Anything About Everything

16 October 2009

Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Filed under: Politics,Society — rajiv @ 4:08 pm

Obama Should Have Turned It Down.

“He should turn it down”.  That was my first reaction when my wife, watching the news break, shouted out to me that Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel Committee must take the blame for this farce.

Several people pointed to an article by Robert Krebs in Foreign Policy magazine last July, in which he argued that the Nobel peace committee’s intentions are always partisan:

And for good reason: The Nobel Peace Prize’s aims are expressly political. The Nobel committee seeks to change the world through the prize’s very conferral, and, unlike its fellow prizes, the peace prize goes well beyond recognizing past accomplishments. As Francis Sejersted, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the 1990s, once proudly admitted, “The prize … is not only for past achievement. … The committee also takes the possible positive effects of its choices into account [because] … Nobel wanted the prize to have political effects. Awarding a peace prize is, to put it bluntly, a political act.”

How true.

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