A Nobel message

THE decision to award the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is an entirely appropriate rebuke to President Donald Trump, who seems unable to understand that his nuclear high-wire act with North Korea and Iran is a form of lunacy far beyond any issue immediately in play.

ICAN is an organisation that describes itself as a coalition of grassroots, non-governmental groups in more than 100 countries. It came to life in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna just 10 years ago. Little did its founders know that its objectives would, in a post-Cold War world, assume a new urgency — but then who could have predicted President Donald Trump?

In recent days he has accused Iran of not living up to the “spirit of the agreement” of its nuclear deal. At a meeting of military leaders, Trump warned that those present were witnessing “the calm before the storm”.

Tragically, his behaviour inspires nothing but pessimism and it is unlikely he will take any notice of the message in this year’s Nobel prize.

Related Articles

Donald Trump to pay legal bills of staff questioned in Russia probe, says official

Steve Bannon lambasts George W Bush's 'destructive' presidency

Donald Trump gets UK crime figures in a twist with Islamic terror' link blunder

Donald Trump gives himself 'a 10' for response to Puerto Rico hurricanes

More in this Section

A lost cause? - Chinese doping admission

Replace trees immediately - Sustainable urban living

Help those who would stop Brexit - Fragmenting, weakened Europe

Spain in crisis - Politics offers only solution


Join the conversation - comment here

House rules for comments - FAQ


Breaking Stories

Ibrahim Halawa arrives in Ireland today after four years in Egypt prison

Untreated sewage being pumped into our water at 44 locations

Taoiseach travels to Paris for first bi-lateral meeting with Macron

Michael D Higgins begins New Zealand visit today


Delving into the Irish tradition of Jack O'Laterns

Making Cents: How to call the scammers’ bluff

Why Hollywood gave superhero Thor a makeover

A helicopter put a piano on the 150-foot roof of Blarney Castle and other stories from the Cork Jazz Festival archives

More From The Irish Examiner