US SANCTIONS, RESPONSIBLE FOR CUBAN PLANE CRASH, KILL 111--- all sanctions hurt ordinary people, lea


The tragic passenger airline crash of Cubana Flight 972 last week, outside of Havana, Cuba, which killed 111 people, was Cuba's third major aviation accident since 2010. Cuban authorities blame American sanctions (Cuban Embargo) depriving the country of airplane parts, better planes and a stronger economy to be self-sufficient.

Mexican authorities, who rented the plane to Cubana Airlines, said the Boeing 737 was built in 1979 (a 39 year old airplane), and was rented by Cubana from Aerolineas Damojh, a small Mexican charter company that goes by the name of Global Air.

The Associated Press reported that Cuban First Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa had met with Cubana officials on Thursday, May 17, 2018, the day after the accident, to discuss improvements to its service. The AP report continued that "The airline blames its spotty record on a lack of parts and airplanes because of the U.S. trade embargo against the communist-run country."

Daniel Griswold of Commentary, stated that using trade as a weapon of foreign policy "has harmed America's economic interests in the world without significantly advancing national security." Griswold continued that sanctions have "deprived American companies of international business opportunities, punished domestic consumers, and hurt the poor and most vulnerable in the targeted countries."

The Berger Project quoted the U.S. State Department that the U.S. has trade barriers, financial restrictions or economic sanctions against eleven countries, including Iran, Cuba, North Korea and Russia.

The Berger Project added, with American sanctions applied to another country, Iraq, from 1991 to 2003, the United Nations Children's Fund found that mortality doubled in children aged 5 and below, people consumed 32 percent fewer calories a day, half of Iraq's water system ceased functioning and crime increased, divorce rates skyrocketed and many single mothers were forced into prostitution. The United Nations said "The country (Iraq) has experienced a shift from relative affluence to massive poverty." The exact number of Iraqi deaths, stated the report, caused by US sanctions during that period, are "estimated in the hundreds of thousands."

The Guardian reported that "Sanctions on the country of Iran punish its people, not its leaders," written by Saeed Kamali Dehghan, July, 2012. Dehghan states that "Sanctions are the war...waging against the people of Iran and not its rulers." He continued, "Sanctions are ruining peoples' lives and not forcing Iranian leaders to change their minds."

And more importantly, IAPSS, International Association for Political Science Students, in May, 2015, emphasized that "economic sanctions [are] A violation of Human rights!" The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed in 1948, that all peoples have basic rights and freedoms---the right to life, liberty, thought, religion, work, to be educated and the right to food and housing.

The association claims that "economic sanctions punish the wrong people who are powerless or voiceless in the face of unscrupulous leaders or governments." In the early 1990's, the association stated that an estimated 2 million people died in North Korea due to famine imposed by U.S. economic sanctions. The intended objections of sanctions have failed. Citizens of an authoritarian country are usually defenseless. The association concluded that "most citizens of an aggrieved country are innocent of their leaders policies towards other states and from actions of their unscrupulous leaders."

IAPSS questions the morality of applying economic sanctions which rarely achieve the intended effects. They state that all humans are to be treated fairly, without discrimination. If not done so, it is a violation of their human rights.

hurts us

causes poverty

death

violates human rights ---quality of life

hurts people not leaders

hurts us more than foreign country

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