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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Reply #1)
Wed Dec 26, 2012, 07:24 PM
Igel (19,084 posts)
2. Tactics matter.
It's one thing to refuse to trade. It's another thing to keep others from trading using international shipping channels.
Israel has few neighbors that trade with her. In some countries, anything going to or from Israel, or even made in Israel, is confiscated as illegal, even if it's just in transit. A few years ago a shipment of mugs (IIRC) was interdicted and destroyed for simply bearing writing in Hebrew. That's not economic terrorism. It's economic self-determination.
Same with the "boycotts" against South Africa in the '80s and '90s. Nobody used force to compel the embargo. And no violence was done to South Africa by simple denial of trade. Punitive, yes, but it's no different than boycotting a chain store or a restaurant.
In all three cases--Iran, Israel, South Africa--economic pressure's applied to trading partners to join the boycott. Same with boycotting some businesses in the US--you don't just boycott the business, you boycott the businesses and people supporting that business.
If those be economic terrorism, then "terrorism" has to stop having a pejorative connotation, doesn't it now?
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