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RE: [ADC-ITF] old US News article on sanctions I mentioned

It's a nice thought, Matt, but hardly realistic to expect from a chief
executive who cannot find it in himself to deny China Most Favored
Nation trading status  a reward) nor deem Colombia or Mexico
drug-involved, while "rewarding" the former with a proposed tripling of
military aid, despite the fact that its drug exports to the US mushroom
year by year.

Ken Freeland

-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of
Matthew Williams
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2000 8:19 PM
Subject: [ADC-ITF] old US News article on sanctions I mentioned

Here is the old US News & World Report article on sanctions I
mentioned--it's from June 1998. It does discuss Iraq briefly, and the
coverage is fair--better than one would expect from a mainstream
periodical. In any case, it says that during the 70s and 80s sanctions
only effective less than 1/5 of the time (it cites a "free" market think
tank as its source). I think this could potentially be a useful talking
point for us as a movement--that sanctions generally don't work,
that South Africa was an exception, etc. Unfortunately, this article
doesn't deal with why sanctions generally aren't successful--this would
interesting to know. I suspect that it many cases, the reasons are
to Iraq: sanctions just hurts poor folks while leaving the elite
untouched, if annoyed; but that's simply my speculation.

It's worth noting that the article ends with a suggestion that offering
rewards to countries for cooperating might work better than trying to
punish them. The idea of the US rewarding other countries for good
is, of course, morally problematic, but it's an idea to present to more
mainstream people who want alternatives to sanctions.

-- Matt Williams

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