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  •  Sanctions are always effective (0+ / 0-)

    I realize that sanctions are a dirty business. But they are sometimes preferred versus going to an all out bombing campaign in my opinion. Bombs no matter how smart they are still fall on civilians and still cause untold devastation to those unlucky enough to be living in that area. Sanctions are meant to apply pressure from within to resolve whatever critical issue is leading the country to war. It's not pretty most times, but it is preferable to all out war.

    I can imagine that most if not all of the news of suffering coming out of a country like Iran are pretty true as to what is occurring. But in some cases the country will cause or exacerbate the suffering and shortages to try to shame us from imposing the sanctions further. It's quite literally a game of seeing who will blink first. Will the Iranian government concede their position or will the U.S. and it's allies say enough is enough and back down from those sanctions. It's a dirty game of war. And I agree with the diarist that it IS war, not just Sanctions. But it is often preferable to actual warfare.

    My question on the sanctions is this. "Are they helping or harming any diplomatic solution?" And "Are they pushing the Iranians to war?" We should re-evaluate the sanctions based on the answers to these questions. Because sanctions can create a deeper problem of unrest the longer they are in place. Sanctions are meant only to be an economic pressure cooker on a government. They are often short term as well. If the people of that country are meant to suffer to harshly then war will be inevitable and we caused it.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:53:51 AM PST

    •  Typo on title!!! AREN'T my bad nt (0+ / 0-)

      "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

      by Wynter on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:11:48 AM PST

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