Hossein Askari
8 min readFeb 16, 2022

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Biden Needs A Lesson In Good Parenting

The Russian threat to Europe and the world is, and will continue to be, recurring unless the U.S. and its NATO allies understand one simple lesson that they could learn from responsible parents — rules that they lay down must be obeyed, which in turn means that they have to be enforced. If a child doesn’t like the rules, he or she can discuss them with the parent, but while the rules are in force, they must be obeyed. Moreover, as all parents know, if existing rules or boundaries are not enforced, then new rules will be broken; and it is best, even just to save face, not to enact rules if they are not going to be enforced.

World leaders are not that different from children. They will do whatever they want as long as they can get away with it! The best modern day example on the international scene may be Vladimir Putin and the boundaries he won’t respect. The reason for the UN’s existence is to promote peace. In Article 2(4) of its Charter, it states “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State.” Yet Putin has trashed this overarching rule again and again. In 2008, Russia invaded Georgia and followed this up in 2014 by annexing the Crimea Peninsular and a large area of eastern Ukraine through surrogates. In all cases, NATO talked a lot and imposed what were ineffective sanctions with…

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Hossein Askari

MIT engineer-economist. Prof: Tufts, UT-Austin, GW. IMF Board. Gov Mediator: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait. Focus on Econ-Fin, Oil, Sanctions, Mid-East, Islam