The Nobel Prize for Political Gestures
Let us keep in mind the thinking the Nobel Committee expressed when it awarded the Peace Prize to Jimmy Carter in 2002:
The chairman of the Nobel
Prize committee, a leftist Norwegian politician named Gunnar Berge, told the
media in announcing Carter's prize that "it should be interpreted as a
criticism of the line that the current [Bush] administration has taken" in the
war on terrorism, and particularly Iraq.
"It's a kick in the leg to all that follow the same line as the United
States." The Nobel Committee's
official commendation for Carter used more subtle language to make Berge's
point: "In a situation currently marked by threats of the use of power, Carter
has stood by the principles that conflicts must as far as possible be resolved
through mediation and international cooperation based on international law,
respect for human rights and international development." Message to Obama: Stop the Israelis from defending themselves, don't send more troops to Afghanistan, pull out of Iraq.
9:33 AM / October 9, 2009