The US and its allies are used to waging economic war against states that cannot effectively fight back, but truly severe sanctions that seek to strangle Russian revenues would cause real economic harm to Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. While hawks like to dismiss Russia as nothing more than a glorified “gas station,” Russian energy and mineral resources are considerable and cutting them off from the global economy would drive up prices and contribute to economic slowdowns around the world.
The main reason to reject broad sanctions is that it will punish the people that had no say in setting Russian policy, and it could prove to be a political boon for Putin and his allies. Experience shows that a heavily sanctioned country is one in which authoritarianism and repression grow stronger, and that means that economic war against Russia could serve mainly to tighten the current leadership’s hold on power.
Imposed sanction upon China 3 years ago by the previous administration & continued under the present administration does not seem to cause China to modify its behavior. The author analyzes that sanction are ineffective against major nations. But does reck havoc upon smaller nation ruining their economies. Venezuela & Afghanistan are current examples. Though Maduro & the Taliban remain in power.
Are sanctions feel good measures?