“I still believe that sanctions are a useful weapon in the armory of nations. They helped, for example, to hasten the meltdown of apartheid in South Africa. But sanctions work best against leaders who have the interests of their country and people at heart, because sanctions hurt the people and the country more than the leaders. The problem is that sanctions are most often imposed against regimes that have only their own interests and the retention of power at heart. And since these leaders are still going to have a roof over their heads, food on their table, gas in their tanks, and power in their hands, sanctions rarely work against them. Saddam was the perfect example.
– Colin Powell
April 5, 1937 – present
1995, page 477, ISBN 0-345-40728-8