By Natalie Dickinson
Politics | Published on August 9, 2017
Billions of people watched with trepidation yesterday as the world’s most unstable and erratic leaders, President Donald Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong-un of the People’s Republic of North Korea, postured and responded to each other’s pugilistic bravados with increasing aggression.
The world was the closest it has been to nuclear warfare than it has been in decades, and there is little confidence that either of these men have the emotional maturity to back off and be the bigger man before it’s gone too far.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, is once again taking the initiative and filling the void of leadership created by the departure of President Obama from the Oval Office.
While Trump was busy delivering off-the-cuff tough-sounding threats and posturing on Twitter, Prime Minister Trudeau dispatched his Defense Secretary, Daniel Jean, to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in order to try to soothe tempers.
Jean is hoping to help secure the release of Toronto Presbyterian minister Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, who’s been held in North Korea for the last two years. But a Canadian government official made sure to point out that the envoy will “discuss other issues of regional concern,” and it’s unlikely that the conflict that Trump seems intent on provoking will not be a subject of serious consideration.
President Trump has never been one for negotiation or diplomacy, having spent his entire life hurling money and lawyers at problems until they went away. But in this case, he can’t, since he hasn’t even bothered to name an ambassador to South Korea.
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