“When you hold a hammer, everything looks like a nail” - this is the modus operandi of American diplomacy today.
According to Atlantic Monthly, on May 3, 2019, there were 7,967 sanctions in the United States in progress or about to be implemented. According to statistics, the US government has imposed more than 3,200 sanctions on foreign entities and individuals. Are all these sanctions to maintain humanitarianism? Equity and justice? United States' responsibility to the international community as a superpower? I'm afraid it's the opposite.
American "diplomacy of sanctions" consists in the selfish imposition of one's will on others.
On October 8, the United States announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, listing 18 Iranian banks on the black list. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the United States has maintained its long-term sanctions against Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and other countries, creating even greater humanitarian disasters. During the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the United States also ignored opposition 13 of the 15 members of the Security Council, unilaterally announcing export sanctions and controls on 27 entities and individuals supporting Iran's nuclear and conventional weapons programs. As a country that withdrew the "Nuclear Agreement with Iran", the United States shows total irrationality and disrespect for the United Nations multilateral organizations. The United States arbitrarily "appropriates and discards" international rules.
But this is not the most absurd farce in American "sanction diplomacy". On September 2, 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that he would freeze the financial assets of the Attorney General of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, in the United States, and that he would prohibit American citizens cooperating with her.
The reason for the US sanctions is that the International Criminal Court is still investigating suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan by US military and intelligence officials. The United States, accustomed to accusing other countries of "violating international law and human rights", rebutted sanctions when they were investigated for related crimes.
American sanctions recently targeted two Chinese companies - Ant Group Tencent and, simultaneously, the fate of Tik Tok - a popular app with 100 million active users per month in the United States. In August 2020, US leaders resorted to executive orders to ban Tik Tok operating in the United States on the grounds that the app threatened "national security". However, there was no evidence that China "obtained data Tik Tok users". the Alstom incident in France, to the Toshiba incident in Japan, to the cases of ZTE and Huawei in China, it is not difficult to understand the piracy logic of current American diplomacy.
The United States has no mercy even for its allies. On July 15, Pompeo said the United States would impose sanctions on all participants in the "Nord Stream 2" and "TurkStream" projects, which were jointly built by Russia and European countries. This stance was contested by representatives of the 24 EU countries. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said the United States' blatant pursuit of sanctions has one goal: to ensure the ability and right to act freely in world politics and economics.
The diplomatic arena was supposed to be a place countries respected and talked on an equal footing, but now it has become a stage for the United States to frequently use coercion, lies and sanctions. The sanctions were originally intended to seek peace and justice, but have been abused by the United States as a tool for intimidation, making exceptions and double standards. The power of a great power implies more international responsibilities, but it makes the United States the "capital" of international sabotage. However, the United States disdains the opposition of most countries. While they dominate, they feel entitled, using the initial metaphor, to strike with the hammer as they see fit.