Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for all his faults, could be aiming for a Nobel Peace Prize at this point. I have had my misgivings about him on policy (his arms deal with the Saudis and his stance on Big Oil, for example), but if there’s one thing he’s been an expert in, it’s diplomacy.
In the absence of an adult in the room between the US and North Korea, the PM could be what the world needs to take us off the precipice of nuclear war being cheerleaded by many on the Far Right and the mainstream media. Former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who oversaw the building of the famous Avro Arrow, won a Nobel Peace Price back in 1957.
For those unfamiliar with PM Pearson’s heroics, here is a brief synopsis from Wikipedia:
In 1957, for his role in resolving the Suez Crisis through the United Nations, Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The selection committee argued that Pearson had “saved the world”, but critics accused him of betraying the motherland and Canada’s ties with the UK. Pearson and UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld are considered the fathers of the modern concept of peacekeeping. Together, they were able to organize the United Nations Emergency Force by way of a five-day fly-around in early November 1956. His Nobel medal is on permanent display in the front lobby of the Lester B. Pearson Building, the headquarters of Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.
Trudeau, for his part, has been in his wheelhouse when it comes to international relations and that’s been a decided weak spot (among many) for both President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The prime minister in the past few days has orchestrated the return of a Canadian pastor who was imprisoned in Pyongyang, North Korea. However, the PM was, for once, rendered almost speechless in his remarks about this current crisis.
The world has become a very volatile place and even seemingly the bravest and brightest among us are at a loss as to what to do. It’s like children in a schoolyard having a dick-measuring contest, and, unfortunately, they both have dangerous weapons that they don’t mind using to overcompensate for their inadequacy. Maybe you were right, Ted Cruz. I’ll leave you with George Carlin, who must have foresaw this mind-blowing idiocy. As with almost all of George’s stuff, viewer discretion is advised.