Biological Warfare. That's what it is and that's what it should be called. By continuing sanctions against Venezuela, Iran, Hezbollah, Nicaragua, North Korea and others -- especially during the COVID-19 pandemic -- the U.S. is engaging in biological warfare, a crime against humanity. Despite the fact that no one will use that term, that's what it is.
Sanctions had already been linked to 40,000 deaths in Venezuela before COVID-19. While information about the number of deaths in Iran before the coronavirus is not readily available, the disease has hammered few countries as hard as it has hit Iran. As of May 21, Iran reported 129,341 cases and 7,249 deaths. In fact, one can only guess the number of coronavirus deaths in Iran, Venezuela and elsewhere that are attributable to sanctions when there is little if any way to test for the virus and even the most sophisticated western nations are counting deaths in the tens of thousands.
At a time when all of humanity is facing a common, invisible, enemy, world leaders, including Pope Francis, have called for a suspension of economic sanctions, that have increasingly become the pursuit of war by other means. These leaders have also called for a worldwide ceasefire. The Trump administration continues to ignore these appeals and has intensified punitive measures on the two nations it has identified as America’s greatest enemies: Iran and Venezuela.
On top of this, the US has used its veto power in the IMF to reject emergency loans to both Iran and Venezuela.
In Iraq’s St. Raphael hospital in the 1990s, I personally witnessed the suffering and death of some of the tens of thousands of Iraqi children who died from US-UN sanctions against Iraq. One doctor at St. Raphael's hospital told our group, "I hope President [HW} Bush goes to heaven." Because I was stunned by his comment, I asked, "Why would you say that?" The doctor responded, "So he can see all the children he killed." Clearly, no one with a heart can stand by and watch this war crime being repeated.
SANCTIONS ARE BIOLOGICAL WARFARE -- A WAR CRIME -- A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!!!