Sanctions Do Not Harm Dictators

The NY Times reported today that the United Nations has adopted a new round of sanctions on the menace of the Orient, North Korea. Writes Rick Gladstone:

The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.

It is a well known fact that tactics of this sort hurt the people of the sanctioned nation rather than the government. Bestowed with this knowledge, those who impose sanctions on a nation are leading a de facto attack against citizens, with the hope of achieving a political end.

This brings to mind that oft-overused one-word classification for such tactics.

But wait, Kim is threatening pre-emptive nuclear war. Doesn’t that make it worth it?

So we’ll continue utilizing a tactic that harms innocent civilians rather than the government it is intended in the hopes that, one day, this insane government will implode and we can all pat ourselves on the back for doing what was necessary. It will all be worth it. Right, Madeleine?


60 Minutes: “We have heard that half a million children have died [in Iraq as a result of US-led sanctions]. That’s more children that died in Hiroshima. Is the price worth it?”

Madeleine Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice. But we think the price is worth it.”

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