Of Sanctions and Stupidity

According to Reuters, today the Australian government has announced an immediate halt to alumina and bauxite exports to Russia as punishment for Russian military action in the Ukraine. It also announced that it will work on shipping coal to the Ukraine; and, of course, some weapons; and maybe-just-maybe even some humanitarian aid—the only thing the Ukrainians actually need. Since my Australian readers subsist under conditions of totalitarian state censorship, they are unlikely to come across a reasonable interpretation of the impact of these decisions from anyone at home, especially since it makes their fearless leaders look particularly foolish, and so I am eager to oblige and fill the gap.

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