Diplomacy and Sanctions
Holding diplomatic with anyone seems to be the talk of this year. I have heard some people argue for talks with Iran by stating that after WWII we talked with Japan and Germany who each had done horrible things. Yes, Japan and Germany did a lot of bad things but after we beat them they were humbled and also in our power. Everyone knew they were in our power. This is not even a fair comparison and in fact it is a rather misleading comparison as certain countries are not now in our power.
What did talks with Germany buy for Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain? I think that earned him the blitzkrieg which just happened to officially kick off the second world war.
In the history of the world, how has talking with crazy suppressive regimes ended? Not well. Some of you may think I am wrong about that. Can you name a time when it has ended well (in the long run)?
Now, I would like to say a few words about "sanctions". Our great nation has put sanctions on several countries over the years with various (if any at all) levels of success. The problem lies in that if the UN dictates a sanction and there are some that choose to ignore that sanction it does not good. It strengthens ties between regimes that are willing to flaunt in our face their willingness to disobey treaties they have signed. It weakens our power to persuade others in the future to join in on other sanctions. Take for example our sanctions on Cuba. Have they done any good? No. other countries trade with them and vacation there and they are still a communist dictatorship throwing anyone in jail (or killing them) if they say something contrary to one of the Castro's. Had we blockaded Cuba so that no one could trade with them the government would have fallen in a matter of weeks and the people there would be free, able to to think/speak as they want and not live in the 3rd world.
Should we not have done that also to North Korea years ago? there might actually be peace now on that peninsula and brotherhood among all Korean peoples.
To conclude, either a sanction must be fully enforced or completely nonexistent. Either is better than what we have now all over the world.