I was surprised this morning to read that President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
"The widespread reaction, however, when the stunning news hit the nation was: For what?
Obama said so himself. "To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize."
Nobel committee members revealed that they fully intended to encourage, not reward. Consider this: The nomination deadline was only 12 days after Obama first entered theOvaloffice.
It's an enduring myth that the prize is only about accomplishment — it actually was created as much to supply momentum for peace as to celebrate it.
Indeed, with a leftist slant, the five-member committee was applauding Obama as much for what he's not — his predecessor."
Ironically, there is a rally planned here this weekend,withthistheme:
WAR WILL NOT BRING PEACE TO AFGHANISTAN
Indeed people are still fighting, suffering & dying in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
When I look at Obama's "accomplishments", they pale by comparison to the magnitude of others-- like Martin Luther King jr. for instance. The personal sacrifices he and his family made were monumental. Enduring death threats, having his home with children in it firebombed. He was jailed, held fasts, and worked tirelessly for Civil Rights.
The cynic in me questions how can Obama be worthy of such a high award, while he has chosen to not totally withdraw troops from Iraq, chosen to not shut down Gitmo, has even allowed some of the vile practices of the Bush administration to go on- warrantless wiretapping, and most troubling, the perpetuation of two wars.
The same week Obama is poised to approve sending 40,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
If the intent is to encourage President Obama to make bold and brave moves towards peace, than I can't argue with that. But let's be honest-- they are giving a very high honor to a man with a very long "to do" list.
Including, but not limited to:
• Gay Rights as basic Civil rights- marriage and ending Don't ask, Don't tell in the military.
• Not engaging in wars- use the diplomacy he talked about in the past.
• Shut Down Gitmo prison
• Taking better care of the environment is a part of being peaceful
• In my heart, I do think it is our moral duty to prosecute the crimes of the Bush administration. These were grave human rights violations. As a country we need to address the crimes to hep us reset our moral compass, as a Nation.
It feels like the horse is before the cart here.
Dessert before dinner.
The award ribbon given, before running the race.
Congratulations, President Obama, I wish you the best to step up, and earn this Nobel Peace prize.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2009
"for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"