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Thread: Do Sanctions Work?

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    Re: Do Sanctions Work?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
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    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Do Sanctions Work?

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Do Sanctions Work?

    I offer:

    Iraq.
    Cuba.
    Iran.

    ... as examples.

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    Generally speaking, no. The usual effect of sanctions is to hurt the average person in the affected country, making them even more dependent on their government for support and entrenching dictators. There might be some rare exceptions where they've been effective, but the overall track record of sanctions is not positive.
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    Re: Do Sanctions Work?

    Sometimes. There is also sometimes a lack of effectiveness due to weak enforcement or other powers taking advantage of the situation and work with the state that is sanctioned.
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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    Re: Do Sanctions Work?

    Sanctions only work against nations that care about their economies. You aren't likely to make a power-mad dictator change their behavior simply by starving a few more of their people. However, the threat of sanctions is quite effective against more reasonable people.

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    Re: Do Sanctions Work?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Sanctions only work against nations that care about their economies. You aren't likely to make a power-mad dictator change their behavior simply by starving a few more of their people. However, the threat of sanctions is quite effective against more reasonable people.
    The problem is that more often than not a nation where sanctions are necessary is lead by one of those dictators who could care less about his people.
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    Re: Do Sanctions Work?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    Sanctions typically don't hurt those who need to feel the pain, the rich, the powerful, the "leaders" of countries we sanction.
    Example...North Korea. As long as "dear leader" has his fine wine and his internet porn sites, he doesn't even know his country is being sanctioned...
    I'm sure his heart is with his people...

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