No More Embargos

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Embargos are frequently used as an apparently bloodless form of pressure. But they don’t affect governments, but rather their peoples. It’s the citizens who are punished.

The Cuban embargo has lasted for over 50 years…

And now an embargo against Iran.

I remember what a well-known Ecuadorian intellectual on the Executive Board of UNESCO said, referring to border conflicts with Peru: “Nothing unites a country on the inside like harassment from the outside”.

Because they’re immoral,

Because they’re ineffective,

No more embargos, beginning with Cuba!