Originally Posted by Tyrion
I see no distinction towards killing thousands of children in a nuclear explosion, and letting hundred of thousands of children slowly starve and die in a drawn out war. The only difference is in numbers killed and the method of delivery.
They wouldn't starve immediately. A blockade must still allow for food and medical supplies to come through. And they still could make some of their own food (Japanese people love fish, and there's no shortage of those).