december has just started a thread asking how the world community should respond to events in Zimbabwe. I was going to post to it, as the Zimbabwe situation has intrigued me for some time, but as I started to type, I couldn’t think of a thing to say (mark this date in history!). So rather than hijack that thread, I decided to start this one to discuss a more general question.
We see the scenario all the time - Evil Leader oppresses people. Often, Evil Leader causes trouble for neighbors. Also quite often, Evil Leader’s oppression causes severe economic problems in his country, leading to poverty, famine, etc.
The world responds with sanctions that either have the side effect of harming the people under Evil Leader’s thumb, or are essentially ineffective - 'you’re such a bad man that we’re gonna recall our ambassador. That’ll show you!!" Compounding this, if the people need help and the world provides it, it often has the effect of propping up Evil Leader - his people are getting food, so they are less likely to revolt, etc.
Any thoughts out there on effective responses to Evil Leaders that don’t screw the population?