Editor’s note: Many countries have created nuclear weapons they should never use, and atomic power plants. A handful of such countries have discovered that nuclear weapons and power plants are very very dangerous. They have run into terrible disasters and have had to beg even their worst enemies for help in fixing the whole problem, like Chernobyl and Fukishima, in Russia and Japan. These countries have frantically tried to get rid of all their nuclear power plants and weapons, and fuels, and have found it very difficult. As times go on, many countries are falling into the foolish paradigm of making nuclear weapons and power plants, and general weapons as well.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
The USA has extended the dinner diplomacy worldwide with additional but unusual variety stuff – potato diplomacy, and has successfully tried it on Russia and France, claiming legitimacy for all its bold crimes, as the only super power of globe, against humanity.
The US-Russia fiasco keeps the world political scene interesting, notwithstanding the horrible impact of it on humanity.
After months of tension between the United States and Russia over issues ranging from Edward Snowden’s intelligence leaks to the latest Syrian conflict, US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bridge the diplomatic gap on January 13 by giving his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov an unusual gift of potatoes.
Kerry, who was in Paris with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to hammer out details of a peace conference on Syria scheduled for January 22 surprised his counterpart by opening up a box and presenting him with two large Idaho potatoes.
Kerry joked to journalists about his gift to Lavrov: “Well, he told me he’s not going to make Vodka. He’s going to eat them.” Lavrov replied that in Poland, they make vodka from potatoes.
“I know this. But that’s in Poland. We used to do this in the Soviet Union. Now we try to do it from wheat” Lavrov said.
Potato is meant for a joke as well as diplomacy tool. After all, countries do not do anything just for joke, especially the super powers.
Kerry then revisited the matter saying that he wanted to clarify. “There’s no hidden meaning. There’s no metaphor. There’s no symbolic anything,” he said.
“We were having a good conversation in the course of the Christmas break over the subject of Idaho, which was where I was at the time, and he recalled the Idaho potatoes as being something that he knew of, so I thought I would surprise him and bring him some good Idaho potatoes.” Kerry added.
Lavrov, speaking in polished English, suggested the potatoes may have symbolic use as the Syria negotiations approach. “The specific potato which John handed to me has the shape which makes it possible to insert potato in the carrot-and-stick expression. So it could be used differently,” he said.
The Russian delegation reciprocated with a pink fur hat not for Kerry but for State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
The rivalling superpowers USA and Russia are expected to find solutions on Iran and Syria. How will potato-fun exchange help with resolving the issues in the Mid-East including Iran and Syria remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia which had mooted Arab peace deal in 2002 (re-endorsed in 2007), has welcomed the peace talks being carried forwards by Palestine and Israel.
Kerry praised Saudi Arabia as a “very, very important” ally as he visited the Gulf Kingdom on a mission to soothe strains in the relationship over U.S. policy on Iran, Syria and the Palestinian issue.
The USA is trying to broker a “framework” of general guidelines to help bridge profound differences over issues including Jewish settlements on occupied land, Israel’s demand for recognition as a Jewish state, the status of Jerusalem, borders, security arrangements and the future of Palestinian refugees.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas renewed a call for all Israeli settlers and soldiers within the lands captured in 1967 to be withdrawn, saying he would not hesitate to reject a bad deal.
Palestinians have been demanding East Jerusalem in West Bank inside Palestine territories for making it their future capital city. But Israel refuses to concede to Palestinians even East Jerusalem, let alone entire Jerusalem.
Hoping to achieve the full nationhood through the UN route if the Israeli talks fail now, Abbas said he went to the United Nations to achieve certain goals.