Trade Warfare

Can sanctions ever work?

While no American troops are currently in combat, the Reagan Administration is waging war on several fronts. Rather than bullets or missiles, the weapons are economic sanctions. In response to the Polish government's outlawing of the Solidarity trade union, the Administration last week took steps to raise tariffs on imports of manufactured goods from Poland. Over the past two months the U.S. has also banned the sale of American energy technology to several European companies that are supplying such equipment to the Soviet Union for its $10 billion gas pipeline.

These actions have shaken the Atlantic Alliance and stirred...

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