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No. This is ridiculous. A congressperson voting for & supporting sanctions on Iraq, Libya, Iran, Syria, North Korea, the PA for chrissakes, they are literally responsible for their actions, & furthermore Sanders has been touting sanctions for years
Ppl in Congress who are voting for things that have devastating consequences for others, violate human rights & international law, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT, this Bernie nonsense has gone way way too far.
This is on this website right now, still.
From Sanders' official site, June 2017: "I am strongly supportive of the sanctions on Russia included in this bill." "I have voted for sanctions on Iran in the past & I believe sanctions were an important tool..."
July 2018 Sanders introduces a bill with a bunch of #resistance nonsense about Putin that includes a demand for more sanctions (Repubs blocked it because they're to the left of Bernie Sanders)
Sanders repeats the imperial lines on Venezuela, where ppl are suffering under US sanctions that have killed 10s of thousands there. He knows that, yet he doesn't use his position to help them, instead supports the position of blaming the victims.
He does same with Russia, snickering that their ("Putin's") "economy is in shambles"
From 2016 another appalling missive from Sanders, this time touting sanctions on North Korea.
"target the country's trade in key industrial commodities"

He also adds that he hopes China will fear economic pressure from US if they don't toe the line
And yes, the Senator with over a quarter of a century in Congress is aware that sanctions cause human suffering.

Oh but $2 million. 2 million dollars for 'humanitatian assistance', a lousy 2 million dollars to some CIA front to try to deliver worthless crap.
In 2006 Sanders voted for the racist, offensive "Palestinian Anti-terrorism Act" that sanctioned occupied Palestinians because they had an election. It also threatened other countries to not trade with or talk to them. congress.gov/bill/109th-con…
He voted to sanction Libya & Iran, on multiple occasions
Again, Sanders thinks sanctions are bae
Sanctions on China, also fine with him & furthermore he wants sanctions on anyone doing normal business with China.
Sanders supported sanctions on Russia right out the gate in 2014.
Sanders has voted against some sanctions legislation recently but he wants you to know it's strictly for strategic reasons
Seriously, do not mistake an occasional strategic vote against sanctions legislation for evidence of any misgivings on his part about the effects of sanctions on human beings...
Because he is here to tell you that he only wants bigger sanctions...
Sanders is a co-sponsor on this thing, introduced in January & still in committee. It calls for more sanctions on China
Members of Congress see intelligence briefings & the like, they all know a lot more about what's happening than any of us, so this thing I always see of ppl saying Sanders just didn't know something, or he's just now learning something is so ludicrous, honestly
That said, just to drive this point home...as is admitted now, the years of sanctions on Iraq imposed by US gov caused famine & a humanitarian catastrophe, Denis Halliday called it a genocide. During that dozen or so years, the US gov was absolutely aware of that situation
US gov officials were of course completely aware, they were talking about it constantly over at the UN, years & years of this.

Also, Bernie Sanders was definitely aware of what was happening as a result of Congress' approval of sanctions on Iraq. Here's how I know that=>
In 1999, staffers from the offices of 5 members of Congress participated in a 'fact-finding' trip to Iraq, they went to Iraq and saw the conditions firsthand & met with UN officials there.
Earlier Libya & Iran sanctions, restricting their ability to develop their own petroleum resources
Four of the staffers were from the offices of Democratic congress members. The 5th one worked in the office of the "Independent" At-Large Rep from Vermont.
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