July 31, 2014

Sanctioning Putin a Sign of Impotence

Mark Almond, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

It is 95 years since Woodrow Wilson offered the world sanctions as an alternative to war. Then the US president insisted: “A nation boycotted is a nation in sight of surrender.” In 1919, it seemed a plausible and desirable alternative to using force or time-consuming diplomacy. But it has proved much easier to impose sanctions than for them to bring success. They take time to bite – and don’t usually wound the targets intended.

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