Are economic sanctions a humane alternative to war or are they simply a tool of coercion? support your arguments with relevant examples

Please note that I do not support economic sanctions and i think that they are very inhumane. To me they are even worse than war because normally it is the civilian population that end up paying the price of these sanctions. A great example would be Iraq , where around half a million children died because of the sanctions , where as the regime they were supposed to affect felt nothing (it did not force a regime change or even a slight change in the regimes foreign or domestic policies. On the contrary sometimes it led people to raly behind a toteliterion regime and prolonged its life ) policies . NORMALLY the millitary pay the price of war whereas innocent civilians pay the price of economic sanctions. Plaese defend this arguement using iraq , north korea and other examples. thanks