Re: Most amusing.
Well, the effect of sanctions threats on Russia has been the priority development of an alternative to SWIFT, which is now in operation. This is now being expanded to include other countries.
Iran also neatly sidestepped SWIFT sanctions by selling oil for gold.
Indeed, one might say that cryptocurrency is, in itself, an answer to sanctions: Its decentralised nature makes it extremely difficult to kill (and the rocketing value of cryptocurrency only underscores this.)
I personally disagree with sanctions, because they're indiscriminate: They affect (and punish) everyone in society, not just a government. Fortunately, thanks to numerous financial innovations already being adopted around the world, sanctions will be obsolete quite soon, and this world will be a better place for it.
Come and pay a visit to Zug, Switzerland, and see the future of world finance now being developed here.