Patrick Cockburn: Economic Sanctions = War Crimes

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Patrick Cockburn

It’s Time to Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes

Economic sanctions are like a medieval siege but with a modern PR apparatus attached to justify what is being done. A difference is that such sieges used to be directed at starving out a single town or city while now they are aimed at squeezing whole countries into submission.

Sanctions are just as much a collective punishment as area bombing in East Aleppo, Raqqa and Mosul. They may even kill more people than the bombs and shells because they go on for years and their effect is cumulative.

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