with, but Western European countries are also highly favoured.
Therefore, if the Western world were to unite against Iran and cease trading these goods until nuclear missile-loving Ahmadinejad stands down, they would be a powerful catalyst. An unwanted side-effect of this could be the alienation of the general Iranian populous; unhappy at the West depriving them of goods, but in reality it would make very little difference to an average Iranian, who has no need for many capital goods. It would hurt the state-owned companies (who will be without sufficient raw materials) and the general economy of the country, with the wealthy minority unable to buy their top-end goods.
I believe this is the only way of ousting a leader, who people do not want, who is using Iran as a bank account for himself and his allies, and is openly inciting unacceptable hatred.