reply to post by oper8zhin
"Siege" measures of old took time. The first phase of conquering a city or citadel was to surround it and cut off all commerce. That is the exchange
of goods and import of food stuffs. So the people trapped inside became more and more desperate over time as their resources dwindled. This could
take some time. Months or even years.
The next phase was the war phase. Breaking down the defenses and finally entering the city and putting everyone to the sword.
Sometimes the city surrendered before it got that far. Sometimes, rather than watch their children and old folk slowly starve, the people overthrew
the government (or king) and surrendered the city that way.
Nowadays conquering armies do the very same thing on a much larger scale. Whole Nations. They begin by isolating the country, surrounding it with
military bases and ships. All commerce, whether by plane rail or ship is suspended. Slowly at first. Banking and the transfer of money by electronic
means is also halted.
Imports of food, medical supplies and trade goods like gasoline and spare parts begin to dwindle. All of this slowly takes its toll on the economy,
population and government control.
The difference between back in the day and now is the lingo used to describe this initial action against a target country. Laying siege was the old
Today we call it Sanctions.
Same thing different era. Same goal in mind. The word sounds euphemistic, but really the desired outcome is conquering and subjugation of an entire
people, their government and their resources. That is the desired effect. There are no halfway measures or well, we changed our mind.
Count on it. How long it takes to go to the war phase of operations depends on how long the sanctions take to have their full effect. And how long it
takes to convince the people of the aggressor nation that this needs to be done. After all if we don't believe its necessary, that is another problem
altogether. We have to believe in it or we won't support it.
So our media tells us there are Humanitarian issues at stake, and bad presidents and WMD and the terrible awful terror of it all, if something is not
done! I wish I could say it better than that...
Don't be fooled by the propaganda and stay tuned. Syria is up and Iran is on deck.