This cartoon, from Iran Daily, broke my heart. This is a Persian way of expressing sentiments about sanction. It is not very Persianly to whine at the time of economic hardship. Not to others at least. Our culture is a stoic one that gives very little value to money. To be powerful, in Iran, is not synonymous with being rich, but with being trusted and respectable.
I spoke to mother today. How are things. "Good", she said. And after a pause: "so far", which she said with a bit of sadness.
You can of course sanction us as much as you wish. What else would be new? We have lived through your sanctions before, and your Saddam. There won't be butter, their won't be sugar, their wont be airplanes, we will line up to buy oil to heat our winter rooms, and will pull together to support each other more. We are stoic. We won't break under hunger. It only strengthens our pride!