There literally are two distinct Irans. One is fabulously rich, with people busy with their frivolous, albeit gaudily, spending and the other struggling to meet the minimum to survive.
After the takeover of Iran, Islamist fascists promised to spend Iran’s wealth on the poor, in their jargon the “downtrodden” and narrow the gap between the have and have nots.
After 40 years of unreformable rule by the warmongering, expansionist Islamist fascists, the poor have gotten even poorer, are now increasingly joined by the middle class and the gap is as wide as anywhere anytime.
Although the Islamist fascists, their lefty allies and lobbies like NIAC do not talk about it, the wholesale pillaging of Iran by the ruling Islamist fascists is reaching the critical mass.
Lets not forget the infamous motto of the mass murderer Khomeini that “economic is for donkeys”, there is increasing sign that the economy will do them in, the sanctions will speed up the end of misery for Iranian people.
Airtight sanctions - which includes oil - a la against the despicable South Africa apartheid, works. U.S. lawmakers get to it.
ps. Golnaz Esfandiari has piece on this very subject.