Selective Sanctioning (Just ask Senators Durbin, Berman, Ackerman–and Jimmy Carter)

“The embargo of Cuba is the stupidest law ever passed in the US,” (Jimmy Carter)

Senator Richard Durbin was chumming it up with Cuba’s Stalinist aparatchiks last week in Havana, snubbing Cuban dissidents and urging and end to U.S. sanctions against Cuba.

But in 1986 he was co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 (also championed by ex-President Jimmy Carter who had slapped more economic sanctions against more nations than any president in U.S. history) which declared:

* that U.S. policy toward the victims of apartheid is to use economic, political, diplomatic, and other means to remove the apartheid system and to assist the victims of apartheid to overcome the handicaps imposed on them by apartheid.

* Expresses the sense of the Congress that high-level U.S. officials should meet with leaders of opposition organizations in South Africa.

Furthermore, economic sanctions against South Africa could only be removed if the segregationist regime:

* releases political prisoners and Nelson Mandela from prison, legalizes all political parties and permits political freedom for all races…

Needless to add, Senator Durbin’s tune regarding Stalinist Cuba differs….

And remember how last year Senators Howard Berman and Gary Ackerman vociferously championed trade-with and travel-to Stalinist Cuba, totally ignoring the plight of Cuban political prisoners?

Well, Senators Berman and Ackerman also championed sanctions against South Africa, including closing all U.S. airports to their airlines.


1 thought on “Selective Sanctioning (Just ask Senators Durbin, Berman, Ackerman–and Jimmy Carter)”

  1. Yes, the hypocrisy is blatant, but so is the fact that nobody has a problem with it (except “those people,” who can’t get their act sufficiently together to make sufficient difference). Don’t think for a second that anybody misses the “inconsistency” so glaringly displayed here–they just don’t give a shit, because, for one thing, they don’t have to.

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