The United States recently instituted economic sanctions on Russia due to its conflict with Ukraine over the Crimea and is urging other world powers to follow suit.
But do sanctions really work? History tells us they are a passive-aggressive measure, and in the end, they hurt ordinary people while leaving subject governments—composed of a fluid body of individuals—virtually unaffected.
No state (or group of states, in the case of the EU) nor NATO, the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to which Ukraine has applied for membership, have been willing to risk an outright military confrontation with Russia. Earlier this week NATO member nations suspended cooperation with Russia because of the Ukraine conflict, and yesterday Russia recalled its ambassador to NATO, according to CNN.com.
Retired Texas congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul agreed, calling sanctions “acts of war.” He continued: