@Truth To Power wrote:
Lots of countries don't follow the lead of Uncle Sam, but only a socialist handful are blockaded.
No, the countries that do not fall into line with the USA government agenda do get tremendous pressure, if they depend on trade or loans to get ahead. Many examples of that all over the world.
The USA sets up smokescreens of they are not following human rights. But Saudi Arabia violates human rights all the time. But they never get blockaded. No, it has to be that they do not fall into line with the agenda.
The Economic Hitman J. Perkins said it best:
if they can't control you? I have to punish you with economics severely. Make these nations with notions of self-determination and independence scream in pain. They have to give us what we want or we will punish them. It is really about the dictatorship of US rule. All over the world.
Most small nations like Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Chile, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and even much larger nations Mexico has to COMPLY. If they do not? They will be punished economically and maybe even have civil wars stoked with money for war for the side the US government wants to be in power.
It is highly unethical and nasty. But it is commonplace.