Nobel Peace Prize


Obama_Peace_PrizeIn an unexpected announcement this morning, sitting President Obama was elected the Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2009. Wow!

The New York Times Opinion section had a great statement today concerning this announcement,

“Mr. Obama has bolstered this country’s global standing by renouncing torture, this time with credibility; by pledging to close the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; by rejoining the effort to combat climate change and to rid the world of nuclear weapons; by recommitting himself to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and by offering to engage Iran while also insisting that it abandon its nuclear ambitions.”

In the NPR news program Left Right and Center, the topic of discussion turned toward the awarding of this prestigious award. The comments were mixed and portrayed the ambivalence that surrounds this announcement. Will Pres Obama fulfill the expectations that are now heaped upon him or will he like Henry Kissinger, secretary of state to Richard Nixon who won the prize in 1973 for establishing a cease-fire in Vietnam be viewed as a total disappointment? Henry Kissinger winning the Noble Peace Prize is thought by some to be the theater of the absurd after he escalated the war in Viet Nam!

Former President Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts to “wage peace” through negotiations with world leaders. But the award was also viewed as a signal of disapproval toward the Bush administration’s march to war with Iraq, of which Carter was a vocal opponent. Is the election of Obama is another world vote of disapproval against the Bush campaign of disinformation, and global US government expansionism. Maybe.

My bet is that this is a voice from outside the US saying, “Thank you America for waking up! Thank you for joining the civilization of the world and seeking to end the proliferation of atomic weapons, encourage the reduction of global warming and initiating talks that will settle the disputes between the Israelis and the Palestinians. I think the New York Times said it better.

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