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Obama and the Peace Prize

So the Peace Prize has been awarded yet another US president. This time it is Barack Obama, 44th president. It seems it was a long time since this award was quite so debated. Is it right, is it wrong. Should someone “more deserving” have gotten the prize instead? I’ve even heard rumored that Twitter may have been considered. From what I’ve understood, most of the nay sayers would have prefered to have Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai as winner.

Now, I’m not trying to say that Prime Minister Tsvangirai wouldn’t have been a deserving winner, and I do agree that President Obama is perhaps not ideal. Afterall, his is a country currently engaged in war in two countries and he is pro death penalty.

But, and I think is the point the Norwegian Nobel Committee have wanted to get across, this is not a prize given just for what is achieved to date. It is also given as a means to put pressure on politicians, organizations etc. And by giving this to what may be one of the, at least outside the US, most popular and dynamic US president in years, the committee effectively rubs America the right way.

And with the wars, I urge people to remember this. They may have been started for dubious reasons, but we, the international community, can’t just let the Iraqis go now. Nor the Afghans. We need to make sure we leave those countries as stable as possible, so that they won’t just collapse and pave the way for even more hardship. And to the point concerning death penalty, this is a tricky one. But I believe this is an issue we will have to battle over time with the US. In the EU we do not allow the death penalty, and we have plenty nations on our side. The way to handle this issue is not to attack Barack Obama. Where he comes from, it is not an illegal action, and we can do exactly nothing to make it illegal except through diplomacy and through the UN. My point is, in the context of this prize, I am not sure his views on the death penalty is a valid argument, precisely because it is an internal US affair and the committee have, in their nomination, pointed to President Obama’s international efforts. That said, he should now be very encouraged to have the federal government start working against the death penalty. Although I have a feeling, it will be just as hard to get them to do that as it is to start to see sense concerning gun control.

So, in conclusion of this my little approval of Obama, I have to say I was as surprised as the next person at his winning. But I think it will empower him to make more of an effort with nuclear disarmament, ending the wars and reestablish the US as an international ally. It may even make effect US internal policies, like death penalty laws. Like it or not, we need the US. We need it in Europe, we need it in the UN we need it in the world. That’s not to say we can accept any kind of behaviour, and that’s precisely why it’s a good idea to promote anything resembling a proper policy administration in the White House.

It was a surprise to Obama, who said, “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize”, continuing, “But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women and all Americans want to build, a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents.” – Wikipedia 2009-10-11

Thobias