The Chronology of Sanctions



Economic sanctions — as a ‘silent, deadly remedy’, a ‘very potent’ measure — represent the prosecution of war by nominally non-violent means. In public-relations terms, sanctions are more respectable than biological warfare, more ethically acceptable than bombing, unlikely to generate a heavy toll of fatalities. Instead, we are encouraged to believe, economic sanctions are relatively civilised, an undeniable method of coercion, when adequately enforced, but one that is unlikely to cause the vast suffering associated with a military onslaught.


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