Friday, October 9, 2009

Should Obama have really received a Nobel Peace Prize?

Mixed reactions buzz around this event like wildfire. Today, President Obama received the Nobel Preace Prize. 

But what really stopped the press was the overwhelming tension between the people who believe he shouldn't have been awarded this honor because it is still premature and the people that believe he does indeed deserve it. 

The question is, should Obama have really received a Nobel Peace Prize, or are they now handing these things out like candy on Halloween? Seriously though, they say the Peace Prize was created partly to encourage ongoing peace efforts, but Obama's efforts are at far earlier stages than those of past winners, and the committee acknowledged they may not bear fruit at all.

Obama said he was working to end the war in Iraq and "to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people and our allies" in Afghanistan, where he is seriously considering increasing the number of U.S. troops on the ground and asking for help from others as the war enters its ninth year. 

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi in Afghanistan condemned the Nobel committee's decision, saying Obama had only escalated the war and had "the blood of the Afghan people on his hands."Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called the Nobel decision "hasty." 

"The appropriate time for awarding such a prize is when foreign military forces leave Iraq and Afghanistan and when one stands by the rights of the oppressed Palestinian people," he was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency. Aagot Valle, a lawmaker for the Socialist Left party who joined the Nobel committee this year, said she hoped the selection would be viewed as "support and a commitment for Obama."

In my opinion, I agree with the ones who said Obama shouldn't have received such an award this early in his time in office. Just because he promised hope and change doesn't mean that you should win an award for it. I think they should have waited and seen if he made good on his promises. But since we can't take it back, I believe Obama receiving this award will motivate more to stick to his promises.