Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize
I was certainly quite shocked to learn that US President Barack Obama had just won the Nobel Peace Prize. My thoughts immediately turned to just how it was that he has promoted peace. Indeed, three areas immediately sprang to mind.
The first obvious one is abortion. He is certainly bringing no peace to the millions of unborn babies who are killed each year under the mischievous banner of ‘choice’. Given that Obama is perhaps the most pro-abortion US President ever, this is not bringing peace but war on the unborn.
And having just attended yet another pro-homosexual function, Obama is doing little to bring peace to the institutions of marriage and family. He instead is seeking to undermine and destroy these venerable institutions by pushing the homosexual agenda big time.
And with the threat of Islamic jihad ever present, I fail to see how the President is in any way bringing peace into the international community. His constant stance of appeasement toward Islam, coupled with his regular denigration of Christianity, does not bode well for dealing with international terrorism. Neither does his cozying up to the enemies of Israel mean that real peace in the Middle East will easily be attained.
In fact, the guy has not even been in office a whole year yet. He has not been around long enough to contribute to peace in any meaningful way anywhere. So all this award does is demonstrate the paucity of judgment and political correctness of the Nobel Peace Prize committee.
Others have expressed their concerns as well. Richard Viguerie said, “Freedom-loving people should no longer respect or take seriously the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, as they have become an arm of the worldwide Marxist cause, evidenced by their previous selections of Yassar Arafat and Le Duc Tho and now Barack Obama.”
He continued, “It’s clear that the Marxist leaders in Europe know what most Americans don’t know–that the American president is a kindred spirit who they recognize as one of their own.”
Even Fidel Castro, not usually known for saying anything sensible, was close to the mark when he said that the award “was more a repudiation of former President George W Bush than a recognition of anything concrete Mr Obama had done,” as one press account put it.
British commentator Michael Binyon of the UK Times was also flabbergasted: “The award to Obama is arguably one of the most absurd awards that the Nobel Committee has ever made. Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent.” And the Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele complained about “how meaningless a once honourable and respected award has become”.
The comments of Paul Kengor are also worth presenting here. He says, “I knew the Nobel Committee would at some point award Barack Obama its hallowed prize. That was a given. But right now, only nine months into Obama’s presidency, when Obama himself would surely agree that he cannot name a single foreign-policy accomplishment? Actually, the situation is worse than that: According to news reports, nominations took place eight months ago, only weeks into Obama’s presidency. How could that be? Does this make any sense at all?”
He continues, “This award is not a statement on what Obama has done but a rubber-stamp approval of his plans for America and the world. The committee wants to lend cover to Obama as he pursues a global course opposed by conservative Republicans back home and his generals and commanders abroad. To be sure, this is the kind of meddling in domestic politics that the Nobel Committee usually decries.
“That said, I’m actually quite pleased with this action. Why? Because it further undermines the credibility of the Nobel Committee as an allegedly impartial organization. This further shows that the group is inherently political and unabashedly left-wing. In other words, this gesture has the noble effect of exposing the ignoble Nobel Committee for what it really is.”
Indeed, if we focus simply on the issue of abortion alone, this man was not at all a worthy recipient. Consider who the Prize went to in 1979 – Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Recall the words of her reception speech: “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing – direct murder by the mother herself. … Because if a mother can kill her own child – what is left for me to kill you and you kill me – there is nothing between.”
As Judie Brown of American Life League put it, “I am utterly shocked. It just seems to me this is one of the most political moves ever made and that it justifies the fact that Obama can be pro-abortion, in favour of killing millions of people, and still be recognized as a leader of peace, which is simply ridiculous.”
She continued, “In awarding the prize to Obama, the Nobel Committee is announcing that abortion is the cornerstone of a hellish ‘peace’ – the damning silence of 51 million aborted children in the United States alone. The Nobel Committee has bestowed the ‘Peace Prize’ on a man dedicated to war in the womb.”
OK, so we all now know that this Prize is a joke and a sham. But it is not a joke that every year in the US alone well over one million babies are killed in their own mothers’ wombs. And with some 45 to 50 million abortions carried out every year worldwide, this is genocide on an unprecedented scale.
I suppose we should not expect any better from these European bureaucrats and politicians. This decision is simply par for the course, a reflection of the sad truth that for the most part the continent has well and truly lost its way.