Solidarity, not Sanctions, with Lebanon

Solidarity, not Sanctions, with Lebanon

The United States is preparing to sanction Lebanon. Say no to economic warfare!


Full letter:

Steve Mnuchin, We Implore You: Solidarity, not Sanctions, with Lebanon

Dear Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin,

We, the undersigned, write to you out of deep concern for and solidarity with the people of Lebanon. Please, rescind your decision to sanction prominent Lebanese politicians and business figures. By sanctioning the country at this critical and turbulent time in its history, you are putting the Lebanese people at risk of severe economic devastation and political vulnerability, and empowering the corrupt leaders that the Lebanese people want out. The effects of U.S. sanctions will be felt for generations.

Lebanon is clearly experiencing a period of great stress and chaos, and sanctions at this time will be especially harmful. In the wake of the devastating explosion in Beirut, and in the midst of extreme change in the government, the people of Lebanon need support and relief — not even more stress and interference from a foreign government.

Sanctions always do the most harm to ordinary, innocent citizens. By imposing them on Lebanon now, you will simply be adding to the pain and loss the country has already experienced in recent days. The call from the Lebanese people is clear: all armed militias should be abolished! But, the U.S., with its endless warmongering, is in no position to act as an agent of change in Lebanon or anywhere else. Rather than helping, U.S. sanctions will empower the militias and further entrench the corruption that people have been protesting for more than the past year.

In the time of a global pandemic that continues to reveal we are all in this together, the United States has a responsibility to uplift our neighbors and protect their independence. With sanctions, you will be doing the exact opposite. We implore you to do what will truly help the people of Lebanon and not move forward with sanctions at this time.

Sincerely,

Steve Mnuchin, We Implore You: Solidarity, not Sanctions, with Lebanon

Dear Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin,

We, the undersigned, write to you out of deep concern for and solidarity with the people of Lebanon. Please, rescind your decision to sanction prominent Lebanese politicians and business figures. By sanctioning the country at this critical and turbulent time in its history, you are putting the Lebanese people at risk of severe economic devastation and political vulnerability, and empowering the corrupt leaders that the Lebanese people want out. The effects of U.S. sanctions will be felt for generations.

Lebanon is clearly experiencing a period of great stress and chaos, and sanctions at this time will be especially harmful. In the wake of the devastating explosion in Beirut, and in the midst of extreme change in the government, the people of Lebanon need support and relief — not even more stress and interference from a foreign government.

Sanctions always do the most harm to ordinary, innocent citizens. By imposing them on Lebanon now, you will simply be adding to the pain and loss the country has already experienced in recent days. The call from the Lebanese people is clear: all armed militias should be abolished! But, the U.S., with its endless warmongering, is in no position to act as an agent of change in Lebanon or anywhere else. Rather than helping, U.S. sanctions will empower the militias and further entrench the corruption that people have been protesting for more than the past year.

In the time of a global pandemic that continues to reveal we are all in this together, the United States has a responsibility to uplift our neighbors and protect their independence. With sanctions, you will be doing the exact opposite. We implore you to do what will truly help the people of Lebanon and not move forward with sanctions at this time.

Sincerely,

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