Saturday, December 12, 2009

Accepting the Peace Prize on the way to War?

Thanks for the Nobel Peace Prize, now it’s off to war. If this doesn’t sound ironic to you then I don’t know what will.

While accepting the peace prize, Obama spelled out a doctrine of justifiable war and the steps needed for a "just and lasting peace." Fighting for peace? I think that sounds a little funny.

Obama arrived Friday from Norway after becoming the first president to collect the honorable award so early in his term.

President Obama accepted the peace prize just nine days after ordering 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Obama justified his “peaceful war” by mentioning “that the tools of war have a role in preserving peace he also stressed the need to avoid conflict. He called for alternatives to killing, like sanctions with true bite”.

He defined free speech and economic opportunity, peace as civil rights, not just the absence of conflict. And he pushed himself away from the former president, George W. Bush, defending diplomacy that engages even enemies.

It was said that Obama was chosen for the award more for his aspirations and approach than his accomplishments so far. The Nobel committee honored him for changing the gist of international politics and pursuing goals that the winner himself says will take a world effort, like nuclear disarmament and reversing global warming.

I just hope that he will actually accomplish something that will be Nobel Peace Prize worthy during his stay in the White House.

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