by Ghassan Kadi, for the Saker Blog
Do Western sanctions have any chance of achieving their objectives? Perhaps we need to look back at history and see how the earliest recorded sanctions were implemented.
Before the age of electronic transfers and massive international trading and complex technology came into existence, warring factions enforced sanctions on each other by way of imposing sieges, and therefore cutting off food and water supplies to heavily fortified cities. Those cities had to ration out their supplies, and when they ran out, they often capitulated.
Much has changed since, but the only way for any sanction to work now is in the ability to deprive a nation from goods and services that are essential. But this is now easier said than done.
In today’s age of technology and all what comes with it, the world depends on a huge array of manufactured goods for its economy and the services that support that economy to run. Manufactured good are themselves made of parts often made in different countries and assembled together somewhere else. Many, if not most of those goods and parts, are made in China, and this is fact.
How do we know that the manufacturers of American/NATO military hardware do not use parts and components that are made in China and no longer made in the West? They can be as simple as special size or shape screw, but without it, the strategic weapon cannot be assembled. And if one of the suppliers of hardware to the Pentagon suddenly wakes up to the realization that it needs the part that is made in China to put together a strategic defence weapon, what will happen then? Alternative Western productions lines can be put to work, but these things take time, and time is precious commodity in the event of a military blitz.
But here is more. Even if in peacetime an American buys a T-shirt made in America from American grown cotton, the cotton crop is highly likely to have been fertilized with urea imported from China. As a matter of fact, China controls a huge sector of the global fertilizer market, and when one controls food and its production, no other leverage becomes comparable in magnitude. Having control of the food supply is tantamount to the ancient city sieges.
The dependence of the West on China therefore is alarming, and the examples mentioned above, have been selected to demonstrate that Western sanctions against China, if ever implemented, would boomerang and hit the West in the guts.
The whole world and particularly the West are reliant on and addicted to Chinese goods. All the way from T-shirts to iPhones, a huge percentage of global consumable goods are made in China.
China is therefore the ultimate example of where American sanctions would fail abysmally. As a matter of fact, if anything at all, a Chinese export sanction against America would bring the latter to its knees in a few weeks if not less.
What about Russia? Are American sanctions effective against Russia? Thus far, they haven’t been. Time will tell if new ones will, but Russia does not ‘need’ any American imports or franchises. Russia does not need either McDonald’s or Starbucks. It doesn’t need those fast-food chains that litter its streets. Honestly, what a manner to sanction Russia with? What is next, the Disney Channel?
It is America that needs Russian rocket engines and not the other way around. Fancy this, comparing rocket engines to hamburgers.
And with its ties with China, Russia has a huge export market of gas and petroleum crude, all the while Western EU slumps into cold nights or enormous power bills. In the last couple of days alone, the price of gas has nearly doubled.
What is pertinent here is going back to the basics and remembering that any talk of sanctions can only be effective if based on depriving an adversary from what its people 1) need and 2) want. Currently, there is no product, no commodity, no technology, absolutely nothing that is essential for the rest of the world, that the West exclusively produces and the rest of the world cannot.
The current Western sanctions on nations that refuse to follow the directives of the West do not carry any weight at all; or anything that comes close. Non-Western countries can survive without Tesla, Porsche and Ferrari cars. Earth will continue to spin without French perfumes and champaign.
With those facts known though unspoken, the USA continues to impose sanctions on other nations by utilizing the power of the Greenback, ie US Dollar of USD for short.
But this approach is foolish to say the least, and it is bound to backfire.
America is determined to keep the stature of the USD as the single reserve world currency. But to maintain this stature, America must make sure that the rest of the world needs to use the USD and that it has no other alternative. But when successive American administrations impose sanctions on other nations that prevent them from using the USD, they are effectively shooting their last and only remaining asset in the foot.
This is not a complex issue that requires a PhD in macro-economics to understand. It is very simple in fact. You cannot coerce people to do something by way of banning them from doing it. This is a simple logical contradiction that even children can understand.
This oxymoronic comedy of errors appears more ludicrous when we see that the USD is the only asset left that the USA can use to impose sanctions with. Do successive American administrations really believe that sanctioned and potentially sanctionable nations, are going to sit idle and starve themselves to death without taking pre-emptive measures to avert this?
If anything, sanctions over the years have taught even small and developing countries like Cuba, Syria and Iran to be self-reliant and innovative. Those countries have produced whole ‘armies’ of technicians who are able to manufacture spare parts even for old American cars. When you see photos of 1950’s Chevvies in Cuba, rest assured that there are hardly any original made-in-America parts left in them. If an American owns such an antique model and cannot find parts for it in the US, he/she may be able to find them in Cuba.
