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2012
unknownj
And also, in stupid news today:

"The United States has said it is to examine taking diplomatic, economic or other measures against Syria over its suspected chemical weapons programme and alleged help for fugitive Iraqi officials."

Here's news for you - Syria doesn't import from the USA. They're not too keen on the US, so I doubt sanctions are going to change anything for anybody there one bit.

And, as recent world history teaches us, where sanctions fail, accuse them of having weapons of mass destruction, and then invade. It's a tried and tested method, you know....

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Here's news for you - Syria doesn't import from the USA

Can you prove that?

Or - disprove the figures below:

US Trade Balance with Syria

Trade with Syria : 2003
NOTE: All figures are in millions of U.S. dollars MONTH EXPORTS IMPORTS BALANCE
January 10.60 33.50 -22.90
February 11.80 79.10 -67.30
TOTAL 22.30 112.60 -90.30


TOTALS may not add due to rounding.
Table reflects only those months for which there was trade.
CONTACT: Data Dissemination Branch, (301)763-2311
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, Data Dissemination Branch,Washington, D.C. 20233

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Trade with Syria : 2002
NOTE: All figures are in millions of U.S. dollars MONTH EXPORTS IMPORTS BALANCE
January 24.20 3.30 20.90
February 25.60 12.50 13.10
March 15.90 5.50 10.40
April 25.30 14.80 10.50
May 24.00 4.30 19.70
June 28.00 15.70 12.30
July 26.00 15.40 10.60
August 19.80 13.80 6.00
September 19.90 4.60 15.30
October 31.00 14.70 16.30
November 16.50 18.20 -1.70
December 17.90 25.20 -7.30
TOTAL 274.10 148.10 126.00


TOTALS may not add due to rounding.
Table reflects only those months for which there was trade.
CONTACT: Data Dissemination Branch, (301)763-2311
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, Data Dissemination Branch,Washington, D.C. 20233

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Trade with Syria : 2001
NOTE: All figures are in millions of U.S. dollars MONTH EXPORTS IMPORTS BALANCE
January 13.70 31.80 -18.10
February 20.70 11.40 9.30
March 14.40 21.40 -7.00
April 17.40 7.30 10.10
May 13.20 5.00 8.20
June 17.60 18.80 -1.20
July 24.80 16.80 8.00
August 21.00 18.60 2.40
September 15.30 7.40 7.90
October 20.70 4.80 15.90
November 32.00 4.70 27.30
December 20.60 10.60 10.00
TOTAL 231.40 158.50 72.90


TOTALS may not add due to rounding.
Table reflects only those months for which there was trade.
CONTACT: Data Dissemination Branch, (301)763-2311
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, Data Dissemination Branch,Washington, D.C. 20233

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Trade with Syria : 2000
NOTE: All figures are in millions of U.S. dollars MONTH EXPORTS IMPORTS BALANCE
January 19.50 4.80 14.70
February 13.90 9.10 4.80
March 29.30 19.40 9.90
April 14.30 7.40 6.90
May 14.30 7.30 7.00
June 10.10 6.90 3.20
July 12.60 19.40 -6.80
August 25.50 4.50 21.00
September 12.80 6.20 6.60
October 29.50 22.30 7.20
November 17.90 27.30 -9.40
December 26.30 24.10 2.20
TOTAL 226.00 158.60 67.40


Pretty meaningless unless you provide figures for how much they spend on imports in total. My point is that the USA cutting out direct trade to/from Syria isn't going to change anything. They're by no means reliant on the USA in any way.

Per year you can view that in the "TOTAL" row of each table.

No - they're not reliant on the US - if anywhere, they are reliant upon Germany. but the figures aren't meaningless as they demonstrate Syria do import from the US.

Your point has changed - at least in written form.

I would consider this - if the US are taking democratic and economic action - do you think that they consider this to be only them taking sanctions? I'm sure their diplomatic efforts will reach far beyond anything which could be viewed as ineffective - i.e. purely US sanctions.

I doubt Germany, France or Russia would be willing to get involved in what looks to be another attempt by the US to flaunt their power in the direction of anybody who disagrees with their way of running the world. I doubt Syria will have any problems as a result.

Its also meaningless (in an economic sense) if you don't consider the export figures (balance of payments).

Latest figures I could find:

Imports $4 billion (f.o.b., 2001 est.)

Imports - commodities machinery and transport equipment 21%, food and livestock 18%, metal and metal products 15%, chemicals and chemical products 10% (2000 est.)

Imports - partners Italy 9%, Germany 7%, France 5%, Lebanon 5%, China 4%, South Korea 4%, Turkey 4%, US 4% (2000 est.)


So who in that list do you think the US could talk into sanctions too?


Italy, possibly Korea, Turkey, and obviously the USA. But I don't expect the others are going to jump to join in...

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