A better choiceOctober 10 2009 at 10:21 PM
Our Laureate: Neda of Iran
President Obama has won the Nobel Prize for Peace -- but that's not his fault.
IT'S AN ODD Nobel Peace Prize that almost makes you embarrassed for the honoree.
The Nobel Committee's decision is especially puzzling given that a better alternative was readily apparent. This year, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people in Iran braved ferocious official violence to demand their right to vote and to speak freely. Dozens were killed, thousands imprisoned. One of those killed was a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan; her shooting by thugs working for the Islamist theocracy, captured on video, moved the world. A posthumous award for Neda, as the avatar of a democratic movement in Iran, would have recognized the sacrifices that movement has made and encouraged its struggle in a dark hour. Democracy in Iran would not only set a people free, it would also dramatically improve the chances for world peace, since the regime that murdered her is pursuing nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community.
Source: Washington Post
|October 10 2009, 11:18 PM |
And how exactly did Neda Agha-Soltan influence millions of people around the world like Obama has.
she made a sacrifice
|October 10 2009, 11:23 PM |
how has Obama "influenced" anyone?
|October 11 2009, 1:08 AM |
what difference has he made?
he's emboldened the Iranians
he's emboldened the Russians (and deserted the Czechs, Georgians, and Poles)
he's buddied up to Chavez and Castro, two murderous dictators
gee, what's not to like about that?
You forgot a few.
|October 11 2009, 10:10 AM |
Obama's thrown Israel under the bus.
He supports the Honduran thug Zelaya, who wants to ignore his constitution and, in the manner of Chavez and Castro, rule for life.
Obama didn't back the protestors in Iran.
He didn't meet with the Dalai Lama.
Next on the list: Look for General McChrystal's request for additinal troops to be denied. After all, how can a Nobel Peace Prize winner send another 40,000 troops to war?
Obama doesn't really care about foreign affairs. He wants to spend his political capital on reforming the United States into a social democracy a la many of the European nations. As the historian Robert Dallek told Obama recently, "War kills off great reform movements." As the Washington Post's E. J. Dionne reminded the president, his supporters voted for him not to win a war but to win a victory on health care and other domestic issues. As Mark Steyn wrote:
"Obama's priorities lie not in the Hindu Kush but in America: Why squander your presidency on trying to turn an economically moribund feudal backwater into a functioning nation state when you can turn a functioning nation state into an economically moribund feudal backwater?
Barack Obama will have history's most crowded trophy room, but his presidency is shaping up as a tragedy for America, and the world."
Re: Oh really?
|October 12 2009, 1:47 PM |
"influence millions of people around the world like Obama has."
Influenced them to do what?
is influence a good thing?
|October 12 2009, 2:10 PM |
Hitler was a consumate politician and influenced many. Not sure I hold him up as candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, even though he is dead, he still gives me the willies.
there are many other examples of the negative aspects of only influencing others.
time will tell if Obama is deserving, but at this moment in history, there just is not enough evidence that the changes he brought about in Chicago (as a community organizer) are monumental enough for the world to recognize........
still waiting for an answer...
|October 13 2009, 8:35 AM |
wait, let me guess, it's the hope and change bit.
What was the question? (eom)
|October 13 2009, 9:02 AM |
|October 13 2009, 11:17 AM |
"how has he influenced anyone"
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