...they actually mean impoverishment, sickness, starvation, and death. As an act of war intentionally directed at civilians (including women, children, old people, and non-combatant men), sanctions are war crimes—and those who implement them are war criminals. Those who propagandize for them are accessories to murder.
UPDATE from Doug Newman:
Earlier this week, Ralph Reed, John Hagee, Pat Robertson, and others called for just this: sanctions on Iran.