We truly live in ‘bizzaro’ world. That is what the world has become after waking up to the news that President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. For what? What has he done to deserve such an honor, less than a year after his election turned his national campaign tour into an international one?
The Nobel Committee said Obama was awarded the prestigious prize because “… rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” The committee is hoping to enhance and support Obama’s ideas, but it did acknowledge that he has yet to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change, but the group is hopeful.
I’m so glad that five guys in Norway have bought into the “Hope and Change” mantra we have endured for almost three years. Unfortunately, the people who matter in world peace — Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, North Korea’s Kim Jong-il, Osama bin-Laden and the players in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, are not impressed. Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong-il have told Obama and the world that their nuclear power (aka — weapons) plans are none of their business, with Iran continuing to threaten long-time American ally, Israel with destruction. And an Associated Press headline in this morning’s newspapers cries out that ”Mideast peace hope dims.”
This award is undeserved and definitely premature. The deadline for this year’s prize was in February, a mere two weeks after Obama entered office. Obama and wife Michelle hadn’t even finished making the rounds of the inauguration balls when the nominations closed. The only real policy decision Obama had made by then was to close Guantanamo Bay, and we all know how well that is going.
Other sitting presidents have received the Nobel Peace Prize — Teddy Roosevelt in 1906 for negotiating the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War, and Woodrow Wilson in 1919 for his leadership in the creation of the League of Nations. Even Jimmy Carter, who I believe is the worst president in my lifetime and possibly the nation’s, was awarded the prize in 2002 for his years of humanitarian efforts, promoting fair electoral processes around the world and for his role in the Camp David Accords and ultimate peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979.
All Obama has done is give a good speech. Wow, if that’s the only criteria this gang of five in Norway uses to determine who has forwarded peace and worked to “reduce standing armies and the spreading of peace congresses,” then I should be awarded the medal for all my work to keep my children from killing each other over that last doughnut in the box this morning.