10/09/2009

A Very Exclusive Club


Congratulations to President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. While it was unexpected, it certainly is not surprising. The European elite is certainly known for fawning all over him. This is just further evidence of that. Certainly, only 9 months into his presidency, his list of achievements is not very long, unless you including the abrogation of US national security (which I'm sure is a huge plus in the deliberations of the Nobel Committee).

Now this President of the United States has joined a very exclusive club that includes among its members Le Duc Tho and Yasser Arafat. I certainly would like my name mentioned in the same sentence as those two. I wonder how manner innocent people were killed by the two of them. This is just further proof that among the “international chattering class”, including the American left, the definition of peace is the absence of war, not the absence of the need for war. Obviously, their definition of peace also does not depend upon such outdated notions as national security.

We here at RSP have long held the Nobel Committee in contempt. Their actions today do nothing to dissuade us of this feeling. It is just another corrupt international enterprise that has America in its cross hairs.

5 comments:

The Daily Pander said...

See the linked Times article, specifically the second to last paragraph re: Le Duc Tho. After being awarded the prize he continued fighting the South (which the U.S. continued supplying, nullifying Kissinger's award) and invaded Cambodia. His award was blatantly political when given, and to the Committee's shame validated by Le's subsequent behavior. Amazingly, Le had the decency to turn it down.

Johnny Keynes said...

It is unfortunate that this award has become such a joke. Not only is this a silly decision given the complete lack of accomplishment by the recipient, but it insults the other nominees and belittles their ACTUAL achievements. I find this aspect much more disturbing.

The selection committee has certainly called its motivations into question with past awards but with this choice they have signaled that they are promoter of specific policies and results are of no concern. How else to explain the selection of a man whose policies they adore but has no actual achievements over those that have achieved at great risk to themselves.

I wonder what Lech Walesa thinks of this.

Johnny Keynes said...

I guess this is what he thinks (from the WSJ):

“Who? What? So fast?” a shocked Walesa said when reporters told him about the latest Obama win.

“Well, there’s hasn’t been any contribution to peace yet. He’s proposing things, he’s initiating things, but he is yet to deliver,” he said.

Anonymous said...

Henry Kissinger also got the prize, and did not turn it down.

The peace prize has been given a few times to people such as Kissinger, Arafat, Rabin, de Klerk whose main contribution to peace has been that they stopped fighting wars.

There have been some truly worthy recipients, such as Jody Williams, Amnesty Intl, MLK, AFSC.

The Conservative Soldier said...

Times of London can't believe it, either. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6867711.ece