What makes the situation more farcical is that America knows well that China and Russia are intent to replace the USD as the single global reserve currency with China having a good chance to have it replaced by the Renminbi. It is also no secret that both Russia and China have been buying huge amounts of gold, and this is not to mention that they already have an alternative to the SWIFT system (СПФС or SPFS) of international banking transfers.
Back in the days of city sieges, the Athenians built their infamous horse, the original horse that coined the term ‘Trojan Horse’ and tricked the Trojans to take it into Troy. But in the West right now, there are no such strategists.
The current soaring fuel prices at service stations world-wide are not an outcome of the Russian action in Ukraine. They are the outcome of the sanctions.
These sanctions can only turn back and hurt the hand that created them. They are not arrows aimed at targets. They are boomerangs, but even boomerangs are meant to return to the hand that launched them when they miss the target. But Western sanctions are sharply-pointed boomerangs that can only hit back, and hit with vengeance, and the soaring fuel prices may just be only the beginning.
Well written Ghassan. I do not know what America is doing cutting its nose off to spite its face with these sanctions. The EU is not going to continue down the sanction road as they are resource poor and with their stupid green energy decisions and cold weather people are not going to tolerate it much longer.
What boggles my mind is our elected officials seem to think we want to sacrifice for a country most in the USA do not even know where it is located. Yet they remain in the lap of luxury on the taxpayer’s dime.
Zelensky went to war with Russia because he thought the USA would enter the war along with NATO or behind the scenes foreign agents told him they had his back. Notice he is now backing out of ever being a NATO member and is calling the USA and NATO cowards. I think he is still trying to get NATO into a fight. Only time will tell.
After listening to that Norwegian suit Stoltenburg who is hiding behind rhetoric….. “We cant get involved you know…. might start WWIII.”
The first word comes to mind COWARDS !
NATO – uniforms – have zero intention of firing a shot or being identified as being directly involved …
Yet The Biolabs exposure has Nuland squirming in her lies.
51 nations giving the finger to Russian Federation, 143 roughly giving the thumbs up to trade with RF..
International community 51 ? Majority ? sounds like the rebirth of the non aligned movement with increased members to 143, from the cold war days.
EU, 5 eyes and a few other clueless nations are hanging onto Washingtons dementia driven foreign policy….
a good example of stupidity ….. Ireland mismanaged by a superclass of village idiots just turned away 2 or 3 tankers of crude cause they flew that …. flag ….. The transport advisors to the minister are 100% clowns who have never lived thru the previous oil shock of late 60s… I did…
Shame that these western ….. elected clowns dont listen to John Mearsheimer, prof S Cohen (deceased) plus others to comprehend that the RF are back and the west as small as it is needs to listen …. But the west is incapable of listening and will pay for that incredible ignorance dearly ….
Mr P ,
Without Russia and China – they declared as much Feb 4 2022 to remain separate etc …. – WEF et al wont achieve 100%. If the new nonaligned movement with the west of 143 roughly deepen ties with Russia China plus ….. !
WEF will remain an idea and be still born for another century
Yes, but that does not mean that the diabolical plan is not running. As Moltke said, don’t expect the bigbig plan to work out. Instead the Plan runs and produces a result other than intended, it doesn’t stop – probably they can not stop it…and remember, they always double. Many say that the all cause death rate has gone wild…plan once begun cannot stop just because “the enemy” twigged to it and fubared it, anymore than Barbarossa 1.0 could stop just because Red Army began counter-attacks and roll to Berlin.
Ireland is currently ruled by some of the most corrupt (and stupid) pricks in the world – and that’s saying something. I say this as an Irishman.
Sadly all of the EU, US and 5 eye nations share the same complexity of crass ignorance – stupid pricks – (LOL) in political office including their advisors ….. Big Business have for decades ensured that pliant politicians only are put forward for election. Big business sit at the table of candidate selection in exchange for donations to party. That way the business world control them…. all are puppets ….
When a crisis occurs ….. their intelligence and lack of it show.
All of the 51 nations santioning Russia require rebuilding their political structures from the ground up.
The absurd covid policies (which guttered economies and societal cohesion) coordinated or not or part of another agenda – reveal just how Moranic so called western thinking is ….. absent ….
Nicely put and so true.
