Had sanctions worked? In my honest opinion, no. No simply because dictators don't give a damn, and the few states in the UN that does not agree to sanctions, either out of fear or greed, will keep dictatorships alive.
But then, is no sanction at all better or to have at least some international show of protest againsts dictatorships better? My honest answer would be to have sanctions when such a question is poised.
Look at the despicable monarchist state of North Korea masquerading as Karl Marx's Commie Utopia. WIth NO sanctions, such as then offered by South Korean unders its insane 'Sunshine Policy' which kept that horrendeous regime well fed, it only fed its military under its 'Military First' policy, selling the excess in exchange for military goods such as nuke techs and developed nukes, while leaving our fellow human brothers and sisters there starved. Nothing got to them.
In the end, should we have sanctions? YES! BUT each and everyone of us MUST convince ALL nations' fellow humans to participate in it in order to make it effective. WIthout trade and food - which most nations will not have the lucky combinations to be self resourceful, will force them to behave rationally not only to fellow humans in their nations, but be a responsible nation to the world for our common progress and evolution. WIthout needs being met, the People will demand an honest accounting from their leaders, whom are solely responsible for their welfare.
Utopia? Perhaps. But then, all great endeavours begins with a dream, from you and I, and had came true often in the course of our civilisation......
Sanctions are the better alternative than wars. In wars, precious human lives are lost. But in sanctions, they are only pure commercial transactions as practised worldwide for centuries. It is just simply - if you don't like my product quality or service, why should you be forced to buy from or served by or patronise me unless you enjoy being screwed by me when you can get what you want elsewhere, if even at a higher but reasonable price you can afford conscionably or do without?
edit on 29-12-2011 by SeekerofTruth101 because: (no reason given)