Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Now, I don’t usually write about politics, but this is an intriguing subject.

Are we awarding Nobel Peace Prizes on credit now? As cited in this article, the committee awarding the prize had a two-fold motivation: to praise the change in focus Obama has had on the world’s political outlook and to point out some of his initiatives “that have yet to bear fruit.” This sounds like the vice that keeps crashing the stock market.

Obama had only been president for two weeks before the nomination deadline of 1 February this year.

Thorbjørn Jagland, chariman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2009, is quoted here as saying this: “You have to remember that the world has been in a pretty dangerous phase. And anybody who can contribute to getting the world out of this situation deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.”

While America does stand at the forefront of these issues (and Obama ostensibly stands at the head of American foreign policy), there are many political figures in the world who can potentially “contribute to getting the world out of this situation.” Shall we start awarding multiple Peace Prizes for all those people, too?

At the same time, I have no intention of criticizing Obama. I think he’s doing the best he can, and he’s accomplished some laudable things in the short months he’s already been president.

I only wonder a bit about the Nobel Peace Prize committee…


One Response to Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

  1. I quite agree. Honestly, it does seem a bit fast. Ha ha, I am reminded of a program (on the History Channel, I believe) about the presidents which made a remark to the effect that we can’t really say anything about how a president will be viewed until after his time in office. Equally, I’d say that awarding someone the Nobel Peace Prize after less than a year’s time seems a bit quick–why not let things roll out and see what really ends up happening? Because it’s possible for one’s efforts for peace to lead to destruction of said peace. Hitler, anyone? (Okay, maybe an extreme case, but you can’t deny that he wanted peace, even if his method involved eliminating those “in the way” of that peace)

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