Sorry, but trying not to start WW-III is not cowardly, it is infinitely smart and prudent. I am amazed at how loosely some people on this forum toss around threats of using nuclear weapons. They seem to be completely ignorant of what an all-out nuclear war would look like. They have probably never heard of “nuclear winter.” People need to contain there video game mentality towards the horrors of nuclear war. It would be unimaginably bad.
Occam’s Razor suggests that “the sanctions” are having precisely the effect intended. That the lying nazi propaganda “wurlitzer” claims that they are intended to do something else is obviously irrelevant.
To say that these illegal rules are boomeranging is to ignore the obvious intent or “objective”, which is, bluntly, to dispose of “deplorables” aka die nutzlosen…useless eaters … in a vast Aktion T 4 while pointing blame at the people who didn’t do it. There is no boomerang, the target is not Russia.
WEF and Rockefeller and their cohort have never kept secret their diabolical designs to cull the deplorables.
there is no cause and effect of going to war in Ukraine and supplies of oil changing – up or down !
purely an artificial constraint imposed by uSA & its poodles. Prices increase as demand goes up or supply goes down – locally or worldwide.
The gangsters in DC assume that their citizens cant separate the independent decisions of war and imposed supply constraint by DC. uSA declared war on: Libya / Iraq / Iran / Syria / Afghanistan / Hezbollah and prices and supply remained relatively stable – but those were unnecessary wars that the uSA made sure there were adequate supplies elsewhere.
This time they have no such flexibility – so the EU & uSA will grind to a halt as energy and metals of all kinds run out – without Nickel there is no stainless steel and on and on.
so the charade will run out sooner or later – less than 8 months until elections in uSA.
The junta does not give up power according to the way the people vote. This is self-evident.
In view of the evidently deliberate economic and supply crashing, there will not be an election, except perhaps by decree…rather like in 2000 when the USSC “elected” the loser, but nastier. People are, they say, “9 meals from chaos”…8 month is long time…look at the recent rate of change.
https://youtu.be/2cD-lanwtHA (The Kingfish on high finance and capital)
The mad people running the US want to regenerate man with the cancel culture to destroy his roots, the woke to culpabilize the christian white man and to push ethnic wars, the promotion of sexual perversion with the LGBT, the mandatory vaccination to turn human nature into GMO, the climatic change and the energy transition to pauperize people.
They want to reduce the world’s population and ready to commit a genocide. Survivors will have to pass under the yoke. They have started with the Covid and now this war in Ukraine is an opportunity to impose sanctions that will create a worldwide depression. Depression might be as efficient as a major war to reduce the population as health and living conditions will be deteriorating triggering civil unrest or war which may become common place. Thet don’t want a nuclear war that could zap the whole world,. this is why Nato will do nothing for Kiev but talking.
Well said !
Jean de Peyrelongue,
…exactly, also they could keep the big money all to themselves while people are kept busy with the things you mentioned. That’s why they say history repeats itself. Once again, It’s just like before the beginning of the French Revolution and Guillotines might become very handy.
Thanks for the article Mr. Kadi,
What makes it even funnier is that all could have been easily avoided if the West did simply agree to Russia’s perfectly legitimate demands. The West’s hugely inflated ego was ready to burst into action at the first opportunity, itching for showing off sanctions on some big guy. Nowadays, it seems no adversary is too large for Western cabals’ wishful thinking of having the power of sanctions!! Their thinking is very similar to Walt Disney cartoon characters
The whole point of this piece of theatre — the entire Ukrainian “war” is a managed fake — is to impoverish the people on both sides. Sure before the covid1984 psyop was wound down energy prices and food costs were going up. Now we can blame this East vs West kabuki for the same trend.
There are people out there who know this whole charade is another Phoenician viel of deceit. Your ancient bargain is now kaput ;)
qui bono qui bono
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They say that necessity is the mother of invention, when the first sanctions were imposed on Russia by the European Union in 2014 banning EU produce [fruit and vegetables etc] to Russia, the Russians said very well and turned to other markets in Latin America and at the same time became self sufficient in growing their own produce, this has cost EU farmers billions in lost sales which they may never get back.
Similarly when Iran was deprived of military equipment through sanctions imposed by the US and EU Iran immediately started its own precision guided missile programme and now has underground missile factories and missile silos hidden throughout the vast Iranian deserts making it the most powerful state in the Middle East. So powerful in fact that it can obliterate a US air base [Al Asad in Iraq] without a response from the US. How many states could get away with that? Russia has the natural resources and the financial and political backing of China and will not be intimidated by sanctions.
