Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes:
The natural role for a nuclear-free, peacemaking New Zealand is peace diplomacy and peace-building. It is not giving military support to Nato and the United States, which are also committed to nuclear war-fighting strategies.
Our best way of helping all concerned is to help build communication between the conflicting parties – supporting the dialogue with the Taliban called for by the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and already begun in Saudi Arabia.
That support for peacemaking would build further on the good will already created by the peaceful and popular efforts of our Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan’s Bamyan province.
Instead of getting caught up again in a military quagmire, New Zealand needs to look at how to build consistently on its international brand as a nuclear-free, diplomatic peacemaker.
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