>The only people that are harmed are the civilians who have to fly old and, probably, unsafe aircraft.<
While newer planes would be nice, Iranair has done an amazing job at keeping their old planes in very good shape. The actually have the facilities to overhaul any Boeing plane completely in Tehran. It is pretty crazy.
They still have 707s, 721s, 741s 747SPs, etc. that are in great shape and going strong. They are the NW
of the middle east
>I disagree. In a totalitarian state such as Iran, all civilian aircraft are effectively under the control of the govt and can in theory be used to transport troops and support the military<
Iran is a democratic republic, and with few exceptions, really does adhere to that. There are things that the Iranian clergy do that arenot right, but generally, life in Iran is governed by a civil law code similar to in europe (except the UK with Common Law) and the government controlled by a democraticly elected parliament.
Also, the government of the US, can and does use civilian aircraft to transport troops and support the military, and effectively controls all airplanes in the US through the national registration database