Excellent points about sanctions.
In relation to that, India has been threatened with sanctions for buying Russian weaponry.
And, in an eerie accident, an Indian missile has accidentally entered Pakistan territory due to a malfunction. The missile has been surmised to be a product of Russo-Indian collaboration.
But who makes what, as you rightly point out.
I think you have missed a key issue; insurance, re-insurance and English law for contracts. Mainly controlled in London. Tass News reports today “Kazakhstan’s Qazaq Air company suspends flights to Russia due to lack of insurance coverage in the country”.
Is it becoming a war between western corporations and Russia?
Are western political entities being replaced by corporations?
Western mono polar power shifting into corporations verus the east as one of the multi polar powers?
Corporate fascist dictatorship coming to the west to replace the current political systems?
That’s old news and a done deal. So to speak it’s still IG-Farben and other big companies directing the world. Hoechst, BASF, Bayer, Du Pont, etc. are all connected to Big Pharma, Big Chem and Oil, the MIC, healthcare, Big banks, insurance, agriculture (and in control of seeds) and all MSM. It’s been like that for at least 100 years thus nothing new under the sun. Only IT based business and deep state have joined.
All values of store will be in the form of rationing controlled by way of a QR code placed on either one’s hand or forehead and one will by way of it be morally legislated into obedience.
That I’m affraid is the wave of the future. The technocrats call it progress the bankers happiness and control. Or in the words of Schwaub
You’ll own nothing and be happy about it!?
russia neeeds chips and software from the imperium of lies, even if the chips are produced in taiwan or the philipines, the companies are still texasinstruments or intel.
Martin armstrong has up a post about going out and buying a couple of spare laptops as an investment vehicle security because they could become hot items increasing in value as microchips shortage looms?
One caveat to about microchips? Probably not enough to chip the entire world but this QR Code is just a mark? Question I guess becomes enough to individualize everyone? And if so rather telling isn’t it? Wow?!
In any case 30 trillion dollars debt for a nation of what 400 hundred million people?!
Gerry, I tried to do the arithmetic:
30 $Trillion is $30 Million Millions.
Divide by say, 10 Million families (300-400 Million people).
That makes $3 Million debt per family. $3,000,000
Average family income $67,000 per year.
How long to pay off? 3,000 / 67 = 45 years
Assuming they pay no interest and incur no further debt, the average U$ family stands a very good chance of paying off the present debt before its youngest members have died.
Lol read this milk the rich by Garth Turner
Please provide usable link- this is an email link, mod
Link to Milk the Rich by Garth Turner:
I switched to a mobile iPhone my first so I’m learning and looks like I can’t cut and paste?
In the mean time I completed my taxes and well even after giving them more during the year it wasnt enough?
Can I move to Russia?
@microchips. Except that China has opened a new manufacturing enterprise: Microchips R Us.
Libertarians will tell you sanctions always boomerang. The sanctioned country can not give in or more sanctions will be put on until it becomes a colony. You prevent your companies from doing business with the sanctioned countries, so your companies will lose market share. Before the American revolution most Americans were tea drinkers. With British blockade and sanctions, only caffeine was smuggled South American coffee. This became standard American drink. Think of all the money British tea companies lost since then because they turned Americans into coffee drinkers.
Don’t forget tobacco which was used as a medium of exchange among the colonists.
They built huge barns for it.
Wrong! Falsified history by American bullshitters. Here’s what really happened (Library of Congress material):
1773: THIRTEEN COLONIES. The Boston Tea Party: valiant patriots chuck English tea into Boston Harbor to protest against unfair taxation. Well……maybe not. The Thirteen Colonies’ biggest smuggler, John Hancock, who ran a huge criminal enterprise which earned him the equivalent of millions of dollars a year in today’s money, had organized a boycott of tea from China sold by the British East India Company. By amazing coincidence, this created a huge and ready market for his own smuggled tea. By 1773, the East India Company had accumulated large stocks of unsold tea in its warehouses because it could not compete with Hancock and other smugglers. The British government then passed the Tea Act, which allowed the East India Company to sell tea to the colonies directly without payment of British tax or duty. The East India Company could then sell tea at prices lower than the smugglers.
