Donald Trump, the US president taken to communicating government standpoint through twitter, is rapidly proving to be a singular most threat to world peace.
There is a saying which goes: “Poison in the hands of the wise can turn into medicine, just like medicine in the hands of a fool can turn into poison.”
I am afraid, very afraid that America’s positive contribution to the present-day world order could come to naught if president Trump’s wings are not clipped by his own congress, or his Republican fellow-travellers.
Barely long enough in office to be able to cause panic around the world, President Trump has been incredibly quick to shrug off virtually all the traditional presidential etiquette, proving to be too loose in the tongue and very frightening in diplomatic capability.
President Trump is currently visiting arguably the world’s hot-spot attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit taking place in Vietnam.
He addressed a sitting of Parliament in South Korea, the hub of the long-standing US alliance partnership which lies at the heart of the nuclear stand-off between Pyongyang and Washington.
Not long ago, following North Korea’s ill-advised missile testing, President Trump threatened to erase North Korea off the face of the earth.
This was in direct contrast to chorus of the world’s view of giving peace a chance through diplomacy.
Boasting of his status as commander-in-chief of the world’s only surviving super-power, President Trump’s propensity to say wrong things at the wrong time compound global challenges instead of healing rifts.
After South Korea, he proceeded to China, a country he turned into his object of ridicule throughout his campaign to become the US 45th president.
But in a globalizing world, where the compression of time and space are determinant factors in economic development, Beijing has steadfastly led the way in the statesmanship stakes, showing why the country could soon overtake the US as the world’s biggest economy.
While attending Apec, President Trump is expected to hold talks on the sidelines with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
Among their discussions, it is expected that the issue of North Korea will come out.
It is my sincere wish, and hope, that when that happens President Putin will convince President Trump that it only fuels the fires when unnecessary threats are made instead of efforts at achieving peace.
It does not diffuse tensions in the Korean Peninsula when President Trump refer to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “deranged” amid a volatile atmosphere, general anxiety and ubiquitous fear gripping a once-stable part of the world.
President Putin, who has kept the Russian economy resilient in spite of the selective sanctions, needs to tell his American counterpart that the bellicose presidential rhetoric is an antithesis of an international world order most civilized people yearn for and, that’s a world of peace, free from hunger and starvation.