Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The No Homers Club

The Arab Islamic American Summit, what President Trump attended in Riyadh this week, is a strange beast. Despite the name and the fact that it took place in Arabia, it wasn't all that Arab. Looking at the list of countries that attended, they should have just called it the "Islamic Countries Excluding Iran-American Summit." I mean, look at the list, just about every other Muslim country was allowed to go. They even let countries that wouldn't normally be considered Muslim countries attend. (For example, Guyana, a South American country whose Muslims are 7% of the population).

Whether we like them or not, Iran is a major Muslim country and is effectively the leader of the Shia branch of the religion. But that's just it. We don't like them a lot. Saudi Arabia, the host, probably hates them even more. So they didn't get an invitation.