Yes, you read that right folks……the Boston Tea Party was a protest against the British government REMOVING the tax on tea. Now why on Earth would anyone want to protest the removal of a tax resulting a cheaper product? Well, if you’re a big-time smuggler who makes a fortune selling smuggled tea, you might be a little upset at the prospect of having one part of your criminal empire collapse overnight. And, if you’re a good buddy of Sam Adams, master propagandist and guiding hand of the so-called Sons of Liberty, it’s not too hard to organize a little wanton desruction. First though, you get Sam and the boys to terrorize the agents and consignees of the East India Company with attacks on their businesses and homes. Then, the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Indians and armed with hatchets and clubs, board three ships in Boston Harbor and destroy about 100,000 pounds of tea by throwing it into the harbor. All this to protest the REMOVAL of a tax.
Copied and pasted from one of my favorite web-sites: Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy
What is interesting us that the federal reserve was NOT consulted regarding the swift and Russian central Bank reserve sanctions.
These sanctions were imposed by clueless politicians with no economic understanding.
Dechlorane, a flame retardant used in insulation on all US missile systems. The sole source of the material is the Belgian company Occidental Chemical. Worse yet, the precursor to make Dechlorane used to come from China, but is no longer available, “so there is now no source for Dechlorane in the world.”
US industrial base has shrunk so much it cannot produce key components and 97% munitions sourcing goes to Lockheed or Raytheon who then turn to offshore subcontractors.
UK is probably much worse. WW1 it used Krupp fuse designs and Vickers paid royalties of 3d per shell postwar. ICI was founded in 1926 to reduce reliance on I G Farben for dyestuffs and munitions.
Well – The West lacks key manufacturing for sustained military action or even upgrading existing systems. UK used to source powder charges for artillery from South Africa. Turning Royal Ordnance over to BAe led to outsourcing.
I lived through the days when media hysteria broke out, when the British discovered that British tanks were rolling on Czech ball-bearings during the Cold War…so it was the Ministry of Defence itself that arranged the procurement from an enemy source…the Czech bearings were deemed to be of low quality…so the media circus felt it made more sense to source it from another former enemy….Germany…;oP
“The current soaring fuel prices at service stations world-wide are not an outcome of the Russian action in Ukraine. They are the outcome of the sanctions.”
Fuel prices are a result of supply destruction caused by reduced oil production in the West caused by the WEF crown ordering its lackeys in the oil industry to so, in order to turn the screws on the people in the West to eventually make them capitulate and turn over the remains of their freedom to the WEF crowd in exchange for a crust of bread.
sinon, le pays s’appelle Usa ou États-Unis Ou bien Us, pour faire court.
Par rapport à cette citation que je compte mettre, avec votre permission sur Twitter,
“C’est l’Amérique qui a besoin des moteurs de fusée russes et non l’inverse. Imaginez ceci, comparant des moteurs de fusée à des hamburgers.”
Pensez-vous que la Fédération de Russie mesure pleinement sa puissance ?
Ou bien, comme je le pense,
Que la direction de le Fédération de Russie est, idéologiquement, extrêmement dépendante d’un Occident, destructeur, mais néanmoins idéalisé.
Merci à vous de me répondre
otherwise, the country is called USA or United States Or US, for short.
In relation to this quote which I intend to put, with your permission on Twitter,
“It is America that needs Russian rocket engines, and not vice versa. Imagine this, comparing rocket engines to hamburgers.”
Do you think that the Russian Federation fully measures its power?
Or, as I think,
That the leadership of the Russian Federation is, ideologically, extremely dependent on a destructive, but nevertheless idealized West.
Thank you for answering me
es la pura neta, los precios tan altos solamente porque de los sanciónes, los rusos no mas que defendiéndose. si Rusia pone misiles en Mexico USA estaría como Rusia. pero el publico general de USA escuchan las mentiras, y creen las mentiras,democrats dijó en 2020 trump comenzará WW3. en 2022 democrats dicen queremos WW3. se agradezco a Andrei para compartir la verdad
the total truth, prices so high only due to the sanctions, Russians only defending themselves. if Russia put missiles in Mexico US would do the same thing as Russia doing. pero the US public listens to the lies of the media/govt and believes them. in 2020 democrats said “trump will start world war 3!” in 2022 they say “we want world war 3! i appreciate you Andrei Saker for sharing truth
I greatly hope some trolls in the bowels in the U.S. N.S.A. are reading this stuff, and passing the info’ up to the knuckleheads in D.C. ….and Stop listening to the crazys in NYC.
I read similar stuff on the Asia Times*. I take it all as a subtle message the Chinese are going to pull their money out of the NYSE if things do not settle down soon. (Yes, I’m selling off my stocks now.)
