In dialectical fashion, Mordor sanctions on Russia are having, and will continue to have, blowback effects that Mordor hadn’t counted on. One is the drawing closer together of Russia and China. Another is the Russian insistence that unfriendly countries must trade in rubles for Russian products. These sanctions are also encouraging other countries to use their own national currencies. The dream of Libya, Sudan, and Egypt to break away from the dollar as an international currency is finally coming true in the hands of Russia and China.