The current political crises in Ottawa and Washington are fascinating, but …

… as someone a bit sharper than I put it, this is terrifying!

The South China Morning Post reported, a few days ago, that “Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan called for talks with India and warned of miscalculations that could lead to nuclear war in a national television address on Wednesday, hours after his nation’s air force claimed to have shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot … [and] … The warning and overture came amid flaring tensions between the nuclear-armed nations that started Tuesday when the Indian Air Force made what is believed to be its first incursion over Pakistani territory in decades to bomb a militant training camp. India said the camp belonged to a terrorist group responsible for killing 40 Indian paramilitary troops in the disputed Kashmir region two weeks ago.

India and Pakistan have been at one another’s throats for 70 years but both are, now, nuclear powers. The Pakistani armed forces are good but India’s are bigger and better. Pakistan cannot win, but China might be tempted to not allow it to lose, either.

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan, in an effort to ease the tensions, released the Indian Air Force pilot who had been captured and has also ordered a very welcome crackdown on some terrorist groups. Bet tensions between the two nuclear powers remain dangerously high. India says it has a non-nuclear plan to defeat Pakistan, but Pakistan leaders counter that they can always respond with a devastating nuclear counter strike “after which  “neither the birds would chirp nor the bells would ring in temples”.

W020140522563438850836Meanwhile, China looks on, smilingly, as its client threatens its only major Asian rival. America looks bewildered as it continues to focus on domestic issues. Europe is being torn asunder and Russia looks on, also with a sly smile. And Canada? Well, Canada is 07061914_justin-trudeau-gary-the-unicorn-2embroiled in a crisis that, in many liberal democracies, would have worked itself out through a caucus revolt in the governing party, and that’s how it should have, already worked itself out here; the Liberal Party should have revolted and, finally, after 3½ years, we should have an adult sitting at the prime minister’s desk. It didn’t; we don’t, and that’s terrifying, in its own way, too.

The world is a dangerous place, Canada cannot hide behind America’s skirts forever.

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