Probably the “out” for the U.S. in getting out of this mess is to guarentee that sanctions, and impoundment of funds and assets from all players be lifted upon cession of hostilities in the Ukraine. As an American who likes his comfy lifestyle the most important thing I percieve is to re-establish the viability of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency for the entire world to utilize. That cannot happen if the U.S. government keeps on inciting wars, sanctioning, and impounding money upon people they happen not to like. …And all parties see to it that the war in the Ukraine settles out soon as it does nobody any good.
I’m American. I read the Asia Times article last night. Very good article. It’s sad that these quite sensible articles are not published in the U.S. mainstream media. If they were, Americans might have a very different opinion on Ukraine and how the U.S. helped create the current situation. All we have is foreign-based media and the independent media.
Did someone say, “Totalitarianlsm”? Here in the supposed “land of the free”, the Emperor has now decreed that US citizens can now be prosecuted for sending dollars to Russia!
“US Imposes Ban on Dollar Banknotes Export to Russia”
(Considering how worthless our national currency is rapidly becoming, I ask, “Why would Russia even WANT dollars?!”)
Bravo, Ghassan! Your analysis is spot on here.
I suspect that many of these machinations, especially in the US, are predicated on an underlying NeoCoN(azi) philosophy that “the people don’t really matter.”
That boomerang is being thrown by the US government, but its return strikes the US people! (That, we’re already seeing.)
If I were Russia, I would also just steal western IP, use it for myself, develop domestic experts and sell it cheaper to developing nations. Medicine patents, engineering patents, software, entertainment.
I guess one needs to consider that sanctions are also intended to turn the population against their leaders.
There is also the aspect that it prevents many other countries from doing business with the target country.
Need to correct the belief that boomerangs return to the hand that throws them. The Australian Aborigines have two types of boomerangs; one for play that comes back and the other for hunting which does not return and has been known to travel long distances if it misses the target.
“Manufactured good are themselves made of parts often made in different countries and assembled together somewhere else. Many, if not most of those goods and parts, are made in China, and this is fact.”
Great point. I heard no sanction-enforcer mention this peculiarly something detail.
“How do we know that the manufacturers of American/NATO military hardware do not use parts and components that are made in China and no longer made in the West?”
If that’s how it’s set up – I wouldn’t know if we have Generals. Is it or not? I don’t think it is like that.
“These sanctions can only turn back and hurt the hand that created them.”
For some reason, the media doesn’t cover the declarations of Russia and Iran that the previous sanctions have been more good than bad for them. On Iran’s press-tv website there’s a program called “Bazaar.” It shows the industrial advances of Iran, the new impressive-looking products they had to produce by themselves after the sanctions. It’s clear the sanctions didn’t work. These latest sanctions about Russia I understand though, perfectly, I think, and maybe most do.
Briefly, Russia looks strong applying this brute force. It gets the world’s rapt – engrossed – attention. The West can’t fight it because of WWIII. As a spectator like the rest, it would feel weak while Russia looks stronger. This image problem is real, no fantasy. It is mistakes that brought matters to this point, a point that was avoidable just two months ago. Economic sanctions can’t equal the strength image of a conquering army, so you must send weapons too, and look for any chance to show “strength.” So, “image” is 100 percent the whole problem. Because of image, Ukraine was said to remain able to join NATO someday. Because of image, NATO cannot go back (on its own) to 1997 positions, etc. (all about “image”). In this setting, emotion rules over reason. Any mistakes, if they agree already that they happened (there are voices saying so, https://www.rt.com/news/551690-eu-top-diplomat-admits-mistakes-russia-relations/), must be addressed fully to account for any and all effects. At that point, reason obviously begins to rule over emotion and the great dangers to dissipate.
According to the ICRC, collective punishment for the acts of just a few people is a war crime. Sanctions applied to punish the Russian government for the invasion of Ukraine are a war crime if they also punish everyday civilians.
Wikipedia: “Collective punishment is a punishment or sanction imposed on a group for acts allegedly perpetrated by a member of that group, which could be an ethnic or political group, or just the family, friends and neighbors of the perpetrator. Because individuals who are not responsible for the wrong acts are targeted, collective punishment is not compatible with the basic principle of individual responsibility. The punished group may often have no direct association with the perpetrator other than living in the same area and can not be assumed to exercise control over the perpetrator’s actions. Collective punishment is prohibited by treaty in both international and non-international armed conflicts, more specifically Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol II.”
“Honestly, what a manner to sanction Russia with? What is next, the Disney Channel?”
You will laugh, but Disney production and Netflix are included in these sanctions.