Takeaways from history

For a long time, the Saudis have been demanding a seat at the negotiating table in Vienna regarding Iran’s peaceful nuclear program. So far, those talks have been held between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

In a strange twist, United States refuses to attend, but Germany does get a seat. Now, the Saudis claim that since Iran is their neighbor, Saudi should be allowed in the talks. Since when has life worked like that?! It’s like going round to your neighbor’s house and saying, I could hear you having an argument mind if I sit it on it?

Ridiculous but not impossible! In fact, it’s happened before, in one way or another. US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley has met with the Saudis in Vienna to brief them on the latest developments in Iran nuclear talks. But the point is the US actually in the talks they’re updating Saudi about! So now the guy next door is talking to is another guy who knows the guy next door.

Now, if the Saudis are so interested in getting on with their neighbors, there’s one thing they can do improve things to stop the problems their neighbors like not having a war with them? Meanwhile, the US secretary of state has called attention to lessons from history.

Asked during a press briefing about the presence of Russian troops in Kazakhstan to handle protests and riots over a hike in fuel prices, Antony Blinken said "I think one lesson in recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave."

In response, the Kremlin called on Blinken to learn a “history lesson” of his own by taking a look at Washington's track record over the decades. It said, "When Americans are in your house, it can be difficult to stay alive, and not to be robbed."

I suspect from Blinken’s comments that the US State Department does employ a whole heap of Indians of the North American continent, Koreans, Vietnamese, Iraqis, Panamanians, Yugoslavs, Libyans, Syrians, or Afghans to perhaps give him a heads up on what it’s like to come home and find a bunch of Americans have invited themselves in.

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