I am keeping in mind exhortations for peace, especially Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words, “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” As we commemorate the 37th anniversary of Salt II, Iran plans to build ten new uranium enrichment plants. Many Americans have just celebrated Thanksgiving and Muslims from around the world have just made their Hajj to Mecca for Eid al-Adha. So, this news has particular dissonance during the season of hope we’re entering that culminates with different faith-based traditions celebrating in their own way light at the darkest time of the year. With other nations also pursuing similar ambitions, we are moving away from nuclear disarmament. Mikhail Gorbachev spoke of this at the October 2009 UN conference on nuclear disarmament in Geneva saying there remain multiple obstacles to a nuclear-free world.
At this season of Thanksgiving, I’m also thinking about those I know who are championing the most effective ways to improve the global economy, health, education, the environment and other critical issues that inextricably interconnect all of us and are vital for more peaceful world. I welcome comments about what you’re working on for this purpose.