Our government here in the U.S. absolutely LOVES to implement economic sanctions on “rogue” nations. They enjoy doing it because they can make the optics work out in their favor. Economic sanctions can be framed as being meant to push a nation to follow “democratic” ideals. The truth is, these sanctions are war crimes. And these war crimes, time and time again, have been proven not to hurt any despotic leaders, but only to hurt the already struggling average people of the target nation.