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Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Will he accept? Should he?

From the Committee:
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.
Even if Obama's efforts may be remarkable, they're efforts. Not results. Similarly, while giving hope for a better future is a form of progress in itself and shouldn't be discounted, it's not as satisfying as actually delivering substantial progress. Now, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has jumped the shark a few times before and has still continued to stay prominent in the global imagination. So they will likely get over whatever controversy this generates. But this is one prematurely awarded prize.


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Marie Claude on :

hmm, isnít it a bit early to decern Obama a Nobel price ? So, this will smooth his eviction of the IOC contest. It looks like itís was all but a big plan, some global governation have interest that he is still regarded as the symbol of this new world organisation. Áa va pÍter un de ces jours ! "Even if Obama's efforts may be remarkable, they're efforts. Not results." That is the problem. does that witness of the blindness of the Norwegian Nobel Commitee, that still is under the euphoric effect of Obama, the first black man elected in a big western country ?

John in Michigan, US on :

Yes, it is very, very early. President Obama's major accomplishment (outside of tone, rhetoric, feelings, etc.) is the stimulus bill. His main foreign policy accomplishment is still the speech at the Siegessšule. It could help him for the obvious reasons; counter-intuitively, it could hurt him domestically, since the group he needs most right now, the Blue Dog (i.e. conservative) Democrats, are very sensitive to the charge that he has become out of touch with the heartland. It is too soon to tell. If he actually accomplishes real nuclear disarmament, which I doubt, he will certainly be deserving of some kind of award. But even if he achieves a reduction to zero, Reagan (and Thatcher, and Gorby) will be able to take credit for a greater number of weapons eliminated. But this finally answers the question of, who should be the first President of Europe!

Marie Claude on :

uh, John, Tony Blair is the forecasted president of EU, he can't win this Nobel price, he was one of the conspirators of Irak WMD, and he sold arms to Gadhafi...

John in Michigan, US on :

Heh. I meant that Obama should be the first President of Europe.

Marie Claude on :

no way, do you know that we are racist ?

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