THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: IS IT DESERVED?

 

It was in 1994 that I stopped believing in the validity of the Nobel Peace Prize. That was when the prize was awarded, albeit jointly, to Yassar Arafat…one of the most notorious criminals in the history of the world. Imagine that; A peace prize awarded to a terrorist.

So much for the Nobel.

No, Barack Obama is not a terrorist. But, much the same as Arafat, there are multi-millions of people throughout the world, and in this country, who strongly disagree with the decision from Oslo to bestow the award upon someone who is a long way from proving himself worthy.

Mr. Obama has star power. He makes eloquent speeches. His words seem lovable and caring. Sure, it’s a wish for every human being on the planet that we could live without the existence of nuclear weapons, one of his stated goals. Sounds great. Now, if we could only make the rest of the world believe that, particularly North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, India, Russia, China and Israel. Then again, maybe if we disarm first, all the other countries will follow our lead?

Anyone willing?

Israel is a small country of 6 million surrounded by dozens of hostile countries comprising populations over 300 million, many of whom are openly dedicated to the total annihilation of the Jewish state. So…is it reasonable for any of us to expect Israel to lay down their weapons, including nuclear, because Mr. Obama wishes it?

Interestingly enough, the award puts the president in a precarious position as he ponders decisions on what to do in Afghanistan and Iran, and all the likely consequences therefrom. The Peace Prize winner might feel that he must live up to the expectations of the Osloites, and of millions around the globe, by withdrawing. Either that, or crush the hearts followers if he decides to take any aggressive action there, or other parts of the world…even if it’s the right thing to do. Abe Lincoln was right when he said, “You can please some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time,” as Mr. Obama is learning.

Mr. Obama has often expressed his well-articulated desires. But desires do not always translate to accomplishments. To date, Mr. Obama’s accomplishments are thin. The country has not moved from the depths of economic abyss, unemployment is looking more like a Jimmy Carter dilemma of 1979, and the world stage is on the verge of disastrous confrontation.

The award was much too premature. While the tinderboxes in Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Israel and the Palestinian theaters continue to kindle, and with no solution yet achieved, the Nobel voters may one day see themselves with proverbial egg on their faces. Meanwhile, the prestige of the coveted peace prize may dwindle even further.

Well, at least Mr. Obama’s name will be etched on the list among so many other notable past winners. That’s quite an honor.