Coalition Against Sanctions
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Unilaterally imposed sanctions by one nation on others breach the UN Charter and other international law.
They’re used by the US and complicit West as weapons of war by other means.
They aim to crush economies of targeted nations and suffocate their people into submission to Washington’s will.
The International Progress Organization called sanctions “an illegitimate form of collective punishment of the weakest and poorest members of society, the infants, the children, the chronically ill, and the elderly.”
Whenever imposed by the US throughout the post-WW II period, they failed to achieve their aims.
According to international security affairs expert Professor Robert Pape, “sanctions fail (because) modern states are not fragile,”
“Nationalism often makes states and societies willing to endure considerable punishment rather than abandon their national interests.”
“States involved in coercive disputes often accept high costs, including civilian suffering, to achieve their objectives.”
“Even in the weakest and most fractured states, external pressure is more likely to enhance the nationalist legitimacy of rulers than to undermine it.”
Increased multi-world polarity weakens the ability of a nation like the US to get widespread support among nation states for its hegemonic agenda.
Security Council members alone may legally impose sanctions on nations, entities or individuals.
Article 41 of the UN Charter states that the Security Council is empowered to decide what actions may be used to enforce international law — including “complete or partial interruption of economic relations and…severance of diplomatic relations,” other than use of military force.
When Article 41 steps don’t work, Article 42 authorizes Security Council members to “take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security” — by use of “demonstrations, blockade,” or military intervention.
China, Russia, Iran, and other nations free from US control pursue their own domestic and geopolitical aims independently, as well as cooperatively with other countries.
They oppose unlawful sanctions as economic terrorism and weapons of war by other means to achieve diabolical aims.
Sixteen nations — including China, Russia and Iran — and long-suffering Palestinians under oppressive Israeli occupation proposed formation of a coalition to defend UN Charter principles.
They seek to counter unlawful US sanctions, coercion, and other dirty tricks against nations unwilling to sacrifice their sovereign rights in deference to a higher power in Washington.
They’re pursuing multilateral support for enforcing the rule of law — what the US, NATO, Israel, and their imperial partners long ago abandoned.
The 16 nations and Palestinian Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations stressed that multilateralism “is currently under an unprecedented attack, which, in turn, threatens global peace and security.”
“(T)he world is seeing a growing resort to unilateralism, marked by isolationist and arbitrary actions, including the imposition of unilateral coercive measures or the withdrawal from landmark agreements and multilateral institutions, as well as by attempts to undermine critical efforts to tackle common and global challenges.”
Other coalition nations involved include Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cuba, Eritrea, Laos, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Syria, and Venezuela.
Ignoring EU/UK complicity with US war on humanity, an anonymous European official — perhaps too ashamed to reveal his or her identity — mocked the Group of 16 as follows, saying:
“These so-called friends are the ones who have done most to breach the charter (sic).”
“Maybe they should start by respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms in their own countries (sic).”
Truth-telling and respect for the rule of law are abhorred by the US and West, the notions long ago abandoned by their ruling regimes.
Earlier, Bolivarian Venezuela’s UN envoy Samuel Moncada expressed his government’s support for “defense of the UN Charter for the maintenance of international peace and security.”
Directing his remarks at hegemon USA, Moncada added:
“Today we see that the resurgence of supremacist ideologies, denying the equality and diversity of humanity, takes the world to the brink of a warlike conflict with unpredictable consequences.”
“An armed conflict that threatens even the existence of an entire civilization by a state that believes it is above international legality.”
“A state that proclaims its military power and its ‘exceptionalist’ ideology to impose its national sovereignty over the sovereignty of all the peoples of the world.”
“In the history of humanity, there has been no superior alternative to the Charter, ignoring its value and its obligatory character is not only a betrayal to the past generations that bequeathed that instrument of peace, but also a betrayal to future generations that deserve live without the unspeakable sufferings of war.”
Hegemon USA is the leading offender — responsible for more mass slaughter, vast destruction, pain and suffering worldwide than any other nation in world history by far.
Hopefully the Group of 16 will add numerous others to their ranks to stand up against US rage to smash one nation after another to own them and exploit their people.
It may be the only way “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” and humanity’s extinction.
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My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”