If you have been watching the news at all for the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard a whole lot about President Trump’s tweets, Don Jr.’s “treasonous” meeting with a Russian lawyer and probably something about the Kardashians. While these topics are entertaining and eye catching, they don’t really matter when it comes down to it. Trump is going to continue tweeting and pushing the media into an uproar, Don Jr.’s meeting is going to amount to just another “nothing-burger,” and the Kardashians stay the same. While all this nonsense has been filling our screens, either computer or television, a quiet crisis has been brewing in the Himalayan border region of Doklam.
What’s Doklam? I asked the same question when I saw an article in the Diplomat highlighting the crisis. Essentially, it is a disputed patch of territory claimed by both Bhutan and China. India tries to maintain Bhutanese sovereignty, and has territory that borders the region. China tried to build a military road through a pass in the region, and troops have been engaged in a standoff since June. No one has been killed as of yet, and the situation hasn’t escalated, but some are calling it India’s “Cuban Crisis“. Thankfully diplomatic solutions are likely, and a full out war is near impossible. Despite this, it would be nice to know if the two largest countries in the world, both with nuclear capabilities, were engaged in a military standoff. I checked CNN’s home page and a top article was about Ann Coulter tweeting at Delta Airlines, and only found an outdated article on Doklam. Ann Coulter was top billing on the Washington Post as well. Keep reporting on Trump’s tweets, CNN and Washington Post, it’s bread for the masses. Geopolitical affairs don’t matter, tweets do.