Ousama Khursheed |
There’s a custom within the Italian mafia that has gained notoriety and widespread recognition due to its frequent use in mass media. Whenever the mafia earmarks someone for death, their name is painted in large, clear font in a graffiti-esque manner in the town square.
The message is clearly conveyed. The person whose name has been written can consider himself as good as dead. Unless of course, they killed themselves before the mafia sends one of their hitmen. By doing so, the person would be shown mercy. The rest of their family will not be harmed.
The UN considered as the modern-day equivalent of the Parthenon showed glimpses of reminiscence for the town square where the mafia usually declares its verdicts
At the recent UN General Assembly meeting, the 45th President of the United States acted as the mafia and in simple terms, issued the proverbial mark of death to Kim Jong Un, signaling that his unconditional surrender may save his North Korean public from certain annihilation.
In limited terms, Trump cautioned the US would “thoroughly pulverize North Korea” if compelled to guard itself or its partners. He said that while the US has “incredible quality and tolerance”, its alternatives could soon run out. Specifically putting the North’s leader on the pedestal, Trump iterated that Kim Jong Un couldn’t survive an American assault.
And just when the attending delegates had begun to comprehend the magnitude of the threat that Donald Trump had just issued, he dropped what can only be described as a successive diplomatic bombshell when he went after another state that the US has a hot pickle with. He proclaimed that the Iran Nuclear Deal was a “humiliation” to the United States.
Macron cautioned that if the current arrangement was surrendered, it would lead just to a “dead zone”, a nuclear weapons contest and a circumstance as genuine as the North Korean emergency
Yet, it was Trump’s comments about North Korea that incited the loudest buzz in the impressive, green-shaded General Assembly lobby, where Trump addressed more than 100 world leaders and ambassadors.
“It is a shock that a few countries would exchange with such a country as well as would arm, supply and fiscally bolster a nation that risks the world,” he said.
Trump must choose by 15 October on whether to confirm compliance to Iran Nuclear Deal or not. In short, it is within a month that Donald Trump will have to decide whether a deal that the Obama administration considered a major triumph for global diplomacy. If the deal is thrown out, Iran will almost certainly re-embark on its ambitions of acquiring nuclear capability.
The nuclear deal is overwhelmingly upheld by UN member states including the vast majority of Washington’s nearest partners. Many consider this to be Trump’s deliberate attempt to stamp the authority of the US over any state attempting to acquire nuclear capability.
Obama administration considered a major triumph for global diplomacy and a move that certainly raised hopes of a thaw in Middle Eastern tensions will be given a new lease of life or not
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, also present in his inaugural UN meeting, said he had offered to talk about further requirements on Iranian rocket advancement and checks on Tehran’s atomic program after 2025 when critical components of the 2015 arrangement lapse. Yet, Macron cautioned that if the current arrangement was surrendered, it would lead just to a “dead zone”, a nuclear weapons contest and a circumstance as genuine as the North Korean emergency.
The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reacted with a tweet, saying Trump’s “insensible detest discourse has a place in medieval circumstances – not the 21st Century UN” and added that it was “unworthy of an answer”. “Counterfeit compassion for Iranians tricks nobody”, he said.
The UN considered as the modern-day equivalent of the Parthenon showed glimpses of reminiscence for the town square where the mafia usually declares its verdicts. The threat has been issued, the parties in question know exactly what their roles are.
Ousama Khursheed Khan is a security and defense analyst. He writes regularly for various local and international magazines and online forums. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy.