“You know, I’ve been trying to say this for ages,” he noted casually during his fourth trip to Brussels. “I mean, come on! It’s like telling your kids not to eat cookies before dinner. If you don’t enforce it…the cookie jar will be empty in no time. Same thing with the Houthis – they’re just munching away at our peace efforts while everyone else is staring into space.”
He couldn’t help but roll his eyes at how the EU and U.S had spent years trying to charm Tehran into a nuclear deal, like some awkward teenager attempting their first flirtation. All that effort and yet they conveniently forgot about pressing Iran to stop playing best buddies with their Houthi allies – a bunch of Shi’ite Muslims who have ambitions of setting up what he termed as a “religious extremist version” of Disneyland.
The whole idea behind these nuclear chitchats was simple: Tehran would put its grand nuclear dreams on hold in exchange for sanctions relief – kind of like tradingSponsored Product candy for good behavior. But alas! The sweet taste of agreement seemed unattainable.
The world’s biggest game of ‘Ignore Me’
Bin Mubarak sighed deeply as he pointed out that the world suddenly grew concerned only after U.S and British forces started raining down on Houthi targets — certainly not when Houthis were busy turning Yemenis into target practice dummies or committing horrifying acts against women. He lamented bitterly, “Just look at those Houthis go! And does anyone care? Nope!”
He went on to explain that Western diplomacy towards Iran was supposed to be like a three-legged stool – one leg for the nuclear program, another for Tehran’s support of regional proxies, and the last for its ballistic missile scheme. But currently, it seemed like they were trying to balance on just one leg while ignoring the other two! The result? An adversary in Yemen armed with Iranian weapons that could give any Bond villain a run for his money.
“Those pesky Shahed drones from Iran…the first time we heard peep out of European Union about them was when they showed up in Ukraine. And we’re over here like ‘Hello?! We’ve been telling you this since forever!’ It felt as if no one believed us until those darn drones decided to interrupt our oil exports party back in October 2022,” he continued rather exasperatedly.
Yemen: US and EU ignored our warnings about Houthis to court Iran for nuclear deal