February 13, 2013

The West's Vain Love Affair with Sanctions

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

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Economic sanctions are hugely popular to western politicians, not because of their effect but because of their cause: the desire to stand on an international stage and being seen to "do something". They are the least-cost first resort of the laptop bombardiers of global intervention. They sound punitive and aggressive without inflicting any hardship on the imposer.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, United States, Sanctions, Iran, North Korea

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