Posted 1 week ago on Sept. 16, 2020, 4:58 a.m. EST by grapes
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Someone claims that sanctions don't work. Other claims:
Sanctions do work –– rogue régimes in particular always like to pretend that "they don't care; sanctions don't hurt." The inveterate Liar Putin has even audaciously lied: "Sanctions have made Russia stronger." It's a large smelly swamp of hooey! His "superweapon" blew up, spewing radiation & incinerating its creators; massive toxic spills have devastated Siberia; spontaneously exploding vast methane reservoirs have left numerous craters across the landscape -- with more occurring daily; the birth rate is in decline and so is life expectancy... Have you not observed the protests? Have you not registered the collapse of the ruble, that used to trade for 33 to $1USD just a decade ago & is currently soaring above 90 to a Euro?? There is no money for infrastructure projects; the coronavirus data is massively understated; the condition of most hospitals is like something out of a horror movie... Anyone who can is getting out, and this tendency will only accelerate. Do sanctions hurt "ordinary people?" Of course they do. But PEOPLE AND TAXPAYERS HAVE AN ABSOLUTE OBLIGATION TO KEEP THEIR GOVERNMENT IN CHECK, TO HOLD THE REINS OF POWER. If Russians prefer to live as Slaves, as "Serfs of Putin" -- his personal property -- instead of stepping up the tempo of resistance to his murderous & corrupt régime, that is now a threat to most of us (just look at the damage he has already done to the UK & USA, without a single shot having been fired!) -- then, of course, they must swallow the bitter pill and share in the punishment. As for the Russian "elites," oligarchs, kleptocrats & even some clergy: they can manage fine with 1 less invitation to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, a few less cocktails in posh country piles... They will get the message, and, yes, PRESTIGE MATTERS TO THEM. They want their kids & grandkids to study at Oxford & Harvard... And not getting those coveted spots? YES, IT WILL HURT. SANCTIONS! SANCTIONS! Freeze their assets! Let them sit in those bank accounts until we are all satisfied that they came by them without murdering, poisoning, looting, raping, extortion, intimidation, fraud & corruption. Putin's cronies have literally diverted billions in foreign exchange out of the Russian (and Belarusian) treasury. Should that simply get them a pat on the back and an invitation to the Tory Party Conference?