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Sanctions even crueler now

Why don’t U.S. sanctions get criticized in the media?

And what are sanctions and how do they work? Who cares? But the U.S. admits that the sanctions on Iraq ended up killing over 500,000 children! Madeleine Albright is quoted as saying: “It was worth it”! The current sanctions are still killing children and adults today.

What gives the U.S. the right to impose sanctions on other nations? Sheer power, that’s what. Sanctions are illegal according to the United Nations Charter. Only sanctions expressly verified and imposed collectively by the UN Security Council can be considered legal, but then when did the U.S. hesitate to flout international law? Trump’s sanctions were designed to disproportionately affect the poor and the most vulnerable.

But why are sanctions so much worse now? Because they affect the fight against the coronavirus! The U.S. sanctions don’t specify that the governments of China, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Syria and Venezuela can’t get help fighting the virus but other nations are afraid of what the U.S. would do if they went against U.S. sanctions in any way. These nations actually are helping in the fight against the virus. China and Cuba have sent doctors all over the world to help.

Is the idea that if a country doesn’t agree with the U.S. the death of its children and others will make the country more compliant with U.S. wishes? How cruel.

Bart Haggin

Spokane


 

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