Today Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was apparently chosen as the recipient just two weeks into his presidency when he had achieved… nothing. When he had brought peace to… nowhere. It seems like this was an award for potential.
I like Obama. I think he has courage and vision and a sense of justice and humility that we haven’t seen in an American president for years. But good intentions don’t bring peace. They might create a climate where peace could flourish but that’s not the same thing.
It seems amazing to me that the President of a country currently involved in two wars and that STILL has an illegal detention centre where captives are still held without trial could even be in the running for the Nobel Prize.
Obama’s own response seems to point to some of his reservations about receiving the award:
“Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations. To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize.”
America’s leadership has us involved in two wars and the bogus war on terror. Those aren’t my aspirations Mr Obama.
How about you give it back Mr Obama?
How about you tell the committee that when real lasting peace is achieved, that when America has closed Guantanamo and withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan and helped make peace between Israel and Palestine instead of blindly supporting Israel’s continued expansion into the West Bank and violent oppression of the Palestinians then you’ll be a worthy recipient?