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Analyst: US addicted to sanctions, an act of war better left in middle ages

The US Treasury Department building viewed from the Washington Monument in Washington, September 18, 2019. (AP photo)

American writer and political commentator Daniel Patrick Welch says the United States is addicted to sanctions, which is an act of siege warfare better left in the middle ages.

The Biden administration has imposed harsh economic and banking sanctions on Russia in response to Russia's military actions in Ukraine.  

Biden said the sanctions would limit Russia's ability to do business in dollars, euros, pounds and yen.

Biden claimed that the only other alternative to the sanctions would be to start a “Third World War.”

"You have two options. Start a Third World War; go to war with Russia, physically, or to make sure that the country that acts so contrary to international law ends up paying a price for having done it," Biden sarcastically claimed in an interview on Saturday.

“There is a lot to digest here, and I go into it in more depth in my interview with Critical Insight; I can’t really write a 5000-word piece here, but that does provide a lot,” Welch said in an interview with Press TV.

“I just wanted to say on the subject of sanctions that they go both ways, you know. Now, what the United States has done to date is impose sanctions on much weaker enemies, and they wind up being murderous. Iranians have felt it firsthand, where commodity prices triple in a very short period of time,” he stated.

“And, say, with Iraq, where you had the death of 500,000 kids because of sanctions and those measures. It is a kind of war. It is the triggering of Article V by other means. Remember that. When you’re cheering on the likes of Azov and Svoboda and Pravii Sektor—the Nazis who hijacked the government in Kiev in the coup of 2014, and are pursuing that agenda,” he stated.

“It’s not just a question of ‘Are the Russians ready?’ Are YOU ready? Are the western cheerleaders of the NATO provocation—are you ready for 5, 6, 7 dollar gas? It cuts both ways. Now taking the dollar out of the Wealth Fund, skipping the SWIFT system and merging systems with China…all of these are demanding that Russia restructure its entire economy, and way of life, really. It’s going to be a huge thing,” he said.

“But they had no choice; they have basically been kicked out of the club. The reciprocation—and the results themselves, for example, cheap gas in Europe… The boomerang is enormous,” he said.

“The other thing I just wanted to touch on: When I mention the fact that blonde, blue-eyed people in this conflict are being treated as more important than the previous brown recipients of NATO and US bombing. I never mean to imply, here, there or anywhere, that their lives are less important. It’s just that they’re not more important,” he noted.

“I also wouldn’t necessarily say that the Russians possess unique humanity, although the wars that they have lived through have taught them unique historical lessons and values about the cost of human life and the risks involved in a war. They know what they are talking about,” he stated.

“On the other hand, I think the destruction wrought by the Anglo/US empire over half a millennium—remember that, 500 years—of that atrocity. I think that is uniquely inhumane. But the Russians are fighting with a brother nation. Virtually all of the soldiers of the LNR and DNR have family on the other side, and there is a reason they treat it differently. Not because they necessarily place a higher value on human life, but also because they do consider themselves one nation. So naturally, they will treat it a little differently. So, I’m sure there will be more to say about it, and I’ll be here,” he concluded.

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