Former Polish President Lech Walesa expressed it best when reacting to the shocking announcement of President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize:
“So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so
far. He is still at an early stage. He is only beginning to act,” said Walesa, a 1983 Nobel Peace laureate. “This is probably an encouragement for him to act. Let’s see if he perseveres. Let’s give him time to act.”
On second thought
Walesa didn’t go far enough. Never has the Peace Prize been
the come. I’ll go even further: No one deserves to receive the prize
without a solid record of accomplishments. To suggest that this has
been awarded to “encourage” him to do something is moronic.
the committee in Oslo justified its decision by declaring that the
award is being made in part for encouraging “his initiatives to reduce
nuclear arms.” What initiatives? If anything, his approach has
encouraged Iran and the loons who run the place to pursue their plan to
create weapons and a delivery system that would allow them to strike
Israel and Eastern Europe with a nuclear warhead. Meanwhile, North
Korea goes merrily on its way with its own nuclear weapons program.
Nobel committee also said Obama deserves the award because of his
“easing American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthening the
U.S. role in combating climate change.” One might ask “How so?” without
receiving a satisfying answer.
Notice that the committee’s language is in the past tense. Obama is being honored for his past
achievements, of which there are, well, few if not none. The guy hasn’t
even finished his first year in office, and the Nobel committee is
slobbering all over itself. It insults previous Nobel winners who have
achieved truly great things in the face of great odds and at great
risks. I would include in that former President Jimmy Carter who
managed to bring about peace between Israel and Egypt. On that basis, I
also would include former President Ronald Reagan, who managed to
reduce the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons more than any other
president–but with the Nobel’s left-leaning bias, there’s no chance of
that every happening.
But most important,
this is a dangerous decision. It gives Iran and North Korea
encouragement to continue their pursuit of nuclear weapons. It puts the
pressure on Obama to pursue a foreign policy path endorsed by the Nobel
committee, whoever they are.
In a word, this award is a disgrace.