Filmmaker Gonzalo Lira: US is committing suicide with its economic sanctions on Russia
03/29/2022 // Kevin Hughes // Views

Filmmaker Gonzalo Lira thinks the United States is committing suicide when it imposed economic sanctions on Russia.

"The United States is committing suicide. And it's about to embark on a war with China. You don't see it yet. But it's there, it's already happening," the American novelist said.

Lira said people are now going through some of the "most exciting times of their lives," which they should keep in mind with the "past world" ending and a "new world" ushering a new reality and a new paradigm on the geopolitical, social, cultural aspects, among others. He added that this might end in nuclear oblivion, or might turn out for the best of everyone involved.

The filmmaker added that the shifting of Western civilization is already happening in the U.S., Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. (Related: The ECONOMIC SUICIDE of the West is now under way... severe economic sanctions against Russia will END the dollar as the global reserve currency.)

Lira mentioned that Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Gazprom, the national oil giant that distributes natural gas and other petroleum products to Europe, will require all payments to be made in rubles and not euros or dollars. He noted that this is historical and the end of U.S. economic preeminence around the world.

Gazprom holds the world's largest natural gas reserves and it has a 16 and 71 percent share in the global and Russian gas reserves, respectively.

According to Lira, Americans could expect by the end of the year a 25 to 35 percent inflation rate. Lira also said the U.S. and Europe will feel the inflation in the coming year and that America, which is a food exporter, is going to go hungry soon.


The filmmaker recalled that economic sanctions against a country started with the U.S. doing it against Iran in 1979. This was after the Shah of Iran was overthrown by Islamic revolution. The revolution led to the oil flow being cut from Iran to the rest of the world, which caused a major oil crisis. The U.S. would then launch an economic war with Iran by imposing sanctions against the Islamic nation.

Lira pointed out that economic sanctions are not hurting a country – it is hurting the people.

"Whenever you put sanctions on a country, the people realize that the United States is hurting the people, not the leaders. And they get pissed off, not at the leaders, but at the Americans. And that's the key issue. You have to understand that no people anywhere have ever blamed their own leaders for the sanctions. They always blame the United States," Lira said.

Russia prepared for economic sanctions

He also emphasized that America is doing economic sanctions to appear tough and that this sanctions worked like a charm in certain countries but not against top-tier nations like Russia, China, Japan or members of the European Union.

Lira noted that sanctions against Russia had started in 2014 when the Russians took over Crimea. While the sanctions initially destabilized the Russian economy, Lira said Russia quickly recovered and started to build up defenses against further sanctions.

"And they did very carefully and very quietly, yet, aggressively. They prepared their economy and the different sectors to withstand sanctions. Sanctions like not being allowed to buy certain technologies, not being able to acquire necessary materials for different industries that they might have and sanctions in terms of being prepared in case they weren't allowed to borrow money on the international markets and so forth," Lira said.

He added that Russia is now like "a supermarket with a gas station with nukes" because they produce all kinds of food that they export and all kinds of raw materials such as aluminum, nickel and various stuff that is really necessary in different industries.

Lira mentioned that natural gas is essential for the European economy with EU turning away from coal and nuclear energy, which it depended on previously for its energy independence. He also said that 40 percent of Europe’s energy needs come from Russian natural gas and they need it to generate electricity and heat during the winter.

Following the economic sanctions led by the U.S., Lira warned that Russia is going to hit back as hard as it could. Lira said investors are starting to realize that the West needs Russia and that Europe needs Russian gas.

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