U.S. foreign policy
is designed to punish the innocent
Economic sanctions can easily prove worse than bombs, because they do not discriminate and target the innocent.
For over 50 years we imposed harsh economic sanctions on the people of Cuba, and for 50 years the "people" of Cuba were deprived of necessities and suffered.
We recently relented, but repeatedly
during the 50-year sanction period, the rest of the world begged us,
and overwhelmingly voted in the UN every year, to have the US remove
its sanctions. We ignored the world's pleas, and for 50 years defied
the entire world in punishing the people of Cuba.
Most of the casualties were the aged or the very young, always the most vulnerable.
Many younger readers might not recall the then Secretary of State, in a 60 Minutes TV interview be asked:
Madame Albright, the Secretary of State, coldly answered:
Tragically Iraq got the one-two treatment; first the sanctions, then bombs in the form of "Shock and Awe."
Four consecutive Presidents
His people were punished with sanctions,
and the US assisted in trying to overthrow the leader, only failing
because his people rallied to his defense.
Now we have the framework for a treaty that would insure there will be no such program in Iran, but many neocon Republicans and Democrats are opposing lifting the sanctions.
To add insult, both Israel and the US
have repeatedly advocated the possibility of attacking and bombing
Iran. Wacko wannabe President, Senator Tom Cotton, said we should
bomb Iran, and it would only take "several days" to win.
According to historian Andrew
Becevich, US has bombed 14 nations in the Middle East since
1980, which probably establishes a new world record for dropping
bombs in rapid succession on countries.
Some readers might know Pakistan is energy starved and desperately needs gas; however, because the US had sanctions on Iran, we prevented anyone from building the much-needed pipeline for years.
While the US uses bombs and sanctions to punish Pakistan, China has finally stepped up to say they will pay for and build a desperately needed pipeline to Pakistan, despite US sanctions.
Who is winning the hearts and mind of
the Pakistanis and Iranians?
Who is winning the hearts and minds of
the Venezuelan people?
Their construction projects, while in part done for self-serving interests, also serve the interests of the people involved; while sanctions and bomb dropping only serves the interest of the US government, and brings death to the people of the countries we bomb and sanction.
Wonder why China is not being attacked