- Jul 21, 2016
Ehn, they're a blunt tool. Given that they're going to affect civilian well-being, I can see why some people think they're intended to do so. But, with a wartime economy, 'civilian well-being' isn't really a big factor when it comes to reducing war-making production. If the sanctions reduce Russia's ability to import war-making components, then they'll help slow its ability to be hostile.
As for whether they encourage revolt or doubling-down, that's a question of human nature plus propaganda. Me heaping scorn on a Russia, yelling "why don't you learn!?!" might trigger reactance. But the average Russian must know that the sanctions will only get worse as Russia's government behaves more egregiously. But keep remembering, sanctions rarely work in changing governments.
It's more than that! The West right now still trades with Russia!
So it's all BS. All for show, just to enrich defense corporations, an inside job.