Sanctions against Iraq led to terrible strife and wrecking of the country. Everything must be done to prevent this sort of thing happening to another country. Already an arc of disorder and strife stretches from Pakistan across to Somalia.
“It appears that a nuclear-exchange deal with Iran is finally in the making. This raises the positive prospect of reduced tensions in the region and allays the threat of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities that would have had seriously negative global repercussions.” Turkish Harryet Daily News 17 May, 2010
Now President Obama himself wants New Zealand to step up to take an active role in helping to improve global nuclear security. Larry Ross had often said that the best way for New Zealand to be a true friend to the United States was not to follow it down confrontational pathways that pointed towards nuclear extinction. It made more sense, rather, to ….
President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit where NZ Prime Minister John Key "rides high on nuclear-free NZ". It is of course wonderful indeed that a national leader can now so step on to the world stage to have laid on him a mantle woven by ordinary people acting very locally in his country 3 and 4 decades ago.
"To the extent that there is great cultural-cum-demographic diversity in Asia and New Zealanders are not Asians, we can be equidistant from the regional fault-lines and can help in the safer management of these fault-lines." (Ramesh Thakur - Time to Befriend the Asian Tigers). How might New Zealand start to get into this kind of work?
John Gallagher notes how a new way for nuclear-free New Zealand to relate well to the US is to help it to make peaceful connections. The previous Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, helped connection-building between North Korea and the US. Could Peter’s successor, Mr McCully, work with his officials to do something similar between Iran and the US?
John Gallagher continues his blog on life after the February 2009 New Zealand Jobs Summit. This time he looks at how wider vision in this information age can keep pragmatism working for jobs and for much else besides.