The United States has successfully blackmailed other nations to be its accomplice in suffering and mass murder — diplomacy’s weapon of choice. Believing that Iran (or Syria) is the only target of these sanctions is as naive as believing that sanctions are diplomacy put in place to avoid war. The global impact of the lethal weapon — sanctions — is simply cushioned in diplomacy, a brilliantly and ruthlessly executed diplomatic coup.
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, AntiWar.com
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley
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(August 8, 2012) In 1945, the United States of America dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki immediately killing 120,000 civilians. The final death toll of the horrendous bombings has been conservatively estimated at well over 200,000 men, women, and children. To this day, the world continues to be shocked and horrified by the visual images that captured the death and destruction caused by the bombs. The negative impact prompted America to devise a different weapon of mass murder — sanctions.
Unlike the shock and horror that accompanied the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, there were no images of the 500,000 Iraqi children whose lives were cut short by sanctions to jolt the world into reality. Not only has America taken pride in the mass killing of innocent children, but encouraged by silence and the surrender to its weapon of choice, it has turned diplomacy’s weapon of mass murder on another country: Iran.