The gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly later in September offers an unprecedented opportunity for Prime Minister Trudeau to demonstrate how Canada will contribute to a new global diplomatic effort to reduce nuclear dangers.
By ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Canada can make a real difference toward genuine accountability in the brutal Khashoggi murder and in impeding Saudi Arabia’s ability to continue its monstrous war in Yemen.
Analysts range from cautiously optimistic over European efforts to counter American sanctions to extremely fearful of possible plans by Israel and the United States to go to war against Iran.
Instead of building on the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump has chosen to unilaterally abandon it, with no discernible plan in place for what comes next.
While the nuclear weapons states continue their build-up, most of the rest of the world is preparing the way for nuclear disarmament.
The “nuclear taboo” has not been broken since 9 August 1945 and we all have a role to play in keeping it that way.