It is myth, the alleged art of the deal.
As if equal parties reach agreement.
May disguise what is, in effect, a steal.
Mutual benefit, not the intent.
Or the outcome, if action beforehand,
which treats one side as an adversary,
causing all manner of trouble to land.
To slant the terms, this thought necessary.
And so, on countries, imposed are sanctions.
Put under the cosh, it is claimed to deal.
Made hostile, economic relations,
for surrender later, as brought to heel.
Sanctions, thereby, are now a pre-war tool.
Call for a new deal, only meant to fool.