At what point does the regime hire lobbyists against the adoption of "sanctions that do not work"?
At what point do "sanctions that don’t work" suddenly become a "real threat" for ordinary Belarusians, a threat of the beginning of "hunger riots"?
At what point does the bravado of the regime abruptly turn into intimidation of the population?
This happens exactly when the sources of personal enrichment of the regime and filling its "wallets" fall under the sanctions. That’s when it turns out that sanctions sure work — and now this is not a problem of those who seized power in the country, but our common one. And it’s not them, but all of us who will have to "tighten belts" and share its consequences.
But why? Why should we all be responsible for the consequences of the regime’s actions? Let’s analyze the "justice" of the perverted logic of the regime — on the example of a court sentence to a conditional criminal.
For a long time, he committed his crimes, remaining unpunished to such an extent that he decided that "punishment does not work". After all, here he is — he has been committing serious criminal acts for almost 3 decades — and nothing happens to him for this, except deep concern of others.
And then the day comes when he gets caught red-handed. The evidence is hard, his crimes are solved and he receives a well-deserved sentence — life imprisonment.
And suddenly, realizing that this is the end, that responsibility has come and punishment is inevitable — this criminal declares that his term will have to be divided among all those present in the courtroom, including his victims, their relatives, friends and acquaintances. Among the jury, witnesses, investigators and the judge.
Right now, the regime is trying to do the same, saying that the sanctions to which it was sentenced for its crimes will affect all of us.
But there is a difference between the criminal from our example and the dictator. It is that the first one has no power, and the second one has. The paradox is that the dictator has the power to share his sentence with all those who are not just unrelated to his crimes — but also, for the most part, are victims of them.
This is the real injustice of the situation. And it’s not even that innocent people can suffer from sanctions. Sanctions are the sentence to the dictator, not to the Belarusians. But instead of accepting it and being punished, he uses the power and tries to shift his sentence on us.
This leaves us with a choice — to dutifully share the sentence with the criminal or help bring him to justice. It’s up to us.
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