Nobel Peace Prize Committee A Joke
In his 1895 will, Nobel Prize award founder Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."
With the Norwegian Nobel Committee buying into the rhetoric of Obama's campaign of 'hope' and 'change,' President Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize today for accomplishing nothing,
In an article from the Miami Herald, Associated Press writers Doug Mellgren and Ian MacDougall wrote:
Obama embraced the goal of a nuclear-free world in an agenda-setting speech in April and renewed that commitment as the 15-nation U.N. Security Council last month unanimously approved an ambitious strategy to stop the proliferation of atomic weapons.
I am posting the announcement for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize below, which shows they bought into Obama's flowery, but empty, rhetoric hook, line and sinker. You can read more about Alfred Nobel and the Norwegian Nobel Committee here.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.
Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.
For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."
Oslo, October 9, 2009
It is interesting to note that nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize had to be in by February 1, 2009, just 10 days after Obama was inaugurated as President. The committee doesn't reveal who nominates someone for 50 years, but one cannot help but wonder who would be so presumptuous to nominate someone who had been on the international stage for a mere 10 days.
The prestige of the Peace Prize has been waning for years. I'm afraid this year is a new low for the Peace Prize and the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Posted by Rick | October 9, 2009 10:42 AM